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                                People line up to enter the Funko store in Everett in 2018.

Olivia Vanni / The Herald People line up to enter the Funko store in Everett in 2018.

Funko, the Everett-based toymaker, opens a Hollywood store

The location is the second brick-and-mortar retail store for the company — the first being in Everett.

EVERETT — Funko, the pop-culture toy maker, is taking its wares to Hollywood.

On Monday, the Everett-based firm will open a 40,000 square-foot retail store on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

“We’re thrilled to now be a permanent fixture in the Hollywood community and look forward to bringing the magic of Funko to the fans, families and entertainment aficionados,” Brian Mariotti, Funko’s CEO, said in a news release.

Funko makes figurines of pop-culture characters from Marvel to DC Comics to Disney, as well as apparel, home decor and stuffed animals. Products line the walls of many big-box stores and comic book shops.

The Hollywood location is the second brick-and-mortar retail store for the company, which opened its flagship store in 2017 in downtown Everett at the corner of California Street and Wetmore Avenue — the former Bon Marche department store.

That same year, the company went public and began offering shares on the NASDAQ market under the ticker symbol FNKO.

Founded in 1998, the toys-and-collectibles maker went from a nondescript warehouse in a south Everett business park to the former Trinity Lutheran College, bringing a couple hundred creative workers to downtown Everett. In 2017 it moved its headquarters from near Paine Field to downtown Everett.

Janice Podsada; jpodsada@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3097; Twitter: JanicePods

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