Funko’s operation of the EMEA business will be led by managing director Andy Oddie
Funko has announced that it has completed an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Underground Toys Limited (UTL), a leading creator, manufacturer and distributor of licensed products.
Founded in 2001 and based in London, UTL is a provider of award-winning toys and entertainment products under licensed brands that include Star Wars, Doctor Who, Marvel, WWE and DC Comics. In January 2014, Funko and UTL entered into a European distribution agreement where UTL exclusively distributed Funko products along with its own range of licensed merchandise to a network of European retailers. These have included Toys “R” Us, Tesco, ASDA, Carrefour and FNAC.
“Over the last two years our relationship with Underground Toys Limited has resulted in an extensive increase in the distribution of our products throughout Europe,” said Brian Mariotti, CEO of Funko. “This transaction will expand upon our already successful relationship and fully unite Funko with the Underground Toys Limited team to support and advance our international growth strategy. We are excited to apply our unparalleled creative design and speed-to-market capabilities to drive continued growth in the business and position ourselves to capitalise on the tremendous opportunities ahead.”
Funko’s operation of the EMEA business will be led by Andy Oddie, who will assume the position of managing director, EMEA. “We have been Funko’s European distributor for some time now and are excited to join the world’s leader in pop culture licensing,” Andy Oddie said. “Funko and Underground Toys Limited are a natural fit given our shared commitment to high-quality, stylised pop culture products and we see great opportunities to create compelling cross-category pop culture offerings by leveraging our combined skills and experience.”