ThunderCats, Star Trek, Simpsons, Flintstones, Star Wars, Garfield, Marvel, Disney
Funko (or FunKo, a play on the words "Fun" and "Company") is an American toy company that specializes in producing a wide array of licensed pop culture toys. Popularly known for producing licensed bobbleheads, Funko has so far manufactured over 1000 different bobbleheads. In addition Funko produces licensed plush, vinyl figures, action figures, and licensed electronic items such as USB drives, lamps and headphones.
Funko was founded in 1998 by Mike Becker. Becker originally conceived the company as a small project to bring back various nostalgia-themed toys. The first bobblehead manufactured by Funko was of the restaurant advertising icon known as "Big Boy". With the success of this initial creation, a line of "Wacky Wobblers" was created which went on to become extremely popular and became Funko's signature creation.
Sold in 2005, Funko LLC is now headed by Brian Mariotti as president. Since 2005, the company has increased the scope of unique toy lines, and has signed major licensing deals with Lucasfilm, Marvel, Hasbro, Elvis Presley, CBS, FOX, Warner Bros, Disney, Microsoft, HBO, etc. Funko products now have worldwide distribution and the company has bobblehead sales in excess of 10 million units.
Some of the popular licensed properties made by Funko include ThunderCats, Star Trek, Simpsons, Flintstones, Star Wars, Garfield, Marvel, and Disney among others.
Funko originally released 5 ThunderCats characters in their 'POP! Vinyl Television' toyline range, which measured approximately 3.75 inches tall. These characters included Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro, Snarf and Mumm-Ra. The company later released Tygra as part of their Specialty Series. All 6 figures have been based on the their respective character's appearance in the original 1980s ThunderCats cartoon series.
Funko have released a range of ThunderCat characters in their Dorbz toyline range, which measures approximately 3 inches tall. These characters initially included Lion-O, Snarf and Mumm-Ra. The company later released Panthro riding a miniature version of the ThunderTank in their 'Dorbz Ridez' collection and Jaga as part of their 'Dorbz Specialty Series'.
In August of 2018, Funko announced the launch of their new series of retro "Masters of the Universe" style action figures. The line was title "Savage World" and ThunderCats was among the different franchises that got their own figures. The first wave of figures included Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Panthro and Slithe.