Denver Comic Con 2016:THE OUTFITS

Denver Comic Con is getting closer everyday, so that means it’s time to start thinking about what I’m going to wear. Since I go as press–and because sewing is my bane–I like to go to DCC in everyday cosplay. For last year’s convention, I ended up choosing to dress in Heisenberg everyday cosplay and Scarlet Witch everyday cosplay (I had big plans for doing Black Widow everyday cosplay, but that didn’t work out). So while I’ve got loads of other everyday cosplay outfits set up that I’ve done here on the blog and on Geek & Sundry, I wanted to create a couple of other options to potentially join my outfit lineup for Denver Comic Con 2016. Here they are:

Everyday Low-Key Hamilton Trash

Okay, so this is technically more of just an outfit, but I love this top that I got from Jordandene, and so I had to create an outfit to go around it. I’ve done Hamilton everyday cosplay before, but this shirt is too cute to not wear to big events like DCC.

Everyday Low-Key Hamilton Trash

 

Everyday Melisandre

You will have to provide your own 400 year-old body if you really want your everyday cosplay to be authentic.

…probably real fire, too, not just fire-inspired jewelry, though I don’t recommend that. You do you though.

Everyday Melisandre

 

Everyday Jenny Flint

I’ve been obsessed with this outfit since the moment I saw this episode. I just love the leather and lace Victorian superhero outfit look. Green ring for Jenny’s Silurian wife, Vastra, obvs.

Everyday Jenny Flint

 

Everyday Rey

Hot Topic and Her Universe just released their limited edition Force Awakens clothing line, and one of my favorite pieces (though there were many) was the Rey sweater. I don’t know what Rey has against proper sleeves, but I like her style.

Everyday Rey Cosplay

 

Snape-Ricot

Are you going to Denver Comic Con this year (buy tickets here)? With guests like Stan Lee, Jenna Coleman, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Karl Urban, Clark Gregg, and more this year’s convention is going to be GREAT. Let me know if you are going. I’d love to say hi! Even if you can’t go to the convention and you’re in the Denver area, be sure to hit up the 2016 convention beer launch for this year’s brew, Snape-ricot, at Breckinridge Brewery on Lincoln Street!  I love that this year’s convention brew is honoring the late Alan Rickman, and it sounds like it will be a pretty tasty beer! If you want to attend, there’s no charge to get in, the first 200 people to order the con beer get a special pint glass for free, and the artist behind the AMAZING Snape-Ricot pint glass artwork, Frankie Serna, will be there to sign your glass. And, of course, there will also be some awesome music by the Gin Doctors and Red 5.

What do you think of these looks? Do you have any suggestions of everyday cosplays I should try to Denver Comic Con? Are you dressing up for a convention this year? Tell me about all your convention plans in the comments! 

Everyday Cosplay: Ygritte and Jon Snow

One of my favorite couples on Game of Thrones was Ygritte the Wilding and Jon Snow, a member of the Night’s Watch. I loved those two so much together. I mean, look at these two adorable kiddos (caution, spoilers after the gif):

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There chemistry is electric whenever the two are onscreen (I guess they’re actually dating IRL again, which makes me happy). Even in the Game of Thrones musical, the parts that had these two were some of my favorites (SERIOUSLY. Spoilers are coming. Last chance to leave).

So naturally, I was simply heartbroken when Ygritte was killed. And now that Jon Snow may also be dead too (I’m 99% sure he is), I just had to commemorate two of my faves from Game of Thrones with some everyday cosplay. Plus, it’s been snowing like crazy where I live (we get April snow showers here), so I’m feeling the cold weather vibes.

Everyday Ygritte

 

You’ll notice I included a “you know nothing, Jon Snow” tank with Ygritte’s look. Even though it’s a bit meta, I am 100% confident that if those tanks were a thing beyond the wall, Ygritte would wear one every damn day. 

Everyday Jon Snow

 

Obviously this look includes a cell phone cover with question marks. You know, because Jon Snow knows nothing? 

Who is your favorite couple from Game of Thrones? How about your favorite character? Do you think Jon Snow is dead or not? Let me know what you think in the comments! 

 

Everyday Cosplay: Dragon

I’ve kind of been on a dragon kick lately, ever since the Fandom 5 prompt from last week had me dreaming about adopting a dragon of my very own. Because of that, I decided to dream up an everyday cosplay look to pay homage to one of my favorite fictitious creatures. Complete with a dragon egg and plenty of gold, this look will have you feeling powerful, dangerous, and a tad reptilian. Everyday Dragon

What do you think of the look? What is your favorite mythical creature? Let me know in the comments! 

