Hi Roland! Thank you for taking time to speak to
Ratfans.com from California.
My pleasure, this is a fab site and your hard work on
Ďere is much appreciated yeahhhh!
you hanging out these days?
Kev, Errol and Little Reggie are here with me in
RATCAVE2 under the Hollywood sign, in
Los Angeles where I spend most of me time these days. Of
course I jet back and forth to London... Bit like the
Beckhamís but with more intelligence!
Why spend so
much time in America?
Well, I have a company here, I luv the warm weather and
my agent is in L.A. too. RRETVinc makes other programs
After 27 yrs
being a Superstar what new projects are in the pipeline?
am a Superstar yer right, yeahhh and to confirm that
fact there will be lotís of new rat goodies in the shops
like the new ĎRat On The
Roadí DVD which is part of a new series of ĎRat
Tapesí cataloguing our hundreds of TV series over the
years. Thatís also available as a download from iTunes
Then weíve got the new soft toys of me in 2 sizes, a
large talkiní one and a smaller one with sucker pads on
me paws to stick in yer car.
A new range of clothing featuring tee shirts, sweat
pants, socks, boxer shorts all of which are by George at
ASDA. A Roland Rat dress up costume for parties is also
planned? We want you back on TV Roland!!
I wanna be back on TV too but as I have mentioned many
times a TV station has to commission a series first. We
have many formats that could be picked up, 2011 we hope
to have a new series on air or streaming online which to
me is the future!
pencilled in for iTunes album releases?
Iím afraid itís gonna be sometime in 2011!!
With the Rat
On The Road DVD available, what are your thoughts on the
next DVD release?
We are looking at L.A. RAT as the next possible release,
itís all to do with re-edits and while Iím in L.A. itís
difficult for me to edit old material. Not sure yet what
series it will be....watch this space ...Ratfans.com
will hear the news first of course!
love to know a bit about the merchandise process; how
many prototypes are made, how long does it take, etc
Well we first decide on what licenses we are looking to
explore, then work with that company on designing and
creating the product. I am very hands on so everything
has to come to me for approval each step of the way.
The DVD sleeve had numerous changes. The soft toy also
had a lot of remakes. The prototypes are made then sent
from the Orient to me for comments and changes. We then
send those back and wait for the next sample. Everything
is down to cost and a lot of the time ya canít do it
exactly as ya want cus itíll cost too much to produce...
then the stores wonít take it if itís too expensive! We
design loads and loads of different t shirt artwork and
then out of those designs one or two are finally used.
anything you want to see made with you on that isn't
already out there? Life size replica for instance?
A life size repliker of me! I like it yeahhh, fab!!
Thereís lotís of stuff I would like to see myself on
yeahhh....skateboards would be cool! Food products are
cool too! Iíd just like to be on everything!!!
turned down any weird or wonderful things of you that
companies wanted to make?
We are always turning things down if the company isnít
right for us. We were going to do a Roland Rat partwork
once with a free tape in each issue which looked fab,
but that was shelved in the end.
online a lot on Twitter and Facebook. Are you a fan?
Iím a big fan of both yeah, great way to talk to all my
beloved Ratfans and get to know Ďem and tell everyone
what Iím up to. It always amazes me how many Ratfans are
out there.....I love you all yeahhhhh!
talking to us Roland, and hereís to another 27 years!!
My pleasure and I send big hugs to all my Ratfans around
the world & Ratfans.com.
Luv ya ...
Ratfans.com would like to say a
big thank you to Roland for taking time out of his busy
schedule to conduct the interview.
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