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."
You can read the entire article at Seeking Alpha
. However, registration is required.Read Replies (0)
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 $59.99 (which can also be ordered via their website here
). This set was found in Commerce, Colorado.
Check it out with the discussion link below!Read Replies (0)
TFExpo 2014 is this weekend!
Posted by News Fetcher on August 01 '14 at 11:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
, the Wichita, Kansas, Transformers fan gathering is taking place THIS WEEKEND! The festivities kick off today, Friday August 1st! Be sure to go for the weekend to meet the Generation 1 voice actor Neil Ross and Transformers Prime voice actress Sumalee Montano!
Over the weekend you can also participate in the Headshots Bar and Grill Video Game Tournament, check out unique costumes in a Cosplay Contest, and customize your own upgraded toys with exclusive sets in Javaco's Workshop! Plus there will also be contests for the young ones, a dealer's room full of goodies and artwork, and a panel room filled with the comedic stylings of Wichita's own geek comedy duo, Beard and Bean. And if that's not enough, check out the TFExpo 2014 Exclusive toy set, BMOG Carbearator and Chopp-Or!
Head on over to TFExpo's homepage
to find out more - and if you're going, be sure to share your photos in the discussion thread linked below!Read Replies (0)
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005
The Wrap reports that Paramount Pictures has extended their deal with Director Michael Bay for another three years.“With an ever-growing, worldwide fan base, Michael is truly one of the most inspired and beloved filmmakers of our time,” said Brad Grey, Paramount chairman and CEO. “We take great pride in the fact that Michael is part of the Paramount family and we look forward to growing our productive and successful partnership.”
This news should come as no surprise since his latest movie Transformers: Age Of Extinction is on the verge of breaking US$ 1 Billion mark on the Worldwide Box-Office.“Over the years I have become part of the Paramount family,” Bay enthused in a press release. “There is a synergy there that feels different than any other place in Hollywood. From Brad Grey and Rob Moore, where my relationship goes back more than a decade, to my very good friend Adam Goodman, and to Philippe Dauman, who has put so much trust in me, and with the powerful marketing of Josh Greenstein and Megan Colligan, Paramount makes for a very comfortable place to work.”
However, whether he will return to the Transformers Director Chair is still yet to be determined.
The news post image is from the Director himself. This is how he introduced his new pet cat; Fifi to the world. Coming from Mr. Bay, we wouldn't have expected anything else.Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
The Transformers Colombia Facebook group has updated with a slew of new images including the Big Bad Toy Store exclusive Autobots United
set and Optimus Prime with trailer
, Amazon exclusive Generation 1 Slog
, and the Platinum Edition Breakout Battle
- which confirms the name of "Rusty" Optimus Prime as Scrapyard Optimus Prime.
Also of note is that the red car who comes with the Optimus Prime with trailer set actually is not Stinger, but a Generation 1 themed Revenge of the Fallen Sideswipe redeco - fans have been demanding one of those for five years now, and cunning Hasbro found a way to bring it to us!Read Replies (0)
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005
San Diego Comic Con has come and gone; we've returned back to homebase and are starting to get back in the flow of things. We've done up a gallery for the SDCC 2014 G1 Dinobots box set. This set comes with a pop-up-book style box that turns into a G1 Ark playset. A truly masterful execution I must say. The figures are G1 colored versions of recent Age of Extinction Dinobots, giving you Grimlock, Snarl, Slag, and Swoop in "proper" colors (those are their names, shut up).
Back when Hasbro sent out some early review copies
of the AoE figures, I mentioned that I would probably skip the Dinobots, but would consider grabbing them if they got released in G1 decos. Well, they did, and I did. So good job on that Hasbro, I kept my end of the bargain.
Upon seeing the set, my first complaint was "WTF no Sludge!" Well, they even addressed that, and made him available in this color scheme, separately through Amazon
. So, I can't say jack. The box/playset is a masterpiece, the figures are properly colored and look solid as a team on a shelf. Mission accomplished.
Check out some key shots after the break, and check the full gallery here: SDCC 2014 Dinobots Box Set with Ark - Full GalleryRead Replies (0)