Funko was awarded with the Collectible of the Year for Pop! vinyl and People's Choice of the Year for Pop! vinyl at the Toy of the Year awards last night presented by the Toy Industry Association. The award show was held in New York City in front of toy industry leaders with Funko's CEO, Brian Mariotti, in attendance to accept both on behalf of Funko.
Pop! vinyl was selected for Collectible of the Year from a list of nominees including Pop! and 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, and Tonka Tinys by Funrise. The vote was based on a weighted criteria including consumer votes, TIA members and retailer input.
People's Choice of the Year was determined exclusively by the total of votes received on the ToyAwards.org website.
Funko's CEO, Brian Mariotti, said "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 fans. Both awards we earned were largely due to their 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 portfolios 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 Toy Industry Association
Founded in 1916, the Toy Industry Association™, Inc. (TIA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and delivering toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages. Over the past 100 years, TIA has led the health and growth of the toy industry, and today its 950+ members account for an estimated 90% of the annual $25 billion U.S. domestic toy market.*
The Association serves as the industry's voice on the cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and creative benefits of play, and proactively promotes play's positive impact on childhood development to consumers and media. TIA has a long history of leadership in toy safety, having helped develop the first comprehensive toy safety standard more than 40 years ago, and remains committed to working with medical experts, government officials, consumer groups, and industry leaders on ongoing programs to ensure safe and fun play.