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Funko Acquires Mondo from Alamo Drafthouse

Mondo

Announced this morning, Funko, Inc. has purchased Mondo from Alamo Drafthouse. That adds even more to Funko’s portfolio which already includes figures, clothing, games, and more. Mondo was the division focused on screen-printed posters, vinyl soundtracks, and toy collectibles for Alamo.

This is a pretty big addition for Funko cementing the company further in the pop culture collectible space. Mondo has focused more on “high end” collectibles, something Funko has dipped its toes in but not a regular product vertical.

Mondo on the other hand has dipped its toes into board games and up to recently had a deal with Restoration Games with Unmatched, but the company has never completely focused on that vertical.

The acquisition adds about 30 Mondo employees to the Funko team. The financial terms have not been disclosed. Funko has said it doesn’t expect the acquisition to have an impact on the 2022 financial performance which indicates the amount isn’t massive.

Funko recently received investment to the tune of $263 million that involved a 25% stake in the company. They statements indicated that the investors saw massive growth for the company and this acquisition is likely a part of that vision.

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE STATEMENT

When Mondo was first forming, back when it was a 25-square-foot retail space in the abandoned ticket booth of the original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, we had one guiding principle: seek out amazing artists, let their imaginations run wild and unfettered, and together celebrate the movies we loved.

Driven by passion, Mondo’s core team of creatives transformed that small ticket booth into something none of us could have ever imagined. Nineteen years into the journey, I look back at the amazing body of work that Mondo has created in posters, soundtracks, and collectibles and am truly in awe. I couldn’t be more proud of the amazing team that has over and over again set a staggeringly high bar for imagination, quality, and beauty.

That said, the past two years have been brutal and harrowing at Alamo and Mondo. We filed bankruptcy and thankfully emerged from COVID in fighting shape, ready to continue our mission of being the best damn cinema that has ever or will ever exist. While we were closed, however, Mondo was our saving grace, the only facet of our business that kept the lights on.

Now, with the dark days behind us and each weekend bringing box office successes, Alamo is seizing opportunities to grow our cinema footprint with seven new locations across the country that have been announced recently and more to come. As the company resources are focused on this growth, we realized that perhaps a bold and exciting new chapter is about to begin for Mondo.

Over the past few months, we searched exhaustively to find a perfect partner who saw what was unique and special about Mondo and was in a position to meaningfully invest in Mondo, nurture the team, and further its reach and vision. Funko is exactly that unicorn.

The team that made Mondo amazing is staying together, making the transition to Funko, and will continue their same work with the same creative vision. I am super excited about the future plans I know about, and I’m sure I will soon marvel at the work that is not yet even a lightbulb spark.

I am very confident that in time folks will see this transition to Funko as nothing short of marvelous. I wish everyone on the Mondo team the absolute best and look forward to everything ahead, save the notable exception of the loss of my employee discount.

I offer my sincere thanks to the whole team for almost two decades of tireless dedication and craft. You have most certainly made my adult life a hell of a lot more beautiful.

Tim League
Alamo Drafthouse Founder & Executive Chairman and Mondo Co-Founder

MONDO STATEMENT

By now you may have heard that Mondo has a new parent company: Funko. Let’s talk about it.

For 20 years, we have poured our heart and souls into this weird little thing that Rob Jones and Tim League started in a closet in the corner of an Alamo Drafthouse lobby… then out of a closet underneath the seats of a Drafthouse auditorium (seriously). Eventually, we opened our own gallery space, and even started our own convention.

We have always loved following our passions and doing things our own way, and we’ll be forever thankful to the Alamo Drafthouse for supporting those passions and helping us grow into what we are today. But we needed a bigger boat… and that’s where Funko comes in. They understand what Mondo is today and are eager to help us become the company we want to be.

From the outside, Mondo might seem like it is changing… but on the inside much is staying the same. We remain the same team, and our goals remain unchanged. We are still the same bunch of weirdos who share an undying obsession with popular (and maybe less popular) culture, and a craving to make cool stuff with the best artists in the world.

We are still the same company that started in the theater lobby… only now with even more resources to support our vision. We can’t wait to show you what’s next.

– (Still) Your friends at Mondo.

Funko Games Reveals Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of the Thanosstones

Pick your favorite hero, rescue your friends, and win battles to defeat Thanos! Funko Games has revealed Battleworld is a revolutionary cooperative, expandable, collectible adventure game featuring dozens of characters from all over the Marvel Universe! Players get to crack open the mysterious Thanostones during the course of play to reveal the mystery character inside for a constant sense of surprise and delight!

