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Hasbro SDCC 2014 Comic Con Exclusive Information Press Release

Posted on 07-23-2014 at 08:55 AM by DESTRO under San Diego Comic Con
dinobots-set Hasbro have sent out a full press release ahead of the San Diego Comic Con, which kicks off today! This press release outlines all of the cool exclusives up for grabs, including the Generation 1 themed Age of Extinction Dinobots set and the Kre-O Class of 84 set!
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Hasbro SDCC 2014 Press Release

Posted on 07-23-2014 at 08:51 AM by DESTRO under San Diego Comic Con
sdcc-logo Hasbro Returns to Comic-Con International, Showcasing Top Entertainment Brands

From TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and A Galaxy Far, Far Away to a Place Where Friendship is Magic, Fans Can Enjoy Their Favorite Pop Culture Brands All in One Place at San Diego Comic-Con.

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is coming back to Comic-Con International in San Diego to celebrate its iconic and globally renowned brands including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS, KRE-O and licensed toy and game lines for ANGRY BIRDS, MARVEL and STAR WARS. From toys and games, to comics, television programs and Hollywood blockbuster films, Hasbro continues to entertain kids and fans around the globe with its world-class portfolio of brands year after year. Hasbro will bring its iconic brands and characters to life at this year's convention, offering an exciting lineup of panels, autograph sessions, special edition toys, giveaways and more.

Hasbro's booth continues to be one of the most popular at Comic-Con, drawing eager fans ready to get a first look at special edition Hasbro products and giveaways. This year, attendees can expect more unique experiences, products and displays, including photo opportunities, interactive panels and special guests that Hasbro's most enthusiastic fans will not want to miss out on.

"Hasbro looks forward to bringing some of the most recognizable brands in popular culture to Comic-Con International in San Diego every year," said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer, Hasbro, Inc. "Connecting with our most passionate fans is extremely important to us and we are thrilled to offer an incredible line up of panels, special edition collectibles, giveaways and opportunities to meet the talent behind brands like TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY."

The following highlights the activities across Hasbro brands and licensed product lines to be showcased in the Hasbro booth #3213 and around the convention.

TRANSFORMERS

Hasbro has plenty to celebrate this year, from the new innovative toy line inspired by Michael Bay's wildly successful TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction feature film from Paramount Pictures, to the 30th Anniversary Generations fan focused figures spanning the history of the TRANSFORMERS brand. From comics and video games to animated series and action figures - this pop-culture extravaganza will be a must-see spot for TRANSFORMERS fans of all ages in the Hasbro booth.

On Thursday, July 24th at 11:00 a.m., TRANSFORMERS fans will have the opportunity to attend a panel with members of the Hasbro and Hasbro Studios team for an exclusive sneak peak of the new animated series, Transformers: Robots In Disguise airing in early 2015. Attendees will also get a first look at the third season of Transformers: Rescue Bots, airing on the Hub Network in the U.S. In addition, attendees can celebrate the great 30 year heritage of the TRANSFORMERS brand and experience exclusive reveals of never before seen product.

KRE-O

The KRE-O brand is back in San Diego, showcasing products from Hasbro's biggest brands! Big news for 2014 is the KRE-O TRANSFORMERS line, and you won't want to miss the brand's first San Diego Comic-Con special edition item: KRE-O TRANSFORMERS KRE-O CLASS OF 1984 KREON 30-Pack. There will also be a 1984 KREON collectible poster available in limited quantities at the Hasbro booth and a sneak peek at some new KRE-O items during the TRANSFORMERS panel on Thursday.

MY LITTLE PONY AND MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS

The MY LITTLE PONY brand, a massive pop-culture phenomenon from Hasbro, is returning to Comic-Con again this year with memorable characters and unique personalities. From the animated series, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, to an extensive line of licensed goods, and special edition product, Hasbro welcomes fans in celebrating the magic of friendship at Comic-Con with MY LITTLE PONY and MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS.

