June 18, 2013 7:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'Parks and Recreation'-Themed Merchandise Set to Hit Stores (Exclusive)
Good news, Parks and Recreation fans: You can now have your very own Ron Swanson-talking bobblehead -- or even dress up like him for Halloween.
NBCUniversal Television is set to announce a slew of merchandise inspired by the NBC comedy series at the Licensing Show, which kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Among the items are a Ron Swanson (portrayed by Nick Offerman) bobblehead, which will be available in the fall from Ripple Junction at major retailers and specialty shops nationwide. This will be "the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys bacon and eggs for breakfast and a meat tornado for lunch," according to NBCUniversal. (Price to be determined.)
A Ron Swanson mask and separate costume with mask and apron will be available in the fall, just in time for Halloween, from Ripple Junction at major retailers and costume shops nationwide. The mask will feature "one of his classic expressions," according to NBCUniversal. (Price to be determined.)
Other items include the first-ever collector's edition trading cards from Press Pass Inc. that will include all the main characters and key guest cast such as Megan Mullally (Tammy Swanson), Paul Rudd (Bobby Newport) and Fred Armisen (Raul).
Each of the five-card foil packs will contain a random assortment of characters. Boxes will contain at least two autograph cards and one show-worn costume relic card. The first set will be available in June -- and the second in December -- and will be sold at Target and other major retailers and hobby shops and online. Five-card packs are priced at $2.99.
Meanwhile, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ron Swanson posters and bookmarks from Trends International will hit major retailers, specialty shops, bookstores and the NBC store online in August.
The Leslie poster features the Pawnee, Ind., bureaucrat and several of her motivational slogans, while the Ron poster features the "Pyramid of Greatness." They are priced at $6.99.
The collector's edition tasseled bookmarks will be priced at $3.99.
Parks and Recreation is returning for its sixth season on NBC in the fall. The series also stars Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Retta and Jim O'Heir.
The merchandise marks another revenue stream for the comedy series, which landed off-network deals earlier this year with WGN America and Esquire Network (previously G4).