The following info on BattleBots toys was found on the Jakks Pacific site on Feb 13, 2001:
Monday February 12, 9:09 am Eastern Time
JAKKS Pacific Signs Licensing Agreement With BattleBots
MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2001--JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (Nasdaq:JAKK - news) today announced that its Road Champs® division has signed a licensing agreement with BattleBots Inc. to manufacture and market a line of toys based on the popular ``BattleBots®'' television series.
The series, which is broadcast on Comedy Central, consists of weekly segments filmed at BattleBots competitions held at various sites around the country.
``BattleBots,'' the ultimate contest of engineering, strategy and creativity, offers entertainment for the entire family. The robots, which are designed for combat and weigh from 25 to almost 500 pounds, feature an array of destructive weaponry such as hammers, saws, and spikes.
The Road Champs line will include wind-up and pull-back toys inspired by competition contenders and winners.
``BattleBots represents an excellent addition to our Road Champs division,'' said Stephen Berman, president and COO of JAKKS Pacific. ``The BattleBots line, which is already generating excitement among our retail partners, will evoke the imagination and excitement of the originals. The new toys, to be introduced at the International Toy Fair in February, are expected to be on retail shelves well ahead of the 2001 holiday season.''
JAKKS Pacific is a multi-brand toy company that designs, develops, produces and markets toys and related products under various brand names (including Flying Colors®, Road Champs®, Remco®, Child Guidance®, Color Club®, and Pentech®) in multiple product categories, including: Wheels; Action Figures; Crafts/Activities/Stationery; Infant/Pre-School; Trading Cards/Games; Plush; and Dolls. The company also participates in a joint venture that has exclusive worldwide rights to publish and market World Wrestling Federation® (WWF) video games.
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