Pop! Vinyl are highly stylized bobbleheads from Funko based on the Japanese style known as Chibi. Pop! Vinyl figures cover a range of licensed brands and popular culture such as video games, television, movies, and more. Pop! Vinyl are becoming increasingly popular with retailers, so much that Funko has increased its financial incentives to retailers twofold.
Style[edit | edit source]
Funko's line of Pop! figures are based on the Japanese style known as Chibi, which means short and cute. The heads of the Pop! Vinyl figures are the most recognizable part as they are substantially larger than the bodies in which they sit. They also feature large solid black eyes widely spaced on the face. Typically the mouth and eyebrows are notably missing from a standard Pop! Vinyl. 6921
Categories[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Pop! Categories
Pop! Vinyl[edit | edit source]
Pop! Minis[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Pop! Minis
Pop! Pins[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Pop! Pins
Exclusives[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Pop! Exclusives
Exclusive limited release Pop! Vinyl figures are made available at trade shows such as Comic-Con and on webshops such as Gemini Collectibles. Exclusives are generally variants of existing Pop! figures that offer an alternative look. Exclusives also feature a sticker on the outer plastic of the original box. Exclusives are commonly made in a limited release of 480 units; however, this number varies from figure to figure. The sticker may also provide details such as the limited number of units made as well as where the item was exclusive to and the type of exclusivity (e.g. glow in the dark).
Common Exclusive Variants[edit | edit source]
- Metallic - a shiny coating of paint on part of or all of the item.
- Flocked - a furry or fuzzy 'skin' on part of or all of the item.
- Glow in the Dark (GITD or GID) - when exposed to a light source, the item will glow in the dark for a short time. This may apply to part of or all of the item.
- Black and White (B&W) - the color scheme is grayscale instead of colorful. This is usually the entire item; however; some have parts of color.
- Patina - a bronze, oxidized surface that covers all of the item.
- Outfits - different shirts or designs.
- 'Colorway' - the use of a particular color scheme that differs from the item's usual color.
- DIY ("Do It Yourself") - all white so you can paint them and add clay to make them look however you want
Prototypes[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Pop! Prototypes
Pop! Vinyl prototypes often referred to as 'Protos', are extremely rare Pop! Vinyl figures with very little to no paint detail on it. The final shape and features (like the eyes or hair) are visible, but may not have paint detail on them.
As the name suggests, prototypes are not always the final design. With collectors in mind, these prototypes are made available in a Pop! Vinyl box for those that wish to collect them and keep them mint.
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