Famous for their adorably giant heads and signature beady eyes, Funko POP! dolls have taken the world by storm over the years, becoming a key presence at conventions and geek shops all around the world.
And if you’re wondering if it’s possible to make your own custom Funko Pop doll, the answer is yes, but there’s only a few places in the world you can do it… Los Angeles being one.
So, in this post, we’ll walk you through the process of getting your own custom Funko pop made at Funko Hollywood, with expected wait times, FAQ, and the step by step process of how it’s done.
Where Can I Get a Custom Funko Pop Made in LA?
The only place in LA you can design and create your own Funko Pop character is at the Funko Hollywood store located at 6201 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Unfortunately, you cannot order your own custom Funko Pop doll online, although you can create a cute digital avatar version if you so wish here.
How Much Does a Custom Funko Pop Cost?
According to the official Funko Hollywood website, creating your own custom Funko pop through Pop People starts at $25 plus tax. The final cost will depend on how many extras you add.
How Long Does Making a Custom Funko Pop Take in LA?
From start to finish, the creation of a custom Funko Pop doll can take 1-3 hours.
Here are some of the factors that play into your overall wait time…
- How long it takes you to get into the store (there’s often a line-up)
- How long you have to wait for a digital kiosk to design your own Funko Pop
- How long it takes you to design your own Funko Pop
- How long it takes for them to assemble your custom Funko Pop
To minimize your chances of waiting a long time, we’d recommend arriving as early as possible.
How Early to Arrive for POP! People at Funko Hollywood
If making your own custom Funko Pop is a high priority for you, then we’d advise getting to Funko Hollywood as early as possible – even in advance of the opening time.
During our weekday visit, we arrived 15 minutes after opening time and there was already a huge line-up around the block.
If you have plans after your visit to Funko Hollywood, we’d advise arriving minimum 3-4 hours before your next scheduled activity, just to make sure you have time to get your custom Funko Pop made. We unfortunately had a flight to catch and had to abandon our spot in line as it was taking too long.
Step by Step: How to Get a Custom Funko Pop at Funko Hollywood
The process for making your own custom Funko Pop at Funko Hollywood is as follows.
First, once you arrive, you join the line-up to visit the Funko Hollywood store.
During our visit, we arrived at around 12:15pm, and there was already a massive line-up that went all the way down the street and began to wrap around the corner.
Luckily, it didn’t take as long as we thought to get through the line. The line appears longer than it is because it is separated into different sections, with some gaps in the middle. We were at the front of the line by 12:50pm.
Once you’re in the store, inquire with an employee to see if they have space for the POP! Yourself experience. If there are kiosks free (unlikely, unless you were first in line), they will bring you to the digital kiosks where usually another shorter line awaits.
If they do not have space at the kiosks, you must add yourself to the waitlist and wait for a text to say it’s your turn. You should receive a text message like this to confirm you’ve been added to the waitlist. In this text is a link where you can check your position in line.
At this point, you need to just sit tight and wait for the text to say it’s your turn. You can use this time to wander around the store and take pictures (there’s plenty to see!)
Or if you want to kill some time, you can visit some other sights nearby. Amoeba Music is an amazing store with every kind of record you can imagine, plus cool merch. There’s also a lot of Hollywood Walk of Fame stars in this area.
When you receive a text that it’s your turn, you check in with a staff member and then join the line-up by the digital kiosks, and wait until you get your own kiosk, at which point you get to customize your own Funko Pop doll!
Things you can customize on your Funko Pop include…
- Skin color
- Tops & Outfits
After you’re done, you get your receipt and pay at the cash desk, then wait for your custom Funko Pop to be made, which takes 20 minutes to an hour depending on how busy the store is.
Once your custom Funko pop is done, you can rejoice and bring it home!
If it’s after 5pm by the time you leave, we can highly recommend walking 5 minutes down the road to the Scum & Villainy Cantina. It’s an outrageously fun geek bar that will transport you to a whole other world.
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