Media Release — Diamond Comic Distributors has finalized negotiations with Round 5 Corporation to exclusively distribute its officially licensed line of collectible figures for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world’s premiere mixed martial arts promotion, and Round 5’s upcoming officially licensed line of Bruce Lee collectible figures to comic book specialty shops, bookstores, mass-market merchandisers, and other outlets throughout the United Kingdom (UK).
“Round 5 placing their trust in Diamond for the UK market speaks volumes to our ability to deliver in the region,” said Bill Schanes, Diamond’s Vice President of Purchasing. “Round 5’s product lines are top quality and exciting brands and we think they can be extremely successful in the UK market.”
“We look forward to gaining a stronger presence in the UK market,” said Damon Lau, President of Round 5. “Thanks to Diamond, our distinctive brand of products will be able to expand and reach UFC and Bruce Lee fans overseas with much greater ease.”
Round 5 Corporation is the mixed martial arts (MMA) industry’s fastest growing worldwide collectible company with its Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) line of action figures. Committed to developing intricately detailed figures of popular fighters, Round 5 strives to remain true to the sport of mixed martial arts, its personalities, and its fans. Round 5 was also recently awarded an exclusive global licensing agreement from Bruce Lee Enterprises to produce collectibles in the image of late martial arts, action movie star and worldwide icon Bruce Lee. The new line of Bruce Lee collectibles are currently expected to launch by the fall of 2011.
The world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels and related pop-culture merchandise, Diamond Comic Distributors makes a wide range of distribution, sales, promotions, and marketing services available to non-comic book suppliers as well. Diamond works closely with them to ensure that their products thrive in many markets, most notably the worldwide comic book specialty market.
ABOUT ROUND 5 CORPORATION – Round 5 is the premier manufacturer of officially licensed collectible figures based on the hottest sports and entertainment properties in the world. With a vast line of figures based on the most popular personalities in the sport of mixed martial arts and a new line of limited edition Bruce Lee-branded figures, Round 5 caters to a discerning market passionate about sports, entertainment and limited-edition collectibles. For more information, visit Round 5 on the web at www.round5mma.com
ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.
ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS UK—Diamond Comic Distributors UK is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of graphic novels and other pop culture collectibles available to the UK market. The company features a state-of-the-art distribution center in Runcorn, England with distribution to comic book, bookstore, library, and mass markets in the UK and Ireland.