Hasbro’s first SDCC exclusive has been revealed and it’s the return of the G. I. Joe / Transformers crossover sets. This newest set pits Scarlett and Powerglide against Zartan and Soundwave. Powerglide is a red repaint of the Rattler and Soundwave is a HISS Tank repaint (I _love_ the missles). You can check out the official pictures for this set below and you’ll be able to pick this up at the HasbroToyShop booth at the show and, in limited quantities, from HasbroToyShop.com after.
Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Hasbro Studios announced a strategic distribution collaboration to bring the iconic animated feature,TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE to the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S. and Canada. This full-length animated adventure boasts the voice talent of Orson Welles in his final role and an all-star voice cast that includes Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack and Frank Welker. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Hasbro’s Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis.
The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive home entertainment packaged media (Blu-ray and DVD) and select digital rights to Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE for home entertainment releases in North America. In honor of the 30th anniversary of TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE, this beloved animated feature will be newly remastered and transferred in HD from the original 35mm elements. A full-range of bonus content and collectible packaging are currently in development. Shout! Factory plans an aggressive rollout of TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE 30th Anniversary Edition on September 13, 2016.
“The Transformers franchise has been part of American popular culture for more than 30 years, developing into one of the most recognizable brands around the globe,” said Stephen Davis, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of Hasbro. “TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE played a huge role in the brand’s early success, laying the foundation for major motion pictures, several successful TV series, clothing and apparel, toys and much more. We are thrilled to work with Shout! Factory to deliver the original movie to fans in a completely remastered HD experience.”
“TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE is a highly sought-after animated feature, boasting a large fan following and consumer interest. On its 30th anniversary, we look forward to celebrating this film by bringing it to North America on Blu-ray for the first time. Having worked closely with Hasbro Studios on top brands like animated series TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO,TRANSFORMERS PRIME, MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS movies and more, this is incredibly exciting and important news for us,” said Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory. “We look forward to bringing TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE, featuring all-new HD transfer with stunning packaging and great extras to fans and on family home entertainment shelves.”
Action-packed animated feature TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE chronicles the heroic efforts of the AUTOBOTS as they defend their native planet CYBERTRON from the evil DECEPTICONS and UNICRON.
The AUTOBOTS, led by the heroic OPTIMUS PRIME, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way – UNICRON. The only hope of stopping UNICRON lies within the Matrix of Leadership and the AUTOBOT who can rise up and use its power to light their darkest hour. Will the AUTOBOTS be able to save their native planet from destruction or will the DECEPTICONS reign supreme?
TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE is co-produced and directed by Nelson Shin; produced by Joel Bacal and Tom Griffin; supervising producer, Jay Bacal; executive producers, Margaret Loesch and Lee Gunther; music score by Vince DiCola.
Hasbro Inc., Backflip Studios and Space Ape Games today released TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS, a new real-time combat strategy mobile game featuring the most iconic characters in the Transformers universe. Published by Backflip Studios (DragonVale, SpellFall, Paper Toss) and developed by Space Ape Games (Rival Kingdoms, Samurai Siege), TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS breaks new ground for the genre, pairing authentic Transformers storytelling with fast-paced gameplay, beautiful 3D animation and hundreds of characters with diverse strengths and abilities. The game is available now for free download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on Google Play for Android devices.
“The Transformers franchise is one of the most iconic in the world, so it is exciting to include these characters in such a compelling mobile gaming experience,” said Julian Farrior, CEO of Backflip Studios. “We are thrilled to partner with Hasbro and Space Ape Games to launch TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS and think that Transformers fans are going to love teaming up with their favorite Autobots or Decepticons in these highly engaging mobile battles.”
Inspired by Hasbro’s “Transformers Generations Prime Wars Trilogy,” TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS players must choose to fight with Optimus Prime and the Autobots or Megatron and the Decepticons in a battle to decide the fate of planet Earth. Once allegiance has been sworn, gamers assemble a powerful team of playable characters, raid enemy bases for Energon stockpiles, and construct the Space Bridge to add reinforcements from Cybertron, all while playing in real-time against other players around the globe.
The game also features notable storytellers and voice actors from the Transformers franchise, including dialogue written by comic legend Simon Furman and voice acting from Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime, and Frank Welker, the original voice of Megatron.
“TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS offers players an engaging storyline and incredible gameplay experience,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President, Digital Gaming and Corporate Development at Hasbro. “The game harnesses the unique strengths and abilities of hundreds of characters from Transformers lore, which really helps it to stand above existing real-time combat strategy games and delivers on the Transformers promise of More than Meets the Eye.”
“With TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS, our team was dedicated to making a high quality, hand crafted experience that fans of both mobile games and Transformers will enjoy,” said John Earner, CEO of Space Ape Games. “We’re really excited about the finished product and can’t wait to help grow and support the community around this game.
TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS is FREE to download and features in-game purchases, and is available worldwide excluding Japan and China on Android and iOS. Please note that a WiFi connection is required to play. Enjoy several screenshots from the game below!
IDW Publishing has unveiled its most ambitious comic book publishing venture in its history revolving around its fan-favorite titles based on Hasbro properties.
The “Revolution” event marks the birth of a comic book crossover that will be comprised of not only the TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE properties, but also all-new properties MICRONAUTS, ROM, and ACTION MAN, as well as the launch of a long-awaited M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand series.
This is not a reboot—rather, the Revolution series takes many of the building blocks of what has come before from IDW and builds on them anew, bringing all these elements together in an epic event that results in an all-new status quo for all involved. Everything fans have enjoyed up to this point remains intact as part of this ongoing continuity. The ramifications of Revolution will extend well beyond the event, as all of these iconic characters will henceforth exist in the same universe, altering the scope of IDW editorial in all the Hasbro series from this moment onward.
Revolution, the bi-weekly five-issue event series that launches this initiative, will be co-written by Cullen Bunn (MICRONAUTS) and John Barber (TRANSFORMERS) with art by Fico Ossio (MICRONAUTS). The event kicks off with a world-shaking threat that brings all opposing factions together in a storyline that just might see the destruction of the universe before it can truly begin!
All aforementioned titles will tie-in to the event with a bevy of talent on board including:
- Co-written by Chris Ryall (Onyx), Christos Gage (Marvel’s Daredevil)
- Art by David Messina (Star Trek)
- Written by Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter X G.I. JOE)
- Art by Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet)
Transformers: Till All Are One
- Written by Mairghread Scott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, TRANSFORMERS)
- Art by Naoto Tsushima (TRANSFORMERS)
Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye
- Written by James Roberts (TRANSFORMERS)
- Art by Alex Milne (TRANSFORMERS)
- Written by John Barber (Back to the Future)
- Art by Andrew Griffith (TRANSFORMERS)
- Written by Brandon Easton (Marvel’s Agent Carter, TRANSFORMERS: Deviations)
- Art by Tony Vargas (Rot & Ruin)
- Written by John Barber (TRANSFORMERS)
- Art by Paolo Villanelli (G.I. JOE: SNAKE EYES)
- Written by Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men)
- Art by Chris Panda
And many more!
“The Revolution series builds out of a detail that was introduced in IDW’s first-ever issue ofTRANSFORMERS in 2005,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Ryall. “So to finally be able to build upon the various story elements we’ve seeded over the years, and which come into play in a big way starting with July’s ROM #1 even before the launch of Revolution, is a blast. We’ve been working toward a full-fledged universe for some time and it’s great fun to be able to finally bring it to vivid life, especially since it allows us to give the world new titles like the very-requested M.A.S.K., as well as some exciting new books still to be announced.”
“We’ve done plenty of crossovers in the past,” said Michael Kelly, Head of Global Publishing at Hasbro, “but nothing near this scope or scale. Our heroes, whether they are from Earth or from distant reaches of the galaxy, all have one thing in common: their powers and abilities are based primarily on technology. We have been able to use this fact to build a natural and believable link between all of these disparate characters. The result is a complex and dynamic world where all manner of conflicts and team-ups can and will exist. If you are a fan of Hasbro’s brands, your time is now.”
As Revolution rolls out, each associated series will receive its own “Revolution” one-shot that ties in to the main event. Revolution will feature an array of variant covers with stunning cover art by Brandon Peterson, Tradd Moore, John Byrne, James Biggie, Adam Riches, Guido Guidi, Ken Christensen,Art Baltazar, and more.
Nothing will be the same after the Revolution erupts this September with issues 1 & 2 plus one-shot tie-ins (G.I. JOE, MICRONAUTS, ROM) all available to order together. Take a stand!
