Monday April 17, 7:00 am Eastern Time

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Poo-Chi, The Interactive Puppy Launches at FAO Schwarz

National Roll-Out Coming to Toy Retailers Soon

VERNON HILLS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 17, 2000--Poo-Chi(TM), the Interactive Puppy, is gearing up for its U.S. launch on Wednesday, April 19 at FAO Schwarz in New York City by Hasbro, Inc.'s (NYSE:HAS - news) Tiger Electronics. A national roll-out at all major toy retailers will follow soon.

Poo-Chi is a revolutionary robotic canine that fits in the palm of your hand. He sings six different songs, plays games and has an animated head, ears, legs, mouth and tail. Just like a real puppy, Poo-Chi can stand, sit or dance on his tiptoes. He also senses and responds to light, sound and touch. Poo-Chi communicates and interacts with other Poo-Chi pals. For example, if two Poo-Chi's like each other, they will sing a duet. If not, they will growl at one another.

Because this techno pup is so lifelike, he needs extra love and plenty of food, so don't forget to feed him his special bone! The more he is cared for, the happier he will be. Poo-Chi uses advanced bio-rhythmic technology to create realistic emotional responses that adapt and change as he is played with. His big expressive LED eyes let owners know whether he's happy (eyes turn to hearts), or sad (half moon), - or just that he loves you.

``Based on what we saw in Japan and calls coming into the store, we are expecting a successful Poo-Chi launch, says David Niggli, chief operating officer of FAO Schwarz. ''The toy industry could certainly use another hot property this year, especially at this slower time of year. Poo-Chi is the answer. It's cute, innovative and has a great price point. Tiger is a strong partner for us as Poo-Chi will have a spot in the exclusive Tiger Turf shop at all our flagship stores.``

Tiger Electronics, manufacturer of Furby and Sega Toys have co-produced Poo-Chi. Poo-Chi is the first affordable mass market dog to reach retail this year. Tiger will distribute the toy around the world, except Japan and Korea. Approximate retail: $30.00; Ages 4 & up; Available in blue, purple or pink.

Tiger recently launched a ``Tech Pets'' section on its website at,. Poo-Chi is featured along with activities, games and caring techniques. New games will be added on a regular basis.

Tiger Electronics, Ltd., a division of Hasbro, Inc. leads the industry in technology-driven entertainment and lifestyle products for the whole family. Tiger's core brands, products and licensed properties include: Furby®, Talkboy(TM), Hitclips, Yahoo!, e-Fortunes, No Limits, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire(TM), Wheel of Fortune(TM), Jeopardy!(TM), Star Wars®, NASCAR®, WCW/NWO®, Winnie the Pooh®, Franklin the Turtle(TM)and many more.

Hasbro (NYSE:HAS - news) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, KENNER, TONKA, ODDZON, SUPER SOAKER, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, HASBRO INTERACTIVE, MICROPROSE, GALOOB and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.

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