The UFC announced several additional UFC merchandising deals this afternoon, including a deal MMAFrenzy.com (www.mmafrenzy.com) reported earlier today with JAKKS Pacific to produce UFC action figures.
Here’s a snip from UFC.com on the new deals:
Itâ€™s a day many hoped for, and after a flurry of activity that has taken the industry by storm, fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship will soon be able to collect Jakks Pacific UFC figures, use UFC-branded Bic lighters and Silver Buffalo watches, shop with a UFC credit card, and pick up UFC apparel at JC Penney stores. This unprecedented series of announcements truly stamps the UFC as the premier brand in the sport of mixed martial arts as well as the home of the elite fighters in the game.
Already, UFC-branded Bic lighters are hitting retail shelves, and after Aprilâ€™s â€˜softâ€™ launch of UFC t-shirts at 450 JC Penney stores, the retailer will create â€œUFC Hot Zonesâ€ in August that will sell shirts and headwear in the Young Menâ€™s department. Silver Buffalo, which has developed licensed products for such brands as WWE, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, and Kiss, will come on board this summer with UFC-branded watches, barware, bar accessories, lighting, wall dÃ©cor, and billiards and darts accessories, and on June 15th, US Bank launches its UFC VISA card with no annual fee and the option to receive points for UFC merchandise.
There are also going to be more than a few happy faces when official UFC action figures hit major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, and Toys R Us in Fall of 2009. Expected in this launch will be Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Brock Lesnar, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira, Michael “The Count” Bisping and UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva. Octagon playsets and role-play items based on the UFC brand and its classic and current roster of star fighters are also planned.