COMING IN 2009: ACTION FIGURE PACKS OF BASEBALL GREATS
February Brings Jackie Robinson 3-pack and New York Yankees 2-pack
Friday, October 03, 2008
Time works differently for a toy company, so while you're watching the first round of the MLB playoffs, we're already finishing up the items you'll see in stores next February. As Spring Training gets close in 2009, look for these two MLB boxed Sports Picks sets at your favorite store:
JACKIE ROBINSON DAY 3-PACK
Jackie Robinson is one of the greatest baseball players of all time - his career is defined by what he did on the field, and what he stood for by simply being on the field. On April 15, 1947, Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. In 1997, his uniform #42 was retired by all 30 Major League teams, with a notable and important exception.
Major League Baseball officially recognized April 15 as "Jackie Robinson Day" in 2004. In 2007, Ken Griffey, Jr. requested permission to wear #42 on that specific day to honor Robinson's legacy. Major League Baseball approved the concept, and all players were given the option of wearing #42 as their uniform number for that day only, in tribute to the truest of baseball heroes. Griffey and Robinson Cano (who is named after Jackie Robinson) wore #42 in 2007 and 2008 as a salute to Jackie Robinson's courage, grace and determination. This 3-pack showcases Jackie Robinson alongside Griffey and Cano, as they wear his uniform #42 in tribute.
NEW YORK YANKEES 2-PACK
They may be the "Bronx Bombers," but the New York Yankees also posses some of the best defenders in Major League Baseball. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez combined to win five Gold Gloves at shortstop, with Rodriguez now anchoring third base to create a defensive net over the left side of the infield. They can hit too, but while the lumber makes the noise - the leather often wins the game.
Both boxed sets will be available at mass as well as specialty retailers - they are expected to arrive on shelves in late February, 2009.