Funko Guts Mondo: Lays off majority of staff

Funko’s latest acquisition, Mondo is an American company known for releasing limited edition screen printed posters for films, television shows, and comics, as well as vinyl movie soundtracks, clothing and apparel, toys, and re-issues of VHS releases
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Postby Guyhoff » Mon Mar 27, 2023 2:16 am

Very sad for collectors and obviously those who lost their positions
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Postby willy wonka » Mon Mar 27, 2023 6:50 am

Sad to hear and I hope that they continue to make posters at some point in the future.
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Postby Lord Bacon » Mon Mar 27, 2023 9:56 pm

Very sad news as a paper collector. Hope this isn't the end of Mondo art printing.
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Postby ghostrye » Mon Mar 27, 2023 10:10 pm

So incredibly sad. I really hope they can relaunch at some point. The x men animated figures and motu figures are unbelievable. I hope they aren’t finished.

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Postby YeetGrimes » Mon Mar 27, 2023 11:15 pm

Could not be more disappointed about this and hope changes are made in the future. So many great designs and even greater designers behind them :(
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Postby Nobody888 » Tue Mar 28, 2023 2:46 am

I am a bit disappointed, but tbf I haven't purchased a mondo print for some time.

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Postby PaleRiderOfDoom » Tue Mar 28, 2023 8:58 am

Mondo stuff was always awesome. I really hope there is a plan in this and the people affected are given the ability to still work for the company in some capacity. It's really gut wrenching.
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Postby DrunkoPop » Tue Mar 28, 2023 10:46 am

Funko is also known for posters. They probably would continue them. I don’t see why not :dontknow:
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Postby lazcommalisa » Wed Mar 29, 2023 9:05 pm

I don’t know if anyone follows some of the artists that were in the process of making posters for Mondo. But since the news, they’ve been showing their WIP and what could’ve been-ugh such cool designs. If you wanna look for yourself, search for Matty Taylor or Matt Ferguson on Twitter
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Postby Jade10881 » Wed Mar 29, 2023 9:31 pm

Daisygal wrote:Why would they buy the company if they didn’t want it for one of the main products it’s known for?


They probably did then, trying to expand their audience. Their stock was up, they added warehouses and Etc but now they’re not doing as well. Excess inventory, rising costs.

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lazcommalisa wrote:I don’t know if anyone follows some of the artists that were in the process of making posters for Mondo. But since the news, they’ve been showing their WIP and what could’ve been-ugh such cool designs. If you wanna look for yourself, search for Matty Taylor or Matt Ferguson on Twitter


So sad Matt Taylor had some awesome Marvel art in the pipeline. In his fan page group he confirmed he will not be releasing any future Marvel prints with any other galleries, tis the end of an era :(
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Postby TheerealJT » Thu Mar 30, 2023 9:27 am

The layoffs are unfortunate. Can’t imagine they would completely stop making posters though. If anything hopefully they’ll make them easier to get.
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Postby lazcommalisa » Thu Mar 30, 2023 12:40 pm

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lazcommalisa wrote:I don’t know if anyone follows some of the artists that were in the process of making posters for Mondo. But since the news, they’ve been showing their WIP and what could’ve been-ugh such cool designs. If you wanna look for yourself, search for Matty Taylor or Matt Ferguson on Twitter


So sad Matt Taylor had some awesome Marvel art in the pipeline. In his fan page group he confirmed he will not be releasing any future Marvel prints with any other galleries, tis the end of an era :(


I had no idea about that…to say I’m shocked and saddened is an understatement. He was one of the artists that got me into Mondo, I love his art.
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Postby fieldsy32 » Thu Mar 30, 2023 2:17 pm

Seems like they’ve back tracked some?
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Postby cptsailor » Thu Mar 30, 2023 2:31 pm

fieldsy32 wrote:Seems like they’ve back tracked some?


Seems like possible misrepresentation in the media. They definitely cut staffing, but doesn't appear to be "the whole poster department".
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Postby renardchua » Thu Mar 30, 2023 3:00 pm

Official statement from Brian posted on Mondo’s official Twitter account.

https://twitter.com/mondonews/status/16 ... 3ysesNmHdw

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Postby nerdandcheese » Thu Mar 30, 2023 3:57 pm

Great news all around! That record store / art gallery / music venue sounds cool
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Postby Jade10881 » Thu Mar 30, 2023 3:59 pm

Nice that it’ll be in San Diego. Wonder if it will be near downtown for events during con. Hopefully quality won’t decrease while increasing quantities.

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Postby FunkOCD » Thu Mar 30, 2023 6:43 pm

renardchua wrote:Official statement from Brian posted on Mondo’s official Twitter account.

https://twitter.com/mondonews/status/16 ... 3ysesNmHdw

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Surprised it was only posted on Twitter!
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Postby Ronnie18 » Thu Mar 30, 2023 7:44 pm

Yes, I saw the tweet. Hopefully, this means at least in some ways they are investing in the company. Because the other reports didn’t make it would that way.

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Mass producing prints means to me there’s no way they’ll be high quality. They won’t be screenprinted. The point of Mondo was limited edition. Not good.

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GimmeFunkoNow wrote:Mass producing prints means to me there’s no way they’ll be high quality. They won’t be screenprinted. The point of Mondo was limited edition. Not good.


