Rock stars and merchandising extraordinaires KISS have joined forces with Fox's animated hit Family Guy for a co-branded product line that will hit stores in fall, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Fox will develop the products with KISS' licensing agent, Live Nation Merchandise, and will look for partners to make everything from bobblehead dolls to apparel to fine art.
For a band that has licensed their image to everything from lunch boxes to pinball machines, KISS' new partnership makes total sense. According to singer-guitarist Paul Stanley, the deal comes as KISS "are focusing more and more on the upper-tier, blue-chip opportunities for prestige partnerships. Family Guy’s track record and consistent success with its demographic makes this match-up ideal."
KISS are no strangers to Family Guy, having already made three cameos on the program. They have even become part of a running storyline that involves a previous relationship between Lois Griffin and KISS bassist/ladies' man Gene Simmons.
"KISS and Family Guy coming together for a line of products is a great mash-up of two iconic brands that speaks directly to fans who will be able to enjoy something a little different and special with what we have in store," said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Fox Consumer Products. The joint licensing venture is the first in the company's new series, which will encompass other notable Family Guy guests in the future.
KISS are in for a busy summer, cartoon merch aside; they will hit the road alongside fellow metal dieties Mötley Crue for a 40-date North American trek, simply dubbed "The Tour."