'Rumble Robots Invasion'(TM) Set To Invade Stores

    ST. LOUIS, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the enormous retail success
 in 2001 of Rumble Robots, a popular line of remote control robot toys operated
 by infared technology, Trendmasters introduces the next generation, Rumble
 Robots Invasion.
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     With Rumble Robots Invasion, kids can play with an entire team of robot
 knights and soldiers using a single infared remote, lead by the Invasion King.
 Now children can operate legions of toys and command armies, devise tactics
 and strategy and engage their minds along with their imagination.
     "The unique play pattern of combining strategy with battle and competition
 is an important interactive tool," says DeWayne Booker, Senior Vice President
 of Marketing and Licensing of Trendmasters.  "This rich game play appeals to
 children on many levels, providing long-lived play patterns that challenge as
 well as entertain."
     Each Invasion King commands armies of Invasion Knights and Soldiers.  With
 a swipe of the Power Card, the Invasion King energizes to beam commands using
 its infared technology.  The invisible laser beams transmit commands to allies
 and can also disable rival knights and kings.  The King is powered and ready
 for an intense infared controlled battle, and the Invasion Soldiers are poised
 to battle, stand and protect their Invasion King with their own arsenal of
 laser beams.  The exciting play pattern of Rumble Robot Invasion easily
 accommodates one-on-one or team play.
     Electronic Power Cards add offensive and defensive abilities when swiped
 through the King robot.  The more cards collected, the greater the powers
 possessed by the Invasion Kings and Knights.
     Hosting the official launch of Rumble Robots Invasion is Toys "R" Us Times
 Square, "The Center of the Toy Universe", (on Saturday, March 23rd from
 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M.).  Toys "R" Us Times Square is located at Broadway &
 44th Street in Manhattan, New York.
     Following this official launch of Rumble Robots Invasion, a broad array of
 accessories, including Battle Armor, Weapons Pack and Traps, will be
 introduced.  Boys ages 6 and up will delight in Rumble Robot Invasion, as well
 as the accessories that will turn any area into an epic Rumble battlefield.
     The original line, Rumble Robots, launched nationally May 2001.
 Approximately 2 million units sold at retail; retail sales were approximately
 $100 million.  Rumble Robots ranked as the number 2 toy introduced in 2001,
 and number 6 in the overall 2001 top toy list according to NPDFunworld (SM),
 the toy retail tracking unit of the NPD Group.  Major national retailers
 carried Rumble Robots and will carry Rumble Robots Invasion (beginning Spring
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SOURCE Trendmasters, Inc.

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