JANUARY 11, 2017 – A themed action figure two-pack recreating one of the most famous boxing matches of all time will arrive in stores later this month from action figure and collectibles maker NECA.
In 1978, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali proved that he truly was the Greatest of All Time by defeating the strongest man on Earth – Superman – in the pages of DC Comics’ historic Superman vs. Muhammad Ali issue. Far from a grudge match, this battle would ultimately set the two up to save the planet from an alien invasion, ending in the proclamation “WE are the greatest!”
Now, for the first time ever, that iconic team-up comes to action figure form in a stylized set that pays tribute to the late philanthropist, social activist and three-time World Heavyweight Champion who would have turned 75 this month. Created by NECA, in conjunction with Authentic Brands Group, the owner of the Muhammad Ali brand, the 7-inch scale figures have over 25 points of articulation and feature comic-stylized deco based on the issue’s spectacular cover art. The set comes in collectible window box packaging that recreates that famous bout, with Superman and Ali posed as they were on the iconic comic book cover.
The Superman vs. Muhammad Ali action figure set will be available at the end of January.
NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) is the leading creator and global distributor of licensed consumer products based on some of the world’s most recognizable movies, video games, comic books, and pop culture. Featured licenses include major properties from Marvel and DC Comics, Alien, Blade Runner 2049, Godzilla, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, A Christmas Story, “Weird Al” Yankovic, as well as major video game properties. The NECA group of companies includes game developer and publisher WizKids and urban vinyl icon Kidrobot.
NECA is part owner of the Muhammad Ali estate and holds a majority ownership to Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., granting NECA the property ownership and management rights to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, in partnership with ABG and the Presley family.
For more information, visit necaonline.com.
About Authentic Brands Group, LLC
Authentic Brands Group is a brand development company, which builds long-term value through the ownership of intellectual property associated with prominent fashion, sports, celebrity and entertainment brands. Headquartered in New York City, ABG builds brand equity by partnering with best-in-class licensees and retailers. ABG’s global portfolio of world-renowned brands includes Marilyn Monroe®, Mini Marilyn®, Elvis Presley®, Muhammad Ali®, Shaquille O’Neal®, Dr. J®, Michael Jackson® *managed brand*, Juicy Couture®, Aéropostale®, Jones New York®, Judith Leiber®, Frederick’s of Hollywood®, Thalía®, Adrienne Vittadini®, Taryn Rose®, Misook®, Hickey Freeman®, Hart Schaffner Marx®, Bobby Jones®, Spyder®, Tretorn®, Tapout®, Prince®, Airwalk®, Vision Street Wear®, and Hind®. For more information, visit www.abg-nyc.com