We’re getting close to the end of May, but Transformers May Mayhem is clearly still on a roll as the deluxe Transformers Combiner Wars Groove figure is now available in the US. For last year’s May Mayhem your Quickslinger and Break-Neck brought some G1 goodness to your Superion and Menasor…and this years it’s Defensor’s turn. So far Groove is available (and in stock) at AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth ($17.99), but also look for him at other retailers including Big Bad Toy Store, Amazon and others.
Victorion, the first ever Fan’s Choice Combiner team is available now from select retailers. Chosen through a series of votes, Victorion is the combined mode of the 6 member Rust Renegades. The Rust Renegades is a team of explorers who merge into Victorion when exposed to the mysterious, ancient Enigma of Combination. Their leader is Magna Pyra and her team includes Stormclash, Skyburst, Dustup, Jumpstream, and Rust Dust. Each individual figure in this boxed set includes a unique weapon, and those weapons can combine to form a giant super blade.
Magna Pyra transforms into a fire truck, and leads the crew. Stormclash and Skyburst are the helicopter twins. Dustup is armed with a bladed weapon while she changes into a race car. Jumpstream turns into a supercar, and comes with a killer shield. Rounding out the set is the diminutive Rust Dust, a motorcycle who can merge with her crew to form the giant 12-inch tall Victorion.
Victorion is available now from AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth ($109.99). Check it out here. Look for her soon from other retailers.
It’s Botcon weekend and there’s a ton of new pictures and news to share. I’ve already posted the new Titan Wars and Combiner Wars details, but of course there’s Robots in Disguise and more to review.
So here’s the news:
- Alt-Modes are an all new expression (which were previewed in the winter) for favorite Transformers characters. Feature and oversized head, pulling the tab on the toy quick Transformers the vehicle into the character’s body. These will be available in blind boxes.
- An all new mobile game is coming soon “Transformers Earth Wars”. The app is a combat city builder game and features some official voice actors of the shows. You can pre-register for the app now at TransformersEarthWars.com.
- The ‘Transformers Roll Out’ album is coming soon. You can see more details here.
- In Robots in Disguise – look for more Decepticon toys on the way.
- Weaponizer Minicons Revealed: Windstrike, Sawtooth, Lancelon, Dragonus
- New Warrior Class: Autobot Ratchet, Scatterspike and Bisk
It’s Botcon weekend and that means a ton of new Transformers news and pictures. The below gallery contains all the new Combiner Wars and Titan Wars official images from Hasbro – Robots in Disguise and other new Transformers toys will be in a different post. Highlights of the Hasbro panel were:
- The 2nd wave of Titan Masters revealed: Skytread, Apeface, Clobber and Brawn
- Titan Wars Wave 2 Voyagers: Alpha Trion with Autobot Soverign, has a beast mode and a space ship mode and Astrotrain with Darkmoon.
- Combiner Wars Deluxe Groove available in May – part of May Mayhem
- Computron Box Set to be released in Fall 2016.
- Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Transformers: The Movie with a box set including Ultra Magnus, Springer, Arcee, Kup and Blurr. Each figure features a G1 inspired ‘metallic’ deco. This includes a commemorative poster and will be a Target exclusive.
- A San Diego Comic-con Exclusive was revealed: the Titan Force 3-pack: Brainstorm, Windblade in a Fort Max themed deco and a translucent Sentinal Prime
The 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Award nominations were announced today and Hasbro Studios picked up a total of four nominations, with both My Little Pony and Transformers Robots in Disguise gaining recognition. You can see the nominations below and the awards ceremony will be on May 1st, 2016.
Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
Nomination: Transformers Robots in Disguise (Cartoon Network)
Executive Producers: Stephen Davis, Jeff Kline, Shuzo John Shiota
Animation Producer: Therese Trujillo
Producer: Jack Liang
Line Producer: Masanari Kubo
Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program
Nomination: Jeff Bennet as Mayor Luskey in Transformers Rescue Bots (Discovery Family)
Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program
Nomination: Transformers Rescue Bots (Discovery Family)
Writers: Nicole Dubuc, Brian Hohfeld, Greg Johnson
Story Editors: Cydne Clark, Steve Granat, Andrew R. Robinson
Outstanding Original Song
Nomination: “The Magic Inside” in My Little Pony Friendship is Magic (Discovery Family)
Lyricist & Composer: Daniel Ingram
Lyricist: Amy Keating Rogers
Kicking off Hasbro’s brand presentations today were the Transformers. Starting with the Titan class winner Trypticon, the brand team then covered Robots In Disguise and the latest in Generations toys. Below are my notes from the presentation.
