Funko Is Giving Pennywise the Clown His Own Breakfast Cereal

Warner Bros. Entertainment
Warner Bros. Entertainment

If the prospect of waking up early in the morning for work or school isn’t terrifying enough, you can now turn up the horror at the breakfast table with a big bowl of Pennywise cereal. Put out by the pop culture aficionados at Funko, the Pennywise cereal—an ode to the terrifying clown at the center of Stephen King's It—will be crimson in color, leaving your milk stained an appetizing blood-red to start your day.

Concrete details about the cereal are scarce, but a quick glimpse of the box can be seen about an hour and 20 minutes into the Netflix documentary Making Fun: The Story of Funko. The art on the box is based on the character's look from 2017’s It, mixed with a bit of that patented Funko charm. The master of horror himself even managed to snag a screenshot of it:

But Pennywise is just one of many characters and brands that Funko is incorporating into its new line of cereal. He’ll be joined by the likes of Batman, Harley Quinn, Skeletor, Beetlejuice, Freddy Krueger, Cthulhu, Joker, Aquaman, Cuphead, and Captain Caveman. From the looks of the cereal in the documentary, each one will consist of colored Os (adorably called FunkO's) that follow the theme of the character on the box. So Pennywise and Freddy Krueger will be red, while Batman will be blue and Beetlejuice will be green.

This may be Funko’s first foray into making their own cereal, but they have immortalized breakfast mascots in the past with figures based on the Trix rabbit, Count Chocula, and Cap’n Crunch. You may just want to stick to the cereal for now—Count Chocula alone has been valued at $350.

Each box of cereal will retail for $7.99 and comes with a mini Funko Pop! toy. But don’t expect them to land in your local supermarket; this type of nostalgia in a bowl is going to be available only at specialty stores. According to Nerdist, you can expect Freddy Krueger, Elvira, and Beetlejuice cereals to hit first this summer (possibly in June), with the others to follow.

[h/t Bloody Disgusting]

Game of Thrones Counseling Available for Upset Fans Following Series Finale

Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan, HBO

It’s no surprise that some fans are having a hard time dealing with the fact that Game of Thrones is over. The show ran for eight seasons, and became a huge part of fans's lives and Sunday night routines. Moreover, since the season 8 premiere first aired, fans haven’t been too thrilled with the trajectory of the show, and it has only gotten worse. (The final episode in the series scored the lowest rating in the show’s history on IMDb).

But if you’re having a hard time wrapping your mind around the end of Game of Thrones, or just want to vent, there's a counseling service here just for you. CNN reports that if you go to Bark.com, a UK-based online marketplace, you can find a Game of Thrones counselor who will listen to your every qualm about the show. "The professionals will help them digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief," the service description reads.

"We watch them to escape our daily lives and immerse ourselves into the 'unknown,'" Lynette, a counselor from Bark.com, said in a statement regarding people's TV show obsessions. "This is the very reason why we sometimes become addicted to watching them, the stories they tell become part of our identity."

There’s options of booking a 30-minute or 60-minute session, which range from $25 to $51. Fans can choose from a face-to-face session, group session, or online, and can specify which specific problems they’re having regarding the show. 

What do we say to Game of Thrones-related anxiety? Not today!

New Coke is Making a Comeback Thanks to Stranger Things

Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Netflix

In what was considered one of the biggest consumer product marketing blunders of all time, the Coca-Cola Company upset devotees of their signature beverage by introducing New Coke in 1985. Sweeter and smoother than the original, people practically revolted over the change, and the drink eventually disappeared from shelves.

In 2019, New Coke is not only resurfacing—it might turn out to be one of the company's savviest marketing moves to date.

CNN reports that Coca-Cola will be producing 500,000 cans of New Coke in collaboration with Netflix to promote season 3 of Stranger Things, the 1980s-set paranormal drama. Cans will be featured on the show in a kind of retro product placement.

Fans can look for the cans online, which will be offered as a free gift with the purchase of two special Coca-Cola Classic or Coke Zero Sugar glass bottles with Stranger Things artwork beginning Thursday. Special vending machines will also be set up in major cities, and visitors to Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola can purchase the product there, too.

The company is using the exact same recipe for New Coke that got them in hot water back in 1985. For many, it will be their first chance to sample the drink that anti-New Coke activist and retiree Gay Mullins described as being "unbelievably wimpy" and tasting like Pepsi (a comment meant to be derogatory). Originally intended to replace Coca-Cola Classic, the drink was eventually rebranded Coke II and sold through 2002.

Coca-Cola anticipates demand will exceed their 500,000 can allotment, which means you're likely to see them pop up on eBay before long.

The new season of Stranger Things premieres July 4.

[h/t CNN]

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