February 2021 Funko Pop Haul *Happy Birthday Special*

Hello Funko lovers, I am back again for another haul post. As a collector of vinyl Pop figures, I am a lover of these small bobble head like figurines. Today is my birthday and I am going to share with my updated collection from my purchases from February. According to my last update, I have 84 figures and I been collecting figures from February and March. However, I am only going to be talking about February.

85+86. Owlman and The Penguin Snowman (both Hot Topic Exclusives)

I got these two from online from using my Hot Cash at Hot Topic. Obviously I wanted to get this holiday version of Penguin because not only he was an exclusive, but we are already passed the holidays and I wanted to snag him before he sells out. The Christmas season usually stocks up these special comic book figures for Marvel and DC characters. It’s funny how they made a villain like the Penguin a snowman; he looks like a serious and dangerous frosty the snowman. Also in the DC Superhero section, I bought Owlman. Hot Topic listed this figure really cheap and every time I visit Hot Topic online, it is there for $7. I assume this figure is not really popular. I don’t know much about this character, but I do hear he’s an evil counterpart of Batman and he is from a different universe along with other evil characters in their Justice League.

87. Sorcerer Mickey 10″ (Walmart Exclusive)

As a way to celebrate the 80th anniversary to the musical movie Fantasia, Funko released Disney figures from the movie. Exclusively from Walmart, I went and spent about $30 on this big figure of Mickey Mouse. I love Mickey Mouse to death and seeing this figure online made me want to claim this Disney treasure. Just like my Mandolarion figure from November, this is another huge figure.

88. Sorcerer Mickey Art Series No. 15
89. The Joker (Imperial)
90. Batman (Imperial)

As you can tell, I like to shop at Hot Topic. I made some more purchases. They may not be Hot Topic exclusives, but I knew I had to get them before they disappear. I got a different version of the Sorcerer Mickey figure, but this figure is unlike the any other Mickey figure I have. Even though it’s still the same sorcerer, Mickey here is splattered in green, blue and purple paint. I don’t know much about the paint series, but it looks cool. On the back of the box, there is another but it’s purple as the base color with star lights. I was surprised to see DC do these types of figures of Batman and Joker. Based on the Imperial army, DC and Funko created these DC characters. We have Batman don some samurai armor and we have Joker looking like a general. It’s cool, but I don’t know for sure if there is many more our there since the box doesn’t tell. As far as I know there is a Harley and Robin figure out there.

91. Ratchet and Clank (GameStop Exclusive)

Taking a break from Hot Topic, I took my business to GameStop. During one of my dates, me and my girlfriend went to GameStop at an outside mall. I saw Ratchet and Clank on the Pop Funko shelves and I had to get them. As a gamer myself, I love the Ratchet and Clank series. It’s cool to see some Playstation figures as Pops. I saw they also had the brothers from God of War, Brok and Sindri, but my instincts told me to get the Lombax and his robot companion.

That’s the end of the February haul and I will be back for the March post. I have 91 figures!

January 2021 Funko Pop Haul (+ December 2020)

Hey everyone this is Matthew from Matt-in-the-Hat and I am back once again to share with you another post showcasing my Funko Pop figure collection. There is no doubt that I am huge Funko Pop collector. With January already over, I am here to tell you what new figures I collected in the first month of 2021. Sit back and relax and let me tell you the history on how and where did I get these well-known artifacts.

December 2020

81. Hercule from Dragon Ball Super

This is embarrassing and I am not talking about this joke character from Dragon Ball Super. It turns out by the time I took this picture of this figure, I got him in New Years Eve. This was supposed to be in my December 2020 post, but I guess I overlooked my pictures. I got this figure as a Christmas gift from my friend and fellow brother in Christ, Ezra. He knows I love Pops and he knows my favorite anime is Dragon Ball. This character I have is named Hercule and he is a joke character. He is just a human who acts like the strongest warrior in the universe despite actually being the weakest hero. On TV, his name is Mr. Satan and he is a rich celebrity warrior who convinced the world that he has defeated the powerful enemies like Cell and Majin Buu. However, he is just a ricj guy who is friends with Goku and his friends and takes the spotlight for the media. He is also the father of Videl who is married to Gohan, he is the son of Goku.

