Happy New Year from the trading card team! It has been a busy two weeks for us as we came back from the holiday break. There is a lot of news to share.
The first of that news is the official release date for the Archer Seasons 1 – 4 Trading Cards, which will release February 12, 2014. This set has a lot of fun content like: Welcome to Whore Island, an embossed glitter chase set featuring some of Archer's ridiculous moments; Totally Fabricated™ Wardrobe cards featuring material from things like Archer's ping-pong paddle; hand-drawn sketch cards from Archer show artists; and authentic Autograph cards from show regulars like Judy Greer, as well as guest stars like Burt Reynolds. Something really fun that fans can look for are the randomly inserted “Threesome” sketch cards—look for the cards with various characters sitting in bed, and assemble your own sexy dream team.
This got kinda weird.
We have a lot of new signers for products coming out later this year, and it is really good to be so far ahead of schedule for some of these. Here is a preview of some of the new signers, which will go up on product pages as soon as we are able to put those up!
Jeremy Shada, Laura Silverman, Ava Acres, Olivia Olson, Maria Bamford, and Miguel Ferrer for Adventure Time.
Amber Benson, Chad Lindberg, Lauren Cohan, Samantha Smith, Rachel Miner, Sebastian Roché and Emily Perkins for Supernatural.
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Jimmi Simpson, Nestor Gaston Carbonell, Ralph Macchio, Nora Dunn, and Dana Ashbrook for Psych.
Robert Ri’chard stopped by the office last week to drop his cards off, and it was a nice surprise to see him there in person! Our production manager Rachel Valverde stopped to take a picture with him before showing him around our offices. I, rather sadly, was out of the office for lunch. My new New Year's resolution is to never leave the office again. Look for Robert’s cards in the upcoming The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Trading Cards!
We also secured several contracts for the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey trading card release. There are still contracts we are waiting to receive, which means more names to announce in the coming weeks, but here is the initial list:
Ian Holm as Bilbo
Graham McTavish as Dwalin
Ken Stott as Balin
James Nesbitt as Bofur
William Kircher as Bifur
Stephen Hunter as Bombur
Aidan Turner as Kili
Dean O'Gorman as Fili
Adam Brown as Ori
Jed Brophy as Nori
Mark Hadlow as Dori
Peter Hambleton as Gloin
John Callen as Oin
Barry Humphries as The Great Goblin
Manu Bennett as Azog