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RC2: 2004 Product Introductions

BOLINGBROOK, IL - (January 2004) - RC2 Corporation excites collectors with brands dedicated to fueling enthusiasm for muscle cars, video games, movies, motorcycles, farming and even giggling! With new additions to American Muscle™, JoyRide Studios™ Figures and Entertainment Replicas, Harley-Davidson® Die-Cast, John Deere® Die-Cast and The Fast and the Furious Die-Cast as well as new GiggleWings™, RC2 Corporation provides collectors with innovative, sought after items that are fun to own, collect and even play with!

RC2 Corporation's collectible brands offer consumers high-quality, high-value products that inspire collecting and encourage creative and passionate play.

Collectible product highlights for 2004 include:


Get ready to giggle with this new line of soft dolls designed to help children address their emotional and developmental milestones. GiggleWings are special guardian angels with fun, infectious giggles that help little ones realize the healing power of laughter. These collectible characters are sure to be one of the big hits of 2004! With whimsical characters like Annie Biotic and Stevie Snoozyhead, GiggleWings help alleviate children's fears of snuffy snifflers and nighttime noises!

GiggleWings make great gifts that offer more than just collectibility and play value; they reinforce the message that laughter is the best medicine of all! Ages Birth and up. SRP: $9.99.

American Muscle Vehicle Replicas

With their big blocks and bad attitudes, 80 new high-octane 1:18 scale replicas of classic American muscle cars reinforce American Muscle's stellar reputation for authenticity. These highly-detailed, authentic replicas include some of the most sought-after vehicles seen on the streets, in car shows and dreams!

40th Anniversary Tributes:
Just in time to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of automotive legends, Pontiac GTO and Ford Mustang, American Muscle introduces two 1:18 scale model replicas with opening hoods and doors! These models feature authentic engine compartments and impressively appointed interiors and special 40th Anniversary packaging. Vehicles include: 1971 Mustang Mach 1 429 CJ and 1966 Pontiac GTO. Ages 8 and up. SRP: $44.99.

The American Muscle Authentics line features the highest level of detail in model cars. Each limited edition 1:18 scale model has more than 200 individual parts and includes a certificate of authenticity. New models for 2004 include: 1967 Chevy Camaro Z-28, 1950 Oldsmobile 88, 1965 Mustang GT Convertible and 1964 Ford Thunderbolt. Ages 8 and up. SRP: $59.99.

Elite Edition:
The American Muscle Elite Edition line of limited edition, serialized 1:18 scale vehicles feature highly-detailed engines and chassis for added authenticity as well as opening doors, hood and trunk. New models for 2004 include: 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ428, 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, 1970 Monte Carlo SS454 and 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass SX. Ages 8 and up. SRP: $44.99.

Collector Edition:
The American Muscle Collector Edition line features highly-detailed, 1:18 scale authentic replicas with opening doors and hood! These models highlight authentic interior details, engines and chassis! New models for 2004 include: 2004 Pontiac GTO, 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ428, 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, 1970 Monte Carlo SS454, and 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass SX. Ages 8 and up. SRP: $34.99.

Grand Marques:
The Grand Marques line contains seven new 1:18 scale models. The line, which exhibits vehicles known for luxury and performance, features opening doors and hoods as well as detailed engines, chassis and authentic interior features. New models for 2004 include: 1967 Jaguar XKE Roadster, 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster, Range Rover, 2003 Freelander, 1974 Triumph TR6, Austin Healey and Porsche 911 Turbo. Ages 8 and up. SRP: $39.99.

JoyRide Studios Entertainment Vehicle Replicas

Eight additions to this line of movie-car replicas establish JoyRide as a top producer of quality die-cast vehicles from popular and vintage entertainment properties. This year, to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters, JoyRide Studios Entertainment releases Ghostbusters ECTO-1 - a replica of the vehicle from the original movie. Other movie-car replicas include: Animal House Deathmobile, National Lampoon's Family Truckster, Munsters Dragula, Greased Lightning and Austin Powers' Jaguar, Mini Cooper, and Corvette. All replicas feature opening doors and hood, working steering and authentic graphics. Ages 8 and up. SRP: $24.99.

Additionally, JoyRide is introducing 8" Stylized Vehicles from other well-known TV shows and movies. These include: Ghostbusters, Speedracer Mach V, American Graffiti Ford Coupe, Dukes of Hazzard Charger, The Fast and the Furious Charger, Starsky and Hutch and Smokey and the Bandit. All of these replicas feature opening hood, detailed engine, authentic graphics and a HOT look. Ages 6 and up. SRP: $9.99 - $12.99.

JoyRide Studios Figures

New figures based on Halo 2, bring the best-selling, sci-fi action-adventure game to life. Halo Action Figures will be released in conjunction with the highly-anticipated release of Xbox® game Halo 2. The detailed and fully-articulated exclusive figures are sure to be a hit with all Halo fans! Ages 8 and up. SRP: $14.99.

The Fast and the Furious Die-Cast Replicas

RC2 Corporation expands its popular The Fast and the Furious die-cast replica line to include 24, in-demand, new products for 2004 in three different scales: 1:64 (12 new products), 1:24 (six new products) and 1:18 (six new products). These new products bring The Fast and the Furious die-cast replica line to over sixty sought-after items! Some of the vehicles debuting in 2004 include: Nissan Skyline, Nissan 350Z, Saleen Mustang and Nissan Silvia. Ages 8 and up. SRP: $2.49 - $24.99.

Harley-Davidson Replicas

Providing the most sought after motorcycle replicas on the market, RC2 offers new 1:18 and 1:10 scale versions of the classic Harley-Davidson "hogs". Highly detailed and authentic-right down to the working hand brakes and opening saddlebags-these replicas feature fifty or more parts. Ages 8 and up. SRP: $7.99- $24.99.

Farm Toys/ Heavy Equipment Replicas

Familiar on building sites and farms, Bobcat compact tool carriers and John Deere farm equipment are world-famous for the way they take the really tough jobs in stride. RC2 replicas offer enthusiasts a new way to bring the tradition and technology of the farm or construction site to their very own home. High quality die-cast replicas are available in 1:64, 1:16, 1:25, 1:32 and 1:50 scales and feature moving levers and wheels. Ages 8 and up. SRP: $4.99-$24.99.

About RC2 Corporation

RC2 (www.rc2corp.com) is a leading producer and marketer of high quality, innovative collectibles and toys targeted at adult collectors and children, as measured by sales and brand recognition. The Company's diverse product offerings include: agricultural, construction and outdoor sports vehicle replicas; automotive, high performance and racing vehicle replicas; traditional children's toys; sports trading cards and racing apparel and souvenirs; and collectible figures. These products are sold under the Company's market-focused brand names, including Racing Champions®, Ertl®, Ertl Collectibles®, Learning Curve, American Muscle™, AMT®, W. Britain®, Press Pass®, Eden™, Feltkids® and JoyRide Studios™. The Company supports its brands and enhances the authenticity of its products by linking them with highly recognized licensed properties from John Deere, Harley-Davidson, HIT Entertainment, Lamaze, Case, Polaris, Honda, Caterpillar, Ford, GM, DaimlerChrysler, NASCAR, NHRA, Texaco, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, DIC Entertainment, Nintendo, Sega, Electronic Arts and Microsoft. The Company's products are marketed through multiple channels of distribution, including chain retailers, specialty and hobby wholesalers and retailers, OEM dealers, corporate accounts for promotional purposes and direct to consumers. The Company sells through more than 20,000 retail outlets located in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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