#ICYMI: 10 Fun Facts About Funko Pops

Much like anywhere you find a geckaphile, we love Funko Pops here in the MoviesMatrix. We’ve already shared how you can spot a fake one, for those interested in collecting and the resale market. For others, you love adorning their work stations and bedrooms with these bug-eyed beauties, it’s nice to know all we can about them.

Of all the Funko Pops you own, there may be some inside tips, behind-the-scenes aspects, or fun facts about these adorbs vinyl figurines you may not know. So, let’s get into it.

#ICYMI: Here are 10 fun facts you may not know about Funko Pops:

10. Fans Hated Funko Pops, Initially

Credit: EverydayGeekTV

Plush dolls were the thing when it came to fun nerd toys. At least for kids. Young adults (and, be honest, some not so young) preferred the action figures still ensconced in their plastic housing. They’re realistic, lean, and looked like they popped right off the screen. (Yeah, pun intended.)

So, what happened with Funko Pops, Mike Becker and his golfing buddy Brian Mariotti were more interested in an Anime motif. They had a deal five years later to debut the vinyl figurines at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, many of which gave a collective and exhaustive “Meh!”

Well, suffice to say, those nerds came around on Funko Pops. As did about a few million of their closest friends.

9. But They’re So Dang Cute

Source: Netflix/21 Laps Entertainment/Monkey Massacre

That’s the point. When you are rummaging through your favorite store of nerd paraphernalia and come across the Funko Pops aisle, if you didn’t look at them through the plastic veneer and say, “Awwwww,” you may not purchase them. Those who create these vinyl pieces of cuteness know this, which is why that is completely the intent.

Again, all urban legend but after hearing it and reading it enough, you tend to believe it. The thought was moving the nose closer to those button eyes emoted additional vibes of sweetheart collectability, and so, now you have shelves full of Funko Pops. And what do you both you and the proprietors of those collectibles say? “Awwwwww!”

8. Gestation is Four to Six Months

Funko Pops Batman collection
Credit: reddit/u/Darkkrisp

No doubt about these Funko Pops–someone put their all into its development and considered it their baby. But do how long the pregnancy actually lasts. From the moment Funko gets a license for one Batman in one era to the moment they finalize creation and settle the figurine in its lovely home, it is about four to six months.

Think about that the next time you purchase a Funko Pop to end one of your several collections. That’s nearly half a year of work just so you rest it on your shelf. All that love you give it doesn’t come without some love put into it either.

If you want to see that timeline close up, thank Forbes.

6. YouTubers Petition

Credit: Drawings by Tumblr User Dannegoma

Among the many social media platforms out there chewing up our Coronavirus time is this upstart video player called YouTube. There are a few people who have made quite the blossoming career as a YouTuber, as the cool kids call them.

Did you know more than 16,000 people signed a Change.org petition to get some Funko Pops made in their favorite homage as seen on YouTube?

Many people have requested to have the YouTube edition Pop! figures become an actual item to be sold, but we need to show the owners of Funko that a good turnout would come from these. 

Change.org Petition

Apparently that turnout wasn’t too good.

5. Snap. Crackle. And Pops?

Source: Funko Pop/General Mills

The history of Funko Pops is coming (see No. 2) but when Mike Becker was done looking into mascots and puppets, he looked into some of the recognizable faces of advertising — all found on a cereal box.

Becker targeted the beloved characters of General Mills. C’mon. You know you remember Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Fruit Brute? He called these bobbleheads “Wacky Wobblers.” Not movies. Not TV shows. Not even pop culture found in teen magazines or MTV. Cereal! This was destined to be different.

4. Popping for a Grand

Gemini Collection Green Arrow Funko Pops
Source: Funko Pops

When you have something that has been around since 1998, and geckaphiles everywhere collect them like crazy, a few items are going to be cut from circulation — therefore, made rarities. There are a few, and those have been known to ring up as much as $1,000.

For the rabid collector, that sounds like nothing. For a nerd working hourly who spent $10 on a doll, that’s called a sweet return on investment. Like this one of Green Arrow. He’s metallic, sporting his classic blonde goatee (you know, unlike in the CW series for years), and a variant issue of something called the Gemini Collection. Funko Pops made 240. That’s it.

When news like that gets around, price tags go up. Now, go check your collections.

3. Hawking for the Pop That Got Away

Funko Pops DIY Kit
Source: Funko Pop

Think of all the movies that have ever been made. Yes, ever.

Funko Pops have covered every inch of pop culture, or at least within a few inches of them. Well, except for one that is wanted but never been in demand. And you will absolutely never guess what it is.

In 2018, GeekWire sat down with Funko Director of Marketing Mark Robben in that outlandish geckaphile utopia headquarters Funko has in Everett, Washington and learned something completely out of left field.

That’s [his] white whale… [he said of the 1991 flop film of Bruce Willis Hudson Hawk]… [He] keeps trying to find someone else who loves that movie.

Mark Robben, GeekWire, March 2018

Yeah. Hudson Hawk. Really. A $65 million-budget cashed in for a movie that made only $17 million starring the “It” guy in Hollywood at the time. And Robben said that Funko Pops’ VP of Creative Ben Butcher‘s golden goose is Bruce Willis’ ugly duckling?

Yippee-kai-yay indeed.

2. Kip’s Big Boy was the Funko Pops’ Pop

Kip's Big Boy was the father of the Funko Pops
Credit: Danny Fulgencio/Lakewood Advocate

There’s a rich history of Kip’s Big Boy, specifically this chubby little man with the checkered overalls. Since the 1930s, this mascot was synonymous with delish cheeseburgers. (This one adorned a great diner off Hillcrest in Dallas near my stomping grounds.) If you know mascots, advertising, or even burgers, you know about Kip’s.

Mike Becker did too. He started Funkos back in 1998. As legend has it, Becker wanted create a vintage coin bank out of his favorite pop culture character: the Big Boy mascot. Replicas are expensive on eBay, so he created his own. After Kip’s bobblehead looked sweet on his bookshelf, he made more in his room in Snohomish, WA.

Yeah, the prophet Zechariah may be onto something: “Do not despise the day of small beginnings.” (Zech. 4:10). Mike didn’t. Worked out okay for him.

1. There Are No Super Mario Bros. Pops

Fake Mario and Luigi Funko Pops
If only these were real.
Credit: reddit/u/Gammaroid2000

Think about the wild pop culture success of Mario Bros. Nintendo cemented those two mustachioed pellet collecting paisons in the hearts of all gamers. It is the top video game console ever made. Yet, Funko Pops, which makes a figurine after anything with a trend has never, ever made a Mario or Luigi.

Luigi Cars Funko Pop
Source: eBay, DisneyFan07

G’head. Look. I’ll wait…

No Bowser or Yoshi. No Toad or Peach. Definitely no Mario. Shoot, the only “Luigi” you’ll find comes from Cars.

It’s not like Funko Pops don’t work with Nintendo. We have Pokemon Pops (finally). So, why can’t the most fabled video game of all time get some love from these vinyl addictive pieces of memorabilia?!

Back in 2019, there was a rumor that spread faster than a case of chlamydia at a frat party that Funko CEO Brian Mariotti said

To build [the relationship with Nintendo for Super Mario Bros] is super important to us. We all grew up playing Pokemon, with so many fans around the world. It’s amazing to land that license finally.”

How sweet would an 8-bit line look? Is this thing on? Where are my Funkos at? This is a question that needs to be answered. Maybe someone at Change.org can look into this?

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