Tintin Merchandise, Uncategorized

Last time it was Meccano. Now it’s books. But for the first time I can think of in the history of Tintin, these are Tintin books based off of a Tintin film based off of Tintin books!

So far I’ve only found them on german amazon (isn’t it weird how Japanese and German somehow are more popular languages for official Tintin news? ) but it looks like there will be (these have not yet been released) a ”The Secret of The Unicorn” movie book in paperback (whether it is a new format to the classic album or a complete retelling based on scenes from the movie is not clear, but it looks more like the latter to me), a ” Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn” sticker book (clearly based only off of the movie), and a Tintin Movie Picture Book , that will probably have a target audience of kids 5 years old or younger but sounds like a gold mine of new Tintin movie stills to those of us who have been following this for so long.

But perhaps the most interesting product coming soon is a series of books using the Tintin movie to get kids learning how to read. There will be at least two different books at different reading levels. Now German kids will be able to learn their language using ”Tim und Struppi”, and more than likely we’ll see the translated product in our countries as well. Many a man who used to hate reading learned how by reading Tintin, and there is even a dyslexic who is where he is today because of Tintin.  There will also be a book that I’m assuming does not mean google translators literal ”Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn History Book” but ”story book” coming out. How it will differ from the previously mentioned movie book I don’t know. Perhaps one really is the comic and the other is a storybook from the movie. But I think it’s probably that the first is a short novel based on the film while the other will be bigger and tell the story for younger kids with big pictures.

Whether these are the official covers or will change when they have more to work with, I don’t know. There is almost no difference between the images used here and the ones we’ve seen already. But in any case, here they are:

”The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn” book

The sticker book

The movie photo book. I’m sure somebody somewhere is getting yelled at for putting this up without making sure nothing was wrong with it, but in case they take it down from Amazon I promise I copied it exactly how I found it on the site. I’m dying to know the story behind this. Remember Chris, how you posted about how you thought Haddock’s arm position in this image looked wrong? Maybe somebody took you a bit too seriously? Or was this some kind of practical joke? What possible reason could there be to Photoshop Haddock’s arm off? Hope somebody realizes their mistake before the books hit the shelves…

”Learn to read- Level 1”

”Learn to read-level 2” I think that its great that they are getting Tintin into an educational thing like this. I would have fully expected a watercolor and paintbrush set before this, but if it sparks kids interests in Tintin AND Reading, I am behind it one hundred percent.

This is what google translator called the ”History book”. Don’t you wish your History book had had Tintin in it? As Chris showed us with his great Tintin Movie map (check it out on this site if you haven’t) a geography book might have been more appropriate. But I’m thinking this is a story book with pictures for ”beginner readers”.

Overall I’m not sure what I think of these. So far what we have seen from images and the trailer looks awesome, but what we have seen from the toys is designed for much younger audiences. These books remind me of the comment in the Empire article last year that said all they need to do to sell the movie in the USA is advertise it like a Pixar film. Pixar annually comes out with sticker books and story books just like these for their films. I have never been much of a fan of ”books based on movies”, but it’s just another marketing strategy. What I’m not sure if I like now is the fact that, even though we’ve been ”spoiling” ourselves for years now, these books are ultimate spoilers. We’ll definitely know exactly what happens in the story once these come out, and they always come out before the movie hits cinemas. I’d much rather see the film on an Imax screen for the first time and fnd out exactly how the story goes there than have a toddlers story book give me the condensed version.

I’ve been telling people for years that the Tintin movie would have huge amounts of merchandise of all kinds and let the world know who he is. It’s fun to watch it happen. I will be shocked if Tintin does’t make it into a happy meal somewhere in the world.

By the way, did anybody else notice Snowy’s mouth and eyes and a few other features are slightly different than in the empire image? Compare the two:

Source: http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_de_DE=%C5M%C5Z%D5%D1&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Tim+einhorn&x=0&y=0

Very special thanks to Steven (NL) for finding this info!

Tintin Merchandise

For one reason or another nearly every Tintin fan doesn’t exactly consider Moulinsart as their favorite merchandising company…and I’m sure many of you agree I’m putting that lightly. Among many reasons that I don’t need to go into here, one is that Moulinsart flashes their slogan ”Tintin: for ages 7-77” all over the place in their shop in Brussels but isn’t really directing their target audience at children. All you need to do is visit their website and see the 310 euro model rocket or the 15 euro tea pot with the elephants from The Blue Lotus on them. These things aren’t designed for children!

