What’s a FiGPiN?
Figure + Pin
Started in 2017, FiGPiN has become one of the largest collectible enamel pin companies with its ultimate enamel pins that utilize uniqueness and high quality to master a truly innovative collectible. There are a variety of officially licensed products from Disney, Marvel, DC, Funimation, and various video games.
According to FiGPiN Founder Dan Williams, “The name FiGPiN was born out of the name Figure plus Pin, and it was shortened to just one word, FiGPiN.” Not only does the company focus on the detailing and artistry of the pin, but its function as well. They looked for a way collectors could display the pins in their collection along with action figures and statues on a shelf or desk. “There’s always this idea of ‘how can I stand up these enamel pins?’ and coming up with an elegant way to create a backing that could work as a way to both pin it and stand it.”
FiGPiN comes in 3 different sizes, Mini, Regular, and XL. Minis are approximately 2-inches tall and are great filler pieces, but have the same amazing attention to detail as the regular-sized pins. Their price range is $7 and $10. The Regular pins are about 3-inches tall and are really versatile. They usually cost between $10 and $15. XLs stand a huge 6-inches tall, which is great for collectors looking to make a statement as a centerpiece of their collection, and range from $20 to $25.
How to Display Your FiGPiN
FiGPiN collectors know there is a multitude of ways to display their pins. With the patented backer, you can clasp it to a shirt, hat, bag, or backpack (much like other TPR rubber backings) and advertise your favorite fandom. You can also leave the enamel pin in its display-friendly jewel case or just let it stand on its own. Many fans display them on pinboards or in pin binders, and some even go over the top and make custom display cabinets for them.
What the Heck Is the FiGPiN App?
What if you don’t display your FiGPiN on an article of clothing but you still want to take your collection with you? You can carry your entire collection of pins in your pocket with the FiGPiN app.
The app helps you stay on top of your collection. Is your FiGPiN rare? The app will let you know the rarity. Every FiGPiN ever manufactured has a unique 6-digit serial number laser engraved on the back. This allows you to log into the app and look up the serial number to unlock the cool details about your pin, such as the edition run, sequence number in the edition, artist bio, wave information, manufacture date, and rarity scale – “The Factory Score.” You can also earn points as a proud owner of a pin – “The Story Score.” As you earn more Story Score, you’ll be able to access FiGPiN ultra exclusives.
While the app currently doesn’t have its own FiGPiN price guide, you can still use it to see what your FiGPiN’s perceived value is. When fairly new to the collectors’ market, most will check eBay, Mercari, or other secondary market sites for resale value. With more chase and exclusive pins coming out, expect the value to continue to grow.
Where to Buy FiGPiN
FiGPiNs can be found at a number of participating retailers, including Entertainment Earth, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Box Lunch, FYE, Gamestop, Walmart, and Target. Some of these retail partners carry rare or exclusive pins. The enamel pins can also be found at an assortment of conventions, such as SDCC, NYCC, ECCC, and D23.