Hunger Games Merchandise
Friday’s edition of People features a Hunger Games cover. Here’s part of the included article-
After months of anticipation, endless fan discussion and a pandemonium-producing premiere, the first Hunger Games film is finally arriving in theaters on March 23. The fans are ready – but are the stars?
“It still hasn’t sunk in,” Jennifer Lawrence, who plays series’ heroine Katniss Everdeen, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
The 21-year-old actress also shares how she bonded off-set in North Carolina with leading men Josh Hutcherson, 19, and Liam Hemsworth, 22.
“One day we went down to a creek to catch a crawdad, ’cause Liam didn’t know what it was,” recalls Lawrence. “I saw one and was like, ‘Catch it!’ Josh did and it got stuck to his hand. It was a leech! Then we went to Walmart and bought slingshots.”
Adds Lawrence, who also spent time with her cast mates listening to costar Lenny Kravitz play music back at their hotel: “It was like some weird summer camp.”
For much more on The Hunger Games, including behind-the-scenes stories from the stars, Effie’s outrageous wardrobe and fan reaction, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
I know there is so much great official Hunger Games gear out there for everyone to enjoy, but I love seeing what the fans come up with themselves. I think these fan made products would be awesome to have at the actual movie theater:
These Sweatpants will be great for lounging around in line waiting to get into the theater, and for staying comfy in your seat.
This just gets better and better! Not only do special editions of US and People come out Friday, you can also pick up the new issue of EW with an amazing new picture of Katniss on the cover.
“Is it violent?” says director Gary Ross of his PG-13 film. “Yes. Do we back off from what it is? No, we don’t.”
The March 23 release of The Hunger Games is nearly upon us. While we can’t make the clock turn any faster, we can offer fans of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling dystopian trilogy (and newcomers, too) a deep, behind-the-scenes look into the making of the film, from conception to casting, filming to marketing.
Perhaps no bit of casting news was met with greater surprise than Lenny Kravitz taking on the role of Cinna, hero Katniss Everdeen’s deeply cool and compassionate stylist. Kravitz was working on his album, living out of a trailer in the Bahamas and oblivious to the Hunger Games phenomenon, when Ross first approached him to offer him the part. The director had been moved by the musician’s gentle grace inPrecious and was further intrigued by the fact that Kravitz already felt a nurturing bond with star Jennifer Lawrence, who had become close friends with his daughter Zoe during the filming of X-Men: First Class. “I love that girl,” says Kravitz. “The minute I met her she became a part of the family.”
It took one sleepless night of reading a downloaded version of The Hunger Games in his trailer for Kravitz to commit. But Woody Harrelson, who initially turned down the role of Katniss and Peeta’s sodden wreck of a mentor Haymitch, was a harder sell. “Listen, I’m nuts,” he explains. “It was just a stupid thing where I hadn’t read the books yet. I didn’t see that there was enough for me to do in the script. But then Gary called me back and said ‘You got to do this, I don’t have a second choice for the role.’ And of course flattery always gets the best of me so I read the books and really saw the depths of this guy. Holy s—, I would have been bummed to miss this.”
You’ll be able to score a Hunger Games-themed version of one of history’s most iconic toys this April.
No pic yet, but online toy retailer Entertainment Earth posted the following details-
With this Barbie Hunger Games Doll you can style Barbie just like Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games movie! Hunger Games, a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, is adapted to film from the original young adult novel by writer Suzanne Collins. This doll’s outfit is made to replicate the very same one worn by the feature character in the movie, and it measures around 12-inches tall! Ages 6 and up.
The doll will retail for $27.99.
The Hunger Games collectible trading cards from NECA are now available for pre-order.
- 1 Title Card
- 9 Puzzle Cards that interlock to form a poster
- 17 Character Cards
- 44 Story Cards
- 1 Checklist Card
“The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire” app for the iPhone/iPad is based on input from Suzanne Collins and is visually inspired by the style of Sega Genesis games like Gunstar Heroes by the legendary Treasure. It’s going the opposite route of most licensed games which, let’s be honest, tend to be awful.
Co-creator Adam Saltsman notes-
“So as far as the setting, and the story, and the things that are in the game, these things are all sourced directly from the film, and by extension the books, and we even got some guidance on specific ideas from Suzanne Collins herself. But visually our inspiration comes from classic Sega Genesis games, especially Treasure games, and even more modern pixel art games like you see coming out of WayForward the last few years.”
It takes place in the Hunger Games universe, but covers new events:
“I feel like if we’re going to make a video game based on a film then it shouldn’t pretend to be anything else but a video game. Like to me intentionally using a pixelated style of presentation is a maybe not-so-subtle way of saying ‘this is its own thing.’” As its own thing, Girl on Fire takes place within the universe of the books, but covers new events.”
One of the hardest parts of making the game was figuring out which part of The Hunger Games to focus on-
“A hardcore survival simulation? A political thriller adventure game? A resource management thing? There are so many metaphors and so many ways to approach the kind of emotional or thematic core of the story that it was a bit overwhelming.”
It’s going to be a “teaser” game as they don’t wanna spoil any arena action revealed for the first time in the film, so it will take place before the actual games-
“This placed some constraints on the game: it should be small, and it must take place BEFORE the actual Hunger Games themselves; before the actual arena event in the story. So the specific almost systemic things we decided to work off of based on those constraints were things like the heroine’s talent for archery, her tendency to go for long walks in a sort of forbidden forest area, and her brains-over-brawn approach to solving problems.”
Remember those terrible film-licensed games that tried to replicate Grand Theft Auto or Super Mario by switching out some graphics but missed the whole point of why a game is fun? Yeah, this is different. It’s a boutique game, not trying to cash in, only trying to be awesome-
“So for almost every other art form, right, the idea that a big creative license or franchise would team up with a small creative studio to make a new work that is also commercial in nature is just commonplace. You don’t hire, I don’t know, some monolithic advertising giant if you want to design a great poster, you hire Saul Bass (or Olly Moss, for us hip youngsters!)”
Saltsman believes digital distribution, middleware, and “a more mature independent game making community” allow video games to be commissioned in the same “boutique” capacity as other design work. “And I think that is good for everybody.”
You can buy officially sanctioned fan designs and submit your own starting today at the Hunger Games Cafepress Store.
There are t-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, calendars, water bottles, prints, wall decals, buttons, magnets, iPhone cases, sweaters, bags and much more–all browsable by character and district.
Till the end of February, you can get 20% off orders of $65 or more with discount code FEB65AFF.
Post links to your favorite designs in the comments!
Items include t-shirts, replica props, jewelry, buttons, school supplies, stickers, socks, keychains and makeup.
Hot Topic has a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $50 or more, use coupon code HTAFEB550 during checkout until 3/15.
Both US and People are releasing magazine-length special editions for The Hunger Games on March 2nd.
People has exclusive interviews with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson along with tons of photos.
US promises 3 fold-out posters, 125 photos, cast interviews and a contest to win a trip to the set.