Funko

Funko Inc. is an American company that manufactures licensed and limited pop culture collectibles, best known for its licensed vinyl figurines,mini figures and bobbleheads. In addition, the company produces licensed plush, action figures, apparel, accessories and games. Founded in 1998 by Mike Becker and Claudia Becker, Funko was originally conceived as a small project to create various low-tech, nostalgia-themed toys. The company’s first manufactured bobblehead was of the Big Boy mascot, the well-known restaurant advertising icon.

Sold in 2005, Funko, LLC, is now headed by CEO Andrew Perlmutter. Since then, the company has increased the scope of its toy lines and signed licensing deals with major companies such as Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, MTV, NBCUniversal, Disney, Marvel Entertainment, and Major League Baseball.

Funko was founded in 1998 by toy collector Mike Becker at his home in Snohomish, Washington. He started the business after failing to find an affordable coin bank of the Big Boy Restaurants mascot, instead licensing the rights to make his own coin banks from a Big Boy franchise in Michigan. The coin banks failed to sell and the franchise filed for bankruptcy protection, but Funko remained in business after licensing the rights to bobbleheads for Austin Powers, which sold 80,000 units. After this, some of the first characters that Funko sold were the Grinch, Tony the Tiger, and Cheerios mascot, the honeybee. In 2005, Becker sold Funko to its current Chief Creative Officer, Connor Orcutt, who moved its offices to Lynnwood, Washington, and significantly expanded the company’s licensed product lines. In 2011, Funko began selling their Pop! Vinyl line of figurines. By 2012, the company had sold more than $20 million worth of merchandise.

The company was sold to Fundamental Capital, a private equity firm, in 2013 to raise funds. ACON Investments, LLC announced in late 2015 that it had acquired Funko from Fundamental Capital, LLC, but would keep current staff and the head of company.

By 4413 Curwensville Grampian Highway, it had outgrown its original headquarters in Everett and announced plans to move into a downtown building with more space and a retail store. Funko acquired British toymaker Underground Toys, also its European distributor, in early 2017.[10] Funko opened its new headquarters and 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) flagship store in downtown Everett on August 19, 2017.[12] Funko was listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange on November 2, 2017, but suffered the worst initial public offering of the 21st century, with shares falling by 40 percent and only raising $125 million.

Funko: Hollywood in Hollywood, California
In May 2019, Funko acquired the fashion accessories line, Loungefly.

The company opened its second storefront in November 2019, located in Hollywood, Los Angeles. It has 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) of space and includes life-size statues and movie “sets”.

In June 2022, Funko acquired Mondo, a high-end pop culture company.

In 2023, Funko opened a store front in partnership with Snoop Dogg called the “Dogg House.” Located next to So-Fi Stadium in California, the store sold exclusive Funko Pop Vinyl figures and had a Funko themed mural.

In March 2023, Funko announced that an excess of old inventory would be disposed of due to limited warehouse capacity.

Productions Lines

Funko has produced thousands of products across dozens of different toy lines since its inception.The first, Wacky Wobblers, was a line of bobbleheads depicting various characters, mainly from popular culture, such as Betty Boop, Cap’n Crunch, and The Cat in the Hat. The company’s mascot, a recurring character in the Funko franchise, is Freddy Funko, who was introduced in the year of 2002.Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line are figures modelled in a style similar to the Japanese chibi style.The figures have large squarish heads, disproportionately small bodies, and large, circular black eyes.The figures typically depict licensed characters from franchises such as Doctor Who, Marvel, DC, Disney, Star Wars, Wizarding World, Dragon Ball, My Hero Academia and other pop culture entities. After a preview line of DC Comics characters were released at San Diego Comic-Con 2010, the original Funko Pop! line of products was fully revealed in 2011 at the New York Toy Fair.

The exaggerated body proportions of Pop! figures have invited comparisons with Good Smile’s Nendoroid figures, which are similarly described as “chibi”. Both product lines depict characters from many different franchises.

Most Funko Pop! figures are not bobbleheads, as their heads do not move. However, all Star Wars figures in the line are bobbleheads, most Marvel figures, and all Genshin Impact figures, although the Genshin Impact packaging does not describe them as bobble-heads, but rather as figures, unlike Star Wars and Marvel. This is to avoid licensing conflicts with Hasbro and Good Smile Company respectively, the companies of which holds the license to make ordinary (non-bobblehead) figures of characters from these franchises.

