Pop culture collectibles company Funko has announced a new line of Pokemon figures to its iconic Funko Pop! vinyl toy brand, formally marking the beginning of the end of the Pokemon franchise. Since its release of the original video games in 1996, Pokemon has developed into one of the most recognizable media franchises in the world, spanning countless video games, a trading card game, anime, film series, manga, books, music, and toys.
More than two decades after its inception, Pokemon has long passed its initial boom in popularity but has still remained fairly popular, with new installments on the way and a thriving audience of all ages. Many had hoped the success would continue, although faith began to fade on the announcement of the new beady-eyed soulless abominations.
“I’ve loved Pokemon since I was little, it’s really near and dear to my heart; to see the brand sell out like this… I just don’t think Pokemon can ever recover,” Aaron Michaels, 29, told Anime Maru while holding his copy of the 1999 hit album Pokemon 2.B.A. Master.
The initial announcement featured an image of a Pikachu, a character soon set to join the likes of Bob Ross, Inigo Montoya, Dark Magician Girl, and Doug as a character once popular in the past that people have long stopped giving a fuck about.
Millions of Pokemon fans around the world have begun discarding their games, trading cards, and merchandise in order to distance themselves as much as possible from the now tainted series. Many fans were saddened as they realized that the pitiful death of the once glorious franchise was becoming more and more clear.
At press time, executives at Good Smile Company took to the stage to remind everyone that they had their own line of figures with disproportionate heads that didn’t look like they had been modeled in middle school art class before being escorted off the premises.