Transformers

SDCC 2015: Transformers Panel

cc15 tnSan Diego Comic-con is in full swing and Thursday morning saw the Transformers panel. Following a short Combiner Wars video, the panel got rolling.

Transformers Devastation: Watched a trailer for the upcoming game. Will be coming out October 6th on XBox 360, XBox One, PS3, PS4 and PC. Watched a second Trailer featuring Grimlock.

Transformers Generations:

G2 Superion in a box set.   Also G2 Menasor in a box set. Box sets include cards and posters. Both will be available early 2016.

Victorion: Over 255,000 votes globally made Victorion. She’s the first ever female combiner – and features a unified color scheme throughout the team.  Pyra Magna, Stormclash, Skyburst, Jumpstream, Dustup and Rust Dust (Legends).  Will be sold as a complete box set – 2016 availability.

Betatron: Scattershot, Mirage, Ironhide, Prowl, Sunstreaker – Q1’16

Masterpiece Starscream: Toys R Us Exclusive available October

Platinum Edition: 2 pack of Percepter / Blaster – available at August at Target. Reissue of G1 toys.

Trypicon – Available this fall at Amazon. Reissue of the G1.

Machinima creating a Combiner Wars animated series. More details to come, announced today.

New Transformers: Combiner Wars Photos from Botcon

transformersBotcon is this weekend and the Hasbro panel was today. Fans of the Combiner Wars toy line are in for a treat, as some incredible toys were revealed today. I’ve got all the official images below – but among what you’ll see is Bruticus, a combiner built from several ’84 Autobots and the return of Sky Lynx – who also is the core of a combiner. These toys are impressive, check them out!

New Transformers: Robots In Disguise Reveals from Botcon

transformersIt’s Botcon weekend and today Hasbro had their panel where they preview upcoming toys. There was some huge news for fans of Combiner Wars – but first let’s look at all the upcoming toys for Transformers: Robots In Disguise.

Official Descriptions and Images of Transformers SDCC Exclusive Combiner Hunters & Devastator

cc15 tnHasbro has released a bunch of images of their SDCC exclusive Transformers Combiner Hunters and Devastator sets – two of my favorite SDCC exclusives that have been announced so far. Devastator features a new head sculpt and vac metal parts – which you can see in the pictures below. Read the official descriptions then drool over the images!
TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS COMBINER HUNTERS Action Figure  Collection

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $74.99/Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3213 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Your favorite female Autobots from the COMBINER WARS take up arms and become COMBINER HUNTERS in pursuit of the ultimate DECEPTICON COMBINER — DEVASTATOR! This special edition set includes Deluxe scale figures of WINDBLADE, ARCEE, and CHROMIA figures, each featuring exclusive decos and COMBINER HUNTER weapons. Fans will also receive a Hasbro SDCC exclusive cover edition of IDW Publishing’s TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER HUNTERS #1 as a free gift with each Hasbro Toy Shop purchase at Comic-Con International that includes TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS items. Following the convention, a limited number of action figure sets will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS DEVASTATOR Special Edition Action Figure

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $179.99/Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3213 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Be the first to get your hands on Hasbro’s largest TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS figure! This massive set features six Voyager scale figures packed out in their combined DEVASTATOR mode in an exclusive window box display with a unique CONSTRUCTICON theme. This Special Edition of DEVASTATOR also features a brand new head sculpt and an exclusive deco featuring vac-metal parts! Fans will also receive a Hasbro SDCC exclusive cover edition of IDW 

Publishing’s TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER HUNTERS #1 as a free gift with each Hasbro Toy Shop purchase at Comic-Con International that includes TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS items. Following the convention, a limited number of action figure sets will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

Transformers Class of ’85 Kreon Set Revealed for SDCC

cc15 tnIt looks like 2015 is shaping up to be another banner SDCC for the Transformers brand as today another exclusive was announced – the Class of ’85 Kreon set. This set, a sequel to last years’, includes a Kre-o minifigure for each new character introduced to Transformers lore in 1985. From Beachcomber to Bombshell (and characters who don’t start with the letter B), the gang is all here.

This exclusive will be available at the HasbroToyShop booth at the show and on-line (in limited quantity) at HasbroToyShop.com after SDCC.

