I would like to share a post by my friend Danni, an admin of an outstanding Facebook Pop collecting group called Funko Experts. Odds are you’ve seen the hysteria surrounding a certain holographic Pop that was supposed to be on a certain major retailer’s website, along with the misdirected outrage that followed. Now, I put a post on a certain social media site that got a few people riled up (hey, can’t please everyone, right?), but Danni’s approach is not nearly as harsh as mine was. I hope you’ll all read this – and if you’ve ever been the type to completely snap over one of these toys/collectibles/whatever you feel right calling them; been prone to berate, threaten, swear at, or otherwise mistreat employees of these stores; or just let a sour experience completely skew what is supposed to be a fun hobby – I hope you’ll think about this post and give it a second thought. Thanks again to Danni at Funko Experts.
“Here’s a little story that some of you newer collectors might not know about.
A few years ago, Fugitive Toys did a monthly mystery box called the F-Box. Every month it came out, nobody knew the day or time, it was completely random. They sold out in minutes. The boxes were cheap & awesome. And a special few would receive their special F-Box which was always extremely impressive.
Because of their popularity, they sold out quickly & many wouldn’t get them. Then one particular month, collectors lost their damn minds & took to bitching, moaning & even physically threatening Fugitive & their employees. You know how Fugitive responded to this? They stopped doing their F-Box, made a very public notice about how they won’t be treated this way. And the majority of the collectors, who were decent human beings lost this fun little thing because of a select few whiny little assholes.
Moral of the story. Don’t be a whiny little asshole. It’s a holiday. We are talking about a $15 piece of vinyl. Don’t start petitions, don’t threaten people, don’t try to get employees fired from their jobs. There are real problems in the world. Go take a fight & stand up against something that really matters.
That is all.”