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History of Collecting Tin Plate Boxes: From Biscuit Tins to Funko Lunch Boxes

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hobbyDB Squad Member Javier Serrano, best known by his username FJaviserr, shares with us some history of, as well as his passion for, collecting tin boxes.

Since my childhood I have always liked tin boxes. The reason, I guess, is that my older brothers used to keep their soldiers in biscuit tins. So as every child who wants to replicate their brothers, I did the same, following their example and started to keep my treasures in them.

It was the perfect place to keep my figures and their accessories safe, especially my favorites at that time, Boba Fett and The Joker, both from Kenner.

But the history of tin cans and lunch boxes started in the mid-19th century. The British Empire had become the dominant world supplier of tin plates. Biscuit tin manufacturing was a small part of the industry at the beginning.

The tins were used to maintain freshness of the groceries, which as a result had a huge increase in demand during this century and made a revolution in the food industry.

Biscuit tins are usually made of metal and decorated in many different ways. The first decorated biscuit tin was made by the English company, Huntley & Palmers in 1868.

The most exotic designs were produced in the early years of the 20th century, just before the First World War. During the last 40 years of the 20th century, brands such as Royal Danks popularized them, and made recognizable the packaging of butter cookies to the present.


Tin Plate Lunchbox


Lunch boxes can trace their origins to the 19th century as well, when working men protected their lunches from the perils of the job site or just for heating the lunch directly from the cans. At the end of the 19th century, the popularity of them began, when school children, who wanted to emulate their daddies, fashioned similar caddies out of empty cookie tins.

The first iconic character that appeared in a lunch box was Mickey Mouse in the 1930s. But the lunch box as a personal statement really took off in the 1950s with television. From there, the golden age of lunch boxes took place from the 1960s to the early 1980s.

Thanks to the popularity of them, some companies still use tinplate to make cans and boxes.

Funko, as it was expected, has been offering us tin cans and lunch boxes since 2014, with the release of pocket Pop! tins, which includes three figures in each one. The same year, Funko surprised us at the 2014 SDCC with a Spongebob Leonardo And Plankton Shredder set, limited to 1,000 pieces. It would be interesting watching more sets like this in the future, at the end, it is the No. 1.


Funko Lunchbox


We can also find different Mystery Minis that have a tin can as packaging, from Disney characters to Pennywise

Last year, Funko brought limited edition vinyl Soda figures to our collections and started producing lunch boxes with characters such as The Mandalorian or Hulk Hogan.

They also released the Funko Transformers vs G.I. Joe Mystery Box, exclusive to GameStop, which has a lunch box as packaging. So, I guess we’ll be seeing more of them for a long while, which is wonderful.

The passion for collecting these beloved pieces runs through avid collectors around the world, making them an important part of our collections. I hope you enjoy this article bathed in nostalgia. Have an excellent week, let me know if you’d like to know more about Funko tin cans and lunch boxes in the comments and keep on Popping!

Funko’s History of Co-Branding with PEZ, ReAction and Other Popular Franchises


Recently, I was talking with a friend who didn’t know that some Funko series were involved in co-branding actions. 

So, I decided to write this article in order to help understand what is co-branding and which companies are involved with Funko.

Co-branding is a marketing strategy that uses multiple brand names on a product as part of a strategic alliance, typically involving the brands of at least two companies. The goal is simple, each brand in such a strategic alliance contributes its own know-how to create a mixed product.

This does not refer to all licensed products that use a Toy Company logo to identify them as a licensor. From 2014, Funko had several co-branding partners.

In 2013, Super7 created a retro 3.75-inch action figure line, called ReAction Figures, followed with a partnership with Funko in 2014. In addition to this alliance, in 2014 they also produced the Super Shogun series, which consisted of 24-inch Star Wars characters, reviving the Jumbo Machinder style from the 70’s.

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Playmobil, one of the greatest and most beloved toy companies in history, joined forces with Funko to develop a new line of 6-inch Playmobil figures with a Funko twist. This series was called Funko X Playmobil, and the official launch was at 2016 New York Toy Fair.

Funko Playmobile

A Large Evil Corporation was an English Animation Production Company based in London. It designed a magnificent series of vinyl figures for its own works on

In 2015, Funko joined forces with the company Vinyl Sugar and A Large Evil Corporation to bring Vinyl Idolz to our collections. A Large Evil Corporation is part of the Funko family, and now is called Funko Animation Studios. Vinyl Sugar also collaborated in the designs of Dorbz, XL Dorbz, Vinyl Vixens and Super Deluxe Vinyl series, and became a part of Funko as well.


MindStyle, based in China, is a licensed toy manufacturer. The company has a strategic creative and manufacturing partnership agreement with Funko throughout China and Southeast Asia.

As a result of this alliance we can find some Pop! and Hikari items. Other examples of their partnership include Legendary Creatures and Myths and Osamu Tezuka Official Series.


In 2018, Funko made a small co-branding action with the Japanese company MediCom Toy, bringing to life Be@rbrick FunkO’s.

We can find two variants (Red and Blue Box), from FunkO’s Series, and each cereal box includes a 100% Be@rbrick figure (standard size seven centimeters high).  Both exclusives were launched at DesignerCon 2018.

Funko Be@rbrick

And, finally, the best known of them, the partnership with PEZ Company.

PEZ was first marketed as a compressed peppermint sweet in Austria, in 1927. The First patent for the Pez dispenser arrived in 1952. However, in 1955, the company decided to place heads on the dispensers and market them to children. The first dispensers were iconic characters as Popeye, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Santa Claus. Pop! Pez started at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con, and I guess we’ll be seeing more of them for long while.

