Round 5 to Debut Limited Edition 'Shogun' Rua and Dan Henderson Figurines at UFC Fan Expo this Weekend
July 6, 2009

Attendees Have First Chance at Numbered Series with Personalized Features, Packaging;  Couture, ‘Shogun,’ Wanderlei Silva To Appear Live at Round 5 Booth

MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, July 6, 2009 – Mixed martial arts fans and other collectors attending UFC Fan Expo on Friday and Saturday at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas will be first in line as Round 5 unveils its premiere “Limited Edition,” individually numbered figurines, featuring MMA stars Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson.  Available for the first time at the Round 5 booth (#427), the Rua collectible includes his signature Bad Boy Walk Out t-shirt while Henderson’s comes with an American Flag, and both come in packaging that is distinct from the standard Series 4 issue, also debuting at Fan Expo.


 

Rua will also join Randy Couture and Wanderlei Silva at the booth as they meet fans and sign autographs during the two days.  On Friday, "Shogun" will sign from 3 – 5 p.m., while Couture will be there from 6 – 7 p.m.  On Saturday, Silva will be available from 2 – 3:30pm and "Shogun" from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Only 2,548 of the Limited Edition ‘Shogun’ and Henderson collectibles will ever be made, and just 252 – in numerical order beginning at Fan Expo opening at 10 a.m. on Friday – will be available each day at Expo.

“The UFC Fan Expo is a unique opportunity for us to connect with fans who have enjoyed the first three Series, and we’re pleased to reward them with the advance availability of the Limited Edition and Series 4 as well as the meet-and-greets with three of our stars,” said Damon Lau, Round 5 president.

The first shipments of Series 4, which includes “Shogun,” Henderson, Gina Carano, Cung Le and Matt Serra, are going to Las Vegas.  They are expected to be available at retail locations across North America and online at www.Round5MMA.com later this month or in early August.

Round 5 plans to release collectibles of two additional series of athletes later in 2009, one during each quarter.  Athletes to be represented in those series are yet to be announced.

 

Round 5 collectible figures may be purchased at leading retailers such as Walmart (Canada), 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.

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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