I was thinking the same, Mondo should stay niche. Current screen printing infrastructure is not available for mass production, quality will drop:( With popular artists who have worked with Mondo being very vocal about the situation, they will likely have to source new talent as well.
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Postby questkid32 » Fri Mar 31, 2023 12:56 am

Maybe now they can welcome Tyler Stout back into the fold...

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Postby Thrillofthehunt » Fri Mar 31, 2023 2:47 am

That's a good clarification from Brian and what I had figured, just reducing headcount but still committed to Mondo. Wouldn't make sense to end the product so quickly. Just got twisted in the media
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Postby El_PANDA » Fri Mar 31, 2023 3:14 am

Thrillofthehunt wrote:That's a good clarification from Brian and what I had figured, just reducing headcount but still committed to Mondo. Wouldn't make sense to end the product so quickly. Just got twisted in the media

Happy to see a resolution

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nerdandcheese wrote:Great news all around! That record store / art gallery / music venue sounds cool

Hopefully it becomes a hub when SDCC comes around

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El_PANDA wrote:
nerdandcheese wrote:Great news all around! That record store / art gallery / music venue sounds cool

Hopefully it becomes a hub when SDCC comes around

I wonder how they are going to do SDCC. And will they do NYCC.

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Postby JCFun » Fri Mar 31, 2023 4:20 pm

Kwiksilverpop wrote:
GimmeFunkoNow wrote:Mass producing prints means to me there’s no way they’ll be high quality. They won’t be screenprinted. The point of Mondo was limited edition. Not good.


I was thinking the same, Mondo should stay niche. Current screen printing infrastructure is not available for mass production, quality will drop:( With popular artists who have worked with Mondo being very vocal about the situation, they will likely have to source new talent as well.


There was people talking about this on the post, but that is my fear as well. If they are going to increase the number, they won't be able to do screenprinting most likely. Not unless they find another source for it :-k
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Postby ghost_yamasaki » Fri Mar 31, 2023 4:29 pm

Wow. I did not see that coming at all. Maybe I should have with all the market and economic volatility. Wishing the best for all those folks who lost their jobs. I know they loved what they did. That’s for sure.
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Postby stl_ben » Fri Mar 31, 2023 5:14 pm

questkid32 wrote:Maybe now they can welcome Tyler Stout back into the fold...

NOPE.
Artist wont be returning to Mondo, they are fleeing. Funko burned so many bridges.
There is 0 way to ramp up the production that is mentioned in that letter, all printing places are backed up thats why it aready take 6 months to get most Mondo prints already.
Zero chance they open a record pressing plant / venue in San Diego. They are doing mass layoffs and trashing millions of dollars in inventory to cut spending as times are bad....that means they don't have millions to open up a new venue!
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Postby Kito87 » Fri Mar 31, 2023 7:56 pm

lazcommalisa wrote:I don’t know if anyone follows some of the artists that were in the process of making posters for Mondo. But since the news, they’ve been showing their WIP and what could’ve been-ugh such cool designs. If you wanna look for yourself, search for Matty Taylor or Matt Ferguson on Twitter


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Postby ryanc_ » Sat Apr 01, 2023 12:40 am

I read the letter, still very angry and sad at what has happened and all the bridges that were burned. Seems this is still the end of an era. I’ll be sure to follow the individual artists I like to keep up with their work.

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Postby nathan_bakken » Sun Apr 02, 2023 11:20 am

The new store front/record pressing sounds cool, still not loving the amount of bridges Funko has burned recently. Also, collectors like limited pieces, producing more defeats the purpose.
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Postby riddle360 » Sun Apr 02, 2023 12:39 pm

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cptsailor wrote:Was very skeptical of this acquisition originally and now I am sad.

So was I. Didn’t understand the pairing at all.


Same. This is definitely sad news. Not sure what the future has in store for Mondo now but those posters were amazing! Sad.

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Postby billyconard » Mon Apr 03, 2023 12:59 pm

Man. it's super frustrating to see all of the online angst and bad blood surrounding Mondo, artists, Funko, and these layoffs.

I have always been a big fan of what Mondo does. I don't own many posters - but always loved the art and was lucky enough to get a few over the years. I dig the records and figures too.

I wish and hope that they can find a happy medium going forward with the posters and artists. Sell stuff at scarce quantities and for the masses with things like timed releases, etc. But maybe too many bridges have been burned and that model just isn't profitable these days. I don't know the finances behind the scenes to make any judgements.

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Postby rontonsoup » Mon Apr 03, 2023 1:31 pm

I saw the clarification and am excited to see that flagship store in San Diego. I wonder where they’d put it.
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Postby kdmlvr » Mon Apr 03, 2023 8:51 pm

FunkOCD wrote:
renardchua wrote:Official statement from Brian posted on Mondo’s official Twitter account.

https://twitter.com/mondonews/status/16 ... 3ysesNmHdw

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Surprised it was only posted on Twitter!


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Postby skillawashere » Mon Apr 03, 2023 11:44 pm

Disappointing all around. Honestly that PR letter did not help and had more people question the decisions made. It is what it is but they have disappointed a lot of fans and artists alike.
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