PDP paints and digitizes some Disney controllers

by: Sean Colleli -
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Disney has two potential hits on their hands this year, with both Epic Mickey and Tron Evolution launching within a month of each other. Naturally there will be plenty of promotion for both, not the least of which are specially branded controllers from PDP. As Tron Evolution is coming to all three major systems we'll be getting Tron-styled controllers for the PS3, 360 and Wii. Epic Mickey is a Wii exclusive, so PDP will make a unique paintbrush-shaped Nunchuk and a Wii remote charger to go along with it. I'm definitely looking forward to Epic Mickey, considering I'm a Warren Specter fanboy, but once I saw that Tron-ified Wii remote, PDP already had my money.


Special Branded Multiplatform Controllers and Collectible Charging System Coming From PDP For Two Great Disney Interactive Studios’ Games

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 15, 2010 – Performance Designed Products LLC (PDP), an industry leader in designing and manufacturing products for all major video game platforms, announced today that it has collaborated with Disney Consumer Products (DCP) to create unique game controllers for Disney Epic Mickey and TRON: Evolution, two amazing video games coming from Disney Interactive Studios. PDP is releasing TRON controllers for the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 (PS3) system and the Microsoft Xbox computer entertainment system, as well as a special secondary Wii controller and charging system for the Wii remote for Disney Epic Mickey. The controllers and Wii charging system will be available to consumers at the launch of the respective games.

Disney Epic Mickey is an action-adventure platforming game for the Wii™ console that sends Mickey Mouse on an epic journey of creativity and discovery. As Mickey, the player is propelled into Wasteland, an alternate world with lands inspired by Disney’s animated films and theme parks, and is given the power to wield paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world and determine Mickey’s path to becoming an epic hero. To commemorate Mickey’s debut on WiiTM console, PDP and DCP are bringing to market two very special items to complement the game: a Paintbrush controller and a Wii remote charging system. The Disney Epic Mickey Wii secondary controller is designed to resemble the magical paintbrush that Mickey wields in the game world, complete with wood-grained texture and soft, safe foam tip. The Disney Epic Mickey Wii remote charging system is something no Disney collector should be without. The charging system features a removable, light-up Mickey Mouse battling his nemesis, the Phantom Blot, and comes with rechargeable batteries for a Wii remote.

The official TRON controllers from PDP are multiplatform, bringing the look and feel of the TRON universe directly to the hands of gamers. Based on the designs of both the film and game, the TRON controllers will feature unique, performance-enhancing contours and design, rubber grips with a soft-touch finish and perforated details and light-up accents reminiscent of the TRON universe to illuminate late-night gaming sessions. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers are corded controllers with precision parts and vibration support, while the Wii controller is wireless. All three controllers carry and MSRP of $49.99 and will be available this fall in time for the release of TRON: Evolution -The Video Game.

For more information about PDP and its creative lines of video game controllers and other accessories, please visit http://www.PDP.com

About Performance Designed Products (PDP)

Performance Designed Products, LLC ("PDP"), a Lynn Tilton company, and owned by Patriarch Partners, is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing products for all major video game platforms including the Sony PS2, PS3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and Microsoft Xbox 360, as well as a line of accessories for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. PDP has offices located around the world, including the corporate headquarters and primary distribution center in Los Angeles, CA, an R&D office in San Diego, CA that focuses on research and development activities, a UK sales office, a Hong Kong engineering support facility, and an office in China that specializes in factory production management, logistics, and quality assurance. PDP manufactures and distributes products under the Pelican, Score, AFTERGLOW and HeadBanger brand names, with license agreements from companies such as Energizer, Nintendo, Hasbro, Disney, Microsoft, Sony, and Konami. The company has been supplying video game accessories to the U.S. market for more than a decade.

About Patriarch

Patriarch is a vertically-integrated private equity firm with robust in-house operational turn-around expertise. Founded in 2000, Patriarch was built upon a patented financial model designed to manage and monetize the distressed portfolios of financial institutions. Patriarch has since evolved into a global investment firm that concentrates on direct investments in and the transformation of complex businesses, building integrated industry platforms. Patriarch manages funds with over $7 billion of equity and secured loan assets, with equity investments in more than 70 companies and controlling interests in approximately two-thirds of these. For more information, please visit www.patriarchpartners.com.