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Round 5 set to release “Versus” series MMA figurines

July
12

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MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, July 12, 2010 – Round 5, a leader in producing mixed martial arts collectible figurines, today released images of several prototypes of its “Versus” line, pairs of distinctly new figures highlighting battle scenes from great UFC matchups.  The prototypes were first seen at the Round 5 booth at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas in May.

The “Versus” series includes collectibles representing the following bouts:  Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva (UFC 92), 12-27-2008; Forrest Griffin vs. Jackson (“The Ultimate Fighter 7”); Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar  (UFC 100), 7-11-2008; and Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell (UFC 66), 12-30-2006.

The “Versus” line, scheduled to hit Toys“R”Us stores in the fall and other retailers later in the year, will be accompanied by an Octagon segment display.

Round 5 UFC “Ultimate Collector” Series 1 and 2 are now available at leading retailers across North America.  A list can be found at www.Round5MMA.com.

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 10:37 am |
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Adding some pizazz to my Round 5 figurines

August
11

When I was at the UFC 100 fan expo, the Title MMA booth was giving away little packages. The package included a magazine, an energy shot, and a muay thai kick pad key chain. I immediately thought that the key chain would be the perfect size to fit one of my Round 5 figurines.

A couple of weeks later, I attended the NY MMA expo in Uniondale, NY. A booth at that expo had a Title boxing heavy bag key chain. The wheels really started turning at this point. The Matt Hughes figurine I have is a perfect fit for the muay thai pad. It actually looks more like a kicking shield if you consider aspect ratio to a real life person, but, hey, you get the point. Randy Couture has his hands perfectly poised to hit the heavy bag, so he will be bag training for a while.

Here is the final result. I need to acquire some more Round 5 MMA toys and some extra Title Boxing/MMA key chains to complete my newly formed Inside the Octagon desktop MMA gym and fitness center.

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 11:18 am |
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Round 5 releasing limited edition ‘Shogun’ Rua and Dan Henderson Figurines at UFC Fan Expo

July
6

Mixed martial arts fans and other collectors attending UFC Fan Expo on Friday and Saturday at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas will be first in line as Round 5 unveils its premiere “Limited Edition,” individually numbered figurines, featuring MMA stars Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson.  Available for the first time at the Round 5 booth (#427), the Rua collectible includes his signature Bad Boy Walk Out t-shirt while Henderson’s comes with an American Flag, and both come in packaging that is distinct from the standard Series 4 issue, also debuting at Fan Expo.

Rua will also join Randy Couture and Wanderlei Silva at the booth as they meet fans and sign autographs during the two days.  On Friday, “Shogun” will sign from 3 – 5 p.m., while Couture will be there from 6 – 7 p.m.  On Saturday, Silva will be available from 2 – 3:30pm and “Shogun” from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Only 2,548 of the Limited Edition ‘Shogun’ and Henderson collectibles will ever be made, and just 252 – in numerical order beginning at Fan Expo opening at 10 a.m. on Friday – will be available each day at Expo.

“The UFC Fan Expo is a unique opportunity for us to connect with fans who have enjoyed the first three Series, and we’re pleased to reward them with the advance availability of the Limited Edition and Series 4 as well as the meet-and-greets with three of our stars,” said Damon Lau, Round 5 president.

The first shipments of Series 4, which includes “Shogun”, Henderson, Gina Carano, Cung Le and Matt Serra, are going to Las Vegas.  They are expected to be available at retail locations across North America and online at www.Round5MMA.com later this month or in early August.

Round 5 plans to release collectibles of two additional series of athletes later in 2009, one during each quarter.  Athletes to be represented in those series are yet to be announced.

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, July 6th, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
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Fedor Emelianenko is getting his own toy

January
22

FEDOR IN ACTION: M-1 GLOBAL’S EMELIANENKO PARTNERS WITH ROUND 5 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGURINES

One of World’s Most Popular MMA Athletes Latest Star To Sign On To Create Collectible

MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, January 22, 2009—Known across the world and considered by many to be the best fighter in the sport of mixed martial arts today, Russian star Fedor Emelianenko of M-1 Global has partnered with Round 5, the leader in collectible MMA figurines, to create a piece to be made available later this year. The heavyweight joins an All-Star lineup of 12 MMA standouts who currently work with Round 5 to produce their respective figures.

The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s notice that stars Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski – Fedor’s opponent in this Saturday’s Affliction “Day of Reckoning” event – will be one of four stars to be featured in Round 5’s Series 3 release this spring, along with “Big John” McCarthy, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. Series 3 is scheduled to be available at retail outlets throughout North America and online at www.Round5MMA.com beginning in April.

Fedor and the Round 5 team will begin work on creating his figurine in the coming weeks. The Fedor figures will be part of a future Series issue to be determined.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me,” said Emelianenko. “I am looking forward to going through the process of making this the best figurine that we can. I think fans will appreciate that I will have a big role in how it looks and will enjoy the final product.”

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Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
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