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NECA Acquires Chia Pet and Clapper Companies

National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), Joseph Enterprises, Inc. (JEI) and Joseph Pedott Advertising and Marketing, Inc. (JPAM) have announced the closing of an agreement under which NECA has acquired both companies. The globally recognized powerhouses behind the creation and success of iconic creations Chia Pet and The Clapper join the growing NECA family of specialty entertainment companies, which are poised for cross-company collaboration.

JEI and JPAM will proceed as NECA subsidiaries under the auspices of current vice presidents Michael Hirsch and Al Lam, and will continue as normal. JPAM has deep expertise producing and broadcasting television commercials throughout the USA and Canada over its 55 years of existence and will continue to purchase TV time on behalf of its clients and JEI. The companies will remain headquartered in San Francisco, and gain the support of NECA’s vast network of suppliers, creatives and internal team members.

Joseph Pedott, founder of both companies and the man responsible for the decades-long success of Chia Pet (which debuted in 1982) and The Clapper (first sold in 1985), will remain involved for the transition to help oversee the businesses as they are integrated into the NECA family.

NECA is a producer of collectibles of action figures as well as the owner of WizKids, a company focused on the publishing of board games.

WizKids Partners with Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures!


Adding to the excitement of the recently announced Tyranny of Dragons from Wizards of the Coast,   WizKids Games, a division of National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc., has announced  an all-new line of pre-painted miniatures for Dungeons & Dragons.  The first set of miniatures will coincide with the launch of the highly-anticipated next edition of Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game, set to release in summer 2014.

The new line of Dungeons & Dragons miniatures will feature creatures and characters that players have come to know and love, allowing them to wage their battles and experience their adventures with a greater level of immersion and tactical interplay.

WizKids will develop figures that support official Dungeons & Dragons key products this summer.

Kickstarter Spotlight: NECA and 4K Media Inc. Exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! Licensed Game Wallet

Chalk this up to something I wasn’t expecting to see and cool enough to deserve it’s own Kickstarter Spotlight. Entertainment conglomerate National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), and 4K Media Inc., the newly formed wholly-owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today launched a Kickstarter campaign for a Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Art branded Game Wallet designed by a fan vote exclusively for Kickstarter.

This is a product designed by fans and funded by fans, an interesting strategy for NECA, a company known for products catering to niche, but rabid, fanbases. By gathering ijsight and opinions from Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, the two companies have ensured this is a product they want and looking forward to. This is crowdsourcing at it’s best, both in design and funding.

For instance, fans said the wallet should include:

  • Fits smartphones & calculators
  • Water-resistant ballistic nylon
  • Black exterior with ID-pocket
  • Nine interior card sleeves
  • High quality zipper closure
  • Mesh dice holder
  • Two pen holders

The Kickstarter tier rewards include two Standard Game Wallets and one Elite Edition Game Wallet, which will be limited to 520 units. Both versions of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Art branded Game Wallet are available exclusively on Kickstarter. Additional tier rewards include Yu-Gi-Oh! branded apparel, bags, key chains, lanyards, dog tags, pins, and more, all featuring some of the most well-known and beloved monsters.

There’s cool items here for Yu-Gi_Oh! and non-Yu-Gi-Oh! fans alike.

yu-gi-oh wallet

Best Pledge: $44 – Gets you the game wallet

Risk: LOW – Unless this thing blows up and some time frames get messed up due to scale, I think the issues with this will be minimal. I consider this about as safe as ordering the same products through their website if you could.

NECA/Wizkids, Icarus Studios Announce HeroClix TabApp™ For iPad

NECA/WIZKIDS, ICARUS STUDIOS ANNOUNCE HEROCLIX TABAPP™ FOR IPAD

Integrates Physical Toys with Digital Gameplay

Hillside, N.J. & Cary, N.C.—May 14, 2012—Leading entertainment conglomerate, National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) alongside game creators Wizkids and Icarus Studios, wholly-owned subsidiaries of NECA, today unveiled HeroClix TabApp™, an upcoming action-based iPad game, and the first in the TabApp™ series, integrating physical miniature toys with digital arenas. HeroClix TabApp™ is set for release this fall.

