Hi guys, how are you? Do you know what funko is? Today we are going to talk about these action figures and their participation in pop culture. We can see many of these dolls out there all with different styles. But there is a company called Funko that stands out in the market because of its various toy production patents and also several other items that are based on pop culture, including anime, manga and games.
In this time of technology, almost nothing is isolated in just one place, things spread around the world and are often so widespread and popular that they are difficult to forget. Manias, music, movies, figures action, electronic items and everything else that can be done in a part of the planet has the potential to spread throughout it, like a fire that spreads wherever it can burn.
Throughout the article we will leave some funko products for you to look at Amazon Brazil.
Funko is a global culture
For those who don't know, I'll try to explain what pop culture is. I don't know if it will be the best explanation but it will serve for this article. Basically, pop culture or popular culture, is the set of practices, beliefs and objects that are dominant in a society at a given time. It is strongly influenced by the mass media and permeates the lives of people in societies.
Like, for example, our beloved action figures, they are popular both in Brazil and in Japan. They are in all parts of the world and most people know what it is or have seen one. That's what pop culture is, a custom that is dominantly present in a society. In the case of action figures, they are a global pop culture, if that is the correct term.
Knowing the company Funko
Funko is an American company that produces licensed collectibles from pop culture. Funko is renowned for manufacturing licensed vinyl figures and bobbleheads. In addition to licensed electronic items and plushies.
Founded in 1998, the company was created as a small project to create various low-tech toys and nostalgic themes. Sold in 2005, the company increased the catalog of several of its toy lines and also entered into licensing agreements with companies such as Netflix, Ubisoft, Paramount Pictures, Cartoon network, Pokemon company, among others.
Its brand specialized in pop culture has a global reach, and consequently its products are found all over the world. Next, I will put some genres of toys related to the products it produces.
Designer toys are innovative and collectible toys made by independent artists. Usually produced in limited editions, they are made of materials such as vinyl, metal, latex and resin. The first designer toys appeared in the 1990s.
This type of toy makes a great collaboration in pop culture, after all, what would we be without our cute and cute action figures? and in the case of anime, they are even more successful, and these artists however are not licensed but are also part of the industry.
Urban vinyl is a type of designer toy, with action figures in particular, which are usually made of vinyl. As we already know vinyl is a synthetic plastic type made of polymer, to put it in more layman's terms, it is PVC, that type of material that water pipes used in the plumbing of most houses here in Brazil are made of.
To specify this type of toy, these are toys that have original designs, a small number of production and are marketed to collectors, who are usually adults.
Resin toys are another subcategory of designer toys. and with name property already says, they are made of Resin. They are created by melting the resin and adjusting it after melting. For finishing they are painted using automotive paint by aerosol and from time to time they receive a layer of varnish on top of the paint.
This process is more laborious and time consuming than with vinyl. Unlike vinyl toys, these are sculpted, molded and painted by a single artist. This is because vinyl toys are practical to be industrialized.
Plush toys, another subcategory of designer toys, are soft, stuffed dolls, created in limited quantities by artists and designers. Common designs include animals or shapes similar to humans., Designers often present entirely unique character designs. These toys are usually given names and personalities, with their distinct personalities described on their labels or in booklets included in their packaging.
Also known as nodder or wobbler, this is a type of collectible doll. But it is already a different category from designer toys. Your head is often large compared to your body. and instead of its connection being stable, the head is connected to the body only by a spring or hook, in such a way that any shake will make the head bounce.
This despite being part of pop culture nowadays its creation is not entirely new. For that we will present a little of the history of this specific type of figures. This story isn't exactly necessary, but it can be interesting to learn more about.
A little history of Funko
Religious and Buddha figures were produced in the 17th century in Asia. The oldest reference to these dolls is believed to be in Nikolai Gogol's 1842 short story “the coat”. During the 19th century, bobbleheads made in bisque were being made in small quantities for the US market.
During the 1920s and 1930s, many of these dolls that were consumed in the USA were produced in Germany. As early as the 1950s, they had a substantial increase in popularity with items made of plastic or bisque.
Increase in popularity
Approximately in the 1960s, Major League Baseball, a major US baseball championship, entered this culture and produced a series of Marché paper bobblehead dolls, and each championship team received one. In the next decade, these were made of ceramics, within a few years this theme was copied by other sports.
The next increase occurred in the late 90s. Despite being sought after, these dolls had almost no innovation. What ultimately motivated its innovation were the cheaper manufacturing processes. So instead of ceramic, they started to be made of plastic. So it was possible to make these products in the appropriate numbers so that they could be collectible.
Like the other types of dolls and toys, bobbleheads have an impact on pop culture. These objects are objects of admiration and obsessive searches, especially the rarest ones, as well as anything else that one likes to collect. The difference here is its scope and level of influence, as millions of people collect these items.
Speaking based on my research, I can say that collecting these dolls or the others already mentioned is not cheap. But as I heard once, "it is not that things are expensive, it is your monetary capacity that is low for such things". Sad but it is pure reality.
Funko product line
Funko has already created more than 13 thousand different products in dozens of toy lines. The first line was Wacky woblblers, which is a line of Bobbleheads representing several characters. Mainly from pop culture.
In March 2018, the company announced its cereal brand, which includes mini-pop characters inside the box. This cereal was due to be launched in June of the same year. Other current production lines include Hikari, legacy collection, fabrikations mopeez and Rock candy.
In 2015, Funko announced a brand called Vinyl Sugar. But there are also other older lines, these include Spastilk Plastik, Blox, FunkoVision, Funko force and more.
Funko Pop! It is a vinyl line of figures modeled in the super-deformed Japanese style. Usually this line represents licensed characters from franchises like Marvel, Disney, star Wars, Harry Potter, DC comics and others.
Several other products were launched using the Pop! and your style. Such as plush toys, t-shirts, key chains (miniature versions of the original versions) and ceramic mugs.
And within this theme there is Funko Rides, which presents the doll in a vehicle. In addition Funko produces Pop! Deluxes, where a character is seated in external parts like a throne and less often in a vehicle or a creature of some type.
Another relevant content is the production of the Movie and Como Momentos line, which feature Pop figures! Interacting with each other and exhibiting scenes that reproduce moments from films, comic books or the like.
I don't particularly have any of those products, which is unfortunate. But that does not mean that I do not like to admire them. They are lovely and pleasing to the eye, however the prices are up to their virtues.
Plush toys, vinyl, resin or bobblehead are all collectible items, not to be sold like water. This is the main reason for their prices, of course it has the influence of their licenses and the cost of manufacture, among others. But I can say that although these dolls are popular, the hobby of collecting these toys is not for everyone.
This article is over. But if you have doubts, suggestions, criticisms or the like, just comment. and just to cure my curiosity, if someone has a collection of these products, comment below. In addition, thank you, my dear reader, for reading this article so far. and until next time.