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Hasbro Says Transformers Sales Were Relatively Flat In The 2013 1st Quarter
Posted by News Fetcher on April 23 '13 at 11:00 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Hasbro held its 2013 1st Quarter Financial Conference Call yesterday and TFW2005 staff attended live online.

During the Financial Statement reading, Hasbro representatives said:

"Boys Action Battling games, including Angry Birds, Star Wars and Transformers initiatives, continued to resonate with consumers nearly doubling revenues in the quarter.

Also within preschool our Playskool Heroes line is leveraging great brands, including Transformers and Marvel, to deliver growth. Having launched less than two years ago, Playskool Heroes has performed extremely well, growing revenues and gaining share.

Finally, in 2013, we've completely reinvented Transformers across platforms, including a television series distributed globally, online and mobile games, licensed products, and a full line of new toys based on the all new Transformers: Beast Hunters theme."


At the very end of the call; during the Q&A session, a question was asked regarding the overall financial performance of the Transformers Brand in the 1st quarter of 2013:

"If I recall, in first quarter last year transformers had [eroded ?] in lesser rate than we typically think of. Can you give any number on how Transformers did on a second year off a movie; this time vs. the last time?"

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner delivered the answer:

"Transformers in this quarter is relatively flat. We are transitioning out of what was last year's mostly an entertainment-lead, television-led business. We are transitioning into the whole Transformers: Beast Hunters re-imagining with a new TV Series which launched just now and products rolling out throughout the year. Transformers, as you know, is a strong international brand for us but we saw a roughly flat business when we rolled out from one product line and into another."

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Beast Hunters Cyberverse Commander Huffer
Posted by News Fetcher on April 23 '13 at 10:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The latest edition of Previews comes with an unexpected surprise - a new Cyberverse Commander toy is revealed. A redeco of Trailcutter, Huffer joins the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters series! He features his distinctive orange and purple deco, which looks quite fitting on the mold. Furthermore this corroborates the mysterious Huffer listing on the Hasbro Transformers site's Shockwave's lab game, which had a picture of Power Core Combiners Commander Class Huffer.

Check out the image at left and see what you think.

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Transformers Go! Ninja Team Silhouettes and Possible Animated Series
Posted by News Fetcher on April 23 '13 at 10:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A new brochure advertising Transformers Go! and its Japanese original characters has begun to be distributed. The brochure shows silhouettes of the three samurai characters Kenzan, Jinbu and Ganoh at left along with their combined mode - and at right, silhouettes can be seen of three more characters, thought to be the ninjas Gekisomaru, Hishomaru and Sensuimaru. Behind them is a second shadow, which is thought to be a combined mode of the three ninjas.

Moreover, the flyer advertises that a Transformers Go! animated series will be made. There's no other news on this as yet - it seems that, according to information posted by Snakas, the full report will be published in a June 1 kids magazine in Japan, quite probably TV-Kun.

The original source for the flyer, as best we are aware, is the Twitter of noiseblaster. The flyer is expected to be officially distributed on Friday the 27th when the Transformers Go! toyline launches in Japan.

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NJCC Spring Show April 28th 2013 Door Prize Announcement
Posted by News Fetcher on April 23 '13 at 08:00 AM
By DESTRO from TFW2005:
Here at New Jersey Collectors Con the focus is on Collecting Action Figures! There are many other options for fans to attend shows but we like to think we present a unique event with the best toy dealers on the East Coast. Because our event is focused on the Toy Collector, we wanted to give back to the fans of our show by releasing the door prize schedule and the Mega Door Prize for the April 28th, 2013 Spring NJCC.

The JoeCon 2013 Nocturnal Fire Box Set will be the NJCC 2013 April Show "Mega Door Prize." One lucky winner will be walking away with this awesome box-set, but the door prizes don't stop there.

The door prize announcements will start at 9AM and conclude at 3:30PM with our last door prize announcement.

