I always buy Funko because I want them – either because they are related to one of my fandoms, or because I just really like the way they look. But sometimes… sometimes, it’s also a little bit because of peer pressure. It’s really easy to get caught up in the tangled web of collecting when you are member to so many Funko groups. You get excited seeing what other people have – and the more times you see it, the more you find yourself wanting to join in with your peers to show that you have it too.
Most of the time, I’m good about staying strong and not running out to buy Funko I don’t really need or don’t even absolutely OMG want… but then there were these 5 times I bought Funko thanks to peer pressure…
1. The Labyrinth Pre-Order
Anyone remember back in uhhhh JUNE when I ran out to my local GameStop so that I could pre-order the entire Labyrinth Funko Pop set? Yeah. That was actually a result of it being mentioned in one of my Funko groups on Facebook all of 2, maybe 3 times. Before I knew it, this girl was putting on pants and running out the door.
Not that I don’t absolutely want these Funkos. Labyrinth is my all time favorite movie and I have been waiting for these Funko as long as I have been a collector. Buuuut I probably didn’t need to immediately run out and put down money to pre-order them. Haha
These Funko finally come out this month. I cannot wait for them to be in store so I can go pick mine up!
2. The Hoodless Kylo Ren Exclusive
Easily one of my dumbest Funko purchases. Funko came out with an exclusive for Target. It’s Kylo Ren from Star Wars… without a hood. Except, look at these two:
In case you are missing the subtleties between them, the hoodless Kylo Ren is on the right. This is one of those stupid ploys just to get people to buy more Funko. This is exactly what happens when you succumb to peer pressure and go out to buy the so-called “exclusive” because everyone else is getting it.
The saddest part is that I already owned the regular, non-exclusive version when I bought this (which looks way better in my opinion). I actually got so excited that I totally forgot I had one and that there was practically no difference between them. This purchase taught me a valuable lesson.
3. The Glow-in-the-dark My Little Pony
Yes, I do actually have a My Little Pony Funko Pop collection (I’ve already shown you my non-pop collection). I went out about a month or so ago and I combed my local Walmart looking to see if I could find this exclusive set of My Little Pony Funko Pop – mostly because I wanted to have them, and a little bit because everyone else seemed to want them too.
This is probably kind of dumb, because Funko keeps using the same mold to re-make their MLP Funkos… to the point that it’s starting to make me kind of annoyed. The exclusives from Walmart are a GitD Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, and Fluttershy. Notice I didn’t say Princess Twilight? That’s because they used the same mold from the original (the ones at the bottom) to make it:
That’s okay. They are still really cool looking Funko Pops that I’m glad I went out to buy (and got for stupid cheap because Walmart couldn’t find them in their system).
4. The Freddy Funko Hipster
Every Wednesday, Funko has a new collectible on their website for sale. A lot of the time, it’s a variation of the Funko mascot, Freddy Funko. One week in particular, they put up this super cute guy with thick, black eyeglass frames and freckles. People started snatching up the very limited amount of them and they sold out quickly.
I was one of the lucky few to get one. I’ve yet to be able to buy anything on Funko day since – they always sell out before I get to them. Sounds good right? I bought a Funko I really liked. Except… I kind of did it because everyone else was so interested in them. And worse… Funko did a second wave of them just a few weeks later so they aren’t even as rare as they were when I bought it. Thanks Funko…
5. The Harley & Joker FYE Exclusive
I have a small, but growing collection of Batman Funko – mostly because I started out buying them for Jeremy. But did I really need the new Harley and Joker Funko based on the movie Suicide Squad? Eh. Probably not. I based my decision to purchase at all on the fact that I like Harley Quinn and have started collecting Harley Funko (like that time when my blogger friend Ashlee sent me one). But the exclusive, 2-pack Metallic Paint Harley & Joker set from FYE? Yeah. Purely based on peer pressure.
You see, I could have bought these as singles. FYE had those as well. It would have cost me maybe a coupe of dollars less to buy the single boxes with the regular paint, but I decided… why not? Everyone else was getting the exclusive 2-pack box so why shouldn’t I? Next thing I know, I’m walking out of FYE with Funko I probably didn’t need.
Answer True These Questions Two:
1. Have you ever bought a Funko based on seeing others buy it?
2. Do you have any Funko that you probably didn’t need to buy?
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