USAOPOLY ANNOUNCES PROJECT RAYGUN’S MONDO PARTNERSHIP
USAopoly’s new art-‐driven collectible division, Project Raygun, and arthouse Mondo are entering into a partnership. This first collaboration features a new signature game based on the classic 1982 horror film, The Thing.
Carlsbad, California—February 18, 2017: USAopoly, Inc. is proud to announce a new partnership between the company’s designer games division, Project Raygun, and Mondo, the Austin, TX-‐based art gallery and online collectibles store.
Project Raygun is a brand new initiative from USAopoly focused on combining iconic properties with visionary art and design. Art collective Mondo has garnered worldwide acclaim as one of the most inventive groups in the collectible industry. It’s a match made in the collector’s version of heaven.
“The synergy between Mondo and Project Raygun was immediate, both driven by zeal and a deep-‐rooted appreciation of timeless and relevant pop culture,” explains VP of Project Raygun, Mike Gonzales.
“When Project Raygun started talking about tapping into fan’s passion and nostalgia for iconic properties and bringing them to life, it was clear that Mondo was the perfect fit to help us deliver the ultimate experience to the gaming and collector community,” continued John Davis, USAopoly and Project Raygun’s President and CEO.
The first collaboration between the partners will center around John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-‐fi horror thriller, The Thing. With this cult-‐classic property, Mondo will be flexing their artistic muscles, delivering precisely the kind of stunning art magic which has made the arthouse renowned across the globe.
The flagship in this creative collaboration centers around a new signature board game featuring Mondo’s transformative artwork. Titled INFECTION AT OUTPOST 31, the tension and mystery of The Thing is recreated as players race to discover who among them are infected in the hidden identity game play engine.
“When we set out to create the first licensed Mondo board game the biggest question was; what film property would we go after? So many of the films we celebrate at Mondo would be an absolute blast in game form,” explained Jay Shaw, Mondo Brand Director. “As soon as John Carpenter’s suspense masterpiece, The Thing was mentioned it very quickly became our top choice,” Shaw noted.
“The next step was to figure out how to actually make a game. We all love playing them, but none of us had designed one before. Game mechanics are an incredibly complicated art form and we didn’t want to enter this space unless we were going to get it right. Luckily our dear friends at Project Raygun were completely up to the challenge. They’ve built an incredibly challenging fast paced game of paranoia that transports players directly into the film,” Shaw continued.
Mondo recruited one of their favorite artists and package designers, Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative, to handle art duties.
In addition to the signature game, The Project Raygun team is working on a line of The Thing soft props (leveraging the expertise of crafty artisan Steff Bomb), posable vinyl figures (Iconauts™), stackable totem blocks (The Tower Squad™) and a premium, original 1,000-‐piece art puzzle.
USAopoly, Inc. and Project Raygun will be at Toy Fair in New York City, February
18-‐21. The division’s inaugural product line is scheduled for release starting Fall 2017. For more information and details on some of the industry’s best products, visit USAopoly.com. Mondo’s online store, featuring stunning collectibles, can be found at MondoTees.com. The collective’s gallery is located in Austin, Texas.
Mondo is an art gallery and online store devoted to a passionate love of film, art, music, and toys. The company has received global recognition for bringing art back to movie poster design and has emerged as one of the leading curators of classic and contemporary film soundtracks on vinyl. Utilizing the talents of world class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen printed posters based on film, television, and comic properties. Mondo works with the leading entertainment brands including DC Comics, HBO, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Brothers, as well as filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo Del Toro, Zack Snyder, Quentin Tarantino, and Edgar Wright.
Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space, hosting regular exhibitions featuring a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints. Mondo aspires to be a creative home for artists and designers to work and have their visions realized, whether through posters, gallery shows, vinyl, apparel or toys. Their first convention in 2014, MondoCon, was a celebration of art, music, film and their creators. Mondo is also recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a full archive of film posters as part of their research library. The parent company of Mondo is Alamo Drafthouse.
About Project Raygun
Cutting edge nostalgia, the finest pop art, and a contemporary retro style—Project Raygun offers all this, and more. Our products evoke childhood memories while feeding fans desire for what's been missing in the collectibles and games space—it's pop culture dreams as pulled straight from the minds of fans. We draw on the icons of the past and present as we look to the future.
Project Raygun is a pioneering initiative in the collectibles market. By fusing classic properties with original art from contemporary creators like Mondo Tees, Sideshow Collectibles, and Steff Bomb, we gather collectors’ dreams and forge them into reality.
About USAopoly, Inc.
USAopoly Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of board games, collectibles, and puzzles. We’ve been producing the world’s most beloved games “with a twist,” under license from Hasbro, since 1994. Our partners include marquee brands and licensors such as Disney, Nintendo, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, HBO, FOX, and CBS. With the 2009 release of Telestrations®, named the #1 Party Game by Board Game Geek, we launched our original game business. Our portfolio of original games is constantly growing and now includes the award winning games: Telestrations After Dark®, Lift it! Deluxe®, Tapple®, Rollers®, Nefarious™ The Mad Scientist Game, and many others.
USAopoly is serious about fun and games! Our goal is to show our passion through each and every product we make. Our products are created to bring people together to share an emotional connection and make fun, memorable experiences for families, friends, game enthusiasts, fans, and collectors.
USAopoly & Project Raygun Media Contact:
Mondo Media Contact:
Ryan Fons firstname.lastname@example.org 323‐445‐4763