VIZ Media has announced that the company has been named the official North American master merchandise licensee for Terra Formars. VIZ Media will license and manage the development of a range of consumer and collectable products based on the sci-fi horror manga and anime series. The first of these are scheduled for release later in 2015.

In Terra Formars, after humanity’s first manned mission to the Red Planet was lost a second expedition arrives. The explorers prepare to exterminate the cockroaches that were used to transform the Martian environment, but are shocked to discover that the insects have mutated into giant, aggressive humanoids with one overriding goal – exterminate the humans. However, this crew of explorers has each undergone the “Bugs Procedure,” terrifying experimental surgery designed to make them more than human.

Terra Formars is a gripping series well-suited for product development for the substantial North American market, and its strong characters and hyper-detailed artwork have captivated a substantial and growing fan base,” says Daisuke Aoki, VIZ Media’s Vice President of Licensing. “We look forward to working with leading manufacturing partners to develop Terra Formars for the consumer product space and give fans of the series a range of unique and high quality products!”