The Flash is arguably the best show on The CW. It’s not only made one of DCs lesser beloved characters now idolized, but also given faith in them (The CW) branching out and giving us Supergirl and the ‘Arrowverse’.
So today we salute Barry Allen (& the countless other versions of his character) and take a look at the top 5 most expensive Flash vinyl Pop! figures.
As always the prices are from Pop Price Guide, as of this blog post (12/05/17) and in USD.
5th) The Flash (White Lantern) 2014 Fugitive Toys Exclusive – $47
4th) The Flash (unmasked) 2015 Comic Con Exclusive – $100
3rd) The Flash (Metallic Chase) 2010 – $150
2nd) The Flas (Glow in the Dark White Lantern) 2014 Fugitive Toys Exclusive – $165
1st) Reverse Flash (Glow in the Dark) 2013 Dallas Comic con Exclusive – $240
So there you have it. Keep your eyes peeled for these, especially at a bargain price! If you’d like to see more of these lists, let me know which character or franchise below!
This week is the turn of more Twitter fam. It’s @Renaldz_
How long have you been a collector? On and off for around 4 years, but upped my game the last year or so.
How many Pops! are in your collection? 21
Who/what was the first Pop! you ever bought? The first Pop I ever bought was Edward from Assassins Creed Black Flag. Still got him now and he’s vaulted! which was a nice surprise.
Which is your favorite Pop! in your collection? This is a close one between my Classic Batman Batmobile and my Demogorgon chase! Will have to go with the Demogorgon as it’s a chase.
What is the most money you have ever spent on one Pop? It would likely be £15 on my ECCC Captain America. The Batmobile was part of a trade so I won’t count that.
What do you think it is about Pops! that make them so addictive? It has to be the sheer volume of different types. There is something for everyone and hunting for elusive exclusives is an addiction in itself!
Where can people find you (on social media?) You can find me on Twitter here, but I don’t use anything else. I have tried YouTube but I don’t have the time or money to build quality content!
And finally…keep it in its box? Or take it out and play with it? Kept in the box 100%. Not only are the pops amazing but so is the box art too!
This week is the turn of another Twitter brother; @Ekewaka11
Name Lord Edward Underhill 3rd
How long have you been a collector? 3 years… I think.
How many Pops! are in your collection? 90. Thought it’d be less than that in all fairness.
Who/what was the first Pop! you ever bought? I think it was like 4 different pops! Sam & Dean from Supernatural, Thor, and Gizmo! Looking back on it, the inner pop! Virgins myself & Ash were at the time really did show. They had SO many exclusives, as well and an invisible Bilbo, but we passed on them all because we didn’t know better! Absolute nightmare.
Which is your favorite Pop! in your collection? The exclusive Scooby-Doo ‘creeper’. I didn’t think I’d love it as much as I would, however, I’m such a big Scooby fan. As soon as I get Scooby Dum it’ll become my new favorite… That pop looks straight up next level Gangsta, Scooby PIMP Dum.!
What is the most money you have ever spent on one Pop? On one Pop!, normal price really. The exclusives which I ordered from popcultcha ended up becoming super expensive. Worth it mind! Probably £32(double pack) to give you some sort of answer.
What do you think it is about Pops! that make them so addictive? The design, and then to fit the design with pretty much anything is genius. For example, I didn’t really watch DBZ when I was a kid, however, they have the nicest pops in my opinion. They’re like visual crack.
Where can people find you (on social media?) Instagram – EddyJUnderhill. Twitter – Ekewaka11
And finally…keep it in its box? or take it out and play with it? Keep it in the box all day every day. There’s actually a rumor that if you take them out the box you get a phone call which states that you’ll die in 7 days. So I wouldn’t risk it.
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.
I’m always intrigued by the collecting habits of other people. Especially when it comes to Funko Pops! There are not only literally hundreds of characters and franchises to pick from, but you also have all the variants and chase figures to hunt down too! and don’t even get me started on the whole sticker Vs non sticker, in box Vs out of box debate!
With all that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to do just that. Probe other collectors and see exactly how they work, and who better to start with than the man who gave me my addiction…
How long have you been a collector Since 2014
How many Pops! are in your collection? 299!
