In the event your Combiner Wars Superion and Menasor aren’t G1 enough for you, Hasbro has made your day with the announcement of two additional Combiner Wars deluxe figures. These new figures, Quickslinger and Brake-Neck will be available in May. Quickslinger is the new name for the G1 Aerialbot Slingshot and Brake-Neck is the new name for G1 Wildrider. Check them out in the gallery below.
Thanks to our pals at Hasbro and the social media team at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, we’ve got a preview of the upcoming Transformers: Robots in Disguise exhibit. This exhibit opens on March 7th. This preview will give some idea of what to expect and how the displayed objects relate to hands on learning opportunities. Enjoy!
Welcome to the Transformers Universe! The exhibit’s entry will ask you to “Choose Your Team,” with featured photo ops with Optimus Prime and Megatron. exhibit entry.]
There will also be a display of full-size Transformers fan costumes, including The Children’s Museum’s own Bumblebee costume.
Examine Transformers vintage toys and character images, which represent a sampling of the 6,000 characters developed by Hasbro over the past 30 years. This space includes a 10’ Optimus Prime statue from Transformers: Age of Extinction, an Autobot and Decepticon character display, and other interactives focused on the fantasy world of Transformers
The Hasbro toy design area will allow you to participate in key phases of the toy making process including aspects such as conceptual design, engineering, and testing. Enter an immersive space emulating Hasbro designers at work and watch a 3D printer printing a grey model prototype.
Autobot Central is a facilitated program space featuring hands-on workshops where visitors design robotic creations using some of the same skills used by Transformers designers. The space will also feature vintage commercials and cartoons.
The Become Bumblebee interactive asks visitors to imagine if YOU were a Transformer as you virtually transform into a robot on screen.
Not that it was a competition, but if it had been, the Transformers brand would have been the winner of the Hasbro Collector’s event today. New reveals included an all new Ultra Magnus, Combiner Wars Defensor and a HUGE Devastator. Unlike other Combiner Wars combiners, Devastator is built from 6 Voyager size constucticons.
Also on display were the newest Transformers: Robots in Disguise figures, including the return of Mini-cons. Check out the gallery below.
Cartoon Network will unleash TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise on Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m. (ET/PT) with a special one-hour premiere event. The latest installment in the iconic franchise features an all new animation style, and builds upon the lore of the iconic Transformers franchise filled with great humor and lots of fun adventure for fans of all ages.
The new series begins as Bumblebee must step up to be a leader in the years after we left the Autobots in Transformers Prime. Summoned by Optimus Prime to save Earth from a new Decepticon threat, Bumblebee puts his light-hearted mettle to the test after assembling a rogue team of young Autobot action heroes. Bumblebee must balance his job fighting off evil with being equal parts squad leader and coach to a rascally band that needs constant coaxing to learn how to work together. The results are comical when the cool rebel Sideswipe, elite guard cadet Strongarm, bombastic dinobot Grimlock and overly-excited mini-con Fixit must balance keeping the team together with chasing and capturing their new enemies in every episode packed full of action, fun and adventure.
Following the premiere event, new episodes can be seen every Saturday starting on March 21st at 6:30 a.m. ET/PT.
Last week, Hasbro announced that they’d have another “Fan Built Bot” promotion where fans will be able to build an all new combiner. Voting will occur via the TRANSFORMERS brand app (formerly the official TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION app) and fans will be able to log-in and answer a round of questions to help shape the identity of the new Combiner characters. The Fan Built Combiner poll will allow fans to determine everything from the types of vehicles involved, to whether the characters will be AUTOBOTS or DECEPTICONS, and eventually the name of the new character.
Voting for each round will be open for one week, after which the results will be announced and a new round of voting will begin, with three total rounds of questions in all. Additionally, the world’s leading dedicated toy retailer, Toys“R”Us, will host a “bonus” question on its Twitter channel on February 18, allowing its followers and fans to join the conversation and vote on the Combiner’s special power. A full reveal of the new Fan Built Combiner is expected later this year, with the character available as a toy in 2016.
So…get to voting!
