Wednesday, March 09, 2005

New Firefly/Serenity Action Figures!!!

Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles (DST) has announced a licensing agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to produce action figures inspired by Universal Pictures' upcoming, futuristic action-adventure film, Serenity!

Directed by Oscar- and Emmy-nominated writer/director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Serenity is scheduled for release on September 30.

The Serenity action figure line will be based on several of the main characters from the film. This is DST's third addition to its Joss Whedon product line, which also includes products based on Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. As with those lines, the Serenity figures will be approximately 6" high and will feature character-specific accessories and multiple points of articulation.

"When Universal announced its plans to produce the Serenity film, we knew that it would inspire a set of great action figures," said DST Director Chuck Terceira. "The series grew in popularity on DVD and the following of fans that Joss Whedon has created is phenomenal."

Based on Whedon's cult-hit television series, Firefly, Serenity will continue and expand the adventures of the series' memorable characters, which will be joined by new characters expressly for the movie adaptation. Whedon will act as both screenwriter and director, with Barry Mendel (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Life Aquatic) producing and Chris Buchanan & Alisa Tager (of Barry Mendel Productions) serving as executive producers. The Serenity cast will include such returning Firefly cast members as Nathan Fillion (Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds), Gina Torres (Zoƫ Warren), Morena Baccarin (Inara Serra), Jewel Staite (Kaylee Frye), Adam Baldwin (Jayne Cobb), Sean Maher (Dr. Simon Tam), and Summer Glau (River Tam).

Look for the first wave of DST's Serenity offerings in an upcoming issue of Previews!

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