Plastic Meatball have partnered with King Features Syndicate to develop a cross-category line of products based on the 1980 cult-classic film, “Flash Gordon.”
The deal encompasses a wide swath of consumer products categories, including apparel, puzzles, paper goods, housewares, limited-edition artwork and more. Additionally, it extends beyond the 1980 film to include nearly all comic and animated iterations of the character.
“I’ve loved this movie since I first saw it opening weekend at the Village Cinema in Newark, NY,” says Mark Morse, president, Plastic Meatball. “As a kid, I was always frustrated that a proper merchandise program was never developed around the film. We’re hoping to correct that with a suite of authentic products that look like they could have been found on the store shelves of an alternate 1980.”
The first of those products will be a retro-style family board game, where players must travel to the various moons of Mongo to build strength and collect allies to help them in a showdown with the villainess Ming the Merciless. Featuring artwork by Australian artist Hugh Fleming, the game will initially launch on Kickstarter in January with an array of special bonuses and add-ons. Fans can sign up now on Plastic Meatball’s website to be alerted to when the campaign goes live.
Plastic Meatball’s first wave of Flash Gordon merchandise will launch in January to align with the Kickstarter campaign. Drinking glasses in a “fast food” promo style will also be available, along with apparel, enamel pins, puzzles and more. Products will initially be available on the company’s website before moving to retail distribution.