Who/what was the first Pop! you ever bought SDCC Slimer, which I picked up with my mate Eddy in Forbidden Planet (London) They had so many sick exclusives in store, if only we knew what we had in our hands at the time…
Which is your favorite Pop! in your collection? Oh boy…That I own? I’ll have to go with SDCC Beerus. Favorite Pop! would be the chase version of Eleven (from Stranger Things) If I don’t get that Pop! in my life I would honestly cry!
What is the most money you have ever spent on one Pop? I spent £65 on Gandalf (from The Hobbit) but my girlfriend spent £110 on the SDCC Ghostbusters 4 pack!
What do you think it is about Pops! that make them so addictive? Nostalgia, and the fact that they cover so many different games, series and films. They honestly cover so many bases!
Where can people find you (on social media?) On YouTube here. and Twitter here.
And finally…keep it in its box? or take it out and play with it? Never ever take it out…never ever settle for damaged! Unless it’s a mean bobble head for the car, then maybe i’ll accept it. Or a cool ass looking keyring!
Finally the drought is over! It’s been SIX long weeks since my last Pop! Purchase. Six weeks! Do you know how hard it is to go without this (silly) addiction? It’s not like I’ve been trying to wean myself off of them or anything, I’m just trying to adult better, and I think I’m finally getting it…maybe.
But when Netherworld (a small indie gaming store situated in Warrington City Centre) posted this (and Upside down Will) on their Twitter feed (@netherworlduk) I HAD to get it. Not only is Eleven one of the greatest female characters ever created (made all that much better thanks to Millie Bobby Brown) but the show itself is even more mind blowing. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you even doing with your life? Honestly. I’m sure many people say this about Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, but trust me, Stranger Things is something else.
So, the Pop! It sounds stupid, but that (‘helmet’?) really makes it stand out. Funko could have quite easily cheaped out and not added it, but the fact they did shows their attention to detail & love for their product. The only thing wrong with this is the fact that it’s a Hot Topic exclusive. Why is this a negative I hear you ask, well…where’s my sticker!? I know we don’t have Hot Topic here in the UK, but where is my sticker! Again, it might come across as stupid, but that ‘exclusive’ sticker (be it Target, Wallmart, Barnes and Noble or wherever else) really does add to the ‘exclusivity’ of the figure. It’s not just me who feels this way either. Plenty of collectors (mainly from the UK) get a little peeved off when an exclusive comes stickerless, but unfortunately that’s just the hand we are dealt.
Overall it’s a quality piece & I just want to shout out Netherworld Warrington once again for holding on to it for me. Very much appreciated 🤘🏻
I would probably guess that 99% of the general public would best Funko for ‘those weird little plastic figures with the big heads’ (one of the many descriptions I’ve heard of them) and to be fair, you can see why. They are everywhere and cover everything, and they are awesome. But Funko also do ‘Dorbz’ (something I’m on the fence about) and Pocket Pops! And…we’ll, a lot more than you would think. So I thought it would be interesting to take a look at each collectable Funko produce, so that those of you who are not as well versed in their history, can be, and also to introduce new collectables to all you geeky toy loving pop culture aficionados.
This week…Hikari Sofubi Figures.
Funko’s Hikari line of collectibles are a homage to Sofubi, (soft vinyl toys) that have been a popular in Japan toys since the 1960s. The designs are usually statuesque and of one colour. They gained popularity in the late 90s (here in the West) with Funko, who stepping into the scene with a line of Hikari toys, based on characters from DC comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Star Wars to name but a few. All of the pieces are marked with the edition, which is basically how many were made and produced worldwide.
Eventually, as with many of the Pop! figures they started having exclusive colorways products, and like many of the vinyl toy predecessors of Hikari, the secondary market for these pieces also was proven to be rather lucrative for collectors.
I’m intrigued as to how people collect them. Do they go for all the versions of just one character? Or do they try and collect different characters that are in the same colour way style? Both of these are excellent examples as to why such pieces would be fun to collect. Especially when you’re hunting down those in the 250 pc category, but they can be pricey.
They’re not my cup of tea, but I can understand why people would want them on their shelves, and if I had to pick one (and only one) to buy, it would definitely be the Rainbow Dash below. I’d just need it 20% cooler first…