January 2021

82+83. Lea from Kingdom Hearts III and Wonder Woman in Golden Armor from WW84 (Walmart exclusive)

I got these figures while shopping around Walmart. I was buying a Casper cartoon collection DVD and I needed help getting free shipping. The first thing I picked was Lea from Kingdom Hearts III. After regaining his memories, Lea returns back to life after dying as Axel in Kingdom Hearts II. He came back in Dream Drop Distance and he later learned to wield a keyblade in which he would train with Kairi and prepare for the final battle with Xehanort in KH3. Unlike the figure I got from January 2020, this Lea figure doesn’t have his keyblade. In case you didn’t know, the voice who does Lea/Axel is Quinton Flynn who is well-known for voicing Reno in Final Fantasy VII titles (except for Remake), Raiden from Metal Gear series, Henry in No More Heroes 1 and 2 and even Sheldon from My Life As a Teenage Robot.

As someone who likes exclusive figures, I decided to get Wonder Woman. Based on the movie that came out on Christmas of 2020, WW84 or also called Wonder Woman 1984 is the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman movie with Gal Gadot returning as Wonder Woman and saving the world during the 80s. Based on this figure, Wonder Woman dons a shiny golden armor which allows her to fight incredibly strong enemies and this armor was worn by another previous, powerful Amazonian warrior. This Walmart exclusive is pretty cool and I am surprised it was pretty cheap.

84. Venomized Groot from Marvel’s Venom series (Glow in the Dark Hot Topic Exlcusive) + T-shirt bundle

I seen this Funko Pop bundle many times whenever I window shop at the Hot Topic site. After giving into my temptations, I decide order this Pop bundle. This bundle or combo pack comes with a box resembling a comic book set, but inside it has the Pop figure of Groot and a t-shirt. The shirt has Groot possessed by the alien symbiote and saying “We Are Venom” instead of saying “I am Groot”. The shirt also resembles the front page of a comic book. The figure itself is pretty cool. I didn’t really much on the glow in the dark features, but I like how menacing Groot looks. Instead of a friendly look tree, he looks like a vicious man-eating plant. The shirt felt nice and it made me feel like a cool nerd.

I have a total of 84 figures. Which ones did you like the most?

December 2020 Funko Pop Haul

Hey welcome back for another haul post featuring your favorite Pop collector. This is me, Matthew and I am to share with you another post revealing my up to date collection Funko Pops. This post will feature Pop figures from the month of December in the last year of 2020.

Before we begin, check out my girlfriend’s fanfiction at Vocal if you love Loonatics Unleashed:

https://vocal.media/geeks/loonatics-unleashed

Anyway, check out my treasure!

77. Silent Knight Batman (Hot Topic Exclusive)

78. Beanstalk Mickey

79. Mickey Mouse

I bought these three figures while shopping for a Christmas gift for my brother. After buying him Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for the PS4, I decided to treat myself for some shopping for myself. I went to Hot Topic and indulge on Pop figures. I went and grabbed three figures. The first thing I got was Batman Silent Knight. I believe it’s one of those special festive figures because on the box it shows DC characters celebrating Christmas. This Batman figure has an icy appearance along with snowflakes on his cowl and cape. The next figures I bought is two versions of Mickey Mouse. One is from the Disney classic short “Mickey and the Beanstalk” and the other is a standard Mickey Mouse figure. I am a huge fan of Mickey Mouse ever since I was a little kid. I couldn’t resist getting Mickey and I wanted to him be part of my collection.

80. Funko Box: Dragon Ball Z Only at GameStop

Since my family knows I love Dragon Ball Z and Pops, my brother got me this Mystery Box contain DBZ Pop figures and collector’s editions toys. It was one of the best Christmas gifts I got. According to the GameStop website, this is a mystery box containing some random characters, but each one has the following:

1 Funko Pop figure

1 PEZ Head

1 Keychain figure

Patch

1 set of 2-pack pins

I am not going to cover everything what the mystery box has, but I will tell what I got in my box. If you’re curious on what the box usually contains, check out the details at GameStop. In my box, I got this Majin Buu holding a lollipop figure. I got Perfect Cell PEZ head and a shiny chrome like Perfect Cell keychain. I also got a set of pins containing Perfect Cell and Final Form Frieza. The patch I got says “Frieza Force”.

This is random, but my brother also got me Domez figure from the Batman series; I got Robin. This is the third figure I got from the Domez series. The first two figures I got was a Steamboat Willie Mickey Mouse (stepping on soap) and Spider-Carnage.

I have a total of 80 figures. I can’t wait to tell what I got from January 2021!

Blogger Recognition Award by Yaoi Playground

I want to thank Mistress of Yaoi for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Feel free to check out her blog if you are interested in her content; don’t forget to read her post from her nomination. Here are the rules for this Blogger Recognition Award:

  • Post the award banner somewhere on your blog.
  • Share the reason why you started your blog.
  • Share two pieces of advice that could benefit new bloggers.
  • Nominate a maximum of fifteen other bloggers.
  • Tell your nominees about your award post so they can participate!

