Pop shots! with…James Peploe

I recently joined FPCUK ‘The Largest Funko Community In The UK’ (on Facebook) and found it a very friendly and welcoming group. With so many collectors out there I thought it would be the perfect place to delve in and see just what goes on in the minds of the FPCUK members. So join me today as I begin this weekly venture, starting off with…

Name James Peploe

How long have you been a collector? Since December 2016 when I was given my first Pop as a Christmas gift.

How many Pops! are in your collection?  I have 93 Pops in my collection which ranges from films, TV, sports, WWE and (mainly) superheroes and villains.

Who/what was the first Pop! you ever bought? My 1st Pop was Richard Sherman from my favorite NFL team the Seattle Seahawks and was bought by my other half Debbie. Five months later and my total is 93!

Which is your favorite Pop! in your collection? It’s a hard question as I have 2 Pops that I love equally; Ghost Rider and Bank Robber Joker. If I had to choose 1 right now I’d have to go with Ghost Rider (purely because he looks really mean) both these Pops were won on raffles too, which makes them extra sweet for me.

What is the most money you have ever spent on one Pop? The most I have ever spent on Pops is actually a deal for 2 when I got Jay and Silent Bob for £70. The most I have ever spent on a single Pop would be £50 for Tony Montana.

What do you think it is about Pops! that make them so addictive? Everyone has a favorite film and TV show or sport etc and these are the perfect collectibles to represent your favorite characters from them. They’re detailed and look good on display and are also an excellent hobby to share with others. It also helps that the Pop community is really nice too. I love sharing and showing off my collection. It just makes me want to collect more!

And finally…keep it in or take it out and play with it? I’m an inbox collector (a damaged box makes me real sad) but sometimes I get Pops that I think would look cool out of the box. So in the future,  I could be a mix between the two.

James also had a good idea for an 8th question, which is…

What is your ultimate grail Pop? Ace Ventura. He was the 1st Pop I ever saw and as I only started collecting in December he has always been expensive and hard to get hold of. It’s also one of my favorite films too.

Thank you to James for taking part, and if you’d like to too, then let me know on Twitter!

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Pop Shots! With…@GirlThuggery

Today’s collector is a fellow mental health advocate like myself who feels Funko Pop collecting is a wonderful way to calm and distract her from any intrusive and negative thoughts. Something I can definitely get behind. So let’s take a look at her collection, and see how she pops!

Name Kiersten Paige

How long have you been a collector? I started collecting the fall (Autumn) of 2015.

How many Pops! are in your collection? At this moment I have, 74 Funko Pops, 30 Dorbz, and a few RockCandy, and Pint-Size heroes. I had a bigger collection but I got rid of some and started collecting other lines.

Who/what was the first Pop! you ever bought? My first pop bought for me was by my husband/ex-husband back in the fall of 2015 and it was Misty Day from FYE! I’ve since then sold her but plan on getting her back again. Though I honestly can’t remember which I bought personally first, it was all such a rush haha.

Which is your favorite Pop! in your collection? My most favorite pop is Princess Bubblegum, always and forever.

What is the most money you have ever spent on one Pop? Most money spent on a pop I believe was about $30. For $65 I had gotten The Bride from Kill Bill and Jimmie from Pulp Fiction, but I don’t have them anymore. I’ll get them back one day.

What do you think it is about Pops! that make them so addictive? For me, it’s the rush of releases and Chases, and finding ones you’ve been searching for, it’s so fun! I just love the whole Funko community too.

And finally…keep it in its box? or take it out and play with it? I was an ‘in box’ collector at the beginning, but as soon as I started my Adventure Time collection, they were all OOB. I do have quite a bit in the box but my main collections OOB are Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and the first wave of Bobs Burgers (plus a few horror pops too)

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UK Indie Shop Spotlight…Figureland

There are many wonderful things in life (like getting into a freshly made bed or having your first brew of the day) but one of my loves is finding a small independent local business that specialises in toys and general geekery. We all enjoy a trip to Toys R Us or Smyths Toys, but nothing beats a local business run by somebody who genuinely cares. So I wanted to find these shops, and spread the word.

Each month I’m going to buy from a small UK shop, and grade it on certain criteria. At the end of the day, if we’re buying Funko Pops online, we want to make sure we’re getting the absolute best. Especially when it comes to price, variety & packaging.

The ‘audit’ is based on my own personal experience, and the aim is help spread the word. You should always buy locally, and if I can help more people do that, then I absolutely will.

So, who’s first up? A company by the name of Figureland so let’s see how they did.