A great thing just happened in Everett. Funko, the bobblehead company that makes POP! figurines out of every form of pop culture imaginable, has just opened its first retail location in the heart of downtown Everett. More than just a retail store, Funko is sort of a museum of pop culture where different worlds collide. (Where else can you find Golden Girls figurine next to The Dark Knight himself?) And while your kids are going to love this place, you’re going to like it too. Read on for the inside scoop.
The Tricked-Out Space
Siting beneath the company’s new headquarters, you can’t but miss the building as it’s bespeckled with giant versions of its famed knick knacks and a spinning crown on its main sign. Once you enter through the main doors, you’ll get the feeling that you have just been invited into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Directly to the right of the entrance is room dedicated to animation, both American and Japanese anime. In the back of the space, Godzilla himself is busy destroying a train track carrying a cargo full of Huckleberry Hound and other characters. It is also in this room where you’ll find figures from some of Hanna Barbera and Warner Bros. greats like Bugs Bunny and The Jetsons.
Next door sits “Gotham” where Batman has rounded up some baddies like The Joker and put him behind bars. Located in the back is a life-size, albeit a Funko version of the Batmobile styled after the one used in the 1960 Batman TV series. Driving the car is an Adam West lookalike with space in the passenger seat for guest to jump in and pose for a picture with the caped crusader while Batgirl and Robin look on in the back of the Batcave. You’ll also find other D.C. superheros and villains as well as other TV show characters from shows like The Walking Dead, Bob’s Burgers and Westworld.
A Bridge Fit for a Princess
Across the way you’ll find a large castle with drawbridge and Disney princesses Belle (from Beauty and the Beast), Elsa (from Frozen) and Tiana (from the Princess and the Frog) inviting you to walk through. Look out though, because on the other side of castle sits Maleficient (from Sleeping Beauty), the dragon and her little minions keeping a look out for shoplifters.
Find a Mashup of Characters
To the right, is the area where Marvel comic book characters dwell including Spider-man, Captain America and even Stan Lee himself selling copies of his own comic books in a street scene. Just down the road from the Crown Theater, The Hulk and Iron-Man are seen busting through a brick wall. And around the corner you’ll find scenes from Star Wars featuring Luke Skywalker and Darth Vadar. Psst… back in the main room rests the world of Harry Potter and friends. Even the baddies look cute!
One area that isn’t open just yet, but will no doubt prove to be very popular, is the “Build Your Own POP” creation station. This is where you and your kids can build your own custom Pop! vinyl figures. How cool is that? “Funko University,” also set to open soon, will be an area of the store dedicated to teaching and mentoring young students in the skills of drawing, sculpting and toy design.
In addition to all of the figurines, including exclusive limited-edition Funko Pop! figures, the store carries a large variety of t-shirts, toys, bags, pencil toppers, buttons, books and more—making it a destination gift shop that is worth the trip up north. Psst… to complete you visit, stop off at Karl’s Bakery next door and pick up a couple of Funko-themed cookies or a dozen doughnuts that are bigger than your head.
2802 Wetmore Ave.
Everett, Wa 98201
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
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— Jeffrey Totey (all photos courtesy of the writer)