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Mattel Announces Launch of New Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 Entertainment Property

Hot Wheels: Jay Cochran - 2009.06.01
Mattel, Inc. is announcing a full complement of licensing, promotional and distribution partners to support the launch of its new original animated series debuting on the Cartoon Network, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, at Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas this week.

Featuring eye-catching CGI animation, Battle Force 5™ transports kids into a fantasy world where they will meet an elite team of drivers in five ultra-cool, ultra-fast vehicles. They’re teens, they’re turbo-charged and they must work together using their armored battle machines to save the Earth from the most outrageous galactic predators.

“Battle Force 5 features a new and exciting entertainment concept with plenty of crash and bash vehicular combat our fans have never seen before,” said Tim Kilpin, General Manager, Mattel Brands' Girls, Boys & Games Division. “In addition to the toy line, Battle Force 5 gives us a unique opportunity to bring the excitement of the show to life for boys through a variety of dynamic licensees, offering a wide range of products, from apparel and role play to publishing and videogames.”

Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 makes its series debut on Saturday mornings beginning in late-August on Cartoon Network, the number one network for boys. The network will also provide full promotional support for the show. In addition, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 will begin airing internationally this fall, beginning with Canada’s TELETOON network, on Sunday, September 6. Full episodes of Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 will be available on DVD by Warner Home Video.

Toys:

The Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 line features a full range of toys for boys, with highlights including two different assortments of 1:24 scale battle vehicles and figures, a 1:64 scale vehicle assortment, a trackset and 1:64 vehicle assortment two-packs with a DVD containing the first episode of the show. The full Hot Wheels® Battle Force 5 line will be sold at major retail stores nationwide beginning in October 2009.

Video Games:

Activision Publishing, Inc. will bring the heart-pounding, adrenaline-rushing excitement of Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 to Wii and Nintendo DS platforms this November, giving kids an entirely new way to experience the action of the television show. Gamers can choose to be members of the Battle Force 5 team or the show’s evil team villains, The Sark™ and The Vandals™.

Additional Consumer Products:

Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 will also feature an extensive collection of nearly 30 licensed products for boys across 15 categories. Items and partners include role play toys by Creative Designs International; apparel by Freeze, AME and Handcraft; footwear by ACI International; and publishing titles by Del Rey/Random House and Firebrand Media. A full list of licensee partners and product categories are listed below.

Promotional Support:

The series will also include promotional support from McDonald’s later this year and additional support in 2010.

Additionally, starting in late 2009, Royal Caribbean International will feature an exclusive Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 promotional program.

About Mattel, Inc.

Mattel, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox, American Girl, Radica® and Tyco R/C, as well as Fisher-Price brands, including Little People, Power Wheels and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2009, Mattel is recognized among the "100 Best Corporate Citizens," as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For." With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 30,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Mattel's vision is to be the world's premier toy brands—today and tomorrow.


Full List of Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 Licensees, Partners and Products:

Accessories
- Accessory Innovations (backpacks, messenger bags, wallets and small leather goods)
- Armitron (watches)
- Pan Oceanic (sunglasses)
- Planet Sox (socks)
- Apparel
- AME (sleepwear)
- Children’s Apparel Network (sportswear)
- Freeze (t-shirts)
- Handcraft (underwear)

Electronics
- Oregon Scientific (electronic learning aids)

Footwear
- ACI International (athletic shoes, sandals)

Gifts & Collectables
- EnterPlay (trading cards)

Home
- Jay Franco (bedding)
- Kids Only, Inc. (table and chair sets)
- The Northwest Company (throw blankets)
- Thermos (lunch boxes)
- Trudeau Corporation (plates and cups)

Interactive Media
- Activision Publishing, Inc. (video games)

Party
- Anagram (balloons)

Publishing
- Del Rey/Random House (graphic novels)
- Firebrand Media (magazines)

Role Play
- Creative Designs International (role play items, including, two-way walkie talkies, dress up sets and visors)

Sporting Goods
- Bravo Sports (skateboards)
- Dynacraft (bikes)

Promotional Support
- McDonald’s
- Royal Caribbean

Video
- Warner Home Video (DVD)


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