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Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures

Looking for something inexpensive and easy to collect? Funko’s vinyl figures seem to be sweeping the nation as they meet both of these requirements. The seemingly boundless plethora of differing designs means you are likely to find something that you are interested in.

These “toys” are available at many common online and retail locations, including some that you would not think likely. I’ve seen some special editions in 7-11 convenience stores of all places. The list also includes Barnes & Noble, Hot Topic, Amazon, Walgreens and Walmart so you are still able to add to your collection even if you do not have a specialty shop in your area. Many of these stores have special editions that can only be purchased in each particular store as well, meaning there is room for value to go up depending on rarity. Convention exclusives are quite popular as well, and I can attest to this having picked up a few from San Diego Comic Con 2014.

The first Pop! I bought was an Ice Bat Ugly Doll purely for my wife’s entertainment. As you can see from the Buffy pop photo in my feed, these “toys” usually consist of a mini version of a popular culture icon with big black eyes that sets off one’s cute radar. Why do I keep putting “toys” in quotation marks? Though they look like toys, the package clearly states “This is not a toy” because these were made to be collected. That’s not to say you can’t get one for your children to play with (mind the small parts though!) but to me these are like toys for your inner child. Something shiny to put up on your desk, or all over your house as some people display them.

If you’re looking to start your collection but not sure what to get first. Head over to popvinyl.net for some ideas. Don’t miss out on their contests for free Pop!’s as well. Why not start your collection with a free figure or two!

Table Top on Geek & Sundry

TableTop is one of the most interesting shows I’ve seen of late. If you haven’t heard of it, you should check out Geek & Sundry on YouTube (don’t forget to subscribe! http://bit.ly/SyeWy8 )

The show features a different board game each episode, and you get to watch celebrities playing head to head. Not only is it a great way to see how celebrities play board games (which includes getting a look at their personalities off traditional camera) but you get an idea of what a board game is like before you buy it. This is definitely my favorite way of pre-screening board games before purchase.

My wife in particular doesn’t really enjoy board games. My ability to pre-screen how gameplay works, allows me to purchase only those games that I feel will be well received by her. It’s a win-win.

Check out my favorite episode here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHmf1bau9xQ

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