Don’t you want to be this little guy’s neighbor? In honor of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Funko is inducting the lovable children’s TV star into its line of Pop! figures — and EW has the first look.
Never without a sweater and trolley car, the just over 3-inch-tall collectible will be available nationwide this summer as part of a Funko collection of goodies. Funko SuperCute Plush (shown below) will also be joining the family.
“Fifty years ago, Fred Rogers began leaving his indelible mark on young audiences through his pioneering show, and today, we’re honored to celebrate his legacy with a year full of special activities for fans of all ages,” Paul Siefken, president and CEO of The Fred Rogers Company, said in a statement. “The enduring affection that so many of us have for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood underscores Fred’s truly timeless wisdom, which is just as important and relevant today as it was half a century ago.”
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered on Feb. 19, 1968, and these toys are just two of a whole lineup of events and items coming your way.
The week of Feb. 26 will feature special programming on PBS Kids, including back-to-back episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and its spin-off Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.
PBS is also planning Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like on March 6. The hourlong primetime special will be hosted by Michael Keaton and feature the likes of Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, John Lithgow, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his son Nicholas, and Sarah Silverman.
The U.S. Postal Service will then unveil its commemorative stamp for Rogers during a dedication ceremony on March 23 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Finally, the documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, will then be released on June 8, while March will feature family screenings and activities at The Paley Center for Media in New York and Los Angeles.