The Coolest (but sadly, fictional) Jobs from TV and Movies

Movies and television often give us unrealistic expectations. Whether its about life, love, or what kind of apartment we can afford (seriously how the hell did the Friends gang afford such a kickin’ place in NYC?!?), we’re forever confused about what is actually attainable vs. what seems to be attainable because of movies. I’ll be honest, one of the areas I am most guilty of allowing movies to skew my perception of reality is my career. So even though I know these jobs are utterly fictitious–and are probably LOADS more challenging than I’d like to admit–there are a few jobs that always give me a twinge of regret when I remember they are merely fictional gigs.

Hunter 

Hunter

I am well aware of the fact that hunting is a crazy dangerous job, but I can’t help but think it would be one of the coolest careers around. Sure, you don’t make a ton of money–or, like, any at all–but getting to travel all over the country (and the world, if you aren’t afraid of flying like Dean) to save people and hunt monsters sounds like a blast. Plus, I’m dorky enough like Sam that I would totally love digging into the lore as I researched for a case.

SHIELD Agent

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Okay, so maybe SHIELD isn’t the greatest place to work, especially after the whole Hydra thing, but BEFORE things got messy, I would have loved to have been a part of SHIELD. Protecting the earth and working with the likes of Thor and Black Widow? Oh please, oh please tell me, where do I sign?!

FBI Special Agent, the X-Files

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For all I know, the X-Files are a real thing. After all, THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE. But really, I would love to work in the X-Files division of the FBI. You can call me Spooky Kendall all you want. If my 9-5 consisted of chasing down aliens and other supernatural phenomena, I’d take the stupid nicknames. This one would also include a more steady paycheck than hunting. So win-win.

Vigilante

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I really hate it when I hear about horrible things happening all over the world and feeling largely powerless to stop it. I think becoming a masked vigilante, trolling the streets for evil-doers and other mischief-makers to keep my city safe for everyone would be kind of rad. Plus, I’d be really excited about getting some sick fighting moves, a snazzy vigilante outfit, and a cool vigilante/superhero name. Though I’d probably just let the papers name me. If I tried to name myself I’d probably pick something stupid and grammar-related like The Dangling Participle or something equally ridiculous.

…though that does have a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

Mother of Dragons

They say motherhood is the most important job, and I think that most definitely includes being the mother of dragons as well. While I could go without jumping into a fire with my three dragon eggs and then having to come out stark naked in front of a giant group of Dothraki just to add “the unburnt” to my name, I’m totally down for adding this to the “special skills” portion of my resume:

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What are some fictional jobs from movies and television that you wish were real? What would your dream, fictional job be? What fictional job would you absolutely HATE? Let me know in the comments!

5 Fandom Friday: Fictional Pets I Want to Adopt

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I have to admit, I have a pretty amazing pet. He’s a chiweenie (a real breed, yes, it’s a chihuahua/dachsund mix), and his name is Chaucer–you all know who Chaucer is, right?

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English literature lessons that led to the nerdy naming of my dog aside, he’s a great dog. We rescued him from the pound when he was 5. He’d already been there for several weeks, so I shudder to think what would have happened to him had we not adopted him when we did. Happily, we DID adopt him, and now we have the most loving, goofy dog on the face of the earth.

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But I always have room in my heart to adopt ANOTHER pet (even if Chaucer doesn’t have any desire for a pet-sibling). So for my Fandom 5 post today, I’m listing those fictional pets I’d love to add to my family.

Drogon

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I know, I know, probably not the best pet to have around a small dog, but you can’t tell me that you can watch Game of Thrones without wishing for your own dragon. Besides, Drogon seems to be the one dragon of Daenerys’ three dragons who is still loyal to his mother, so if I became the Adopted Mother of Dragons I’m pretty sure I could convince him to NOT attack his puppy-brother. I mean, right?

Pascal

Pascal

This lizard is a bit more manageable in size. Pascal is the sweet lizard who sticks by Rapunzel’s side through it all. He’s small, brave, he’s a generally good sport in the face of Rapunzel’s antics, and he’s got a healthy amount of sass. Just my kind of pet.

a Direwolf

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Sure, direwolves are pretty vicious creatures, but the Starks showed us that they can actually be incredibly loyal companions. Besides, I’d love to see Chaucer and his adopted direwolf brother going on adventures together.

Fang

Fang

Speaking of big, lovable dogs, I’d love to adopt Fang. He’s a giant dog, and he looks incredibly intimidating, but he’s really just a big gooey ball of love. He’d probably not fit in our apartment too well, but then again if he was happy in Hagrid’s hut, I’m sure he’d be okay with our apartment.

