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   Non-TechJAKKS Pacific (JAKK)


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To: JakeStraw who wrote (212)9/8/1999 10:58:00 AM
From: JakeStraw
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JAKKS Pacific Inc. Signs Licensing Agreement to Develop New Toy Line for Haro Bikes and Team Haro

MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 8, 1999--JAKKS Pacific Inc. (Nasdaq/NM:JAKK - news) Wednesday announced that it has signed a licensing agreement to develop a line of collectible toy products for Haro Bikes and Team Haro.

Haro Bikes is a recognized leader in providing innovative bikes, parts and accessories to the BMX, dirt, freestyle/street and all terrain (MTB) markets.

Under its new Road Champs BXS (Bike Xtreme Sports) brand, JAKKS Pacific will develop, manufacture and market Haro toy collectible die-cast and plastic vehicles and bicycles; action sport playsets; bike replicas comprising ''Trick Sticks'' that emulate the stunts, moves and jumps of top riders; action figures based on Team Haro; action figure playsets; handheld and tabletop games; and bike keychains.

JAKKS Pacific expects to ship the first products of the new line by mid-December with full product rollout in spring 2000.

Commented Stephen Berman, president and chief operating officer of JAKKS Pacific: ''We're glad to be part of the Haro Team. Team Haro has won more gold medals in ESPN's X-Games than any other bike brand. Haro will give our new Road Champs BXS brand credibility and association with one of the hottest brands in the bike business.''

Commented Brad Lusky, chief financial officer and vice president operations for Haro Bikes: ''We expect the marketing success of the Haro brand, teamed with JAKKS, one of the top manufacturers in the country, will make the Road Champs BXS collections a success with young consumers. Haro's popularity and leadership in the BMX/Freestyle markets is due in large part to the success of Dave Mirra and Ryan Nyquist, two of the biggest names in extreme sports. In addition, Haro was recently voted the bike company with the coolest image by the readers of Ride Magazine.''

JAKKS Pacific and its affiliates develop, manufacture and market toys and related products for children, including action figures featuring characters from the World Wrestling Federation®; die-cast collectible and toy vehicles under the Road Champs® and Remco® brand names; Child Guidance® preschool toys; and a line of fashion dolls and accessories.
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Contact:

JAKKS Pacific Inc., Malibu
Stephen Berman, 310/456-7799
or
Silverman Heller Associates, Los Angeles
Ruth Shaer/Eugene Heller, 310/208-2550

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To: JakeStraw who wrote (213)9/9/1999 11:02:00 AM
From: JakeStraw
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JAKKS Pacific Inc. Signs Licensing Agreements With 8-Time Gold Medal Winner Pro Freestyle Bike Rider Dave Mirra and 'ABA King of Dirt' Ryan Nyquist

MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 9, 1999--JAKKS Pacific Inc. (Nasdaq NM:JAKK - news) Thursday announced that, concurrent with signing a licensing agreement with Haro Bikes and Team Haro, the company has also signed individual licensing agreements with champion bike riders Dave Mirra and Ryan Nyquist to develop two separate lines of toy products that will carry their names.

Under its new Road Champs® BXS (Bike Xtreme Sports) brand, JAKKS Pacific will develop, manufacture and market toy collectible die-cast and plastic vehicles and bicycles, action sport playsets, bike replicas comprising ''Trick Sticks'' that emulate the stunts, moves and jumps of top riders, action figures based on Mirra and Nyquist, action figure playsets, other products and keychains. JAKKS Pacific expects to ship the first products of the new line by mid-December with full product rollout in spring 2000.

Voted ''Male Athlete of the 1998 ESPN X-Games'' in San Diego, Mirra holds eight X-Games gold medals and two silver medals, more than any other competitor, in the street, vert doubles and vert competitions. He was also voted ''Freestyler of the Year'' by BMX Magazine.

Dirt jump and freestyle pro Nyquist holds two ''ABA King of Dirt'' titles and is a silver and bronze medal award X-Game winner. Ryan is also the only rider who ranks in the Top 10 of all three disciplines (dirt, vert and street).

