From Funkos to NFTs – My Collectible Journey

# From Funkos to NFTs

Imagine setting your alarm clock for 4am, getting up, getting ready and heading out the door. In such a rush you don’t even want to stop to pick up breakfast in fear of being late. Finally, you arrive at your destination, which in this case is a department store. Pulling up you already see a crowd of people who have been waiting all night. Your only thought is, “Are there too many people here?” This is what it’s like to be a Funko Pop collector.

For those of you who don’t know, Funko Pops are 4 inch vinyl toys cast to resemble your favorite pop culture icons. They have a line for almost every single fandom. Whether it’s Star Wars, the Simpsons, Metallica or even the Golden Girls. Funko has made a line for everyone.

As any other collectible, some are more sought after than others, making them skyrocket in price. The average funko pop retails from $10 – $15 while aftermarket value can soar into the thousands. This is one of the big reasons why they are so popular.

For me, when I first saw a Funko Pop, I instantly geeked out. I thought it was so cool that they made these little toys with big heads in their own perfect little box. The box itself is its own little display case. Little did I know that in a year’s time, I’d have over 300 of these little toys covering the walls in my room. It almost became an addiction. Making sure I was at every release for a new and exclusive Pop. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that I couldn’t buy them all. There were just too many. I knew I had to do something. I sold 191 of my Funko Pops. I did that so I could focus on the lines that I did care about. After I sold most of my pops, I took a break from collecting. Which brings us to today.

Recently I’ve gotten into NFTs, which stands for Non-Fungible Tokens. “Non-fungible” more or less means that it’s unique and can’t be replaced with something else. For example, a bitcoin is *fungible* — trade one for another bitcoin, and you’ll have exactly the same thing. A one-of-a-kind trading card, however, is *non-fungible*. If you traded it for a different card, you’d have something completely different. It’s inherently different from anything else.

NFTs have been the latest craze in collectibles. They are digital assets that live in a virtual wallet / collection. Unlike trading cards and Funko Pops, you don’t have to worry about physical condition. No need to worry about box tears, dents or scratches. Your NFT is always a pristine 10/10.

Now I’m not gonna lie, I got into NFTs solely because it was the craze. But just like Funko Pops, I found lines that appealed to me. Funko themselves actually started making NFTs.I actually was able to get in on the most recent Funko NFT drop. I was able to snag two Jay and Silent Bob Funko NFT Premium packs. The NFTs are cool in the fact that they are pretty much GIFs of Funkos. They also have rarities, such as common, Legendary, Epic and Grail. Which totally coincides with the Funko culture.

Aside from Funko NFTs, I have checked out a couple of different projects. Everything from Apes (Of any kind), to doodle and even VIMs. The ones that I ended up going with were VIMs from VIMworld. The main reason I chose VIMs was because they are SmartNFTs, meaning they have utility. So with that, they can be used in such applications as Gamefi, DeFi and so on. It’s pretty cool if I do say so myself. It’s no funko pop, but it does have somewhat of that digital feel. And who knows, maybe one day VIMworld will make a little 4 inch vinyl of their VIMs. If they do, they’ll be right next to my Funko Pops on my wall.

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