The quest for an interactive GIR robot didn't die when Nickelodeon's animated series Invader Zim was cancelled in 2002.
The Emmy winning series survives as a cult hit on DVD, sparking continued interest in its characters and a market for the likenesses of Zim, GIR, and Dib on everything from action figures to pajamas.
Invader Zim was first broadcast in 2001 and ran for less than two seasons.
Chronicling the exploits of Zim, an alien visitor bent on destroying earth, his frenetic and hilarious robot GIR, and Dib, his archenemy, Invader Zim took a dark and witty look at modern life.
GIR, as much of a hindrance to Zim as an asset, has a pivotal role in many of the episodes.
Palisades Entertainment, LLC (Palisades Toys) had the exclusive contract from Nickelodeon for development of Invader Zim merchandise until it went bankrupt in 2006.
Today, there are a number of manufacturers making Invader Zim merchandise, but the market isn't what it was when the show went off the air.
Although the prospect of a functioning, interactive GIR robot has some support from dedicated fans, interest in products based on Invader Zim remains static.
Of the 40 Invader Zim episodes that were originally ordered, only 27 were completed.
An average Invader Zim episode cost about 13 million dollars to make.
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