We’ll be seeing a whole lot more of Freddy Fazbear and friends in the early months of 2016. Funko toys has announced its new line of Five Nights at Freddy‘s branded merchandise (actual merchandise based off of an imaginary franchise, how postmodern!)
The announcement promises a wide range of collectibles, including plushies, action figures, vinyl figures, and the always popular Mystery Mini blind boxes so you can spend all your money chasing down the last figure you need to complete your collection. Funko, in its never-ending campaign to assimilate and re-sell all geek and gamer culture, plans to spread out the release of the goods, starting in March 2016 for their Pop! Pen Toppers which feature the heads of the main characters (and questionably…the cupcake). April will see the release of keychains that feature Foxy, Bonnie, Freddy, Chica, and a dubious looking Springtrap. The rest of the teased merchandise is set for release in May.
While it’s a little disappointing that Funko couldn’t have gotten this together for Christmas, I’m sure the series’ fans are excited to see it happening at all. While some people criticize the franchise for it’s jump scare obsessed gameplay and repetition, many fans say that they stay with the games for the lore and the characters. It seems like branching out into novels and figures might be the right direction for Freddy and his pals, because that last game did not do the trick.