How to Store and Protect Your Funko Pop Collection
Collecting Funko Pop figureheads is a treasured hobby by thousands of pop culture fans. Though Funkos have been around 1998, it has exploded in popularity in the 2010s and persist to this day. In fact, Funko has grown to become a $686 million dollar business. The most sought-after product from Funko is their “Pop!” vinyl figures that are essentially miniatures of characters from various pop culture franchises. You’ll find your favorite movie and comic characters rendered in a cute, or “chibi” way. Overall, if it’s relevant to pop culture, it’s most likely to be represented in a Funko Pop! Figurine.
Funko Pop! figurines are usually made of vinyl and are between 3.75 to 4 inches tall. They are known for their exaggerated, square-shaped head that has rounded edges. The characters also have cartoonish button eyes, a small nose, and no mouth. Some are common and worth under $10 while others can be worth thousands of dollars. For example, the Alex DeLarge Clockwork Orange Funko Pop Vinyl is valued at $13,400 and is considered the most expensive Funko Pop figurehead in the world. If you own a rare or unique figurine, it can also be worth hundreds of dollars, so you want to make sure they stay in good shape. How do you protect these valuables when you need to put them in storage? Here are some FAQs on keeping your Funko Pop! collection as good as new.
Where should I never store my Funko Pop figurines?
You should never store your Funko Pop figurines in any environment that isn’t temperature controlled. They should also not be stored directly on the floor since this makes them more vulnerable to pest and water damage. This means that unfinished basements and attics are out. There is too much risk of flooding and moisture in either of these environments. Also, unfinished garages pose moisture and pest damage risks and should be avoided. If you absolutely must store your Funko Pops in these places, make sure they are placed in their original boxes and a pop protector case, then they should be gently stacked in a secure plastic bin.
Why can’t you store them just anywhere? Funko Pop figurines are made of vinyl, which can warp or fade when exposed to high heat for extended periods. Therefore, any environment with stable temperatures and humidity levels is going to serve you the best. You can surely take a risk in a less-than-perfect storage area for a season, but you can’t guarantee that your figurines will stay in good condition.
Where is the best place to store Funko Pops?
The best place to store Funko Pops is off the floor and away from humidity and sunlight. This can either be a room in an air-conditioned house or a climate-controlled storage unit. Ideally, they should be on a shelf and placed inside a closed container. Many collectors like to store their Funko Pops indoors in a climate-controlled environment on a bookshelf with the figurines in their original boxes. Serious collectors also prefer to place their figurines in their original boxes and then place them in branded protective plastic cases.
Do I need Pop Protector cases?
Yes, you need pop protector cases if you’re serious about keeping your figurines in top condition. For the best quality, get UV Premium Pop! Protectors from Funko that protect your figurines (and original boxes) from moisture, pests, and damaging UV rays that can fade colors over time. However, if you’re a casual collector and know that your figurines are in more of the modest value range,
How many Funko Pops can I stack?
You can stack up to 10 figurines when they are in pop protectors. This method works when they are stacked against a wall. On a bookshelf, you can easily stack up to 4 or 5. This method allows you to fit up to 40 Funko Pops across a 3-foot wall space. Never stack your Funko Pop boxes directly on the ground, but place them on some kind of elevated surface like a desk, shelf, or even a storage pallet that raises your collectibles a couple of inches off the ground.
Should I store my Funko Pops in their original box?
Yes, you should store your Funko Pop Figures in their original box, but it’s not compulsory. Since they vary in price, having the boxes will maximize their value. If your Funk Pop is projected to appreciate, you should surely keep the box. If you’re a casual collector, it’s still advised to keep your figurines in a pop protector box or another kind of sealed environment where moisture, sunlight, and pests can’t affect them. There are a lot of advantages to keeping the box aside from just that completion factor. Instead of throwing them away, you can store them safely so that you can retrieve them later.
How do I store empty boxes?
If you want to show off your Funko Pops at home but keep the boxes safe in storage, then all you need to do is place them in plastic pop protectors, gently stack them in a waterproof container, and store them in a climate-controlled area. You may also store them in a climate-controlled storage unit.
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