Finish your last-minute shopping. Pick up a Pop Vinyl today!
Last-Minute Gift Shoppers, I’m talking to you. It’s ok, I haven’t finished my shopping either (and I started in July). While you are out and about trying to find that one gift for the people we aren’t quite sure what to give, I’m here to give you my suggestion: a Pop Vinyl. These little buggers are kid-friendly, easy to collect, inexpensive, and above all else, down-right adorable. Bonus: they come in all kinds of flavors. Whether you’re buying for your little (or big) super-hero, villain, Khal, Khaleesi, Zombie Apocalypse Survivor, Teenage Mutant Aquatic Sewer Dweller, or resident of Equestria you can find a POP! Vinyl for everyone. Super-Who-Avenge-Lock fandom included (Roommate, I’m looking at you).
Personally, I have several in my home. The My Little Pony Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie have the honored spot on the shelf. And the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should be joining them soon. One can easily get caught collecting the vinyls, because they’re so flipping cute. It doesn’t hurt that Funko (producer and distributor of the toys) regularly releases new series. While they might seem too good to be true, there are a few traits that I feel can be complained about.
First – While Funko does regularly release new series’ of figures, many individual vinyls end up having their release dates pushed back, or can take some time to ship to stores. Prime examples here include Nightwing and Special Edition Daenerys Targaryen vinyls.
Second – The many, many exclusive figures. Walmart has exclusives. Barnes and Noble has exclusives. Hot Topic has exclusives (and basically has a monopoly on My Little Pony exclusives across the board). That bothers me for a few reasons: a) it ends up driving business away from smaller shops like Cosmic, and b) I hate having to run to a fro searching for a toy I want. I do my best to stay at home, pizza in hand, squarely planted in sweat pants suitable for house wear only. Basically, the Jennifer Lawrence life philosophy.
Small complaints aside, at $12 a piece they’re fantastic for gifts. Once you add munchkin friendly, and characters I will always love, you’ve pretty much got me sold.