Creating Pop! The history of FUNKO Pop!

Creating Pop! The history of FUNKO Pop!

Funko Pops have become hugely popular with adults and kids alike over the last few years. With their pop culture collectibles, Funko now has over 8 different product lines under their name.

The most popular and one of the most collectible product lines, however, remains the Funko Pop! figures, lovingly crafted into all of our favourite pop culture heroes and heroines.

We wanted to take a look back at how this craze first started, so we’re tracing things back to when Pops first took to the shelves as Funko Force, as well as how they became the powerhouse we know and love today.

Launching Pop!

Funko Pop Assassins Creed Crouching Aguilar Vinyl Figure

Funko was first founded in 1998 by Mike Becker, but was soon sold to current CEO Brian Mariotti in 2005. Since Brian’s takeover, the company has gone from strength to strength and 6 years after the changeover, Funko launched its first Funko Pop! figure!

One of the very first Pop Vinyl figures was the Batman figure, which is still in circulation today. Since that first figure, Funko Pop! have released thousands of figures and regularly work with huge companies like Marvel and DC to help promote their movies and products.

Creating Collectibles

Funko Pop Ragnarok Valkyrie Bobble Head Vinyl Figure

Although the Funko Pop! figures may look like a simple toy, they are actually highly collectible. Each figure has its own unique number and some are even limited edition, making them even more valuable.

Funko creates figures from a variety of different fandoms, meaning no matter what TV show, film or game you love most, you’ll be able to find your favourite characters immortalised as bobblehead figurines.

Make sure to keep your Pop! figures in their boxes though, as keeping your figures protected is the key to keeping their value and keeping your collection safe.

The rarest and most collectible Funko Pop! figures

There are some figures that are coveted by all Funko Pop! collectors. If you can get your hands on a limited edition figure, you could end up selling it for thousands.

The limited edition San Diego Comic Con figures are some of the rarest, due to them only being available at the convention. For example, the 2011 Loki figure from the box office hit Avengers film regularly sells for nearly £1000 at online auctions.

Here are a few of the rarest and most valuable Pop! figures:

SDCC Gold Loki - no.6
NYCC Flashpoint Batman - no.1
SDCC Metallic Blue Batman - no.144
DC Universe Batgirl Black Suit - no.148
SDCC Holographic Darth Maul - no.23
SDCC Exclusive Star Wars Shadow Trooper - no.14

How to get started with Funko Pop!

Funko Pop Marvel Agent 13 Vinyl Bobble Head Figure

If you’re looking to start collecting your own Funko Pop!, then the best thing is to choose a fandom you love the most and start collecting figures from that collection. This will give you a good idea of which figures to look for and what numbers to tick off your list.

If you want to create a collection that will grow with time, aim to grab the limited edition figures as soon as they are released. Getting your hands on these limited figures means that they will hold more value in years to come.

Below, we’ve listed a couple of our own Funko Pop! figures and how you can use them to start your collection.


No.4 Lobster Johnson

    Funko Pop Hellboy Lobster Johnson Vinyl Figure

    Other figures in this collection to look out for:
    No.1 Hellboy + Horns
    No.1 Hellboy no horns
    No.2 Liz Sherman
    No.3 Abe Sapien
    No.5 Rasputin

    DC Comics Bombshells

    Funko Pop DC Comics Bombshells Batwoman Vinyl Figure
    Other figures in this collection to look out for:
    Funko Pop DC Comics Bombshells Catwoman Vinyl Figure

    Game of Thrones

    Funko Pop Game of Thrones Bran Stark Vinyl Figure
    Other figures in this collection to look out for:
    No.53 Tormund Giantsbane
    No.54 The Mountain (Armoured)
    No.55 Wun Wun
    No.56 Lyanna Mormont
    No.57 Jaqen H’Ghar
      Keep an eye out for all our new Funko Pop! Vinyl figures to snag your favourite characters for half the price!
      Previous article The best toys to get your kids out and about