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Friday- October 8th, 2006


FANtastic Exclusive round 2 voting is nearing the end.

The second round of FANtastic Exclusive will be ending at 11:59 P.M. this Sunday night. In round 1 it was once again the Four Horsemen’s popular property “The Seventh Kingdom” that took the first round of voting which decided which of their six lines would represent FANtastic Exclusive 2007.

Round 2 is gives fans the chance to decide which of eight specially selected Seventh Kingdom characters they would most like to see as an exclusive action figure in 2007.

As of right now there appears to be a very clear winner, but it is not too late to make your vote count. Keep in mind that it’s not only the winners that the Four Horsemen pay attention to in each round. We consider the totals of all of the rounds to be valuable information that could affect future elements of FANtastic Exclusive. In other words, every vote really does matter.

So, if you haven’t yet placed your vote in round 2, be sure to stop by http://www.FANtasticExclusive.com soon so you don’t get left out! Also, be sure to keep an eye out early next week for the beginning of round 3, and drop in on the message boards to find out what others are saying about FANtastic Exclusive 2007!

Last, the cows are coming home! That’s right, the Four Horsemen just got word that the Mynothecian Six sets should be hitting their doorstep on Monday, so shipment of all of those items should begin only a few days later!

FANtastic Exclusive… Where your opinion really does matter!


Playmates Toys Names New Vice President Of Strategic Alliances and Business Development

Licensing And Marketing Veteran Andre’ Lake Mayer To Oversee Expansion of Company’s Brand Portfolio

COSTA MESA, CA (September 29, 2006) – Andre’ Lake Mayer has been named Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Business Development for Playmates Toys it was announced today by Lou Novak, President of Playmates Toys, Inc.

Lake Mayer brings over 20 years of diverse consumer products licensing experience to Playmates and will use her considerable expertise to expand the company’s brand portfolio, advance property acquisition and generate new strategic business initiatives.

“Andre’s experience and brand building and licensing expertise will be a great asset to Playmates Toys,” said Novak. “We are thrilled to have her as part of our team and look forward to her contributions as we continue to pursue a wide variety of growth opportunities.”

Prior to joining Playmates Toys, Lake Mayer served as Vice President, U.S. Licensing for Cookie Jar Entertainment, a global children’s branded entertainment company, where she developed new marketing initiatives, licensing strategies and strategic alliances for Cookie Jar’s property portfolio. Previously, Lake Mayer ran her own licensing and marketing agency, Twister Sisters, Inc., specializing in brand extensions, on-trend innovations and incubator brands. Lake Mayer also served as Director of Licensing for Lucasfilm, Ltd. where she directed the team that created and executed the long-term licensing and merchandising strategy for the Star Wars franchise and the highly anticipated release of Star Wars: Episode I. Her responsibilities at Lucasfilm, Ltd. also included consumer promotions and retail development. Prior to joining Lucasfilm, Ltd., she was Executive Director of Licensing for Viacom Consumer Products/Paramount Pictures where she extended the company’s TV, film and corporate assets across numerous merchandise categories such as toys/games, gifts/collectibles, apparel/accessories, home and paper products. Her team was responsible for generating the highest revenue for the division in its history to date.


Mattel Completes Acquisition of Radica


EL SEGUNDO, Calif., October 3, 2006 -- Mattel, Inc. (NYSE:MAT) and Radica Games Limited (NASDAQ:RADA) announced that Mattel has completed the acquisition of Radica, the maker of electronic entertainment toys. Under the definitive agreement, Radica shareholders are entitled to receive $11.55 in cash for each share of Radica common stock, for total consideration of approximately $230 million. Radica’s common stock will cease to trade on the Nasdaq national market at the close of business today and will be delisted.


“The addition of Radica to the Mattel family of brands is a strategic fit for both organizations as we look to maximize and combine the core competencies of both groups,” said Robert A. Eckert, chairman and chief executive officer for Mattel, Inc. “We are excited about working with our new colleagues at Radica to expand the Radica brand into global markets. We also look forward to exploring and generating opportunities for our internal brands, like Barbie®, Hot Wheels® and Fisher-Price®, as well as entertainment licenses, with new and current Radica products and technology.”


Computereshare, the paying agent for the amalgamation, will mail a letter of transmittal and instructions to holders of record of Radica’s common stock. The letter of transmittal and instructions will contain information on how to surrender shares of common stock in exchange
for the amalgamation consideration of $11.55 per share. Shareholders of record should be in receipt of the letter of transmittal before surrendering their shares. Shareholders who hold shares through a bank or broker will not have to take any action to have their shares converted into cash, as such conversions will be handled by the applicable bank or broker.
Lehman Brothers, Inc. acted as financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal advisor to Mattel in connection with the transaction. Navigant Capital Advisors, LLC acted as financial advisor and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP served as legal advisor to Radica in connection with the transaction.


JADA TOYS’ HOT CHUB CITY PROPERTY LAUNCHES “i-PLAYAZ” FOR HOLIDAY ‘06


CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – Chub City, one of the nation’s hottest-selling toy lines, introduces what is expected to be THE gift item for Holiday ’06, i-Playaz interactive players. Featuring sophisticated electronics and well coordinated movements, the Chub City i-Playaz connects to your CD or MP3 Player and dance to the rhythm of your favorite music.
Available in either a VW Beetle or Chub City Character, the i-Playaz will be available in late November at retailers nationwide including K-Mart and Fry’s stores as well as Target.com with a suggested retail price ranging from $24.99 to $29.99. Key features include:


CHUB CITY i-Playaz

· Connect your CD or MP3 player

· Built-in hip hop sounds

· Built in speakers

· Multicolored lights interact with music for the ultimate entertainment experience
· Audio output for additional speakers

Special to Character Model:

· Scratch buttons that allow you to mix your own jams

· Dances and moves to the rhythm of your favorite MP3 music


Special to VW Beetle Model:

· Moves up, down and side to side with your favorite MP3 music
Where to buy: K-Mart, Fry’s, and Target.com
“The Chub City i-Playaz is another unique approach to the market from Jada Toys,” said Jada Sr. VP Bill Simons. “Once your MP3 or iPod is plugged in they respond to the music with creative and well coordinated movements. The sound quality is also a significant upgrade to what has been available in this market segment.” Brainchild of leading die-cast and radio control manufacturer Jada Toys, Chub City was launched in July of 2005 to great fanfare and is currently supported by Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Target , Kmart, and Kay Bee Toys, among others, and is on 11,000 shelves globally.


Monday- September 18th, 2006

DC DIRECT SOLICITS- ITEMS SHIPPING IN MAY 2007

 

52 SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base. Advance-solicited; on sale May 2, 2007 • Action Figures • PI

ANIMAL MAN 6.75”
SUPERNOVA 6.75"
ISIS 6.75"
BATWOMAN 6.75"
BOOSTER GOLD 6.75"



INFINITE CRISIS SERIES 2: ACTION FIGURES

Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.Advance-solicited; on sale May 16, 2007 • Action Figures • PI


BATMAN 6.75”
SUPERMAN 6.75"
FIRESTORM 6.5" "
WONDER WOMAN 6.75"
DONNA TROY 6.5"
DONNA TROY (WONDER GIRL) 6.5"


BATMAN/ SCARECROW: FEAR GIFT SET
Don’t miss this new Gift Set featuring two DC DIRECT updated and revised action figures! Also included is a 24-page comic reprinting a classic Batman/Scarecrow story and bases for each figure, all packaged in a 4-color window box!
Advance-solicited; on sale January 10, 2006 • Action Figures • PI

MARTIAN MANHUNTER 13” Deluxe Collector Figure
Sole survivor of an ancient Martian race, J'onn J'onzz is the newest addition to DC Direct’s line of realistically proportioned, super-heroic 1:6 scale figures! This deluxe collector figure comes clothed in an authentically detailed fabric costume and includes a display stand. Packaged in a deluxe 4-color window box with a 5th panel.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 23, 2007
Collector figure • $69.99 US


WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE: BATGIRL BUST
Designed by Adam Hughes
Sculpted by John G. Mathews

Continuing the stunning line of Women of the DC Universe busts
designed by award-winning illustrator Adam Hughes! This limited edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain bust measures approximately 5.5’’ tall 2.5’’ wide and 2.25” deep and is packaged in a 4-color box.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 9, 2007 • Bust • $45.00 U.S.