9AM SDCC 25TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC JINX

10AM MOTU CLASSICS HE-MAN & BATTLE CAT

11AM KRE-O G.I. JOE BATTLE PLATFORM ATTACK

12AM MY LITTLE PONY GOTH PONY SDCC EXCLUSIVE

1PM THUNDERCATS CLASSICS LION-O SDCC EXCLUSIVE

2PM LEGO STAR WARS IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER BUNDLE

3PM TRANSORMERS POWER CORE COMBINERS GRIMSTONE BUNDLE

3:30PM JOECON 2013 NOCTURNAL FIRE BOX SET


New Jersey Collectors Con Spring Show Date April 28th 2013

Holiday Inn Cherry Hill – New Jersey
2175 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70), Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Sunday, April 28th, 2013

The NJCC 2013 Dealer Room is 100% sold out!

Join us on FaceBook New Jersey Collectors Con

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E-Hobby Classics Magnificus Video
Posted by News Fetcher on April 23 '13 at 04:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
E-Hobby has uploaded a video showcasing their upcoming Classics Magnificus exclusive. Magnificus uses then Reveal the Shield Perceptor mold as his base, with a new head and a stylish black and red deco. Check out the video, embedded below, for an in-hand look at the exclusive release:



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New Masterpiece Prototype Photos for MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Streak
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 11:15 PM
By Superquad7 from TFW2005:
Site Sponsor TFSource just sent us some photos of prototypes for the highly-anticipated Masterpiece figures Prowl and Streak! While they are a bit on the small side of things, we get an additional look at these up-coming figures in both modes. While we have seen the attack mode feature and the missile launchers before in a previous news article, these photos tell us that TakaraTomy is surely marching on with the Masterpiece line! Ol' Quaddy here distinctly remembers the excitement seeing the first Masterpiece prototype of MP-01 Convoy along with Binaltech Smokescreen, and these evoke much the same excitement!

If you haven't secured your preorders for these two figures, be sure to jump on over to TFSource to make sure you get yours! Prowl can be found here and Streak can be found here.

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Transformers Go! First Images of Combiner Figures, Gaidorah
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 10:45 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Site sponsor Robot Kingdom has updated their preorder listings for the Transformers GO! combiner figures. Original listings of these figures had fans perplexed on what they might be or how they might combine. Robot Kingdom has been kind enough to shed some light on the future releases. Shown here are G-01 Kanzen (The police Car), G-03 Ganoh and Jinbu (Jet). The three figures can combine by one robot becoming the legs, the 2nd a torso and the third bot becomes the head, shoulders and arms. One might compare it to Robots In Disguise Rail Racer with Transformers Energon's swapability. Others will definitely see the designs as a homage to Brave as well.

Also revealed is G-04 Gaidorah, a Transformers Go! redeco of Beast Hunters Lazerback.

Click on the title bar to check out the images of the figures.

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Transformers Go! First Images of Combiner Figures Kanzen and Ganoh
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 10:30 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Site sponsor Robot Kingdom has updated their preorder listings for the Transformers GO! combiner figures. Original listings of these figures had fans perplexed on what they might be or how they might combine. Robot Kingdom has been kind enough to shed some light on the future releases. Shown here are G-01 Kanzen (The police Car) and G-03 Ganoh. The third figure, Jinbu (Jet) has yet to be revealed. The three figures can combine by one robot becoming the legs, the 2nd a torso and the third bot becomes the head, shoulders and arms. One might compare it to Robots In Disguise Rail Racer with Transformers Energon's swapability. Others will definitely see the designs as a homage to Brave as well.

Click on the title bar to check out the images of the figures.

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Transformers More than Meets the Eye #16 Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 02:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Next up we have an early preview of IDW's Transformers More than Meets the Eye #16. Following Overlord's rampage and the inevitable bodycount that followed, the survivors pick up the pieces while one Autobot fights for his very life. The five-part arc "Remain in Light" kicks off here!

Check out the preview, then pick up the full issue in stores this Wednesday!

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Gizmodo Inside Hasbro Video - Where the Toys Come From
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 01:30 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Gizmodo has updated with their second "Inside Hasbro" article, looking now at the process of creating a Transformer, from the prototyping stage all the way through painted samples and the final fine tuning before sending it off for mass production. It's a great and insightful article complete with video which shows off at around the 1:22 mark Metroplex, the new supergiant Titan Class release coming to the Generations line.

Check out the video and the article on Gizmodo for a look at how the magic happens!



