WTF (What’s The Funko)?

It seems many people haven’t heard of Funko or what the very notion of such wonderment is.

I must admit, I was a late bloomer into the whole collectible malarkey.  I hadn’t collected or had toys since I was around 12.  To this date I still have many of them, namely Batman figures (The Animated Series).  I lost touch with toys and, for the most part, didn’t care much as the quality of most kids toys these days are cheap, tacky and nothing compared to those of the late 80s and 90s.

But, the more top end region of toys and collectibles, are far from cheap and tacky.

Funko have a diverse range of toys spanning countless IPs such as Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, DC Comics, Disney, Breaking Bad, 80s classics and so many more.  From POP! Vinyls to Wacky Wobblers and many more shapes and sizes – they are an unstoppable force in the collectibles industry.

Just looking around on the web, people have amassed large collections showcased on shelves, glass cabinets…even installations as if it were an art gallery!  The money these folks have spent and are willing to spend is insane!  But, a diehard collector will be willing to pay anything for the ‘chase’ pieces.  Their Holy Grails.

Funko products are far from toys.  They, for the most part, have become a way of life.

As a result of this newfound inspiration, Nerdgazzum aims to get the best and coolest of these types of products and supply them at the lowest price possible.  The markup at Nerdgazzum is low purely because more sales = more money.  Lesser sales at higher charges will still make more money but long-term that wouldn’t work well.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Funko goodness.  And remember, they don’t just to the cutesy looking toys.  Action figures and no doubt many other inventions to come!

 

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Site Issues

Urgh, after the other day with continuous 500 errors when loading the domain and then it settled then today I discover it says my account is suspended because something is hammering the server it turns out my personal blog had a dodgy plug in which was causing the down time.  Looks like a glitch from when I imported it from WordPress.com.

To releive the strain on the server, I’ve killed my personal blog and decided to maintain it back at http://lacosanostra84.wordpress.com.  This way it won’t interfere with the running of my site.   Apologies to everyone using it – I can see a large number of users on the site of the last few days and, as I’d expect, a large number of page load errors as a result of the site struggling with the forced traffic caused by the plugin.

It may take some time to settle today – spoken to my host and they’ve given me some help and pointed me in the right direction – I’m checking through the rest of the site just to make sure no files have slipped through the net.

In terms of site security, it’s tighter than a duck’s anus and no security breach has occurred.  Typical technology. one tiny bit of code goes awry and then pandemonium ensues!

Thanks again for everyone’s patience and, despite all the page load errors, a lot of folks remained patient and refreshed/retried.

Have a fab weekend!

 

Store Update 19/05/14

Hello to you!

What a busy week it’s been on the store!  There has been a huge number of additions to the store – more than all the other weeks combined!  Below is the list – some are pre-orders and others are available now!

It’s been an exciting week (which has made up for the let down with the new stock – over a week late now!)

So, whatcha waiting for?  Go and check out the goodies and get your orders placed!

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Batfleck & His Wheels

Now that Zack Snyder has tweeted the tease of the ‘bile yesterday and then given more of a reveal today with Ben Affleck in THE suit the interwebs has gone insane!

The Batmobile had me concerned at what seemed to be a tail fin reminding me of Schumacher’s absolute abominations.  Seeing this latest image reminds me of Burton’s Batmobile with the cool looking windows and looks like it’s a mish-mash of the Tumbler as well with the cool plated armour and grittier look.

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But, as I posted on Facebook last night:

 

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It looks like my wish came true and then some!  The suit has taken its inspiration from Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns with the over-sized bat symbol, shorter ears and very grey look (a lot of grey in this so it’s possible it’s just effect but now I know why Kevin Smith got so excited.
Dark Knight Returns is clearly where Zack would get a lot of inspiration from; the relationship between Batman and Superman, an older and grittier Batman and, if the subtitle were to remain or at least the action it leads us to believe, an epic battle between Gotham’s finest and Krypton’s last son.
Jay may have said that Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms…but he’s looking like he’s set to move the Doomsday Clock to midnight in this attire and I still cannot wait to catch this flick.  I believe in you Zack Snyder…do the source material proud!
What’s your thoughts?

Funko Vote – May

After the last vote, I’ve decided to make it a regular thing whereby you, the collectors or potential collectors, have a say in which ones to get based on what you REALLY want.
I said on the last one that the one with the most votes would be done.  Wonder Woman and Batman tied so I got both of them in (this isn’t to say I’ll do that all the time mind!)
So, without further ado, get your votes in.
Keep the awesome coming.

