Friday, February 29, 2008

Rocker Scott Ian Inks Licensing Deal with Bif Bang Pow!


LOS ANGELES, CA – Scott Ian, co-founder and rhythm guitarist of the seminal heavy metal group Anthrax, just signed a licensing deal with toy company Bif Bang Pow! to produce action figures and bobble heads in his image. Following the company’s success with collectibles from films (The Big Lebowski and Flash Gordon: The Movie) and television (Showtime Network's Dexter), this marks BBP!’s first plunge into the world of rock and roll.

"I'm really excited to be working with Bif Bang Pow! on what is to be my first action figure," says Ian. "The same people that made the Lebowski figures want to make one of me. That's sick!!! No desk will be complete without one!"

Says Jason Lenzi, CEO of Bif Bang Pow!, "Scott Ian is obviously a legendary musician and well-known personality, but he's a genre fan as well. I think he's perfect for BBP!'s growing roster of unforgettable characters."

Working closely together, Bif Bang Pow! and Scott Ian have announced their first product, a bobble head, which can be pre-ordered now. The Scott Ian Bobble Head is scheduled to ship sometime this summer.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

"Sometimes, there's a man....."


".....and I'm talkin' about the Dude here".

Now, didn't we mention just a while back that the coming weeks would be full of juicy Bif Bang Pow! news? As you may have noticed, a certain serial killer has just joined our illustrious ranks, and soon we'll be adding another name to the Pow! team, along with more characters and variants in Series 2 of our existing lines.

But for now, you'll just have to make due with the handsome fellow you see before you. Yup, the Dude's back, as our first new bobble head in over a year! He's dressed as the world first saw him, in the opening moments of 'The Big Lebowski', and is authentic in every way, right down to the tiled flooring. He's extra special, though, as he's our fourth (count 'em, fourth!) exclusive, this time, for the good folks over at nbcuniversalstore.com. He won't be up for sale for a little while yet, but we suggest you all tie strings around your index fingers as a reminder to keep checking their site. Cause that's the only place you'll find 'em, and we're thinking they'll go pretty fast.

"Well, he's a man for his time and place. And that's the Dude. The Dude, from Los Angeles."

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bif Bang Pow! Signs Licensing Deal With Showtime—Will Produce Dexter™ Collectibles

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 20, 2008) – Showtime Networks Inc. has announced that it has awarded a licensing contract for their critically acclaimed original drama, Dexter, to manufacturer Bif Bang Pow!

The series follows Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), an incredibly likeable forensics expert for the Miami Metro Police Department, who moonlights as a serial killer with a penchant for inflicting his own unusual brand of justice—he kills people who truly deserve it.

The network, working with its licensing agency, 360ep, has signed with Bif Bang Pow! to manufacture and distribute bobble heads and other figures for Dexter. "I’m an ardent SHOWTIME enthusiast and a huge fan of Dexter since its beginning in Season 1. Dexter falls right in line with what Bif Bang Pow! is trying to achieve," said Jason Lenzi, CEO of Bif Bang Pow! "Dexter is a smart, hip series that always keeps you glued to the edge of your seat. It’s an exciting show and we plan to create equally exciting collectibles to compliment it."

Bif Bang Pow! will produce a variety of Dexter collectibles, starting with bobble heads and action figures. The first items to come available should reach market this fall. Watch for future announcements regarding these winning new releases.

About Showtime Networks
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL® and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL® XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL® HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL® ON DEMAND. SNI is also an owner and manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL®, a venture of NBC Universal, Robert Redford and SNI. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.

About Bif Bang Pow!
Bif Bang Pow! (bifbangpow.com) founder Jason Lenzi is a seasoned television producer and the ultimate fan of cultish pop culture. So when he created his company in 2005, he took the fan's perspective. His idea was to bring items to the marketplace that he himself would want to own. Cultivated from TV, movies, books, comics, music, and more, Bif Bang Pow!’s mission is to provide high-quality action figures, toys, and collectibles to the massive cult audience (and kids of all ages) that wishes these toys were already in their collection. Bif Bang Pow! is a unit of JLA Direct, LLC.

About 360ep
360ep was founded by Bill Jemas and former members of the senior management team that guided Marvel Enterprises from a struggling comic book publisher into one of the biggest licensing and publishing turn-around stories of the past decade. 360ep’s Entertainment Division brings together the vast experience and expertise of successful entertainment and licensing executives with some of the top writers and artists from the comic book world. 360ep’s Licensing Division represents dozens of brands in their licensing activities, including AOL, Showtime Networks, the International Fight League and Smokey Bear. In addition to its representation of household brand names, the Licensing Division works with a variety of manufacturing clients, including a top-tier developer of handheld videogames and one of the country’s leading home décor manufacturers. For more information please visit www.360ep.com.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

"Donny, you're out of your element!"


Ah, who could forget those immortal words spoken by Walter in 'The Big Lebowski'? It's only one of the best lines in the film, and one we at the Bif Bang Pow! offices are proud of quoting on a near daily basis. And we have even more reason to celebrate it now, as we finally have a little three dimensional Donny to call our own. Yes folks, after a long gestation period, the late, great Donny Kerabatsos is going to be available as a brand new bobble head, the first new character we've added to our 'Big Lebowski' line up. We've captured his oblivious optimism perfectly, and think he'll make a fine addition to your growing collections. He's available right now for pre-order, so what are you waiting for?

Our Dude bobbles have been going like marmots in heat, so if I were you I wouldn't dilly-dally. There's lots more brewing at BBP! for 2008, the Official Tenth Anniversary of 'The Big Lebowski', so stay glued to this spot. Or as Donny would say, "I am the Walrus".