10 Essential Tips for Funko POP! Collecting (and Investing)

Nerdacity Jan 15, 2024
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Funko POP! Unboxed
Table of Contents
  1. Tip 1: Research Popular and Rare Figures
  2. Tip 2: Pay Attention to Limited Edition Releases
  3. Tip 3: Keep Figures in their Original Packaging
  4. Tip 4: Store or Display Figures in a Safe Environment
  5. Tip 5: Stay Organised with a Collection Tracking System
  6. Tip 6: Attend Comic Conventions and Events
  7. Tip 7: Network with Other Collectors
  8. Tip 8: Be Patient and Strategic with Your Investments
  9. Tip 9: Research and Understand Price Guides
  10. Tip 10: Enjoy the Hobby
  11. Final Thoughts
  12. Related Articles

Funko POP! figures have become a global phenomenon, with millions of collectors around the world seeking out these cute and collectible vinyl toys. Whether you are a seasoned collector or just starting out, it's important to have a solid understanding of the best practices for collecting and investing in Funko POP! figures. In this article, we'll provide you with 10 essential tips to help you navigate the world of Funko POP! collectibles.

For the basics, feel free to read our Funko POP! FAQ first.

Tip 1: Research Popular and Rare Figures

One of the first steps in becoming a successful Funko POP! collector and investor is to research which figures are popular, sought after and rare, whilst also in-keeping with your own interests. Keep an eye on Funko's official site/channels (@OriginalFunko or @FunkoEurope on Twitter), Nerdacity, social media platforms (e.g. @FunkoPOPsNews on Twitter), online forums (e.g. funkofunatic.com or r/funkopop), as well as other collector groups to stay up-to-date with the latest releases and trends. This will help you identify figures that have potential to increase in value, whilst you still get to admire them in your collection.

Tip 2: Pay Attention to Limited Edition Releases

Limited edition releases are highly sought after by collectors and often hold significant value. Be sure to keep an eye out for exclusive releases, convention exclusives, and retailer exclusives, as these figures tend to have a limited production run, making them more valuable in the long-term.

As an example: After recent news of the upcoming release of the final Pokémon Eeveelution POP!, Umbreon, we're keeping a close eye on our feeds for further news on a 'flocked' version (a velvet/suede material). We know that flocked Pokémon Funko POP!s are usually worth 2 - 3 times the price of a regular one after a short time, but should also be around the same initial price from reputable retailers... Plus what's not to love about a fuzzy version of one of the best Pokémon there is!

Tip 3: Keep Figures in their Original Packaging

Preserving the value of your Funko POP! figures is essential for long-term investing. Keeping your figures inside their original box helps maintain their condition and increases their value (ideally they should never be taken out). Not unboxing also allows you to display them without worrying about potential damage to the figure. Do bear in mind that when selling a Funko POP!, the box and its condition play a huge role in whether or not you'll get market value or much less... so treat the box and the figure as one and the same.

Tip 4: Store or Display Figures in a Safe Environment

Proper storage or a suitable display is crucial for protecting your Funko POP! collection. Make sure to store or display your figures in a safe, cool, dry place, far away from any risk of damage and direct sunlight. Excessive heat and humidity can also cause damage to the figures and their boxes, often dramatically affecting their value.

For a full POP! protection run-down, including details on how to handle, clean, display and store your figures safely, as well as information on the key kinds of POP! protector which enable you to store or display your figures worry free, visit our article here.

Tip 5: Stay Organised with a Collection Tracking System

As your Funko POP! collection grows, it becomes increasingly important to stay organised. Consider using a collection tracking system, either through a mobile app (such as The POP! Directory) or a personalised spreadsheet, to keep track of which figures you own and their current value. This will help you make informed decisions when buying or selling.

Tip 6: Attend Comic Conventions and Events

Comic conventions and similar pop-culture events can be a treasure trove for Funko POP! collectors. These events often feature exclusive releases and opportunities to meet other collectors and sellers. Attending these events can also give you a chance to find those rare and valuable figures on your wish-list that might not be easily available elsewhere.

Having the POP! Directory app installed on your phone gives you a quick way to assess the value of a potential purchase. At large events where featured celebrities are attending (who have POP! figures based on their work), you could also undertake the ultimate POP! value-adder... Ask them to sign a figure of a character they play!

Tip 7: Network with Other Collectors

Building a network of fellow Funko POP! collectors can be incredibly valuable. Not only can you share tips and insights with each other, but you may also have opportunities to trade or sell figures that you no longer want, or gain a discount for an elusive personal must-have. Search for online forums (some suggestions in Tip 1), Facebook groups, or attend local collector meetups and/or conventions to connect with other collectors in your area.

Tip 8: Be Patient and Strategic with Your Investments

While some Funko POP! figures may skyrocket in value shortly after release, most investments require patience. Avoid the temptation to sell or trade figures too quickly, and if possible wait for at least a year after figure's vaulting (retirement). Take the time to research and track market trends for similar POP! figures, and make strategic decisions based on the benefit to you and your collection, as well as figures' potential for long-term growth.

Tip 9: Research and Understand Price Guides

Price guides are an essential tool for Funko POP! collectors and investors. They can remove accumulative hours of cross-referencing, by providing insights into the current and historical values of figures, helping you determine if a figure is overpriced or undervalued. Make sure to consult reputable price guides such as PopPriceGuide.com, eBay's sold listings or the previously mention POP! Directory app, and stay updated on any changes in the market.

Remember to check local vs international prices too, as some figures may be rarer in different markets depending on how they were released and in what quantity.

Tip 10: Enjoy the Hobby

Finally, the most important tip for Funko POP! collecting is to enjoy the hobby! Collecting figures and seeing them in your collection should bring you joy and fulfilment, so don't lose sight of that amidst the potential for financial gain... after-all, knowing your POP! is appreciating in value is just one of the many positives of collecting (we very rarely consider selling one of our prized possessions). Remember to have fun, display your collection proudly, and share your enthusiasm with others who appreciate these awesome vinyl toys.

Goku and Vegeta Funko POP!

Final Thoughts

Funko POP! collecting and investing can be an exciting and rewarding hobby. By following these 10 essential tips, you can increase your chances of success in the collectible world of Funko POP! figures. Remember to stay informed, be patient, and most importantly, enjoy the process.

Thinking about taking the next step and getting your figures graded? Read our step-by-step guide.

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Table of Contents
  1. Tip 1: Research Popular and Rare Figures
  2. Tip 2: Pay Attention to Limited Edition Releases
  3. Tip 3: Keep Figures in their Original Packaging
  4. Tip 4: Store or Display Figures in a Safe Environment
  5. Tip 5: Stay Organised with a Collection Tracking System
  6. Tip 6: Attend Comic Conventions and Events
  7. Tip 7: Network with Other Collectors
  8. Tip 8: Be Patient and Strategic with Your Investments
  9. Tip 9: Research and Understand Price Guides
  10. Tip 10: Enjoy the Hobby
  11. Final Thoughts
  12. Related Articles