Botcon 2007 - Panel: Hasbro Transformers Future Product Unveiling

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    Use this thread to discuss Botcon 2007 - Panel: Hasbro Transformers Future Product Unveiling Images and Information.

    Full Botcon 2007 gallery here: Botcon 2007


    ams reporting in following the Hasbro New Product Unveiling Panel - no pictures or filming were allowed in the panel.

    Powerpoint entitled Transformers: What's New in 2008?

    Early looks at things that are a year out

    Marketing director, brand manager, design director

    New toys for spring 2008

    New movie toys

    Allspark Power is core to the theme of the movie, will be the theme of the toys - has the power to create TFs and additional power

    redecos of key characters and brand new molds

    voyager Incinerator - double prop helicopter
    deluxe Landmine - jeep vehicle from sector seven dune buggy
    deluxe Stockade - Sector 7 SUV
    leader Desert attack Brawl
    leader Nightwatch Optimus Prime
    more Robot Heroes - BW Megs, Galvatron, Cheetor, a G1 Dinobot


    TF Animated

    sneak peak of TF Animated
    where we are, how we got there and why - partnership between Hasbro and CN
    challenged by scheduling of previous series, needed to take a new approach to get back into a good time slot for kids, good time coming off the movie, a whole new way to look at the franchise

    Hasbro has been very involved, don't be as worried as some folks seem to be

    New series for 2008 - 1st ep in Jan
    Production back in US
    Partner with CN
    New style and tone
    Relatable stories and characters
    New possibilities with toys
    Don't lose tradition, but move with the times

    CN has been awesome, great partners, huge fans, very fan-friendly


    Set on earth in near future in Detroit, alien TFs are thrust into a world populated by humans and automatons. As visitors to earth, the Autobots --Prime, BB, Prowl, Bulkhead, Ratchet-- work in the human world, interacting with the natives

    NOT dumbing down the franchise


    WRITING STYLE

    Episodic, but has overall seasonal arc

    Smaller cast of bots with significant character development for each individual character
    Action-driver, with a dose of humor
    Major focus on Personality and Abilities
    Rich action sequences
    Familiar and New characters
    Human super-villains and Decepticon villains - Decepts will be a much bigger threat/scare for the Autobots, Decepticon influence behind super-villains


    ARTISTIC STYLE

    Highly stylized and fluid animation
    More energetic and expressive bots
    Major focus on personalities and abilities
    Grow from mechanical to emotive designs
    Familiar and new characters
    Realistic and stylized transformations
    Tasmanian-devil style TF, a little bit, but no cut scenes for TFs, it will be consistent with the toys and you will see them transform


    STYLE AND TONE

    Optimus Prime
    Cybertronian mode - stylized truck - we will get toys for these - ace shield up and face shield down
    Earth mode Prime will have trailer, sometimes with, sometimes without

    Bumblebee, resembles classics alt mode, human-friendly

    Bulkhead - big strong guy, military vehicle, similar to FF's Thing, has big wrecking ball

    Prowl - motorcycle - kung fu, into nature, enigma, resident ninja

    Ratchet - standard looking ambulance, medic, most seasoned Autobot, the only one who's been in legitimate combat, leader, bold personality

    Grimlock - Dinobot, very true to his G1 look, two other dinobots will be appearing - "they are three crazy dudes"


    Megatron
    Cybertronian mode - fusion cannon intact, will look completely different y the end of the series

    Starscream - sleek jet, forward-swept wings, Chris Latta-style voice (Kenny), G1 colors

    Blitzwing - triplechanger - G1 colors, been trying to get him into the line--also throwing in a split personality, will have different faces (like Man-E-Faces from Heman)


    Lugnut - new character, like Incredible Hulk, devoted servant of Megs, over the top, purple and green, missiles for hands, resembles Cybertron Jetfire alt mode

    Black Arachnia - TM2 colors - different origin story, starts out as a different character, very complicated villian, you will care for her


    Humans
    Cpt. Fanzone (police chief), Sari and her father Isaac Sumdac
    Her interaction is nothing like what's been done in the past three shows
    Not annoying kid telling robots what to do, Autobots looking to her to learn about Earth, she is also a bit of an outcast