So let’s congratulate Moulinsart for its latest marketing strategy…it’s actually doing something right for kids this time. And to top it all off it’s also doing it in the USA where people don’t know what a tintin is…

New 6X9 Format for Tintin

In May and July 2011, Tintin comes to an exciting new 6X9 paperback format for young readers! These young reader editions will feature:

• Popular paperback 6 inch X 9 inch trim, similar to today’s leading kids graphic novels.
• New character bios at the start of each book, so new Tintin readers can get to know each player in the adventure.
• 25 pages of additional backmatter, allowing fans to dig deeper into each adventure, will include the global history of Tintin, original sketches, actual diagrams upon which the vehicles in the tales were based, timelines, historical photos, character and story inspiration, biographical information about Hergé.
•Six more adventures will release in Fall 2011!

It’s one of the best ideas they’ve had in a very long time. These books will look like the novels little kids in the USA are reading right now. In the unlikely event that an American already is a fan of Tintin, he can eventually complete his collection, something that’s not very easy to do in the States right now. But the point is that kids will know about Tintin, and the Tintin Movie won’t be the only reason. Indirectly the movie probably caused Moulinsart to publish this format, just to avoid that the Tintin movie would be the first time kids had heard of him at all. Also, they can smack a sticker on these things yelling out ”new movie coming December 2011!”.

If any of you reading this are from the USA and have children I truly hope you get your kids interested in Tintin. My dad got me a 3 in 1 set of Tintin books when I was little for Christmas and they were the main thing I wanted every Christmas and birthday since until I owned every other book in the series. I loved them when I was seven and I still do even more. Don’t let the new childish look fool you. YOU would enjoy these adventure stories too! They aren’t just for kids! It’s a great buy for both you and your child. It’s also a great way to maybe get him to read a truly beautiful comic book instead of settling for TV shows like ”Kick Buttowski” or ”The Fairly Oddparents”.

It’s got great stories with great characters. It teaches about friendship and geography. Each album is packed with action on every single page. And on top of that each album is hilarious. These books will be well worth the 9 bucks for any possible fan. Look at me…I just gave Moulinsart 3 paragraphs of free advertising. But I’m not doing it for them, I’m doing it for Tintin. Being an American myself, I would love to see the books get popular in my homeland. I am sick and tired of people asking me if I am referring to Rin Tin Tin when I mention the boy reporter…

Finally, Tintin is being sold to kids like Hergé would have wanted it.

Tintin Merchandise, Tintin Movie News

We have long hoped that Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn: the video game be revealed at the E3 2011 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) on June 6. Our hopes have been confirmed. Tintin was on the list of Ubisoft games to be revealed (and misspelled I might add…)

The Adventures of TinTin (DSPCPS3PSPWiiX360)

This exposes the old myth that the game will only come out for DS and Wii. UPDATE: upon further investigation, it turns out IGN doesn’t have any confirmation about what platforms the game will come out for. The following note is on their page.

NOTE: This game has been officially announced but has not been confirmed for any specific platform — it may or may not be released on this platform. Please check back for official info.

So,while it seems unlikely that the game would only be released for DS and Wii, we will just have to wait to find out.

Now it would be very odd for the video game to be revealed without some kind of trailer coming out before hand. I expect a teaser trailer at least to come out some time late this month or about the same time as E3. I can hardly wait!

Source: http://uk.games.ign.com/articles/108/1086456p1.html

Very special thanks to Tom for finding this info!

Tintin Merchandise

Amazon.com now has the three previously mentioned Tintin Meccano sets available for pre-order. As I suspected, the boxes they will hit the shelves with are not the same boxes shown in our original coverage.   They still don’t reveal much as far as new images go, but there is one new image of Tintin and Snowy. Well, more or less. Somebody somewhere made sure that not only Tintin’s face but Snowy’s as well were blurred, but it’s still a new image of Tintin and Snowy. This is what is shown in the upper left corner of the new box covers:

While still a frozen posture of Tintin running, this image in my opinion looks more natural than the Tintin shown on the cover of ”Empire”, which many complained looked wrong because it was created specifically for the cover of the magazine instead of being taken out of the film. This one would appear to have been created specifically for advertising purposes (although there is a possibility that it was cut out of a shot from the movie).

But unlike Empire’s Tintin, this Tintin comes right out at the viewer. The edge of Tintin’s hair and of his shoes even come out from the background a bit along with Snowy’s foot, convenient since the movie will be in 3D. At least to me, this image conveys much more kinetic energy than any other image we’ve seen of Tintin. Snowy looks great as well. The makers of this image did a wonderful job of capturing the action in this image and keeping it dynamic. It’s a bit early to comment much more about this image at this point because they still haven’t shown the characters’  faces yet. One more thing to look forward to…

While you wait, check out these images of the covers of the new Meccano sets, and new images of the sets themselves. As always, fans’ opinions on these new toys will differ…

The Seaplane:

Meccano TinTin Sea plane

Meccano TinTin Sea plane

The Unicorn:

Meccano Tin Tin Unicorn Ship Model Toy

Meccano Tin Tin Unicorn Ship Model Toy

The Jeep:

Meccano 4 x 4 TinTin Jeep Model Toy

Meccano 4 x 4 TinTin Jeep Model Toy

Note also the logo on the boxes, once again true to Hergé’s artwork.  Also, the text on the boxes is in French.

