Topps Closes WizKids Games

Topps Closes WizKids

The Topps Company placed a press release on the WizKids Games website Monday evening announcing the immediate closure of WizKids. WizKids is most famous for the HeroClix (and subsidiaries like HorrorClix and ActionClix) line of collectible table-top toys, but also made board games and carried licenses for Star Wars, Battlestar Gallactica, and Halo, among others. While the release does say Topps plans to continue the HeroClix line, there is no specific word yet on how, or on what else specifically will or will not continue to be made.

The full release follows:

The Topps Company announced today that WizKids will immediately cease operations and discontinue its product lines.

Scott Silverstein, CEO of Topps, said “This was an extremely difficult decision. While the company will still actively pursue gaming initiatives, we feel it is necessary to align our efforts more closely with Topps current sports and entertainment offerings which are being developed within our New York office.”

Upon notifying our partners, Topps will immediately pursue strategic alternatives so that viable brands and properties, including HeroClix, can continue without noticeable disruption. To that end, WizKids will continue supporting Buy it By the Brick redemptions for Arkham Asylum, and the December Organized Play events for HeroClix.

For consumer announcements, please refer to www.wizkidsgames.com over the coming days for further information.

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