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The Loyal Subjects’ SDCC Exclusives and Signing Schedule Published

cc15 tnThe Loyal Subjects have announced their booth signing schedule as well as their exclusives for the show. Exclusives available for signing are:

  • Blue Ranger “Crystal Edition” – 500 available – $15.99
  • Red Ranger “Crystal Edition” – 500 available – $15.99
  • Clear Frenzy & Buzzsaw Tape Pak – 500 available – $29.99
  • Rita Repulsa vs. Pink Ranger “Metallic Edition” – 500 available – $29.99
  • Clear Black Mirage – $500 available – $15.99
  • Battle Damaged TMNT 4 pack – 500 available – $59.99
  • Constructicon 3 pack (Yellow / Purple Edition) – 500 available – $49.99
  • Metallic Jumbo (8″) Leonardo – 300 available – $56.00
  • Blue Rumble & Black Laserbeak – 500 availabile – $29.99
  • TMNT Stealth 4 pack – 500 available – $59.99
  • A mystery Nickelodeon release
  • White Ranger vs. Lord Zedd “Metallic Edition” – 500 available – $29.99
  • Pink Ranger “Crystal Edition” – 500 available – $15.99
  • Red Ranger vs. Goldar “Metallic Edition” – 500 available – $29.99

Signing times are below, as is a picture of the “Cyrstal Edition” Blue Ranger.

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Hasbro’s SDCC Exclusive “Combiner Hunters” Set Revealed

cc15 tnIn addition to the SDCC exclusive Devastator set revealed a few weeks ago, Hasbro took to IGN to share their second SDCC exclusive box set – a set of 3 Combiner Hunters. This set, based on the IDW Transformers comics, features three repaints of Arcee, Chromia and Windblade with GIANT weapons. I guess the bigger your foe is, the bigger sword you need to fight them.
The Combiner Hunters box set is priced at $74.99 and will be sold at Hasbro’s SDCC booth (#3213). A limited number of sets will be sold via HasbroToyShop.com after SDCC.

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Voting Now Open for Transformers Hall of Fame In the Official Transformers App

transformersTransformers Hall of Fame voting is now LIVE in the Official Transformers App, (available for iOS and Android from transformers.com/apps). Fans are now able to vote for their favorites in three fan-nominated categories — Favorite TRANSFORMERS Character (Galvatron, Optimus Primal or Prowl), Best COMBINER Robot (Bruticus, Devastator or Predaking) and Best Musical Act Used in a TRANSFORMERS Branded Production (Anne Bryant, Vince DiCola or “Weird Al” Yankovic — with the winners to be announced at BotCon, the Official TRANSFORMERS Convention, in St. Charles, Illinois from June 18-21, 2015.

The bios for the nominees are can be found in the app in the “BIOS” section, and voting can be done in the “VOTE” section.
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Transfomers May Mayhem Has Arrived

transformersHasbro Inc. will showcase the figures from its iconic TRANSFORMERS brand though MAY MAYHEM, a new fan initiative spotlighting the hot new TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS line. MAY MAYHEM kicks off with a special retail event, launching today through notable online retailers, allowing fans to purchase AERIALBOT QUICKSLINGER and STUNTICON BRAKE-NECK figures from the COMBINER WARS line, and continues fan participation, multi-platform storytelling and online promotions throughout the month of May.

“Our goal with May Mayhem is to provide collectors of the TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS line with a robust multi-platform experience,” said Tom Warner, senior vice president of the TRANSFORMERS franchise at Hasbro. “With the combination of amazing new toys and great storytelling from our partners, it’s never been a better time to be a TRANSFORMERS fan.”

Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS action figures feature characters and expressions from throughout the 30 plus years of the TRANSFORMERS brand. In 2015 the GENERATIONS line unites under one big story – COMBINER WARS, featuring teams of TRANSFORMERS robots that combine together into one giant COMBINER robot!

Starting today, AERIALBOT QUICKSLINGER and STUNTICON BRAKE-NECK will be available exclusively through participating online retailers, such as Amazon.com (Quickslinger, Brake-Neck), Walmart.com, Target.com, ToysRUs.com, Entertainment Earth (Quickslinger, Brake-Neck), BigBadToyStore, Diamond Comics and HasbroToyShop.com. With these two new figures, fans are able to complete their G1-accurate SUPERION and MENASOR COMBINER figures!

Additionally, several participating online retailers will be running special promotions on TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS figures, providing fans with an ideal way to complete their collections. As part of MAY MAYHEM, Target.com will launch a new Collector Hub and will offer 20% off select TRANSFORMERS items starting on May 25th. Also on May 25th, ToysRUs.com will offer a “Buy More, Save More” promotion on TRANSFORMERS items. Fans should also keep an eye on the Toys R’ Us Twitter account (@ToysRUs) this week to discover the special power of VICTORION, the brand new fan-built COMBINER! Then on May 27th, Amazon.comwill be running a “Day of Deals” promotion on TRANSFORMERS items.

