January 17, 2007

January 17, 2007 (SEATTLE) –WizKids Inc. announced today that it will make HeroClix® and MechWarrior® Collector’s Sets, along with two convention figures previously available only direct from WizKids®, available to retail stores in the US through Diamond Comics Distributors and Alliance Game Distributors and a select group of distributors in Europe. These themed and highly collectable sets and convention figures were available first to customers of WizKids "Buy it by the brick" program though the WizKids website. "This will allow players and collectors who have not had access to these exciting sets and figures to add them to their collections," said Joe Hauck, EVP of Sales, Marketing and Product Development. "Retailers have been asking for these products, but they were intended to be very limited. We are only now able to offer them through this channel." Beginning at the end of January, the following products will be available on these street dates:

January 31, 2007:

DC HeroClix THE SPECTRE Figure, SRP: $85.00

DC HeroClix Giants Collector¹s Set, SRP: $40.00

Image HeroClix Invincible Collector¹s Set, SRP: $30.00

February 14, 2007:

HorrorClix Great Cthulhu Figure, SRP: $85.00

DC HeroClix GREEN LANTERN CORPS Collector¹s Set, SRP: $30.00

MechWarrior Republic of the Sphere Battleforce Set, SRP: $30.00

February 28, 2007:

MechWarrior Ares 3 Pack Battleforce Set, SRP: $60.00

Marvel HeroClix 2099 Collector¹s Set, SRP: $30.00

Retailers interested in carrying the sets mentioned above are urged to contact their Diamond Comics Distributor or their Alliance Game Distributor representative to place their orders, because supplies are limited in availability.

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 over one hundred million game pieces have been sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com. ©2007 WizKids Inc. All rights reserved. MechWarrior, HeroClix, HorrorClix and WizKids are trademark of WizKids Inc. Marvel and all related characters and the distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks of Marvel Characters, Inc., and are used with permission. ©2007 Marvel Characters, Inc. www.marvel.com The Invincible logo, Invincible and all related characters, names, logos and distinctive likenesses are trademarks of Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker. All artwork and text featuring Invincible and related characters ©2006 Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker. Image Comics and the Image ³i² © Image Comics, Inc. 2006. Invincible published by Image Comics. All rights reserved. All characters and related elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.  

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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