Angry Birds has its own board game, plushies, cookbook and even a knock-off attraction in a Chinese theme park, but now the massively popular mobile game is getting an official line of playground equipment and parks.
Two Finnish towns, Rovaniemi and Espoo, will be getting the world's first official Angry Birds playgrounds next year, according to a press release.
The playgrounds are the byproduct of a global deal signed with playground equipment manufacturer Lappset. The company will make 20 different pieces of play and activity equipment as well as ready-made playgrounds, called Angry Birds Magic Places", inspired by the colourful Angry Birds characters.
Equipment available will include spring rides fashioned after eight of the game's characters. Yes, including those damn pigs. They also have four variations of play towers with slides, a climbing wall and cottage. Other pieces of equipment include a photo wall, sandbox, rope slide, ship, swings, a tunnel and even a giant child-friendly slingshot.
Lappset also created an Angry Birds-themed pajazzo. Traditionally, a pajazzo is a sort of gambling arcade game that has players flicking a coin across a scene behind a piece of plexiglass from right to left. The scene has a number of winning and losing slots that span the play area. In this case, the scene is all Angry Birds and I'd assume it doesn't cost money to play and doesn't pay out cash.
Lappset says that their activity parks will come with street furniture, safety surfaces and can be built in three different sizes.
"The activity parks perfectly tie in with the Angry Birds world and our way of thinking," Rovio marketing chief Peter Vesterbacka said in a statement. Angry Birds recently celebrated its second birthday. "We will be developing a service which brings together the digital world and the physical world in a way that's never been seen before. The popularity of Angry Birds isn't restricted to any age, sex or social group, and the activity parks too will be designed to be interesting places for absolutely everyone, all around the world."
Lappset Group Oy's managing director Juha Laakkonen says he sees the deal as a way to extend their playground equipment into the Asian market, so it's unclear if the rest of Europe or the U.S. will ever see it.
I wonder if they'd send a playground to my neighbourhood to review?