Rumors of the merger began on the 23rd, but today it was made official: Solid Theater announced on their official site that as of May 1st, 2008 the company will be acquired by figure and goods maker Movic, a subsidiary of the Animate Group. Under the terms of the acquisition Solid Theater will retain its distinct brand identity within the Movic product line, and all current Solid Theater company operations, product support and scheduled releases will remain intact. Preorder announcements for future Solid Theater releases as well as wholesale inquiries will now be conducted through Movic, and a new Solid Theater brand website is currently in development. We’ll bring you any further relevant news on the merger as it appears, though it seems that short term effects will be minimal; a preorder announcement for Solid Theater’s Himomizugi no Onna no Ko is expected shortly. (no more)