Funko to Support Marine Toys for Tots Foundation with $500,000 Toy Donation
December 9, 2015

EVERETT, WA (December 9, 2015) – Funko announced that it will be providing over $500,000 worth of toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation this holiday season. This donation amounts to over 50,000 toys that will be distributed through the Toys for Tots campaign to less fortunate children.

“We are honored and thrilled to support Toys for Tots this holiday season,” said Brian Mariotti, CEO of Funko. “We are happy to be able to make the holidays a little brighter for the children in our communities.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Funko as a major national corporate sponsor of the 2015 Marine Toys for Tots Campaign,” said retired Marine Major Bill Grein, vice president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  “They have provided us with many quality toys.  With their generous support, we will be able to fulfill the Christmas holiday dreams of thousands of less fortunate children, who otherwise might have been forgotten.”

Funko will also support the Toys for Tots Program by encouraging its fans to make monetary or toy donations to their local programs.

About Funko

Funko, founded in 1998 and located in Everett, Washington, is a leading provider and innovator of branded pop culture products. Funko has built entrenched and long-term relationships with a diverse base of 100+ studio/content providers and an expansive library of 250+ properties. Funko’s products are available through multiple retail outlets including specialty stores, mass-market retailers, e-commerce, international and direct-to-consumer. For more information on the company, please visit www.funko.com.

About Toys for Tots

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. For more information about the program, please visit www.toysfortots.org.

Daniel Pickett

Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since.

In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features.

He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced.

In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com.

Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s
“Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com,
Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official
Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many
others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows.

But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.

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