Here’s the recap of Funkos booth at Toy Fair 2015, featuring all the new Funko products including Vinyl Sugar, Vinyl Idolz, Vinyl Vixens, POP! Vinyls, Hikari, Mopeez, Fabrikations, Mystery Minis, Vinyl figures, ReAction and more.
Judging from the response of the popvinyl.net readers, Funko clearly hit it out of the park with the their new Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Arrow and The Flash pop vinyl lines. Popvinyl.net literally suffered numerous website black outs which spurred from those releases, and I think its safe to say that Funko has taken an exciting new direction with their figures by listening to their fans and making it become a reality for these fan subcultures.
Another thing which has been already noted from late 2014 till now is Funko’s improvement in the sculpts, paint jobs and added accessories further more enhancing the pop collecting experience entirely through the minor details to their most recent releases. There is less of the early traditional clunky designs which had fair resemblances to the characters we love, but its evident that Funko have taken a more detailed approached in their design department.
Lets get right down to the meat and potatoes of Toy Fair 2015, A huge shout out to Emma from the Popvinyl.net Group for helping us get some snap shots of Funkos new lines at Toy Fair. We are not situated in the United States and we appreciate the help from our members and fellow volunteer writers.
A member from the popvinyl.net trading group, Emma got the chance to meet with a Funko rep at Toy Fair and there was a lot of information that we couldn’t release here, so in the meantime our lips are sealed. That being said we are not going to completely keep you out in the wind.
Keep reading because if you are an active member in the Funko trading groups on Facebook or elsewhere you may find this bit of information interesting.
There was one thing that we were able to cover which may be controversial to pop collectors as there is a growing community of Funko POP trades going on.
We got word from Funko about “Vaulted POPs”. What does it mean?
Funko are not sure if they are going to retire a piece, or continue to make the pop(s) in question. So, they get “vaulted” and may get a rerun in production. So we are going to see a lot of (retired/discontinued) pops repopulating the marketplace. -Emma
So we will be seeing retired lines of pop vinyls repopulating, which could mean common/rare pieces which traded for $20 – $100 – $300+ getting rereleased into the retail wild for the normal price of $10.
This begs the question of economics with in the trading groups. Our prediction stems primarily from the ‘Flipper’ issue. We believe that flippers are going to become way more aggressive in trying to sell their bulk bought goods at the same sky high prices as before and may drive them out of the Funko flipping game altogether, as this bit of information incurs risks of minimal profit for them.
With that being said we caution everyone who is in currently in dealings with flippers with pops, if you are looking to save money in the long run its probably not a bad idea to wait and see if a rerun of a certain pop will be released back into the market.
The good news for regular Funko traders is that there will be less in store bulk buy outs by flippers and more chances for regular collectors to find Exclusive and common pieces in stores like Hot Topic and etc.
Toy Fair 2015
New Funko Releases links
Blizzard Heroes of The Storm
Hell Raiser PinHead
Star Wars Darth Vader
Battlestar Galactica POP Vinyls
Breaking Bad ReAction
The Garbage Pail Kids
Game Of thrones
Vinyl Sugar Dorbz
What do you think of Funkos new releases and whats is your favourite release to date?
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