    Human villains - four shown - one is the Angry Archer, some can run fast, some can spew acid, etc

    The Ark - grey, gold, burgundy - heavily G1-inspired
    The Nemesis - similar to the original, more angular, DWARFS the Ark

    Detroit looks more futuristic, CN actually sent their designers to Detroit to draw buildings, manufacturing industry in Detroit is now robots instead of cars

    TOYS
    Hasbro+Takara+CN together worked out the designs, total collaboration on daily basis


    Toys developed at the same time as animation designs
    animation style allows us to show more personality with each character
    90%+ animation/toy accuracy
    new sculpting style
    no more full line gimmicks, focus on personality
    transformation is the feature
    signature weapons and poses - attitude and stance - highly poseable, better than in the past, can convey a lot of attitude with the characters

    Prime grey proto shown - deluxe and voyager, faces match up well with animated designs, proportions and stance , deluxe is Cybertron, voyager is earth mode

    saw BB and Bulkhead (robot mode only for bulkhead) Bumblebee looks like Classics in vehicle mode

    Prowl, organic, stylized look

    preliminary 3D model of Grimlock and autocad

    Voyager Megatron - VTOL alien space fighter (Cybertronian mode)

    Lugnut and Blitzwing will be voyagers

    Blackarachnia, bulkier alt mode, not kibbly in robot mode


    THE FUTURE

    Working on Season 2 already (second set of 13 episodes), more familiar and new characters
    Possibility of Season 3 and 4
    Desire to create brand new characters with cameos by G1 favorites


    Animated Sizzle showed all Autobots in action & transforming
    Centers around Allspark, have to protect it, Optimus has big axe, Megs has sword
    Very well-received by crowd in attendance

    FALL 2008
    Classics 2.0??
    will be umbrella'd as UNIVERSE
    meld realism of movie and classics


    deluxe Sunstreaker and Sideswipe (same mold, but can be TF'd differently - chests will be different) - transforming accessory weapons and projectiles, realistic, but not licensed

    voyager Octane - 2 vehicle modes and one robot, airport tanker truck plus large bomber jet

    possible Ultra scale in the future?

    2 segments for FALL 2008 - Transformers Animated and Transformers Universe (everything else), 2 distinct styles, TF animated will have heavy licensing, Universe will as well


    Q&A

    Any plan for Universe or animated to have <couldn't hear>... Yes.

    What size is animated Grimlock... <couldn't hear>

    Why not cartoon based on movie... two different Universes

    <couldn't hear next question>

    toys will launch around March, movie line will be out through the end of summer 08

    minicons? no rules against it, but no firm plans at the moment - maybe spring '09

    oversized robot heroes? wait to see how well they do, make decisions based on expansion

    other BW figures? just Blackarachnia for now, definitely open to using those figures

    new UM that isn't a Prime repaint? YES!

    Titanium and Alternators? unfortunately we had to make some choices, tooling dollars in Alts, and metal parts on Tits, weren't getting the return, decided to focus on Classics for collectors

    How many Classics in Universe? fall of '08, maybe 4-8 deluxe, 3 ultras instead of voyagers

    trailers for Prime instead of just cab? given production costs, getting difficult to make a full feature, voyager prime will have a partial trailer that tfs into a GIANT axe

    Classics characters? Dinobots? Jazz is likely, Arcee maybe, no dinos focusing on realistic vehicles

    any combiners? yes, but not working on it right now

    remaining Titaniums? tooling not done so no, maybe ported over to classics at some point

    vending machine? will definitely look at it, nothing certain, would we stop anything currently in production and start that, cool for a collector, but not as exciting for kids

