1. Post #1
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    February 2013
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    Sometime soon, drivers rolling down Wetmore Avenue in downtown Everett may see colorful, 8-to-10-foot statues of Spider-Man, Batman and other familiar characters looming over them from a skybridge and the ledges of an adjoining building.

    They’re part of the plan for the new headquarters of Funko, the Everett-based pop-culture collectibles company that‘s been growing rapidly and has its eyes on a potential initial public offering of stock.

    “We want you to drive by the building and say: ‘I’ve never seen anything like that before,’” said Brian Mariotti, Funko’s president and CEO.


    “As the revenues continue to grow, we’re doing everything we can to prepare ourselves to potentially entertain going public,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re ready by next year.”

    But Mariotti added that the company is remaining flexible, keeping “all paths open to what our future is, whether it’s becoming a public company or finding a strategic partner that might want to acquire us.”
    Seattle Times

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    May 2011
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    Honestly I'm surprised that they aren't already publicly traded considering how ubiquitous they are.


    Personally, I never really liked the oversized heads design. Just doesn't work with most characters IMO.
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    June 2006
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    They make great statues of non humans, like their Songbird one
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    I'm not very clever.
    Period's Avatar
    September 2012
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    As someone who doesn't collect this kind of stuff, the only reason why I know what Funko is is from Ashens shitting all over them every month when he gets one in a lootcrate.
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    Mio Akiyama's Avatar
    November 2010
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    I have way too many Pop figures to count
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    Hey I'm Grump's Avatar
    July 2013
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    Pop figures might be seen as low-quality or weird looking, but I cannot deny how cheap they are and that's a big factor into buying. I have a couple of storm trooper ones because the big heads look better when there's a helmet on and I don't have to look into their deep, soulless eyes.
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  7. Post #7
    Grandzeit's Avatar
    August 2013
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    Absolutely hate those things, but I can't deny that it's cheap merchandise for almost any series/game and really easy to get ahold of.
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    April 2006
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    Honestly I'm surprised that they aren't already publicly traded considering how ubiquitous they are.


    Personally, I never really liked the oversized heads design. Just doesn't work with most characters IMO.
    They just seem like western knockoffs of nendoroids to me. Although I have almost bought one or two of their models because I really wasn't expecting to find a model of that character

  9. Post #9
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    July 2013
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    Honestly, the figurines that funko make that aren't super-deformed are really nice

    Kinda sick of seeing the Pop figurines though
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    May 2010
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    Honestly, the figurines that funko make that aren't super-deformed are really nice

    Kinda sick of seeing the Pop figurines though
    I love their Vinyl Idolz line, I've bought so many of them. POP! ones I don't care for except for the Groot I have.


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    March 2009
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    As much as people like to rag on the Pop! Figures, they are making a killing. Not a style that everyone can appreciate, but those who like them seem especially keen. I know a fellow who collects them. He has every one! Must have cost him a fortune.

    Edited:

    I love their Vinyl Idolz line, I've bought so many of them. POP! ones I don't care for except for the Groot I have.

    I kindq like 'em, too. More than the Pop! Figures at any rate.
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    my roommate has like 30 of the pop figs, I don't really get it as i prefer scale models but to each their own
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    And this isn't even all of them. Been collecting with my girlfriend for the better part of 4 years.

    I dunno why I like them so much. Probably just the diversity because there seems to be a figure for everything.

    Edited:

    I love their Vinyl Idolz line, I've bought so many of them. POP! ones I don't care for except for the Groot I have.

    Holy shit, those look creepy, the eyes are way too...thousand-yard-starey.

    Oh my GOD

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    October 2009
    20,029 Posts
    can they just issue their stock in vinyl too so we can collect that as well?

  15. Post #15
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    August 2012
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    Can't forgive these guys for the shit they pulled with their Evolve action figure line. Advertising material had shown that the figures came with two guns. Turns out they only come with one gun and it's their shitty side arms.

  16. Post #16
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    October 2016
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    Can't forgive these guys for the shit they pulled with their Evolve action figure line. Advertising material had shown that the figures came with two guns. Turns out they only come with one gun and it's their shitty side arms.
    You forgot to buy the second gun DLC season pass 1 and 2 for 4 guns each. Shouldn't Evolve fans be used to getting completely shit on by now?

  17. Post #17
    Please waste more of your money changing this title again.
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    August 2005
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    And this isn't even all of them. Been collecting with my girlfriend for the better part of 4 years.

    I dunno why I like them so much. Probably just the diversity because there seems to be a figure for everything.

    Edited:



    Holy shit, those look creepy, the eyes are way too...thousand-yard-starey.

    Oh my GOD

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    I feel the same way about both as you do.

    I think the reason why you and your girlfriend like the Pop! figures is because they're really cute and stylized. They have that chibi effect going on. I mean, just look at the Pop! Kylo Ren - he's freaking adorable with that big helmet.

    Whereas I find those vinyl ones that you quoted and posted to be creepy as fuck, and I personally can't see how anyone could like them.

    And to be perfectly clear, I didn't even know Pop! figures were an American thing - the only way I've heard of their existence is from an Australian friend who collects them, so I assumed they were an Australian thing. Then beyond that, I don't buy memorabilia or collectibles. Posters, figurines, anything like that - I don't buy any of them.

