By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005
Here we are with TFW2005 Coverage of Hasbro 2012 3rd Quarter Earnings Conference Call.
Unfortunately, no major future plans were told about our beloved franchise, unlike last time. The reason for this may have been NYCC 2012 where Hasbro revealed much of their 2013 plans
. Profits are down 4% last quarter and Hasbro wishes to return the “U.S. & Canada segment” to historical operating profit margins in the coming year. You can read all about this thanks to the Press Release
our 2005 Boards member Hot Shot sharing with us.
However, there are things not written in black and white… things that may not look that big nor create a heavy impact. However, these little things matter to us; The Fans. What was said at the call will most definitely impact the current Transformers Animation Series; Transformers: Prime. What is it? Find out, after the jump.Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
By way of a Japanese image board we have a look at the November edition Japanese Hobby magazine scans. These pictures show a lot of Takara-Tomy's upcoming Transformers figures releases including the Masterpieces and November releases in the United EX and Prime Arms Micron lines.
Kicking off with the Transformers Prime news, there is our first look at Arms Micron Smokescreen, who is a white Knock Out retooled with a spoiler and probasbly a new head. He's not particularly show accurate but right now he's the only mainline Smokescreen toy out there. The Arms Micron Nemesis Prime and CyLAS Breakdown are also shown, black recolors of Arms Micron Optimus Prime and War Breakdown respectively. There's also a box out for the Transformers Prime Lucky Draws including the chrome First Edition Arcee, golden Arms Micron Optimus Prime and golden Hades (Darkness Megatron's bat Micron) plus two more previously unseen Arms Microns which we assume are to be runner-up prizes in a future campaign draw - a translucent blue plastic version of Bumblebee's B.2. and a similarly translucent blue version of Knock Out's Arms Micron crab Gra. Japan's release of Weaponizer Bumblebee with its own gray plastic B.2. plus the EZ Collection Autobot and Decepticon team sets round out the coverage on Prime toys.
On the United EX front, there is a fresh look at the third and so far final assortment of toys, including the Devastator colored Steamhammer Builder Master, the Autobot black Huffer / Crankcase recolor Assault Master, and the two pack of Tank Master and Marine Master.
In addition to all of this there is some coverage of the upcoming Masterpiece releases including the cassettes, Soundwave, Sideswipe and Red Alert, the Encore reissue Fortress Maximus and Devastator Animation Version, plus in a small boxout there is extra coverage of the Japanese Transformers Generations Fall of Cybertron releases.Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
Our fellow fans over at The Allspark
have translated the next chapter of the Transformers United EX story. Chapter four is titled "Weapons of a New Generation" and comes with the Autobot Racemaster. The story chapter depicts a battle between the super-fast young Autobot and the Decepticon Combatmaster, previously revealed to be a reincarnated Decepticon Onslaught.
As with the previous chapters, the identities of the new characters - who are all going by codenames - is not fully spelled out. But hints are given - and reading the hints suggests that Racemaster is the Generation 2 Autobot, Rapido! Racemaster, like Rapido, is blessed with enhanced speed but also the ability to think calmly and clearly when moving at those high speeds. He's a new Autobot with great potential for future leadership (as seen by Rapido's G2 toy outranking Optimus Prime) and a penchant for slipping Spanish into his dialog. The title of the story, implying Racemaster is a part of a new generation (or "next / second generation") is the icing on the cake. Click here to view the full translation of the story chapter over at The Allspark
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By Sol Fury from TFW2005
By way of the http://twitpic.com/photos/ToYz80
book.com/photo.php?fbid=186387541486435&set=a.172548066203716.17353.171524482972741&type=1&src=http%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ak-ash4%2F408704_186387541486435_1867718944_n.jpg&size=720%2C960"]Takara-Tomy Facebook page[/URL] and the Twitter account of @ToYz80 we've got a look at the real lineup for the Takara-Tomy Transformers GT series (ignore our post from yesterday, that particular lineup was apparently fake).
Shown off at Dengeki's 20th anniversary festival at Makuhari Messe convention centre are three variants on the remolded Alternity Convoy body type - one as Convoy / Optimus Prime himself, with a green and white version shown representing a Fortress Maximus Super GT and a Star Saber Super GT in blue. The names are apparently GT-R Prime, GT-R Maximus and GT-R Saber respectively.
Check out the images of Saber and Maximus by reading on with this story. There's also three girls pictured in the colors of the three robots - we're not sure if these are meant to be driver / partner figures a la the Binaltech Asterisk / Human Alliance series or merely a part of the series marketing and backstory.Read Replies (0)