One of the ways the Transformers’ 30th anniversary was celebrated was with the “Fan Built Bot” poll which resulted in the creation of an all-new Autobot – “Windblade”. This year Hasbro’s having another poll and this time around it’s a little bigger. This year Hasbro is launching a “Fan Built Combiner” poll, seeking fan input to create a new team of Transformers that combine into one giant new character in celebration of the theme of the 2015 TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS line, COMBINER WARS!
Starting soon, with exact dates to be announced, the official TRANSFORMERS brand app (formerly the official TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION app) will be updated and fans will be able to log-in and answer a round of questions to help shape the identity of the new Combiner characters. The Fan Built Combiner poll will allow fans to determine everything from the types of vehicles involved, to whether the characters will be AUTOBOTS or DECEPTICONS, and eventually the name of the new character.
Voting for each round will be open for one week, after which the results will be announced and a new round of voting will begin the following week, with three rounds of questions in all. A full reveal of the new Fan Built Combiner is expected later this year, with the character available as a toy in 2016.
“The first ‘Fan Built Bot’ effort was massive, resulting in the creation of WINDBLADE who has her own widely popular comic series from IDW Publishing and toy product,” said Tom Warner, senior vice president of the TRANSFORMERS franchise at Hasbro. “With the TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS line celebrating the venerable COMBINER characters from throughout TRANSFORMERS history this year, this is the perfect time to let fans help create something even bigger than a new TRANSFORMERS character — a Combiner team that will become part of TRANSFORMERS lore.”
The new “Fan Built Combiner” character will be part of the TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS toy line. Like all the toys in the line, which debut in stores this month, the new Combiner figure will be able to mix-and-match limbs with other figures in the line so kids and fans can create their own custom TRANSFORMERS COMBINERS figures.
To participate in the vote, fans will need to download the free official TRANSFORMERS brand app on iOS [http://hasb.ro/TF4APAIT514] and Android [http://hasb.ro/TF4APAS514]. Starting with the Fan Built Combiner update, launching soon, the refreshed app will become the premiere destination for TRANSFORMERS fans and will feature first-look and behind-the-scenes images and information on new TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS toys. Additional information will be available atTRANSFORMERS.COM as well as the official TRANSFORMERS Facebook page at Facebook.com/Transformers.
In 1986, Transformers: The Movie introduced a whole new group of Autobots and Decepticons (while killing off many after school friends) to both the Transformers cartoon and toy shelves. One character was absent from those shelves – Arcee. In 2014, as part of the Transformers Generations toy line, Hasbro has finally released a G1 Arcee. While it’s tough to say if she was worth a 28 year wait, she’s a pretty fantastic toy.
Package Bio: ARCEE is one of the most dangerous AUTOBOTS, despite her comparatively small size. She believes the Decepticons must be stopped at all costs. That belief, combined with her combat training, makes her a pure warrior, a hunter who mixes speed and sudden action to strike DECEPTICON targets whenever she can.
Thoughts: 28 years is a long time, but if I’m going to have to wait that long for a toy, I hope it’s as good as this G1 Arcee toy is.
Arcee’s robot mode is the weaker of her two. Mind you, it’s 100% Arcee, but she carries a good chunk of her car mode on her back which makes her a less sleek as her animation model. Of course, I have no suggestions on how they could improve things, so I suppose she’s just got an oversized backpack now. Outside of that, she’s pretty much all around awesome. She features all the articulation we’ve come to expect from Generations Trasnsformers, a ton of weapons and a great headsculpt.
Arcee’s Cybertronian cruiser mode is nearly perfect. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in an alien pink car. From the smooth lines to the stabilizing fin on top – this is Arcee. Top notch work here, Hasbro! There’s really not much else to say!
Summary: In general, due to my dwindling free space, I’ve really been limiting my Transformers purchases to Masterpieces, but occasionally a figure like Arcee comes along that I just have to have. Fortunately she was well worth the exception and any G1 fan will have to pick her up!
Our friends at Funko gave us a heads up that Walmart and Walmart.com has some Pop! exclusives for the holidays. From the Transformers movies are Stinger and Bumble Bee and from How To Train Your Dragon 2 comes Toothless with Racing Stripes. Look for these items on Walmart.com or check your local Walmart stores by the checkout lanes. Not every Walmart carries Pop!s so you may need to check a few. Happy hunting!
