Unboxing some of the physical Iron Maiden NFT Funko Pops!
Oh my god, a wild Deadspace appears! He's not fully dead, just partially dead! Anyways, how's it going, my doods? Today I'm back with a quick post and video showing off the most recent release of Funko NFT pops that have begun to ship out. If you're unfamiliar with Funko, they are a well known collectible toy company that has access to an insane amount of license's for their products. There's a big market for their products, with some of their very limited items going for tens of thousands of dollars. They've dipped their toes into the NFT world over the past 10-11 months, doing a handful of drops on the Wax blockchain and using Atomichub for second market support. A big component of interest in these drops is that there are specific NFT's that are redeemable for a physical Funko Pop in the real world. You obtain these NFT's through pack openings which are randomly generated as you open them, so it's all luck based. This time around is the third batch of physical products, and the theme is Iron Maiden.
If you're unfamiliar with them because you've been touching yourself under a rock for the last 40 years, they are an English heavy metal band that formed in the 70's. They have a pretty big fanbase from over the decades, and you've more than likely heard at least one of their songs on the radio at some point if you're not 12 years old. Especially considering they've made over 40 albums. So, lets take a look at what these pops look like!
The first set they released which was TMNT themed had 5 redeemables, the second set which I didn't bother with because it looked lame as fuck was Big Boy themed and featured 3 redeemable physical pops. The third set was this iron maiden set and also featured 3 redeemable items. After dipping my toes in with the TMNT pops, I was pretty interested in this set even though I'm not a giant Iron Maiden fan. I certainly have a few tracks from them that I enjoy since I grew up hearing them and I love metal tunes. But, I'm not ride or die like most of their stan's where I'd be offering them over the pants handjobs behind the stage or anything. Beyond my mild enjoyment of the band, I was mostly interested due to the cool designs of the pops as well as how limited the grail piece of this set was, with a unique sticker count that matches well with a metal band. The grail piece of this set is a unique design of their mascot character Eddie, and was limited to 666 pieces. In the end, however, only 557 of these were redeemed. With the rest being destroyed after production. This is so far the most limited Funko Pop they've made in the current line up of NFT pops. It also has a great design.
So, I'm very curious to see where its value stands in a year to two years from now. It's a bit hard to tell since it's a bit more niche than TMNT. But, I wouldn't be shocked if this sells for $800-1000 in 12-18 months from now. It's an extremely limited pop, with a unique design and a high value entry point with a large fan base. Plus, it also helps that it currently is already selling for around $575-600 from sold ebay listings. Which is almost 3.5 times as much as what people were paying for the NFT redemption token about 5-6 months ago. (Unless they ripped it from a pack and got it for $10-30) So, if in 2 years from now it's going for a rack I would say I'd be pretty happy.
The other pop that I got from this redemption was the royalty item that required you to have one of every common through epic rarity NFT from the set. This royalty slot is always Funko's mascot cosplaying as a character from whatever lineup the drop is centered around. I skipped doing the royalty with TMNT, as it was fairly expensive at the time and also just looking boring as fuck to me. However, this time around it was fairly cheap to acquire it and the design looked pretty fucking nice as far as Freddy Funko figures go. The mold is very unique and just looks nice and has some cool little details, like the back of his shirt having their tour dates on it. Which I was totally not too lazy to take pictures of, and you'll definitely see them in this post. Definitely. This particular redeemable was limited to 2430 pieces, though there was only 1635 that ended up being redeemed with the others being destroyed.
I am not really sure where this pop's value will end up in the long term. I imagine it will go up a fair bit, but, I'm not really sure how much exactly. Freddy Funko is a hard bar to measure, as they've done hundreds of molds of it as other characters at this point. Almost all of which are usually limited count pieces that range all over the place. This is one of the best molds they've done though, in my opinion. And, the entry point to get one at it's lowest point was around $85. On the other hand, it's not the most limited piece at 1635 pieces, when there are some Freddy Funko pops that are as limited as 24 pieces. It's currently selling for around $280 via sold ebay listings, so already a large jump compared to what it was digitally. If I was being cautious, I would say I expect this to be worth $350-400 in 12-18 months. If I'm being optimistic, then I would say maybe it could hit $400-500 in 12-18 months. These NFT pops are still so new to the market, and there's a lot of love/hate going on so it's just too early to tell. Either way, I'm going to be rubbing these fuckers all over my supple naked body for the next few years. So, in the end that's all that really matters, right?
Anyways, hope you enjoyed checking out the limited pops. I just wanted to make a quick little post showing them off and figured maybe it would catch a few peoples interest. The next set is supposed to start shipping sometime this month, and it's the one I'm most excited for since it's centered around Halloween, and I am a absolute dirty whore for Halloween :)
So, until next time, my doods.