JLA COVER TO COVER STATUE: GREEN LANTERN

Based on the art of Gil Kane
Sculpted by Jonathan Matthews

Continuing the series of statues bringing the best-loved JLA characters into 3-D! This beautifully sculpted Green Lantern statue based on the cover of GREEN LANTERN #166 stands approximately 9.875” high (including base) and is packaged in a 4-color box. Each statue in this series is based on the most iconic JLA covers, sharing a consistent base and figure scale throughout the series. Future statues in this series will feature Wonder Woman, The Flash and Batman.
Advance-solicited; on sale May 2, 2007 • Statue • $59.99 US


WONDER WOMAN VS SUPERMAN STATUE
Designed by Terry Dodson
Sculpted by Ray Villafane

Packaged in a 4-color box, this limited edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain statue measures approximately 16” high x 7” wide x 7” deep. This statue includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity. (Some assembly required)
Advance solicited; on sale May 30, 2007
Statue • $195.00 US



DC DIRECT POSTERS
Decorate your walls with these four spectacular 24” x 36” posters!

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1 POSTER
Art by Alex Ross
Advance-solicited; on sale May 16, 2007
Poster • $7.99 US

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 POSTER
Art by Ed Benes
Advance-solicited; on sale May 16, 2007
Poster • $7.99 US


EX MACHINA SPECIAL #1 POSTER

Art by Tony Harris
Advance-solicited; on sale May 16, 2007
Poster • $7.99 US


WILDCATS #1 POSTER

Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams
Advance-solicited; on sale May 16, 2007
Poster • $7.99 US


Friday- September 15th, 2006

“FOR SALE” ADDS WHOLE NEW DIMENSION TO JADA TOYS’ DIE-CAST LINE


CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.Jada Toys introduces a unique-themed line of collectable cars just in time for holiday 2006. The nation’s leading die-cast and radio control (R/C) manufacturer has several used cars “For Sale,” including old-time classics like the ’69 Camaro, ’64 Impala, ’62 VW Bus and ’67 Shelby GT-500.

Jada has very cleverly taken advantage of its extensive catalog of molds and models to create an all-new family of die-cast collectables that you could find in the junk yard or in your neighbor’s driveway with a “for sale” sign in the window. Bondo, rust and primer appear to be the only things holding them together. Packaging is representative of the new line with similar “for sale” signs to the ones you’d see or purchase at the auto shop or hardware store.

Jada designers Kevin Thaxton and Sergio Rocha, say the “For Sale” line is distinguishable from anything else on the market with the diecasts’ innovative appearance and the packagings’ classified ad designs to have the look and feel of a newspaper. From “oldskool” to “newskool” with used cars, rust, salvaged exteriors, one-of-a-kind graphics, the “For Sale” line has a unique overall look. The 1:24 scale models feature articulated doors and hoods along with customized interiors and engines. The 1:64 scale models features 100 percent die-cast body with custom paint jobs.

“These models are incredibly authentic and realistic,” said Kevin Thaxton. “We have cars ‘For Sale,’ from classic old school to new school, running or not running, low to high miles or just a forgotten beauty. Vehicles like you would find in a junkyard or your neighbor’s driveway with a "For Sale" sign on it. Gives you the feeling that you just found the car of your dreams.”

Jada’s “For Sale” line will be available in Hobby stores in October and at Wal-Mart in December. Sizes include 1:64 scale with a SRP of $2.99 and 1:24 scale with a SRP of $11.99.


FOUR HORSEMEN ARE SELLOUTS!

The Four Horsemen are sellouts! Actually, it’s the Four Horsemen’s Mynothecean Royal Guardsman that’s the sellout. After being on sale through Store Horsemen for a mere 78 hours, the single version of the Four Horsemen’s latest minotaur variant figure is gone. But that wasn’t your last chance to get your hands on the most colorful of all of the Mynothecean Bull-men. A select few are being set aside for a very special occasion.

The Horsemen will soon have multiple eBay auctions for signed and numbered sets of all seven of the Mynothecean Warriors including Xetheus: Champion of Mynothecea, the Guardian of the Dark Outland, the Sentinel of the Woodland Forest, the Keeper of the Black Labyrinth, the Protector of the Icy Tundra, the Defender of the Fiery Crater and the Mynothecean Royal Guardsman. Proceeds from the “Mynothecean Warriors Auctions” will go to help benefit the “Toys for Tots” program.

Xetheus: Champion of Mynothecea figures are still available through Store Horsemen for a very limited time, along with lots of other cool Four Horsemen merchandise.

Also in Horsemen related news…FANtastic Exclusive 2007’s first round of voting is coming to a close very soon! The Four Horsemen plan to move forward with round 2 voting beginning on Monday, so if you haven’t gotten your votes in yet, now’s your chance! And with two of the featured properties running neck and neck in the voting with only 20 votes separating them throughout the whole process, your vote really will count!

Just head over to FANtastic Exclusive 2007 and join in on the voting and message boards today!

FANtastic Exclusive 2007. The cows (or Minotaurs) have finally all come home.


Tuesday- September 12th, 2006

STAR WARS™ MINIATURES GAME: BOUNTY HUNTERS HUGE PACK BOOSTER

Overview
The Star Wars Miniatures Bounty Hunters expansion set will begin to sweep through the galaxy on September 22, 2006. Fans of the Star Wars epic take to the battlefront as their favorite intergalactic bounty hunters, including Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88 and Boushh. With characters from the classic films and the expanded universe, players will enjoy the unique strengths and battle skills that each of the highly detailed miniatures in this 60-piece set bring to the game.

The Star Wars Miniatures game allows two players to immediately engage in skirmish-style, tabletop competition, with the last man standing declared the winner.

 

Features

Each Bounty Hunters Huge Pack booster contains seven random miniatures, including one “huge” figure (ranging in size from 60mm to 130mm), and their matching stat cards.
Miniatures from the new expansion can be used with the latest starter game, Star Wars Revenge of the Sith™ and combined with other expansion sets to make the players’ ultimate Star Wars battle come to life!
Star Wars Miniatures products are available in hobby shops and major retail stores nationwide.

Ages 12 and up

Launch September 22, 2006

MSRP $21.99 (MSRP)

Availability Star Wars Miniatures products are available in hobby shops and major retail stores nationwide. Consumers can visit wizards.com/starwars for more information.


First Round of FANtastic Exclusive 2007 Officially Open!

After a few glitches and a slight delay, round 1 voting for FANtastic Exclusive 2007 got up and rolling on Monday afternoon! New characters for Symbiotech, Chrysalis, Gothitroplois, Zodiac Pack and the Aliens line have been added, and all of the classic characters from last years’ fan-favorite, The 7th Kingdom will be returning as well!

Now that this round of voting has started it’s going to be a quick one – probably not lasting more than a couple of weeks, so be sure to get over to the FANtastic Exclusive website and place your vote as soon as possible!

FANtastic Exclusive 2007 – You’d better punch in. The time clock is ticking!


Friday- September 8th, 2006

FOUR HORSEMEN REVEAL SECRET 7th MINOTAUR WARRIOR!

After the resounding success of FANtastic Exclusive 2006, the brisk sales of “Xetheus: Champion of Mynothecea”, and selling out of all five of the variant Minotaur warriors, we’re proud to announce the release of the top-secret, never before revealed 7th and final Minotaur warrior – The Mynothecean Royal Guardsman!

We’re so happy with the way FE2006 turned out that we’re extremely excited about the prospects of FANtastic Exclusive 2007 and we really wanted to come up with a way to thank our partners in this project - Raving Toy Maniac (http://www.toymania.com), Figures.com (http://www.figures.com), Toyfare Magazine (http://www.toyfare.com), Big Bad Toy Store.com (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com), and Action Figure Xpress (http://www.actionfigurexpress.com), and to give all of the action figure fans who made the whole thing possible one last way to commemorate the whole process.

