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Character Bandz is a line of shaped bands produced by Forever Collectibles. They were first announced in April 2010, and the first packs (based on Marvel Comics and Disney characters) were released in mid May.
Character Bandz packs are all based on popular existing children's entertainment properties, including comic books, cartoons, books, and even toy lines.
Character Bandz packs contain a total of 20 bands, generally including five designs with four of each design (though there are exceptions). They are packaged in a plastic pillow pack.
Character Bandz packs retail for between $6 and $8, depending on the pack. They are more expensive than typical band packs, but this is understandable due to the fact that Forever Collectibles must pay a licensing fee to all of the owners of the properties upon which their packs are based.
The first Character Bandz packs were released in June 2010, with the bulk following in August.
This type of shaped band—that is, the ones based on popular cultural material—was a big (and inevitable) step in the evolution of the shaped band craze. It is worth noting that Forever Collectibles went in that direction before even Silly Bandz did.
The ForeverCollectibles.com website is exceptionally incomplete and out of date in regard to Character Bandz. Far more information on the packs, and on which packs are even available, can be found at auction sites and online stores.
Branding Note: The WWE packs are technically branded "WWE Bandz," and the Hot Wheels packs are "Car Bandz," but we are classifying them under the Character Bandz label.
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