Animated battling robots series MEDABOTS will have its U.K. television premiere on Fox Kids UK starting February 18, 2002. The 52 half-hour episodes, produced by Corus-owned Nelvana Ltd. in association with NAS/Kodansha and TV Tokyo, are set in a technologically advanced future where every child owns a "Medabot," a pet robot fuelled with artificial intelligence and an arsenal of weapons. In this high-tech world, Medabots compete with each other in exciting "Robattles" and every child hopes that the success of their Medabot will give them the opportunity to represent their country at the World Robattle Tournament held every four years. The series premiered on the Fox Kids channel in the U.S. September 1, 2001 and was ranked the number one show in the morning block among cable and terrestrial competition. Saban Consumer Products Europe, the consumer products division of Fox Kids Europe, has secured the exclusive representation of merchandising rights to MEDABOTS across all major license categories for Western Europe except home video, interactive and certain toy categories, which are reserved under its master toy agreement with Hasbro.