Diamond Select Toys Is Out For Blood Again

by Jay Cochran
July 06, 2006

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Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles is exited to announce plans to participate in the annual Blood Drive at this year's San Diego Comic-Con! To emphasize the importance of giving blood, Diamond Select will be donating 700 limited edition Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike figures as giveaways for participating donors. Perhaps there is no better way to celebrate the kindness of giving blood than with the action-figure of a well known vampire!

Spike, who first appeared in the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the most loved and at times hated character from the cult shows. The figure of the famous blood sucker depicts him wearing his trademark leather jacket. The figure has been limited to 700 pieces, and will only be available through the blood drive - they will not be on sale or given away elsewhere.

"After last year's extremely successful campaign, we're delighted to once again be contributing to the Robert A Heinlein Blood Drive," said Chuck Terceira, Director of Diamond Select Toys. "We shattered last year's record, and we're looking forward to doing even better this year!"

In its 30th year, the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive has been a San Diego Comic-Con staple. After science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein was ill, he needed several pints of rare blood type. Following the illness, Heinlein created a personal rule that he would only attend conventions and sign autographs for those that donated blood. This started the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive at San Diego Comic-Con in the early 1970's. Last year's 596 pints was the most blood collected at the drive in ten years, thanks in part to Diamond Select Toys' Spike giveaway.

"We are pleased to have Diamond Select on board to support the Blood Drive. Their donation of such a limited edition collectible will certainly help the awareness and success of the annual event," remarked Comic-Con Director of Marketing and Public Relations, David Glanzer, "And there couldn't be a more fitting blood drive giveaway than a vampire action-figure!"

To register for the Blood Drive, stop by the Blood Drive booth at Comic-Con or visit the Comic-Con website, www.comic-con.org, for additional instructions and information. This Blood Drive will surely make vampire fans happy!


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