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Monday, 30 August 2021

Halloween Advent Calendars 2021

When I saw this concept last year, counting down 13 days till Halloween I both loved and hated it. I'm big on celebrations but from a consumer point of view I worry this will start another purchased based part of Halloween. I have only found two advent calendars so far that are not homemade. One by Funko and the other by Jazwares. I can understand Funko releasing one to showcase their POP! Horror line and I can also understand Jazwares having the Pokémon one for children, but I question whether they should of been packaged as "Advent Calendars". I'd love to know what you think.
Getting into the reviews...

Funko POP! 13 Day Spooky Countdown Advent Calendar - £29.99

Contents & Description

"Get ready to countdown with Funko's latest calendar: The 13 Day Spooky Countdown Pop! Calendar! If you're not a scaredy cat this is the perfect way to add to your Pop! collection and countdown to Halloween! Beetlejuice, Freddy and Jack are just some over the new mini Pop! Vinyl waiting for you in this brand new Pop! Calendar. Contains 13 figures approx 4cm tall."

Is it worth the price?

A keyring by Funko POP! on average is about £5.00 with the majority of the figures being 4cm tall. Taking into account the keyring element and Funko's blind bag prices. If we calculate an average of £3.50 per figure in this calendar, then for 13, you'll be getting £45.50 worth of content for £29.99. That's a really good saving. 
This advent was actually released last year and sold out fast. More retailers have obtained stock but if you purchased it last year you will be getting the same characters in the same designs. For a horror and Funko fan, if you didn't get this last year, then I would recommend it. I like the idea of having the smaller version of themselves alongside the bigger ones.
Just to note; prices will vary amongst retailers but I'd pay no more that the RRP of £29.99.

Jazwares 2021 Pokémon Halloween Countdown Calendar - £44.99

Contents & Description

"Happy Halloween! It’s the spookiest time of the year, and the 2021 Pokémon Halloween Calendar is the perfect way to celebrate! Each calendar comes with ten 2-inch Pokémon figures in an exclusive special finish PLUS three Halloween accessories. Every day is a new surprise! Eevee dressed up just for the occasion, with her witch’s hat featuring a crescent moon! There’s also Zubat, Halloween Squirtle – holding a jack o’lantern of treats, candies, and goodies, Halloween Pikachu, and other adorably fun and not-too-spooky Halloween accessories, like candy apple toys, pumpkin accessories, and even a candy pile accessory! Kids of all ages can enjoy the exciting surprises that Pokémon brings to fans year after year. Create and display your own Pokémon Halloween Scene with the 2021 Pokémon Calendar. Gotta Catch ‘Em All!™"

Is it worth the price?

No. Unfortunately after doing some digging, this is a product made more for the American market. Once it's purchased to be sold over here, with tax and shipping fees the price skyrockets. In the USA it's RRP is $19.99 which is about £14.53. That's a £30.46 markup! They look so cute and I can see this being a sweet alternative for a child who maybe cannot eat chocolate and sweets, but at this price, it just isn't worth it.

As always, thanks for reading...

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