Upper Deck has announced late today it will team up with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products for Alien, Predator, and Firefly trading cards, trading card games, stickers and sticker albums. The first product to appear under the new partnership will be Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game, an expansion for Upper Deck’s popular Legendary game (which thus far, has seen several Marvel related edition). Upper Deck says while the game can be played on its own, they are working to incorporate elements from the Marvel Legendary Deck Building Game to be compatible with the new Alien game.
“Fans of the popular Alien, Predator, and Firefly franchises crave one-of-a-kind and engaging merchandise even now, years after the films and television series debuted,” said Roz Nowicki, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Retail at Fox Consumer Products. “We are looking forward to a continued partnership with Upper Deck, expanding our trading card offering to collectors and fans of these beloved sci-fi titles.” Upper Deck President Jason Masherah added “Bringing in the popular Alien, Predator, and Firefly franchises to expand our Legendary Deck Building game portfolio just makes sense.” He continued “At Upper Deck we aren’t looking to just push out dozens of different games, in hopes that one or two might succeed. We believe that it is more important to focus our efforts and invest heavily in creating what we know will be a great gaming experience for our audience.”
Upper Deck plans to release additional trading card games for Alien, Predator, and Firefly, as well as brand new lines of trading cards and stickers. Details and release dates for these products will be announced later this year.
Non-sport card collectors will note that trading cards have been issued for all three titles previously but it’s been some years since the last release (2006 for Firefly and 2007 for the second AvP movie) so it will be great to have the titles back in the marketplace. We’re alos looking forward to seeing how Upper Deck puts a modern-day spin on the three franchises via the inclusion of sketch cards and other possible inserts. Stay tuned to Non-Sport Update and the Non-Sport Update blog for more details