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Store Update 11/05/14

Well, hello there!

What an exhausting week!  Some good s%!t going on, though.  The new look store is looking as lovely as a lady of the night (minus the various infections and imperfections she may carry).  The addition of SSL has, as expected, increased customer trust.  On top of that, a few more reviews for products sold have been received.  Previous reviews can be seen by hitting the reviews tab on the right of the store – due to the lack of an ability to migrate all data, the reviews from the old store aren’t attached to the respective products on the new store.

The store had an option to have direct credit card payments but I decided to steer clear of that and stick with Paypal for their brand recognition, popularity and (above all else) security!

The majority of the work has been done on the store – all features are functional and tested.  Felt weird ordering stuff for me…from me…

Anyhoo, here’s what’s new:

 

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REGULAR ORDERS

 

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Continue to taste our awesome.

 

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Safe As Houses

Well!  What a week!  Website drama.  Life drama.  Drama everywhere.  You’d swear this was a job for the Drama Llama!

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After a lot of website breakages after buying an SSL certificate for my domain, I manage to get my blog working as you know.  Then the new store posed issues with random redirections that occurred out of nowhere and led me to get so peed off I started to hate Magento.  But it looked sooooo good.  I can haz Magento?  Hell yeah!

Today, after spending countless hours checking .htaccess files, deleting directories, breaking the site, restoring from backups, deleting some more, doing more backups and a large number of huge ass mugs of coffee I eventually get it working and launched!

Product-wise there haven’t been any additions, although I’ve placed an exciting order with one of my suppliers on the back of the voting on Facebook.  Funko vinyls incoming!

One big update is the fact I now offer free postage – something that’s easier to implement with a new build rather than manually updating over 100 items on the old store.  Yes, FREE postage!

I’m in the process of adding products to the new store – I wasn’t able to migrate the old store data to the new one so this also means that folks need to re-register unfortunately.  On the plus side, it’s now even quicker and easier as we have a ‘Log In With Facebook’ feature so you can get started with us even quicker!

The blog has also been secured and optimised for smoother load times and a better experience.

So what’s happening with the store?  There’s a few cool features that Magento allows me to utilise – aside from the more professional and organised look of the store, I can send out a notification over a little banner at the top that users can dismiss (no pesky pop ups).  There’s a floating menu so you can access links while down at the bottom of a page without having to scroll back to the top.  You might think it’s glitched when you scroll down and images/the slider is in line with it but it’s designed that way to ensure it doesn’t impact page elements.

There’s a lot to learn about Magento but the skeletal structure and key features are functional and allow for a far better user experience than Prestashop did (as much as I loved the new look of it when it updated it doesn’t compare to the beauty of my new store – shallow?  Meh.)

The only major drawback in my eyes is the lack of customisable stock options out of the box – Prestashop allowed me to set up back orders and so on for items out of stock or pre-orders.  Magento requires a premium extension to be added so for now, the items will show as in stock but the short description indicates they are pre-order and additional info will detail the expected release date of the items.  It’s the only way I can get it to allow folks to add items to their cart that aren’t actually available for sale at the moment.

So, in the meantime, welcome to the new home of awesomeness.

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SSL Certificate Authority

 

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Back Once Again

What a cluster$%&* of a week!

One of the blog plug ins updated and stopped the blog from loading – just blank pages – even on my admin side…after a wee spot of Googling, I deleted the plug in that I updated and boom, we’re back.  But then, after still having no SSL activation (multiple tickets opened with my host) things seem to have gone breasticles up even more.

The blog started redirecting to my store for no apparent reason, then my personal blog stopped loading and giving script errors.  I fix my personal blog earlier this morning and this blog is still redirecting.  After changing Christ knows what, it appears to be back.

Then I get an advertising e-mail saying I may have been hacked and to buy protection from them – NO, I have not been hacked – your issues in adding SSL to my site has cocked all this up and until you resolve the various issues I have raised with you, I shan’t be spending another penny on you!

So, now we’re back after hours of potching in between looking after the kids and working 12 hours shifts, hopefully I can get some further updates done on the new store and perhaps launch it if I’m confident that it’s worthwhile – been having a number of issues getting my head around Magento and the lack of functionality without spending more money on extensions over what I can already do with Prestashop are concerning me (i.e. the inability to pre-order items on the store without me spending $89 to add an extension that will allow me to do that).

Apologies for any inconvenience – got a few followers of the blog so hopefully this little debacle hasn’t pissed you off!

Have a good weekend!