The action continues the week of May 25th, with the start of the TRANSFORMERS HALL OF FAME vote in the TRANSFORMERS OFFICIAL APP (available for iOS and Android from transformers.com/apps). Fans will be able to vote for their favorites in three fan-nominated categories — Favorite TRANSFORMERS Character, Best COMBINER Robot and Best Musical Act Used in a TRANSFORMERS Branded Production — with the winners to be announced at BotCon, the Official TRANSFORMERS Convention, in St. Charles, Illinois from June 18-21, 2015. Then, later in May, the epic “COMBINER WARS” story that’s been running through IDW Publishing’s TRANSFORMERS comics comes to a head in TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE —COMBINER WARS #3.

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Hold On To Your Bots – Transformers May Mayhem About To Start

transformersMay is going to be an a-MAY-zing time to be a Transformers fan as we’re about to enter May Mayhem. Look forward to a month filled with exciting moments in Transformer Fandom, Transformers Media and your own Transformers Combiner Wars collection.

The fun will start around mid-month as the fans’ choice voting begins for the Transformers Hall of Fame. This year you’ll not just get to choose a bot to join the priveledged ranks, but also a person and a combiner. Then on May 13th, the latest chapter of IDW’s Combiner Wars storyline is released with Transformers #41. May 22nd sees the release of Aerialbot Quickslinger and Stunticon Brake-Neck which will restore complete G1-ness to your Combiner Wars Superion and Menasor figures. Quickslinger and Brake-Neck will be available exclusively on-line at retailers like Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com, EntertainmentEarth.com, BigBadToyStore.com, HasbroToyShop.com and ToysRUs.com. May 27th will see the Combiner Wars battle come to a head in Transformers Windblade – Combiner Wars #3. And finally look to the Transformers facebook page for a new product reveal towards the end of the month!

May Mayhem is packed full of Transformers goodness. There’s a little more to wait for – later this week check in for the AwesomeToyBlog review of Quickslinger and Brake-Neck!

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Who Do You Want in the Transformers Hall of Fame?

transformersEach year Hasbro asks fans for help with their inductees to the Transformers Hall of Fame. For the first time since 2010, we’re being asked to nominate for three different categories. These categories are:
• FAVORITE TRANSFORMERS CHARACTER (Fictional Robot Character)
• BEST COMBINER ROBOT (Fictional Robot Character)
• BEST MUSICAL ACT USED IN TRANSFORMERS BRANDED PRODUCTION (REAL-LIFE HUMANS). 
A few…rules:
• This is the first time Hasbro is calling on their fans to induct real people into the Hall of Fame as a Fans’ Choice inductee.
• The Favorite Character category functions just like the general Fans’ Choice category did for the past 6 years, letting fans nominate whichever Transformers characters they’d like to see inducted that have not already been inducted. However, Combiners will not be considered for this category due to the Best Combiner category.
• No characters or people who have already been inducted will be considered for nomination. See the list below for the full list of awesome folks already in the Hall of Fame.
Fictional Character Inductees: Arcee* (2014),  Bumblebee (2010), Dinobot* (2010), Grimlock ( 2012), Ironhide (2011), Jazz (2012), Megatron (2010), Megatron – Beast Wars* (2013), Optimus Prime (2010), Ratchet (2011), Rodimus* (2014), Shockwave (2012), Soundwave (2011), Starscream ( 2010), Ultra Magnus* (2013), Waspinator* (2011), Wheeljack* (2012)
*indicates fan-voted inductee
Human Inductees:
·      Michael Bay (Class of 2011) – director of the Transformers film series.
·      Bob Budiansky (Class of 2010) – author of some of the most formative comic books in Transformers lore.
·      Stan Bush (Class of 2014) – writer and performer of “The Touch” and “Dare” from the Transformers: The Movie soundtrack.
·      Peter Cullen (Class of 2010) – iconic voice behind Autobot leader Optimus Prime.
·      Simon Furman (Class of 2012) – writer of several Transformers comics.
·      Yoke Hideaki (Class of 2010) – among the most prominent and influential designers of Transformers toys.
·      Chris Latta (Class of 2012) – voice of many original Transformers characters, including Starscream, Wheeljack, and Sparkplug Witwicky.
·      Kojin Ohno (Class of 2010) – designer of the first-ever Transformers toy.
·      Steven Spielberg (Class of 2011) – producer of the Transformers film series.
So this is your chance – leave a comment and have your voice heard!  I’ll submit the top suggestions to Hasbro and they’ll be in the running!

Hasbro Brings Some Extra G1 Goodness to Combiner Wars

transformersIn 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.

Preview the Upcoming Transformers: Robots in Disguise Exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

transformersThanks 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!

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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.]

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There will also be a display of full-size Transformers fan costumes, including The Children’s Museum’s own Bumblebee costume.

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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

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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.

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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.

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The Become Bumblebee interactive asks visitors to imagine if YOU were a Transformer as you virtually transform into a robot on screen.

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