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Headed To Hollywood...With Trachanoids

By: Malorie Maddox, Jeff Olson Email
By: Malorie Maddox, Jeff Olson Email

TRACHANOIDS

www.trachanoids.com

An Omaha family's creation may show up on your tv screen.

James Fitl says, "We were out on a date and I used to tell her abut dinosaurs that have superpowers and could defend the earth from alien invaders."

It may not sound like your average "date talk," but for James & Amy Fitl...it worked.

Amy says, "I thought...this is such a great guy. This is the guy for me to have such creativity and imagination."

Together almost 20 years, James and Amy's Trachanoids are getting a lot of attention.

Amy says, "We've actually sold thousands of Trachanoid items over the past two to three years."

Trachanoids are dinosaurs that change colors.

James says, "When they change color is where they get their own super powers."

The Fitl's son, Jimmy, gets to test the toy first. His favorite...the trachanoid whose head spins around.

Their daughter Ashley, 11, also helps with this family business.

James says, "Ashley would read every night what she liked, what she didn't so she'd give her input on the story."

Ashley says, "When I read the book it's like, oh, I made that up so it's really cool."

And after years of developing action figures, books, and trading cards, a Hollywood producer took notice.

"Next month, we're supposed to fly out to California and talk to studios about it."

That producer, Penney Finkleman Cox. She directed "Shrek" and "Honey I Shrunk The Kids."

James says, "That was always my dream just to get it out there as an animated series."

It's Amy's dream, too. She makes the popular dinosaur backpacks by hand and designs the artwork for all of their products.

Amy says, "We are just over the moon that we even have this opportunity."

In a few weeks, they'll pack up their Trachanoids, and their dream...and head West.

Malorie Maddox asks, 'Do you think you're going to see it on tv one day?"

Ashley says, "I'm really confident it will happen."

You can see all of the trachanoid products at trachanoids.com.

The family also sells the backpacks at the Grow Omaha store in Eppley and on amazon.com.


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