Bif Bang Pow! Scores with Eastbound & Down®!
June 23, 2010
Manufacturer Swings for the Fences with Talking Bobble Heads Based on Kenny Powers Character from HBO® Hit Series

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 23, 2010) – Bif Bang Pow!™ scores again with talking bobble heads inspired by the HBO sports-themed comedy hit Eastbound & Down. This follows HBO’s recent announcement that the hilarious and profane series will return for a second season this fall.

With more heat than a Kenny Powers fastball, the two 7-inch resin bobble heads of the has-been pitcher are already warming up in the bullpen with the first expected to arrive this summer, just in time for Comic-Con International: San Diego 2010 in July. Officially licensed through HBO Licensing & Retail, it features the Kenny Powers character in a baseball uniform. The second bobble head has Kenny in an all-black outfit (complete with sunglasses) that the show’s fans will instantly recognize. Both figures voice catchy and unforgettable phrases spouted by Powers throughout the series.

"Bif Bang Pow! is thrilled to be adding HBO and Kenny Powers to its roster of players," said Jason Lenzi, CEO of Bif Bang Pow! "Eastbound and Down is an amazing series, and we’ve been big fans from opening day. Producing a bobble head like this is a first for the network, and we’r extremely flattered to be the company making it happen. To misquote Kenny, ‘if you don’t grab one of these, you’re out!’"

”Bobble heads are big in the world of sports,” said James Costos, Vice President of Licensing and Retail at HBO. “Kenny Powers may not be real, but he’s one of a kind, and we’re happy to see him join the elite club of favorite baseball stars.”

Eastbound & Down is a raucously entertaining comedy starring Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, a washed-up major league pitcher who finds himself teaching physical education back in his North Carolina hometown. The show’s ratings and popularity surged over its first season, and HBO’s upcoming new episodes are eagerly awaited by the series’ fervent fan base.

 About Bif Bang Pow!
Bif Bang Pow!™ (bifbangpow.com) produces first-rate collectibles for such popular properties as Dexter™, Lost™, Californication™, The Venture Bros.™, Eastbound & Down®, Beastly™, The Twilight Zone™, The Big Lebowski™, and Flash Gordon™. Founder Jason Lenzi is a seasoned television producer and the ultimate fan of cultish pop culture. So when he created his company in 2005, he took the fan’s perspective. His idea was to bring items to the marketplace that he himself would want to own. Cultivated from TV, movies, books, comics, music, and more, Bif Bang Pow!’s mission is to provide high-quality action figures, toys, and collectibles to the massive cult audience (and kids of all ages) that wishes these toys were already in their collection. Bif Bang Pow! is a unit of JLA Direct, LLC.

About HBO Licensing & Retail
HBO Licensing & Retail officially licenses the HBO® brand for the development and merchandising of innovative product lines inspired by the network’s award-winning programming. With products created around classic series like the The Sopranos® and Sex and the City® to current hits like True Blood® and Entourage®, items include fashion apparel, jewelry, digital and CD soundtracks, games, books as well as exclusive, premium collections in partnership with upscale designer brands. Merchandise can be purchased in retail stores, at http://store.hbo.com, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City. HBO Licensing & Retail products are also sold internationally across Europe, Asia and Australia.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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