MALIBU, Calif. -- (Business Wire)
Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK), announced
today it has signed an agreement with Lucasfilm to manufacture,
distribute and market a 31” Darth Vader figure inspired by the iconic
character from the Star Wars universe. The agreement also
includes rights for additional product categories including flashlights,
play tents, arcade games and more, to introduce a whole new generation
of fans to Star Wars.
JAKKS Pacific and Lucasfilm join forces to deliver figures and toy products based on iconic Star Wars(TM) characters, including this 31" Darth Vader figure launching at major retailers nationwide in Fall 2013. (Photo: Business Wire)
“We are excited to build on our existing relationship with Lucasfilm and
produce new products based on one of the most iconic libraries of
characters that generations of fans love,” said John Blaney, Executive
Vice President, Marketing, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. “We will apply our
extensive expertise in the development and marketing of large scale and
collectible figures based on blockbuster action entertainment to create
these larger than life figures that Star Wars fans of all ages
will be excited about.”
“With a successful track record of bringing popular entertainment
properties to life and with a strong passion for the franchise, JAKKS
was the perfect licensing partner to enlist as we continue to build our
consumer products portfolio for Star Wars,” said Anita Castellar,
Global Licensing Manager, Lucasfilm. “With strong retailer relationships
and global distribution, we are confident that together we will be able
to deliver the experiences that our fans have come to expect from us.”
JAKKS will debut its 31” Darth Vader Figure at the International Toy
Fair in New York City. The 31” Darth Vader Figure has seven points of
articulation, highly detailed features and Darth Vader’s signature
Lightsaber. The 31” Figure will be the largest articulated figure of the
iconic villain and is expected to be available at major retailers
nationwide in Fall 2013.
About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of
toys and consumer products with a wide range of products that feature
popular brands and children's toy licenses. JAKKS’ diverse portfolio
includes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play,
Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits,
Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys, Ride-On
Vehicles, Wagons, Inflatable Environments and Tents, Impulse Toys and
Pet Products sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKS
Pacific®, Creative Designs International™, Road Champs®, Funnoodle®,
JAKKS Pets™, Plug It In & Play TV Games™, Kids Only!™, Tollytots®,
Disguise®, Moose Mountain® and Maui® . JAKKS is also the creator of the
underlying Monsuno® property and toy line. JAKKS is an award-winning
licensee of several hundred nationally and internationally known
trademarks including Nickelodeon®, Warner Bros.®, Ultimate Fighting
Championship®, Hello Kitty®, Graco® and Cabbage Patch Kids®. www.jakks.com
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is
a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment
production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production,
the company's activities include visual effects and audio
post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive
entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising
activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR
WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is
headquartered in northern California.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements (within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that
are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKS
Pacific's business based partly on assumptions made by its management.
These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve
risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict.
Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what
is expressed or forecasted in such statements due to numerous factors,
including, but not limited to, those described above, changes in demand
for JAKKS' products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and
deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and
difficulties with integrating acquired businesses. The forward-looking
statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are
made, and JAKKS undertakes no obligation to update any of them to
reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.
© 2013 JAKKS Pacific, Inc. All rights reserved.
Lucasfilm, STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks
and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of
Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights
reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their
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JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Chad Nishimura, 310-455-6235
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