I visited the annual FACTS Fall convention in Ghent last Sunday, and besides seeing John Barrowman at his best, this generally means a little bit too much money was once again spent and my inner geek had a high-time amongst her own kind. I absolutely love finding a couple of new additions to the geeky collection, AND finding a fitting spot for them once I come home. How I go about it? Well, read on!
KEEP ‘EM BOXED
Let’s start with the most obvious thing to do, and that’s keeping them in their display boxes. This is often done with a lot of memorabilia, including Funko Pop!s (aka the easiest - yet fun! - geeky thing to collect), as it keeps them clean, safe, even steady in some cases because not all Pop!s are able to stand when they come out of their boxes (ye be warned) AND the boxes are easy to stack if you want to display them on a shelf that way. All that aside and even though I get it and know a lot of people who keep them like this, it is my least favourite way to display… Don’t really know why, but I think it’s because I feel like it’s a bit too boring for me, really, and I don’t plan on reselling them anyway.
The only one I’m keeping like this is the Newt Scamander Chase edition I got my hands on at the FACTS Convention. I don’t usually go for Chases, by the way, but they were unboxing their stock right in front of me when it came out and I guess competitive me prevailed in the spur of the moment. Oh, well.
I might still change my mind about unboxing him, though. You know, loves the outdoors so much and locked up in a box. Poor little guy.
PUT THEM IN ‘THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT’
I know, statues & toys and all, but still. If the only purpose they serve is being collectables, you might as well put them somewhere in your interior where they fit right in, you know? That’s why the Hagrid figurines I have are standing right beside those certain magical books (one is even taking care of a sickly plant, as you can see right under here. He’s sweet like that), the Eleventh Doctor Pop! is keeping guard over his DVD boxes, Flik from A Bug’s Life is often hiding out in my house plants, and the cute Niffler I - finally - treated myself to last weekend is the perfect addition to my little jewellery nook.
PUT THEM IN A SPOT WHERE YOU OFTEN SPEND TIME
I don’t know about you, but I like to have my favourite geeky stuff close to me, and not put away in my glass case. Don’t get me wrong, I love that case, but to be fair… I don’t often find myself staring at it. Besides all that, I find that those Pop!s make for quirky, cute little details in the places I often spend time. For example, the cutest one I own (yup, still Meeko) has never been off my desk and was recently joined by little Blue. Seeing as that makes my desk a bit Funko-full, the latest addition in the cute department had to go somewhere else. So meet Rajah, cheering up my kitchen shelf as of today.
New on the desk as well, and probably the coolest (and most expensive, ha!) thing I bought at FACTS: this mother-bleepin’ REAL Darkwing Duck sketch by Tad Stones. Can you believe I was actually more nervous to meet him than I was to make eye contact with a scantily clad John Barrowman? Utterly ridiculous, actually, because he was such a nice guy.
NEATLY ARRANGE THEM IN A SHOWCASE
Previously mentioned as not that popular in my humble opinion, I do have breakables and those don’t match well with cats. Not many, though, so they are joined by the Funko Pop!s that don’t have a spot in my interior because A) I didn’t find a fitting spot for them, or B) I often switch them out because I do have a small army nowadays. Oops.
Top Cat is new, by the way. Remember him? You know, back when Cartoon Network was still awesome and sent out the classics? I absolutely loved that cat, especially how he talked.
That’s about it! Also new but nothing to do with displaying (except one shouldn’t be afraid to proudly wear it ;)): a beautiful new Time-Turner! I had a cheaper one before, but it recently gave in to that same cheapness and broke. I was absolutely gutted because I love wearing it, so this was the first thing on my list when I arrived at the Convention. So glad I found the real deal while battling my way through the huge crowd of geeks, inscribed and all.
“I mark the hours, every one, Nor have I yet outrun the Sun.
My use and value unto you, Are gauged with what you have to do.”