Matt-in-the-Hat Origin – Why I started this blog

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How I started this blog was not what I expected. I signed up with WordPress for an English college class in the topic of the public and private sphere. In this class, we talked about what was the public sphere and how does people engage public information and what was considered private. In order to understand the public sphere, my professor wanted us to sign and create a blog with WordPress and write a post on anything news related around the world. Once I got done with the class, I was planning to leave and abandon this blog and move on life. However, I remembered a while back my family told me that I was a good writer and I should make use of it. I decided to use this blog again for my own purposes.

At first I was going to use this blog as a diary of my life and vent out any emotions I have been collecting. While brainstorming, I was thinking about using this blog to talk my opinions on certain topics such as anime and video games. Rather than making this a life journal blog, I decided to use this as a place where I can talk about anime. I would use this platform to share news regarding my interests. The name Matt-in-the-Hat would be a reference to Cat-in-the-Hat also a play on words towards me.

As time passed, I used this blog to review nerd content such as anime, video games and movies. I would also try and share any news I have read in regards to Japanese pop culture and media and news in the United States. On Fridays, I dedicate those days on Friday Funnies, posts I share that is filled recap news and memes I collect.

Two Pieces of Advice for new bloggers

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1. Write what interest you

When you start off on your writing adventure, make this about. Talk about who you are and what makes you unique. Write as if you are the audience and how do you want to be heard. When I started off writing here, I wanted to talk about things that would piqued my interests. If there was video game I enjoy hearing or something I played, I want to talk about it. Whether if it gets heard or not, I want to put my heart in this writing without holding back the details.

2. Your blog is yourself

Similar to my first piece of advice, how do you want to be well-known online. Everyone has their own style on how they do their blogs and you can tell even in YouTube, people has different topics in their videos. I talk about anime and video games like any other fan, but I present them in a way I try to present in person. I am very basic and I want to be known as someone who knowledge on these topics, but I want to be able to hold a casual conversations. However you want to organize your site, what kind of person do you want to be recognized?

Nominees

  1. Pinkie’s Paradise
  2. Daiyamanga
  3. DReager1
  4. Two Happy Cats
  5. Mel’s Universe
  6. Wretched and Divine
  7. Scorpzgca
  8. Secluded Observations
  9. Crow’s World of Anime
  10. Denny Sinnoh
  11. Animated Observations
  12. All About Anime and Manga
  13. Al’s Manga Blog
  14. Nerd Ramble
  15. Shay Taree
  16. Anyone can join! If you are not listed here, but you want to take this blog award, go ahead and write and share!

Thank you for reading my post. After you’re done, go ahead and check out these amazing writers. God bless you all!

November 2020 Funko Pop Haul

Better late than never! Sorry for this late unhauling post. I been really busy with the holidays and with work taking up much of my energy, I haven’t had the time to share with you my updated collection. Today I share with you another haul post showcasing the new Funko Pop figures I bought in November. Sit back and observe.

71. Hulk from Avengers Endgame (Funko Insider Club edition)

Anyone remembered Avengers Endgame from 2019? I got this Hulk (or people call him Dr. Hulk or Professor Hulk) from a sale at GameStop in order to get free shipping. Based on the box, this is a different figure with different colors on his clothes. Based on pictures I seen on the figures, there is one with the Quantum spacesuits and the other with the Infinity Gauntlet. Still, I got for free shipping and I like collecting specially marked figures.

72. The Mandalorian  with The Child 10-inch figure from Star Wars The Mandalorian

I got this figure along with the Endgame Hulk figure from GameStop. I have collected many big figures before, but nothing like this. This is a 10 inch figure of the Mandalorian holding the adorable Child. Besides the size, this figure is different than the one I have because this one has a chrome helmet. Just like how the show tries to imitate the Beskar armor, the face of figure is chrome and it is very reflective.

73. The Child with the Control Knob (GameStop Exclusive)

Likewise from GameStop, I just had to get this Child. In this GameStop version, the Child is holding the control knob like a toy. It is funny gag in the show since the Child is little kid and is very amused with Mando’s stuff. I believe I got these following three in a buy 2, get 1 free deal.

74+75. Mitsuki (Sage Mode) from Boruto (Hot Topic) + Yugi Muto from Yu-Gi-Oh!

I got these two characters from spending my Hot Cash from Hot Topic. I got Mitsuki from Boruto and I got Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh. Now that I got Yugi, Joey, Pegasus and Kaiba, the next character I want to get is Yami Yugi. What makes this MItsuki special is that in this Hot Topic edition, this figure can glow in the dark as it supposed to imitate his sage mode ability. It’s an ability where Mitsuki learns from trainning with Orochimaru.