The Mynothecean Royal Guardsman figure will be limited to a total production run of only 250 pieces, and only a certain portion of that production run will be made available for pre-order through the our own online store, Store Horsemen for $20.00 each plus shipping and handling beginning this Friday, September 8th at 11:59pm.

Like the other five Mynothecean Warrior variants, the Mynothecean Royal Guardsman will come with a removable helmet, a war hammer, a long-spear/battle flag, and multiple points of articulation. A certain number of Mynothecean Royal Guard figures will be used to create a limited number of special signed and numbered “Mynothecean Seven” bundles that will be auctioned off to not only help defray production costs, but also in order to donate a portion of the proceeds to the “Toys for Tots” program.

Speaking of Fantastic exclusive 2007 and the Mynothecean Six…

Round 1 of voting for FANtastic Exclusive 2007 is up and rolling! New characters for Symbiotech, Chrysalis, Gothitroplois, Zodiac Pack and the Aliens line have been added, and all of the classic characters from last years’ fan-favorite, The 7th Kingdom have returned as well!


Voting has already topped more than 500 votes in this first round and less than 20 votes separate the leading properties! Voting for this round will only last a couple of weeks, so be sure to get in there and place your vote as soon as possible!

Last, we’ve got some not-so-good news to report… Although we’d originally planned to begin shipping of all of the Mynothecean Six (as well as other Store Horsemen merchandise) sets by mid-September, delays in shipping from the overseas factories have forced us to back up our shipment schedule by about a month.

We’ve just been told that our shipment is leaving the port in Hong Kong on Monday, so it looks like we’ll begin to get the final shipments of all of our product around the beginning of October. This means that (if all goes as planned) all of the Store Horsemen products will begin to ship around mid-October, and sooner if at all possible. We’d like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused any of you.

Four Horsemen


Monday- August 28th, 2006

Exclusive Battle Cry Master Gouken Variant Available Now!

SOTA Toys is happy to announce the arrival of the second Battle Cry Master Gouken exclusive! As a follow up to the SDCC "Battle Cry" Master Gouken, SOTA Toys created a "Battle Cry" Master Gouken color variant with the Kanji character on the back of his Gi that is accurate to the Street Fighter Manga! This Gouken also includes the translucent "Shoryuken" accessory.
The Gouken action figure stands in 7-inch scale with all of the SOTA Street Fighter action figures and features over 30 points of articulation and features one of the best sculpts available in an action figure. There were only 300 of these variant figures made and they are available exclusively at www.sotatoys.com for $19.99!

As an added bonus SOTA Toys is also offering the SDCC "Battle Cry" Gouken for purchase at www.sotatoys.com. There were only 750 of these figures produced for SDCC. Although SOTA could have sold all 750 at the Con, it was decided that a small number be put aside to be sold on the web-site for fans who could not make it to San Diego. The figure is $19.99 and is in EXTREMLY limited quantity.


FAN EXPO CANADA INTRODUCES - STAR TREK'S CAPTAIN KIRK EXCLUSIVE ACTION FIGURE

FAN EXPO CANADA 2006 (September 1-3 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center) has a special offer for attendees in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek. The opportunity to get an exclusive Star Trek Captain Kirk action figure manufactured by Diamond Select Toys, limited to only 1000.

This extremely limited toy will be offered for $20.00 each with a strict limit of one (1) per person.

Celebrity guests at the 2006 FAN EXPO CANADA included, Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, as well as Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, Alice Cooper and many others.

The 2006 edition of FAN EXPO CANADA is the 12th annual event. It is recognized as the third largest event it's kind in North America. For more information about FAN EXPO CANADA in Toronto, please visit www.fanexpocanada.com


FANtastic Exclusive 2007 officially begins soon!


After the smash success of FANtastic Exclusive 2006, the guys over at Four Horsemen Toy Design Studios are excited to announce the upcoming start of FANtastic 2007!

The first official new round of voting will once again kick off with action figure fans deciding which of the six provided properties are their favorites. After taking into careful consideration the results of a preliminary round of voting, the Four Horsemen have decided to keep the same six properties open for voting that were open last year, but this time new characters will be added to each line up for consideration.

New characters for Symbiotech, Chrysalis, Gothitroplois, Zodiac Pack and the Aliens line have been added, and all of the classic characters from last years’ fan-favorite, The 7th Kingdom will be returning as well!

Once this round of voting starts it’s going to be a quick one – probably not lasting more than a couple of weeks, so be sure to get over to the FANtastic Exclusive website (http://www.FANtasticExclusive.com) and place your vote as soon as the polls open this Friday, September 1st!

Also, in the next few days the Four Horsemen are going to be making a very special announcement about FANtastic Exclusive 2006 to which Mynothecean Six fans will want to pay very close attention! It’s going to be one final way for the Four Horsemen to say thank you to everyone involved with the success of FE2006!

For those of you who haven’t yet visited the Four Horsemen’s very own online store – Store Horsemen (http://www.StoreHorsemen.com), make sure you stop by and look around. Store Horsemen’s the ONLY place online where you can pick up official Four Horsemen t-shirts, other apparel and exclusive Four Horsemen created action figures.

It’s time to slap on the work gloves and slide on a spiffy new pair of steel-toed shoes, because it’s time for you to get back on the job!

Fantastic Exclusive 2007 – no application necessary – you’re hired!


Monday- August 21st, 2006

DC Direct Solicitations for April 07

WONDER WOMAN LYNDA CARTER STATUE

Sculpted by Tim Bruckner
No one embodies the spirit and beauty of Wonder Woman more than Lynda Carter, the actress who portrayed her on the beloved television series! She will forever be the vision forged in a generation’s memory as the quintessential Wonder Woman. For the first time ever, DC Direct has teamed up with Lynda Carter to bring you a must-have piece to every fan’s Wonder Woman collection. This limited edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain statue is packaged in a four-color box, includes a four-color Certificate of Authenticity and measures approximately 13” high x 7.5” wide x 7.5” deep. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind collectible!
Advance solicited; on sale April 4, 2007
Statue • $195.00 U.S.

Retailers, please note: the WONDER WOMAN LYNDA CARTER STATUE is available only in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Australia and Japan.


SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 4: WITH A VENGEANCE ACTION FIGURES
Another amazing series of action figures based on the distinctive art of Ed McGuinness!
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 11, 2007 • Action Figures • PI

BATZARRO 6.75"
BIZARRO 6.75"
SUPERWOMAN 6.5" "
BATWOMAN 6.5"
BATMAN BEYOND 6.75" "
KRYPTONITE BATMAN 6.75"

Retailers please note: BATZARRO, BIZARRO, SUPERWOMAN, BATWOMAN, BATMAN BEYOND and KRYPTONITE BATMAN are intended for individual sale to consumers, but are sold to retailers in inner and master cases. Consult your Retailer Order Form for packaging & pricing details. These products are being offered simultaneously beyond the comic-book specialty market.

FIRST APPEARANCE SERIES 4 ACTION FIGURES
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 25, 2007 • Action Figures • PI

WARLORD 6.75"
MARTIAN MANHUNTER 6.75"
ATOM 6.5" "
AQUAMAN 6.75"
BLUE BEETLE 6.5" "
BLUE BEETLE (STEALTH VARIANT) 6.5"

Retailers please note: WARLORD, MARTIAN MANHUNTER, ATOM, AQUAMAN, BLUE BEETLE and BLUE BEETLE (STEALTH VARIANT) are intended for individual sale to consumers, but are sold to retailers in inner and master cases. Consult your Retailer Order Form for packaging & pricing details. These products are being offered simultaneously beyond the comic-book specialty market.

BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE
Designed by Matt Wagner
Sculpted by Paul Harding

Certain to be another sought-after addition to DC Direct’s collection of Batman: Black & White statues, this original creation designed by Matt Wagner presents his unique vision of the Caped Crusader. Painted in monochromatic tones, this limited-edition statue reflects the mood of
BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE VOL. 1 and 2, the stunning collections of short stories by award-winning talent. The statue measures approximately 7.5” tall x 5” wide x 3.75” deep. It features a logo-shaped base and is packaged in a black-and-white box.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 18, 2007
Statue • $59.99 U.S.


