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Funko's 'Pop!' Toys Invade Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2015 09:12am | Post a Comment

funko pop toysToy maker Funko’s massively popular “Pop!” vinyl figurines have come to Amoeba Hollywood in a big way.

We first started carrying the 3.75-inch tall toys, which resemble pop culture icons with enlarged heads and eyes, when the company made music figurines for the likes of Michael Jackson, Tupac and The Beatles. Now as they’ve grown in popularity, we’ve begun carrying Funko’s Pop! collectibles from all realms of the pop culture landscape.

“It keeps growing and growing,” says Amy Pennington, a buyer for Amoeba. “I think it was this past Christmas when we realized how popular they were and that we should devote an entire section to them.”

The Funko figurines now mostly reside in their own section between books and soul music, along with more pop culture goodies like vintage-style lunchboxes and Beatles collectibles.

Figurines in-store come from TV shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Adventure Time” and “Breaking Bad”; films such as Frozen and Guardians of the Galaxy; and franchises such as “The Avengers” and “X-Men.” We’re also carrying some of Funko’s cultier offerings, like Howard the Duck and the Bride of Frankenstein.

Some of our most popular Pop! toys have been Dancing Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy (of which we are getting an Entertainment Earth exclusive soon); The Dude (The Big Lebowski); Heisenberg and Jessie Pinkman in cook suits from “Breaking Bad”; horror icons Chuky and Michael Myers; and more Guardians of the Galaxy characters such as Star Lord and Rocket Raccoon.

Check out our new section as we have even more figurines in-store or coming later this summer, including characters from “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Orphan Black,” “Sesame Street,” “Family Guy,” The Boondock Saints and the Minions from “Despicable Me.”

Started by toy enthusiast Mike Becker in 1998, Funko began by making licensed bobbleheads, coin banks and hand puppets based on vintage properties before current CEO and collector Brian Mariotti bought the company in 2005. Mariotti, who made the down payment on his house by selling his Pez collection, was looking to expand the company beyond bobbleheads, and Funko began making the Pop! figurines in 2010, first based on the company’s licenses for DC and Marvel Comics and “Star Wars.” The figurines eventually took off; “Game of Thrones” actors began posing with their figures, and the company continued expanding its line. Read more about Funko’s rise in this Rolling Stone feature. See more pictures of our Funko section below:

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