Inside Funko’s funkalicious new HQ: Pop culture toymaker makes a bold statement in its hometown

Pop culture toymaker Funko opened its model new headquarters and flagship retailer to the general public Saturday. 1000’s of followers of the vinyl “Pop!” figures flocked to downtown Everett, Wash., for a probability to be among the many first to expertise the new house and get their palms on some unique limited-edition Funko Pop! figures.

Funko has been positioned in Everett since 1998, however explosive development in the recognition of its Pop! line of toys led to the corporate outgrowing its former south Everett location.

Funko Flagship Store

“Once we have been outgrowing the outdated constructing there have been alternatives to maneuver to different cities, Seattle and whatnot,” defined Mark Robben, Funko’s Director of Advertising and marketing. “Our CEO Brian Mariotti is a Snohomish County man and he needs this firm to be a Snohomish County firm. It meant extra to be a part of the group up right here, the place he’s from, and proceed to bolster this group and assist proceed its financial improvement.”

The new headquarters at 2802 Wetmore Ave is on Everett’s Historic Register of Locations, and beforehand housed a Bon Marchè division retailer and extra lately Trinity Lutheran Faculty.

Funko Flagship Store

The new house contains a public assembly room the place a few of Funko’s 80 employees artists will donate their time on the weekends to mentor and educate children in the Everett space about artwork, drawing, sculpting, sketching, and total toy design. “We need to give again to the group and prep the subsequent era of toy designers,” Robben stated.

Funko Flagship Store

“It feels particular for us to be up right here, as a result of we’re completely different, and we stand out a little bit,” shared Robben. “It’s good for Everett for us to be right here, however it’s additionally good for us.”

Tickets to at the moment’s grand opening have been all given out on Friday, however after at the moment you may go to the shop throughout regular enterprise hours. The shop is laid out virtually like a miniature amusement park, with themed areas for Star Wars, Disney, Harry Potter, DC Comics, Anime, a build-your-own Pop! manufacturing facility, and “Wetmore Forest,” a utterly authentic collection of characters designed by Funko to have a good time their new headquarters’ location on Wetmore Avenue.

Wetmore Forest at Funko's Flagship Store

Regardless of not being positioned in the extra standard Seattle-Bellevue hall, Funko hasn’t had any actual hassle maintaining a speedy tempo of development in latest years.

“Most of our expert jobs are in sculpting and artistic concepting, and issues like that, so we don’t have a difficulty operating into individuals who simply need to dwell and work in the Amazon hall,” Robben defined. “That’s not the identical house that we’re enjoying in. That stated, we do nonetheless have a lot of people that dwell in Seattle that come up right here, as a result of it’s a reverse commute.”

The worker house in the higher flooring of the constructing has slides between flooring, and in the basement there’s a bowling alley. Take pleasure in this photograph gallery of the sights on the flagship retailer, and ensure come as much as Everett subsequent week to test it out for your self.

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