Based in 2004 as a subsidiary of the favored theater chain Alamo Drafthouse, Mondo is an organization specializing in collectibles together with however not restricted to restricted version display screen printed posters, vinyl film soundtracks, clothes and attire, toys, and a lot extra. Within the years since, Mondo has grown tremendously, not solely opening its personal gallery however even internet hosting its personal conference, MondoCon. In a shock transfer, Mondo introduced immediately that it has been acquired by Funko.
By now you’ll have heard that Mondo has a brand new mother or father firm: Funko. Let’s speak about it.
For 20 years, we have now poured our coronary heart and souls into this bizarre little factor that Rob Jones and Tim League began in a closet within the nook of an Alamo Drafthouse foyer… then out of a closet beneath the seats of a Drafthouse auditorium (significantly). Ultimately, we opened our personal gallery area, and even began our personal conference.
Now we have at all times liked following our passions and doing issues our personal approach, and we’ll be endlessly grateful to the Alamo Drafthouse for supporting these passions and serving to us develop into what we’re immediately. However we would have liked an even bigger boat… and that’s the place Funko is available in. They perceive what Mondo is immediately and are keen to assist us change into the corporate we wish to be.
From the skin, Mondo may seem to be it’s altering… however on the within a lot is staying the identical. We stay the identical workforce, and our objectives stay unchanged. We’re nonetheless the identical bunch of weirdos who share an timeless obsession with standard (and possibly much less standard) tradition, and a craving to make cool stuff with one of the best artists on the planet.
We’re nonetheless the identical firm that began within the theater foyer… solely now with much more sources to assist our imaginative and prescient. We are able to’t wait to indicate you what’s subsequent.
– (Nonetheless) Your mates at Mondo.
In accordance with Selection, the deal for Mondo was finalized the week after Memorial Day.
“Mondo’s devoted fanbase and high-end popular culture collectibles make it the proper complement to Funko’s present portfolio of manufacturers,” mentioned Funko CEO Andrew Perlmutte. “By leveraging our worldwide distribution and licensing community, we really feel nicely positioned to expedite the expansion of the Mondo model.”
Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and govt chairman, mentioned in a press release, “Over the previous few months, we searched exhaustively to discover a excellent companion who noticed what was distinctive and particular about Mondo and was ready to meaningfully put money into Mondo, nurture the workforce, and additional its attain and imaginative and prescient. Funko is strictly that unicorn.” He added, “The workforce that made Mondo wonderful is staying collectively, making the transition to Funko, and can proceed their identical work with the identical inventive imaginative and prescient.
Not dissimilar to Funko’s personal humble origins, Mondo (initially known as Mondo Tees) began as a 4′ x 12′ quasi-bootleg t-shirt store situated within the basement storage hallway of a single-screen movie show. It turned Mondo in 2007 when and started working with main artists and studios to forge fantastically designed licensed merchandise.
It’s actually an finish of an period of an period and alter is at all times the secret. Hold your eyes peeled to see how the brand new Mondo underneath Funko. It appears secure to say that this can be the tip of the Alamo Drafthouse unique commemorative pint glasses. However a person can at all times dream…