Tuesday, October 29, 2019

One Piece Gets SpongeBob SquarePants Collectibles

Arguably, two of the biggest "sea faring franchises" in the world are the long-running Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants and the anime pirate franchise of One Piece. While the two series could not be more different, they've finally managed to meet with some official merchandise that unites the two worlds of Bikini Bottom and the Straw Hat Pirates. Though these figurines don't necessarily reflect Luffy and his crew, they still take the characters of SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward and put them at the top of the heap when it comes to One Piece's military.

Twitter User SoulStormOP managed to find the hilarious model figures that see the denizens of Bikini Bottom placed into the universe of the Grand Line, attempting to defeat the pirates of the seas and claim the long lost treasure of Gol D. Roger for the military:

The line reimagines SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward as the Three Marine Admirals, Kizaru, Akainu and Aokiji, respectively. Mr. Krabs as Fleet Admiral Sengoku.

The Resin Statues hail from KMG Studio, and are available to preorder now at Toy Okoku. The figures carry an $150.00 (Australian dollars) price tag each.

So remember that one fan art that had Spongebob, Squidward and Patrick pose as the 3 Admirals in One Piece? Yeah so they decided to make figures of that.

It's currently unknown whether the figures are official SpongeBob SquarePants merchandise.

The designs of the figures are based on actual SpongeBob x One Piece fan art:

With their poses based on this iconic spread:

SpongeBob SquarePants was created around the same time as One Piece, ironically enough, originally debuting on Nickelodeon in 1999, introducing a world wherein the titular SpongeBob works his dream job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab. Spending his days putting together Krabby Patties, jellyfishing with Patrick Star, and annoying his neighbor Squidward Tentacles on the regular, the franchise has amassed over two hundred and fifty episodes. While that's a good deal of installments for any franchise, it still pales in comparison to the over nine hundred episodes that make up the One Piece franchise.

Currently, One Piece is having one of the best runs in the franchise, with the main storyline following the Straw Hat Pirates as they traverse across the dangerous, isolationist nation of Wano. At the same time, the fourteenth film of the franchise, One Piece: Stampede, has been tearing it up at the box office, pulling in the most profits of the series to date.

Eiichiro Oda's One Piece first began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997. It has since been collected into over 80 volumes, and has been a critical and commercial success worldwide with many of the volumes breaking printing records in Japan. The manga has even set a Guinness World Record for the most copies published for the same comic book by a single author, and is the best-selling manga series worldwide with over 430 million copies sold. The series still ranked number one in manga sales in 2018, which surprised fans of major new entries.

One Piece x Spongebob Squarepants Specifications

[Studio name]: KMG Studio
[Proportion of Works]: One Piece x Spongebob Squarepants
[Product Size]: 15cm
[Limited]: TBD
[Product weight]: UNSURE
[Package weight] : 2 kg maybe
[Product material] : PU+ resin
[Expected shipment]: Q 4 2019

Shipping cost estimate based on estimation maybe 2-3kg EACH?? (subject to change and NOT ACCURATE):

USA/Canada $65+ AUD
Australia $55++ AUD
Most of Europe $75 + + AUD
Most of Asia $45 ++ AUD

SpongeBob SquarePants, which was recently greenlit for a 13th season, has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, while generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical which is now touring North America and a global fan base. SpongeBob SquarePants is seen in more than 208 countries and territories, translated in 55+ languages, and averages more than 100 million total viewers every quarter. SpongeBob SquarePants is created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.

Nickelodeon's is currently in the midst of the network's "Best Year Ever", a year-long global celebration of one of the most iconic TV series and characters ever created. The “Best Year Ever” launched with the premiere of “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” an original mixed live-action and animated special earlier this summer, and leads up to the Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies theatrical, The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, coming May 2020.

A CG-animated prequel spin-off series, Kamp Koral, following 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants during his summer at sleepaway camp, is also slated to premiere during Summer 2020.

More Nick: 'The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage!' to Debut on Nickelodeon in December 2019!

Originally published: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 20:40 GMT.

Original source: ComicBook; Additional sources: ResetEra /@DanarchyReigns, @AnansiThePersona.
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