Featuring real-time combat, HeroClix TabApp™ integrates NECA’s vast array of licenses to bring popular characters commonly featured in NECA’s product lines to the game.

To play, physical miniatures are placed on the iPad device, the “digital game board.” Utilizing Icarus Studio’s xScape Platform figure recognition technology, exclusive content and game maps are unlocked based on the miniature selected. With a swipe of a finger players can move along the virtual board and take part in high-action battles against a multitude of evil villains.

Game Features Include:

  • One dozen physical super hero miniatures
  • 50+ virtual enemy figures
  • Over two dozen digital maps
  • Real-time combat

“Technology is changing the way in which consumers interact with toys and collectibles,” said Joel Weinshanker, President and COO at NECA.  “TabApp™ takes gaming to the next level, offering players an all new way to experience their favorite collectibles, toys and games in a portable (digital) format that fits their lifestyle.”

HeroClix TabApp™ is slated for release this October and will be available for iPad devices free from the iTunes store. Physical miniatures will be available at participating hobby and comic shop retailers.

For more information on HeroClix TabApp™, visit www.heroclixtabapp.com.

About Wizkids/NECA, Inc.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 250 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

About Icarus Studios, Inc.
Icarus Studios, a subsidiary of National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), is a next generation game developer and technology provider. The studio’s xScape game development platform enables the production and cross integration of massively multi-player online games and iOS and Facebook applications. Upcoming titles utilizing the xScape Platform include MMOs Hailan Rising and Great Outdoors. Icarus Studios’ recent game credits include co-developing the award winning MMOG Fallen Earth, and Showtime’s Dexter: Slice of Life Facebook application  and Dexter: The Game for iOS, PC and Mac. Icarus Studios provides its partners with a total solution that includes design and content production, monetization, customer support, hosting, and a tightly integrated technology platform.

HeroClix Online Releases New Marvel Content

HEROCLIX ONLINE RELEASES NEW MARVEL CONTENT

Adds Over 70 New Figures to the Online Game

Hillside, N.J. & Cary, N.C.—May 10, 2012—Over 70 new figures today landed in the online digital transliteration of the popular board-based combat game, HeroClix Online. The new collection combines figures from two of Marvel’s famed  HeroClix sets, including Giant-Size X-Men .

Coinciding with the release of the new figures, players can also look forward to the launch of corresponding Sealed tournaments, in which one of 11 Limited-Edition figures will be awarded from the new collection.

The new figures are compatible with all other Marvel figures and can be used in Marvel tournaments and matches.

For more information on HeroClix Online, visit http://hco.heroclix.com/.

For news updates and announcements, follow HeroClix Online on Facebook and Twitter.

About WIZKIDS/NECA, INC.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 250 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.


About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit www.marvel.com.  Super Hero(es) is a co-owned registered trademark.

HeroClix Online Releases Marvel’s The Avengers Movie Set

HEROCLIX ONLINE RELEASES MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS MOVIE SET

Provides Codes for Virtual Figures Within Physical Sets

Hillside, N.J. & Cary, N.C.—April 26, 2012— Wizkids/N.E.C.A., the makers of HeroClix Online today announced the arrival of the game’s latest Marvel collection, Marvel’s The Avengers , which adds 16 new figures to the online game and are also available through codes in physical sets.

Joining the current line-up of Marvel characters, Marvel’s The Avengers Starter Pack figures include Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye and HulkThor, Hulk, Nick Fury, Captain America, Iron Man, Agent Coulson, Skrull Infiltrator, Hawkeye, Tony Stark and Heimdall are also available as Single-Figure Boosters.

Offering players an alternative way to collect, free codes for the virtual Marvel’s The Avengers Starter Pack can be found in physical Marvel’s The Avengers HeroClix Starter Packs. Additionally, codes for individual, random, virtual Gravity Feed Singles can be obtained through physical Gravity Feed Single-Figure Foil Packs or Booster sets.

For more information on HeroClix Online, visit http://hco.heroclix.com/.

For news updates and announcements, follow HeroClix Online on Facebook and Twitter.

About WIZKIDS/NECA, INC.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 250 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.


About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit www.marvel.com.