Ninja is getting a Funko Pop Vinyl, but you're not supposed to know it yet.
At Toy Fair 2020, hundreds of brand new toys were revealed, including a raft of Funko Pop Vinyls. One of them was absent from the official Funko reveals. A glimpse of the newly (but not officially) announced Ninja Funko Pop Vinyl appeared on Instagram via Funko POP News.
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While Entertainment Earth, Hot Topic and Amazon were all listed as potential stockists, none of them currently appear to be selling the Ninja Pop Vinyl.
As of Monday morning it was listed for sale at Popcultcha and JB Hi-Fi in Australia, but the listings have since been taken down. While Popcultcha's pre-order landing page is still available via Google, it only leads to an error page as of Monday afternoon. The original version of the page can be accessed via caching.
Kotaku Australia has reached out to Popcultcha to confirm the Australian release of the Ninja Pop Vinyl.
JB Hi-Fi's listing has a release date of April 30, but the original page has also been taken down from live view.
While nearly every pop culture property, from The Golden Girls to Weird Al Yankovic have already received their own Pop Vinyls, this marks the first time that a professional gamer has made an appearance in the toy line. Ninja's merchandising has recently expanded to include a 'Get Good' gaming book and an official 'gamer wig', so a Pop Vinyl was the next logical step.
You can check out a more detailed view of the Pop Vinyl from pop vinyl fan FunkoNorm:
— Funko Norm (@FunkoNorm) February 22, 2020
It's likely that Ninja's Pop was recalled from pre-order to be officially announced at a later date.
Update 25/2: In a emailed statement to Kotaku Australia, Popcultcha confirmed that they were asked to remove the item from their website by their supplier.
Ninja shocked the gaming world in 2019 when he announced he was moving his streams from Twitch to Microsoft's Mixer service, signalling a change in the video games streaming landscape. Several other prominent streamers joined him, including King Gothalion and Shroud. Now, reports have emerged that this move came after Mixer paid Ninja $US20-30 million ($30-44 million) a year to join the platform.