10 Funko Pops! Worth a Small Fortune

Miguel Discart, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Miguel Discart, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

In the 1990s, collectors salivated over Beanie Babies. In the 2000s, it was Pokemon. Today, the collectibles market is dominated by Funko Pops!, the ubiquitous vinyl figures that turn pop culture characters into block-headed, saucer-eyed cute bombs.

While Funko has a deep bench of licenses, many figures are exclusive to retailers, available for a limited time, or are otherwise hard to find. After perusing recent auction sales and Funko online price guides, we’ve excavated a few that are being bought and sold for stacks of cash larger than the toys themselves. Take a look at 10 of the most sought after and valuable Pops! that could net you a small fortune on the secondary market.

1. Holographic Darth Maul // $2130

The horned villain from 1999’s Star Wars prequel, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, got the glow-in-the-dark treatment from Funko in 2012. San Diego Comic-Con attendees had first crack at the variant, which was limited to 480. The Pop Price Guide, which tracks sales, estimates its value at $2130. The figure is apparently desirable enough that some fans will even pay $200 for a custom replica.

2. Stan Lee Platinum Metallic Chrome Signed // $6100

A Funko Pop! Platinum Metallic Edition Stan Lee is pictured
Funko

You’d probably have to go rummaging through a Funko executive’s office to find a figure rarer than this 2015 release that was exclusive to attendees of a Comikaze Expo fan event. Late comics great Stan Lee signed just 10 of these, making it one of the most exclusive Funkos on the market. One sold for $6100 during a recent eBay auction.

3. Ken Griffey Jr. Bronze // $2550

One of Major League Baseball’s most celebrated players got the Pop! treatment in 2018, with just 24 gold-finish variants made for fans at Seattle's Safeco Field. The current market value is $2550, though figures have sold for as much as $3000.

4. Headless Ned Stark // $1980

A Funko Pop! of Headless Ned Stark from 'Game of Thrones' is pictured
Funko

One of the most tragic and unexpected deaths on Game of Thrones was immortalized in this 2013 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, which features the head of the Stark family and his detachable melon. The Pop Price Guide has valued Stark at $1980, though one eBay auction climbed up to $2600.

5. Black Ranger Freddy Funko // $2420

This hybrid mash-up of Funko mascot Freddy Funko and the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was limited to fans attending the Funko Fundays event at 2017's San Diego Comic-Con. Only 24 were produced, which is why they’re extremely difficult to find, even on auction sites. While Pop Price Guide lists its value at $2420, one recent eBay listing is asking $4400.

6. The Notorious B.I.G. Metallic // $1960

A Funko Pop! of the Notorious B.I.G. is pictured
Funko

The late rap headliner got the deluxe treatment in 2011, with a metallic coat and hat version that was limited to 240 pieces. (The regular version is pictured.) Though its listed value is $1960, a recent eBay auction ended with a sale price of $2400 for the figure.

7. Batman Blue Metallic // $1050

The Dark Knight is looking a little more ostentatious in this 2010 San Diego Comic-Con offering, with a shiny blue cowl and accessories.

8. 1970s Elvis Presley Glow-in-the-Dark // $1580

A Funko Pop! of 1970s Elvis Presley is pictured
Funko

A 1970s-era Elvis (above) comes in a special glow-in-the-dark version that has an estimated value of $1580. Another limited chase figure that depicts him at the height of his powers in the 1950s will run you as much as $1820.

9. Clown Dumbo // $5270

The ear-shaming of Disney’s 1941 animated classic Dumbo continues to strike a chord with people. The 2013 edition of Dumbo in clown make-up was limited to 48 pieces for San Diego Comic-Con attendees. A figure with a little damage to the package still fetched $3551 on eBay.

10. Planet Arlia Vegeta // $1740

A Funko Pop! of Planet Arlia Vegeta from 'Dragon Ball Z' is pictured
Funko

The flame-haired Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z was exclusive to fans at the 2014 New York Comic Con and the Toy Tokyo store in New York City. One eBay bidder recently landed Vegeta for $2000.

George R.R. Martin Doesn't Think Game of Thrones Was 'Very Good' For His Writing Process

Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

No one seems to have escaped the fan fury over the finals season of Game of Thrones. While likely no one got it quite as bad as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, even author George R.R. Martin—who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series upon which the show is based, faced backlash surrounding the HBO hit. The volatile reaction from fans has apparently taken a toll on both Martin's writing and personal life.

In an interview with The Guardian, the acclaimed author said he's sticking with his original plan for the last two books, explaining that the show will not impact them. “You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” he stated.

He went on to explain how even his personal life has taken a negative turn because of the show. “I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favorite thing to do in the world,” Martin said. “To go in and wander from stack to stack, take down some books, read a little, leave with a big stack of things I’d never heard of when I came in. Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognized within 10 minutes and there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.”

While fans of the book series are fully aware of the author's struggle to finish the final two installments, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, Martin admitted that part of the delay has been a result of the HBO series, and fans' reaction to it.

“I don’t think [the series] was very good for me,” Martin said. “The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.'"

Still, Martin has sworn that the books will get finished ... he just won't promise when.

[h/t The Guardian]

Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

Cinephile/Amazon
Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon now for $20 before its August 27 release date.

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