February 3, 2007

February 1, 2007 (SEATTLE) – WizKids Inc., creator of runaway hit games like HeroClix® and Pirates of the Spanish Main™, announced today its agreement with Bungie Studios and Microsoft to develop a new collectable miniatures game (CMG) called Halo® ActionClix™.

The Halo ActionClix, CMG brings the incredible content of the Halo universe
to the tabletop via the award-winning Clix miniatures game engine.  Players
familiar with HeroClix and HorrorClix™ will be able to jump right into the
action and enjoy brand-new game mechanics, including weapon swaps, figure
respawning and vehicle-based combat.

"Expanding the Halo universe into the Clix CMG world is a perfect fit for
the franchise," said Brian Jarrard, director of Franchise and Community
Affairs at Bungie Studios.  "WizKids’ commitment to quality and authentic
detail ensures that these new Halo ActionClix figures will appeal to
collectors and CMG players alike."

The first Halo ActionClix set will feature more than 80 unique miniature
figures from the Halo universe, including preview content from Halo 3.  A
number of vehicle packs are also being produced, including a big surprise
planned for San Diego Comic-Con this July.  Figures will be sold in
randomized Booster Packs.  The vehicles and a Starter Game will be sold in a
diorama display format.

"We are proud to be associated with a great brand like Halo," said Lax
Chandra, WizKids® president.  "We are always looking for ways to push the
envelope with our games and content.  The phenomenal Halo video game play
and universe provided us with an excellent spring board for innovation in
tabletop miniatures gaming.  We are very excited about this release."

The Halo ActionClix CMG is expected to be released at retail in September
2007, with special Prerelease figures available at San Diego Comic-Con July
26 – 29, and at Gen Con Indy August 16 – 19.  


About WizKids
A wholly owned subsidiary of the Topps Company (TOPP), WizKids is a
Seattle-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating tabletop
games driven by imagination.  Its HeroClix and Pirates brands are among the
most successful games on the market today, and hundreds of millions of game
pieces have been sold worldwide.  For additional information, visit

About Bungie Studios
Bungie Studios was founded in 1991 with two goals: to develop games that
combine brilliant technology, beautiful art, intelligent stories and deep
game play, and then sell enough of those games to achieve its real goal of
total world domination.  Over the past 10 years it has produced games such
as the Marathon Trilogy and the first two Myth games, hailed as classics by
critics and gamers around the world.  Bungie’s Halo franchise is an
international, award-winning action title that has grown into a global
entertainment phenomenon, selling more than 14.5 million units worldwide,
logging over 800 million hours of multiplayer action on Xbox Live and
spawning action figures, books, a graphic novel, apparel, an upcoming film
adaptation and more.  Bungie is currently at work on Halo 3, which
represents the third chapter in this Halo trilogy and is slated for release
in 2007.  More information on Bungie can be found at www.bungie.net.

©2007 WizKids Inc.  All rights reserved. ActionClix, HeroClix, HorrorClix
and WizKids are trademark of WizKids Inc.


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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