Nickelodeon is finally giving fans what they want — a line of toys inspired by the most famous Spongebob Squarepants memes.
According to Toy Wizards, these eight-inch figures were produced by Alpha Group. This run will be dubbed the Masterpiece Meme Collection and runs about $21 per toy. It includes such favorites as Handsome Squidward (with eyes open or closed), Mocking Spongebob, Suprised Patrick, and SpongeGar.
Those looking to make a purchase can do so through Amazon, but you should act soon as Mocking Spongebob is already sold out. While we're not sure how close the others are to that point, they'll probably hit that mark as well.
It's crazy to think about how often the Spongebob franchise makes its way into the meme cycle, but it's always gold when it does. It's not surprising, however. The show has been on the air since 1999 with the classic episode "Help Wanted", so there's a lot of content for meme-lords to work with.
Most recently, Mocking Spongebob took over the internet. According to Know Your Meme, the viral hit itself comes from an episode titled "Little Yellow Book" which aired in 2012. The image stems from a scene where Squidward discovers Spongebob acts like a chicken when he sees plaid.
Still, it took until 2017 for that specific scene to make its way to viral fame. Interestingly enough, one of the first uses didn't involve Spongebob mocking anyone at all. Twitter user @OGBEARD tweeted the photo with the caption "How I stare back at little kids when they stare for too long," and it was retweeted thousands of times. Somehow, thanks to the wonderfully random way the internet works, that turned into the weird mix of upper and lower case letters intended to make fun of things people say.
Still, turning these viral sensations into toys is a great marketing idea. Obviously, the Spongebob brand is a moneymaking machine, but this will just bring more attention to the brand. It also opens up a revenue stream from old fans who may not be inclined to purchase products related to kid's show. Sure, these are still Spongebob toys, but an older consumer base would be more interested in the ironic nature of the purchase.