If you go to any “legit” toy store, you’ll probably see a whole wall dedicated to POP! figurines. And they are pretty popular with the toy collecting community. These little vinyl statues have become a huge success for Funko, the company that produces them. These little figurines will dominate an entire wall for a good reason: they’re really popular with a lot of people.
And it’s easy to see why they are highly sought after. One, they are adorable looking. They’re cute to a fault with their huge heads and beady little eyes. They’re also very simplistic yet very detailed at the same time. I mean they’re not too simplistic that you don’t know what each figure is supposed to represent but not too detailed so that it looks like too much work was put into them. And, because of Funko’s ability to secure the licenses for huge franchises (DC, Marvel, Star Wars, etc.) to the more specific ones (Breaking Bad, Back to the Future, etc.), fans of pretty much anything can find a line worth collecting.
Now, why I understand why they’ve become a big part of the toy collecting world and the logical part of my head gets why they’re a successful line, I have to be honest and say I don’t like Funko’s POP! toys. I wouldn’t say I hate them. That would be too strong a word. It would be more accurate to say I have a feeling of apathy towards them.
For a long time, I really couldn’t understand why I just didn’t care for them. Like I said earlier, I can see why people enjoy collecting them (adorable-ness, simplistic yet detailed look, wide selection of franchises, etc.). I’ve even tried to look for a line of POP! figures that might spark my interest so I can add it to my toy collecting range. But, each time I look at them, I just can’t find them appealing enough to actually spend my money on them. I would rather spend my hard earned cash purchasing Masterpiece Transformers and some pretty specific Nintendo Amiibos.
After looking at them for a really, really, really long time, I finally figured out why I just don’t care for them: it’s for the very same reasons why they are so popular with the general toy collecting community!
Are they adorable and cute? Yes… but it’s the kind of cute that doesn’t really appeal to me. I would rather get a Princess Peach or a Kirby Amiibo, which is the right amount of “cute” that’s right for me. Are the designs faithful to what each figure is supposed to represent? Yes… but I do wish they were a bit more detailed still like the ones from the Masterpiece Transformers line. Do they have an available franchise that would appeal to the toy collector in me? Yes… but there are much better looking (and more detailed) figures available that I would rather get.
I don’t see myself collecting any of the Funko POP! figures in the future. I can’t really fault the people of the toy collecting community that love obtaining them, though. Maybe if I just started collecting toys, they may appeal to me more. But I already have other things to collect, like the aforementioned Masterpiece Transformers line and the Amiibos. I don’t think adding collecting any of Funko’s POP! figures would be a good idea.
If you do enjoy collecting POP! figures, more power to you. Go ahead and enjoy it. I totally understand the thrill of finding and purchasing something new to “complete the collection.” But, for me, it’s just not my thing.
Do you like collecting POP! figures? How about other toylines? Let me know what they are in the comments section below!