Funko Has a License To Create Earthbound Collectibles


Funko certainly has its hands on a lot of licenses these days, and it’s taking full advantage of them, creating a number of memorable collectibles that fans can get their hands on, including figurines. But there’s one franchise in particular that has us wondering what could be coming next.

A Twitter user by the name of Reid Young has taken notice of a particular franchise that’s listed in Funko’s vast catalog – one that hasn’t particularly made use of just yet. Perhaps the company’s waiting until the time is just right to utilize it – perhaps with a new game announcement.

That franchise is Earthbound, which originally got its start as a SNES cult classic many years ago, but has since seen a re-release on 3DS and Wii U, and continues to be in the hearts and minds of many Nintendo gamers. You can see the tweet, along with the photographic evidence of the franchise in the catalog, below.

Young serves as co-founder of Fangamer, so his excitement for Earthbound is noteworthy. After all, some fans would love to get their hands on certain collectibles from the series, even something as small as Funko figurines.

So the real question is, what is Funko waiting on? Well, they might actually be sitting on the franchise until Nintendo makes some kind of announcement. It’s been rumored for a long time now that the company is considering a U.S. release for its long-awaited Earthbound 3 adaptation, and that could come sometime around E3. It would make sense, then, that Funko release the Earthbound collectibles at that time, cashing in on the hype from the game announcement.

Of course, nothing’s been made official as of yet, but it doesn’t make any sense for Funko to have the license and not really make use of it. So something’s bound to get announced sometime this year – the real question is when.

Even if it’s behind something as small as an adaptation of Earthbound for the Nintendo Switch, we’d love to see Funko make the most out of this announcement. Heck, we’re already making room on our shelves now.

If you have yet to see what all the Earthbound excitement is all about, you can check out the original game now on Wii U and 3DS. Or go really old-school and pick up the SNES version.