Dustin: Funkos are cool. There are, what, hundreds of them? I’m not going to find out, but let’s assume there are at least hundreds of them. Do you like something? Anything? Then there’s a Funko vinyl collectible for you. I’ve got a bunch of them because of that. Where else am I going to get a Pennywise the Clown figure and an Iron Man Hulkbuster to sit next to it? Especially at under $20 a pop. They’re addictive and easy to collect and make for some nice little office decor. I keep a Cyclops on my desk so that when I talk to students they know that I’m the kind of person who will eventually become a fiery god of Destruction and Rebirth. Funkos allow you to highlight your interests and express your personality for a very reasonable price.
Joey: Funko Pop! figures and other vinyl figures are garbage and a waste of money. There is nearly zero artistry put into them; they are basically the same exact figure over and over with a different crappy paint job. If you care about a property, go get the action figures with which you can play, or get a beautifully sculpted macquette or bust. Basically, use your money to get something that actually LOOKS like the character you love so much.
Joey: Funko playability is zero. Their collectibility is basically zero since they are a saturated market. The only thing worse than Funkos are those crappy retro faux-vintage action figures they make to further cash in on your nostalgia. Go to a flea market and find something that could actually appreciate in value.Dustin: I’m not looking for playability with Funkos. I agree that they basically have none, but I disagree about collectability. Are they a good investment? Absolutely not, but neither are all the comic books filling the long boxes in my basement or the ones on my walls. Funkos are decor pieces. I admit that a lot of them are just a basic re-painted model, but 1) so what? and 2) not all of them! My Hulkbuster, for instance, is twice as big as the others and has a lot more detailed sculpting. Same for the Slimer one that I have. They have a nice, simple design with bright coloring and just enough of a hint of a stylized aesthetic to appeal to me. I don’t expect to ever be able to re-sell them and I don’t play with them, but they add character to my office and are small enough that I can hide them around the house where the fiancee doesn’t oppose them.
Dustin: Joey suggests buying action figures (for playability) or maquettes for decor. Well I really don’t care for actionfigures; the joints make them look ugly (imo) so they don’t work for decor. I also don’t play with them very much. I would much prefer static pieces. So maquettes/statues/busts? Yes. Absolutely. The Animated Maquette line from Gentle Giant is amazing (and I have the Obi-Wan, the Gandalf, and the Saruman) but they are also like ten times the price of a single Funko. There is no way that I can afford to buy nice statuettes of all the comic book, tv, and movie characters that I love- even if someone was making them. I can afford to buy a bunch of Funkos to scatter around the house while letting the nicer sculpts/statues/maquettes stand out. And if my nephew slobbers on a Funko, well then I guess he just got himself a new toy and I’m only out $10 instead of a hundred.
Joey: Articulated joints provide opportunities to pose characters in dynamic and exciting vignettes OR, if you’d prefer, do not remove the toy from its original packaging so it retains (or increases) its value. Most articulated action figures retail anywhere from $5-$30, so they are comparable in price point to Junkos– I mean, Funkos. And if you’re like me, you can find your favorite classic toys online or in antique stores for great deals!
Joey: Dustin is wrong. Funkos are bad. If the glove don’t quit, you must acquit. This whole court’s out of order! Goodnight, everybody.
Dustin: Ladies and Gentlemen of the TMS Jury, I’d like to close with an anecdote. One of my good friends, a friend of the TMS- not only a friend in fact, but the designer of our lovely “S” logo- collects rubber duckies. She gets them from all over and her friends remember that she collects them and will often send them to her when they find a new one. They all have the same basic mold with a different (and not highly detailed) paint jobs on them. They don’t have articulation so they don’t have a huge playability factor and you can find these things by the score so collecting them is not a lucrative proposition. But still she does it. She has all kinds of rubber duckies. Yellow ones, blue ones, vampire ones, Darth Vader ones. Joey would tell her that her collection is “bad” and “glove doesn’t fit”, but I say unto her and unto you all that she should collect all the rubber duckies her heart desires! Yea! Unto the least and last of the duckies! By her duckies shalt thou know her! And, for all those same reasons, Funkos make a fine basis for a collection.