Upper Deck’s New Marvel Game ‘Slings’ Into Stores For The Holidays!
“Slingers™” hits Toys ”R” Us®and hobby store shelves this November
Carlsbad, CA, Monday November 14, 2011
Upper Deck and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up to bring fans an exciting new collectible game for the holiday season. Slingers fast-paced game of skill and strategy pits two players against each other as they race to capture collectible medallions in an effort to score the most points and claim victory.
The Slinger itself is truly innovative as players use it in a similar fashion to a yo-yo, but the Slinger has a patented retractable mechanism and an ‘Invisible Energy Shield’ that allows players to pick up collectible medallions if they “sling” it just right. If players sling the units too softly, they won’t get close enough to the medallions to pick them up. If they sling them too hard, the Slingers game units will register when it hits the ground - deducting points and potentially lives from the player. Once players master handling the Slinger, they will score big by and cash in by recovering medallions with high point totals.
Both the Slinger and collectible medallions feature popular Marvel characters like the Avengers, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Incredible Hulk and more. The collectible medallions are seeded at different ratios within packs and have different rarity levels and point values. Additionally, there are a variety of different formats to play the Slingers game which makes it exciting for participants of all ages and skill levels.
Gamers can find two different Marvel Slingers products exclusively in Toys ‘R’ Us retail stores starting late November, and in select hobby shops beginning mid December. Starter Packs include one of six collectible Slingers game units, three collectible medallions and a game play manual. Blister packs include ten collectible medallions, including one rare medallion.
“Slingers brings added activity to gaming, and once a player has a game unit in their hands they are hooked,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s vice president of Marketing. “The game is fast paced, exciting and fun; players are going to love it. Partnering with Marvel to bring their dynamic characters to gamers in a new way is very exciting for us. It doesn’t take players that long to get a feel for how to use the Slingers game units and with some practice, they’ll be doing tricks while scoring points. We anticipate this product will be one of the hotter gifts this holiday season.”
“Slingers is unique on multiple levels, from the way it is played to the creative manner in which it showcases Marvel’s popular characters.” said Jamie Kampel, Director of Licensing at Marvel Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to have partnered with Upper Deck on this offering, and there’s no better time than the holidays to bring our fans a new game.”
About Upper Deck
Upper Deck is the leading sports and entertainment trading card and collectibles company. For more information on Upper Deck and its products please visit www.upperdeck.com.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC. a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.