SUPERMAN VINYL STATUE
By KOTOBUKIYA
Through special arrangement with Japan’s Kotobukiya, DC Direct brings fans The Man Of Steel! This four color, meticulously sculpted vinyl statue stands approximately 14” high, and comes with black base. Comes in a four color box. Production run for 2006 release is limited to only 3000 pieces! Retro Solicited: on sale October 25, 2006
Statue • $99.99 US



Friday- August 11th, 2006

SOTA's Darkness On The Throne Statue

"No Good without Evil. No Love without Hate. No Innocence without Lust. I am Darkness."

SOTA captures Darkness on his throne in this massive resin statue that measures 18-inches tall, 12-inches deep and 12-inches wide. Comes packaged in a closed box.

Personally sculpted by Jerry Macaluso, this statue is limited to 750 pieces worldwide. SRP $249.99. Available in the USA December 2006.



Hasbro Relaxes the rules on the Galactic Hunt.

Due to the difficulty of finding vintage Scout Troopers, among others, at retail, we are relaxing the criteria that consumers send in one of each of the five vintage figures to complete the offer for the George Lucas in Stormtrooper disguise mail-in figure. Effective immediately, consumers may send in five stickers from ANY mix of the five eligible figures.
Certificates completed as such will be honored. Thanks for spreading the word to the Star Wars collecting community!

Please visit WWW.HASBRO.COM/STARWARS for additional information on The Ultimate Galactic Hunt.


Genki Wear Acquires Prop Replica Jewelry Rights for Buffy the Vampire SlayerTM and AngelTM from 20th Century Fox

Available early fourth quarter 2006

HUNT VALLEY, MD — August 11, 2006 — Today Genki Wear, LLC [Genki Wear] announced the acquisition of the licensing rights to manufacture and distribute prop replica jewelry based upon Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel from Fox Licensing & Merchandising. The first products in this special collection of licensed replicas will be available for pre-ordering through select retailers beginning August 1st 2006 with product expected to be on retailer shelves by October 15th, 2006.
“We are very excited to be able to bring key elements of Buffy and Angel to life. Whether its Anyanka’s Power Center Amulet or an elegant set of Buffy/Angel Claddaugh Rings, or even Spike’s Amulet from the episode, “The Chosen,” Buffy and Angel fans will cherish these replicas for years to come” said John D. McGonigle, Director General for Genki Wear.

“The Buffy and Angel franchises continue to resonate with its loyal fan base with no sign of slowing down. Genki Wear, LLC have developed a truly innovative brand extension with the launch of prop replica jewelry that will continue to fuel the appetite for these properties.” Said Michael Peikoff,’ Vice President of Domestic Licensing for 20th Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising.
Genki Wear’s launch piece will be Anyanka’s Power Center Amulet and Necklace Prop Replica, followed shortly thereafter with the Slayer’s Cross Necklace and either the Gem of Amarah Ring or a set of high-quality Claddaugh Rings as worn by Buffy and Angel, just in time for Valentines Day.
Genki Wear hopes to build upon the great success that previous Buffy jewelry license holders experienced. McGonigle added, “Although this is second time the Slayer’s Cross Necklace has been produced, with strong retail support, we hope to produce a limited edition, high-quality solid sterling silver version the Buffy collectors have been demanding.”

More information about Genki Wear, as well as the opportunity to join their Newsletter, is available on the Genki Wear website, www.weargenkiwear.com


Shocker Toys Refocuses Indie Spotlight!


Buffalo NY- After some polling of indie comic fans and action figure collectors coupled with announcements made at San Diego Comic Con, Shocker Toys has done a reshuffling of its cards, as it were. The primary criticisms we received about Indie Spotlight Series 1 were that even thought the lineup was strong; all the characters chosen were already made in one form or another. Our counter argument was always “Yea, but were they really ACTION figures?” Now it seems some choices have been made for us, so we’ve gone back to our master list, listened to what people told us at SDCC, and come up with a new series 1!

So, without any further fanfare, Indie Spotlight series 1 will now feature Madman, Shadowhawk, Scud: The Disposable Assassin and Katchoo of Strangers in Paradise! Company head Geoff Becket remarked “It’s like fate is playing a bigger part in our operations as of late, but everything is working out for the best! We are all immensely happy with the new choices for Indie Spotlight Series 1 and feel they better represent the diverse nature of indie comics today.”

Keep watching Shockertoys.com for more updates on Indie Spotlight!


Tuesday- August 1st, 2006

Fall Out Boy! The Golden Ticket?

SOTA Toys brings you Fall Out Boy dolls! This wildly popular band's latest album "From Under the Cork Tree" has been on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over a year. It peaked at #9, but has currently stayed on the chart for longer than 60 weeks. They are an MTV staple and sell out concerts throughout the world. The band wanted stylized dolls and working together with SOTA Toys designed these very cool figures based on the band's mini-movie MTV hit, "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me'."

The Fall Out Boy 7-inch tall rotocast dolls feature vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Peter Wentz, drummer Andrew Hurley, and guitarist Joseph Trohman. Available in October, these figures will be packaged individually at a suggested retail price of $14.99.

What is the Golden Ticket?

The band came up with this idea and SOTA Toys is happy to make it happen. Out of all the Fall Out Boy dolls sold in the USA and Canada, one and only one doll will have a Golden Ticket hidden inside. This ticket will be good for a Fall Out Boy concert, including round trip airfare for two, a hotel stay, two concert tickets and two backstage passes to meet Fall Out Boy.

The Fall Out Boy dolls are currently available for pre-order at sotatoys.com and will be available at retail outlets in October 2006.


Shocker Toys Brings GWAR, Indie Spotlight and Shockinis to Wizard World Chicago 2006!


Buffalo, NY.– July 31st – This August, Shocker toys will unleash a powerful force onto the sleepy little inhabitants of this plastic buying world. That force is called GWAR!! Like any good army, GWAR will send out some advance scouts to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont... just to freak out the Cosplay kids. Sculpted by Justice Joseph, we present the GWAR: First Assault Edition Beef Cake the Mighty Exclusive Resin Figure!! When asked for a comment, Geoff Beckett replied "No, no. We couldn't possibly make the name any longer." Be sure to hunt down Shocker Toys at the Wizard World Chicago Con this year at booth# 636 and get your GWAR while it lasts! (limited to 80pcs) On hand will also be the Wizard World Skeleton Shockini: Undead Scalper exclusive (limited to 200pcs)

Also on hand will be Indie Spotlight announcments and sculpts. Shocker Toys will feature Shockinis the customizable action figures as well with customizing tips and contests.


Friday- July 14th, 2006

DIAMOND SELECT TOYS’ SAN DIEGO COMIC CON SUMMARY!

This year’s San Diego Comic Convention marks another grand undertaking by Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles LLC! Plans for the event include a wide selection of exclusives, several celebrity guests, contests and even a blood drive! Below is a schedule of events as well as a summary of this year’s exclusives and activities, so be sure to visit booth #2607!

Exclusives

Mohawk Storm bust – Based on her appearance during Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s famous run on Marvel Comics’ Uncanny X-Men, this all-new exclusive Storm bust shows the weather goddess wearing a leather vest, studded collar and edgy mohawk along with her lethal blade – ready to take on Callisto for control of the Morlocks! Sculpted by Sam Greenwell, this 5 ½” bust is guaranteed to move quickly the moment the show opens. $50 limited to 750 pieces.

