Raise your hand if Funko figures are slowly but surely invading your living space. Well, Funko made every collector’s head explode at Emerald City Comic Con this past weekend.
Andre Meadows and Whitney Moore of SYFY WIRE's weekly Snapchat series Geekly wanted (like everyone else susceptible to spending at least an hour ogling the Funko booth) to know what the toy company that has become synonymous with geekery is going to immortalize in vinyl next—and Funko’s marketing gurus Cameron Deuel and Yoko McCann answered.
So what were fans waiting in an epic line for at the con? There were 30 different exclusives that took over this year's ECCC. Enough said.
"We have an amazing community of people who really support one another and it’s just a really cool time to be a collector, especially for Funko because we are all collectors and we’re getting to make the things that we always wanted," said Deuel, who is the brains behind social media. Talk about a dream job.
McCann, who was also a collector herself long before she got paid to think like one, couldn’t ask for a more awesome experience. What do people who work for a company that has seen an explosion of collectibles in the past few years collect themselves? Deuel is into Star Wars and Scott Pilgrim. McCann seeks out '80s nostalgia like My Little Pony, Care Bears, and Rainbow Brite along with everything Batgirl and Toy Story-related she can possibly find.
When you think of Funko, the first things that come to mind are probably those vinyl figures with the disproportionately huge heads otherwise known as Pop! vinyls, but the Funko universe is vast. Vynls are their emerging line of stylized figures that come in sets of two, like the Masters of the Universe and The Life Aquatic duos on the table. Plushies like the Ahsoka Tano one by Duel are also taking off.
From what Duel and McCann have seen, the characters that have most recently been flying off the shelves are Groot (expected), Porgs (really expected) and the many iterations of Batman (always expected).
This might be the hardest question ever, but which Funko collectibles do you absolutely have to have? Sound off in the comments!
Additional material by Elizabeth Rayne.