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Are Funko Pop Figures the Next Beanie Babies?

funko pop collectionHave we fallen for another collecting fad? When will the Funko Pop bubble burst? Or will it ever?

Many collectors were burned once already, and apologies if the following two words trigger any kind of collector nightmare flashbacks: Beanie Babies. Some folks look at Funko Pop figures with a little bit of apprehension because of those bean-filled money pits, and with good reason. Our rose-colored glasses are off, and now we sit back and watch the Funko prices climb with understandable uncertainty. Many people are selling the rarest Funkos they can find with unbelievable speed, hoping to capitalize before the expected (and inevitable?) crash. We are all wondering the same thing: will Funkos go the way of Beanie Babies?

beanie babiesIt’s hard to see exceptionally rare Funko Pops like the Destiny Crota Target Exclusive Glow in the dark Chase (which sells for as much as $25,000), and not be amazed at how far they have gone. Fortunes are made in plastic if you pick up the right Funko. But can they last? The Big Difference: Beanie Babies captured us with their cute floppy forms. Children and adults alike loved the multicolored, adorably-named animals. The problem was, once the cuteness wore out, people got tired of them.

But the good news for Funko fans is that there is one thing that gives the vinyl figures more staying power, and it can be explained very easily. Pop Culture vs. Plaything. Beanie Babies were never meant to become fluffy goldmines, it was a side effect. Funko Pops bring our favorite fandoms to life.

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That difference might seem small to outsiders, but to collectors, this is HUGE. Fans will be clamoring for Star Wars or Doctor Who Pops for years to come. Funkos are low-cost collectibles that anyone can get their hands on, which makes them appealing even to people who don’t consider themselves collectors. Who doesn’t want a cute version of their favorite character on their shelves? And don’t get us started on the Chase Pops and the exclusives! If you really love Funkos, these rarer Funkos sell for much higher prices than their common counterparts. Beanie Babies never had such a collector driven mindset.

So will the Funko boom end?

disney funko popEventually, Funko toys may not be as popular as they are now, but the truth is, they have a much better chance for survival than the Beanie Babies craze ever did. When you mix constantly evolving fandoms and cost-effective collectibles, everyone wins. We’re pretty sure Funko will be around for a long time. Their adorability and size make them attractive to almost anyone, and their links to fandom make them irreplaceable in any collection!

The bottom line… if you collect what you like, you will likely be happy. Collect as an investment… well, you take your chances. But let’s hope this bubble doesn’t Pop!


Frodo Baggins Invisible Funko Pop! Returns… if You’re Allowed to Buy it

Were you able to get your hands on a Frodo Baggins Invisible Funko Pop! figure earlier this year? If not, the following news will either excite you or infuriate you.

invisible bilbo baggins popAustralian pop-culture retailer Popcultcha.com is currently accepting preorders for the iconic Lord of the Rings Pop! figure, with shipments estimated to go out by the end of May. The limited-edition Frodo Baggins Invisible figure debuted exclusively at Barnes and Noble in February, 2017, and already it has become widely sought after by collectors. Second-hand markets currently have the figure marked up to the $35 price range, and collectors estimate that the value will only increase as time goes on. After all, the invisible Bilbo Baggins figure released in 2014, and since then has seen its value hike as high as $90.

invisible frodo baggins popOn one hand, international collectors will finally have a chance to obtain this incredibly elusive figure at a reasonable price. On the other hand, residents of the United States and Canada are stuck scouting the second-hand market if they want their own Frodo Baggins Invisible Pop! figure. If you’re one of the lucky ones who nabbed the hobbit when he was originally available at Barnes and Noble, then consider snapping a photo for us so we can all tell you how jealous we are.

Either way, if you aren’t a North American resident and you know a Funko collector who is, expect to hear from them very soon. An unexpected journey indeed!