JAKKS Pacific, Inc. : JAKKS Pacific Brings Magical Slugs to Life with a Licensing Agreement for Nerd Corps' New Boys Action Series, SLUGTERRA
06/04/2012| 06:35am US/Eastern
JAKKS' Products Inspired by the Epic Adventure Series Launching
Worldwide on Disney XD
Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) announced today
a licensing agreement with Nerd Corps Entertainment, Inc. to
manufacture, distribute and market a line of toys based on the animated
series, SLUGTERRA. The sci-fi, action-comedy adventure series is
set to air on Disney XD in Fall 2012 with 39 half-hour episodes, plus 39
one-minute online Slugisodes.
The new line includes action figures and accessories, vehicles,
playsets, role-play, novelties and plush items. JAKKS expects to launch
the SLUGTERRA product line in North America beginning Spring
2013, targeting kids six to 11-years-old.
"Boys will be drawn to this action-packed, sci-fi comedy adventure about
the underground world of slugs," said Jill Nordquist, Vice President of
Marketing, JAKKS Pacific. "SLUGTERRA has the makings of a great
boy's property and we believe it will translate extremely well to action
toys. We are thrilled to partner with Nerd Corps and bring to life their
vision with a creative and action-packed toy line."
"SLUGTERRA has all of the hallmarks of a breakthrough boys
franchise with staying power," said Juli Boylan, head of Global Consumer
Products at Nerd Corps. "It's a property that delivers wonderful
character-driven stories and a great play pattern full of licensing
opportunities. JAKKS Pacific is the perfect partner to deliver an
innovative and collectible line of toys for SLUGTERRA."
"Becoming a slugslinger and having adventures in this amazing
underground world with your trusty slug ammo by your side is at the
heart of the SLUGTERRA story," said Asaph Fipke, CEO of Nerd
Corps Entertainment and show creator. "Kids want to be the hero, collect
and train their slug buddies, then choose their ammo and slug it out.
The JAKKS toy line will bring that fantasy to life for kids--we can't
wait to see it hit the shelves!"
SLUGTERRA is an epic sci-fi comedy adventure set deep
underground, where the ammo's alive and only the quick survive!
In this luminous, high-tech, underground world every cavern holds a new
adventure, new battle and weird little slugs to be discovered!
The story follows Eli Shane and his crew as they explore the caverns,
challenge rivals and each other to friendly duels, upgrade their cool
gear, and generally have a blast in this never-before-imagined
underground world! But there is a very real threat to the world and the
slugs; Dr. Blakk is seeking to "ghoul" the slugs, transforming them into
feral mindless weapons! No one has been able to stand up to Blakk's
powerful slugs and army of henchmen... until now. Follow Eli on his quest
to become the greatest SLUGSLINGING hero of all time. Choose your ammo...
slug it out!
About Nerd Corps Entertainment, Inc.
Nerd Corps Entertainment, Inc. is a privately-held IP creation,
development, production, and distribution company based out of
Vancouver, Canada, with offices in Toronto, Canada. The company's
mandate is to produce stylistically innovative animated projects for
television, film and online based on a solid foundation of creative and
exceptional storytelling. Working in a state of the art studio with
highly skilled artists and production staff, Nerd Corps's expertise in
creative development and execution covers all aspects of property
creation and management, from development and production to
distribution, marketing, interactive development and licensing. The
studio's stable of productions includes award-winning original series Storm
Hawks and League of Super Evil, Rated A for Awesome as
well as Dragon Booster for Alliance Atlantis and Hot Wheels®:
Battle Force 5 for Nelvana and Mattel, Inc. For more information,
please go to: www.nerdcorps.com.
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, and Pet Toys 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® and Moose
Mountain®. JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several hundred
nationally and internationally known trademarks including Nickelodeon®,
Warner Bros.®, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Hello Kitty®, Graco®,
Cabbage Patch Kids® and Pokémon®. JAKKS' Monsuno™ toy line is
based on the new Monsuno™ animated television series. www.jakks.com
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.
© 2012 JAKKS Pacific, Inc. All rights reserved.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Ida Yenney, 310-455-6232
Corps Entertainment Inc.
Sara Bearchell, 604-484-0266
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