    So it's not like I have any investment in either figurines.

  18. Post #18
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    Dennab
    December 2009
    9,067 Posts
    I don't get the pop figures, they look awful. do people collect them because they are relatively cheap and common?
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  19. Post #19
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    March 2012
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    I dunno, I think they're dumb but at the same time, I want the Kagamine Rin pop figure

  20. Post #20
    Here's to giving Garry Newman more money.
    Chaplin's Avatar
    August 2011
    3,788 Posts
    I dunno, I think they're dumb but at the same time, I want the Kagamine Rin pop figure
    with anime merch theres nendroids tho

    i kinda wish there was a western equivalent in terms of quality

  21. Post #21
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    Keychain's Avatar
    May 2008
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    with anime merch theres nendroids tho

    i kinda wish there was a western equivalent in terms of quality
    Wish people would stop comparing Pop figures to nendos. Nendos are typically at least 3x as expensive.

    Nendos also cover a much less wide range of characters for obvious reasons.

  22. Post #22
    Darth_Kris's Avatar
    August 2012
    872 Posts
    Wish people would stop comparing Pop figures to nendos. Nendos are typically at least 3x as expensive.

    Nendos also cover a much less wide range of characters for obvious reasons.
    And Nendos have some articulation and additional faces and props included

  23. Post #23
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    Keychain's Avatar
    May 2008
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    And Nendos have some articulation and additional faces and props included
    But that doesn't change the fact that they're more expensive. I'm not saying they're overpriced, I'm saying purely from an affordability and collectability standpoint Pops kinda serve there own purpose. I doubt any Pop figure collector had been persuaded to buy a Nendo instead because they are just entirely different kinds of figures.

    Edit: I just re-read your sentence and I realized you might've just been reinforcing my point. My bad if so! D:

  24. Post #24
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    April 2006
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    Pop Vinyls are ok when they're stormtroopers/non-human etc. those big black eyes bother the fuck out of me. I've got a Han Solo one on the way from a crate I nabbed cheap at Loot Vault, I'll probably put it up on Ebay.

    Nendos I wasn't too hot on at first, but after I bought the Nyaruko one I was hooked.
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    May 2008
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    But that doesn't change the fact that they're more expensive.
    But isn't it better to have something that's more expensive yet just generally better in every way? Sure, the stuff like Nendroid is limited to Anime/Japanese Video Games, but you can at least pose them, they come with interesting accessories, and feel interesting to look at. Pop is just standing there, taking up space, looking god awful.

    I mean, if your goal is to fill up a shelf with figures, then yes, I can see why you would go for Pop. The other problem is of course, as mentioned, absolute lack of anything western media outside of Pop, is fucking awful, and anyone tapping into that market would be capable of making a lot of doshmoney.

  26. Post #26
    Marty looks like he just snapped and is about to start killing people
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  27. Post #27
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    I bought a pair (Thrall and Sylvanas, to be specific) cause they were only like $4 each. Not horrible quality, but not something I'd be willing to pay more than $5 for.

    Edited:

    Pop Vinyls are ok when they're stormtroopers/non-human etc. those big black eyes bother the fuck out of me. I've got a Han Solo one on the way from a crate I nabbed cheap at Loot Vault, I'll probably put it up on Ebay.

    Nendos I wasn't too hot on at first, but after I bought the Nyaruko one I was hooked.
    I bought the MM Link nendo about a week or so ago and I'm absolutley in love with it. Gonna pick up the WW Link and Zelda soon, as well as Kirby and Isabelle when I get the chance. Was also able to find a good deal on Red with the gen 1 baby starters.
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  28. Post #28
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    May 2008
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    But isn't it better to have something that's more expensive yet just generally better in every way? Sure, the stuff like Nendroid is limited to Anime/Japanese Video Games, but you can at least pose them, they come with interesting accessories, and feel interesting to look at. Pop is just standing there, taking up space, looking god awful.

    I mean, if your goal is to fill up a shelf with figures, then yes, I can see why you would go for Pop. The other problem is of course, as mentioned, absolute lack of anything western media outside of Pop, is fucking awful, and anyone tapping into that market would be capable of making a lot of doshmoney.
    Like you said, lack of western media is what is dragging Nendos down. There's still a few, like Suicide Squad/Batman, etc. But if they were to start pumping out Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters, Minions, Ninja Turtles, Harry Potter, etc they could grab the West by the balls.
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  29. Post #29
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    November 2009
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    Haha Mcfly looks like he could be the protagonist of a Hotline Miami game.

  30. Post #30
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    Like you said, lack of western media is what is dragging Nendos down. There's still a few, like Suicide Squad/Batman, etc. But if they were to start pumping out Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters, Minions, Ninja Turtles, Harry Potter, etc they could grab the West by the balls.
    Dammit, I want a Negan Nendoroid now.

  31. Post #31
    lNloruzenchi's Avatar
    May 2009
    699 Posts
    Haha Mcfly looks like he could be the protagonist of a Hotline Miami game.
    Or maybe hitch a rocket to the Mun.

  32. Post #32
    DOCTOR LIGHT's Avatar
    December 2016
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    I shall buy it for a single Troll doll.

  33. Post #33
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    DigitalySane's Avatar
    June 2008
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    The only ones that i've ever liked are the titanfall 2 ones