OYO Sportstoys launches official NFL mini-figures
January 4, 2013


JANUARY 4, 2012: ACTON, MA. – OYO Sportstoys today announced its first release of officially licensed building-block mini-figures that feature the logos and likenesses of players from all 32 National Football League teams.  OYO will produce the building toys under new licensing agreements with the NFL and NFL Players Association.

OYONFLMinifig1OYOs are specially designed with rotating forearms and bending knees to allow them to run, sit, squat, and grip and throw a football. NFL OYOs have one extended forearm and one bent forearm to allow for a variety of position-specific poses.  Each figure comes with a football, a helmet with removable facemask, water bottle and a rectangular stand, all in a special package that can be used to display your collection. Each OYO, which is compatible with popular toy building blocks, has its own unique identification code, called a DNA number, that identifies when it was produced and sets it apart from other figures in each new product release.

“We’re excited about partnering with OYO Sportstoys to license a new product for the youth market to bring fans closer to their favorite athletes,” said Karen Austin, assistant vice president of licensing for MLBPA.

The official launch of NFL licensed OYOs follow the debut of MLB licensed OYOs earlier this year.

“The demand for buildable sports products is amazing,” said Tom Skripps, president of OYO Sportstoys.  “We’re thrilled to team with the NFL and its players to tap into the passion of NFL fans and the unparalleled popularity of the sport.”

OYO Sportstoys retail for an average price of $12.99 each and are available for purchase at major retail outlets, stadiums and online at www.oyosportstoys.com.  Check the OYO Sportstoys Web site for more detail on store listings.

About OYO Sportstoys

OYO Sportstoys are licensed mini-figures designed with eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and other facial characteristics that best represent their real life counterparts in MLB and the NFL. Each OYO comes with his own stand and unique DNA number, as well as rotating arms and bending knees. OYOs are compatible with other name brand building blocks and available for sale at www.oyosportstoys.com and at major retail outlets. The company is based in Acton, Massachusetts.

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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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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