E3 2011: NECA to make collectibles based on Valve products

While Valve decided to not show off any upcoming game at E3 2011 this year there was still some Valve related news made during the show this week. On Tuesday, the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) announced a new agreement with Valve that will allow the company to make numerous products based on Valve's game series. The collectibles will include "action figures, toys, board games, accessories, and apparel for all Valve properties."

The press release was short on details about upcoming Valve game products but it does quote Joel Weinshanker, the president of NECA Games, as saying, "When Valve approached us to make their content, characters and art come alive in the physical world we were of course excited at the possibilities. We quickly realized that our two companies have a similar view on how to ensure products exceed expectations of devoted fans and are thankful to be working with them."

Valve has released a number of products on their own including things like t-shirts and other apparel items, books, art prints and more. It even sells plush toys based on the special infected characters in the Left 4 Dead series. These items can be purchased at Valve's Steam store web site. Valve has also worked with other partners in the past on products. Gaming Heads is an example. The company has created highly detailed (and expensive) collectible statues based on characters from Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2 and Left 4 Dead that it now sells on its web site.

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