Funko PEZ

I hope you find this information helpful. Have an excellent week, let me know if you’d like to know more about co-branding in the comments and keep on Popping!

Top-10 Most Valuable Michael Jordan Funko Pop! Figures



His Airness Michael Jordan turns 58 years old today, so we thought we’d celebrate by looking at the Top-10 most valuable Pop! Michael Jordan vinyl figures currently on hobbyDB.

Air Jordan is now the owner of 13 different Funko Pop! figures. And all of them are slam dunks. See the entire Pop! Michael Jordan lineup here.

Top-10 Most Valuable Pop! Michael Jordan figures

10. Michael Jordan (UNC Warm-ups) ($16)


9. Michael Jordan ($22)NBA

8. Michael Jordan (UNC) (Blue) ($30)


7. Michael Jordan (Slam Dunk) (Bronze) ($30)


6. Michael Jordan (Red Away Jersey) (10-Inch) ($31)NBA

5. Michael Jordan (Black Alternate) ($32)


4. Michael Jordan All-Star ($42)


3. Michael Jordan (White Warm Ups) ($100)


2. Michael Jordan ‘93 All-Star Game ($100)


1. Michael Jordan (White Home Jersey) (10-Inch) ($125)

Michael Jordan

We’re not done there!

New to the hobbyDB database are several classic Michael Jordan trading cards, including MJ’s 1986 Fleer rookie card. A pair of PSA Grade 10 gem mint versions of the card each recently fetched $738,000, per Goldin Auctions.


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Celebrating the New Year with our Favorite hobbyDB Sellers, including Legion M


Christmas has come and gone with 2020 following right behind it.

We’d like to start the new year by taking a look at some of our favorite sellers, including our good friends and partners over at Legion M.

Still have some holiday money left over? Perhaps that perfect gift is still out there.

Legion M

Legion M kicks off the New Year with deals on some great items dedicated to iconic films ranging from Jay and Silent Bob to Nicolas Cage’s “Mandy,” and much, much more. Peruse the entire Legion M shop here.

Goblin Good Plush

Gobblin GoodAdd it to your hobbyDB Showcase here

Mooby the Golden Calf Plush

Mooby Golden CalfAdd it to your hobbyDB Showcase here

Mandy Chainsaw Scene

Mandy Chainsaw

Add it to your hobbyDB Collection here

hobbyDB Marketplace

Fettbob1 Marketplace

With 80 likes and more than 515 items to choose from, there’s a good chance that the Fettbob1 marketplace has that Funko Pop! figure that you’ve been searching for.


KMJ Diecast

KMJ Diecast is the ultimate garage for diecast cars with more than 14,000 items for sale at 53 percent off!!

55 Chevy Panel Hot Wheels

Guille HRC

Take your Hard Rock Cafe collection global with more than 4,000 pins on sale via the Guille HRC marketplace!

Hard Rock CafeWhat kind of items would you like to see us blog about and highlight on social media? Let us know in the comments below.

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Newly Added This Week to the hobbyDB Database…Funko, Tomica and More!


It was another busy week here at hobbyDB as we recently crossed the threshold of 500,000 items added to our database. And more is on the way with new items added hourly.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite additions to the hobbyDB database this week.

Hot Wheels

There were plenty of new additions this week from the world of Hot Wheels. Among the freshly uploaded items are 2019 Hot Wheels 5-Packs, including the outrageous Sharkruiser.

Hot Wheels


You’ll also find new items in the catalog from both 2013 and 2002 Mainline sets.

Hot Wheels

2002 Mainline – 1971 Plymouth GTX

Hot Wheels

2013 Mainline – Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera

See all the latest from Hot Wheels here.


Our Funko collection took on an 80s theme this week with the addition of Marty McFly with Hoverboard, a new wave of Starship Troopers and a set dedicated to the sci-fi television series “V.”

Back to the Future

Walmart exclusive

Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers Warrior Bug

Pop! Television

V – Alien Exposed

The self-titled Black Sabbath record received the vinyl treatment in the form of a Pop! Albums release. The Office found itself shrunken to Mystery Mini size.

Pop! Albums

Black Sabbath – Pop! Albums

The Office

The Office Mystery Minis – Kevin Malone

But the highlight of the week is arguably Funko’s new Pop! WandaVision collection. The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes with six new Pop! figures of Wanda and Vision that span several generations.


Halloween Wanda


50s Vision


Peruse the latest from Funko here.

Hard Rock Café Pins

The Hard Rock Café Pins came rolling in this week once again, ranging from Africa to Miami, Vienna and throughout the entire globe. Here are some of our favorites from the week and make sure to check out the entire Hard Rock Café Pin database here.

Hard Rock Cafe Pins

City Amp – Vienna


Hard Rock Cafe Pins

Freedom Day Double Neck Guitar

Hard Rock Cafe

Martini Glass Girl – Limited edition HRC Miami 2018

Shop Hard Rock Café Pins here.

Print Ads

Print ads are the rage on hobbyDB right now with many added to the database this week. Speaking of Marty McFly, The DeLorean can be found among the new print ads. Check them all out here.

Print Ads

hobbyDB Pick of the Week

We’re all looking forward to next year. Tomica revs up some excitement with its New Year 2021 collection. The six-vehicle set comes with tradition New Year wishes and can now be found on hobbyDB.


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