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Sota Toys Announces Expansive New Toylines Based On Films, TV, Musicals & Books For Toy Fair 2005
Sota Toys: Jay Cochran - 2005.01.24
Van Nuys, CA/New York, NY, January 24, 2005 -- SOTA Toys, one of the most dynamic, fastest-growing, and critically-acclaimed action figure and collectibles companies in America, specializing in the design, creation, and distribution of figures based on famous entertainment industry properties from film, TV, video games, books, and the music industry, as well as celebrities, sports figures and other notable personalities, has announced its expansive new action figure and toy lineup for TOYFAIR 2005. Jerry Macaluso, president/founder, SOTA Toys, made the announcement.

SOTA's new 2005 toyline will include:

STREET FIGHTER ACTION FIGURES, SERIES #2 & #3:

With SOTA Toys Street Fighter Action Figures Series #1 voted #1 New Action Figure Line of 2004 by Toyfair Magazine, SOTA Toys is proud to announce its upcoming Street Fighter Series 2 & 3 action figures. The second set of Street Fighter figures consists of the characters Ken, Cammy, Vega, T-Hawk, and Blanka. The Series #3 figures are based on the characters Guile, Sakura, Adon, Balrog,Gen, and Dimitri Maximof. Series #2 is set for release to the public during early 2005.


STREET FIGHTER ROTO-CAST ACTION FIGURES:

During 2005, SOTA Toys will be also be presenting the company's first Roto-Cast Street Fighter action figures. The first two figures to be released will be based on the characters Ryu and Sagat. They will be in 10" scale, with Sagat being a little taller than Ryu, as well as being all-new sculptures of the characters. The figures will also feature a first for the Street Fighter line, which is cloth outfits. The figures will feature ball joints in the shoulders, neck and hips, with swivel joints in the waist, elbow and calves. The new Street Fighter Roto-Cast figures will be available at retailers and online during Spring 2005.


CHARMED ACTION FIGURES, SERIES # 2, AND “SPIRIT BOARD:

During 2004, SOTA Toys released its Series #1 of the cast members of the hit WB TV network's series Charmed. During 2005, the company will be releasing Charmed Action Figures, Series2, which has the three sexy females stars of that show (Shannon Dougherty, Rose McGowan, and Holly Marie Combs,) dressed in warrior princess type garb from an episode of that series which was entitled Vahalley Of The Dolls. Also, SOTA will introduce the figure of Leo (based on actor Brian Krause, the husband of the character Piper,) in a roman gladiator type outfit.

SOTA has will also be releasing a little bit of magic from the Charmed TV show - the Charmed Spirit Board. This board is an exact replica of the prop used within the Charmed TV series itself. The design was taken directly from the authentic prop, measures more than 24 inches wide, more than 12 inches wide, and is nearly three inches thick. The Spirit Board has a full alphabet and numeric symbols inscribed on the top, with an inscribed message from the girls™ mother, and also comes with a matching planchete, designed in a similar motif to the board. Suggested retail price for the Charmed Spirit Board will be $249.99
The new board will materialize in 2005 at EntertainmentEarth.com, CinQuest.com, and other fine retailers.


TWIZTID:

SOTA Toys will be releasing an action figure of the band Twiztid. Prots of the Insane Clown Posse, the Detroit-area Caucasian rap duo Twiztid based their act on a similarly theatrical, outrageous, makeup-heavy image and an obsession with serial-killer horror films. Jamie Madrox and the Monoxide Child will soon be available in a 7" high vinyl figure version. Comes packaged in a window box, in the Spring of 2005. For more information, please see www.twiztid.com.


DARKSTALKERS:

SOTA Toys will be releasing a new line of action figures, Darkstalkers, based on the very popular videograme franchise from 2000 of that name. Set in the Dark World, the action in Darkstalkers takes place when a mysterious

entity appears in the night sky to assemble the wicked and the evil. The secret power of the dark is unleashed. Eighteen supernatural creatures of myth and legend now materialize to wage their eternal war against mortals for domination of the night. The fate of all humanity rests on who wins this epic struggle. A new Darkstalkers videogame will be released during Summer 2005.


Now Playing, Series # 1 and # 2:

SOTA Toys has developed an action figure line, based on contemporary, classic horror films, under the brand name Now Playing. The Action Figures from the Now Playing line originally came to life from the movie screen as either heroes, villains, creatures, monsters or madmen.

The Now Playing Series # 1 consists of action figures based on characters from the movies Darkman, (directed by Sam Raimi,) An American Werewolf in London, (directed by John Landis,) and The Toxic Avenger, (directed by Lloyd Kaufman.) Darkman and American Werewolf figures both licensed from Universal Studios; Toxic Avenger licensed from Troma Entertainment. The Series # 1 figures are available soon through retailers, and stand approximately 7 inches tall, with each coming with a character specific base. The manufacturers suggested retail price for each figure is $ 12.99.

"Sota Toys' 'Toxie' action figure is better than the movie, and sexier, too!

I'm sure that fans and collectors around the world will hoist their mops in gratitude for Sota's hideously deformed action figure of superhuman size and strength. For the first time in my life, I don't feel guilty about playing with something 6-inches long!" said Lloyd Kaufman, President, Troma Entertainment, Inc., and creator, "The Toxic Avenger"

The Now Playing Series # 2 line will include characters The Creeper from the film Jeepers Creepers 2, klown from Killer Klowns from Outer Space (both licensed from MGM,) and Imhote from The Mummy Returns (licensed from Universal Studios.)

Additionally, under the Now Playing brand, Sota Toys will introduce an 18" action figure called Lord of Darkness from Ridley Scott's film Legend, a Darkman mini-bust, and an American Werewolf in London mini-bust.

Said Mr. Macaluso, These Now Playing characters were bigger, badder and cooler than we ever thought possible. SOTA Toys will be turning some classic and cult movie characters into dynamic action figures. Now Playing has really been a labor of love for me. These are characters from movies that I grew up with and always loved watching over the years. So when the opportunity came for SOTA TOYS to make these classic characters into action figures, we dove head first. This new product line has been a year in development, and I'm really proud of the various characters we'll be producing.


NIGHTMARES OF LOVECRAFT ACTION FIGURES:

SOTA Toys will also be producing and distributing a line of action figures based on the characters Cthulu, Shoguth, and Pickman's Model, which first appeared within the pages of books from famed classic horror writer H. P. Lovecraft.


ABOUT SOTA TOYS:

Founded in 2003, SOTA Toys, Inc., is based in Van Nuys, CA. The company designs, creates, produces, and markets novelty products and action figures, based on well-known entertainers and celebrities. Founder Jerry Macaluso, a veteran toy designer, has had many years of experience in this business, having previously created and designed toys, action figures, and other products based on such well-known properties as "Star Trek," "Aliens," "Predator," "Spiderman," "Power Rangers," "Resident Evil," Playboy, Bruce Lee, and hundreds more. For more information visit http://www.sotatoys.com


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