76. Dark Magician Girl from Yu-Gi-Oh!

I actually bought this one from Walmart online. It’s always hard to get figures from different venders especially if they charge shipping for express. This Dark Magician Girl is cute and was released the same time Funko released Yami, Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon. The next target to get is her partner, the Dark Magician.

I have a total of 76 figures.

How it started vs How it’s going – Episode of Allie *Special 1,337 Post*

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As a way to celebrate this awesome achievement of reaching over 1,337 posts on my site, I have a story I want to tell you and it’s a personal one. Rather than talking about how I been through 2020 with the pandemic or anything nerd related stuff I been doing like games or anime, this one will be about me and my girlfriend Allie and how much this relationship has affected me in 2020. Originally, I was going to expand on this title and add The tale of a gutsy knight in a love quest (After rethinking this title, I am glad I didn’t choose it because I didn’t want to make a reference to a certain someone online) or how it started vs how it’s going, but I will stick with something simple. This is the story of how I started 2020 and where it’s going and hoping what to expect for the future. It’s basically an abridged tale of me and my time with my girlfriend Allie.

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October 2020 Funko Pop Haul

Hello Pop fans! It’s me, Matthew and I am here to do another haul post involving my hobbies of collecting Pop Funko figures. As you all know, I adore Funko Pops and I go out of my way to collect them as if I was a Pokemon trainer catching Pokemon. Here is my Pops I collected in October:

65. Obelisk the Tormentor from Yu-Gi-Oh! (GameStop Exclusive)

I got myself another huge figure. Not only I bought the new Crash Bandicoot game, but I also grabbed this Egyptian God Monster from the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series. Obelisk is one of the three Egyptain God cards in the series and whoever has at least one of them will be a powerful duelist. Originally, Seto Kaiba was given this monster by Ishizu Ishtar, but Yugi defeats him in the Battle City Tournaments and receives the monster as a prize.

66-68. Gohan, Maximillian Pegasus, Kagome Higurashi

On the same day, at the same mall where I got Obelisk, I got three figures from Hot Topic. I got Gohan from the Dragon Ball Super series, Pegasus from Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Kagome from Inuyasha. Did you know that Gohan is one of my favorite characters in the Dragon Ball series besides Goku? Did you also know that I had a crush on Kagome as a kid?

65-68 back story

I got these four figures when I went with my mom and brother to the mall. While my mom went with my brother to get glasses, my dad met up with us and we went shopping around the stores. The first thing I went was GameStop and I was hoping to get the new Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. While I was at it, I got the game and my eyes got stuck on that Obelisk figure. Just like a character who wanted power in Yu-Gi-Oh!, I went and bought Obelisk and added it to my collection. The next place was Hot Topic. GameStop was having a buy 3 for $27 for Pop figures so I decided to get three figures and a Dragon Ball Z fleece blanket. I scored with the help of coupons.

69. Sora with the Ultima Weapon from Kingdom Hearts III

Nice! I got him in a Walmart order to get free shipping when I ordered for the soundtrack of Skillet – Victorious. This Sora has him with the most powerful keyblade in the game. It’s called the Ultima Weapon. If the player equips it, it gives the player enhanced abilities in physical and magic attacks. With enough time and energy, the player can unlock the ability to transform in Final Form. The Ultima Weapon has different appearances from the first game to all the way to the third and getting is quite the challenge.

70. The Mandalorian with the Child [Television Moment]

Just like my Jack Skeleton figure from September, I got another moment figure set based on a TV/movie moment. This is from the Disney Plus exclusive show The Mandalorian. This figure has the Mandalorian (also called Mando) walking along with the Child in his space pod. I got this figure from Barnes and Noble in my movie date with Allison. After we went shopping, we went and watched the movie Lupin III The First in theaters.

I have a total of 70 figures

The Mystery Blogger award by Mara

Special shout-out to Mara from Looking for Regot. Go check out her blog and her answers for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thank you for nominating me for this award post. Here is another mention Okoto Enigma for creating this award post. The creator of the Mystery Blogger is Okoto Enigma from Okoto Enigma’s Blog. Here is the rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

3 things about me

  1. When watching anime, I like to take my time and watch a few episodes. If I have free time to kill, I will binge watch maybe 3 or 4 episodes in one sitting.
  2. I enjoy the Mandalorian more than the Sequel Trilogy. I like The Child more than Rey and Kylo Ren.
  3. Spider-Man is my favorite Marvel hero. Venom is my favorite anti-hero and sometimes villain.

