WizKids has let slip the dogs of Star Wars with their release of the Star Wars PocketModel Trading Card Game. The company is definitely pushing the multigenerational angle, as the press release (below) quotes WizKids president Lax Chandra (which was a character in Episode 1, wasn’t it?) as saying it’s “easy enough for children but with layers of strategy for adults”. So, rule the tabletop as father and son, yeah? Got it. A coupon for free samples is available through the WizKids site, StarWars.com, or CartoonNetwork.com, so now you have no excuse not to get your force on.
WizKids press release follows:
WIZKIDS LAUNCHES STAR WARSâ„¢ POCKETMODEL TRADING CARD GAME (TCG)
Revolutionary Game Lets Players Collect, Build and Customize 3D Star Wars Vehicles for Under $5
June 19, 2007 (Bellevue, WA) â€” WizKids Inc., a subsidiary of Topps and the creator of runaway hit games such as HeroClixÂ® and Pirates of the Spanish Mainâ„¢, today announced that its Star Warsâ„¢ PocketModelâ„¢ Trading Card Game (TCG) is now available at retail. The Star Wars PocketModel TCG revolutionizes the collectible trading card genre by bringing card games into the third dimension. By merging the enjoyment of building custom decks from card collections with the fun of building miniature models of Star Wars vehicles, the Star Wars PocketModel TCG lets Star Wars fans enjoy a complete Star Wars experience. This fun, easy-to-learn game is simple enough for 8-year-old kids, but features enough depth of strategy to appeal to adults, making it possible for fans of all generations to share and enjoy battling for control of the galaxy!
The Star Wars PocketModel Trading Card Game is a great value with its price tag of $4.99. Players receive between four-to-eight PocketModels Star Wars vehicles to punch out, build, collect and play; six random game cards; 2 micro-dice; complete rules and assembly instructions. Star Wars fans are able to collect and build Star Wars vehicles that are played in entertaining ways with cards featuring favorite characters, vehicles and scenes from the entire Star Wars Saga. Players use the cards to control their fleets of PocketModel ships as they attempt to destroy each otherâ€™s objectives. And with more than 200 Star Wars PocketModel vehicles and 300 cards being released over the next year, Star Wars fans will be able to constantly add to their collection to extend their Star Wars universe.
â€œStar Wars has multigenerational appeal and weâ€™ve designed our Star Wars PocketModels to appeal to its passionate fan base,â€ said WizKidsÂ® president Lax Chandra. â€œThe Star Warsâ„¢ PocketModelâ„¢ trading card game is easy enough for children but with layers of strategy for adults, and the game is affordable at under $5, so itâ€™s accessible to every Star Wars fan.â€
To celebrate the gameâ€™s launch, WizKids has launched a promotion that gives Star Wars fans across the country free sample packs of Star Wars PocketModels playing cards. Fans can visit StarWars.com, CartoonNetwork.com or WizKidsgames.com for a link to a coupon redeemable at their local hobby retail store for free product samples. Sample packs contain three PocketModels (one X-wingâ„¢ fighter and two TIE Fightersâ„¢), and two playing cards â€“ everything a player needs to start his or her Star Wars PocketModel experience.
Wizkids recently debut the Star Wars PocketModels game at Star Wars CELEBRATION IV, a massive Star Wars party that marked the 30th anniversary of the Saga. Fans clamored for show-exclusive Star Wars PocketModels tins and lined up to play the game with oversized Star Wars vehicles.
More info can be found at www.wizkidsgames.com.
A wholly owned subsidiary of the Topps Company (TOPP), WizKids is a Seattle-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating tabletop games driven by imagination. Its HeroClix and Pirates brands are among the most successful games on the market today, with over 100 million-miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.
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