January 18, 2008

January 18, 2007 (SEATTLE) — WizKids Inc. announces the “Spot the Plot!” promotion in the Pirates of the Cursed Seas™: Rise of the Fiends PocketModel™ game.

Rise of the Fiends explores the stories of legendary Pirates characters like Calico Cat, “Cannonball” Gallows and the Hag of Tortuga, and there is more to these characters than any fan knows!  There will be 10stories to collect, randomly found in game packs, each illuminating the life of a prominent character in the Pirates of the Cursed Seas world.  Players who find the stories in game packs can download a mail-in coupon from www.PiratesCardGame.com and receive a special edition Specter, a glow in the dark ship!  All of the Rise of the Fiends stories will be available on the WizKids website. 

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 of the Cursed Seas brands are among the most successful games on the market today, with over 100 million miniature game figures sold worldwide.  For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.


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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