Collectors have a common question: ‘Should I boil Funko pops to fix my figure?’. We go in-depth on the pros and cons of using boil water on funko pops, so you can make an informed decision without damaging your figures. 

There are instances when we are unfortunate enough to get Funko Pops out of shape, such as their feet becoming bent and unable to stand. Or when one arm is shorter than the other. 

Defective funko pops are a sad reality for collectors; however, most heard of the extraordinary healing abilities of boiling water and how they can use it to treat this problem. 

However, there are a variety of circumstances, situations, and outcomes associated with this boiling procedure that you should be aware of before trying it on your funko pops.

How to Boil your Funko Pops Correctly

Boiling Funko Pops

Firstly let’s go over how to boil your Funko Pops correctly:

  1. Provide yourself with a large enough vessel in which you can immerse the Funko Pop while you’re boiling your water.
  2. Allow 1.5-2.5 minutes for the water to boil.
  3. Handle everything with gloves or a cloth to avoid hurting yourself from burns.
  4. Depending on what you want to accomplish, you may submerge a portion of the Funko Pop or the whole Funko Pop.
  5. When working with thinner pieces, such as Zelda’s sword or hands, 15-25 seconds is sufficient. However, you may go as long as 1.5 to 2 minutes for heads.
  6. Remove any remaining water from the Funko Pop with a dry brush since you do not want any hot water on your hand while attempting to shape the Pop.
  7. Shape the Funko Pop following the original design or to your liking.
  8. Using regular or cold water, chill the Pop in the precise form you want, rather than the old one, and then remove it from the water.

Note: Do not let the Funko Pop touch the container; otherwise, your Funko Pop will get damaged. The boiling point of water is 212°F according to Wikipedia

The last stage is crucial since many people forget that some materials possess shape memory, which may be helpful in certain situations. 

Shape memory refers to a substance’s ability to return to its original shape after being deformed or distorted.

This last step is crucial for those who want their Pops to be as faultless as possible, even though vinyl does not have the most excellent shape memory.

How to remove a Funko Pop’s head Using Boiling Water

Removing a funko pop head was done by submerging the whole funko in boiling water. 

Place the pop in a large mixing bowl and cover with boiling water. The whole body, including the neck, must be submerged. After around 10 minutes, you’ll see that the head has become exceptionally soft, and the adhesive has melted a little more.

To separate the Funko’s head from the body, remove it from the water and gently twist and pull the body to separate it from the head. 

The adhesive has melted enough to permit this procedure. However, if you are using a lot of force and the head isn’t coming off, then it means that you need to boil the water more and submerge the head again. 

Linking the body parts back again most often requires adding super glue again.

Important: Keeping the “socle” (the structure that connects the neck and the head) linked to the body is necessary.

These steps can remove other parts of the Funko like the stand, hands, legs, and more.

Note: Not all Funko Pops have all removable parts.

Pros of Boiling Funko Pops

  • Customize your Funko Pops to your liking
  • It helps fix minor bends.
  • Can get Funko Pops to stand straight again
  • Splits Funko Pops apart

Cons of Boiling Funko Pops

Boiling Funko Pops sounds all fun and creative until you hear about the disadvantages of doing it. So here are the disadvantages of boiling your Pops:

1. Funko Pop Boiling Water May Not Always Fix Your Problems

There are Funko Pops with massive heads and tiny legs, which makes them unable to stand independently.

It is especially true in hotter climates during the summer, when their legs would begin to bow due to the heat, leading them to tilt progressively and finally fall. 

You will be able to correct the situation temporarily, but it will become a headache over time because you will have to repeat the process. 

In such circumstances, you may choose other solutions such as the use of supports, glues, and other similar items to rectify the situation.

2. Funko Pop vs. Boiling Water: Which Damages which?

We don’t care about the water since, after all, we won’t be using it for anything else when we boil Funko Pop in it. However, Funko Pops are expensive, and we collect them rather than water, so we are concerned about them. So, in the Funko vs. Hot Water war, how can water harm the Funko? Here are a few ways water can damage:

  1. Boiling water melts the glue, making the joints lose. Hence, only boil the part you want to take off; otherwise, your whole Funko Pop will be loose instead of the part you wanted.
  2. Boiling water makes the Pop soft, and if you change posture, then it is highly likely that you will alter some stuff you didn’t want to. Some of these changes may be minute and unnoticeable to you, and when selling the Funko Pops in the future, the buyer might object or call these a fake.

3. Boiled Funko Pop Price

Because they are not in pristine condition, the selling price of a Funko Pop with alterations or adjustments consistently decreases by a certain amount. 

In most circumstances, boiled Funko Pops will not be in their ideal state since their height has altered somewhat, joints have shifted, and other such things have occurred. So you will almost certainly not be provided the most significant possible pricing.

Only Boil Funko Pops You’re Willing to Lose 

Boiling Funko Pops is a simple and effective approach for solving minor issues or expressing your creativity. However, only do this with lower-value Funko Pops since it will significantly impact the price of your Funko Pop.

Putting funko pops in hot water can damage them, so it’s wiser to use caution when attempting this process for removing figure parts. 

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