WAYNE GRETZKY FIGURES COMING AS PART OF NHL CLASSICS LINE
The Great One to be part of initial McFarlane's Sports Picks: hockey legends line
Monday, April 05, 2004
McFarlane Toys is proud to announce its new licensing agreement to produce figures of legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky for sale at major retailers worldwide.
The figures will feature "The Great One" in several on-ice action poses in uniforms representing all the National Hockey League teams he played for: the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers.
Gretzky holds virtually every offensive record in the National Hockey League, including 10 scoring titles and nine MVP Awards. He helped win four Stanley Cup Championships and three Canada Cup tournament titles during his illustrious career that included 18 consecutive All-Star Game appearances, as well as three All-Star MVP Awards. Additionally, he was the last player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame without the mandatory three-year waiting period and his uniform #99 is retired by each of the NHL's 30 teams.
"As a lifelong hockey fan, minority NHL team owner and a producer of NHL products, I've always felt that Wayne Gretzky should be at the top of any hockey-related conversation," said McFarlane Toys founder and CEO Todd McFarlane. "To have a player that helped expand the interest of hockey across North America as the first in our line of retired players was essential in creating an on-going program in a global manner. Wayne Gretzky has always been my first choice in creating action figures of some of the great hockey legends."
"These figures will be very life-like and highly detailed," said Gretzky. "I hope sports fans throughout the world will enjoy collecting them."
The licensing agreement allows McFarlane Toys to produce action figures ranging in size from 3 to 18 inches. McFarlane's Sports Picks Wayne Gretzky figures will debut as part of a larger hockey legends line scheduled for release in September. Additionally, McFarlane Toys is supporting the Wayne Gretzky Foundation throughout the contract. The foundation is dedicated to providing less-fortunate youth with the opportunity to experience the sport of hockey. For more information on Wayne Gretzky, visit www.waynegretzky.com.
Stay tuned to spawn.com in the coming days for even more news regarding our first line of retired hockey greats.