Dug

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There is no way you can tell me that you didn’t want to scoop Dug up in your arms and take him home with you after watching the movie Up. He is the sweetest dog around, and his special collar that allows him to speak makes him even more adorable and lovable. I just love this fictional puppy so much.

What fictional pets would you like to adopt? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!

Everyday Cosplay: Missandei

It’s finally starting to feel like summer around here, so I thought I’d do an everyday cosplay look that works in the hot weather, and pays homage to one of the kindest, wisest, and, of course, best-dressed ladies in the Seven Kingdoms, Missandei. Besides, if you saw the Game of Thrones finale (don’t worry, no spoilers here), we need a bit of a distraction from the madness that went down. Check out this super simple, summery look: Everyday MissandeiWhat do you think? Do you love Missandei as much as I do? Are you in need of as much post-GoT therapy as I am? Let’s talk Thrones in the comments–no spoilers, please!

Denver Comic Con 2015 Roundup

And just like that, another Denver Comic Con is in the books. This year’s con was completely amazing, but man, I am zonked.

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Exhausted or not, I had the BEST time. Last year’s con was marvelous, but I feel like they only stepped their game up this year. certainly crowded, but this year it felt especially packed. It was exciting to see so many people come out for such an amazing event! There was fabulous cosplay everywhere you looked, and I even caught a glimpse of an old friend from last year, the Raptor Evangelist.

Velocirapture

Unlike last year, my everyday cosplay efforts were highly successful. I stuck with my original outfit plan of Heisenberg, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow, and I’m so glad that I did. I think if I had tried to pull something crazy off in the last few days, I would have crashed and burned. So ten points for planning ahead!

I did try out Vine, as I mentioned earlier on the blog. It wasn’t an epic failure, nor did I fall to the ground and have a Squidward-esque attack of being overwhelmed by the future. I’m not sure what to think about Vine, honestly. I think it’s something I want to play with a bit more, but I’m glad that I’ve started messing around with it. You can follow me on Vine to see my videos from the con.

At last year’s con, I spent most of my time in the smaller panels–which I thoroughly loved. This year, however, I didn’t get to spend time on the smaller panels. There were SO MANY big-name guests this year, and paired with several interviews that I had scheduled, and I just couldn’t swing it to the smaller panels. I was most bummed about missing the “Cosplay on a Budget” panel by my fellow Female Geek Blogger pal over at Cosplay Cents. However, if you want to see how that panel went, head over to Cosplay Cents’s website for a recap.

Though it was too bad that I missed the smaller panels, I was THRILLED to have gotten the chance to attend so many of the amazing main event panels. I also learned my lesson from last year, and I allowed plenty of time in my schedule for standing in line.

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

I, of course, could not miss a chance to hear Ms. Kaylee herself. Jewel was fabulous. She’s snarky, sweet, and shares my love of cheeseburgers. She has been quite busy lately, starring in several upcoming projects (How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, 40 Below and Falling, and Personal Effects). So we’ve got lots of Jewel to look forward to on the big screen! She also spent a small amount of time talking about Higher Ground, a short-lived, soapy show that I was OBSESSED with in middle school. She mentioned that, in addition to co-starring with the future Mr. Anakin Skywalker himself, Jewel’s fiance, Charlie, also had a guest role on the show. Charlie was at the con and was watching the panel, but Jewel didn’t point him out to avoid embarrassing him (and, let’s be honest, causing a fan mob to form). However, she assured us he was the hottest one in the room. It was so sweet to see how head-over-heels she is with Charlie. Also, if you follow her on Twitter (which you should), she just announced that she’s having a baby! Congrats, Jewel! Head over to my Vine to see my videos from her panel.

Gwendoline Christie

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You wouldn’t know it from watching her as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, but Gwendoline Christie is actually hilarious. She has the most infectious laugh, and she has such a passion for what she does. I could have listened to Gwendoline talk about Brienne for hours. Gwendoline loves Brienne–who doesn’t, for real–and she works really hard to keep as much as she can as authentic as she can. For instance, the armor she wears as Brienne is completely metal (read: heavy), and she will only use the real (read: also heavy) sword when she’s wielding Oathkeeper. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t talk much about The Force Awakens, except for calling it “a dream come true” (by the way, if you haven’t seen her as Captain Phasma yet, you should do that now). She also spoke a bit about her role in Mockingjay Part II as Commander Lyme. Again, she didn’t have much to say, apart from calling her a strong woman and a rebel. I cannot WAIT! Gwendoline is truly inspirational, and it was so amazing to hear her talking about Brienne, empowering women, and finding strength and confidence in playing such a unique (and fully AWESOME) character like Brienne. Unfortunately, I was having tech issues, so I only grabbed one Vine from her panel. Head over to my Vine to see my videos from her panel.

