Nickelodeon Celebrates 20 Years Of SpongeBob With Meme-Inspired Toys

SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob was originally named SpongeBoy. However, that name was already trademarked.  So Nickelodeon held a preview for the series in the United States on May 1, 1999, following the television airing of the 1999 Kids’ Choice Awards. Today we know this cartoon not only as one of the most popular animated series but also as a part of internet culture. There are many relatable and funny moments from the SpongeBob’s series were reinvented as viral memes. To remember its popularity on the internet Nickelodeon lately released meme-inspired figures.


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SpongeBob SquarePants

In 2018, so many SpongeBob fans were shattered by the news of the creator’s death. Stephen McDannell Hillenburg was an American animator, voice actor, and marine biologist. He passed away at the age of 57 on November 26, 2018. His death was due to motor neuron disease (also known as ALS) — a condition he had been diagnosed within March 2017. In order to remember his talents, there are so many internet users who started sharing their favorite memes. A lot of artists joined in with their drawings as a tribute to the cartoonist.

Mocking SpongeBob

Mocking SpongeBob
SpongeBob
SpongeBob
SpongeBob

SpongeBob

This year marks the anniversary of SpongeBob Squarepants and Nickelodeon didn’t forget to honor this important date. The company will celebrate the anniversary with “Best Year Ever”- a tribute that will start this July with a one-hour special on TV leading up to a new SpongeBob movie scheduled to hit theaters in summer 2020.

Imaginaaation SpongeBob

Imaginaaation SpongeBob
SpongeBob SquarePants
Imaginaaation SpongeBob
SpongeBob SquarePants

Imaginaaation SpongeBob

“The tiny residents of Bikini Bottom have held the world’s attention for a remarkable 20 years and we owe it all to the monumental creator Stephen Hillenburg,” said Nickelodeon’s executive vice president of animation production and development Ramsey Naito.

Surprised Patrick

Surprised Patrick
Surprised Patrick
Surprised Patrick
Surprised Patrick

Surprised Patrick

As part of the celebration, Nickelodeon partnered with Alpha Group to release a brand new line of toys. This line contains “Masterpiece Meme” vinyl figures, bringing to life fan-favorite viral memes which include Mocking SpongeBob, Imaginaaation SpongeBob, Surprised Patrick, SpongeGar and Handsome Squidward.

SpongeGar

SpongeGar
SpongeGar
SpongeGar
SpongeGar

SpongeGar

The toys are available on Amazon for around $22. Grab yours to celebrate the iconic cartoon!

Handsome Squidward

Handsome Squidward
Handsome Squidward
Handsome Squidward
Handsome Squidward

Handsome Squidward

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