Transformers are wrapping up their 30th anniversary and are almost as popular as they’ve ever been. I’ve been on board with Transformers since the beginning, so I have some awesome memories of Autobots battling Decepticons on Christmas morning. Today’s entry in the gift guide is split into three parts – gifts for young kids, gifts for older kids and gifts for big kids.
Gifts for Young Kids
For the youngest Transformers fans I have three products that make fantastic gifts. Up first are the Transformers Hero Mashers figures. These modular figures let you take your figures apart, mix them up and make your own Transformers. Some of the franchise’s most popular characters are available including Optimus Prime, Megatron and Soundwave. Prices on these range from about $8 to $25.
Also recommended are the One-Step Transformers and Smash and Change Optimus Prime. These are perfect as they really enable quick Transformations and let playing take center stage. Smash and Change Optimus has been a favorite since the Age of Extinction toys came out – he’s pretty nifty. To go from robot to truck mode hit the toy against a surface and he Transformers. Hit him again – back to truck mode. It’s quick, works really well and is satisfying and around $20. The smaller one-step Transformers are also lots of fun, Grimlock is a favorite of these, these run around $10.
Finally, if you’re looking for a bigger gift for the Transformers loving kid, look no further than Stomp and Chomp Grimlock. This huge Grimlock converts quick and easy, has electronic sounds and even includes a small Optimus figure who rides him. This Grimlock stole the show at Toy Fair and this is one toy I know my nephew would go bonkers for.
Gifts for Older Kids
For the older kids who love Transformers, shoot for the Generations product line. There have been some fantastic toys in the range this year. The new Jetfire figure is big, sturdy and gorgeous. At the lower price points the deluxe scale also has some great options – the new Rattrap figure updates a Beast Wars favorite and G1 Arcee finally gets a figure. These are around $15 each and are widely available.
Gifts for Big Kids
For big kids, aka adults, it’s easy. Get them any of the Masterpiece Transformers, these are updated and advanced versions of the G1 Transformers that started it all. There have been some great figures released this year in the Masterpiece line – my favorite is the G2 version of Sideswipe with Prowl giving him a run for his money. Check out BigBadToyStore.com to see what else is available.
2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS, which has been celebrated thus far with a blockbuster film and critically acclaimed comic series’ from IDW. But the party isn’t quite over as IDW still has some TRANSFORMERS debuts this year!
The long-running TRANSFORMERS comic, which originally appeared in 1984, came to an epic conclusion as, TRANSFORMERS: Regeneration Oneby IDW reached its 100th issue! Original series’ writer,Simon Furman and artist Andrew Wildman led the illustrious series to its closing chapter earlier this year.
But as one chapter closed, a new one began during the “Dawn of The Autobots.” After the cataclysmic changes of “Dark Cybertron” the Autobots gained unexpected new allies, of whom the breakout star, WINDBLADE, the first ever fan voted character, ventured out on her own critically-acclaimed mini-series written by Mairghread Scott and stunningly illustrated by Sarah Stone.
The smash-hit new series TRANSFORMERS vs. G.I. JOE by Tom Scioli and John Barber made waves upon its Free Comic Book Day debut. With its stylized over-the-top approach, issue #1 sold out before the first issue even hit the shelves! The epic space-romp has not only been praised by the comic community, but has also struck a cord with fans.
“It’s been an amazing year for TRANSFORMERS comics,” said Barber, IDW Publishing’s Senior Editor. “The fans seem to be digging what we’re making, and it seems like there’s more fans every day. It’s been amazing seeing how fast people have come to love WINDBLADE—and especially gratifying to see kids inspired by her. Add to that the phenomenal response to TRANSFORMERS vs. G.I. JOE and the outstanding level of quality on the other ongoing series, and it’s been a banner year. Wait’ll everybody sees what we’ve got coming in 2015!”
Throughout the year variant homage covers have graced the ongoing series’ More Than Meets The Eye by writer James Roberts and artist Alex Milne and Robots in Disguise by writer John Barber and artist Andrew Griffith. Celebrating the rich history of TRANSFORMERS, these covers highlighted monumental moments throughout the history of Transformers.
