I problem you to search out somebody who does not know what a Funko Pop is at this level. These vaguely chibi-style vinyl collectible figurines are everywhere. Their ratio of high quality to ubiquity has drawn criticism, and the confounding rabidity of Funko’s fan base invitations mockery and derision. It is fairly foolish, however I attempt to adhere to the timeless philosophy articulated by Star Wars: The Previous Republic’s smuggler: “Whatever floats your speeder.”
Besides if what floats your speeder is NFTs, then your speeder can crash. Whether or not it is a Ghost Recon tacticool pores and skin that requires 600 hours of playtime for the privilege of shopping for or a $650,000 3D model of a boat in a sport that hasn’t launched, NFTs have created a brand new ecosystem of scamming and multilevel advertising psychosis round “digital items” ensured by algorithmic “proof of possession” that’s serving to to kill our planet quicker than everything we’re already doing.
Maybe it solely is sensible that these two phenomena ought to mix, a match made in hell. The Funko Digital Pop!™ has truly been round for just a few months, however it has drawn consideration with the announcement of a Bob Ross NFT Funko Pop. This new improvement provides additional tasteless ironic twists to the ideas at play: Ross was a soft-spoken icon of artwork training, sharing the craft of portray with a large viewers, demystifying and presenting portray as an avenue of meditation and self-cultivation.
Bob Ross’ legacy of making and investing within the artwork of portray are values that each Funko artists and followers consider in. We’re excited to supply Bob Ross Digital Pop!™ launching 12/21. https://t.co/yMEMrEs32O #FunkoDigitalPop @tokenheadio @Dropppio pic.twitter.com/sqEoA35gtnDecember 14, 2021
Why not plaster his likeness throughout essentially the most crass and hole illustration of “artwork” as a commodity? To not point out, the rights to Ross’ picture went to his business partners as a substitute of his household postmortem, in contravention of his needs.
It is one other blockchain-backed bummer in a cascade of blockchain-backed bummers. The Bob Ross bit particularly is one other instance of a dead man’s legacy getting used as gas for this trash fireplace. At this level I am simply relieved when it is one thing I already discover distasteful becoming a member of the crypto bandwagon. I’m going to riot if Studio ZA/UM ever makes a damned NFT.