Archie Comics, Hellboy and Life is Strange land exclusive Forbidden Planet deals

Forbidden Planet is to launch a series of collections for Archie Comics, Lionsgate’s Hellboy franchise and Square Enix’s adventure video game Life is Strange.

The swathe of new launches arrives courtesy of a slate of direct to retail agreements secured by CPLG and spanning the portfolio of science fiction and cult entertainment properties.

The Archie Comic series have been a staple on Forbidden Planet shelves for a number of years. The franchise is home to a cast of popular comic characters including Archie Andrews, Betty and Veronica, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, in addition to the Riverdale comic book collection.

The inspiration behind a run of recent Netflix series, the comics have been growing in popularity in recent years. Forbidden Planet’s first range of products will be based on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics series and sees the characters featured on a range of apparel, gifting and accessories, launching into stores in the UK and on the Forbidden Planet website in April 2019.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s Hellboy is based on the Hellboy comic books and graphic novels created by Mike Mignola. The film will be released in UK and US cinemas on April 12, 2019. 

Celebrating the launch, Forbidden Planet will expand on its Hellboy product range to include apparel, accessories and gifting items inspired by the latest film. Film product launches in February 2019 with additional product on-shelf through April 2019.

Finally, Life is Strange is a narrative adventure game series published by Square Enix. The critically acclaimed game is said to have revolutionised the gaming world when it launched in 2015, by allowing the player to rewind time and affect the past, present and future. 

Life Is Strange 2 debuted a new episodic adventure in 2018, where the tragedy-struck brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz attempt to make it to Mexico, all while keeping Daniel’s growing telekinetic powers hidden from the world. 

Forbidden Planet will bring the characters and stories to life through a range of apparel, accessories and gifting launching from April 2019.

Danielle Brosnan, brands and retail manager, CPLG UK, said: “Forbidden Planet is the perfect home for these properties, bringing the products directly to their fan base across the UK. 

"All three brands have long-standing fans and we are really looking forward to growing the consumer products programmes for them.”

Anthony Garnon, Forbidden Planet licensing and special projects manager, added: “With new movies, games, comics and television shows on the horizon, 2019 really is a fantastic year of growth and expansion for each license. 

"What an amazing opportunity for Forbidden Planet to partner with and to support these three amazing brands. We’ve created some great apparel and giftware, available in-store and online over the coming weeks and months.”

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