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Erik Nicely
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NECA has made the announcement that people have been speculating about since August. Yeah I know many here are fed up with various issues about Heroclix (probably all valid complaints) but since HC is new to me I'm pretty happy about this. Wizkids people said at GenCon Hammer of Thor will be out in November.

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NECA Acquires WizKids Assets from Topps
09/14/2009

The National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (NECA) has purchased the majority of the assets of WizKids, Inc. from The Topps Company, Inc., including the award-winning Clix family of games, which includes HeroClix, ActionClix, HorrorClix and SportsClix. NECA will also acquire the WizKids brand, the Pocketmodel Game family of games, including the Pirates of the Crimson Coast, Pirates of the Spanish Main and Pirates of the Cursed Seas games, and the Mage Knight line of games.

The assets of WizKids that were purchased by NECA have been transferred to a wholly owned NECA subsidiary operating out of its offices in Hillside, New Jersey, which will operate under the WizKids name.

Clix pioneered the collectible miniature category and HeroClix has been the leading collectible game in the comic genre since its 2002 debut, due to its innovative game platform and deep collection of characters from the respective worlds of Marvel and DC Comics. NECA will continue the successful HeroClix product lines from powerhouse brands DC Comics and Marvel.

The Pocketmodel Game family of games includes the Pirates of the Cursed Seas PocketModel Trading Card Game, which is the latest in the successful line of Pirates card games that has run since selling out its first run in 2004.

“WizKids has created the best games within the collectible miniature and constructible genres and NECA is proud to help continue this great legacy,” said Joel Weinshanker, President and CEO of NECA. “The HeroClix engine is the envy of the industry and many companies have attempted to emulate it without success. We’re thrilled to deliver HeroClix to the gamers.”

NECA has hired Lax Chandra, who ran the WizKids subsidiary for The Topps Company, to be the President of NECA’s newly formed subsidiary, which will operate under the WizKids name. Former WizKids employees Chas Delong, Wade Sugiyama and Mike Elliott have also been brought on to help with the transition.

In the coming days and weeks, the new WizKids company will make further announcements about upcoming release plans.

For further information and updates, visit www.necaonline.com.
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Tyler Starkweather-Jones
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WOO-HOO

I love that they purchased Heroclix, Horrorclix etc, but wonder at the absence of mechwarrior. . .

I can barely wait for the Thor set (in November) and TMNT set (wishful thinking)


EDIT - in case anyone is curious - NECA has rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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copied from hcrealms posting....

WizKids/NECA State of the Union
Dear HCRealms HeroClix Fans,

The official return of HeroClix is almost upon us, and we would like to take the time to thank all of you for your support of HeroClix and give you a brief status update on some of the projects we’re working on.

HeroClix makes its official return with Marvel™ HeroClix®: Hammer of Thor, which will be releasing on November 18, 2009. If you have not done so already, make sure to preorder Hammer of Thor at your local retailer. The response to the set has been outstanding, and we would especially like to thank all of you for helping to generate excitement in the community and keeping HeroClix fans connected to each other.

We have begun to preview figures from Hammer of Thor on the WizKids Facebook page and various websites. If you have not seen the WizKids Facebook page, make sure to check it out and stay up to date with the most current HeroClix news. Also, we will soon be previewing one Hammer of Thor figure exclusively on HCRealms!

The WizKids Games website (www.wizkidsgames.com) has been reactivated for the purpose of releasing official information. The official relaunch of the new WizKids website will be happening soon.

WizKids’ next DC HeroClix set is The Brave and the Bold, which will be in hobby shops mid-March 2010. This exciting set features famous team-ups from the DC Universe, like Green Lantern/Flash or Luthor/Brainiac. The Brave and the Bold includes tons of duo figures - with some of the most dynamic sculpts we’ve ever made. Additionally, the set debuts the all-new Alter Egos, where the secret identity version of a character can swap into a special costumed version, for example Bruce Wayne becoming Batman in the middle of a battle. Stay tuned for updates!

We understand that all of you have many questions about HeroClix and WizKids, and we are interested in hearing and answering as many questions as we can in the coming months. However, we apologize for our silence, but because we are such a small team and are working extremely hard to get Hammer of Thor out, we will not be able to post answers directly into forums. In an effort to answer your questions in an official capacity, we will make larger posts either on the WizKids Facebook page or the new WizKids website that will attempt to answer your questions all at once.

Recently, several Hammer of Thor figures were stolen from our booth at a retailer convention. We asked HCRealms to help us keep the dials secret while we worked out this situation. WizKids/NECA appreciates HCRealms' help in this matter.

We are all very excited for the return of HeroClix, and would like to thank all of you again for your continuing support! Have fun opening boosters and playing with new HeroClix figures on November 18th!

WizKids Team
 
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