Despite the growing popularity of the Funko POP! Vinyl line in the Philippines, I’ve held off[i] buying any of their products largely due to their simplicity and lack of articulation. I think I may have also reached a point wherein I swore I would never buy anything Funko.
Well, that all change in 2017 when I was introduced[ii] to Adult Swim’s animated science fiction adventure comedy series called Rick and Morty. If that introduction wasn’t enough, I was completely hooked after watching this video below (Note: This is the uncensored version.):
I know right! This show has everything! An 80’s nod here and there.
I could totally relate.
Interest leads to Want
But like with many other things in life, interest oftentimes leads to Want. With Want sometimes gets confused with Need.
That’s where Funko comes in—supplying that void called Want/Need. The toy manufacturer gained the licensing rights to produce Rick and Morty merchandise and boy, did they produce. As of this post, there have been 46 regular and exclusive Vinyl figures, 2 regular and exclusive POP! Rides, and a 2-pack exclusive that have been released into primary and secondary markets. Continue reading “Funko POP!: A Completists Paradise…or Nightmare (July 22, 2018)”
This year’s Christmas Toys & Collectibles Fair 2015 at the SM Megatrade Hall 2 ended up being a simple pick up run[i] unlike in year’s past. The lines on the last day were sparse–the likely result of rolling in a little past 10 am–and I wasn’t complaining. If you’ve had any experience in these types of events, you know the odds of being a sardine (you!) canned into a tin can are pretty high.
The Megatrade Hall eventually filled up, but by that time, I had made my rounds and was pretty much done. Highlights included a used Batman: Arkham Origins PlayStation 3 Collector’s Edition Joker statue (2013), a MIB Troop Car from Hasbro’s Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark line (2008), AND a vintage The Real Ghostbusters Fire House Headquarters play set (1987)!
All very nice and overpriced.
I didn’t go home empty handed as I managed to pick up 4 West Coast Avengers comic books at P30 each, three Heroclix game pieces (e.g., Hydra Agent H, Hydra Annhil-Agent, and Beastboy [Dolphin]), several old Marvel Comics trading cards (e.g., Famous Battles: Evolutionary War, US Agent, Blood Ties: US Agent, and the Cosmic Cube schematics card from the Iron Man 2 trading card line.), and a couple of 2011 Upper Deck Marvel Slingers (e.g., Ant-Man & Giant-Man).
[i] Pick up and run – Bought 17 issues of old Marvel and DC Comics from a local online site prior to the convention. Great way to get comics at a really good price! Practical too!
For the first time since its inception in 2004, Komikon organizers decided to hold a 2-day event and all I can say is—it’s about time. The Filipino comic book community positively received Komikon 2015 and if you were present, you could certainly tell. There was a buzz surrounding the Bayanihan Center this past weekend and by the time I arrived in the afternoon of Day 1, I could feel it in my gut that someone probably beat me out to that one Holy Grail bargain bin find.
I also have to tip my proverbial hat to the organizers on their logistics for Komikon 2015. Utilizing a single entry/exit points and strategically placing the vendors tables in the manner that they did was absolute genius! It allowed for the foot traffic to possibly pass by all of the tables and granted maximum exposure for the vendors wares and art. I don’t know what you guys paid, but I am sure it was worth it.
Now for the ever-popular haul: For P1270, I was able to take home thirty-one (31) comic books (two of them graphic novels) and two (2) 24×36 retailer exclusive posters (at P200 a pop) by the time I left the venue on the first day. As for day two, I was able to find an addition four (4) comic books for only P250.
In any language, that’s is the mark of a true haul!
And I haven’t even gotten to my first ever comic book page story. (I’ll save that for another post.)
In closing, don’t you guys think that the Komikon organizers should start making this a quarterly thing? The Filipino comic book community certainly seems ready for it.