David Morrissey and Scott Wilson

*Walking Dead spoilers below, be warned* Hershel and Governor Collage Because who doesn’t want a panel with the Governor and Hershel, amirite? These two are fabulous. David Morrissey is, mercifully, nothing like his character. David is funny, he seems to be a genuinely nice man, and he truly cared about his Walking Dead cast members–even Rick. Scott Wilson, on the other hand, seems to be just like Hershel. He’s a kind man, and he seemed to genuinely care about the fans that came out to see them. Though the told several great stories–like Scott falling asleep when they shot Hershel’s leg amputation scene and snoring on camera, or David realizing he’d never be able to go outside again after he saw that he essentially killed Christmas when he beheaded Hershel, who is basically Santa himself–there was no reference to my favorite Walking Dead thing ever, the first Walking Dead Bad Lip Reading (start at 3:56 for the Governor’s song). I supposed mentioning it at San Diego Comic Con is enough, but I really wanted to see him say “On Broadway”. Head over to my Vine to see my videos from their panel.

And while seeing panels is always lovely, part of the real fun of Comic Con is getting to meet fabulous people, and I got to meet some AMAZING people this year. While I’ll post more about my interviews with these folks later, here’s a quick rundown of who I met with:

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I’m actually still in shock that I got to do this. I was given the AMAZING opportunity by DC Comics to sit down with Becky Cloonan (writer of Gotham Academy), Marguerite Bennett (author of Earth 2 and the upcoming Bombshells comic), and Jim Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (writers of Harley Quinn, Starfire, and the upcoming Harley Quinn and Power Girl mini-series). These folks were marvelous, and I can’t wait to share my interviews with them here! geek-fuel-bw-logoGeek Fuel is a Denver-based geeky subscription box. They’ve been around for about six months and are already taking the world by storm. There are lots of geek subscription boxes out there, but these guys have some pretty rad ideas to help them stand out from the crowd. Check ’em out, and come back here for more on them!

EspionageBecause of crappy cell service, dead phones, and migraines, I didn’t actually get to talk to the awesome women of Espionage Cosmetics at the con. However, these guys are super rad, and I can’t wait to talk to you guys about them, so we’re going to chat post-con. Again, check these folks out, and come back here for an interview with them!

I also got a photo op with Karen Gillan. I’ve never done a photo op before, but I just couldn’t pass up missing Karen Gillan in person. Check it out:

Kendall and Karen

I was super nervous about saying something stupid, but luckily they churned everyone through the line very quickly (it was a HUGE line–I am sure Karen was exhausted) so I didn’t have time to say anything beyond “hello” and “thank you”–which I did stupendously well, as if I’d been saying “hello” and “thank you” my whole life.

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In short, Denver Comic Con was amazing. The entire event was top-notch, and I love seeing this con get better and better each year. Even better, proceeds from ticket sales benefits the non-profit Pop Culture Classroom, a Denver-based education nonprofit that offers pop culture, core-aligned educational programs. The driving power behind PCC stems from the staff’s personal experiences of the positive influence of comics and other pop culture media in the staff’s own lives. They envision individuals transformed by the educational power of popular culture who create diverse, inclusive and engaged communities. Judging by how many people attended the con, I’m sure PPC raised a TON of money (you can donate on their website, if you’re so inclined). Even better? Umbrella Corp Denver donated their proceeds to PPC as well. Ten points to Umbrella Corp!

I’m incredibly sad that Denver Comic Con is over, but I had so much fun this year. I cannot wait to see what the con has in store in the future. Time to get ready for Denver Comic Con 2016!

Did you attend Denver Comic Con? What was your favorite part? Tell me about it or any other cons you attended this month in the comments. Be sure to follow me on Vine to see my con videos, follow me on Twitter and my convention hashtag, #KenAtTheCon to see other convention tidbits. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss the amazing interviews I snagged at this year’s DCC! 

5 Fandom Friday: Fave Fictional Moms

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Sunday is Mother’s Day, so to celebrate motherhood in general, this week’s Fandom 5 is all about celebrating those amazing fictional mommas. Here are my five faves:

Morticia Addams

Morticia Addams

Morticia, in both the TV show and the movies, lived an unconventional lifestyle. However, she still was always a great mom and made sure she was there for her kids. She was always welcoming to outsiders, and did what she could to make guests feel welcome. She was unconventional–and she knew it–but it didn’t stop her from being a fabulous person and a fabulous mom.