Even with the new boxes I still wonder if they won’t come out with others since only two images from the film are on the boxes, and none show the original version from the film of what they are selling. Outside of maybe The Unicorn, I don’t know if I would have recognized the other two sets being Tintin related at all. It still surprises me that the first Tintin merchandise we know of is from Meccano since this will be, to my knowledge, their first sets based off of a movie at all. For being made out of Meccano pieces, I think they did pretty well recreating Hergé’s vehicles. However, I have a hard time seeing many people spending 30, 40, and 50 pounds respectively for these sets.  But you can be the judge of that yourselves.

Very special thanks to Britto for finding this great info!

Sources: www.tintimportintin.com


Land of Black Gold, The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn, Tintin Merchandise

Finally we have the first images of Tintin Movie merchandise. For months now we’ve wondered about possible toys and figures. This is our first glance.

Although you won’t find this on their site anymore, Toys News put up a post on their website with the following picture. The following is cut and pasted from the post. Take a GOOD look at this photo.

Meccano will create model replicas of three of the vehicles from the Tintin movie, due for release in the UK on October 26th 2011. The licence has been agreed for the UK, France and Benelux countries.

The famous comic book hero is about to come to life again in the first of a trilogy, ‘The Adventures of Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn’. Directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, the film uses synthetic imaging and motion capture to replicate the look of the original artwork.

The film depicts Tintin’s (Jamie Bell) first encounter with Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and the discovery of a clue to the treasure of his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock. Daniel Craig plays Red Rackham, the pirate who attacks the Unicorn.

Meccano has paid close attention to the detail of the replica vehicles from the film, creating three models from its traditional metal nuts and bolts construction.

The models include a 4×4 vehicle (290 pieces); a Seaplane (340 pieces) and the Unicorn sailing ship (630 pieces). The models are due for release in the UK in September.

The replicas are suitable for children from eight years-old, but will equally appeal to older Tintin enthusiasts.

At first I could hardly believe these were real. Something about the whole thing just seemed wrong. All the images on the box are the same images shown in Empire magazine. Does Meccano really only have those images to go on? However it’s possible they will come up with a more complete cover later. But these may really be the finished products. I think we should consider that the picture of Tintin on the cover of Empire magazine months back was not a slightly unfinished picture just made for a magazine,but actually a one hundred percent finished product that will appear on a myriad of merchandise from now on. I don’t see them all using the same picture,but if Meccano stays with that cover,you can bet the official movie based toy line will use something like it.

And now to the question we are all wondering: what in the name of Khemed is the Thompson’s red jeep doing in this picture?  Just in case any of you out there don’t know all of the Tintin album’s vehicles by heart, the red jeep recreated by Meccano appeared in Tintin in The Land of Black Gold…and has NOTHING so far as we can tell to do with any of the stories revealed so far to be in the film. Remember when Thompson and Thomson drive into the city fast asleep with their hair growing in all different colors? Either yet another album is going to be mixed into the story somehow with The Crab with the Golden Claws, or only the jeep itself will be.

A third possibility would be that Meccano just wanted to create a third vehicle for it’s toy line and borrowed one from a different Tintin book. As much as I would love to see something like that happen in the future with other merchandise rather than companies limiting themselves to only what is seen in the film,I don’t find that likely here because the jeep really doesn’t have that prominent of a role. The moon rocket or the jet from flight 714 would make more sense. The red jeep must be somewhere in the film. Why? How? Only time will tell. Due to the similarities between Khemed and Morocco,and the picture on the box in the Sahara, I do think that for now we can assume it will show towards the beginning of the movie.

It surprises me that Meccano would include the jeep at all,even if I had already known it was in the film. Granted,it’s cool to see ANY Tintin vehicle taken to the toy shelves,but the red jeep from Tintin? I have a hard time seeing little kids begging and crying to their grandmothers to buy them ”Tintin’s jeep”.  If I were a kid it wouldn’t have me jumping off the walls in excitement if I saw it in a catalog.

