Licensees Race to Support Classic Property

Speed Racer Enterprises signed four deals for the classic “Speed Racer” animated television series in addition to two licenses for “Speed Racer: The Next Generation,” the new animated television series due on Nicktoons Network in 2008. Southpole/Lot 29, a division of Wicked Fashions Inc., will produce T-shirts, polo, tank tops, jerseys, novelty tops, jackets, vests, jeans, pants, shorts, overalls, short-alls, sportswear, and headwear for both properties. Apparel for the classic Speed Racer will ship in November 2007. Grosset & Dunlap will publish novelizations of the classic Speed Racer with six books due for 1Q 2008 while IDW Publishing will come to market in 1Q 2008 with comic books and trade paperback collections for both properties, including reprints of older material as well as new material. Trends International has licensed the classic Speed Racer for posters and 2009 calendars targeted to hit the shelves in 3Q 2008.