“Where No Man Has Gone Before” Kirk in Command Chair – As part of the 40th anniversary of STAR TREK, prepare to beam up this deluxe Captain's Chair set! Featuring Captain Kirk as seen in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” the set delivers an intricate chair design unique to this episode! In scale with past releases and sculpted by Art Asylum, prepare to boldly go where no man has gone before! $25

Marvel Select Black Spider-Woman – After receiving her powers through secret experiments by the Commission on Superhuman Activities, Julia Carpenter took up the Spider-Woman name and replaced the presumed-dead Jessica Drew as a member of the Avengers. Standing 7 inches tall and including a detailed Hydra base, the Marvel Select Black Spider-Woman is in scale with past Marvel Select releases and will feature the line’s trademark deluxe packaging. $20

“Mirror, Mirror” Uhura (DST), McCoy (New Force Comics, Booth #5439), Sulu (Action Figure Xpress, Booth #4205), Chekov (Entertainment Earth, Booth #2343) and Marlena Moreau - When purchasing the $15 “Mirror, Mirror” Uhura, McCoy, Sulu and Chekov figures from their respective retailers, con-goers will be able to have a special STAR TREK card stamped at each booth. Upon completing this card and returning to the Diamond Select Toys booth during the convention, fans will receive the “Mirror, Mirror” Marlena Moreau figure at no cost, completing the “Mirror, Mirror” set!

Celebrity Guests

BarBara Luna – STAR TREK’s Marlena Moreau will be signing autographs on Friday from 11 am - 1 pm. Receive a free autograph ticket with purchase of all four “Mirror, Mirror” exclusives! Additional autograph tickets will be available for $15.

Nichelle Nichols – STAR TREK’s Lieutenant Uhura will be signing autographs on Saturday 11 am – 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm. This $25 package includes the “Mirror, Mirror” Uhura exclusive figure and one autograph ticket. Additional autograph tickets will be available for $20.

Clare Kramer – Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Glory will be signing autographs on Sunday 11 am - 1 pm and 2pm - 4pm. Autograph tickets will be available for $20.

Retail Debuts

BTVS Glory - Beginning on Wednesday, July 19th and continuing through Sunday, July 23rd, fans will be able to pre-order Titan Publishing’s exclusive “Red Dress” Glory figure and receive a free issue of the Buffy magazine!

Deluxe Angel & Spike – Buffy’s favorite vamps make their deluxe action figure debut with this super-articulated release! Also look for Time and Space Toys’ 50’s Angel and Action Figure Xpress’ “School Hard” Spike!

Star Trek: TNG Picard & Troi – The top-selling STAR TREK line continues with Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Counselor Deanna Troi! Also look for Entertainment Earth’s Counselor Troi, Toy Rocket’s “All Good Things…” Picard and Action Figure Xpress’ First Contact Picard!

Stargate SG-1 Series 1 – The Stargate SG-1 action figures make their world debut with Colonel O’Neill, Dr Jackson and the Jaffa Serpent Guard! Start building your Stargate during the convention and remember to collect four UPC’s for the free Elite Serpent Guard figure! Plus, spend $60 on Stargate merchandise at the DST booth and receive a Free Comic Book Day Jack O’Neill figure!

Special Events

Blood Drive - To emphasize the importance of giving blood, Diamond Select will be donating 700 limited edition Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike figures as giveaways for participating donors. This year's Blood Drive will take place at the Marriott on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and on Sunday, July 23 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Blood Drive registration booth will still be located in the Sails Pavilion on the Convention Center's top floor for all your onsite questions and registration before going over to the Marriott. Please register by 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday and by 2:00 PM on Sunday. You can also pre- register to give blood online.

Captain’s Chair – A life-size replica of the original Captain’s Chair will be on display for fans to have their picture taken in each day at noon! Just spend $60 on STAR TREK merchandise at the DST booth for your free ticket!

Contests – DST’s largest contests to date will be run throughout the show! Enter to win 28 seasons of STAR TREK on DVD plus a DVD player, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5 DVD signed by Joss Whedon plus a DVD player, a Playstation 2 with X-Men: The Last Stand game, and Stargate SG-1 Seasons 1-4 on DVD plus a DVD player and complete set of Stargate SG-1 action figures!


DIAMOND SELECT TOYS IS OUT FOR BLOOD, AGAIN!


Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles is exited to announce plans to participate in the annual Blood Drive at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con! To emphasize the importance of giving blood, Diamond Select will be donating 700 limited edition Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike figures as giveaways for participating donors. Perhaps there is no better way to celebrate the kindness of giving blood than with the action-figure of a well known vampire!

Spike, who first appeared in the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the most loved and at times hated character from the cult shows. The figure of the famous blood sucker depicts him wearing his trademark leather jacket. The figure has been limited to 700 pieces, and will only be available through the blood drive – they will not be on sale or given away elsewhere.

“After last year’s extremely successful campaign, we’re delighted to once again be contributing to the Robert A Heinlein Blood Drive,” said Chuck Terceira, Director of Diamond Select Toys. “We shattered last year’s record, and we’re looking forward to doing even better this year!”

In its 30th year, the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive has been a San Diego Comic-Con staple. After science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein was ill, he needed several pints of rare blood type. Following the illness, Heinlein created a personal rule that he would only attend conventions and sign autographs for those that donated blood. This started the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive at San Diego Comic-Con in the early 1970’s. Last year’s 596 pints was the most blood collected at the drive in ten years, thanks in part to Diamond Select Toys’ Spike giveaway.

"We are pleased to have Diamond Select on board to support the Blood Drive. Their donation of such a limited edition collectible will certainly help the awareness and success of the annual event," remarked Comic-Con Director of Marketing and Public Relations, David Glanzer, "And there couldn’t be a more fitting blood drive giveaway than a vampire action-figure!"

To register for the Blood Drive, stop by the Blood Drive booth at Comic-Con or visit the Comic-Con website, www.comic-con.org, for additional instructions and information. This Blood Drive will surely make vampire fans happy!


Electric Tiki adds The Tick

Electric Tiki is proud to announce that it will be adding Ben Edlund's "The Tick" to it's ever growing Classic Heroes line-up. This particular version will be based on the original comics version and will be in scale with the rest of the Classic Heroes line (app 1/6th scale). Seen here is a concept sketch by Electric Tiki founder Tracy Mark Lee, but the final pose will be influenced by Edlund himself. Electric Tiki's Classic Heroes line is proud to offer such an eclectic group of heroes and we hope to continue adding to the line. Look for the Tick in the summer of 2007.


INDIE SPOTLIGHT WAVE1 REVEALED ALONG WITH SDCC 2006 PLANS!

So you know that Shocker Toys will be at Comic Con International in San Diego(Booth #5488). You know we will be debuting some amazing new lines for you to see such as GWAR wave1 and a new 6” comic book line of action figures which will strengthen the bonds of loyalty between fans of Independent Comics and the men and women who create them using a new hyper articulated action figure line named Indie Spotlight. The line will kick off with WAVE 1: WITCHBLADE, MADMAN, SHADOWHAWK and JUDGE DEATH. Focusing on classic characters as well as underground favorites and new arrivals to the panels, INDIE SPOTLIGHT will bring these icons of the Independent Comic Universe to comic shops all over the world and into the homes of the fans who have come to love them. For the first time ever, the likes of Witchblade and Shadowhawk will stand toe to toe with Judge Death and Madman!

How about we add some give-away items free from Shocker Toys EVERY DAY at SDCC to make it fun?! During the four days of Comic Con International, Shocker Toys will be raffling off different items! Exclusives YOU CAN’T GET ANYWHERE ELSE!

Just what will be up for grabs at the San Diego 2006 Comic Convention? Look below:

THURSDAY, JULY 20 - A GWAR Beefcake the Mighty exclusive, a glow in the dark Toxic Avenger Shockini SDCC exclusive, a Wizard World Skeleton exclusive.

FRIDAY, JULY 21 - A GWAR Beefcake the Mighty exclusive, a glow in the dark Toxic Avenger Shockini SDCC exclusive, an MOC AFA graded ruby red exclusive Shockini.

SATURDAY, JULY 22 - A GWAR Beefcake the Mighty exclusive, a glow in the dark Toxic Avenger Shockini SDCC exclusive, a Wizard World Skeleton exclusive, an Electrobyte Shockini set of all three Shockini Electrobytes.

SUNDAY, JULY 23 - A GWAR Beefcake the Mighty exclusive, a glow in the dark Toxic Avenger Shockini SDCC exclusive, a Wizard World Skeleton exclusive.

