Monday, August 31, 2009

Disney acquires Marvel

Disney to Purchase Marvel for $4B

Press Release

BURBANK, Calif. & NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Building on its strategy of delivering quality branded content to people around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:MVL) in a stock and cash transaction, the companies announced today.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney on August 28, 2009, Marvel shareholders would receive a total of $30 per share in cash plus approximately 0.745 Disney shares for each Marvel share they own. At closing, the amount of cash and stock will be adjusted if necessary so that the total value of the Disney stock issued as merger consideration based on its trading value at that time is not less than 40% of the total merger consideration.

Based on the closing price of Disney stock on Friday, August 28, the transaction value is $50 per Marvel share or approximately $4 billion.

“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.”

“We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation,” Iger said.

“Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses,” said Ike Perlmutter, Marvel’s Chief Executive Officer. “This is an unparalleled opportunity for Marvel to build upon its vibrant brand and character properties by accessing Disney’s tremendous global organization and infrastructure around the world.”

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel including its more than 5,000 Marvel characters. Mr. Perlmutter will oversee the Marvel properties, and will work directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build and further integrate Marvel’s properties.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Marvel have each approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, effectiveness of a registration statement with respect to Disney shares issued in the transaction and other customary closing conditions. The agreement will require the approval of Marvel shareholders. Marvel was advised on the transaction by BofA Merrill Lynch.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

History of the DCU Series 2 action figures

Fans can add more of the DC Universe’s most notable heroes to their collections with DC Direct’s History of the DC Universe Series 2 Action Figures, based on the art of comics legend George Perez.

Each figure stands between 6.5" and 6.75” tall, features multiple points of articulation and ships in a four-color blister with a display base. DC Direct’s History of the DC Universe Series 2 Action Figures offer all-new sculpts of Aquaman, Black Lightning, Creeper, and The Flash.

Designed to immortalize some of the most popular characters appearing in Perez & writer Marv Wolfman's The History of the DC Universe TP, these figures ship on blister-card packaging, and should be a hit with fans of DC Direct’s other collectibles and the tale that inspired this line. Available to ship now.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Flash Gordon 1/6 scale figure by Go Hero

Go Hero is introducing a 1/6 scale Flash Gordon figure. Here is a snippet of this cool new collectible: In 1936 floating cities, rocket ships, and hawk men exploded off the screen in the greatest movie serials of all time! Starring Larry "Buster" Crabbe as the heroic earthman, Flash Gordon became the film standard of space adventures for children and adults the world over! Having the honor of being the only serial to receive top billing on movie theater marquees, the Flash Gordon serials changed the genre of science fiction forever. Audiences continue to be dazzled by the iconic imagery that remains influential to this day!

FROM GO HERO...for the first time in 1:6 scale figure format, Larry "Buster" Crabbe as Flash Gordon. Explore the strange world of Mongo! Protect the beautiful Dale Arden! Save the Earth from the evil death ray of Ming the Merciless!