10 Things To Buy For SpongeBob SquarePants’ 20th Anniversary
It's hard to believe Nickelodeon's animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" premiered in 1999 (and has run for 12 seasons no less). In July, the show about the surreal adventures of a fry cook/sea sponge and his motley crew of frenetic pals will celebrate its 20th anniversary, and of course, there will be plenty of cool swag to accompany the milestone. Which is why we've rounded up the must-have collectibles, toys, and other fanboy ephemera that every SpongeBob fanatic, young and old, will want to get their hands on. Let's take a nautical, nostalgic trip back to Bikini Bottom with our favorite SpongeBob anniversary picks.
Favorite Meme Figurines
SpongeBob might just be the most meme-able animated show ever (see, um, well Twitter at any point in 2018). Which is exactly why some genius decided to produce a physical manifestation of these digital hits with these vinyl figurines celebrating the most viral SpongeBob memes. Any Bikini Bottom know-it-all will want at least one of these nods to Mocking SpongeBob, Handsome Squidwad, Imagineaaation SpongeBob, Surprised Patrick, and Spongegar. The 9 inch collectibles are recommended for ages 6 and up though one reviewer used them to jazz up her daughter's birthday party decor. (We of course won't judge if this becomes your new go-to desk objet.)
Bikini Bottom Makeup Palette
Cosmetics brand HipDot's new SpongeBob collaboration will feature lip glosses, a sheet mask, a blush-bronzer, and this colorful eyeshadow palette for Bikini Bottom lovers who really want to commit to this anniversary. The 15 bright, cartoon-worthy shades in the eyeshadow palette include Wumbo, Bikini Bottom Blue, and Golden Pineapple. The whole SpongeBob collection is limited edition, so shell out some clams now because this palette will likely go quick.
Pineapple Under the Sea
Give your pet fish the gift that keeps on giving—this lovely pineapple abode based off of SpongeBob's home sweet home at 124 Conch Street. This resin aquarium decoration is just under 6 inches tall, and it has a door and windows so little fish can hide, relax, and swim in and out. No crabby pattys included, sadly.
Remember Stretch Armstrong? Well this toy is a little like that, if Stretch were a talking yellow sea sponge. Yank away at SpongeBob's limbs and hear him spit out hilarious gems like "I'm a sponge, not a rubberband!" or "These pants sure are reliable!" This is a no-brainer birthday gift for anyone who's 7 (or an adult who's really into early aughts nostalgia).
Best Day Ever SpongeBob Socks
Proclaim your SpongeBob pride with these loud and proud rainbow socks from the Dylan's Candy Bar SpongeBob 20th anniversary collaboration. And make sure to bundle when tossing in the wash—you don't want one of these to go missing and these will most definitely sell out.
Krusty Krab Graphic Tee
There's something infinitely cool about this T-shirt's hip illo of SpongeBob working his beloved job flipping burgers at the Krusty Krab. Let's start taking bets which street style darling will wear this under a Dries Van Noten blazer at the next fashion week.
Get a jump on Halloween, or just bop around at your next cocktail party with a SpongeBob character head (your Insta stories will thank you later). The 20 inch inflatable, soft, heads fit most kids and adults—the product is recommended for ages 6 and up. Be SpongeBob with glasses or buy a few and act out your own favorite scenes (either to amuse your kids or as aftermath post too many glasses of rose) as Patrick, Doe Eye, Plankton, or Squidward.
For the Sponge at Heart
Learn how to live like a happy, happy sea sponge with this self-help book full of quotes, thoughts, and advice straight from Bikini Bottom. Young readers ages 10 and up can learn a thing or two from the enthusiastic fry cook like, "Practice makes perfect… most of the time," or "If you want to remember something, write it down."
This is what happens when you combine SpongeBob with the hottest toy trends of 2019. Slimeez are blind bag toys that include everyone's favorite substance, slime. Open your package and discover which figurine you have — is it the rare gold SpongeBob? We hope so. The added bonus is 2 ounces of Nickelodeon slime. Best for ages 6 and up.