Fortnite is everywhere. It's on your desktop. Your consoles. Your phone. Your telly on a Sunday when you're trying to enjoy the football. It was probably a matter of time, then, before Epic's ever-popular battle royale 'em up rolled out a range of big-head-wee-bodied Funko Pop figurines. Which is A Thing That's Happening now, courtesy of a deal between the developer and Funko, Inc.
With the promise of ten different product lines, Fortnite will lend its name and likeness to Funko's Pop! figurines, Five Star figures, Pint Size Heroes, Vynl, keychains, POP! apparel "and more". To further quote this here press release, Fortnite's Funko merchandise will be available to buy at a "broad array of retailers" worldwide as of "Holiday 2018". Which should allow plenty of time to alert Santa Claus, or at least a Funko Pop version of Santa Claus.
"We are thrilled to collaborate and partner with Epic Games to create the inaugural Fortnite product collection and to bring these characters to life for the first time," says Brian Mariotti, CEO of Funko. "This collection will be a true celebration of Fortnite's incredible popularity and cultural significance, and we believe our Funko Fortnite collectibles will strongly resonate with fans of the game."
Epic Games vice president Mark Rein adds that he's a big fan of Funko's figures, and can't wait to see this particular crossover in person. If the same applies to you, let us know in the comments south of here.
I myself missed the boat with Funko Pops, but understand it's serious business for some folk—not least the woman who made her husband sign a contract seemingly designed to govern his Funko Pop spending/addiction. To all the Funko Pop collectors out there, then, let me ask: what exactly am I missing?