''Dave Mirra and Ryan Nyquist are superstar riders of incredible caliber,'' said Stephen Berman, president and chief operating officer of JAKKS Pacific. ''They are the Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa of their sport. They are heroes to scores of kids, and their names should have enormous appeal to their fans in the toy marketplace.''

JAKKS Pacific and its affiliates develop, manufacture and market toys and related products for children, including action figures featuring characters from the World Wrestling Federation, die-cast collectible and toy vehicles under the Road Champs® and Remco® brand names, Child Guidance® preschool toys and a line of fashion dolls and accessories.

''Safe Harbor'' Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This news release contains forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of the company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual future results or events may vary materially from those described herein.
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Contact:

JAKKS Pacific Inc., Malibu
Stephen Berman, 310/456-7799
or
Silverman Heller Associates, Los Angeles
Ruth Shaer/Eugene Heller, 310/208-2550

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To: JakeStraw who wrote (214)9/9/1999 11:50:00 AM
From: levy
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hey JakeStraw keep us posted on these good news events ....it would seem for every post we get another 5% up..keep up the good work

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To: Ajay Aggarwal who wrote ()9/9/1999 10:45:00 PM
From: David Howe
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Very bullish conference call today. The replay can be heard until Friday afternoon by calling 1-800-633-8284 and entering reservation number 13127759.

Anyone even remotely interested in Jakks Pacific should take the 15 minutes and listen to the call. They went into some detail, but the basic points were as follows:

Analysts have been raising estimates for Q3 to around $0.60. Jakks is very comfortable with these estimates. They are also very comfortable with Q4 estimates.

Business is going great and showing strong growth on all fronts; WWF action figures, mini vehicles, child guidance, BASS Fishing, dolls, etc. etc.

The Xtreme Bike deals are much bigger than I thought. We're talking a market of 80 million bikers and some serious TV air time. Jakks claims to have signed up the Michael Jordon of Biking as one of their spokespersons and also another top stunt biker. You need to listen to the call to catch all of the cool bikes and accessories they will be selling and to find out what "Trick Sticks" are. Jakks even mentioned TV advertising and that's a new one in all respects. They say they are going all out on the Xtreme Bike line and that retailers are falling all over themselves to order the products. They start shipping in late November.

Inventory levels at the retailers and at the wholesale level are at wonderfully low levels.

There just wasn't a single negative word said on the entire conference call. Give the replay a try.

Good luck.
Dave

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To: David Howe who wrote (216)9/10/1999 9:11:00 AM
From: levy
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hey if jackstraw's post were worth 5% this post by David must be worth 10% today....should be a fun day for jakks.

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To: levy who wrote (217)9/13/1999 11:00:00 AM
From: JakeStraw
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JAKKS Pacific Honored With Toys 'R' Us Product Safety Award for Excellence

MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 13, 1999--JAKKS Pacific Inc. (NASDAQ/NM:JAKK - news) Monday announced that it was awarded a Certificate of Achievement from Toys ''R'' Us for Excellence in the Field of Product Safety for 100 percent compliance in its vendor direct import program in 1998.

JAKKS Pacific and its affiliates develop, manufacture and market toys and related products for children, including action figures featuring characters from the World Wrestling Federation, die-cast collectible and toy vehicles under the Road Champs® and Remco® brand names, Child Guidance® preschool toys and a line of fashion dolls and accessories.
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Contact:

JAKKS Pacific Inc., Malibu
Stephen Berman, 310/456-7799
or
Silverman Heller Associates, Los Angeles
Ruth Shaer/Eugene Heller, 310/208-2550

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To: JakeStraw who wrote (218)9/21/1999 12:01:00 AM
From: David Howe
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Check out this site that sells JAKK products and others!

wrestlingfigures.com

Don't forget to check out the TitanTron and the Interactive Figures and of course the new Jakks' website.

jakkspacific.com

And if you buy an Interactive Stone Cold Steve Figure you'll have to go to the wired site to download some good RANTS !!!

wwfwired.com

Thanks to my friend at www.wrestlingfigures.com for all of the great links to the latest sites and products!

