The “POP Shop” on
March 4, 2014

I love the idea of this – a POP! Vinyl vending machine.  I wish I had thought of it.   Someone else did and it’s currently up on crowd-funding site   It looks like there’s still 12 days to go and they are still a long way off from their goal, so it this is the sort of thing that might interest you, head over and check them out.  Who knows, maybe someday you will be out and about and be able to snatch up the latest POP! in a grocery store, airport or mall.  I’m not in any way affiliated with it, I just liked the idea.


Whether it is for a child to play with or for an adult to collect the Funko POP! is an excellent choice. Funko has dozens and dozens of licenses from movies, television, comics, and more. Literally hundreds of unique individual characters exist in POP form. Our mission is to share the love of POP with our fellow man starting with our own community.


*image shown is artist rendering, final product wrap, logos, etc. may be different

The POP Shop automated retailing machine is at its core a simple way to deliver Funko POP! vinyl toys to the masses. This machine can hold up to 33 unique individual characters and as an automated machine can be placed in a variety of different locations like malls, airports, movie theaters, comic conventions, etc. With a limited amount of retail space dedicated to toys this is the perfect solution to cater to both the collector and those looking for something to play with.

That’s where we need your help. We have the machine manufacturing, the first mall placement, and inventory all ready to go. What we need is $20,000 in order to produce the first machine. Between design fees and other costs the first machine will be the most costly.

Our goal is simple. We want to create a fun easy way to bring POP!s to as many places as we can.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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  • Ricky says:

    Its a neat idea, but i personally hate it and would never use it, Pop figures have horrible paint ops and not being able to see and compare which one has the least amount of issues would cause me to never use the machine, same as why i wont buy them from an online shop
    but that’s just me…

  • Abawaku says:

    Looks great. Why does a company’s means of selling its product need to be crowdsourced? Especially an established company like Funko, which can afford licenses of seemingly endless major properties?

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