FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WIZKIDS ANNOUNCES STAR WARS POCKETMODEL TRADING CARD GAME
February 07, 2007 (SEATTLE) WizKids Inc., a subsidiary of Topps and the creator of runaway hit games such as HeroClix® and Pirates of the Spanish Main, announced today that it will release a new collectable game called the Star Wars PocketModel trading card game (TCG). The agreement is an expansion of Topps' current licensing agreement with Lucas Licensing.
"The Topps Company and Lucas Licensing have enjoyed a successful 30-year licensing partnership and are proud to extend our license to include trading card games," said Ira Friedman, Topps vice president of Publishing and Licensing.
The Star Wars PocketModel TCG combines the best features of classic TCGs with those of constructible strategy games (CSGs), a category that WizKids® pioneered for kids. This TCG innovation allows players to use characters and action scenes from the movies on their cards to help control their fleets of PocketModel ships as they attempt to destroy each other¹s objectives. This exciting, easy-to-learn game derives its content from all six Star Wars movies, making it possible for fans of all generations to enjoy battling for control of the galaxy!
"Topps trading cards were the very first Star Warslicensed products," said Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing. "We are pleased to expand our longstanding relationship with Topps to include both WizKids and trading card game products. We are excited for Star Wars fans because there has never been a product quite like this before."
Following in the tradition of WizKids' successful Pirates CSG, no Starter is required for game play. Each Game Pack (SRP $4.99) contains four to eight styrene constructible vehicle models, six game cards, two micro dice, assembly instructions and complete rules.
"It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to create trading card games for a property with the history and popularity of Star Wars. Our first directive has been to develop a truly innovative card game that young Star Wars fans can enjoy," said Lax Chandra, WizKids president. "The excitement generated by kids during our testing of the PocketModel TCG has exceeded our expectations on all accounts."
The Star Wars PocketModel TCG is expected to be released at retail in June 2007, with a preview and samples available at Star Wars Celebration IV, May 2428 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Sales inquiries may be directed to WizKids¹ director of Sales, Dennis OBrien, at (425) 460-4311, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 one hundred million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.
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