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Action figure firsts feature heavily in announcements
NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the 111th American International Toy Fair in New York, National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), the world leader in licensed consumer goods, wowed attendees with an exciting line-up of new products from the biggest and best movies, video games and comic books. WizKids Games, NECA's games publisher and the leading innovator in collectible miniatures gaming, kept up the pace with a wealth of new products across major licenses, as well as hands-on game demos.
Specific announcements follow:
Scalers, the hottest accessories yet to hit the world of electronics, were front and center in the NECA booth thanks to their unprecedented popularity with fans. The new line of collectible mini-figures clip to headphone cords, device cables and anything else they can fit their little hands around, and feature monstrously cute versions of popular licensed characters! Adding to the frenzy surrounding the first wave of mini-figures, in stores now, NECA revealed the next group of characters set to join the Scalers family this spring.
The second wave will include Cornelius (classic PLANET OF THE APES), Knifehead (PACIFIC RIM), and Batman and The Joker (classic DC COMICS), plus two more heavy hitters to be revealed in the coming days. Throughout 2014, iconic characters from over 50 different licenses will join the line. For video and more information, visit www.necaonline.com/scalers
ALIEN 35TH ANNIVERSARY
As part of the 35th anniversary celebration of the ground-breaking movie ALIEN, NECA will release the first-ever action figures of main character Ellen Ripley that feature the likeness and approval of actress Sigourney Weaver, who was nominated for an Oscar® and Golden Globe® for ALIENS in 1987. Initial plans include a figure of Ripley in her Nostromo jumpsuit from the original 1979 film, to be followed later by a Ripley figure based on the 1986 movie ALIENS, directed by James Cameron. Prototypes will debut later this summer at San Diego Comic-Con.
The celebration will continue through the year, with a special 35th Anniversary figure appearing in each series of Alien 7" action figures. Visitors to the booth got a rare peek at Series 3, scheduled for July; Series 4 is slated for autumn.
NECA also revealed a spectacular summer treat for fans: two Deluxe 35th Anniversary releases, both completely in scale with the main action figure line. The massive Alien Queen Ultra Deluxe Boxed Action Figure will arrive in July, shortly before the release of the iconic Power Loader exoskeleton, which is famously used by Lt. Ripley to battle the Alien Queen in one of the most thrilling scenes in the 1987 movie.
The upcoming theatrical release of GODZILLA features the beloved monster in a spectacular adventure to save the world! To meet the demands of the legions of dedicated GODZILLA fans around the world, NECA's line for the movie will be appropriately gargantuan. The company will offer highly detailed action figures in different sizes: 6" tall figures (12" head-to-tail), and 12" tall figures (a whopping 24" head-to-tail). NECA also revealed a mighty line of accessories, giftware, apparel, bags, bedding, smartphone cases, jewelry and more, plus GODZILLA collectible mini-figures and a Connect with Pieces puzzle-building game from WizKids.
NECA also thrilled the crowds with the announcement that a series of action figures and additional new products based on the classic GODZILLA movies was in the works, and would begin release later in the summer.
With over 12 million copies of Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT novels already sold, the world is counting the days until the first movie adaptation of the young adult series hits theaters next month. NECA's official line for DIVERGENT will cover an exceptional variety of products, from jewelry and giftware to apparel and games, plus special exclusives, which will include authentic prop replica clothing duplicated from actual screen-worn garments. Ardent fans will also be able to bring home main characters Tris and Four with NECA's newly revealed 7" action figures, featuring photo-realistic likenesses of the movie actors.
NECA continues to "Go Big" with new additions to its best-selling action figures from the sci-fi action movie PACIFIC RIM. The first three series of 8" figures sold out immediately; Series 4 will include kaiju Axehead and Scunner, created directly from the digital files used by ILM in the making of the epic movie. Going even bigger, visitors to the booth got a first look at the 18" Knifehead action figure, and NECA confirmed that there will be even more large-scale figures to follow. Next in line to battle the toxic kaiju will be an 18" Cherno Alpha, with more figures to be revealed at a later date.
