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SEVERAL UPCOMING BASEBALL SPECIALTY TOYS
Two-Packs and 12-Inch MLB Figures Coming in 2005
Thursday, December 30, 2004

Is it too early to be in a baseball frame of mind? Well, maybe, but it's almost 2005. And that means it's almost Spring Training time. And that means it's almost baseball season. See where we're going with this?

We announced our first official McFarlane's Sports Picks MLB line of 2005 -- it's Series 11, by the way -- a few weeks back. However, we've got a few specialty pieces coming in the spring of 2005 that we haven't yet announced.

First up is a deluxe MLB boxed set featuring Barry Bonds and Willie Mays. Bonds 3, San Francisco Giants LF, No. 25 and Mays, San Francisco Giants CF, No. 24 represent two eras of Giants baseball and long-ball specialists. This item will be exclusive to Toys R Us stores in the U.S. and Canada and is set to retail in April 2005.

Next, we have a variety of 12-inch-scale baseball figures. We'll release a special large-scale version of our second Barry Bonds sculpt -- the fingers-to-the-sky post-home run pose. This will be available to all retailers in the white Giants uniform, while Toys R Us stores will have it in the Giants grey uniform. This will hit stores in early May.

Also around that time, we'll release a 12-inch version of New York Yankees superstar shortstop Derek Jeter in his second pose. This will be available to all retailers.

Finally, McFarlane Toys has a pair of legendary Cooperstown Collection baseball figures coming in 12-inch scale. Babe Ruth (New York Yankees outfielder, No. 3) and Cal Ripken Jr. (Baltimore Orioles shortstop, No. 8) will be available to all retailers in early summer. Ruth will also be in a new pose, different from his original 6-inch version.

Is that all? Well that's it for today, but we may have a small surprise or two left up our jersey sleeves in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the photos.


>> McFARLANE'S SPORTS PICKS: MLB BASEBALL SERIES 11
>> MLB 2-PACK: BARRY BONDS 3 & WILLIE MAYS
>> MLB 12-INCH BASEBALL SERIES 2
>> COOPERSTOWN 12-INCH