Having said that,what kid WOULDN’T want a toy Unicorn to play with or a model of it to build after seeing the movie?  I see that selling very well.  The seaplane is also very nice. All three models look very much like the book’s drawings. I like the looks of all three. I may even buy them. If I don’t it will only be because I’m buying something else made off the movie I like better. And I believe there will be a lot of options to choose from. Out of all the Multimodels Meccano has for sale, NONE of them are versions of something out of a movie. Meccano could have picked to copy something from a racing movie or something like that,but they chose Tintin. This is significant. If the companies that rarely or never base their toys of movies are getting the rights to Tintin,what can we expect from those that almost stay in business solely making toys off of new movies? I am seriously hoping a Lego Tintin will come out. They have already done Indiana Jones,Star Wars,etc If Meccano can do Tintin,Lego could easily do their own version. I would just love to build a Lego Marlinspike Hall or Unicorn ship. Hey! If any of you readers have contacts at Lego,I’m telling you it would be a great idea! Seriously! It would sell!

This was not what I expected to find as our first photo of Tintin merchandise,but I guarantee it won’t be the last. I anxiously look forward to seeing what else comes out. It’s only a matter of time before you will be able to find your own pullback Unicorn in a Happy Meal.

Special thanks to Britto for this info! Keep up the great work you guys!

Sources: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=pt-BR&langpair=pt|en&u=http://www.tintimportintim.com/2011/02/meccano-cria-linha-de-brinquedos-de.html

and the now empty http://www.toynews-online.biz/news/33487/Meccano-to-create-Tintin-line from which the above was pasted.

The Secret of the Unicorn, Tintin Merchandise, Tintin Movie News

A poster appeared on the Collider web site last week claiming to be the first poster for the Tintin Movie.There was a lot of speculation regarding its authenticity because of the way it had surfaced and because it just used Herge’s artwork.

However, Paramount have asked Collider to take down the poster, strongly suggesting it was the real thing.

Obviously, the poster is copyright and it would be wrong for us to show it, thought it is freely available around the web.

Just in case Paramount have taken those two links down by the time you read this, you can assemble it yourself. Just imagine this logo:


Above an image by Herge, like this one:


And that’s about it.

Thanks Proman for spotting it originally, Britto for his observations and and Tom for noticing its disappearance.

Destination Moon, Explorers on the Moon, Tintin Merchandise

Time for another flashback to the glory days of home computing and early consoles.

In 1989, French company Infogrames launched Tintin on the Moon for the Atari ST home computer. At the time, the ST was one of the best computers for graphics and sound on the market, making it the perfect platform for a Tintin computer game.


Screenshot (c) Infogrames

Judging from the reviews in “The One”, a magazine from the time, the producers of the game made full use of the computer’s multi-media potential. Unfortunately they failed to make the game interesting to play or long enough to justify the expensive price tag. It earn a rating of just 66%.

tintin on the moon atari st review the one

(c) The One. Click for large image

Source: Atarimania

See also Retro-Gaming about Tintin in Tibet for the Sega Mega Drive.

Red Rackham's Treasure, The Secret of the Unicorn, Tintin Merchandise, Tintin Movie News

Ubisoft, the French video game company, has announced a deal with Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg to produce video game tie-ins for The Secret of the Unicorn (and presumably, Red Rackham’s Treasure).

Despite being one of the top ten game companies in the world, Ubisoft are not known for their film related games. Though they do produce a number of franchise related games such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Formula 1 racing games and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Probably their biggest, original title of recent years has been Assassin Creed, a free roaming adventure game in a rich graphical environment.

Film tie-ins do not generally make good games through there have been a few exceptions. It all depends on intent. Will the game makers just try cash-in and reproduce the movie or will they use the movie as a starting point but try to create something new? Hopefully they will do better than previous attempts at a Tintin video game.

Ubisoft Press release:


Ubisoft® Acquires License to Create Video Game for Groundbreaking Film Adaptation of Hergé’s Beloved Hero Tintin

SAN FRANCISCO – June 1, 2009 – Today Paramount Digital Entertainment and Ubisoft announced the development of a video game based on the upcoming film “Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.” The video game is expected to launch simultaneously with the highly anticipated film adaptation of one of the world’s most well-known and beloved literary series. “Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2011 and internationally in late October and early November 2011.

The film, distributed by Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment, utilizes state-of-the-art, next-generation performance capture. Ubisoft’s Montpellier studio will work with director and producer Steven Spielberg, producers Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, to develop a unique and thrilling game that is closely tied to the upcoming motion picture.

“We look forward to working with Ubisoft and the filmmakers to create exciting new interactive adventures for Tintin,” said Thomas Lesinski, President, Paramount Digital Entertainment. “The upcoming video game will reintroduce Tintin to a whole new generation of gamers.”

“We’re incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work on the Tintin game,” said Christian Salomon, Vice President of Worldwide Licensing at Ubisoft. “We’re honored to bring one of the world’s most iconic comic characters to life in this new title.”