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MLB 17 DEBUT PHOTOS
Showcasing Toys 'R' Us Exclusive Line
Friday, November 03, 2006

McFarlane Toys steps up to the plate and gets ready for another season as part of the MLB Opening Day campaign at Toys 'R' Us. For the second straight year, we'll be offering exclusive MLB Sports Picks at Toys 'R' Us to help kick off the 2007 baseball season. Toys 'R' Us will be the sole source of MLB 17, a six-figure line featuring a trio of All-Stars, a frontline starting pitcher with his new team, the American League Comeback Player of the Year and one of the most-requested figures from our collectors. Enjoy your first look at the prototype photography for these six figures:

JOSH BECKETT -- The 2003 World Series MVP was acquired by the Boston Red Sox and immediately paid dividends -- bringing a fiery disposition and some well-respected heat to the top of Boston's rotation.

JIM THOME -- A debilitating back injury and the emergence of rookie first baseman Ryan Howard painted Thome's exit from Philadelphia, but the five-time All Star arrived in Chicago and added some serious bump to the middle of the defending champs' lineup. Thome crushed 42 homers and drove in 109 runs while earning the American League comeback Player of the Year award in 2006.

ROBINSON CANO -- The Yankees' recent World Series championships were built on the strength of homegrown prospects, and after a few years straying from that concept, New York seems back on track - letting young stars like Robinson Cano develop and take over at the major league level. Cano brings smart defense and finished third in the A.L. batting race with a .342 average in just his second season in the big leagues.

ERIC CHAVEZ -- Oakland's "elder statesman" is the new leader of the always-dangerous A's, and while his 190 home runs and 644 RBI through his first seven full seasons are credible, it's Chavez's glove that changes games. He cools down the "hot corner" and has the hardware to prove it -- the last five consecutive American League Gold Glove awards for third base are all at his house. Chavez was originally slated for our MLB 10 lineup back in 2004, so his inclusion in this lineup is a salute to our Oakland fans and a promise kept to collectors everywhere.

BILLY WAGNER -- The Mets delivered the best record in the National League in 2006, and having a hammer at the end of their bullpen was key to that success. The 5'11 terror brings heat to the plate, and has confounded N.L. hitters (2.24 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 40 saves, 94 strikeouts in 72 innings) in his debut season with the Mets.

TROY GLAUS -- Toronto revamped their club with free agent signings and a handful of trades, but their best acquisition might have been third baseman Troy Glaus. The 2002 World Series MVP arrived in Toronto and established himself as the everyday third baseman, while showing the versatility to play a little shortstop in a pinch. Glaus has adapted well to his new surroundings, delivering the power (his 38 homers were sixth-best in the American League) and the scoring (105 runs are ninth in the A.L.) the Blue Jays were hoping for.

Look for these figures in Toys 'R' Us stores as part of their "Opening Day" promotion next February. In addition to the six-player MLB 17 lineup, Toys 'R' Us will also exclusively offer a New York Yankees 3-pack (Jason Giambi, Derek Jeter & Bobby Abreu) and a Chicago Cubs 3-pack (Derrek Lee, Greg Maddux & Carlos Zambrano).

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