A friend of mine has a kid who likes video games. So buying a Christmas present for him should be easy peasy for someone like me. The trouble is, he already owns them all.
“So Jake, what do you want for Christmas?” I asked him.
“You already have some. You’re twirling one right now.”
“You don’t “twirl” a fidget spinner, you SPIN THEM! And I want more! They have some that glow in the dark and some that are metal and some that ….”
“What about video games? Don’t you want any video games?”
“I don’t think they have any new ones.”
“What? Of course they have new ones, there’s a whole industry that makes new ones all day long!”
“I already have them all.”
“No you don’t.”
“Have you even spun a fidget spinner on your nose? It’s so cool watch this.”
So there I was, sitting on a sofa with a kid who apparently owned all the video games in the world and all he wanted to do was to spin things on his nose.
Back in my day I got one new Nintendo game every few months. I literally had to pick up poop in the backyard to earn my allowance and I had to save that allowance for months to afford a new game. So there was always a ton of games I wanted but couldn’t get yet. They made games faster than I could buy them (this is different than my life as an adult where I buy them faster than I can play them). So when Christmas came around boy oh boy did I have a list of things I wanted!
I think I spent as much time reading about games I didn’t have in Nintendo Power magazine as I did playing the ones I actually owned. By the time I’d finally get a game I had already memorized the maps and the key combos. I knew how to play the game before I unwrapped it. I had been planning for the moment I would plug in the cartridge for months. I had STUDIED for it. When I didn’t like a game it was because I had already played it in my imagination long before I got the real thing and I liked the version I made up better. It was a harsh lesson in expectations and disappointment, one that I instantly forgot the next time I saw an ad for a new game.
Wanting the games was as much a part of the hobby as playing them was.
This kid doesn’t know how good he has it. He doesn’t have to do chores to save money to buy his games. I think his only chore is doing his homework. Homework isn’t a chore, I mean it is a chore but it isn’t a chore you have to do to get your allowance. It’s a chore you have to do anyway and you don’t get paid for it. (Which is actually kinda backwards because things I did for money as a child are the housekeeping chores I do as an adult for free whereas school is more analogous to my day job which I do get paid for). He doesn’t have anything to look forward too. He already has them all. At least the ones he wants.
I guess I could buy him a fidget spinner. They’re pretty cheap. And with the money I save maybe I’ll buy myself that new Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 game for the Switch, it looks SUPER good. And then Jake and I are BOTH happy.
I had displayed them in the boxes until recently.
A lot of geeks enjoy collecting things and I’m no exception. I’ve collected USB Thumb Drives, WarHammer models, Legos, board games, Magic The Gathering cards, video games, and I’ve even got a few fidget spinners. But one collection I’m actually proud to show off is my Funko Pops.
K2SO is such a great character, and a cool looking robot Funko Pop too!
What’s a Funko Pop you ask? It’s a bobble head, although some don’t have bobbable heads, of characters from across the geek-o-verse. Characters from movies, comics, video games and more have been Funkofied.
I am groot!
Most Funko Pops look a lot alike. Giant heads (good for bobbling if they bobble) and tiny bodies. Big eyes. They’ve been criticized for being too similar but I think the sameness of them all is what I like best about them. I can get Vault Boy from the video game Fallout and Spider Gwen from comic books and they can both sit on the shelf next to each other and not look out of place. The Funko Pop style makes characters from radically different genres look alright mixed together as one large collection.
Not being a big DC fan (at the moment at least) I didn’t have any DC Funkos until I saw the Wonder Woman movie. Now I have a Wonder Woman. Is this the beginning of a DC collection and interest? We’ll see.
Until recently I kept all of them in their boxes because they stack, store, and display so well that way. There was something special about a wall of exactly same sized boxes stacked on top of each other with my favorite characters inside of them. But I finally took them all out of their boxes in the hopes that the figures themselves would be more visually appealing without the box obscuring them. I haven’t decided if I like this better. The wall of boxes was pretty neat imho.
For the record I have 31 Funko Pops. Although I accidentally bought Captain Marvel twice soooooooo, 30 unique ones I suppose 🙂 I know my collection is TINY compared to others. But they are expensive so I’ll continue to grow my collection slowly. What I have makes me happy. Here’s my whole collection below.