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Pikachu Makes Electrifying Debut at Retail This Summer
EVERETT, Wash., July 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Pokémon Company International and Funko, Inc. (Nasdaq:FNKO) have officially announced their first-ever collaboration and licensing agreement to bring Funko Pop! Pokémon figures to retail this summer. Expected to launch on July 29, 2018, the initial 4-inch stylized vinyl figure features the iconic Pokémon, Pikachu, from the popular video game franchise featuring Funko’s whimsical take on the beloved Pokémon.
“Pokémon is always looking for the best ways to deliver its popular characters to its fans and the timing is perfect to team up with Funko,” said Colin Palmer, vice president of marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “We can’t wait to deliver the most iconic Pokémon, Pikachu, to fans of both the franchise and the immensely popular Funko Pop! figures with this launch.”
While the 4-inch scale Pikachu marks the first collaboration between Pokémon and Funko, a launch this big couldn’t be contained to Funko’s traditional figure size. A second Pikachu figure in a 10-inch scale is expected to arrive in stores later this year. Fans can stay tuned for additional details about the larger figure’s availability.
“As one of the preeminent entertainment properties in the world today, we’re thrilled to welcome Pokémon to the Funko Pop! lineup with this exclusive figure,” said Brian Mariotti, CEO of Funko. “Pikachu is one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture, and as the ultimate purveyor of pop culture we couldn’t be more excited to bring Funko’s signature style to the world of Pokémon. So much so that we plan to launch a larger 10-inch scale figure later this year.”
Funko plans to release further information about the figures’ availability on their website at www.funko.com in addition to future production release information and details.
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.
Headquartered in Everett, Washington, Funko is a leading pop culture consumer products company. Funko designs, sources and distributes licensed pop culture 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. Learn more at https://funko.com/, and follow us on Twitter (@OriginalFunko) and Instagram (@OriginalFunko).
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The Pokémon Company International
Julia Young, ICR
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