EVERETT, Wash. — Founded in a Snohomish home in 1998, toy maker Funko is now a global phenomenon that’s put Everett on the consumer map. The company’s collectibles called “Pops” touch every facet of pop culture and are a hit worldwide. But despite their popularity, the company’s recent decline is raising questions about its future.
On a visit to the flagship Funko store in Los Angeles, it’s easy to see why. The 40,000 square foot space is full of whimsy, adventure and fun. It’s divided up into areas and nooks that are based on licensing themes like Star Wars, Harry Potter or Game of Thrones and there are photo props abound to capture the perfect selfie.
The space is a riot of color and whimsy, but I found that the overall experience didn’t have the wow factor that I was expecting from a Funko store. The only real disappointment was that the store doesn’t have a ton of seating for those waiting for custom Pops or just to rest a bit.
The store does offer a Pop People experience which lets you design your own pop that looks (somewhat) like you. This is a great way to have something unique and personal that you can take home with you. The price range varies depending on the size of your Pop and the level of customization. But I think it’s definitely worth the cost. funko store