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Bandai America's Dynamic TamagotchiŽ ConnectionŽ Is Crowned by Numerous Awards Panels and Fans
The World's First and #1 Selling "Virtual Pet" Honored With Several Prestigious Awards Amidst Fan Frenzy Over Special Promotions and Giveaways
CYPRESS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 13, 2006 -- Bandai America Inc.'s Tamagotchi Connection -- the world's first and original "virtual pet" tech toy -- continues its reign as one of the most coveted tech toys of 2006. Not only has it been a consistent bestseller at retail, it has also scored a number of top awards and distinctions this year. In fact, Tamagotchi is a leader in the Robotic/Interactive Playmates category by remaining the #1 selling property for girls (according to market information company The NPD Group; based on sales through October 2006).
While flying off shelves, Tamagotchi Connection V3 has been busy winning accolades within the industry, including:
-- Toy Industry Association's "Toy of the Year" (T.O.T.Y.) awards
finalist for "Electronic Entertainment Toy of the Year"
-- The National Parenting Center's "Holiday Seal of Approval," which
selects toys based on parents' and children's interaction with toys
-- Family Magazine Group's "Family Choice Award," which recognizes the
best in children's and parenting resources
-- Toy Wishes' Holiday "All Star"
-- Toy Wishes' Spring/Summer "Hot Dozen," which predicts the season's top
sellers and the most innovative, in-demand toys
-- Toys "R" Us Top 12 Stocking Stuffer Ideas and Great Finds for 2006
"Tamagotchi V3's exciting new online play at TamagotchiTown.com allows fans to venture even deeper into the world of their favorite Tamagotchi characters," said Michael Riley, vice president of marketing for Bandai America Inc. "Our strong retail performance and critical acclaim have proven that the third time's the charm as the brand continues to energize our loyal fan base with fresh new designs, features and promotions."
In response to V3's overwhelming success this year, Bandai America created a special limited edition "Golden Tamagotchi" to thank fans for their support. Never to be sold in stores, only 2,000 were handcrafted and individually numbered for distribution in the United States. More than 65,000 excited fans scrambled to win only 300 Golden Tamagotchis during October's "Golden Month" online celebration. Now, fans can tune into Radio Disney as well as other radio stations nationwide through the end of the year to win one of these elusive toys.
Additionally, the "Great Tamagotchi Fan Shell-ection," which let voters determine the first new Tamagotchi design to debut in January 2007, made fans into the ultimate fashionistas as they made the style declaration of the year and predicted next season's "must-have" look. After a tough race to the finish line, fans overwhelmingly chose "Glow-in-the-Dark" as the eventual winner, garnering more than 50% of the vote.
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