Okay, so there’s this awesome service called “Pop in a Box”; I’ve known about it for a while because some of my fellow YouTubers subscribe to it, but when I discovered it the service was only based out of the UK, which meant that shipping and currency exchange made it just plain not worth it at all. But recently the service expanded, and they are now shipping out of the US as well. This is big news.
What “Pop in a Box” is, is a service in which you get Funko Pop vinyl figures in the mail every month. You can get between 1 and 12 Pops each month, depending on the subscription you choose, and that right off the bat is awesome. But it gets better. When you first sign up you build your collection to show “Pop in a Box” exactly what you already have so that they never send you anything you’ve already gotten. Then you go through their list again, and you can assign a ‘thumbs up’ or a ‘thumbs down’ to any Pops you wish. Pops that receive a ‘thumbs up’ are added to your ‘Wishlist’, which the “Pop in a Box” people refer to when deciding which Pops will go in your box. Anything that receives a ‘thumbs down’ is added to a ‘Graveyard’; everything in there is basically blacklisted from your subscription and will never be sent to you in any of your boxes. Any Pops that haven’t gotten a ‘thumbs up’ or a ‘thumbs down’ are basically up for grabs…you’re saying, “I don’t specifically want these, but I wouldn’t mind if you sent them to me”. If, on any given month, “Pop in a Box” isn’t able to find any Pops that suit your specifications, they simply won’t send you any and you won’t be charged for that month.
I thought it sounded like an awesome service the first time I saw it, but the shipping and conversion from the UK were just too outrageous to justify it, especially since you’re mostly going to be getting common Pops. But when my husband pointed out that they were shipping out of the US now I did some math and discovered that if we went with the 12-Pop-a-Month option we’d be paying basically the same price as buying them in store, but with the possibility of getting Pops that aren’t available around here, or even occasionally something rare or exclusive. I thought that sounded like an awesome deal (especially since, if the Canadian dollar goes up, we’ll actually paying less than retail on the Pops), and my hubby decided to get me the subscription as a Christmas present.
The first box took a while to get here – we’re assuming there are some growing pains with the US service, not to mention the holidays and border patrol – but I just recently got the first box and was super-excited to open it up. Want to have a look? Here it is!
I won’t go through each individual Pop in this post because there’s nothing specific to talk about, as all the Pops I received were common ones. However, I will say that I am quite satisfied with the service so far. I had a ton of fun opening up the first box and seeing which 12 Pops were curated for me, and I was more than happy with the results as well. Though each of the Pops were common (which you have to expect, because obviously they aren’t going to be sending exclusives out all over the place), every one of them was a Pop that I’d given a ‘thumbs up’ too, so that just goes to prove that the curators do actually look at that information when deciding what to send you. I also got Pops from some of my absolute favorite things – Star Wars, Disney, Supernatural, and Doctor Who – so that really makes it a fun and exciting experience.
If there was one thing I’d complain about at all (and honestly, it’s hardly a complaint) it’s that there was too much Star Wars in this box! I’m not really complaining because I love Star Wars, and of course I’m always looking to expand that collection, but it definitely would have been nice if my box had a bit more variety. I was certainly not expecting half of the first box to be nothing but Star Wars!
But that said, thus far I LOVE this service, and I definitely can’t wait for the next one. It’s the subscription that was designed for me, for sure, and I had to share it with you guys! In fact, if you’re interested in giving it a try yourself (remember, you can subscribe for only 1 Pop a month if you want!), I’ve got a link right here that will give you 5% off your first order:
So if you’re interested, definitely check it out, because for every four people who use that link to sign up I get an extra free Pop in my next box, and that’s just awesome. 😄
What do you think of “Pop in a Box”? Would you consider signing up? What does your Pop collection look like so far? Please share!