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Gizmode Inside Hasbro Video - Where the Toys Come From
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Gizmodo has updated with their second "Inside Hasbro" article, looking now at the process of creating a Transformer, from the prototyping stage all the way through painted samples and the final fine tuning before sending it off for mass production. It's a great and insightful article complete with video which shows off at around the 1:22 mark Metroplex, the new supergiant Titan Class release coming to the Generations line.

Check out the video and the article on Gizmodo for a look at how the magic happens!



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SXS-F01 Masterpiece Optimus Prime Rocket Pack Color Images
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 10:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
SXS Toys has released color images of their accessory set for Masterpiece Optimus Prime / MP-10 Convoy Version 2. The set incorporates a fuel hose for Roller as well as a version of the rocket pack worn by Optimus Prime in the Generation 1 episodes "More than Meets the Eye Part 3" and "Dinobot Island Part 2", the latter episode providing the color scheme for the piece. There are two versions - one with a blue fuel hose and full silver rocket pack, and one with a silver hose and a black-and-silver rocket pack. Check out the images after the break. Please bear in mind this piece is not an official accessory set and is not licensed by Hasbro or Takara-Tomy.

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Transformers Go! Packaging Image
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 06:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
By way of a Japanese image board, we can share this magazine scan with you which gives a look at the Transformers Go! packaging. It's very blue! The Deluxe class figures are carded, with primarily blue backer cards other than a black boxout in the top left, giving the collection number. The banner inside the blister pack is also mostly blue, with the faction logo at left and a photo of the alternate mode at right. The packaged sample shown, Bumblebee, is packaged in robot mode.

Voyagers are packaged in window boxes, again there's a lot of blue but also some gold bordering around the packaging window. Once again the bottom right has a photo of the toy's alternate mode and the left has the faction symbol.

Check out the image attached to this post, at left.

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Takara-Tomy Generations Autobot and Decepticon Data Disks Images
Posted by News Fetcher on April 22 '13 at 12:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
TFYuki has updated his Twitter photostream with some in-hand images of the next releases in Takara-Tomy's Japanese Generations line - the Autobot and Decepticon Data Disks. Soundwave and Blaster's minions will sport metallic finishes on their Japanese outing, and they also have more paint apps on balance than their US counterparts - notably the fists on Rumble, Frenzy, Eject and Rewind are now painted distinct from the rest of the arms.

Check out the images and see what you think.

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TFW Masterpiece MP-16 Buzzsaw and Frenzy Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on April 21 '13 at 04:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Rounding out our gallery coverage of Masterpiece Soundwave and his cassettes, here are galleries of Masterpiece MP-16 Frenzy and Buzzsaw. Frenzy and Buzzsaw are both redecos of the previously released Rumble and Laserbeak, just as they were in Generation 1 - this of course means all the good stuff going on with those two toys carries over with these two. Buzzsaw in particular is a great deco - I personally really appreciate the orange beak over the flat grey one on Laserbeak. As for Frenzy - call him whichever you like, this is the iconic Decepticon who Soundwave would dispatch to cause localized earthquakes to shake up his opponents in the Sunbow Generation 1 cartoon.

Masterpiece Soundwave is getting a release later in the year in the US, and he'll be coming with all five of his cassettes - Laserbeak, Rumble, Ravage, Frenzy and Buzzsaw. The individual Japanese releases are worth the price of admission in my eyes - the US release, with a very reasonable price for the six Transformers will certainly be a must-have for many fans.

Open the links below to check out the galleries:

Transformers Masterpiece Buzzsaw
Transformers Masterpiece Frenzy

Also check out the rest of the galleries posted over the last two days - go here for Soundwave and Laserbeak, and here for Rumble and Ravage.

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Michael Bay Discuss His Transformers 4 Detroit Filming Plans
Posted by News Fetcher on April 21 '13 at 10:00 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Director Michael Bay spoke to Detroit Free Press to let us in on his Transformers 4 Filming Plans at Detroit. It seems we’ll see more General Motors Transformers.

“I’ll be there in a month and a half,” says the director of his plans to shoot a big chunk of the fourth “Transformers” movie in metro Detroit.

“We’re going to be shooting at stages, we’re going to be shooting around the city, we’re going to be shooting at GM a bit,” says Bay, who knows the city well and credits it with having a lot of good locations.

Bay says he plans to put some other GM cars in the new “Transformers.” The movies have proved to be a plum marketing spot that has led to continuing efforts by automakers to win him over.