Marvel Battleworld Mystery of the Thanosstones

The game already has numerous products revealed!

Marvel Battleworld – Battle Ball

The Battle Ball provides fully-playable introduction to Battleworld in a collectible size!

Each Battle Ball includes:

  • 5 battle cards
  • 2 Micro Collectable Heroes one is still trapped in Thanostone,
  • 2 hero cards and everything you need to play!

Marvel Battleworld – Mega Pack

The Mega Pack jumpstarts your collection into Battleworld!

Each pack includes:

  • 13 battle cards
  • 6 characters: 4 starting Heroes (including an exclusive Negative Zone Spider-Man variant) and two more trapped in Thanostones!
  • 6 hero stands and everything you need to play! 

Thanos Ship Showdown

The Thanos Ship Showdown expands the game to include an exclusive Thanos character and his brutal flagship!

Each set includes:

  • 1 Thanos Ship with dice-dropping and battle damage-tracking action!
  • 1 Exclusive Thanos character
  • 1 Exclusive die and everything you need to add this to your game! 

Travel Portal with Attack Spinner

The Travel Portal is the first accessory in the Battleworld line! Players can clip this to their bag to carry their favorite character wherever they go – and the spinner base can be used instead of the dice in the game!

Each pack includes:

  • 1 Travel Portal with spinner base!
  • 1 Exclusive Gold Ultron character + Hero Card
  • Backpack/bag clip to take it anywhere! 

Funko Reveals New Pop! Funkoverse Including Golden Girls, Jurassic Park, and Aggretsuko

At the London Toy Fair, Funko revealed multiple expansions and expandalones for their Pop! Funkoverse board game.

Available for pre-order now:

Pop! Funkoverse: Golden Girls 101 – Expandalone

Pop! Funkoverse: Jurassic Park 100 – Strategy Game

Pop! Funkoverse: Jurassic Park 101 – Expandalone

Pop! Funkoverse: Aggretsuko 100 – Expansion

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Dungeons & Dragons Gets the Pop! Treatment

Go on a fantasy adventure with the beloved tabletop role-playing game that brought to life elves, dwarves, tieflings, and DRAGONS. Pop! Asmodeus is the Lord of the Nine Hells and should be regarded with suspicion as he’s likely to try to bargain for your soul. Pop! Mind Flayer is not a creature you’d want to meet alone in the Underdark. And Pop! Minsc and Boo might seem like unlikely companions as a human ranger and miniature giant space hamster, but they will have your back in any fight against evildoers – you know, like those other two.

Pop! Games: Dungeons & Dragons is out soon from Funko.

Pop! Asmodeus
Pop! Mind Flayer
Pop! Minsc and Boo

Gen Con 2019: Funko Reveals the Pop! Funkoverse Strategy Games

Face off in the Ultimate Pop! Battle in Funko’s new light strategy games that combine your favorite characters and go head-to-head in exciting game scenarios in the most memorable locations of your favorite licenses!

Funkoverse DC 100 Strategy Game

In DC 100, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations such as – Gotham City™ Streets or The Joker’s Carnival Chaos with The Joker™, Harley Quinn™, Batgirl™, and Batman™.

Funkoverse DC 101 Strategy Game

In DC 101 combine additional characters in 4 additional game scenarios in memorable locations like Arkham Asylum or Catwoman’s Penthouse with Catwoman™ and Robin™. Play as a stand-alone or mix with other DC Funkoverse games!

Funkoverse Harry Potter 100 Strategy Game

In Harry Potter 100 move through 4 exciting game scenarios and move through locations such as Diagon Alley or Room of Requirement with Lord Voldemort™, Bellatrix Lestrange™, Hermione Granger™, and Harry Potter™.

Funkoverse Harry Potter 101 Strategy Game

In Harry Potter 101, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations like Forbidden Forest and the Potions Classroom with Draco Malfoy™ and Ron Weasley™. Play as a stand-alone or mix with other Harry Potter Funkoverse games!

Funkoverse The Golden Girls 100 Strategy Game

In The Golden Girls 100, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations like The Golden Girls’ Home or the Florida Boardwalk with Rose Nylund and Blanche Devereaux.

Funkoverse Rick and Morty 100 Strategy Game

In Rick and Morty 100, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations like The Smith House or Blips and Chitz with Morty Smith and Rick Sanchez.