Having or collecting Funko Pops have become a norm in the pop culture and entertainment world. The hugely successful toy brand have made numerous statues based on TV, movie, video games, comics, and other fictional characters in the entertainment industry. Even well known celebrities and professional athletes are getting their own miniature Funkos.
But have you ever wished or wondered that you could create your own Funko Pop or “Mini Me”? Well it looks like your dream is about to come true. According to Funko. the company will be releasing and launching POP! POP will be a silo factory of multiple customized figurines that will allow customers create Funko Pop stylized figurines of themselves.
The company announced that starting in December 11 that their Funko headquarters located in Hollywood and Everett will have these mini Pop Factories for customers. According to Funko, these mini factories will be kiosks. These kiosks will display Funko pieces, and customers will have to fill out order forms to get their piece selections. After customers complete their forms, they would bring that same order form to a POP Factory counter for it to process.
Then as soon as POP Builder is finished making the customized figure, customers will be then contacted and can pick up the personalized figure in a customized box. The price of these customized personalized Funko Pop is said to be $25.00. This format is similar to a plush toy factory like Build-A-Bear where customers can make their own customizable teddy bear or animal. As of now it’s not announced what other Pop Store will have these POP factory kiosks.
Rise of the Funko Pop
Funko Pops were created by Funko Inc. and the company was founded in 1998 by founder Mike Becker. Becker began as a t-shirt designer in Snohomish, Washington. Becker started making collectibles and had a idea in creating a food bank based on the American fast food icon, Big Boy. Due to replicas being expensive in online websites such as Ebay, Becker decided to make his own customized collectibles.
In 2005 Becker sold his company to an entrepreneur and huge collectible fan Brian Mariotti. Thanks to Mariotti, the Funko company became the successful brand known today. Funko Pops were created and first released in 2010 at San Diego Comic Con.
The first Funko Pops were DC’s Batgirl, Green Lantern, and two variations of Batman. Due to its massive success during launch the Pop’s became popular. Funko Inc. has made more than 8,200 different Funko Pops and is still going strong today, thus creating a lasting legacy.
The Funko Pop Legacy
Funko Pop’s have become one of the prime targets for toy collecting. With pop culture and entertainment industry in a new era of renaissance, it’s not really surprising these simple adorable miniaturized figures are a collector’s staple. TV, movies, and video games are becoming more well known due to the help of Funko Pops. Entertainment genre’s such as superhero, action, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and comedy are making these little figurines a hot commodity in many establishments as well.
The places where Funko Pops can be easily found include comic conventions, comic book stores, video games stores, and common retail stores. Even well known celebrities and professional athletes are getting their own Funko Pops. These celebrities includes Marilyn Monroe, Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, Shawn Mendes, Stephen King, John Cena, Stan Lee, Prince, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and many more. Professional athletes include Clayton Kershaw, Tiger Woods, Cody Bellinger, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Michael Jordan, Patrick Mahomes, Walter Payton, and Michael Jordan. The era and rise of the Funko Pops is here.
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