Helen Parr/Elastigirl

Elastigirl

What’s not to love about Helen Parr? She is both literally and figuratively a superhero, fighting crime as Elastigirl and managing to run a super-family with grace and ease. When her husband gets himself involved with an evil super villain, Helen races in to save the day, save her family, and save the world. Helen is–wait for it–incredible.

Molly Weasley

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Molly is probably one of the best moms out there. Not only did she manage to be a loving, supportive mom of her own four children, but she also managed to take Harry under her wing and become the mother he never had. She’s loving, brave, and selfless, and she can knit a mean jumper. Molly rules.

Tina Belcher

Tina Belcher

Tina is a great mom. She’s always supportive of her kids, and she never hesitates to cheer them on–be it in their forays into capoeira, writing erotic friend fiction, or even saving her family and her entire town from a horde of wild turkeys. Alriiiiight.

Clair Huxtable

I grew up watching The Cosby Show. It was one of my absolute favorite shows. While I loved watching the family–and they were definitely the fictional family I would have loved to join–Clair was the character who made the largest impact on me. I wanted to be just like her–a loving wife, a fun and supportive mom, and a rockstar at my job. She also made me the feminist I am today. Watching her interact with Elvin’s antiquated notions of “a man’s job” and “a woman’s job”–in this moment, in particular–had a lasting impact.

Honorable Mention: 

Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys TargaryenBeing the Mother of Dragons totally counts, yo.

 Who are some of your favorite fictional mommas? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is saying! 

 

Everyday Cosplay: Daenerys Targaryen

Last year, I attended a Game of Thrones-themed birthday party. One of the requests of the hosts was that we come dressed as a character, but everyday cosplay style rather than going all out. I immediately called dibs on Daenerys, because, I mean, come on..
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…Dany is awesome. Who wouldn’t want to dress up like her? Luckily, the other two women attending the party were already planning to dress as other characters, so no one was annoyed with my Andy Dwyer-esque exuberance as I called dibs on Khaleesi for the rest of time. I tossed together a quick look of a blue dress, some jeggings, a Khaleesi-inspired hairstyle, and I was set to go. While I loved the look I pulled together for the party, I have really wanted figure out an outfit I could wear more regularly, especially at work. Really, if I could dress in a Daenerys-inspired outfit at all times, I would. I’m obsessed with her outfits and hairstyles on the show. After I recently purchased an awesome dress from Modcloth, I realized it would be the perfect dress to make an office-appropriate, Khaleesi-inspired look. Take a look:
Everyday Daenerys Targaryen

What is your favorite Daenerys Targaryen look? Which character from Game of Thrones is your style inspiration? Let me know in the comments!

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5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Pop Funko Figures

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Happy Friday, nerds!

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge collector outside of books. Being a military brat, I have a sort of natural aversion to keeping too many tchotckes around the house. However, there is just something about Funko dolls that I cannot get over. They are just too cute, and I love putting them at my desk at work. I don’t ever think I’ll get a huge collection (again with the military brat thing), but Funko does a great job of coming out with cute, creative dolls that I can’t help but buy. Here are my 5 favorite dolls, three of them I own, two I hope to buy.

The Ones I Own:

pop funkoI love these three so much. From left to right, I have a doll of Charlie from Supernatural that I am completely obsessed with (I’ve said it before though, I’m kind of just obsessed with Charlie in general).

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…A Hot Topic exclusive doll (that is, sadly, now sold out), Castiel from Supernatural–with wings (ominous lighting not included).

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…and a Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen doll–with a tiny dragon!

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The other two that I cannot WAIT to get my hands on are a part of the new Orphan Black line. These guys will be out this month through May of 2015 exclusively at Hot Topic. Here are the two I am planning to add to my collection:

The Helena Doll

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I know Helena is completely nuts, but I love that sugar-addicted weirdo. Of course, I can’t have Helena without adding one of her seestras, right?

The Cosima Doll

Cosima Orphan Black FunkoCosima is probably the clone that I most want to be best buds with, so I knew I had to add her to my collection. Besides, after the super sweet interaction Cosima had with Helena last season…

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…I’m pretty sure adding those two to my tiny Funko collection would be just about perfect.

Do you have any Funko dolls? Which are your favorite? Which ones are on your wish list? Let me know in the comments! And, as always, be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts and see what everyone else is talking about today by following the #Fandom5 hashtag!