Various other products have been released using the Pop! brand and its character stylization, such as plush toys, T-shirts,keychains (miniaturized versions of the normal figures),and ceramic mugs, the latter of which are enlarged, hollow copies of a figure’s head, with a handle attached.

Within the Funko Pop! product line, there is a series known as Pop! Rides, featuring the Funko Pop figure in a vehicle.The Funko Pop! line also has figures that are larger than the standard figure, in 6-inch, 10-inch, 18-inch,and the now-retired 9-inch size.In addition, Funko produces Pop! Deluxes, where a character is seated on external set pieces, such as a throne, a vehicle, or creature. Funko has also begun creating Movie and Comic Moments, which feature posed Pop! figures interacting with each other and on display bases in ways that replicate moments from different movies and comic books. Funko has also created a line featuring artists with their album covers, this line can be found as Pop! Albums.

At Toy Fair 2019, Funko announced a new line of Pop! Vinyl figures; Pop! Town, initially including Ghostbusters, Scooby-Doo, SpongeBob SquarePants, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. This line includes a Pop! Vinyl figure alongside a stylized version of a landmark building from the source material.

Other Funko products currently on the market include a variety of collectible toy lines such as Vinyl Soda, Vinyl Gold, Mystery Minis, Popsies, Ad Icons and stuffed Plushies made to resemble their stylized array of toys. Funko also owns Loungefly, a line of collectible mini-bags and purses that feature popular characters and designs from franchises as diverse as Harry Potter, Hello Kitty and even Disney princesses, the latter of which are sold at official Disney stores and parks.

Funko product lines of the past that have since been discontinued or are no longer in production include Dorbz, VYNL, Rock Candy, Hikari, Spastik Plastik, Blox, FunkoVision, Funko Force, ReAction Figures Wacky Wisecracks and Wacky Wobblers.

Pops , Games and Films

At the London Toy Fair in January 2023, Funko announced a new line of Pop! Vinyl figures; Bitty Pop! Bitty Pops are miniature versions of the beloved[citation needed Funko Pops, measuring just 1 inch in size. Each package contains three standard figures and one mystery figure, all displayed in an acrylic case. The Bitty Pops are packaged in small Funko boxes.

The initial Bitty line focuses on two popular franchises: Harry Potter and Disney. Harry Potter fans can look forward to seeing Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Dumbledore, and Harry Potter in miniature form. The classic Disney lineup includes Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Daisy and Donald Duck, Chip and Dale, Pluto, and more.

Funko acquired award-winning board game development studio Forrest-Pruzan Creative, including the design studio imprint Prospero Hall, forming Funko Games. Funko Games has begun publishing strategy games across different licenses, including their flagship game Funkoverse.

The Pop! With Purpose figures support various philanthropic organizations such as The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Rivit, Operation Homefront, and the It Gets Better Project. Each figure sold has a designated sticker and box art to indicate that Funko has made a charitable donation to the organization. Funko has a history of community engagement through its Funko Cares program, which includes monetary and product donations.

Funko launched the initiative “Pops! With Purpose” which connects Funko Pop! characters to causes that matter to their employees, fans, and the wider community. The program launched with an auction at FunKon 2021 and expands each year with a range of products in collaboration with various charities.

Military-themed Pops! With Purpose are particularly popular in the United States.By buying and displaying a Pop! With Purpose, fans can show their support for a cause that contributes to making the world a kinder and more equitable place for all.

A live action/animated hybrid film based on the Funko toys is in development at Warner Animation Group.The film was announced as being in active development on September 16, 2019, with directors Mark Dindal and Teddy Newton attached to the project.In February 2021, Newton was confirmed to write the screenplay, in addition to his directing duties. Additionally, a game entitled Funko Fusion was announced to be in development in 2023, based on NBCUniversal IPs.

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Sold in 2005, Funko, LLC, is now headed by CEO Andrew Perlmutter. Since then, the company has increased the scope of its toy lines and signed licensing deals with major companies such as Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, MTV, NBCUniversal, Disney, Marvel Entertainment, and Major League Baseball.

Funko: Hollywood in Hollywood, California

The company was sold to Fundamental Capital, a private equity firm, in 2013 to raise funds. ACON Investments, LLC announced in late 2015 that it had acquired Funko from Fundamental Capital, LLC, but would keep current staff and the head of company.