9 Aug 2012 10:13 AM EST
-by Molly C. Braswell, Staff Writer; Image: The Mockingjay Pin (Image Source: News Channel 5)
Fans of The Hunger Games are up there with Harry Potter and Twilight fans, but this commemorative bit of the franchise seems extreme.
Target will be selling 100 Mockingjay pins for $999. Yes, you read that correctly. Not $9.99, but $999. The pin is made of 14-karat gold and is an exact replica of the movie’s interpretation of the pin.
The story follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her fight against the Capitol, the government ruling the post-apocalyptic North American society of Panem. The Capitol randomly picks a boy and a girl ages 12 through 18 from each of the 12 districts for a yearly event called The Hunger Games. In the case of Katniss, they pick her 12-year-old sister, so she instead volunteers. They are transported to an arena to battle to the death until one child remains, and that person is the winner. Oh, and it’s broadcasted for all the districts, who are required to watch who dies.
The superstore will produce 100 of Katniss Everdeen’s leather hunting jacket for $349 and 100 lithographs signed by 10 members of the cast, including Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson (who plays Peeta Mellark) and Liam Hemsworth (who plays Gale Hawthorne), for $649.
“[Target is known for] providing must-have merchandise at an unbeatable value,” said John Butcher, Target’s VP of Entertainment. “We wanted to surprise our guests by taking it up a notch for The Hunger Games and unveiling a prestige collection for devoted fans.”
If those three items are out of your price range, Target offers more economical options in the $6.99 to $37.99 range, including backpacks, jewelry, lunch boxes, jewelry and pillowcases. Fans can even buy cardboard cutouts of Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne.
All three “prestige” items will be available online August 18. They coincide with the release of the first movie in the series The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games will sell on DVD for $20.99 and Blue Ray for $25.99 on August 18, but they are already available for pre-order now.