Someone paid $ 100,000 for two rare Golden Funko Pops

A photo of the two men involved in the record-breaking deal and a close-up photo of the rare figures themselves.

On the left, in green, GrailMonster holds his recently purchased figures. That’s right, the items he bought for $ 100,000.
Picture: GrailMonster / Funko / Kotaku

On May 5, a man in Glendale, California met another man to buy him a sealed package of two extremely rare Funko Pops for $ 100,000 cash. This deal, the first six-digit Funko Pop sale ever recorded, is believed to be the largest in the history of Funko Pop collections and may be just the beginning for bigger bids to follow.

What are Funko Pops? Well, you probably already know what that is. But for those who have lived under a rock or who have never been to a store that sells comics, books or video games, let me help. Funko Pops (often called simply Pops) are small vinyl figures with large heads. Most of the figures are designed to look like various characters in pop culture, such as Batman, Freddy Kreuger, Darth Vaderetc. Some love them, others hate them, and many people just do not think about them at all because oh my God the world is a mess these days and I no longer have the energy in me to judge people who like silly collectibles in pop culture.

Anyway, one of the rarest Pops out there is a Willy Wonka-thematic package containing two golden figures. In 2016, only 10 of these figures were ever given and only four those were given to people who also had gold tickets they had found inside patisseries at a Comic-Con event in San Diego. (The other six sets are believed to have been given to Funko friends or employees.) Since then, most of the sets have been locked in private collections, so only two that also include tickets are known.

After trying and failing to locate the other Willy Wonka Gold Ticket Pops Pack known to exist, Frank-better known as Grailmonster online—Decided to turn to a person who knew he definitely had one. So last month, Grailmonster contacted the collector who had one of these very rare gold ticket figures and asked if he was interested in selling it.

“I had heard for a while that he was not going to sell it,” Grailmonster said Kotaku via email, “Our mutual friends put it in his ear to let it go if I offered him $ 100,000.”

It took some persuasion, but eventually the two agreed on a deal, with the collector selling his rare figures for $ 100,000. cash. However, even after the deal was struck, Grailmonster was not sure the collector would actually part with such a rare figure.

“I did not think he would sell until he passed the door on the morning of the transaction.”

The two Funko Pop fans met at a collectibles store in Glendale, California on May 5 to complete the transaction. The whole thing was recorded and then uploaded to Grailmonster’s YouTube channel. According to him and other members of the Pop collecting communitythis is the largest and most expensive such deal ever.

Grailmonster is well aware that many people, probably many of you who are reading this now, will call him an idiot or an idiot. He explained to me that as he and others were counting all the cash in the store and preparing for the exchange, he joked that he would be the “village idiot” on the internet after that. But there is also a sense among himself and many other pop collectors that the community will soon experience a An explosion of money and popularity that looks like a Pokémon.

“I’m sure the first one $ 100,000 Buy a Pokémon card “It seemed really stupid,” Grailmonster explained. “And the first $ 10,000 Buy comics, etc. It’s all about “.

He hopes this deal will help attract new collectors, while also shedding light on how “crazy” the private collector world around Funko Pops has become in recent years, where people will be throwing $ 20,000 at Pops based on just rumors and blurry photos.

“The private [Funko Pop] “The community is really like the Wild West,” Grailmonster said. “There is really no resource for sales in the secondary market, so everyone relies on each other to complete large trades. “There is serious money flying around.”

As for what he intends to do now after spending so much money on these two rare figures, Grailmonster joked Kotaku that he is going to “look” at it for a long time.

“I have it sitting in the middle of my dining room table like a stunned bitch,” Grailmonster admitted. “I will keep it as long as I can.”

Of course, I asked him what he would say to people who, understandably, find it very strange or even foolish to spend so much money on plastic toys. For him, the hobby is more than just games, and while he understands that some people will not understand it, for him, this is a normal part of collecting anything.

“No one should understand that. “I really enjoy it more than any hobby I have ever had,” he explained. “I love the cult around the rare pieces. Tracks like Clockwork Orange, Freddy Venom, Beatles reject set etc. they have such fascinating stories behind them. There are tracks out there that are so rare that there are no accounts to look at and there are only a few photos (Poppe, Woody & Buzz 2-pack, etc.).

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m not buying toys, I’re chasing stories.”

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