Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network's late-night programming block Adult Swim. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick and his kind-hearted grandson Morty. The two of them split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures.
What is Going on with Rick and Morty Merch?
Rick and Morty are one of the most successful shows on TV. The show exploded in popularity after Season 1, reaching a 10 million audience rating. It's a wild concept, with its main characters travelling through space and time-fighting aliens, inter-dimensional travel to alternate realities, and much more. So it was no surprise when merchandise for the show began to be released. There's a lot - merchandise ranging from Funkos to plushies, to shirts and more. But what is the appeal? What makes people want Rick and Morty merchandise?
What do people like about Rick and Morty?
According to several gamer comments on Reddit, "Rick and Morty is just everything I liked as a kid with slapstick humour, sci-fi satire and a sarcastic sense of humour." But, unfortunately, it seems the show is just something that fans feel nostalgic towards. And for those who are into the serious aspects of it, there's always Morty's coming out of every portal Rick opens - explained during one episode where he misunderstood time travel and brought about his grandson instead of himself.
They are Trendy and Famous!
But the most exciting part is that Rick and Morty's merchandise is trendy, with prices of some items skyrocketing as collectible items, which doesn't make sense when you compare it to other pop-culture shows or movies. But what could be the reason for this?
How Popular are Rick and Morty Merch?
According to Wiki Answers, the popularity of Rick and Morty merchandise can be traced back to May 2017 when a Cheeseburger Backpack was listed for sale on eBay. The starting price was $65, but as bids poured in, it quickly climbed up by leaps and bounds - from $6,000 to $10,000 in a day. The madness surrounding this backpack is now colloquially referred to as "the Rickmorty". In the following months, fans worldwide started eyeing anything that could be worth millions. Even more bizarre was the fact that at that time, people were using the death of the actor who voiced Mr Meeseeks, Riki Lindhome, to jack up prices. But this turned out to be false as she was alive and well, and ever since then, the costs of Rick and Morty merchandise are going down instead of skyrocketing.