Mondo Announces THE THING Board Game With Project Raygun

A marriage made in collectable heaven.

If you’re a fan of Mondo, you know that they specialize in bringing fans an exciting range of collectibles from vinyl to one of a kind posters. They’re a brand known for their attention to detail, limited edition items, and their deep love for film. What could possibly make their line-up better? Board games, my friends. Board games.

Recently Mondo has partnered with Project Raygun, a new branch of USAoploy. The two franchises share a love for film and a desire to bring fans the nostalgia they crave. The first game to come out of this exciting new partnership is based on John Carpenter’s The Thing. Infection of Outpost 31 will rely on the film's paranoid tension as players race to discover who among them are infected. This collaboration between Mondo and USAopoly ensures that each team working in this new branch has a deep love for not only the genre, but games as well.

The launch of Infection of Outpost 31 is expected for fall of this year, but if you just can’t wait to see more of what the team will be working on you can see USAopoly and Project Raygun at the New York City Toy Fair this weekend!

We're thrilled to announce a new partnership with Project Raygun, USAopoly's brand new initiative focused on combining iconic properties with visionary art and design.

“The synergy between Mondo and Project Raygun was immediate, both driven by zeal and a deep-rooted appreciation of timeless and relevant pop culture,” explains VP of Project Raygun, Mike Gonzales.

“When Project Raygun started talking about tapping into fan’s passion and nostalgia for iconic properties and bringing them to life, it was clear that Mondo was the perfect fit to help us deliver the ultimate experience to the gaming and collector community,” continued John Davis, USAopoly and Project Raygun’s President and CEO.

Our first collaboration will center around John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror thriller, The Thing. In the new signature board game, titled INFECTION AT OUTPOST 31, the tension and mystery of The Thing is recreated as players race to discover who among them are infected in the hidden identity game play engine. We recruited one of our favorite artists and package designers, Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative, to handle art duties.

“When we set out to create the first licensed Mondo board game the biggest question was; what film property would we go after? So many of the films we celebrate at Mondo would be an absolute blast in game form,” explained Jay Shaw, Mondo Brand Director. “As soon as John Carpenter’s suspense masterpiece, The Thing was mentioned it very quickly became our top choice,” Shaw noted.

“The next step was to figure out how to actually make a game. We all love playing them, but none of us had designed one before. Game mechanics are an incredibly complicated art form and we didn’t want to enter this space unless we were going to get it right. Luckily our dear friends at Project Raygun were completely up to the challenge. They’ve built an incredibly challenging fast paced game of paranoia that transports players directly into the film,” Shaw continued.

USAopoly, Inc. and Project Raygun will be at Toy Fair in New York City, February 18-21. The division’s inaugural product line is scheduled for release starting Fall 2017.