This section helps our Volunteer Squad keep the database clean and consistent! It pertains to members who have Creator access and above. If you're interested in getting involved, read more about joining the Squad here. We'd love to have you aboard!
We love seeing the work of the many talented customizers in the Funko collector community and welcome the addition of Custom POPs to hobbyDB!
Please note that custom POPs should only show on hobbyDB and not in Pop Price Guide. In August 2020 we asked the PPG community if they wanted customs to be listed among official Funko items and the consensus was no. However, if a custom POP is added to a member's collection from hobbyDB it will still appear in the member's Showcase on PPG.
This article lists important rules and policies for custom POPs on hobbyDB. Please read the entire page before adding any custom POPs to the database. Squad members who repeatedly violate these rules may be removed from the Squad or have their roles restricted.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Rules for Adding Custom POPs
- Official Archives for Customizers
- Estimated Values and Price Points for Custom POPs
Rules for Adding Custom POPs
The process for adding a custom POP is essentially the same as adding standard items to the database, but with a few additional (and important!) rules:
- Add the custom from hobbyDB.com, not PopPriceGuide.com. As noted above, the community decided that customs should not be included in Pop Price Guide.
- The Brand should always be the Customizer, not Funko. (See our current list of POP! Customizers here.) Do not add Funko or POP! Vinyl to any of the Subject fields.
- Add "POP! Customs" as the series. Do not add any official Funko series.
- Don't add the retailer of the original base Pop to Related Subjects.
- Set the Production Status to Custom.
- Do not add or include the original base POP's UPC, even if the custom is packaged in the original POP's box.
- The Custom can be a Variant of the original item if the customization is primarily a paint job or the addition of minor accessories.
- Please also review our general guidelines for Customs before adding any custom POPs to the database.
Official Archives for Customizers
If you are a customizer and would like to host an Official Archive of your work on hobbyDB we would love to help you set that up! An Official Archive is a great way to showcase your work and share it with the community. To qualify for an Official Archive as a customizer you must have at least 15 of your customs listed on hobbyDB, and that must represent at least 50% of your body of work. If you have 25 or more customs in the database we'll also promote you on our blog and/or social media!
Read more about Official Archives and contact us if you'd like to get the ball rolling!
Estimated Values and Price Points for Custom POPs
To prevent issues with conflicts of interest, customizers may not add Member Estimates to their own items. This also applies to individuals who are directly associated with the customizer, such as family members, anyone who might financially benefit from the sale of the customizer's work, or someone considering reselling a custom.
If you have an Official Archive (see above) you can add Retail Prices to the Price Guide to show what your past work has sold for on other platforms. If you add Retail Prices to your customs you must be able to provide documentation of the sale if requested.
Retail Prices may not be added for customs by a customizer who does not yet have an Official Archive on hobbyDB.