Update on UNKL Spongebob Toys
Speaking of licensed “designer” Spongebob toys, UNKL presents a first look at their Spongebob samples…and they’ve UNKL-ized (nearly) the whole gang. Back in July, UNKL was still courting licensor approval for Spongebob, so it’s nice to find out they got it.
“Sally (the Squirrel) is in the next series (if it happens). We’ll take a stab at anything to put our own twist on it if we like how it looks to begin with. The SB crew is a great starting point for us to explore with our own style. Love how these guys are looking. Still artwork to tweak on these and adjustments here and there to the forms, but we’re gettin’ there fo sho…”
[Thanks to Sergey Safonov for the tip, as well as the link to this utterly OCD, fantastic Spongebob video.]
When I first saw the figures, my interest was piqued a little. However, the artist apparently does not know the name of one of the characters (Sandy, not Sally). I know, I know, it’s pointless of me to point it out, but I’m not pointing it out to call out the artist because he goofed up a name. I point it out because it shows that he is not a particular fan of the television show. My thoughts went from “Ooh, look at these toys, this guy must like SpongeBob (maybe I should buy some),” to “Oh, he might just being doing this for the brand recognition (I am not going to buy any).” I do hope it is not the latter, but with the linked discussion about licensing toys, I figure I would express my disheartened opinion.