Following yesterday’s announcement of a partnership with Marvel and Disney, USAopoly has announced the formation of a new collectibles division of their company called Project Raygun according to a blog post on the company’s website and a press release.
USAopoly is a developer and manufacturer of board games, puzzles, and collectibles since 1994. Among their products are licensed tie-ins of Monopoly, Munchkin, and even longstanding classics like Chess & Checkers. They’ve also produced the recent release Star Trek Panic which we reviewed earlier this year. Now, the company has announced that they are going to be taking their twenty-plus years of experience of working with licensed properties and moving into the collectibles market.
Project Raygun aims to pair licensed properties with talented artists to produce tabletop games, collectibles, and more. The initial product lines will consist of Forbidden Tikis, Iconauts, and The Tower Squad. Forbidden Tikis are collectible vinyl figures offered in either 3″ or 7″ sizes. Iconauts are posable figures with interchangeable body parts and accessories such as weapons. Lastly, The Tower Squad are mix-and-match collectible vinyl totem blocks that can be stacked like, well, a totem.
Aside from these major product initiatives, USAopoly has also announced the first collaborations for Project Raygun. Steff Bomb is an artisan plush manufacturer based out of Los Angeles. They will be making a Gjallarhorn rocket launcher from Destiny and other as-of-yet unspecified products for Adventure Time, Game of Thrones, and more as part of their partnership with USAopoly. SideShow will be partnering with the company to produce a The Court of the Dead tabletop board game, tarot cards, playing cards, and more. Finally, Mondo is coming on board as partners to produce a board game based on The Thing titled Infection at Outpost 31 as well as puzzles and other collectibles. Several other licensed properties have collectibles and other items in the works such as The Golden Girls, Cheech and Chong, Planet of the Apes, and more.
USAopoly has stated that the work of Project Raygun is already underway and you can expect to see the first items for sale in Fall of 2017. If you happen to be in the New York area, USAopoly and Project Raygun will be present at Toy Fair in New York City from February 18 until February 21.
What do you think about this new wave of products coming from USAopoly? Do you think they will be able to break into the collectibles market with this initiative? Are there any particular products you’re looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!