By SilverOptimus from TFW2005
This is not a traditional News Post, but rather a something to read and discuss for the weekend. Seeking Alpha, a website dedicated to keeping an eye on financial markets reports that Hasbro's Transformers would be a key player to save the Toy Industry.
With Smartphones, Tablets, Consoles and PCs, it is said that more and more kids are turning away from toys and are seeking digital entertainment each day. Not to exaggerate things but, people do question whether this is an Age Of Extinction… for the Toys.
Nancy Kross of Seeking Alpha highlights that Hasbro and Mattel are the two most prominent companies in the US toy market and highlights the importance of Transformers: Robots In Disguise as well as other toys when it come to save the industry. To quote…"The previous year was not a bad one for Mattel alone, but even Hasbro sales faced a setback during the holiday season. The company’s revenues remained flat with $4.08 billion in 2013. Net earnings for the year were $286.2 million, or $2.17 per share, compared to $336.0 million, or $2.55 per share in 2012. Weaker sales in North American market were the main reason for the company’s falling profits, however, the company still fared better than its competitor Mattel owing to improved performance in emerging markets. In the US and Canada, sales declined by 5%, whereas revenues were up by the same proportion in international markets. The performance in 2014 is, however, expected to be better owing to new toy lines like “Transformers: Robots in Disguise,” based on action movies introduced this year and the re-imagined Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony Pop and the all-new My Little Pony Equestria Girls product expected to be launched in the second half of the year."
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By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005
Good news to start your weekend off right TFW! Board member Autobot_82
has reported the first retail sighting of the Platinum Edition 2-pack featuring Age of Extinction voyagers Optimus Prime and Grimlock! This set is a K-Mart exclusive and will retail for around $59.99 (which can also be ordered via their website here
). This set was found in Commerce, Colorado.
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TFExpo 2014 is this weekend!
Posted by News Fetcher on August 01 '14 at 11:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
, the Wichita, Kansas, Transformers fan gathering is taking place THIS WEEKEND! The festivities kick off today, Friday August 1st! Be sure to go for the weekend to meet the Generation 1 voice actor Neil Ross and Transformers Prime voice actress Sumalee Montano!
Over the weekend you can also participate in the Headshots Bar and Grill Video Game Tournament, check out unique costumes in a Cosplay Contest, and customize your own upgraded toys with exclusive sets in Javaco's Workshop! Plus there will also be contests for the young ones, a dealer's room full of goodies and artwork, and a panel room filled with the comedic stylings of Wichita's own geek comedy duo, Beard and Bean. And if that's not enough, check out the TFExpo 2014 Exclusive toy set, BMOG Carbearator and Chopp-Or!
Head on over to TFExpo's homepage
to find out more - and if you're going, be sure to share your photos in the discussion thread linked below!Read Replies (0)