The answer to this is as simple as this… It’s your figure, do what you want with it! But if you want to know how this is going to affect the collectability or price of your product, then maybe think a little harder about whether to unbox it, or what to do with said box! I’m an “in the box collector” but with Funko pops it’s not quite as cut and dry as that!
On my site you’ll notice that when I do a review of a Funko pop figure, it’ll be photographed both in and out of the box. And when that photography is finished it goes right back in to that box. Here’s the thing with this collectible which sets it apart from many others… You can unbox it, mess about with it, put it back in the box and no one would be any the wiser! They’re not sealed boxes. In the UK many retailers put security strips inside the box, so right away it’s no longer in unopened condition… and how are you going to get that security strip out again?
Can you tell that this Blood Bag pop was taken out of the box?
‘Cause it was!
I think Funko have been very clever in designing the product in this way because it leaves people feeling much more confident in being able to mess about with their figures, which sometimes comes up with some amazing photos, and it doesn’t take long on Instagram to find some of these specialist photographers who either take their pops out and about with them or produce special diorama displays.
And after taking all these beautiful pictures which both get the photographers deserved acclaim and ensures that Funko get a load of free advertising (how many other figures do you see being posed in a swamp or in front of a fire pit?), they can theoretically go back in the box and look mint condition!
But there are some disadvantages to taking your pop out of the box which are things to consider. Firstly, they’re a pain in the butt to clean. Imagine dusting a hundred individual unboxed figures or just running a duster over those sealed boxes… I know which I’d rather do! I hate cleaning stuff. Along the same trail of thought, the pops are far less likely to get damaged while in the box… The box is likely to get damaged before the pop if it were to fall off a shelf or get found by a kid or dog for example, and after all it’s the pop that’s worth the money.
While on the subject, let’s talk about money… In particular pop value! Is a pop without a box worthless?
Not at all! There are plenty of people who collect them out of the box, so you can still sell them on without a box, including the rarer individuals. This is always handy to know in case the box gets damaged. But are they worth as much without the box?
If you have the box they’ll appeal to both the people who collect them with and without the box, which instantly increases your target audience, and the box itself does have some value. They are attractive boxes which definitely add to the aesthetic of the product and do increase the product value, especially for more expensive ones, which is where the real collectors are spending their money, an they usually want mint condition.
So even if you do display your pops out of the box (even if you don’t think you’ll sell your pop collection one day), keep those boxes safe… Just in case. But in the interim, as long as they’re in your collection, you display them how you like! I’m 100% a display boxed guy but thats not the correct answer. The correct answer is do what you want… It’s your stuff after all!