NECA/WIZKIDS ANNOUNCE NEW PUZZLE STRATEGY GAME, CONNECT WITH PIECES™

Hillside, NJ—February 7, 2013— Leading entertainment conglomerate and game creator NECA/WizKids is taking puzzle gaming to a new level, today announcing Connect With Pieces™, an upcoming puzzle building platform and game combining strategy and challenge designed by Joel Weinshanker, president and COO at NECA and board game designer Mike Elliott.

"Our goal has been to drive innovation within the puzzle category," said Weinshanker. “Puzzles have been a long-time popular past-time and we wanted to find ways to make them a little more dynamic and competitive, offering a fun yet challenging experience for puzzle gamers.”

Unlike traditional puzzle games, in Connect With Pieces™ there is more than one way to play for a varied experience. While the ultimate goal is to match all puzzle pieces in a way that garners the most points, Connect With Pieces™ requires strategy as each piece has five possible combinations, with most fitting in more than one location on the board.

For an added challenge, each piece is embossed with one of five special symbols, that when placed in a particular pattern will earn players bonus points or allow them to block opponents.

Connect With Pieces™, available now nationwide MSRP $12.99 USD, is designed for all ages and incorporates themes from several popular franchises, including a Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Twilight edition available at launch.

"We’re excited to bring our licensing portfolio to this platform. Players can really personalize their experience with friends and family taking on a puzzle game themed from their favorite hit movie,” said Weinshanker.

Coinciding with the announcement, NECA/WizKids has also revealed an upcoming Connect With Pieces™ application for iPad, coming soon.

Visit NECA/WizKids at New York Toy Fair, February 10-13 at booth # 4802. To discuss business opportunities or schedule an appointment to meet in person, please contact shannonp@necaonline.com.

For more information about Connect With Pieces™, visit: http://connectwithpieces.com/

About WizKids

WizKids/NECA, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NECA, is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. WizKids first pioneered the Combat Dial system featured in HeroClix, the most successful collectible miniatures game on the market today, with over 400 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. WizKids continues to produce new proprietary game platforms and properties including the award-winning board game Mage Knight, the groundbreaking Dice Building Game engine used in the critically-acclaimed game Quarriors, as well as the innovative Connect with Pieces puzzle building game platform. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

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