Dave

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To: David Howe who wrote (219)9/21/1999 1:58:00 AM
From: levy
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David...great link....did you notice that many Jacks products were "out of stock" or "very limited supply"...I would imagine that is a very bullish sign...can't wait to see where this stock is after the holidays!

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To: levy who wrote (220)9/23/1999 10:31:00 AM
From: JakeStraw
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JAKKS Pacific Inc. Announces Proposed Acquisition of Flying Colors Division

MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 23, 1999--JAKKS Pacific Inc. (NASDAQ/NM:JAKK - news) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Flying Colors business of privately held, Michigan-based Colorbok Paper Products Inc.

Flying Colors, which achieved sales of approximately $54 million in its fiscal year ended May 31, 1999, is a leading brand in the activity segment of the toy industry. Products include molded plastic activity sets, clay compound playsets and lunch boxes. Licensed characters used in conjunction with is products include Nickelodeon's Rugrats and Blue's Clues, Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes, Mattel's Barbie and Sanrio's Hello Kitty.

JAKKS Pacific plans to retain two senior divisional executives in sales, product development and licensing, and the product design and launch team. But, to achieve greater operational and cost efficiency, JAKKS expects to transfer certain of the Flying Colors operations to JAKKS Pacific's U.S. and Hong Kong offices.

JAKKS believes that its strength in manufacturing, sales, marketing and distribution will enable it to take advantage of Flying Colors' quality products and licenses to enhance the product line. In addition, Flying Colors' extensive distribution among specialty chains may provide an opportunity to expand the distribution of JAKKS Pacific's other product lines through these channels.

Commented Jack Friedman, chairman and chief executive officer of JAKKS Pacific: ''Flying Colors represents our largest acquisition to date, and will immediately give us a significant presence in a core sector of the expanding toy arts and crafts business. The acquisition also continues our strategy of diversifying and expanding our product lines and distribution channels.

''JAKKS Pacific has expanded its product offering from dolls and action figures to include die-cast vehicles and collectibles, then to include infant and preschool toys, and now to include toy arts and crafts activity sets.

''Given Flying Colors' rapid growth, creativity, key licenses and strong management, we see it as a natural fit with JAKKS Pacific. And, we are pleased to have two very talented Flying Colors' executives and their team join the JAKKS Pacific organization,'' added Friedman,

Commented Stephen Berman, president and chief operating officer of JAKKS Pacific: ''We are very excited about the addition of Flying Colors. Consistent with our previous acquisitions, we believe that we will be able to realize various efficiencies through the synergy created by this acquisition.

''Yet, even without these efficiencies and anticipated operational cost-saving, we expect this acquisition to be accretive to earnings immediately. Closing is expected to be within 30 days.''

Shareholders of Colorbok will retain the Colorbok specialty business, which manufactures and distributes gifts, stationery, scrapbooking and children's products to specialty retailers under the Colorbok Paper Products name.

JAKKS Pacific Inc. and its affiliates develop, manufacture and market toys and related products for children, including action figures featuring characters from the World Wrestling Federation, die-cast collectible and toy vehicles under the Road Champs and Remco brand names, Child Guidance® preschool toys, foam puzzle mats and playsets, and a line of fashion dolls and accessories.

''Safe Harbor'' Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This news release contains forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of the company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual future results or events may vary materially from those described herein.
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Contact:

JAKKS Pacific Inc., Malibu
Stephen Berman, 310/456-7799
or
Silverman Heller Associates, Los Angeles
Ruth Shaer/Eugene Heller, 310/208-2550

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To: JakeStraw who wrote (221)9/23/1999 1:08:00 PM
From: levy
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This looks like a great acquisition and I hope they got it at a good price....now if this holiday season is really big, as I expect it will be, then that will make our springtime even better....if todays favorable stock action is any indicator and I suspect it is, then it would appear the street thinks this was a good move as well !

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