Collectors have been snapping up Funko figurines and toys. On Saturday, they can visit the new flagship store in Everett. Tickets are required.

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Sketched Aug. 15, 2017

My son has grown up right alongside Funko. Just a few years ago, the maker of those ubiquitous pop culture figurines operated out of an anonymous Lynnwood warehouse near where he played T-ball.

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This Saturday, when the homegrown enterprise opens its new flagship store at its new headquarters in downtown Everett, my soon-to-enter-high-school son expects to endure crowds for a chance to get one of the limited number of tickets that will be distributed starting at 7 a.m.

He will have lots of company. I’ve seen tweets from Funko fans who say they are coming to the event all the way from Florida and Arizona.

The converted building – which once was a Bon Marché department store and most recently housed Trinity Lutheran College – is worth seeing at any time. Huge versions Groot, Bat Girl, Great Grape Ape and Harry Potter top the awning facing Wetmore Avenue. Around the corner, you’ll see Freddy Funko and Star Wars’ beloved Chewbacca.

With the transformation of this historic building, Everett’s cool factor may pop through the roof.