I was really lucky to get my job here at Funko, or at least I consider it that way. I had just graduated art school locally and was trying to figure out not only where I wanted to go in art, but also who would be willing to hire someone so fresh out of school. The idea of working at a toy company never seemed like an option for me. I had been under the assumption that what I had gone to school for wouldn’t allow for me to even explore this as an option. However, the opportunity came up and I figured I’d try. I am so glad it worked out because this is more than I could’ve ever hoped for as a first job in the art field.
What are your biggest artistic influences and/or who are your favorite artists?
There are a handful of known artists that I’ve enjoyed and been drawn to through life. However…and this might sound cheesy…but I would say my mom is actually my biggest influence in art. Growing up she was always artistic and doing crafts. I think that was basically where I got it in my head that I can do this, and fell in love with that artistic side of me.
What are some of your favorite projects you have worked on at Funko?
What programs and/or tools do you use most often?
Our company is really great at getting licenses we’re excited about. I would say the first two projects that come to my mind that I’ve already worked on are Sailor Moon (which is yet to be released) and Supernatural.
Regarding licenses I really hope we get in the future and would be ecstatic to get to work on, I’d say anything from Studio Ghibli would be amazing. Although I’m sure if we did get that license there would be a duel within the sculpting department over who would get to work on them! We’re all big fans.
What do you collect?
What is your favorite medium?
Any advice for aspiring toy designers?
3DRetro will be at Designer Con 2015 in Booth #532 with a number of new releases. One of them is Gary Baseman’s Wild “Bad” Girls Set - for the first time released as a set. The three Wild Girls are dressed in black with masks and have a pair Chou Chou companions. Limited to only 120 sets worldwide, they'll be available for $200.00 at Designer Con.
Also, Gary Baseman will be signing for fans on Saturday November 21st at the 3DRetro Booth from 2:30pm - 3:30pm.
speaking in double-entendres, and did we mention brilliant?
Coming in January!
Urban Vinyl Daily Presents 'GooDon' Customs from KearJun & SanJiaoMo Release from Toysbian for #DesignerCon 2015
What Funko lines do you collect? How many pieces are in your collection?
I mostly collect Marvel and DC Pop! Vinyls and looking to start expanding into the Dorbz line, because they're so ADORBZ. The Loki Marvel Collectors Corp Dorbz guards my entire collection. I love the Retro Freddy figures as well! The ultimate goal is to one day be able to collect prototypes. I stopped counting how many pieces I have a while ago, I love that each and every one I purchase is special and not because it's the X numbered Pop! I own. Ya know?
How long have you been a collector?
Over a year now- it’s been great from day one!
What are your favorite fandoms?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Carter, Supergirl, anything with female empowerment to be honest.
What was your first Funko item?
Dancing Groot Pop!
What is your favorite Funko piece in your collection?
Director Coulson and Lola Pop! Ride
Tell us your favorite Funko story!
Let me elaborate on why the Director Coulson and Lola Pop! Ride is my absolute favorite! I had purchased Coulson and Lola months before New York Comic Con and it held a special place separate from the rest of my collection. A shrine, almost. The night before NYCC, I thought about how great it would be to have the entire cast autograph Lola, and how it would manifest my love for the show and the actors. A few of the cast members were scheduled to appear, but it was my first NYCC and I didn't know how anything worked. So I said what the hey, wrapped up Coulson's little head in paper towels so it wouldn't bobble, wrapped Lola and Coulson in a sweater, and gently put it in my backpack. The next day I ended up waiting two hours in the lobby by the Nerdist food truck where I had an amazing view of Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet while they spoke about their show. I held Lola and Coulson in my hands the entire duration of the interview, and Clark Gregg came up to me and asked to hold Lola. SWOON. He mentioned to the audience how awesome the entire thing was as he showed it around (see photos above!). The actors and fans both share an appreciation for the vinyl figures, it's amazing. I didn't end up getting an autograph, but I was over the moon.
BUT WAIT IT GETS BETTER... I knew that Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet were scheduled to sign autographs at the Marvel Booth so I went there still holding Lola and Coulson in my hands. When I arrived there, I was disappointed to find out that I needed a ticket to attend the signing, again I was a NYCC newb. I waited around and watched countless people get posters, comic books, and DVDs signed by Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet when a gentleman who worked for the booth called me over. He said because they still had time left after finishing up signing for people who had tickets, I was allowed to go on stage and get an autograph and meet Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, and Jeph Loeb. It was a blur but I managed to get Lola and Coulson signed, and my friend managed to capture it all on video. I remind myself to watch it every so often because it's unbelievable.
From that day, I promised myself that I would continue to pursue my dream of getting Lola signed by the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I recently traveled close to four hours to Rhode Island Comic Con to see Ming-Na Wen and have her sign Lola. She like Mr. Gregg absolutely loves the Pop! Ride. I truly enjoy being the envy of everyone in the autograph line ;) Beyond that, I could not be more grateful that Funko has created an outlet for me to express my love for a television show that is reciprocated at every fan event, comic con, etc. that I attend.
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3DRetro has announced one of a handful of exclusives that they will be bringing to Booth #532 during Designer Con 2015. Ron English’s Artist Gnome: OG Edition is based on the original artwork (self-portrait) of Ron English.The 4-inch tall vinyl Gnome wears a Popaganda Rabbbit t-shirt with paint splattered pants. You'll be able to pick one up, limited to a run of 300 pieces, for $30.00.
The Silver Phantom Alien hides in plain sight! No one is safe from the horrifying creature’s menacing jaws. Available from Super7 at DesignerCon 2015!
Certain doom for the Nostromo Crew is cast in crystal clear soft vinyl with silver paint rub. Two ghastly, ghostly versions are mysteriously scattered among the Nostromo Spaceship! Which will you find?
4″ tall vinyl figure comes packaged in deluxe window box package, available at DesignerCon, booth #406. $50 ea.
Martian Toys will be hosting Space Crab Wars at Booth #603 at this year's Designer Con. The custom show features two "teams" of about 40 artists each - one from North America and one from Europe. We've received several customs from artists that will be competing in the show.
One Ugly Crustacean (shown above) is the custom entry from artist Mike Strick. Mike will be on Team Europe.
Also, Infinite Rabbits, who will be competing for Team North America, will contribute a piece entitled, "4... 3... 2... 1..."
And KC Tararuj is showing off three custom pieces (Crab Tyson, Crabedelic, and Crab Armstrong), although only one of these will be in the competition for Team North America.