On Friday at 11:30 a.m., Hasbro invites fans to join special guests from Hasbro Studios and voice talent from the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic animated series airing on the Hub Network in the U.S. and My Little Pony Equestria Girls, the movie as they share details of the making of the popular animated series and a sneak peek into the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks movie coming this Fall.

STAR WARS

With Lucasfilm and Disney's new animated series, STAR WARS REBELS, premiering this fall, STAR WARS fans will be eager to stop by Hasbro's booth at Comic-Con for exclusive giveaways, an autograph signing and interactive panels. On Friday, July 25th at 12:00 p.m., Hasbro will welcome STAR WARS fans to a special panel with members of the Hasbro brand and design teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro STAR WARS line and share a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures from the highly anticipated STAR WARS REBELS animated series.

MARVEL

Hasbro's booth will be celebrating MARVEL's ever-expanding cinematic universe in the highly anticipated MARVEL'S Guardians of the Galaxy film, hitting theaters August 1. Hasbro, home of the master MARVEL toy license, will be showcasing the new toy line and more.

On Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m., fans won't want to miss Hasbro's MARVEL panel. Join members of the Hasbro brand and design teams as they discuss Hasbro's popular MARVEL action figure lines. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures.

Fans of the MARVEL UNIVERSE, MARVEL LEGENDS and other MARVEL action figure lines will also want to check out the Hasbro booth for a comprehensive look at the extensive line-up of 2014 toys as well as new, upcoming figures revealed for the first time following the panel.

ANGRY BIRDS

Hasbro and Rovio recently announced they are teaming up to bring two of the world's largest and most popular entertainment brands together in a brand new mash-up: ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS. Fans stopping by the Hasbro booth will see for the first time the full ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS product line featuring TELEPODS technology, powered by Retoy. An exclusive, new trailer for the ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS mobile game (available later this year) will also be shown in the Hasbro booth during the show. Additionally, fans will get to see the first gameplay demo of Rovio's upcoming ANGRY BIRDS STELLA mobile game, available this fall, and experience the ANGRY BIRDS STELLA TELEPODS product line, which will let fans teleport the Stella character and her fierce flock of friends into the game. San Diego Comic-Con will also mark the world premiere of the ANGRY BIRDS STELLA cinematic trailer.

First Official SDCC 2014 Comic Con Kick-Off Images

Posted on 07-22-2014 at 03:54 PM by DESTRO under San Diego Comic Con
comic-con-sdcc-banner-2014-gotg It's that time of year again...... SDCC 2014 has officially started for our network! Check out our first images from Comic Con 2014 showing off the popular arts with Guardians of the Galaxy and of the San Diego Convention Center. Keep your eyes open all week long as we bring Comic Con 2014 right to your computer screen.

Check out more Comic Con 2014 images after the jump.
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NJCC New Jersey Collectors Con August 17th 2014 Toy Show Update

Posted on 07-22-2014 at 08:32 AM by DESTRO under Conventions
newjerseycollectorscon-logo_1358862156 New Jersey Collectors Con Announces Mark Bellomo As Guest!

Mark Bellomo will be attending NJCC Sunday, August 17th 2014 as a special guest, promoting his work on the new book G.I. Joe: The Complete Collection, the full run of original Real American Hero, Special Missions, and Yearbook tales, placed in proper reading order and collected in handsome hardcover volumes.

Mark Bellomo has written more than 150 articles for ToyFare, Wizard Magazine, Lee’s Toy Review, Tomart’s Action Figure Digest, and most recently for Toy Shop Magazine, where he served a lengthy tenure as their Action Figure Columnist. He has written a number of composition/rhetoric texts, has published critical literary articles, and has authored a number of bestselling books on action figures and pop culture: Warman’s Action Figures Field Guide, Transformers: Identification & Price Guide, Warman’s Field Guide to Transformers, The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe: 1982-1994 (1st & 2nd editions), and the recently-released Totally Tubular 80’s Toys.



