I know what you're thinking - what the Hell are the Poppies?
Other than a flower, obviously. Last summer as I was pondering the
ominous yearly task of putting together both my favorites figures, busts and
statues of the year, AND putting together the People's Choice voting process
for readers to select, I started thinking that perhaps we needed something
more. Or at least, different.
Other industries have 'industry' awards, like the Oscar, or
the Woody. The pop culture collectibles industry has nothing of that
sort, and instead, each website and magazine dedicated to the topic does
their own picks, or their readers picks. But wouldn't it be
interesting to see the picks from the actual people inside the industry?
And so were born the 'Poppies'. Get it? Pop
culture? Yea, but Oscar has an even lamer origin. Jeff Parker
was nice enough to whip up a nifty logo for me, and it was off to figure out
how to pull it off.
I talked with dozens of folks over the summer inside the
industry to see if it was an idea that could work, and I received all kinds
of positive response. For the inaugural year, I decided to select 100
judges from five categories - the Companies themselves, the various
Artists (sculptors, painters, etc) that work on the collectibles, the
Retailers that sell the products, the Websites that report on
the products, and a group of vocal and well known Collectors that buy
the product. On top of that, I wanted to ensure that it had an
International flavor, with these judges coming from all around the globe.
I'm happy to say that this stage was very successful.
There are 90 current judges covering these five areas, and you can see who
they are with a short bio (unless they requested to remain anonymous)
right here. This number may grow
by two or three more in the next week, as I'm still waiting on a couple late
bios, but these 90 are locked and loaded.
Not only do they represent fairly evenly all five
categories, but the have a great International flavor, with judges from
Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. They come from companies
big and small, retailers both online and brick and mortar, and websites both
specific and general. All of this should add up to some very
The Poppies process will work like this - I've sent out a
call for nominations to the judges. They'll be working over the next
couple weeks to get back to me their nominations for products in one of ten
Best Of categories: Best Overall Company, Best Overall Line, Best Figure
(male or female) 18" and larger, Best Figure (male or female) 12 - 18", Best
Male Figure under 12", Best Female Figure any size, Best Statue, Best
Mini-bust, Best Vinyl/Designer figure, and Best Misc. Yes, at this
point we're only doing 'bests' like most other industry awards, but if we do
decide some year in the future to do worst, I'm sure we'll call them the
Once the nomination process is complete, probably around
December 20th, I'll get to work going through them, breaking ties, and
putting together the ten top nominations in each category. The Judges
will then come back and cast their final vote, with the top vote getter
winning the prize. And what's their prize? Why, the privilege to
say they won a Poppie of course!
I'll keep everyone appraised as to how things are going, and
once I have the nominations put together, I'll let readers see the list so
they know what made it into the top ten. Obviously, what Judges vote
on individually will remain anonymous (in fact, I've set up this process so
even I won't know what a specific individual actually nominates or votes
for), but I think it's important you see the interim steps.
So take a few minutes and review the list
of judges, and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free
to drop me a line. If you feel you would be a good judge in the coming
years, drop me a line as well, as I plan on this industry award program to
be a yearly on-going ritual, and each year it will be important to bring in
fresh blood. Thanks!