I didn't realize they had headquarters up here. http://www.king5.com/news/local/funko-expands-headquarters-to-downtown-everett/425229365
Funko will soon be expanding to downtown Everett to move its headquarters and offer a tourist destination for the toymaker's global fanbase.
Brian Mariotti bought the local company 12 years ago when it was primarily a bobblehead company. He has since evolved it into a bonafide pop culture craze thanks to the Comicon crowd and changes in viewing habits.
Excited to share the opening date of the new @OriginalFunko HQ! A dreamy fan-based experience! @KING5Seattle pic.twitter.com/53Rv4Nx2zk— Michelle Li (@MichelleLiTV) March 24, 2017
"Each and every year since we've owned it, its grown," says Mariotti. "We've never had a year where we slipped backward, but the last five years the growth has been exponential. A lot of that is because pop culture, as a whole, has changed."
The favorite items come from its POP line, which makes even the goriest creatures look cute. The company has gained licensing rights to some of the most stable franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, NFL, Barbie and Disney, widening its appeal to kids and women. Several years ago, 95 percent of Funko's customers were men. Today, 55 percent of women make up the company's customer base.