Saturday, October 09, 2021

Squidward Joins 'Squid Game' in Fan-Made Funko Pop

A fan has designed a cool Funko Pop! toy with SpongeBob's Squidward Tentacles dressed as a Squid Game guard wearing the iconic bright pink suit.

A hilarious fan-made Funko Pop! design imagines Squidward Tentacles as part of the Squid Game cast. The cartoon character, who is actually an octopus, is from Nickelodeon's beloved animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. Squidward's name comically associates him with Netflix's South Korean series that's currently making waves among U.S. audiences and many other countries.

Squid Game is a survival drama created by Korean director Hwang Dong-hyuk and stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, and O Yeong-su. The story starts when 456 people, all of whom are deeply in debt, are invited to play a series of simple street games. Whoever emerges as the winner gets the ₩45.6 billion cash prize (approximately $38 million), but those who fail each game face immediate execution. Despite the series' gore and disturbingly violent scenes, critics and viewers praised it for its plot and socially relevant themes. Since premiering on Netflix on Sept. 17, Squid Game quickly rose to the streaming platform's top charts and is now poised to be its biggest show to date.

Squid Game's smashing success is now inspiring hilarious memes, merchandise, and other pop-culture references. Instagram user PopVinylGuy, a graphic artist who designs Funko Pop! concepts and parodies, recently imagined SpongeBob's Squidward as an iconic Squid Game guard. In the Nickelodeon cartoon, Squidward is known as an ill-tempered and grumpy octopus. The fan-made SpongeBob/Squid Game Funko Pop! crossover shows the famous animated character dressed in bright pink just like the Netflix series' faceless guard. He wears his signature grim expression while holding a gun and a triangle mask. Check it out below:

As of this post, PopVinylGuy's Squidward/Squid Game humorous Funko Pop! concept has already received close to 3,000 likes. With the Korean drama's overnight success, it's no wonder that fans are quick to jump on the Squid Game bandwagon. Its popularity has even spilled into other crossovers between video games such as Mario Party, Animal Crossing and Among Us

All the attention Squid Game is getting is proof of how much viewers are enjoying its unique story and recognizable elements. The show's giant doll, control pad shapes, bright pink guard uniforms, and green contestant tracksuits are all becoming iconic symbols. With Halloween fast approaching, it's exciting to see how eager fans can show their creativity in expressing their love for the series. Without a doubt, Squid Game has become a pop culture sensation, and people are here for every bit of it.

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