A high-octane product of 1960s-era monster madness, hot rodding, and kustom car culture is fueling up for a return to the mainstream.
Ahmet Zappa‘s Monsterfoot Productions (Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green) inked a deal with J. Lloyd International to acquire the rights to the Weird-Ohs monster hot rod model kits that were originally offered by the Hawk Model Co. beginning in 1963. Under the new deal, Monsterfoot will develop and produce new entertainment projects based on Weird-Ohs. The original line was created by William ‘Bill’ Campell and spawned a licensing juggernaut that moved well beyond model kits and into action figures, board games, trading cards, puzzles, masks, records, and more.
“This is a dream come true for me,” says Zappa. “I’ve been a fan of Bill Campbell’s work my entire life. In fact, I was inspired to call my company Monsterfoot because of artists like Bill. Weird-Ohs combines two things I love: monsters and hot rods. What’s better than that?”
Michael Goodman of Toronto-based MLGPC brokered the deal between J. Lloyd International and Monsterfoot.
“There is no one on this earth more well suited to develop entertainment for the Weird-Ohs brand than Ahmet Zappa and the talented team at Monsterfoot,” says Goodman. “I have no doubt that Ahmet’s creative is going to blow people’s minds!”
Weird-Ohs most recently raced onto the small screen as a 13-episode animated series produced by DHX Media for Fox Family Channel in 2000.
MLGPC recently inked a first-look deal with The Nacelle Co. to identify toy lines for its development and production slate.