JAKKS Pacific Awarded Master Toy License For Dragon Ball Z

FUNimation Productions, Ltd. has awarded JAKKS Pacific, Inc. the master toy license for DRAGON BALL, DRAGON BALL Z and the forthcoming DRAGON BALL GT. JAKKS will develop, manufacture and distribute action figures, action figure accessories and vehicles based on these animated series. The company, which acquired the license after original rights holder, Irwin Toy, Ltd., announced bankruptcy in early December 2002, signed a 3-year license for the DRAGON BALL brands and expects to show new products as early as the New York International Toy Fair in February 2003. The DRAGON BALL series is produced and licensed for North America, Australia and New Zealand by FUNimation. The series airs in the U.S. on Cartoon Network.