One of the most talked-about figures of 2013 was NECA's limited edition 1/4 Scale 1966 BATMAN, the first ever to feature the likeness of Adam West from the beloved television series, and an instant sellout in stores. This year NECA made waves again by announcing the companion piece, a 1/4 scale 1966 Robin action figure sculpted in the image of actor Burt Ward and featuring the same high quality accessories and loving attention to detail as the first figure.
For DC fans who love to play, WizKids unveiled a new addition to its award-winning HeroClix tabletop game! The new collectible miniature game pieces in DC HEROCLIX: WAR OF LIGHT features heroes and villains from the electrifying "War of Light" story arc set in the GREEN LANTERN universe. WizKids also announced a multi-month, in-store Storyline Organized Play event for WAR OF LIGHT - with exclusive prizes for winners - that will officially begin in June 2014.
Visitors to the booth delighted in a first look at WizKids MARVEL HEROCLIX releases for several upcoming movies from the comic book giant, including CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. The highly anticipated dice-building game MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN was also available for in-depth previews and demos.
NECA's fan-favorite series of action figures based on the cult classic PREDATOR movie franchise continues! The company offered a sneak preview of the new 7" scale Series 12 figures, due in June, and revealed exciting news about future of the line. Series 13, scheduled for late August, will include Cracked Tusk, Scavage and Renegade. The release will coincide with another landmark for the line: the newly revealed Blade Fighter Vehicle with Exclusive Pilot Figure, which continues NECA's heartfelt tribute to the Kenner Predator line so many fans grew up with.
RETRO ACTION FIGURES
Breaking new ground for action figures, NECA lifted the curtain on the newest members of its Retro Clothed 8" Action Figure line, which now includes the first action figure ever made of Jason from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 5. Other additions to the smash hit line include Jason from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2; gruesome mascot Eddie from the cover of Iron Maiden's single THE TROOPER; and Deadite Ash from EVIL DEAD 2. All are scheduled for a summer 2014 release. The upcoming EVIL DEAD 2 Hero Ash figure, due in late April, was also on display.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
NECA's newest authentic prop replica was on proud display in the booth: Freddy's Glove from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS. The movie-accurate, wearable prop replica glove will be available in July.
After receiving an overwhelming number of requests from fans, NECA went to work, and is extremely excited to announce that one of the most frequently requested ROBOCOP figures will arrive in retail this June. The Deluxe Robocop Figure with Jetpack and Cobra Assault Cannon includes removable accessories from the original 1987 movie and ROBOCOP 3, all of which are completely compatible with previous ROBOCOP figure releases.
It's dueling time! NECA has teamed up again with 4K Media, the North American licensing arm of Konami, to celebrating the classic monsters of YU-GI-OH! with a second series of 3.75-inch figures based on the classic trading card game art. Series 2 will include Summoned Skull, Red Eyes Black Dragon and Gate Guardian - all duelist favorites - on deluxe bases with backdrops. The partnership will embrace the anime side of YU-GI-OH! this April, with the highly anticipated YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX: SERIES ONE, which adds over 50 all-new figures based on the popular animated series to WizKids' best-selling tabletop game.
National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. is a media and entertainment company operating in the United States and internationally, with three segments: Consumer Products, Filmed Entertainment and Online Retail/Digital Distribution. NECA is the leading designer, marketer, and worldwide distributor of licensed entertainment consumer goods based on some of the world's most established and beloved properties, providing products across all consumer categories and distribution channels. Together, NECA's divisions provide a comprehensive, end-to-end solution to elevate each property, maximizing exposure and reach, while protecting the vision of the creator. As a result of NECA's singular passion and reverence for the intellectual property backing its products, some of this generation's most recognized content creators enjoy working with NECA, allowing us to help bring their vision to their audience. For additional information, visit www.necaonline.com.
WizKids/NECA, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NECA, is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. WizKids first pioneered the Combat Dial system featured in HeroClix, the most successful collectible miniatures game on the market today, with over 400 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. WizKids continues to produce new proprietary game platforms and properties including the award-winning board game Mage Knight, the groundbreaking Dice Building Game engine used in the critically-acclaimed game Quarriors, as well as the innovative Connect with Pieces puzzle building game platform. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.
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