We were shown an early design preview of Trypticon – then moved into Robots in Disguise.
Robots in Disguise
This part of the presentation startd with the first trailer for season 2. This season starts next weekend (Feb 20th) on Carton Network
New Warriors Class toys were shown: Windblade, Scorponok, Power Surge Optimus Prime
Power Surge Optimus Prime w/ exclusive Minicon also debuted. Similar to TF:Armada toys, the Minicon unlocks power ups and special features.
Fans of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise comic series will be thrilled to know it is returning this fall.
The final new reveal for Robots in Disguise were a number of Platinum series items, featuring enhanced decos and details both from Entertainment Earth – RID Warrior Class Bumblebee and Voyager Class Grimlock
On the Generations side of the brand we were shown a preview of the upcoming mobile game, Transformers Earth Wars. This as announced earlier this week.
We were then treated to a preview of the upcoming Fortress Maximum figure. Even bigger than the G1 counterpart, the new figure includes lights and sounds. In city mode you can connect other leader class Transformers, making is bigger and awesomer.
As in G1, Fortress Maximus’ head is Cerebros with his head being Emissary (sorry Spike)
One of the cool details around the Titan Returns toys is that the heads will work across all the scales of toys and be fully interchangeable. New toy reveals included:
- Leader Wave 2 – Soundwave w/ head Soundblaster
- Deluxe Wave 1 – Blurr and Hyperfire, Scourge and Fracas, Chromedome with Stylor, Mindwipe with Vorath
- Legends Class – Wheelie debuted.
- Wave 2 – Rumble, Laserbeak,
- Generations Platinum Edition: Armada of Cyclonus – Cylconus with Scourge and Sweep (K-Mart Exclusive)
Also the Transformers brand is now on Instagram @TransformersOfficial
Below are pictures from the showroom with many of these new toys included.
At Hasbro’s Analyst Presentation this morning during Toy Fair, Hasbro Chairman, President and CEO Brian Goldner announced new details about the next three films in the multi-billion dollar global franchise.
In partnership with Paramount, the writers’ room assembled by Hasbro’s Allspark pictures has created several exciting new Transformers stories and is beginning development on the next three theatrical films.
- In 2017, Michael Bay will direct the next chapter of the Transformers films, with Mark Wahlberg returning to star. That film is slated for release on June 23.
- On June 8, 2018, a new film is being developed which will tell the never before heard story of Bumblebee, one of the most beloved characters from Hasbro’s Transformers universe.
- A third new film will continue the story of Hasbro’s iconic franchise which is scheduled for release on June 28, 2019.
This spring, fans of the beloved TRANSFORMERS brand from Hasbro, Inc. will have the opportunity to harness legendary characters, including OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, BUMBLEBEE and STARSCREAM, in the palm of their hands with TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS – the latest real-time combat strategy mobile app. Published by Backflip Studios (DragonVale, Ninjump, Paper Toss) and developed by Space Ape Games (Rival Kingdoms, Samurai Siege), TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS brings the excitement of the battle between AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS to supported mobile devices with fast-paced gameplay and beautiful 3D animation, allowing the characters to attack, battle, and change form right before a player’s eyes.
With this game, players can choose to fight with OPTIMUS PRIME and the AUTOBOTS or join forces with MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS in a battle for the fate of planet Earth. Players can join their favorite TRANSFORMERS faction, assemble a powerful team of playable characters, raid enemy bases for ENERGON stockpiles, and construct the Space Bridge to add reinforcements from CYBERTRON , all while playing in real-time against other players around the globe.
“The TRANSFORMERS franchise is like no other. The story that has carried on through generations has drawn millions of fans who can’t wait for what’s next,” said Julian Farrior, CEO of Backflip Studios. “Working in conjunction with Hasbro, we’re bringing the TRANSFORMERS franchise to life in one of the most popular game genres.”
Using authentic TRANSFORMERS storytellers and voice actors from the original franchise, TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS extends the GENERATIONS PRIME WARS TRILOGY story across new platforms, enabling players to interact with other TRANSFORMERS fans, as well as millions of people around the world who enjoy real-time combat strategy games. Fans of real-time combat strategy mobile games will appreciate a game play experience wherein players are solely in control of converting their characters and engaging in TRANSFORMERS versus TRANSFORMERS battles. The game also features artwork inspired by the TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS PRIME WARS TRILOGY series, dialogue written by TRANSFORMERS comic legend Simon Furman and voice acting from Peter Cullen, the original voice of OPTIMUS PRIME, as well as Frank Welker, the original voice of MEGATRON.