    Thundercracker in animated? still on the table

    any chance for Cosmos? showed it last year, dropped out of classics, sent it to Titaniums, now off the table again, will keep trying

    where will the Tit line be cut off? WW Prowl, WW Grimlock, challege to get the retailers to buy because they're not selling as well, probably will be hard to find

    other Classics? Prowl as a police car, then Silverstreak and Smokescreen maybe, Ironhide, probably Ratchet eventually

    trying to bring G1 va's to do occasional guest on animated? up to cartoon network and Susan Blu, not Hasbro, Weird Al did a character

    can we get the Botcon classics stuff at retail? absolutely not, would devalue what people have spent, didn't know we would come back to Classics when that was greenlit, it is an exclusive, period

    harder to do all 6 seekers in one line? they do sell, but want to have a decent variety, can't do too many... second Classics line will be longer and contain realistic styling in non-movie years, so maybe

    will Sideswipe and Streaker have different heads? yes

    G1 Dinobots reissue? we have been told the molds cannot be found

    Astrotrain repaint in different color? not sure, maybe an exclusive but not top of the list

    other vehicles, steamrollers, garbage trucks, etc...? yes, maybe in the animated series

    What is Classics Octane plane? a Hercules

    Human action figure line? Perhaps

    Movie Jazz Solstice in Alt style? no plans

    Dinobot grammar? familiar to what you've seen in the past

    minor characters like Fallen--any chance of Jhiaxus? yes, we will be going beyond the S1 and S2 guys

    any TFing base or playset? something clever coming up in the next year and half, blends playset with bigger robots

    other 6" Titaniums? Skywarp not happening, MAYBE Soundwave redeco?

    Voyager movie Bonecrusher? we'll see - talking about it next week

    why Brawl subtitled as Devastator? surprise to us, just a continuity error

    favorite animated sculpt, sizes, and new characters? Bulkhead is a voyager, Ratchet a deluxe, new character called Lockdown, is basically a Boba Fett style, Classics Galvatron that is NOT a redeco of Galvatron

    end of panel
     
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    oh hell damn yes.
     
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    Hooray for the return of the Lambo bros, Ironhide, promising animated series figs, and a Galvy that is not jsut a billionth repaint of Megs.:D 

    Also, checked out Seibertron and found this...
    Hmmm, interesting, but I find it hard pressed to understand why all 4 members of the original team couldn't be pushed into Classics 2.0 given the success of Grimlock, who I only saw once at retail.

    Though, I'm glad that there will be 2 more dinos in the animated series. I just hope one of them is Snarl. Or Sludge, since I've yet to see a nice Apatosaur mold in a long while.
     
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    *sits back in chair and smiles*

    Oh yes, TF has a wonderful future ahead of it...
     
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    any pictures?
     
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    Nope - and I hope none leak out anywhere, because that could compromise the relationship we have with Hasbro.
     
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    oh that would be bad
     
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    Timeout, Eric said the last five 6" Titaniums listed in the pamphlet would be released. Those being Skywarp, Primal Prime, Soundblaster w/ Ravage, Grimlock and Prowl.
    Now they're saying Soundblaster's a maybe and Skywarp's not going to happen? What the heck?
    DN
     
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    Classics ??? HELLS YEAH !!!
     
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    Boo for Alternators being dead...TF collecting just got a little less fun. Was fun while it lasted I guess.
     
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    New Classics and the Botcon ones remain exclusives? Great. We need to get some bootleggers on these pronto. I don't know that I'll buy anymore of these if I can't complete the line.

    EDIT: On thinking about it... I'm a whore and I'll buy them regardless. Rasafrassin'.
     
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    Sounds like good things are coming. Wish they would have allowed pics.
     
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    Hmm, I want more information on these new Classics...
     
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    Can't wait for pictures. If ever.
     
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    no Transformers The Game Shockwave? :( 
     
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    "can we get the Botcon classics stuff at retail? absolutely not, would devalue what people have spent, didn't know we would come back to Classics when that was greenlit, it is an exclusive, period"

    Almost sounds like admition that they made a mistake and that if they had any clue of the demand they never would have allowed them as an exclusive. Duh...they're seekers for crying out loud!
     
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    How did the Animated figs look because im not loving the Animated image they showed
     
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    im surprised more ppl havent mentioned classics ironhide and ratcht could be coming
     
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    I'm sure the bootleggers already have their crooked little finger already at work trying to get their hands on these molds. Although I'm against the seekers being exclusives and I refused to pay the retarded price that was charged out of priciple...I won't buy bootlegs either.
     
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    Kinda glad to see no more gimmicks. Aside from transforming of course.
     
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