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World Leader in Wrestling Toys JAKKS Pacific Signs TNA for Worldwide Master Toy License

Wrestling: Jay Cochran - 2008.02.13
The world leader in wrestling toys, JAKKS Pacific Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK), today announced that it signed an exclusive five year worldwide Master Toy License with TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Entertainment LLC for TNA Wrestling, with a planned launch expected to commence in 2010.

JAKKS’ new TNA Master Toy License includes all styles of action figures, playsets, accessories and role play toys as well as collectible items based on TNA Wrestling’s top talent which includes wrestling megastars Kurt Angle, Booker T, Christian Cage, Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles, Kevin Nash, Team 3D and other wrestlers who have chosen to align with the world’s fastest growing wrestling league, TNA Wrestling.

TNA has been increasing in popularity since its inception in 2002. “TNA iMPACT” airs every Thursday night from 9:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike TV (available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks). Through a combination of televised programming, pay-per view and live events, TNA is also available in over 110 countries around the globe. For instance, the United Kingdom, historically JAKKS’ strongest international territory for wrestling toys, is also TNA’s strongest international territory, with programming having just moved from Bravo II to the main Bravo channel.

“TNA’s stellar and growing arsenal of top world famous wrestlers, impressive ratings increases, aggressive live touring event schedule, and mounting exposure worldwide, coupled with JAKKS’ expertise as the world’s leading wrestling toy maker, bodes well for this new wrestling toy line to create a perfect storm,” said JAKKS’ Chairman and CEO Jack Friedman. “By the time 2010 arrives, TNA should be able to increase its market share even more significantly, and fans should be even more receptive to a new and exciting wrestling toy line.”

“TNA fans have come to expect the very best in professional wrestling in everything we do, and JAKKS represents the top of the line in pro wrestling action figures,” said Dixie Carter, President of TNA Wrestling. “We could not be more thrilled to have the world’s leading wrestling toymaker join the fastest growing professional wrestling brand in the world. We believe that JAKKS’ strength in the wrestling action figure genre will help continue TNA's reinvention of pro wrestling."

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11:47 pm

What I would really like to see is Jakks and Mattel both make wrestling figures really close to the same thing. Jakks would more than likely stick to the RA and DA style. I don't think TNA could sell anywhere near the amount of product that WWE did. To save money they would rely heavily o... read more 
7:17 pm

This was quite shocking news to me. I'm interested to see what Mattel does with the line. Jakks has had it for so long now. It's going to be weird to see a change like this. 
6:14 am

Terrific. That means we will get twenty thousand versions of Randy Orton and John Cena and have to check all fifty states for one Rey Mysterio or one Chris Jericho or whoever Mattel short packs. 
6:53 pm

well, those are some news. i am not gonna buy any of mattel figs because i dont wanna begin my collection from the start. i have a lot of jakks figs and all i hope that jakks is doing a damn macho man and i am done. sure the figs had mostly the same bodys but i dont think that will change with matte... read more 
6:15 pm

Im just kind of pissed because I have a collection of like 50 plus DA wrestlers that are still missing quite a few superstars in therms of classics. I'va always thought the RA figures looked like crap, save a few of the head scans. But I do really like the DA. Its annoying how they cut corne... read more 
Crimson Twins
5:10 pm

Well, either way, we won't know until 2010. Another whole 2 years away. Jakks, I believe is taking a bigger risk by assuming TNA will still be a popular wrestling line in 2 years. 
4:43 pm

[quote name='ssdsus' post='16433609' date='Feb 13 2008, 11:22 AM']Sorry, Bandalero, but I'm not sure what you mean. Yes, the new DCU figures are awesome, but I don't think WWE will get the same treatment. I think they'll end up like JLU, every figure will have the same body. I can... read more 
4:22 pm

Sorry, Bandalero, but I'm not sure what you mean. Yes, the new DCU figures are awesome, but I don't think WWE will get the same treatment. I think they'll end up like JLU, every figure will have the same body. I can't imagine them doing anything better than Jakks did. Jakks took ... read more 
4:15 pm

Actually I see it the other way around - now WWE toys will look a whole lot better than what Jakks had done with them! Seriously Jakks had 4 or 5 body parts, RA thunder thighs, and the only difference was the head scans? And they didn't paint half of their figures on the backs for cost-s... read more 
3:59 pm

This is great, now the TNA figures will look a whole lot better, then what Marvel toy has done, 
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