NECA Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Licensing Agreement
This may be some of the greatest news ever to some of the die-hard fans of the show - NECA Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Licensing Agreement. They are going to be producing various action figures, headknockers, collectible replicas, puzzles, jewelry, posters, calendars and accessories based on characters from the show. Check out the full press release below:
4K Media Inc., the newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it is making available for license, for the first time, artwork from its world record setting trading card game. NECA is the first licensee to take advantage of this newest opportunity for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand. Under the agreement, NECA will produce action figures, headknockers, collectible replicas, puzzles, jewelry, posters, calendars and accessories utilizing artwork from the ever popular Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game. The worldwide (excluding Asia) exclusive deal allows 4K Media to reach out to a previously underserved segment of their fan base, the older collector. In announcing the agreement, Jennifer Coleman, senior licensing and marketing director for 4K Media Inc., indicated that product is expected to launch in time for Comic-con International: San Diego and will continue to roll out through the end of the year at specialty, hobby and comic book stores worldwide excluding Asia.
Mr. Shinichi Hanamoto, chairman and president corporate officer 4K Media Inc. said, “This marks the first time Konami has ever licensed its trading card artwork. We are happy to have partner in NECA who understands this customer niche and appreciates our fan base. We look forward to being able to provide product for this demographic of ours who have been clamoring for it for many years.”
Joel Weinshaker, president and founder of NECA, said “We are honored that Mr. Hanamoto and 4K Media have entrusted us to bring this monumental art to a generation of Yu-Gi-Oh! fans that have grown up with the game. We look forward to the partnership that will bring truly innovative, exceptional product to the marketplace.”
This marks the first time Konami has ever licensed its trading card artwork – Mr. Shinichi Hanamoto
The Yu-Gi-Oh! phenomenon swept the US and global markets in 2001 and continues to captivate boys with its best-selling trading card game, animated television series and motion picture releases.