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IDW Games Expands Tabletop Gaming Partnership with Toei Animation for Dragon Ball Franchise in USA and Canada

Dragon Ball Z miniatures game to coincide with 30th anniversary of the anime series in 2019.

IDW Games, July 10th, 2018 announced today a new series of games with Toei Animation Inc. for Dragon Ball Z and Dragon BallSuper. This announcement coincides with the expansion of their current Dragon Ball Z licensing agreement to develop miniatures-based board games, as well as adding the Dragon Ball Super brand to the tabletop gaming category. IDW will extensively support both Dragon Ball brands with games releases through 2021.

“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Toei Animation and offer a full catalog of games that supports the Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super brands on all levels,” said Jerry Bennington, IDW Publishing’s Vice President of New Product Development. “With Dragon Ball Super, we are developing games that will appeal to fans of all ages while our Dragon Ball Z offerings will be more focused on strategic depth of gameplay.”

Upcoming releases include Dragon Ball Z: Over 9000, a bluffing and deduction game designed by Jon Cohn and Dragon Ball Super: Heroic Battle, a dexterity game designed by Spencer Reeve.

In Dragon Ball Z: Over 9000, players select an iconic hero or villain from Dragon Ball Z and compete against their friends to be the first to get their power level over 9000.


In Dragon Ball Super: Heroic Battle, players flick Goku, Vegeta, Goku Black, or Zamasu tokens into their opponents to deal damage and gain power. Players can power up and unleash special flick attacks that can send their enemies bouncing off of each other, or into ‘destructible’ 3D terrain.

Both games will be packaged in collectible tins and available this holiday season at hobby and specialty gaming stores each with a $19.99 SRP.

Also in development is a Dragon Ball Z miniatures game that will feature all new, uniquely sculpted miniatures. Players will take on the role of their favorite Z-Fighter as they battle iconic Dragon Ball Z characters, using familiar moves and items while creating epic moments in the Dragon Ball Z universe. The Dragon Ball Z miniatures game is planned to release in 2019 and will be supported with an extensive Kickstarter campaign.

This agreement comes ahead of the Dragon Ball Z anime franchise celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. With three remastered classic Dragon Ball Z movies from the 90’s set for theatrical debuts in September and November 2018, fans of both Dragon Ball series can prepare for many ways to celebrate the legendary anime series on the tabletop.

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About IDW:

IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OCTQX: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the critically acclaimed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past miniatures game as well as some of the iconic entertainment brands, including The Legend of Korra, Dragon Ball Z, Death Note, Sonic The Hedgehog, Atari brands, and Batman The Animated Series.

IDW Entertainment serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the bestseller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett.


About Toei Animation Inc.

Based in Los Angeles, Toei Animation Inc. manages the film distribution of Toei’s top properties, including Dragon Ball all series, Sailor Moon, One Piece, Digimon series, Saint Seiya, and many others to North America, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Toei Animation’s Los Angeles office further handles all categories of consumer product licensing based on its film and television brands within these territories.

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Ross Thompson

Games Marketing & Events Manager for IDW Publishing



David Syatt

SSA Public Relations for Toei Animation Inc.



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Dragon Ball Z: Perfect Cell – Available Now!

The Cell Games are on the world’s greatest fighters have gathered to see if they have what it takes to defeat Cell, the perfect warrior. Teaming up to take him down, Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Krillin, Trunks and Piccolo must strategize together in order to stop the supposedly unstoppable machine.

In Dragon Ball Z: Perfect Cell, 2 to 4 players will each take control of an iconic Dragon Ball Z fighter and roll their dice to generate energy. Using custom icons, players allocate their dice into performing attacks, helping other players, or buying upgrades. Players need to work together though, as Cell will continue to generate new threats that can heal him, damage all players, or lock players out of potentially game-changing upgrades.


At the beginning of each round, reveal a number of Threat Tiles from the top of the stack equal to the number of players, then place those Threat Tiles face up next to the Cell Board. Then each of the players take a turn, rolling and spending their dice. The start player takes the first turn, then play passes to the other players in a clockwise order. After all players have taken their turns, Cell activates all of his active Threat Tiles, regaining health and dealing damage to the Z-Fighters as indicated.

Taking a closer look at the Power Up Tiles, they represent permanent powers that the Z-Fighters can acquire through training. Acquiring these Power Up Tiles will be essential in their effort to defeat Cell. Most Power Up Tiles have an effect that can be used if you spend the indicated dice. You must spend all of the required dice at once in order to use the effect. By spending the required dice multiple times, you can use a single Power Up Tile multiple times per turn. You can have a maximum of 3 Power Tiles equipped at a time. If you acquire another, you must immediately discard one that was previously equipped.

The Threat Tiles indicated the various maneuver that Cell will perform. All face-up Threat Tiles are considered active. New active Threat Tiles are revealed at the start of each new roudn. Each Threat Tile that isn’t cancelled by the Z-Fighters will activate at the end of each round. Some Threat Tiles prevent dice from being shared or rerolled. Any such limitation remains in effect as long as the Threat Tile has not been discarded. The tiles that have not been cancelled remain in play from round to round, so it is likely that, for some rounds, there will be more Threat Tiles in play than the number of Z-Fighters. It’s important to manage these Threat Tiles so you don’t get overwhelmed!

Dragon Ball Z: Perfect Cell, by Chris Bryan is on shelves now. Check out your local game store and save the Earth from Perfect Cell!

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IDW Games Announces Dragon Ball Z Partnership With Toei Animation

First Board Game in Series, Designed By Chris Bryan

San Diego, CA (November 1st, 2017) IDW Games and Toei Animation announce a series of Dragon Ball Z board games. One of the most beloved Japanese franchises and a pop culture favorite in North America for more than 20 years is coming to the tabletop with a new collection of themed non-collectible board, tile-laying and dice games based on Dragon Ball Z. The first game, Dragon Ball Z: Perfect Cell, will be a dice game which places the Z-Fighters against Perfect Cell.

Designed by Chris Bryan, best known for his involvement in Moonrat Media’s Board With Life web series, the game Dragon Ball Z: Perfect Cell, where 2 to 4 players will each take control of an iconic Dragon Ball Z fighter and roll their dice to generate energy. Using custom icons, players allocate their dice into performing attacks, helping other players or buying upgrades. Players need to work together though, as Cell will continue to generate new threats that can heal him, damage all players, or lock players out of potentially game-changing upgrades.

Jerry Bennington, VP of New Product Development, said “We are excited to work with such a popular license and Chris Bryan really understands the story and the characters. We are looking forward to bringing a game that fans new and old will enjoy.”

The first game in this partnership with Toei Animation, Dragon Ball Z: Perfect Cell will be available March 2018.

Media Contact: Ross Thompson