Ever since Funko revealed the prototype of the first Pop Vinyl figure at San Diego Comic Con a few years back, the line of figures has blown up in popularity. People collect them, in all sizes, from film heroes to sports figures to TV characters – Funko even has a Fanatic of the Week feature to honor their dedicated customers!
Since people have so many these days, here are the best options you may not have thought of to display or store them. Sure, you could get a shelf, but here are some nifty ways to make use of space, too!
- IN THE BOX: For the collectors who will still keep their figures in the box, the best option is stacking them one on top of the other, as a retail store does. The fun part is that if you have enough figures, you can just stack them from the floor up, but a shelf may provide more stability if you have carpet. Fan Danny from Pennsylvania looks to stack the boxes so you can not only see the front displays, but also the colorful side displays.
- OUT OF THE BOX: If you take your figures out of the box for display, the world is truly your oyster! Here are merely five options for you to consider:
Get a desk drawer organizer with built in compartments. These items are not only cheap, pending on what brand you get, but they come in different colors and sizes. Lay it flat on a surface and make sure it is leaning against a wall. You can find these anywhere, from thrift stores to retailers, but a thrift store can save you money.
- Check out the kitchen accessories section of a retail store. From Lazy Susan’s, to multi-layer serving platters, to special dish racks, to certain spice racks made of wood – you would be surprised at unique Funko options meant for your kitchen. Sometimes, you can get this stuff in good condition at a thrift store, but I would suggest places like Target or Ikea for these items.
Get a door hanging organizer. What is usually meant for the other end of a kitchen pantry door or a bathroom can hold lots of Funkos and even some books or DVDs. This can also work for figures still kept in the box, depending on how much room the shelves give you! I’ve never come across one at a thrift store and I have quite a few in my area, so I would suggest grabbing one at Target, Ikea, Walmart, or somewhere similar.
- Shadow boxes and ornate frames (sometimes, they are both included!) The very best place to get these at a good price and unique availability is a thrift store. The one pictured in this article is one of my own making and I found it at Goodwill for $7! I also wanted to share that another fan had this idea, which Funko featured as a Fanatic of the Week here.
Find a unique candle holder with flat bases. Switch out wax for vinyl. Get candle holders with flat surfaces, like the example at the right. You can get these anywhere, but definitely check thrift stores first for the best prices and variety.