Which GM Vehicles do you think will be showcased in Transformers 4? Speculate at the thread.

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Michael Bay Says Transformers 4 Will Be Shorter
Posted by News Fetcher on April 21 '13 at 08:00 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Entertainment News Website Canoe has posted an interview with director Michael Bay regarding his upcoming movie Transformers 4. There isn't much detail, however the director revealed that Transformers 4 will be shorter than the previous Transformers movies with a run time of 2 hours and 7 minutes.

The original article is in french but 2005 Boards Member TylerMirage translated the quote with Google Translate:

"Two hours 7 minutes, which I think is a good formula, which gives enough room to maneuver."

Shooting begins in five weeks in Hong Kong and will continue to other places in China, Detroit and Chicago.

What do you think of this decision? Good Or Bad? Share your thought with fellow members on the thread associated with this news post.

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Transformers Go! Upcoming Release Listings
Posted by News Fetcher on April 21 '13 at 06:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
By way of the Twitter account of Japanese blog site Parkside201 we have some apparent retailer listings for new releases in the Transformers Go! line through September 2013. We know of the June and July releases already but the August and September ones are completely new - and also not exhaustive, since there is no listing yet for a Hunter Arcee or Hunter Megatron.

The listings are as follows:

22 June 2013 - all previously revealed, although G01 Kenzan is missing for some reason.
G02 Jinbu ¥3,500
G03 Ganoh ¥3,500
G04 Gaidora ¥2,500

27 July 2013 - all previously revealed.
G05 Gekisomaru¥5,500
G06 Hunter Smokescreen ¥2,500
G07 Bakudora ¥2,500

31 August 2013
G08 Budora ¥4,000
G09 Evil Demon Combination Goradora set ¥4,000
G10 Hishomaru ¥3,500
G19 Hunter Rachet ¥2,500

28 September 2013
G20 Sensuimaru ¥3,500
G21 Judora ¥2,500

In the August listings, Budora and Goradora share the "dora" suffix suggesting they are Predacons. The pricepoint suggests both are Voyager Class, implying one of them may be Grimwing. Goradora is either new or an Abominus giftset, Evil Demon Combination (Maou Gattai) implies some kind of combiner set as this is the same naming forumula used for past combiner giftsets both within the Transformers line and more widely in other mecha toy lines. Hishomaru is new, and priced similarly to other Japan only releases like Jinbu and Ganoh. Hunter Ratchet is a Japanese release of Beast Hunters Deluxe Ratchet.

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TFW Masterpiece MP-15 Rumble and Jaguar (Ravage) Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on April 20 '13 at 05:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Next up in our series of galleries on Masterpiece Soundwave and his minions we have the first of the two sets that featured Soundwave's cassette minions. MP-15 added Rumble (the red one) and Jaguar (aka Ravage) to the Masterpiece lineup. Like Masterpiece Laserbeak they are no bigger in cassette mode than the original Generation 1 cassettes.

Of the two, Ravage stands out like Laserbeak for being a marvel of engineering - the rockets, an accessory on Generation 1 Ravage, are fully integrated here and a clever transformation means that Ravage gets a jaguar mode that is scarily close to how he appeared in the cartoon. I say scary purely because of how tiny he is - definitely one to read the instructions on first!

Rumble meanwhile is equally impressive, less so in engineering (though the fact so much is packed into a small size is cool) but in poseability. Masterpiece Rumble has an insane amount of poseability for a toy around the same size as a Cyberverse toy. The fact he has a full complement of accessories including the iconic piledrivers, and that these can be used in some creative ways by Masterpiece Soundwave is the icing on a very sweet and tasty cake.

Open the links below to check out their galleries:

Transformers Masterpiece Rumble Gallery
Transformers Masterpiece Jaguar (Ravage) Gallery

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Generations Titan Metroplex New Image
Posted by News Fetcher on April 20 '13 at 11:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Ever the tease when it comes to upcoming releases, TFYuki has posted another teaser of Generations Metroplex alongside Fortress Maximus. This time out, we get to see a bit more of Metroplex - the new image shows Metroplex's head relative to Fortress Maximus'. Plus there is a look at Metroplex's glowing eyes - one of the special features incorporated into this new release.

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