There's no doubt that the massive debut of "The Hunger Games" in theaters will spur a rush for the film's merchandise, including the six-inch tall action figures of the film's principal characters Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth).
For Lawrence and Hutcherson, it's been a mind-bending experience trying to wrap their heads around the fact that the playthings sport their likenesses.
"I haven't seen mine in person yet, but a friend sent a picture of it to me. It doesn't look like me (as a person), so I don't make the connection," Lawrence told me with a laugh in a recent interview. "I sort of stare at it like it's some sort of weird toy."
While Lawrence isn't sure what to think of her Katniss figure, Hutcherson is definitely digging the Peeta figure.
"I grew up with action figures -- Batman, Superman, everything -- I was huge superhero fan. So it's so crazy to have one of myself. I don't even know how to say it makes me feel, except that it's so surreal and cool," Hutcherson told me in an interview. "It something as a kid that you dream of and never think will become a reality. It's kind of mind-blowing."
With any luck, the success of the film will prompt toymaker NECA to release more figures of different characters. But until then, most of the actors from the film are represented in NECA's release of 27 different two-inch tall figurines, including the red-haired Foxface, played Jacqueline Emerson.
"They're miniscule and don't really have faces, but I can say, 'That is my hair,'" Emerson told me, laughing.
"The Hunger Games" shattered box office records over the weekend, earning an estimated $155 million at the North American box office.
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