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DBZ Cards To Be Signed

March 14, 2001

     Artbox Entertainment, the manufacturer of Dragon Ball Z trading cards, will release new cards signed by the DBZ voice actors themselves. They will only be available for a limit time and according to current estimates, most cards will be sold out within 60-90 days.

FUNimation Productions Ltd. _ Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brian Dobson
203-894-9240, DobsonPR@eci.com

DRAGON BALL Z Collectible Cards Series II From Artbox To Have Hidden Treasures: Surprise Cards Signed By Voice Actors Of Hit TV Show !! -Autographing Session Set For March 15th At FUNimation- Ft. Worth, TX ? Voice actor stars of Dragon Ball Z are set to make their mark in card collecting history as they pen there names on a series of Original Japanese Hero Collection Dragon Ball Z trading cards that will be hidden treasures in Artbox Entertainment's long awaited Series II Dragon Ball Z collectible trading cards, announced FUNimation Productions Ltd. and Artbox.

On Thursday, March 15th, five voice actors from the top rated Dragon Ball Z TV series on the Cartoon Network will gather at the headquarters of FUNimation Productions Ltd., producers and licensors of Dragon Ball Z based in Forth Worth, Texas, for the big one-time signing session. The actors will ink a limited number of Dragon Ball Z cards which Artbox will randomly place in Dragon Ball Z collectible card packs. For every 120 packs of the cards, one signed card will be included for lucky purchasers. Most cards should be discovered during the next 60 to 90 days, but some may remain in the market for a half-year or more. Gen Fukunaga, President of FUNimation, said, "The collectors of the Artbox Dragon Ball Z trading cards are a loyal and wonderfully supportive group and all of us at FUNimation want to bring them something special. We hope they enjoy finding and saving the signed cards." Chris Rose, Marketing Manager of Artbox, said, "We're all excited about the Dragon Ball Z card signing promotion, which could be one of the biggest events in the history of non-sport trading cards. Among trading card collectors, this is big!"

The Artbox Dragon Ball Z cards are a card collectors dream. Not only was Dragon Ball Z the top rated anime series ever in Japan, it its breaking all records in the United States as the #1 on the Cartoon Network's famed Toonami Block, was just the #1 Best Selling Video of The Hollywood Reporter's Top 10 List and is the world's most popular internet subject, ranking #1 on Lycos Top 50. It doesn't get better than that among card collectors!

Among voice actors signing cards will be Sean Schemmel, known as the voice of the legendary character Goku, one of the most popular on Dragon Ball Z; Chris Sabat, who brings Majin Vegeta's voice to his life; Kyle Herbet who is the voice of Gohan; Laura Baily, whose lucid tones are heard as Young Trunks, and Kara Edwards, who speaks for Goten. Cindy Fukunaga, Vice President of FUNimation, said, "In addition to Artbox, more than 70 licensees market Dragon Ball Z products from action figures to apparel. With more than $3 billion at wholesale worldwide, Dragon Ball Z is among history's premiere licensed properties. Dragon Ball Z Videos set sales records. Dragon Ball Z DVDs, with duel soundtracks in English and Japanese, sell out to fans of the TV show specifically and anime generally. The Dragon Ball Z action figures and other products are extremely popular."

FUNimation produces and licenses Dragon Ball Z in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. With a tremendous following on the Internet, Dragon Ball Z is a global success and the characters of the series are pop icons. The www.dragonballz.com website averages more than 2.7 million hits a day as membership in Club Z surpassed 400,000 fans.

Artbox Entertainment, a subsidiary of Amanda Printing MFG. Co. LTD and Japan Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd., was established in 1995 as a U.S. based company to manufacture and market popular licensed products by specializing the category of printed toys and collectibles. Artbox Entertainment ensures nothing less than 100% consumer satisfaction and all its items are among the highest quality licensed products available in the market today.

FUNimation Productions Ltd., based in Fort Worth, Texas, was founded in 1994 to introduce the Dragon Ball TV series to America. A full service production, licensing, Internet and home video distribution company, FUNimation focuses on quality entertainment properties. In addition to Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho and Blue Gender, FUNimation represents other properties including Chuck E. Cheese.

Special thanks to Chris Rose, Marketing Manager of Artbox Entertainment, for sending us this press release.


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