(PLEASE NOTE: Lineup and type of item/s available subject to change/substitutions without prior notification. Due to recent policy changes at the Comic Con, we are still formulating how tickets will be distributed to interested people.)


Monday- July 3rd, 2006

New SOTA Toys Comic-Con Exclusive: Johnny "The Man in Black" Cash

Limited to 500 pieces, SOTA Toys brings you the SDCC Exclusive Johnny "The Man In Black" Cash action figure.

How did SOTA decide to make this exclusive? At the SOTA offices, we had a Johnny Cash prototype that looked exactly like this exclusive. Everyone who came in and saw it wanted to take it home. Eventually, the figured disappeared. We took that as a sign that we should make more. After all, how can you beat "The Man in Black" in black?

This San Diego Comic-Con exclusive is limited to 500 pieces worldwide and will retail for $20 at the con. See you there!

 



JAKKS PACIFIC AND POKÉMON USA SIGN MASTER TOY DEAL FOR HUGELY POPULAR POKÉMON BRAND

 

Companies Jointly Announce the Expansive New License at Press Conference Before the Opening of Licensing 2006 International

Malibu, CA – June 20, 2006 – JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAKK) and Pokémon USA, Inc. announced today that the two companies have signed a Master Toy licensing agreement under which JAKKS™ Pacific will develop, manufacture and distribute a diverse line of toys and related products based on the hugely popular Pokémon® brand. JAKKS Pacific and Pokémon USA will officially announce the agreement at a press conference at Pier 81 in New York City preceding the opening of the Licensing 2006 International Show.

Pokémon is the collective name for more than 380 characters that one can find, catch, train, trade, collect, and use in battle against rivals in the quest to become a Pokémon Master. With more than $25 billion in worldwide retail sales, Pokémon is a global pop culture phenomenon credited with making Japanese animation mainstream in the U.S.

Categories covered in the agreement include action figures, play sets, accessories, role-play items, plush, plug-and-play items, craft activity kits, stationery, writing instruments and seasonal products, including kites and pool toys.

“This new deal with Pokémon is an incredible milestone for JAKKS Pacific,” said Stephen Berman, President and COO, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. “Pokémon, with its vast universe of characters, continues to capture children’s imaginations today, for the same reasons it has over the past 10 years – engaging story lines and universal themes like friendship and teamwork. We are extremely proud that they have chosen JAKKS as their Master Toy partner, and we are ready to take the Pokémon brand into its next phase of growth with a stellar line-up of products.”

Berman continued, “JAKKS has been in the action figure business since our inception, and we know what it takes to make and keep an action figure line fresh in the market. Pokémon has all the makings of a thriving toy line because it is an evergreen brand that has built a core collector following as well as a new generation of fans.”

“JAKKS Pacific, a leader of innovative toy design, has a unique understanding of what kids want. That, coupled with its speed to market, merchandising capabilities, unique product offerings and creative management, were attractive qualities that reeled us in,” said Akira Chiba, President, Pokémon USA. “JAKKS’ ability to manage aggressive roll-out schedules and to continually offer fresh assortments at retail keeps kids coming back for more. JAKKS’ proposal for the toy line was visionary and we are thrilled to be partnering with a young, innovative company.”

Pokémon just announced that beginning this fall, the ninth season of the top-rated animated TV series, Pokemon: Battle Frontier, will air on Cartoon Network. Also, on June 3rd, episodes of Pokémon Chronicles launched during the Toonami block. A new direct-to-video title, the eighth Pokémon movie, Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, is set for release in September. In addition, Nintendo of America will launch new video games including Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team/Blue Rescue Team for the Nintendo DSTM (Blue) and Game Boy® Advance (Red) and Pokémon Ranger for the Nintendo DSTM.

JAKKS plans to launch the Pokémon product line in North America in Spring 2007, as well as various international territories, including Canada, South America, Central America, Mexico and more.


Saturday- July 1st, 2006

Mattel Announces Superman Returns Exclusives

Mattel sent us the news of their upcomming Toys R Us "Superman Returns" exclusives. These exclusives leaked out early overseas ahead of the ad campaign that Mattel had planned for them. Some collectors were concerned that they would be exclusives only availble overseas. That is not the case.


"House of El" 2-pack TRU exclusive features Father and Son Jor-El and Kal-El together in Kryptoinan garb featuring the likeness of the late Marlon Brando and Brandon Routh. The approximate retail is $14.99 and hits shelves in October.


Another TRU exclusive that will hit shelves in August in the Jor-El Hologram Figure. The approximate retail on that is $9.99.




Wednesday- June 21st, 2006

CORGI ON BOARD TO PRODUCE STAR TREK® 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIBLES FOR AMERICAN MARKET

Line Will Include Replicas from the Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation

Chicago, IL --- Corgi, the leading name in die-cast scale models, has added another license to their already impressive portfolio,
by signing a new deal with CBS Consumer Products to produce a range of commemorative products for the American market to
celebrate Star Trek’s 40th anniversary in 2006.

The series launches with highly detailed replicas of the U.S.S. Enterprise® NCC-1701 and the Klingon Bird-of-Prey. Both
spacecraft have become synonymous with the Star Trek global phenomenon, with the Enterprise having been featured in the very
first episode screened in 1966. Suggested retail prices are: U.S.S. Enterprise $30, Klingon Bird-of-Prey $26.

Joining these products will be the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, from the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Set
nearly a century after Star Trek, the show featured a new starship (also named Enterprise) and a new crew. Star Trek: The
Next Generation was the highest rated of all the Star Trek series, and was the number one syndicated show for much of its
original run from 1987 to 1994. Suggested retail price is $40.

Each model will be offered in two editions: a completed, fully decorated version and a limited edition "Sights & Sounds"
unpainted model that features dramatic lighting and audio effects. Suggested "Sights & Sounds" retail prices are: U.S.S.
Enterprise® NCC-1701 $62; Klingon Bird-of-Prey $50 ; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D $72.USS Enterprise

The STAR TREK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIBLES are for ages 3 and up.

For more information about STAR TREK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIBLES, please visit http://www.corgi-usa.com


THE RED STAR™ AND WETA WORKSHOP IN GROUNDBREAKING DEAL

The internationally acclaimed graphic novel series THE RED STAR is leading the charge of innovation within the comics medium once again.

In a Hollywood effects cross-over first for the comics industry, Christian Gossett, creator of the series, his publishing entity Archangel Studios, and the world renowned Weta Workshop Design Team of New Zealand have announced that they will collaborate on the next RED STAR graphic novel, THE RED STAR: SWORD OF LIES.

“The work of Christian and the team at his Archangel Studio have been an inspiration for us since THE RED STAR first began” said multiple-Oscar® winner Richard Taylor, “So being invited to collaborate with Christian on such an amazing project has invigorated the guys, and the excitement of working on THE RED STAR will be a highlight of our year”.

"THE RED STAR: SWORD OF LIES" is the long awaited sequel to "PRISON OF SOULS," the most recent installment of the epic saga that has been translated into five languages and will soon reach its one-millionth unit sold worldwide. Famous for its state of the art computer generated imagery and sweeping cinematic storyline, THE RED STAR is in development as a feature film at Universal Pictures through Marc Platt Productions and Kickstart Comic Art Studios, with Russian phenom Timur Bekmambetov slated to direct. Gossett and Ken F. Levin will Executive Produce the film, with Marc Platt, Jason Netter, and, through Bekmambetov’s Tengri banner, Jim Lemley, producing. Universal Pictures president of production Donna Langley and Vice President of Production Jeff Kirschenbaum will oversee the project for the studio, which was structured for Gossett and the producers by attorney Karl Austen.

The announcement of THE RED STAR/Weta Workshop collaboration was made at the 11th annual 'Armageddon' Expo. 'Armageddon' is New Zealand's premiere entertainment convention, bringing together tens of thousands of fans and enthusiasts of film, comics, videogames and television.

Gossett, who worked stints in the Weta design room and on set of Weta's latest academy award winning masterpiece, KING KONG, couldn’t contain his euphoria at the prospect. "This is a dream come true for me,” Gossett said. “In all of their works Richard Taylor's Weta Workshop has translated bold visions into stunning artistic realities. That they have joined me to create the next chapter of THE RED STAR graphic novel series is an honor to the series, and a coup for the medium of comics. Nothing could be any cooler."



