E3 2011: Valve playing with NECA

National Entertainment Collectibles Association announces agreement with Portal, Half-Life maker for toys, action figures, board games, accessories, and apparel from studio's stable of IP.

LOS ANGELES--Although game giant Valve and merchandise maker National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) are not among the E3 2011 exhibitors list, that isn't stopping the companies from making news during the annual gaming gala.

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NECA has announced that it has entered into a new agreement with Washington state developer Valve that will bring a range of consumer products based on the studio's stable of IP to consumers.

According to NECA, this partnership will bring toys, action figures, board games, accessories, and apparel based on Valve properties to gamers, beginning at a to-be- determined date in the future.

NECA did not name any Valve franchises outright for getting the merchandise treatment, but some likely contenders are the studio's popular series Team Fortress, Counter-Strike, Portal, Half-Life, and Left 4 Dead.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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pszone
pszone

I think they change there mind makeing Halflife EP3 because they want to make EP because it doent take long and i think reason took long because they makeing Halflife 3.so i wait. I just finish Portal 2 on my ps3 and i have to say very gd storyline and love the sky that feel like i was really outside so i think with tech what Ps4 and xbox760 going to be like i just cant wait but at end its story matters. But gd of on Vaule there my top 5 game companys all time

9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

@m4rkoca dont forget a portal gun with your purchase!

Bird_Killer
Bird_Killer

This is as close to anything related to Valve in this E3 we can get...

Stereoparalax
Stereoparalax

I don't think this means Valve is spending any time making toys, shirts, etc. It means NECA is so let's stop complaining about HL3's release because everyone should realize by now that even if Valve is working on it they aren't going to tell anyone until it's nearly done.

ismael26
ismael26

Weapons of Mass Distraction: when people clamour for value, give them fluff instead, just to keep their minds off the fact that Episode 3 isn't announced. (This doesn't sound exactly like I intended. It sounds like I'm angry bc Valve "owes" me a game, but I'm not angry. Just a little disappointed.)

m4rkoca
m4rkoca

If they develop a real Gravity Gun, then I'll be getting their merch.

DespVand
DespVand

This is good news if it extends to EU!!! maybe like this in the future steam special editions will have extra NECA action figures and stuff extra from other special editions of retail or other websites.... Cool!!!!

maf17
maf17

Who gives a stuff about toys, games, T-shirts and all that crap? We want a date for HL2:Ep 3.

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

Would like a 1:1 scale of GLaDOS, complete action figure too. Cheers.

Megawizard
Megawizard

Anyone else expecting a full-range of real-life TF2 hats? XD

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

team fortress 3 and episode 3 thats all i want

Shardz7
Shardz7

Might as well make toys for the kiddies they pander to on sT3@/\/\. Perhaps Pixar can make a movie about their [take notes regarding the proper spelling, kids] fumbling stupid robots while they're [pay attention, kids; that was a proper conjunction back there.] at it.

pccraine343
pccraine343

Looking forward to a huge poster of Alyx in my room.

DarxPhil
DarxPhil

Don't care, just give me mah Episode 3!

RojoBear24
RojoBear24

I want Left 4 Dead 3: Midnight Riders

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

I'd like to own a headcrab figure, headcrab zombie, and Dog.

doshindude
doshindude

Hey Valve, how about putting Episode 3 as a priority over figurines?

QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

No games, but clothing? WTF?!