Upper Deck Goes Huge with the Release of The Big Aristotle in All-Star Vinyl Action Figure Form;

Miami Heat Center Shaquille O’Neal is First Big Man to be Depicted in New Line of Figures

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Sports collectible’s company releases four versions of the Miami Heat star, based on ‘stylized realism’ found in comic book art.

Something big is happening off the court in South Beach, Upper Deck is preparing to cause a commotion with an action figure of the Big Aristotle, Shaquille O’Neal later this week. Upper Deck will release an All-Star Vinyl action figure of the
Heats mammoth center on Friday, November 23 (9:25 AM PST) to Platinum Club members and to the general public on Monday, November 26 (9:25 AM PST).

The former LSU Tiger’s vinyl figures will be available to collectors and fans alike in a white and black with red trimmed uniform version (numbered to 1000), a white with red trimmed home version (numbered to 500), an alternate red road uniform version (numbered to 500) and of course, a coveted black edition (numbered to 250) featuring gold team graphics on an all black figure. The sleek all black figures have become the most highly anticipated variants of the All-Star Vinyl line
of collectibles due to its unique look and limited availability.

“Whether its O’Neal’s ability to deliver a verbal jab, a big rebound or block an opponent’s shot into the seventh row, Shag has always been a big game player,” said Upper Deck’s Dave Sanders, Brand Manager for the All-Star Vinyl Line. “We wanted to capture O’Neal’s larger than life physical stature and his trademark smirk.”

O’Neal has been a fixture in the NBA and was a member of the second U.S. National Basketball ‘Dream Team’ during the 1990′s. “Shaq is arguably the best big man of his generation and was a perfect choice to man the post for our All-Star Vinyl collection,” added Sanders.

The new figures will run for $74.99, with the exception of the Black Edition, which is $99.99. Eager fans will be able to scoop up a dual pack featuring a black edition and a black on black version for $150.00. For more information on the All-Star Vinyl action figures, please visit www.allstarvinyl.com.

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More on Upper Deck’s All-Star Vinyl Action Figurines

At 12 inches and produced in the underground style of urban vinyl, Upper Deck’s Shaquille O’Neal All-Star Vinyl action figure is a full inch taller than previous released figures and is a combination of art and realism not typically found in sports licensed products. Adds Sanders, “in this medium, our designers are able to have fun by adding or playing up on player attributes and subtleties that give life to these athletes, highlight their distinct features, playing style – design characteristics that make them highly unique in comparison to more traditional based sports figures. Keeping with the comic book theme, the high end packaging and artwork was created by well-known comic artist Jeremy Madl.”

To offer more details on the All-Star Vinyl figures, Upper Deck has set up dedicated web site with a blog written by Sanders – allstarvinyl.com. It will also give consumers a first look at upcoming sports action figure launches throughout the year, giving insight into the athletes to be featured, as well as the artist and sculptor behind the piece.