If you ever want to pop on by the new headquarters and flagship store for Funko in Everett, Wash., giant versions of the company’s signature POP! figurines mounted outside will certainly make the space easy to find.
With the move to a historic downtown building on Wetmore Avenue, the makers of the iconic bobble-headed characters and much more have started placing life-size “statues” on a canopy above the sidewalk.
A site plan posted in a window says the fiberglass figurines are 8 feet tall and weigh 350 to 500 pounds. Eight of them will be placed on the overhead awning, and a character at the corner of Wetmore and California Street will be 12 feet tall. Two more statues are also planned for the top of a skybridge that spans Wetmore.
By Tuesday morning, figurines of Chewbacca, Grape Ape, Huckleberry Hound, Mickey Mouse, Maleficent, Harry Potter, Batgirl and Groot were in place.
GeekWire reported in March that the 19-year-old Funko planned to open a 17,000-square-foot retail space this summer to serve as a worldwide destination for fans of the company’s products.
The new headquarters building, which is listed as the Port Gardner Building on Everett’s Historical Register of Places, has previously been home to a Bon Marchè department store and Trinity Lutheran College.