Hero Up! Marvel 'Super Hero Squad' Trading Card Game Releases Today!

Loot Cards & Reward Codes Can be Used to Unlock Exciting Content in the Online Game!

CARLSBAD, Calif., April 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fans of Marvel's popular "Super Hero Squad" are poised to pounce on a new offering from Upper Deck that arrives in stores today. Upper Deck has partnered with Marvel to provide fans with the first-ever "Super Hero Squad" trading card game (TCG). To provide connectivity and make the game even more exciting for online users, the TCG is enhanced with exclusive loot cards and reward codes that can be used to unlock exciting features in the popular "Super Hero Squad" online game (MMO).

"Based on the success of the 'Super Hero Squad' online game, we know there will be a strong interest among those players in the new 'Super Hero Squad' TCG we are offering," said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck's vice president of Marketing & Business Development. "We expect to get some mainstream interest from Marvel fans with 'The Avengers' movie coming out in just a few short weeks. We believe this is a property that has evergreen potential with great characters and an awesome game-play experience.

We are also looking forward to supporting the TCG with an Organized Play program and we are committed to growing the property over time."

The new "Super Hero Squad" trading card game will feature a 300-card base set that includes beloved Marvel heroes like Spider Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor, Captain America, The X-Men and more. With great art and fast-playing game action, the "Super Hero Squad" TCG will really pack a punch with gamers. Reward codes can be found in every pack and can be redeemed in the online game for a digital "Rise of Heroes" pack of TCG cards. Rare loot cards randomly inserted into card packs can be redeemed for exclusive items including playable characters within the online game.

Fans can pick up four distinct single player intro packs themed around Spider Man, Iron Man, Wolverine and Hulk. Each of which includes 30-card theme deck, one rare foil card, one collectible coin and a booster pack per intro pack. A unique two-player intro pack is also available, pitting The Avengers® against the X-Men. The two player intro pack includes two 30-card theme decks, two exclusive play mats, two rare foil cards, one collectible coin and two booster packs. Additionally, gamers can add to their decks by grabbing booster packs consisting of six common cards, three uncommon cards and one rare or super-rare foil card. Get ready to "Hero Up" when Upper Deck's "Super Hero Squad" trading card game releases in stores today!

About Upper Deck

Upper Deck is the leading sports and entertainment trading card and collectibles company. For more information on Upper Deck and its products please visit www.upperdeck.com.

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.

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