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How To Find Funko Pops Without Spending Too Much Money (Almost)

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BY December 23, 2021

If you’re a collector, an enthusiast, or just looking for a gift, Funko Pops are one of the most popular items out right now. They cover every fandom and passion, from Pokémon to Civil Rights Leaders. And they’re addicting little things too, if you aren’t careful. But for those who love to display them (in or out of the box), finding the right ones is a pain in the ass. However, like all collecting hobbies, there are a few tricks for how to find the Funko Pops you want without breaking the bank too badly. Ready to develop a bad habit?

Rare? Exclusive? Chase? GITD? Flocked?! Terminology You’ll Need to Find Funko Pops

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One of the first things you might notice as you embark on your Funko journey is that there are a lot of terms. And this can be the difference between a ten-dollar Pop and a one hundred dollar Pop. The two Agent Venom Pops above seem only to have a paint difference, but there’s more to it. First, they are both exclusive to the online Funko retailer Pop in a Box. It immediately raises the worth and potential cost. Secondly, the Agent Anti-Venom version is a “chase” – meaning, you have to chase it down. I think. Chase Funko Pops are like comic book variant covers. They only make one for every certain number of issues printed. In this case, there is one Agent Anti-Venom out of every six Agent Venom designs.

If we go to the Funko tracker app (a helpful tool), we can see that the value of Agent Venom is currently $21. The value of Agent Anti-Venom? $100. And yes, there are plenty of Pop collectors who will buy 6 or more in the hopes of getting that one chase. On eBay, the prices generally reflect the Funko value guide. So you can buy one for $90-$125. Or you can pre-order it (it’s being released) for $12.99, and hope you get the chase.

Those are essential terms, but here are some others you’ll need to find certain Funko Pops: Metallic, GITD (Glow in the Dark), Flocked (fuzzy), Patina (which looks like an old, bronze statue), Sepia (a muted grayscale), Chromed (a metallic Funk Pop in one color, such as gold, blue, or red), Vaulted, Super-Sized (anything larger than a standard Pop), Dorbz (smaller versions of the characters), Grail (coveted Pop), and Pops with a Purpose (raises money for different causes).

The Two Best Stores Online to Find the Best Funko Pops

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Yes, some stores only sell Funko Pops, or focus primarily on the little wallet killers. With so many fandoms and series, that shouldn’t be surprising. In fact, with so many choices, it might be less “how do you find Funko Pops” and more “how many Funko Pops are too many?” Here are some of the best retailers with a heavy focus on Funko Pops.

Funko: This is probably cheating, but the Funko website is one of the best places to find Funko Pops. They have a lot of cool exclusives, decent pricing, and a sound search system. The shipping can be slow at times, but that’s normal for all businesses these days.

Pop In A Box: If there is one site that can give Funko a run for their money, it’s Pop in a Box. They get some great exclusives, such as the Agent Venom above, and have their own tracker. That tracker is vital because they also have a monthly subscription. You can get anywhere from 1 to 12 Funko Pops a month. Not just standard ones, though. Customers reported getting deluxe sizes, scenes, art series, and more. So, for $10 a month, you have a good chance of opening your mail to find $40 Funko Pops inside. If that’s not what you want, they also have sales going on regularly. They’re currently running a 5 for $40 on Marvel Pops to celebrate Spider-Man week. However, they sell out of inventory fast, and their shipping tends to take a long time.

Other Retailers: Not Just Hobby Shops

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Box Lunch: Want to find some awesome Funko Pops while helping your community? For every $10 you spend at Box Lunch, they provide a meal for a person in need. If that’s not reason enough, they have a great selection of Pops, reasonable prices, good deals, an easy system to use, and decent shipping. Of course, they sell a lot more too, and might not have the selection size as Pop in a Box and Funko, but it’s a great store.

Entertainment Earth: Okay, so you can find cool exclusive Funko Pops at Entertainment Earth, but how patient are you? It seems that they are perpetually “restocking soon” or “pre-order now!” So even Pops you can find elsewhere easily, they won’t have readily available. But some of their exclusives are just too good to pass up. Sure, it might be six months before you get it, but that Venom Poison Spider-Man is worth the wait.

Smeye World: This shop is an up-and-comer, but it’s great for people who love to display their Funko Pops out of the box. They offer both new and used Pops and even grade the boxes or sell them out of the box entirely. This is one of the best ways for how to save money and find the Funko Pops you love. For instance, that Wal-Mart Skeleton Hulk exclusive? It’s trending on eBay at $15-$30, but Smeye World has it for $8!

7 Bucks a Pop: Similar to Smeye World, but their site is a little harder to navigate. And no, not all Funko Pops are 7 Bucks.

The Best Big Retail Stores to Find Funko Pops – Online

Chase, GITD, Grails, Flocked, Exclusive, Chromed, Metallic, Marvel, DC, Star Wars, FYE, Pop in a Box, Entertainment Earth, Target, Barnes & Noble Image: Target

eBay: Yes, we compared pricing for some products to eBay, but it’s also an excellent site to find Funko Pops. You just have to master your eBay skills. Some sellers offer tons of Pops at reasonable or even cheap prices. If you don’t mind out of the box, the choices feel endless. It’s best to know which Pop you are looking for and then search for it. If you find it at a good price, see what other ones the seller offers. And most of all, use those filters. How people find Funko Pops on eBay without them is a mystery.

Target: Target also gets some cool exclusives from Funko, but it’s much better to go online than into the store. The stores carry very little, and they’re often in a mess at the back of the multimedia section. But online, there are hundreds, and because it is Target, the shipping is much more reliable.

Best Brick and Mortar Retailers for Pops

How to find Funko Pops, Chase, GITD, Grails, Flocked, Exclusive, Chromed, Metallic, Marvel, DC, Star Wars, FYE, Pop in a Box, Entertainment Earth, Target, Barnes & Noble Image: FYE

FYE: This is a rare one. FYE is good both in-person and online. Like the one seen above, they get great exclusives, and the shipping works well. But in-store, they have an entire wall filled with Funko Pops you can find…generally in order. If you want a specific one, go online. If you wish to browse, go to the store.

Barnes & Noble: Don’t bother with the website; just go to the store. They have a lot of Funko Pops in store that aren’t on the website. How does this helps customers find the Funko Pops they want? So, spend some time in the bookstore, get a graphic novel so you can finally know who Hobgoblin is, and then stare at the wall of Funko Pops.

Don’t Forget the Mom-and-Pop Shops

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Finally, and probably the best way to find Funko Pops is to go to independent stores. Indie toy and comic book stores seem to have a hidden portal to the Funko warehouse because they won’t just have fantastic selections, but they’ll have the exclusives from pretty much everywhere. For example, almost the entire upper level of Midtown Comics is a Funko Pop store. Then there are hidden gems, such as Alternate Dimensions in Newtown, Pa. This literally in a basement store has thousands of Funko Pops, and hundreds of them are hard to find. People will drive hours just to visit the store. So, look around your neighborhood. You never know if you’ll find a 20-inch black light Gladiator Hulk, or other awesome Funko Pops!

Are you a collector? How extensive is your collection? I have about 100, which I found out today was “novice” level. But, you know what, Funko? Go flock yourselves!

(Featured Image: Funko.com)

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Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He's currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.

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