ROUND 5 SET TO PRODUCE JASON MACDONALD MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGURINE
April 18, 2009
    Rising Star Becomes First Canadian To Sign With Leading Producer of MMA Collectibles


MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, April 16, 2009
– Round 5 and Pavelich Sports Entertainment are pleased to announce that Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald will become the first Canadian to create a figurine in his likeness through Round 5, the Ontario-based company which has become the leader in mixed martial arts collectibles.  MacDonald, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, will now join an exclusive group of MMA stars who have collaborated with Round 5 to produce some of the most detailed and unique MMA action figures in the world.

"Since we are based in Ontario, I am particularly excited that Jason MacDonald is the first Canadian to sign with Round 5," said Damon Lau, Round 5 President and Co-Founder.  "He is one of the most successful and popular MMA stars in the country and enjoys a strong following across North America."

MacDonald’s figurine is expected to be released as part of a Round 5 series later this year.  To date, two Series have been issued:   Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Tito Ortiz comprised Series 1 while Rich Franklin, Sean Sherk, Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva were released in Series 2.  Series 3, featuring Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski, “Big John” McCarthy, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, is scheduled to be available at retail and at www.Round5MMA.com within the next three to four weeks.

Nicknamed “The Athlete,” MacDonald began his career with a series of dominating performances in Canada’s largest MMA organization, the Maximum Fighting Championship. He then burst onto the international stage with an impressive triangle choke victory over Ed Herman at the UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night 7 in October of 2006.

Now sporting a 21-11 record (5-4 in the UFC), MacDonald is set to take on former TUF alumnus and UFC middleweight contender Nate Quarry at UFC 97 in Montreal, Quebec on Saturday.

As in the earlier series, MacDonald will maintain creative control of his likeness, including the pose, facial design and shorts.  He will be instrumental in creating the final design and will benefit from a royalty agreement that gives him a considerable portion of the sale of his figurines.

Round 5 collectible figures may be purchased at leading retailers such as Toys ‘R’ Us, FYE, Century Martial Arts, Sunrise Records, The Treadmill Factory and Hatashita International.  Other retailers can be found at www.round5mma.com/wheretobuy. php.

Round 5 plans to release three additional series of athletes in 2009, one during each quarter.  In addition to those noted above, Fedor Emelianenko and Gina “Conviction” Carano have also partnered with Round 5 for figurines scheduled for 2009 release.

About Round 5
Round 5 (www.Round5MMA.com), headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Canada, is the MMA industry’s fastest growing worldwide collectible figure company. Committed to developing intricately detailed figures, Round 5 strives to remain true to the sport of MMA and its personalities.

 

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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