“We are excited to join forces with Backflip Studios and Space Ape to bring our iconic TRANSFORMERS brand to life in a new way through the launch of TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President, Digital Gaming and Corporate Development at Hasbro. “TRANSFORMERS fans and fans of combat strategy games will love the explosive action as they join the fight to control the fate of Earth.
“We’re delighted to bring one of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises to mobile devices in an explosive new gameplay experience,” said John Earner, Co-Founder and CEO, Space Ape Games. “We’re focused on making hand crafted games that fans will enjoy, and can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with mobile gamers.”
TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS will be free to download but will feature in-game purchases, and will be released worldwide excluding Japan and China on Android and iOS in Spring 2016. Please note that a WiFi connection is required to play. Visit www.TransformersEarthWars.com to see the trailer and pre-register and be the first to download the TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS game.
Hasbro Studios today announced the first-ever album inspired by the Transformers franchise. Transformers Roll Out was made available for digital pre-order this morning, with two singles off the compilation (Mount Holly’s “Roll Out” and Crash Kings’ “Gigantik”) available for purchase and on streaming services. On April 15th the full album will be available on all major digital providers, with a limited edition CD and vinyl will be offered exclusively through FYE stores.
Transformers Roll Out heralds the global pop-culture Transformers phenomenon, featuring a collection of hit original songs inspired by the Hasbro Transformers franchise from leading established and up-and-coming alternative, rock and alt-pop artists, morphing together to create an epic portfolio of hard-hitting tunes that truly embodies the soul of the Hasbro Transformers brand. The album will include tracks from chart topping rock band ‘Bush’ and front man Gavin Rossdale, lending powerhouse vocals in “This House is on Fire” and will also feature up-and-coming alt-rock group Mount Holly on the album’s lead title track “Roll Out.” Transformers Roll Out is being released on Sony Music’s RED Associated labels and is available for digital pre-order on Feb 9th at iTunes: http://smarturl.it/
Artists contributing to Transformers Roll Out (with track titles) include:
- Mount Holly (“Roll Out”)
- Bush (“This House is on Fire”)
- Crash Kings (“Gigantik”)
- MEW (“Count to Ten”)
- Elle Rae (“Into the Fire”)
- SPURS (“Exiled”)
- Jameson Burt (“Just a Spark”)
- Ours (“Stronger”)
- Darby™ (“Modern Man”)
- Born Cages (“Our Revolution”)
Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), announced today that the popular kids television series Transformers: Robots in Disguise will return for a second season on Cartoon Network in the U.S., which consistently ranks as a top-rated network in Total Day for kids ages 6-11. The latest installment in the global TRANSFORMERS franchise will debut its second season in the first quarter of 2016.
“Transformers: Robots in Disguise continues to be a massive hit with kids across the country, launching with an outstanding debut season on Cartoon Network,” said Hasbro’s Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis. “Season two will bring back Bumblebee and his Autobots team for all new action-packed battles, fun-filled adventures and other humorous new characters with vibrant personalities that made season one a hit with kids. We continue to listen to our viewers’ feedback and are bringing back many fan-favorite characters, as well as some great surprises we know kids of all ages are going to love.”
Set years after “Transformers: Prime,” Robots in Disguise stars the lovable Bumblebee character, summoned by Optimus Prime to lead in a fight to save Earth from a new faction of escaped Decepticon prisoners by assembling a rogue team of unlikely Autobot heroes to capture their new enemies. Season two will see the return of a more confident, battle-tested Bumblebee as the leader of the Autobots, including his teammates Grimlock, Sideswipe, Strongarm, Fixit, Windblade and Drift. Protecting Earth becomes a mighty task as the team prepares to battle against menacing pairs of Cyclone Mini-Cons, who partner with Deployers to unleash the most powerful attacks and wreak even more destruction than ever. Our hero Bumblebee and his team prepare for battle with new power-ups and mini-con allies of their own, as they maintain their mission to protect the planet as robots in disguise. The series will continue to celebrate the continuous underlying themes of teamwork, companionship and the importance of standing up to wrongdoers.
The highly innovative TRANSFORMERS franchise is one of the largest global brands, spanning across television, film, consumer products and digital entertainment properties including gaming, apps, publishing, transmedia events, toys and licensing.
Images courtesy Hasbro Studios