A ‘Warhammer 40,000’ Funko Pop! you paint yourself

Games Workshop produces a tabletop science fiction wargame called Warhammer 40,000. It’s set in the distant, grimy future. Players build models used to represent space marines, vehicles, aliens, and supernatural monsters on the miniature battlefield.

By far the most time-consuming aspect of getting a Warhammer 40,000 miniature ready for the tabletop battlefield is painting it. For the most part, players spend more time painting their armies then they do playing the game. 

This Pop! version is the same Primaris Intercessor figure Funko released prior, only primed and ready for you to paint. Normally a Funko Pop! figure is painted by workers in Vietnam and China who I am sure are paid a fair and living wage for their labor. Right? 

A 'Warhammer 40K' Funko Pop! you paint yourself - Bent Corner

This special unpainted figure will be available on Warhammer Day, June 29 at Warhammer and Games Workshop stores. It will also be available from the official Games Workshop website.

I want one. Not to paint, but to leave it as-is. I think it looks good just the way it is. 

As a Funko Pop! collector, I wish Funko would release more figures like this. They could make it an alternate chase figure.

So what is a chase figure?

A chase figure is an alternate version of a regular figure made in fewer quantities. Collectors “chase” after them as they are harder to find. When Funko makes one, it identifies it with a special sticker on the box window indicating its chase status.

A 'Warhammer 40K' Funko Pop! you paint yourself - Bent Corner
A Funko Pop! chase figure.
Most Funko chase figures are released at a 1:6 ratio to their normal counterparts. Because they are harder to find at the retail level, they normally command a higher price on the secondary market.

Releasing nonpainted versions of Pop! figures could create an entire secondary hobby of painting your figures. Instead of it being a hobby based solely on buying stuff, it could become like a more traditional hobby where you are actually doing something with your hands, eyes, and brain.

One of my favorite YouTubers is a man named Greg Cook. He collects action and Funko Pop! figures and makes videos about it. He also photographs them. This turns them into more than a buying hobby. In this case, he turns it into a doing hobby. 

Make sure to check out Greg’s YouTube channel.  He makes great content and his positivity is contagious. 

Not that this secondary hobby of painting and customizing does not already exist. It does, albeit in a much more limited practice. Usually, collectors buy figures, never remove them from the box, and then display them in a room that quickly begins to look like a poorly organized retail store. 

Needless to say, I am not one of these types of collectors. I’m a collector, not a hoarder. Just do not ask my wife to confirm that statement about me. 

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