What Does Mint Condition Mean in Funko POP! Collecting?

Nerdacity Feb 23, 2024
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Table of Contents
  1. Factor 1: The Box
  2. Factor 2: Figure Paintwork
  3. Factor 3: Figure Defects
  4. Factor 4: Stickers
  5. Factor 5: Packaging
  6. Factor 6: Authenticity
  7. Summary
    1. What Does 'Mint Condition' Mean in Funko POP! Collecting?
    2. What Does 'Not Mint Condition' Mean in Funko POP! Collecting?
  8. Final Thoughts
  9. Related Articles

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When it comes to collecting Funko POP! figures, collectors and enthusiasts are always on the lookout for pieces in mint condition. But what exactly does 'mint condition' mean in the world of Funko POP! collecting?

Mint condition refers to a collectible item, in this case, Funko POP! figures, being in pristine and perfect condition. To be considered in mint condition, a Funko POP! figure must meet certain criteria that collectors look for when evaluating the quality and value of their collection or potential purchases.

In this blog post, we will explore the meaning of mint condition with regards Funko POP! collecting, and discuss the 6 key factors that determine whether a Funko POP! figure is in mint condition, or not.

In a rush? Skip down to the summary (below Factor 6) for a quick run-through.

Factor 1: The Box

The first factor to consider when assessing whether a Funko POP! Figure is in 'mint condition' or 'non-mint condition' is the condition of the box. The box is an essential part of the Funko POP! figure, whilst it could be easy for new collectors to see the box as disposable packaging, it is an key part of a POP!'s overall condition. A POP! without its box will be heavily devalued.

The box should look crisp and clean, with vibrant colours and clear graphics, as well as being fully intact and in perfect shape, free from any tears, dents, scratches creases, discolouration or other visible damage. The window, corners and edges should be sharp and undamaged. Additionally, any stickers or labels on the box should be intact and unblemished (bare in mind that this does not include any price stickers, see: Factor 4, for more details).

Always remember to keep special and/or valuable Funko POP! figures in a protective case, or better yet, a hard-stack to maintain their condition. For more details visit our Ultimate Guide to Protection Your Funko POP! Figures (Section 2).

Factor 2: Figure Paintwork

Next, the paint job on the figure itself plays a vital role in determining overall condition. A mint condition Funko POP! figure should have flawless paintwork, without inconsistencies, defects smudges, scratches, or colour bleeding. The colours should be vibrant and evenly applied, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the collectible.

This may seem unfair to a buyer of a POP!, as any paint defects will likely come from the manufacturing process, but this does highlight the need to examine a POP! (in person if possible) through its window before committing to a purchase.

Factor 3: Figure Defects

The third factor is the presence of any defects or imperfections on the figure, aside from its paintwork. Mint condition Funko POP! figures should be free from any manufacturing defects, such as misaligned parts, missing details, or any other noticeable flaws. Mint condition figures should have no loose parts or wobbly joints, should stand upright without any support, and all limbs should move smoothly without any resistance. If the figure comes with any additional accessories, they should also be fully intact and in perfect condition.

Aside from manufacturing defects, any signs of damage and wear on a figure (especially if it has been unboxed by a previous owner at some point), such as scuffs, scratches, discolouration and other marks, can also cause a figure to lose its mint condition status.

Factor 4: Stickers

The fourth factor for determining mint condition in a POP! is the presence of any stickers or exclusive markings. Funko POP! figures with special edition stickers or limited edition markings are often highly sought after by collectors. These stickers and markings authenticate the figure's rarity and can significantly increase its value, but must be present; If the stickers are torn, peeling, or have left residue on the box, it can affect a POP!'s mint condition status.

Price stickers or other stickers placed by retailers (except for 'only at X' exclusivity stickers), should not be present, and where removed, should not leave any residue. If purchasing a POP! from a retailer, always slightly peel a price sticker to ensure no residue will be left upon removal.

Factor 5: Packaging

Next, the overall packaging of the Funko POP! figure, including any inserts or protective materials, should be intact and undamaged. This ensures that the collectible is well-preserved and protected from any external elements that could potentially harm its mint condition.

Mint condition figures should always be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, as prolonged exposure can cause fading and discoloration to all parts. They should be stored in a dust-free environment and handled with care to preserve their condition.

Factor 6: Authenticity

The sixth and final factor for determining mint condition in a Funko POP! figure is its authenticity. With the rising popularity of Funko POP! figures, counterfeit items have become a concern. Collectors should ensure that they purchase from reputable sellers or official retailers to guarantee the authenticity of their figures.

From our Funko POP! FAQ: 'Counterfeit Funko POP! figures often lack the quality, colouring and detail of authentic ones, so search up the figure in question and compare. Always look for a serial number on the box (which can be checked using the Funko mobile app), as well as Funko’s official logo (in the right size, colour, font and location). If you're purchasing online, make sure to buy from trusted sellers or websites'.

Summary

What Does 'Mint Condition' Mean in Funko POP! Collecting?

  1. The box is in perfect condition

  2. The figure's paint job is complete and immaculate

  3. The figure is in perfect condition and has been manufactured correctly

  4. Special/Limited edition stickers are in place. Price stickers are removed with no residue

  5. All elements of the packaging are present and in as-new condition

  6. The figure is authentic (i.e. not counterfeit)

What Does 'Not Mint Condition' Mean in Funko POP! Collecting?

  1. The box has some level of damage

  2. The figure's paint job has some level of imperfection

  3. The figure is damaged or has misaligned parts

  4. Special/Limited edition stickers have been removed. Price stickers or sticker residue are present

  5. Some packaging or inserts have been removed or are damaged

  6. The figure is counterfeit (i.e. not produced by Funko)

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Final Thoughts

Mint condition in relation to Funko POP! collecting refers to a figure being in perfect condition and meeting specific criteria regarding box condition, paint job, figure condition, stickers, internal packaging and authenticity. Collectors strive to obtain and preserve Funko POP! figures in mint condition to enhance their collection's value.

By understanding these 6 key factors that determine the mint condition of a Funko POP! collectible, you can better assess the value and desirability of the figures in your collection. Whether you are a seasoned collector or a beginner, maintaining mint condition is essential for preserving the long-term value and enjoyment of your Funko POP! collection.

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Table of Contents
  1. Factor 1: The Box
  2. Factor 2: Figure Paintwork
  3. Factor 3: Figure Defects
  4. Factor 4: Stickers
  5. Factor 5: Packaging
  6. Factor 6: Authenticity
  7. Summary
    1. What Does 'Mint Condition' Mean in Funko POP! Collecting?
    2. What Does 'Not Mint Condition' Mean in Funko POP! Collecting?
  8. Final Thoughts
  9. Related Articles

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