YAMATO SUMMER CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES

Yamato USA to Offer Three Extraordinary Exclusives at San Diego Comic Con International

Torrance, CA, June 19, 2006 - Yamato USA, the North American division of the Yamato Toy Group with headquarters in the otaku capital of the world - the Akihabara district of Tokyo, Japan, is exceedingly excited to announce three extraordinary Summer convention exclusives: SIF EX: EXCEL SAGA - Nishiki Ropponmatsu San Diego Comic Con International / Wonder Festival Limited Edition PVC Statue, SIF EX: IKKITOUSEN - Kanu in Red School Girl Uniform San Diego Comic Con International Exclusive PVC Statue, and SIF EX: IKKITOUSEN - Ryomou Shimei San Diego Comic Con International / Anime Expo Special Edition PVC Statue.

SIF EX: EXCEL SAGA - Nishiki Ropponmatsu Limited Edition PVC Statue

San Diego Comic Con International / Wonder Festival

Inspired by the hilariously over-the-top manga / anime Excel Saga, Yamato proudly presents Nishiki Roppanmatsu as part of its Story! Image! Figure! EX collection! This 1/8 scale PVC statue based on the sculpture by Japan's renowned 'garage kit' artist Toji Tanaka and painted by Shelby (FINE'S GARDEN) charmingly captures the spunk and perky personality of young, cat-girl robot Ropponmatsu. Packaged in a collector's style window box, this pudgy, little cherub comes complete with detachable booster pack and clear
blue display base... and with Menchi in tow there is sure to be a disaster close behind. This limited edition features a special 'see through' paint application with only 800 pieces available worldwide, 300 at San Diego Comic Con. MSRP: $40.00

SIF EX: IKKITOUSEN - Kanu in Red School Girl Uniform Exclusive PVC Statue

San Diego Comic Con International

The most requested paint styling of one of Yamato's most popular Story! Image! Figure EX collectible figures will now be available stateside at the San Diego Comic Con - Kanu in Red School Girl Uniform! Previously only available in Japan, this amazing pre-posed PVC statue inspired by Geneon / TokyoPop's "fan service" anime / manga hit Ikki Tousen (aka Battle Vixens)
perfectly captures the enormous talents of this lovely lady. Approximately 8.5" in height, Kanu in Red School Girl Uniform comes packaged in a window box with display base and is limited to less than 1,000 pieces. MSRP: $35.00.

SIF EX: IKKITOUSEN - Ryomou Shimei Special Edition PVC Statue by Reflect

Anime Expo / San Diego Comic Con International

Get ready to rumble as Yamato continues its most popular line of Story! Image! Figure! EX collectibles from the anime/manga phenomena Ikki Tousen (a.k.a. Battle Vixens)! Offered here is Japan's master garage-kit artist Mitsumasa Yoshizawa (REFLECT)'s take on the eye-patched lovely Ryomou Shimei decked out in a special pink maid's outfit. This impressive 1/6 scale PVC
statue measures in at over 10.25" and comes complete with a pair of handcuffs, set of nekomimi cat ears and tail (adhesive required), and specially designed display base all packaged in a collector's style window box. This highly coveted pink styling is limited to 500 pieces in the US, with 100 available at Anime Expo through AAA Anime and 400 at San Diego Comic Con. MSRP: $55.00

Look for these and other fine Yamato product wherever your convention travels may take you!


NOW SHIPPING FROM YAMATO USA

Three New Titles From Yamato's Story! Image! Figure! Trading Figure Collections

Torrance, CA, June 21, 2006 - Things are heating up this first day of Summer as Yamato USA, the North American division of the Yamato Toy Group with headquarters in the otaku capital of the world - the Akihabara district of Tokyo, Japan, announces the release of three new titles from Yamato's Story! Image! Figure! Trading Figure Collections: Ultimate Muscle, the Kinnikuman Legacy; Ike! Inachuu Takkyuubu (a.k.a. Ping Pong Club); and Excel Saga.

SIF: Ultimate Muscle, the Kinnikuman Legacy Trading Figures

From the original anime / manga Kinnikuman (a.k.a. Ultimate Muscle), Yamato presents a unique collection of trading figures. This nostalgic collection features six of the most popular Chiyojin from the anime / manga series displaying their most deadly wrestling moves. Included in the assortment are Kinnikuman demonstrating his Kinniku Buster, Terryman his Calf Branding, Robin Mask his Tower Bridge, Brocken, Jr. his Blood Rain of Berlin, Warsman his Paro Special, and Ramenman his Leg Larat move. Making this collection
all the more special, each figure comes in both the manga and anime colors, individually sealed within a mystery box!

SIF: Ike! Inachuu Takkyuubu (a.k.a. Ping Pong Club) TradingFigures

What the ****?!? Its Ike! Inachuu Takkyuubu (a.k.a. Ping Pong Club)! Likened to a Japanese South Park, lowering itself to a sublime depth of crass, offensive and disgusting humor, Ike! Inachuu Takkyuubu is a carnival of freaks, abnormalities and challenges to good taste and cultured sensibilities... and perhaps the funniest anime/manga you will ever lay eyes on! And priced for an impulse buy, this six piece assortment of trading figures from Yamato's Story! Image! Figure! collection is destined to be a collector's classic.

SIF: Excel Saga Trading Figures

Here Menchi, Menchi, Menchi, Yamato's got a special treat for you. an assortment of 4" scale trading figures inspired by one of the most
hilarious, over-the-top manga / anime of all time, Excel Saga. Join the hyperactive Excel, her best friend Hyatt, and the rest of the gang as they travel the world doing anything and everything in their power to please her Lord, Ilpalazzo. Part of Yamato's Story! Image! Figure! collection, the assortment includes Excel, Hyatt, Elgara, Ropponmatsu 1, Ropponmatsu 2, and Misaki Matsuya. Each comes with a display base and an adorably torturable Menchi all wrapped up in a closed, mystery box!

Look for these fun figures at your local pop culture shop or summer convention. For more information, please visit Yamato USA's website at www.YamatoToysUSA.com. And stay tune. there's more to come!


Tuesday- June 20th, 2006

DIAMOND SELECT TOYS UNVEILS LATEST SAN DIEGO COMIC CON GUEST – BARBARA LUNA!

Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles, LLC (DST) has announced their latest celebrity guest for this summer’s San Diego Comic Con – Star Trek guest star BarBara Luna! Appearing on the original Star Trek series, Luna portrayed Lieutenant Marlena Moreau in the fan-favorite episode “Mirror, Mirror.”

Beginning July 19th and continuing through July 23rd, the 2006 San Diego Comic Con is held in San Diego, California and last year drew more than 100,000 attendees. Diamond Select Toys will feature BarBara Luna at their booth on Friday, July 21st from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The DST “Mirror, Mirror” Uhura, McCoy, Chekov and Sulu action figures will be offered for the first time during this convention, with a free autograph ticket (for use on Friday from 11:00 - 1:00) and a promotional Marlena Moreau action figure offered to fans who purchase all four exclusive figures. All five action figures were sculpted by Art Asylum and include multiple points of articulation with episode-specific accessories.


Monday- June 19th, 2006

DC Direct Solicitations for items in stores Feb 07

 

SHAZAM! 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE
The World’s Mightiest Mortal is the newest addition to DC Direct’s line of realistically proportioned, super-heroic 1:6 scale figures! This deluxe collector figure comes clothed in an authentically detailed fabric costume, includes a display stand, and is packaged in a deluxe four-color window box with a fifth panel.
Advance-solicited; on sale February 21, 2007
Collector figure • $69.99 US

Continue your COLLECTION of super poseable 13" figures!

