September 19, 2007

Collectable Miniatures Game Features Exclusive Halo 3 Preview Content

September 19, 2007 (Bellevue, WA) — WizKids Inc., creator of runaway hit games like HeroClix®, Pirates of the Spanish Main™ and the Star Wars™ PocketModel™ trading card game (TCG), announced today the release of its Halo® ActionClix® collectable miniatures game (CMG). The Halo ActionClix game can be purchased at retail chains such as Target, Frys and Game Stop, as well as at local hobby and game stores.

The Halo ActionClix CMG brings the incredible content of the Halo universe to the tabletop via the award-winning Clix miniatures game engine.  Players are able to replicate the exciting multiplayer action from all three Halo games using high-quality, prepainted plastic miniatures of Halo characters (such as Master Chief™ and the Flood) and vehicles (such as the Warthog and Banshee).  Each unit has a unique combat dial that lists the unit’s constantly evolving stats and a character card that list specific abilities of that piece.  Using different “move and shoot” capabilities, players move their units and vie for the perfect shot. 

Halo ActionClix is accessible to all levels of players, letting them jump right into the action and enjoy Halo game mechanics like weapon swapping, figure respawning and vehicle-based combat. The game also shares basic game mechanics with other Clix product lines, so players will be able to play Halo ActionClix with other Clix products.

“With Halo, we are launching our new ActionClix line, which takes great video game content and combines it with our revolutionary Clix game play engine,” said Lax Chandra, WizKids® president.  “With its well-developed characters and intense game play, Halo was a slam dunk for our ActionClix brand.  Now a week before Halo 3 hits the shelves, Halo fans can for $10 delve into the Halo universe deeper than ever before with over 90 characters and vehicles that include Halo 3 previews.”

As part of the launch, WizKids worked with Target to offer an exclusive Halo ActionClix 2-Pack with pre-orders for the Halo 3 Xbox 360 game.  The promotion includes Master Chief and Elite Halo figures.  These miniatures can be obtained only through this offer and will be made available when customers pick up their Halo 3 games at Target beginning September 25, 2007.  

WizKids’ Halo ActionClix: Series One set features more than 90 units, including those found in the Hunter Combat Pack, Warthog Vehicle Pack and Banshee Vehicle Pack.  Series One is packaged in two main Game Pack varieties: a $9.99 pack (four units, four character cards, two dice, rules, tokens and a map) and a $10.99 pack (five units, five character cards, rules, tokens and a map).  Players can even purchase the largest figure that WizKids has ever created — the Scarab, from Halo 3.  Available at hobby game stores, this figure (MSRP $249.99) is an actual game piece that measures 20" x 20" x 24".

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, 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, 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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