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Funko Wins 2017 Collectible of the Year and People’s Choice Award
Funko Brand Pop! Vinyl Honored by Toy Industry Association
February 20, 2017
EVERETT, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Funko, one of the leading creators and innovators of licensed pop culture products, today announced that their Pop! Vinyl brand has been named Collectible of the Year and People’s Choice of the Year at the prestigious 2017 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Funko’s CEO, Brian Mariotti accepted both awards on behalf of Funko at TOTY Awards gala in New York City on February 17.
Pop! Vinyl was selected for Collectible of the Year from a list of nominees that includes Dorbz by Funko, Gift ’ems™ by JAKKS Pacific, LEGO Minifigures – The Disney Edition by LEGO Systems, Inc, Num Noms by MGA Entertainment, Shopkins Season 6: Chef Club by Moose Toys Pty Ltd and Tonka Tinys by Funrise. The judges included toy and play experts, retailers, academics, and journalist and considered each product’s creativity, originality and innovation; design and promotion; excellence; and marketplace acceptance. The People’s Choice award was selected solely by consumers.
“We are deeply honored to be recognized not only for putting our own spin on iconic moments in pop culture but also our ability to create collectibles that resonate with our fans,” said Brian Mariotti, CEO of Funko. “Both awards we earned were largely due to their loyal voices and we are incredibly humbled by their actions.”
Headquartered in Everett, WA, Funko is one of the leading creators and innovators of licensed pop culture products to a diverse range of connected consumers. Funko designs, sources and distributes high-velocity collectible products across multiple categories including vinyl figures, action toys, plush, apparel, housewares and accessories for consumers who seek tangible ways to connect with their favorite pop culture brands and characters. In 2015, Funko received a majority investment from ACON Investments, L.L.C, a diversified international private equity firm. As a leader in the large and growing $15 billion global licensed pop culture products market, Funko currently holds one of the largest portfolio of licenses and the rights to create tens of thousands of characters. Funko’s Pop! Vinyl is one of the most popular stylized vinyl collectibles on the market, selling millions of figures to collectors around the world. Learn more at https://funko.com/, and follow us on Twitter (@OriginalFunko) and Instagram (@OriginalFunko).
About ACON Investments
ACON Investments, L.L.C. is a Washington, DC-based international private equity investment firm that manages private equity funds and special purpose partnerships that make investments in the United States and Latin America. Founded in 1996, ACON has responsibility for managing approximately $5.3 billion of capital. ACON has professionals in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Mexico City, São Paulo and Bogotá. For more information, visit www.aconinvestments.com.
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