Limited Edition Kobe Bryant Action Figure Goes Live at San Diego's Comic Con International
July 22, 2007

Kobe Figure Based on ‘Stylized Realism’ Found in Comic-Book Art

 Carlsbad, Calif. (July 20, 2007) – Comic Con attendees and action figure collectors will be lining up for the next amazing Upper Deck All-Star Vinyl and for the chance to purchase a limited edition ultra rare Kobe Bryant action figure sporting his white uniform.  The extremely limited edition Kobe Bryant white uniform All-Star Vinyl has a production run of 250 and will only be made available to attendees of San Diego Comic-Con July 26-29 at the Upper Deck booth #2829.

Bryant is one of the most recognizable faces on the planet and collectors will now have the opportunity to add one of his limited edition All Star Vinyl action figures to their collections.  The white uniform edition action figure of Kobe Bryant will be sold for $100 (cash).  For more information on the super hero inspired All Star Vinyl action figures click on

 Upper Deck has already launched three unique different Bryant themed superhero-inspired vinyl action figures – in road purple and yellow home jerseys and in an all black and gold version in ’07.  Each edition was extremely limited and quickly sold out.

 "Kobe plays at another level than most athletes, he always brings his ‘A’ game," said Upper Deck sports figure product manager Dave Sanders.
"Comic-Con is a great venue to drop the latest action figures as the attendees always support new collectibles, especially those that can trace their lineage back to super hero stylized artwork  like our line of All-Star Vinyls. To ensure we keep our action figures ‘real’ with Urban Vinyl collectors we have produced an extremely limited production run of 250 figures which will only be available at the show in our booth, while supplies last."  

More on Upper Deck’s All-Star Vinyl Action Figurines

At 11 inches and produced in the underground style of urban vinyl, Uppe  Deck’s All-Star Vinyl action figures are  a  combination of art and realism not typically found in sports licensed products.  Adds Sanders, "in this medium, our designers are able to have fun by adding or playing up on player attributes and subtleties that give life to these athletes, highlight their distinct features, playing style – design characteristics that make them highly unique in comparison to more traditional based sports figures. Keeping with the comic book theme the high end packaging and artwork was created by well-known comic artist
Chris Brunner." 

To offer more details on the All-Star Vinyls, Upper Deck has set up dedicated web site with a blog written by Sanders – It will also give consumers a first look at upcoming sports action figure launches throughout the year, giving insight into the athletes to be featured, as well as the artist and sculptor behind the piece.

History of Urban Vinyl Collectibles

The trend of urban vinyl collectibles originated in Hong Kong and Japan, recently becoming popular in the United States. A sign of its popularity: at the Toy Fair last February, the industry officially recognized this trend with its own exhibit hall titled "Urban Bazaar: Indie Art Toys."

Upper Deck is the first and only company to recognize the possibility of  combining urban stylized figures with licensed sports leagues to create a heroic depiction of sports stars.  Upper Deck has released figures of NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB players.

Urban vinyl figures, or designer toys, are thought of as not just toys,  but as pieces of art. Usually made of soft roto-cast PVC, referred to by collectors as "vinyl," many of the industry’s product launches are held at gallery openings or release parties where the toys are displayed side-by-side with paintings and other types of art.

About the Upper Deck Company

Founded in 1988, The Upper Deck Co. is a premier global sports and entertainment-publishing company that delivers a portfolio of relevant, innovative and multi-dimensional product experiences to collectors, sports and entertainment enthusiasts.  For more information on Upper Deck and its products, please visit or

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 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,,, Boing-Boing,, 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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