I spend a lot of time in what could be considered stores for nerds. What can I say, I’m a man-child and my shopping list is full of Gundam model kits and wall scrolls. And when you’re a gentleman of discerning taste like myself, you gotta go to the source. But there’s been an alarming trend in the shelving space at ThinkGeek and the anime store. Over the last few years, these stores have begun stocking endless thousands of Funko Pop! figures. At present, there is a mania amongst the denizens of nerdom, and the collective appetite for these figures is insatiable. I figured there might be one or two Funko Pop! tattoos out there, but when I went looking it was as if veritable floodgates had opened.
Despite not seeing the appeal, I dipped my toes into the Funko pool this weekend and picked up a Mega Man figure. It’s sitting on my shelf right now, staring at me blankly. It seemed like a harmless investment at a meager ten bucks. But for some reason, I can’t help but think my little plastic blue bomber looks lonely. He could really use a Rush figure next to him. And maybe Protoman too.
Funko was founded in 1998 with the aim of bringing low-tech, nostalgia-themed toys to the world. The first figure the company produced was the iconic mascot of the Big Boy restaurant chain. Within several years, their product line had expanded at an exponential rate. At present, Funko has licensing deals with seemingly everyone on the planet, including but not limited to Marvel, DC Comics, WWE, Lucasfilm, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Hasbro, CBS, Fox, Warner Bros, Disney, HBO, Peanuts, BBC, NFL, Ubisoft, NBCUniversal, Cartoon Network, 2K Games, and Bethesda Games.
Through these licenses, Funko has produced Pop! figures for what seems like every imaginable character in pop culture from Han Solo to Harry Potter, Deadpool to Dorothy Gale, and Groot to Donald Trump. And people just keep eating it up. So sit back and take a look at some incredible Funko Pop! tattoos and reel at just how popular these figures are.
These Funko Pop! tattoos prove that these adorable vinyl figures are here to stay. And despite the encroachment on geek retail space around the world, we’re ok with that. They’re just too cute.