Toys 'R' Us Exclusive Product Kicks off Baseball Season
Friday, July 27, 2007

The crack of the bat, the dew on the grass, players stretching in the Florida/Arizona sun, and the arrival of MLB figures at Toys 'R' Us always means that Spring Training is right around the corner. For the third consecutive year, Toys 'R' Us will offer an exclusive line of McFarlane's Sports Picks as part of their "Opening Day" section to celebrate the start of the 2008 baseball season. So which MLB stars will you find at Toys 'R' Us next spring?

Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies 2B: A two-time All-Star who delivered 100 RBI in his first two full seasons, Utley brings slick fielding, timely base stealing, and the most dangerous bat of any player at his position. With Utley and Ryan Howard patrolling the right side, Phillies fans will have plenty of reasons to cheer for years to come.

Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants P: A three-time All-Star and former Cy Young award winner, Zito came out of unrestricted free agency with the largest pitcher's contract in baseball history - signing on with the San Francisco Giants with a seven-year deal.

Chien-Ming Wang, New York Yankees P: After a promising 8-5 record as a rookie in 2005, Wang developed into the ace of New York's staff in just his second season. He won 19 games in 2006, and finished second in the American League. Cy Young award voting. With a bowling-ball sinker and a powerful offense behind him, Wang is an absolute staple at the top of the Yankee rotation.

Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox 1B: His hitter's eye and defensive flexibility has seen him bounce around Boston's lineup the last few years, but in 2007 he firmly established himself at Boston's starting first baseman. Dubbed "The Greek God of Walks," by the Fenway faithful, Youkilis hits for average and power, but doesn't mind walking to first to set the table for the Ortiz/Ramirez wrecking crew that hits behind him.

Gary Sheffield, Detroit Tigers OF: The Tigers turnaround was baseball's best story in 2006, but falling just short in the World Series led them to upgrade their offense. Detroit acquired Sheffield from New York, adding a wicked right-handed bat to their offense and a cannon arm to right field. The Tigers' roar is a little louder this year, as their newest slugger speaks loudly AND carries a big stick.

Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox 1B: Konerko was a highly regarded prospect for the Dodgers, but never truly realized his potential in Los Angeles or Cincinnati. Once he arrived on Chicago's South Side, he exploded into the dynamic force we see today. Konerko rewarded the organization's faith by dominating the post-season in 2005 - crushing five homers and delivering 15 RBI in Chicago's 15 playoff games that culminated in the World Series championship.

In addition to the six-figure lineup, Toys 'R' Us will also have a pair of 3-packs available - featuring a Sports Picks debut and five figures in uniforms we've never released before:

Boston Red Sox 3-pack (alternate red jerseys)
Manny Ramirez 2, Jonathan Papelbon & J.D. Drew

New York Mets 3-pack
David Wright, Carlos Delgado & Pedro Martinez 2 (alternate black jerseys)

Look for MLB 20 and the Mets/Red Sox 3-packs exclusively at Toys 'R' Us stores in February 2008. Stay tuned to in the upcoming weeks for images of these figures and more.