On Friday March 23, 2012, Lionsgate released their film The Hunger Games, based on the Suzanne Collins novel, in theaters and IMAX. You can find extensive gear at various shops including The Amazon Hunger Games store, Café Press, Hot Topic and fan sites like myhungergames.com. Check out these eclectic offerings that really enhance and synergize with the film experience.
First, let’s start with the source. The repackaged The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins gives readers The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay all wrapped into one book set; it is also available in a dead-tree version.
Readers can also check out the Harvard Lampoon’s parody The Hunger Pains …
… plus a co-branded website and several companion books from Scholastic Press, including an illustrated movie companion and the visual dictionary The World of the Hunger Games.
Two music soundtracks from the film are also available. The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond includes songs from Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, Neko Case, The Decemberists, Maroon 5, Glen Hansard, and The Secret Sisters. 12-time Grammy winner T Bone Burnett produces this 16 track set. The original motion picture score soundtrack is composed by James Newton Howard.
The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook from Adams Media Corporation and author Emily Ansara Baines includes recipes like French Bread from the Mellark Family Bakery, Katniss’s Favorite Lamb Stew with Dried Plums, Rue’s Roasted Parsnips, Gale’s Bone-Pickin’ Big Game Soup, and Capitol-Grade Dark Chocolate Cake.
NECA offers several gear items including The Hunger Games Movie Mockingjay Prop Rep Pin, The Hunger Games: Training Days Strategy Game (2 – 6 players), Peeta and Katniss character profile pillowcases, knee socks, the terry cloth wristband with two different logos on each side, District 12 Tribute rubber bracelet. highly detained seven-inch action figures, and The Hunger Games Movie JabberJay Card Game which includes 5 to 12 players for the main game and a different version two to four players work together to protect the District Citizens from the Peacekeepers.
Phone gear includes special skins, in-ear buds (all iPods, iPhones & MP3 players), and the free Mockingjay Call mp3 download. The ‘Hunger Games: Girl on Fire’ iOS game is available here for free.
Various posters are available and include special character posters that have been made of durable cloth. China Glaze has 12 “Capitol Colours” nail polish varieties relating to each of the fictional film’s districts.
Good luck getting your hands on the currently sold out The Hunger Games Katniss Hunting Bow, an exact replica that is 54” tall.
Apparel includes ‘Down With Capitol’ Poster Adult T-Shirt In Heather Charcoal, Mockingjay Scoop Neck Tee, and Uni-Sex Hoodie, Zip-Up Hooded Sweatshirt.
Travelers and backwoods adventurers can try the orange and black Hunger Games District 12 Tribute backpack has adjustable straps and measures 11 1/4″ x 19 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. The Hunger Games authentic prop replica arena nylon bags cover each of the 12 districts and measures 10″ x 6″ x 14″. More practical gear includes the 24 ounce water bottle (with screw top lid and large opening) and 100% cotton canvas tote bags.
The Hunger Games District 12 Commando Watch has a metal and glass face, which can be worn on a special printed strap or the additional thin band.
Various board and card games include The Hunger Games Movie The District 12 Strategy Game (2-4 players) while Trivia Labs offers Pocket Trivia: Hunger Games for mobile devices that includes more than 1000 Hunger Games-related trivia questions plus global scoreboard and options to share high scores on Facebook and Twitter.
Look for more interesting items in the near future including a Katniss Everdeen Barbie collector doll from Mattel and the upcoming Facebook game called, The Hunger Games Adventures.