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Posted 10 June 2005 - 08:33 PM ( #1 )

Just got this press release from Bandai...

BANDAI AMERICA OFFERS EXCLUSIVE EBAY AUCTION OF NEW TAMAGOTCHI CONNECTION VERSION 2 “VIRTUAL PETS” PRIOR TO RETAIL DEBUT IN STORES

Bandai America to Donate All Proceeds to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Tamagotchis Autographed by Major Celebrities in Movies, TV, Music & Sports

What: As the world’s first virtual pet, Bandai America Inc.’s Tamagotchi Connection (Version 1) returned to store shelves as one of the hottest toys of 2004 and 2005. Kids loved caring for their virtual pet and connecting with their friends’ Tamagotchis through infrared technology. As the demand for the new Tamagotchi Connection Version 2 continues to build prior to its retail debut in July, Bandai is hosting an exclusive auction on eBay, The World’s Online Marketplace®, benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The Tamagotchis to be auctioned off will be autographed by major celebrities from film, TV, music and sports, and will feature a unique name picked out by the celebrity should they have owned their own virtual pet.

Auction Items:
-- Tamagotchis autographed by celebrities such as Rachel Bilson, Jamie Lynn Spears, Seth Green and Dominic Monaghan (attendance expected) at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s 2005 Target A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival on June 12th

-- Other Tamagotchi Connection merchandise signed by celebrities

When: The 10-day auction will begin on Thursday, June 16, 2005. For more information and to bid on the items, please visit http://www.ebay.com/tamagotchi

About Tamagotchi Connection Version 2:
The new Tamagotchi Connection offers even more interactivity and special features. Owners can now earn “Gotchi” points which allows them to shop for special treats, items and food. Gotchi points are earned by playing games or obtaining special awards points. Tamagotchi Connection Version 2 also features five secret codes that can be unlocked by pushing a sequence of buttons so players can purchase unique items not found anywhere else. After collecting all five codes, a sixth unique item can be collected. The latest Tamagotchi Connection includes new characters, games and colors, including transparent pink with stars, milky white with hearts, milky blue with polka dots, cobalt blue, camouflage, butterflies, blue flower leis and more.

About The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation:
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is the worldwide leader in the fight against pediatric AIDS and other serious and life-threatening illnesses affecting children. The Foundation’s innovative research programs, collaborative training initiatives, advocacy efforts, and rapidly expanding international programs are bringing dramatic changes to the lives of children worldwide. To learn more, please visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.pedaids.org.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:15 PM ( #2 )

Received an update on this (including a list of the celebrity signers)...

BANDAI AMERICA OFFERS EXCLUSIVE EBAY AUCTION OF NEW TAMAGOTCHI CONNECTION VERSION 2 "VIRTUAL PETS" STARTING 6/16

Bandai America to Donate All Proceeds to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Tamagotchis Autographed by Major Celebrities Including George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Seth Green, Dominic Monaghan, Dave Navarro, Daisy Fuentes & Brooke Burke

What: As the demand for the new Tamagotchi Connection Version 2 continues to build prior to its retail debut, Bandai American Inc. is hosting an exclusive auction on eBay, The World's Online Marketplace®, benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The Tamagotchis to be auctioned off have been autographed by major celebrities from film, TV, music and sports. Key auction items include Tamagotchi items signed by the following:

§ George Lucas ("Star Wars")
§ Mark Hamill ("Star Wars")
§ Seth Green ("Austin Powers")
§ Dominic Monaghan ("Lost")
§ Thomas Jane ("The Punisher")
§ Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer" & "Angel")
§ Michelle Trachtenberg ("Buffy")
§ Singer "Weird Al" Yankovic
§ Randy Jackson ("American Idol")
§ Dave Navarro ("Rock Star: INXS")
§ Brooke Burke ("Rock Star: INXS")
§ Model/actress Daisy Fuentes
§ Joe McIntyre ("Dancing With The Stars")
§ Actress Raquel Welch
§ Comedians Jimmy Kimmel & Sarah Silverman
§ Jamie Lynn Spears ("Zoey 101")
§ Lacey Chabert ("Mean Girls")

When: The 10-day auction begins Thursday, June 16th and ends Sunday, June 26th. For more information and to bid on the items, please visit http://www.ebay.com/tamagotchi

About Tamagotchi Connection Version 2:
The new Tamagotchi Connection for 2005 offers even more interactivity and special features! Owners can now earn "Gotchi" points, which allows them to shop for special treats, items and food. Gotchi points are earned by playing games or getting special awards points. You can choose between feeding your Tamagotchi a "Meal," "Snack" or the new "Treat" feature. A "Treat" can be purchased with Gotchi points and can raise or lower the happy meter. In addition, owners can now choose a treat to give to their Tamagotchi friends once they connect via the infrared technology. Tamagotchi Connection Version 2 also includes secret codes! There are five secret codes that can be unlocked by pushing a special sequence of buttons, letting you purchase a unique item not available anywhere else. After collecting all five (the first comes in-pack, others will be available online and in advertising), you will be awarded a special sixth item. The latest Tamagotchi Connection includes new games, characters and colors, including transparent pink with stars, milky white with hearts, milky blue with polka dots, cobalt blue, camouflage, butterflies, blue flower leis and more.