'Gatchaman,' 'Astroboy' will arrive in 2009

Imagi Animation Studios, producer of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” has pacted with Wowwee to distribute toys from its next two animated movies “Gatchaman” and “Astroboy.”

Earlier this month Imagi hitched up with Wah Shing Toys to co-develop products during the movies’ production phase. Wowwee will have exclusive distribution rights outside Japan and China.

Derived from established manga characters, the toys are expected to include action figures, vehicles, playsets, robot figures, activity toys and plush goods.

Movies are both skedded for delivery in 2009.

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