SUPERMAN 13” DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE 6/14/06 (MAR06 0400)
LEX LUTHOR 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE 7/26/06 (DEC05 0354)
TWO-FACE 13” DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE 9/27/06 (FEB06 0360)
BATMAN 13" DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE 10/11/06 (MAR06 0404)
AQUAMAN 13” DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE 12/6/06 (MAY06 0243)
THE FLASH 13” DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURE 1/24/07 (MAY06 0243)



JUSTICE LEAGUE (ALEX ROSS) SERIES 5 ACTION FIGURES
Designed by Alex Ross
Continuing the amazing line of action figures based on the designs and vision of Alex Ross! Each figure includes character specific accessories and a display base and is packaged in a four-color window box. Retailers: please see this month’s Order Form for a special orcering incentive.
Advance-solicited; on sale February 14, 2007 • Action Figures • PI

Green Arrow 7.25"
Lex Luthor 7"
Red Tornado 7.25"
Martian Manhunter 7.75"
Martian Manhunter (TRANSLUCENT) 7.75"
Brainiac 7"


Coming soon: JUSTICE Series 6 ACTION FIGURES--9/6/06


JLA COVER TO COVER STATUE: SUPERMAN
Based on the art of Doug Mahnke
Sculpted by Jonathan Matthews

The first in an exciting, all-new series of statues presenting the best-loved JLA characters in incredible 3-D! This beautifully sculpted Superman statue stands approximately 9.875” high(including base) and is packaged in a four-color box. Each statue in this series is based on the most iconic covers of the past, sharing a consistent base and figure scale through the series. Future statues in the series will include Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Batman!
Advance-solicited; on sale February 7, 2007
Statue • $59.99 US



SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 3: PUBLIC ENEMIES 2 ACTION FIGURES
Based on the art of Ed McGuinness
An amazing new series of figures featuring more characters from the Public Enemies TP. Each figure comes with character specific accessories and a display base and is packaged in a four-color blister.
Advance solicited; on sale February 28, 2007
Action Figures • PI

Steel/Natasha Irons 6.25"
FUTURE Superman 6.75"
Nightwing 6.75"
Armored Lex Luthor 7.5"
Hawkman 7.75"

Also Available:

SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 1: PUBLIC ENEMIES ACTION FIGURES (Master Case: FEB05 0369)
(Inner Case: FEB05 0370)

SUPERMAN/BATMAN SERIES 2: PUBLIC ENEMIES ACTION FIGURES

WONDER WOMAN #1 POSTER
Advance-solicited; on sale February 21, 2007
24” x 36” • $7.99 US
Art by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson

ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #4 POSTER
Advance-solicited; on sale February 21, 2007
24” x 36” • $7.99 US
Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams

SUPERMAN RETURNS PREQUEL POSTER
Advance-solicited; on sale February 21, 2007
24” x 36” • $7.99 US
Art by Adam Hughes

THE FLASH #1 POSTER
Advance-solicited; on sale February 21, 2007
24” x 36” • $7.99 US
Art by Andy Kubert & Joe Kubert


Friday- June 16th, 2006

SOTA's San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Revealed!

Here are the first pictures of the San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Master Gouken action figures! (The previous pics were mock-ups.)

SOTA Toys and Toyrocket.com are joining forces to bring a new Street Fighter character to the world of super-articulated action figures, Ryu and Ken's Sensei, Master Gouken!

At San Diego Comic-Con 2006, SOTA Toys will offer the Exclusive Master Gouken with "Battle Cry" head and Toyrocket.com will offer the Exclusive Gouken with standard head. Both Master Gouken figures will come with the translucent "Shoryuken" accessory. The Gouken action figures stand in 7-inch scale with all of the SOTA Street Fighter action figures and feature over 30 points of articulation and the best sculpts available in an action figure.

Each San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Gouken action figure is limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide and will be retailing at the convention for $20 each.

Visit the SOTA Toys booth # 4429 for the "Battle Cry" Gouken

Visit the Toyrocket.com booth # 634 for the Standard Gouken.


NECA & FOUR HORSEMEN ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF ZODAK BUST!


Fans of Masters of the Universe have been waiting to hear news of whether the Masters of the Universe busts line is going to continue or not, and NECA and the Four Horsemen are responding with Eternia¹s Cosmic Enforcer, Zodak!

The Zodak bust will be approximately nine inches tall and the prototype of the bust will be on display at NECA¹s booth at the San Diego Comic Con from July 19th through July 23rd.



Thursday- June 15th, 2006

Toynami Reveals First Round of Convention Exclusives

Toynami sends us information on their first round of Comic Con 2006 exclusives announcments--

NARUTO: The "Nine Tailed Fox" Resin Diorama Statue is limited to 200 pieces. The dynamic statue from the smash CARTOON NETWORK hit is fully painted and stands over 7 inches in height!

MACROSS: Hikaru's VF-1S 1/100 Scale Transformable Action Figure! This fully transformable action figure stands approximately 6 inches tall and is fully articulated! Fully transformable into three modes: Fighter, Guardian and Battloid. Includes gunpod weapon accessory and adjustable display stand. Limited to 1,000 pieces.

Besides these two Toynami will have a couple more exclusives as well. More information on these pending exclusives will follow shortly.


DIAMOND SELECT TOYS TO UNVEIL EXCLUSIVE BUST INSPIRED BY MARVEL’S LEGENDARY X-MEN STORM AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON

Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles (DST) is excited to announce their latest 2006 San Diego Comic Con exclusive – a bust based on Marvel Super Hero Storm featuring the X-Man’s classic punk-styled mohawk! After the success of last year’s exclusive Black Queen bust, fans of the Marvel Universe should expect the limited Storm busts – created under Diamond’s licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment -- to follow suit.

Based on her appearance during Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s famous Uncanny X-Men Marvel Comics, this all-new exclusive Storm bust sports the weather goddess wearing a leather vest, studded collar and edgy mohawk along with her lethal blade – ready to take on Callisto for control of the Morlocks! Sculpted by Sam Greenwell and strictly limited to 750 pieces, this 5 ½” bust is guaranteed to move quickly the moment the show opens.

With Preview Night beginning on Wednesday, July 19th, the 2006 San Diego Comic Con continues to deliver the very best in show exclusives, special guests, unique programming and an ever-increasing number of fans. Continuing through Sunday, July 23rd, be sure to stop at the Diamond Select Toys booth early to pick up this limited and iconic exclusive!


Wednesday- June 14th, 2006

*"BLEACH" STATUES AND COLLECTIBLES COMING SOON FROM TOYNAMI*

Sherman Oaks, CA -- Toynami is very pleased to announce that it has acquired the license to create figurines, statues and collectibles based on the popular manga and anime property from VIZ Media – Shonen Jump’s BLEACH.

BLEACH made its debut in Japan as manga in SHONEN JUMP in 2001 and on television in 2004. BLEACH tells the story of Ichigo, a fifteen-year old student with the ability to see ghosts. When Ichigo encounters a soul reaper, Rukia, and absorbs her powers, his world is changed forever. The manga is available in North America from VIZ Media and the TV series is coming soon to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

"We can't wait to start bringing the world of BLEACH to life in three dimensions," said Toynami President George Sohn. "It's a marvelous, compelling property that will translate wonderfully to toys and collectibles."

Toynami plans to create both non-articulated and articulated action figures and figurines, resin figurines with diorama bases, collectible and limited-edition statues, and deluxe 1/4-scale collectible maquettes, as well as the company's trademark bookends. More details on the product line and pricing information will be released soon. The first products are expected to arrive in stores Fall 2006.


Shocker Toys Brings GWAR to San Diego Comic Con 2006!


Buffalo, NY.– June 14th – This fall, Shocker toys will unleash a powerful force onto the sleepy little inhabitants of this plastic buying world. That force is called GWAR!! Like any good army, GWAR will send out some advance scouts to San Diego Comic Con... just to freak out the Cosplay kids. Sculpted by Justice Joseph, we present the GWAR: First Assault Edition Beef Cake the Mighty SDCC Exclusive Resin Figure!! When asked for a comment, Geoff Beckett replied "No, no. We couldn't possibly make the name any longer." Be sure to hunt down Shocker Toys at the 2006 San Diego Comic Con this year in Hall G at booth #5488 by the double entrance doors and get your GWAR while it lasts! (limited to 500pcs)




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