Yes, yes, yes: I know that collecting anything these days can be pricey real quick. I've seen what manufacturers are asking for some of the best screen replicas out there, and -- like so many of you -- I'm just not willing to sell a kidney to hold that hot little Mandalorian Beskar helmet in my cold fingers because -- well, quite frankly -- I like peeing without a bag. As these prized commodities do tend to be a mainstay of the popular convention circuit, I tend to avoid those places -- except to look, at times -- in favor of searching out the smaller and still savvy creations that come down the mainstream pike. That said, I stumbled across these incredible Funko Bitty Pops a few weeks back in the Batman: The Animated Series variety (at Target, of all places) and then today found a few packs at WalMart in the Star Wars franchise. As you can guess, I just had to have a few for my collection.
For those wishing a bit more information, these are packaged as four-packs -- yes, you get four of the tiniest yet coolest miniatures I've had the good fortune of seeing manufactured -- with three of them being available through the carton windows and one being concealed. (Ah, ah, ah! Those of you thinking "well, I can just peel back that cardboard and see what's under there" should take note: the hidden figure is, indeed, twice hidden as it's wrapped in a reasonably thick black plastic wrapper that not even light can pass through.) This way, you can collect (essentially) only those teeny-tiny figures -- all molded in classic Funko style -- and still receive a special surprise with the blind buy. Nice thinking, Funko, as you made a believer out of me!
And, yes, those Mystery Bittys -- as they're advertised on the box -- are apparently classified as rare figures, too. My Tusken Raider is projected as 1/3 -- meaning, I believe, that it's one out of three chances that you'll come by one in blind packaging -- and there are a few others (Hammerhead, Tarkin, and what looks to be a fully translucent Stormtrooper, I think) out there just waiting for you to discover them. Of course, I'll be on the look-out for other ones that I can score with future purchases, though I'll likely not make any serious effort to collect them all.
The last very nice touch to the purchase is the fact that each set available comes with its own Bitty Pop display shelf. Basically, it's a four-slot clear plastic protector, but -- as you can see from the photos I'm rather excitedly including in this brief review -- it's still pretty spiffy. Granted, the thing sits a bit too flat on surfaces, and this unfortunately causes the Bittys to slip and slide out of the shelf and fall over, but that's a small bit of suffrage for having something so grand to occupy a bit of open territory in need of some character. It's a very good purchase.
These were priced at $14.99 at both Target and WalMart. Yes, some might find that a bit pricey for something so tiny, but I tend to look at this as money well spent to give me just a wee bit of joy.
As you can guess ... I give these two thumbs up. Highly recommended!
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!