This year has also seen a number of premier TRANSFORMERS collections released from IDW; from the 30th Anniversary Collection, with highlights from the many iterations of TRANSFORMERS in comics, to TRANSFORMERS Legacy: The Art of TRANSFORMERS Packaging.
The Cybertronian War has been the explosive topic of the TRANSFORMERS series Autocracy andMonstrosity and the final chapter in this expansive storyline, Primacy debuted this fall! Written by Chris Metzen and Flint Dille with art by Livio Ramondeli this epic conclusion can’t be missed!
DRIFT, who made his debut in the pages of IDW comics was featured in the blockbuster hit film TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction, and this month he returns to his comic roots in the new mini-series from creators Shane McCarthy and Guido Guidi! Drift—Empire of Stone sees the fan-favorite character take on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy.
As IDW comes up on its tenth year with TRANSFORMERS, it embarks on the wildest and most unexpected of crossovers with ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS. Written by John Barber the mini-series will be drawn by Marcelo Ferreira, and debuts tomorrow!
It’s been a huge year for TRANSFORMERS in the anniversary year, and IDW is honored to be involved in the celebrations!
New York Comic Con kicks off tomorrow, but Hasbro got the party started a little early with their ‘Twas the Night Before’ party. On display where the latest Hasbro / Angry Birds collaboration, Angry Birds Transformers. First product from this line will be available at Toys R Us this fall. These look like an interesting mix of the Angry Birds racing telepods and Transformers BotShots. See the toys in the gallery below and full descriptions are after the jump.
New York Comic Con kicks off tomorrow, but Hasbro got the party started a little early with their ‘Twas the Night Before’ party showcasing some new toys set to hit stores next spring. Among the product on display where the next assortments and sets in the Kre-O Transformers line. Check out the gallery below, and after the jump see complete set descriptions!
Transformers: Robots In Disguise, the upcoming Transformers animated series will not be airing on Discovery Family (formerly the Hub) but instead Cartoon Network. The show, which picks up a few years after Transformers Prime left off, finds Bumblebee leading the Autobots and facing a new Decepticon threat. The series is set for a spring 2015 premiere.
This feature is usually ‘What I Bought Today’, but there’s a backup in the HQ of awesome toys I haven’t gotten around to opening. Yesterday, the USPS was kind enough to drop off a box from Hong Kong which contained the latest Masterpiece Transformer – Wheeljack. I picked him up off eBay, but all your favorite shops with import Transformers should have this guy.
Package Bio: No idea…the box text is in Japanese.
Thoughts: There aren’t many toys that I’ll import, but Masterpiece Transformers make the cut. Upon opening his box, you are greeted by Wheeljack in his Lancia Stratos Turbo 5 rally car mode, the instruction manual, collectors card, a small bag containing two sets of rear view mirrors, his rocket launcher, rocket and laser pistol. In his car mode, Wheeljack is about 6″ long and 3″ wide. From a scale perspective, he fits right in with other MP Autobots. The paint details in car made are spot on and super clean, his green and red stripes look fantastic.
The Transformers from car to robot was mostly intuitive, except for the step where you flip his shoulders up and into their locked position. For the life of me, I could not get these shoulders in place…I got so frustrated I watched a youtube review to learn that no, I wasn’t missing something. Finally they just sort of fell into place, I guess I shouldn’t ever move him now since I’m not sure I’ll be able to repeat this.
In robot mode, Wheeljack stands just over 7″ tall from feet to the tip of his wings. He fits in nicely with the other MP Autobots. As with the other Masterpiece Transformers, this is essentially the definitive G1 Wheeljack toy, he’s essentially perfect. I’m not even sure what else needs to be said…he’s just about perfect.
Summary: Wheeljack was always one of my favorite G1 Transformers, in fact in the gallery below you can see a comparison between my original G1 toy and this new Masterpiece edition. Wheeljack is a shining example of the Masterpiece line, beautiful car mode and a near perfect robot mode. If you’re a G1 fan, go ahead and import him now…if he shows up in Toys R Us, he’s going to be about the same price as he is imported.