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Topps and WizKids Launch MLB Sportsclix

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Courtesy of Topps
Updated March 05, 2004
NEW YORK - Topps Company, and its subsidiary WizKids, announce the launch of MLB SportsClix, a 3D, collectible, tradable, playable baseball game, on Wednesday, February 25, 2004.

The first sports-themed game in the collectible miniatures game (CMG) market, MLB SportsClix offers game players the chance to act as managers, collecting and trading the miniature players to create their own all-star team.

"MLB SportsClix gives baseball fans the chance to decide starting lineups, where to play the fielders and what type of pitches to throw," said Executive Vice President of Topps Scott Silverstein. "It simulates what it' s like to make the important decisions that affect the outcome of a real major league game."

Licensed under Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, MLB SportsClix features major-leaguers from the American and National Leagues and incorporates actual 2003 player statistics into the base of each game piece.

"Baseball is a natural fit for our games," said WizKids CEO Jordan Weisman. "The collectible figures, actual player statistics, and game strategies of the sport lend themselves perfectly to a CMG."

MLB SportsClix will offer a Series One and Series Two Starter Kit, retailing at $19.99 each. Each Starter Kit contains nine figures, a stadium playmat, dice, and rules. Three-figure Booster Packs will be available to build players' collections for $6.99. MLB SportsClix will hit shelves in game and hobby stores throughout the country on Wednesday, February 25, 2004.

The Topps Company, founded in 1938 as Topps Chewing Gum, is an international marketer of kids' entertainment products, principally candy, collectible trading cards, sticker album collections, and miniature games. For more information visit www.topps.com.

A subsidiary of the Topps Company and founded in 2000, WizKids, LLC, revolutionized the game industry with the creation of collectible miniatures games (CMG) - a new genre in gaming - and the patent-pending combat dial that simplified game statistics and score-keeping. WizKids is dedicated to creating tabletop games driven by imagination. Mage Knight(tm), MechWarrior® and HeroClix(tm) are WizKids' most successful CMGs and have sold more than 100 million figures worldwide in 56 countries. For more information visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

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