Mara’s questions

1. I’ve mentioned what I don’t find cute about characters. What do you think could be lovely of someone?

I think it depends on the character’s personality and actions. Someone can look lovely and cute, but can be a jerk and cold-hearted. Even a strong and able-bodied person can be cute. It’s not about the physical appearance, it’s about their inward personality.

2. If you could choose only one hobby, what would that be?

I would choose gaming. Besides writing, I like to play video games for fun. I love a game that empowers me and entertain me.

3. Past or future?

I am not sure what I am being asked in this question. I am going to assume you mean do I want to go back to the past or fast forward to the future. I think I would go back to the past and enjoy the simple things of the 90s.

4. I’ll take this idea from Irina’s post because it’s lovely: if you were to spend the quarantine with anime/manga/movie characters, who would you choose and why?

I think I would choose Yugi Muto from Yu-Gi-Oh!. If I am going to stuck in quarantine, I would like to play some games to pass the time. It would be cool to learn how to play Duel Monsters and I would love to play video games with him.

5. What advise would you give a baby, if they could remember it?

If I could tell a baby one thing, I would tell them that no matter how old you get, never loose your childhood. Appreciate the fun things in life that makes you happy. Don’t grow up too fast and appreciate the fun moments. If you still like toys, games and cartoons, hold on tight to those things. Keep your fun and happiness close. I guess this was more than one advice.

My best post

One of my favorite posts is when I was talking about escaping reality and entering a world where I wish I could be better than being an average self. I got this idea from my girlfriend in one our conversations and I mentioned I wish I could go anywhere besides this world and feel like I can be super or amazing than my usual self.

Escape to the Great World of Anime!

10 Nominees

  1. Anketsu
  2. Chizurue (Elle)
  3. alsmangablog
  4. Yasumo
  5. TigerAnime
  6. The Anime Spellbook
  7. Shokamoka’s Blog of Wonder
  8. Wore her sweater
  9. AnimeTrend
  10. Secluded Observations

My 5 questions

  1. How did you get into anime?
  2. Besides watching anime, what other shows do you like to watch?
  3. What was the last movie you seen before the pandemic happened?
  4. What is your favorite type of Cheetos?
  5. Favorite Halloween special on TV?

See you next time and I hoped you enjoyed this award post!

September 2020 Funko Pop Haul

Welcome back for another haul post on my collection of Funko Pops. If you been following me, anytime I collect Pops within a month, I do a special haul post about my recent collection and explain how and where I got them. In this post, I am going to share with you with my figures I collected in the month of September.

60. Fused Zamasu from Dragon Ball Super (Hot Topic Exclusive)

I got this version of Zamasu from shopping Hot Topic online. Honestly, I got him because I need something to add in my cart for free shipping.  I bought this along with a windbreaker jacket of Venom from Marvel. Zamasu is from the anime Dragon Ball Super. This version of Zamasu is when he and Goku Black (a version of Goku where a different Zamasu took over Goku) fused together. Together with the combined powers of a Kai and a mortal Saiyan, they become a dangerous enemy of the dark future of Trunks. However, after dealing with some brutal beatings from Vegito (a fused Potara form of Goku and Vegeta), Zamasu immortal body was unstable and it couldn’t match with Goku Black’s mortal body. The fused body of an immortal and mortal body has made Zamasu a hideous villain.

61-63. Joey Wheeler/Red-Eyes Black Dragon/Jack on angel statue

On a different day, I went shopping at Hot Topic in person and I did some shopping. In my visit, I bought Joey Wheeler and Red-Eyes Black Dragon from the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. If I was going to buy Joey, I had to get his iconic dragon. In the Japanese version Joey’s real name was Jonouchi Katsuya. At the same store, I also got this really big figure of this movie moment Funko figure of a scene from The Nightmare Before Christmas. This movie moment features a sad Jack Skellington with his ripped Santa suit on a statue. This is from a scene where Jack’s plan to take over Christmas fails and he was almost killed by the humans wanting to celebrate Christmas. Jack laments on his failures on this statue that holds him in sadness. This figure is really big and pricy. It cost almost the same price of 2-3 figures.

64. Cara Dune from The Mandalorion

I guess you can’t win some. I order this figure from Walmart online along with another giant figure from the same series. It’s currently delayed, but I placed an order for a giant metallic version of the Mandalorian with the Child. While I wait for this, I got this character, Cara Dune. First introduced in the 4th episode of the series, Mando meets a mercenary named Cara who was once a Rebel Shock Trooper. Together, these two make a great team and they know how to kick butt when fighting the stormtroopers. The actress who plays her is Gina Carano and according to fans, she plays the character quite well and she is also a mixed martial artist. She’s a really awesome character in the show.

I have a total of 64 figures.