Announced NJCC Door Prizes! This list will grow as we get closer to convention time....
  • G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Danger At The Docks
  • G.I. Joe Retaliation Eaglehawk X3
  • G.I. Joe Sideshow Collectibles Storm Shadow
  • NJCC MEGA DOOR PRIZE Unique Toys War Lord
  • All Three S.H.Figuarts Super Mario Sets
  • Transformers SDCC Dinobot Special Edition Set
  • Kre-O Transformers Kreon Class of 1984 SDCC Exclusive Set
  • Transformers Generations Metroplex
  • Early Bird Coffee Mug Build-On Brick Mug
  • Kre-O-Tor Custom Giveaway
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Press Box

When and Where Is The Next New Jersey Collectors Con?

Holiday Inn Cherry Hill – New Jersey
2175 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70), Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Join us on FaceBook New Jersey Collectors Con

More Updates Coming Soon…….
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TFcon Chicago 2014 Attendee Registration Now Open

Posted on 07-21-2014 at 03:58 PM by Super_Megatron under Conventions
tfcon-usa2 Online registration is now available for TFcon Chicago 2014. You can follow the Admission/Registration/Ticket Information link to purchase your advance tickets.

TFcon Chicago – The world's largest fan-run Transformers convention will take place October 24th to 26th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare – 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers. You can book your discounted room now via the TFcon 2014 hotel reservation website.

TFcon Chicago 2014 features a huge dealer room for Transformers merchandise, question and answer panels and autograph sessions with many special guests including ALAN OPPENHEIMER the voices of Warpath, Beachcomber, Breakdown and Seaspray in Transformers Generation 1 well as the voices of Skeletor, Man-At-Arms and Mer-Man from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, in addition to DAN GILVEZAN best known as the voice of the Autobot Bumblebee in the original Transformers cartoon as well as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the 1981 animated series, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. He also voiced Goldbug, Hot Spot, Outback, Rollbar, Scamper, Skids and Snapdragon in Transformers Generation 1. More guests TBA.

TFCC Figure Subscription Service 2.0 Thrustinator In-Hand

Posted on 07-21-2014 at 01:42 PM by Mechafire under Conventions
TFCC025_zpsf531c38d TFW2005 boards member Red Snarl has received his Transformers Collectors' Club Figure Subscription Service 2.0 Thrustinator figure, and has been kind enough to share with us a gallery as well as some quick thoughts.

Check it out after the jump, and if you signed up, you can look forward to receiving your own Thrustinators soon!
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Hasbro Collaborates With Shapeways To Sell 3D Printed Artwork

Posted on 07-21-2014 at 10:28 AM by SilverOptimus under San Diego Comic Con
21Printing1-master675 Hasbro just announced a partnership with Shapeways regarding a new initiative where Official and Fan Art will be 3D Printed and sold as official Hasbro products. The announcement first came from Hasbro's 2014 2nd Quarter Financial Conference Call and Shapeways followed it with an official statement from their end. Though the initiative begins with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the company plans to expand into other Hasbro brands which might include Transformers.

"Once we have filled our 3D printers with community designed ponies, we will continue to work with Hasbro and the Shapeways community to enable more Hasbro branded content to be created, 3D printed and sold.

This is a major step forward in realizing the creative potential of 3D printing, to make products on demand that might otherwise never make it into people’s hands. Hasbro has been incredibly forward thinking and open minded, to realize that the existing unmet demand within their fan base can be satisfied with the help of those very same fans. We expect to see many more partnerships like this, to enable user generated content to be 3D printed based on existing intellectual property, with fair attribution and compensation for all parties involved. We've seen this model work successfully in the digital realm, and we’re thrilled to be leading the charge in the physical."


The designs (Fan Art) must be cleared with Hasbro to ensure they are not obscene, violent or hateful, but otherwise, the artists largely have free rein. Even the price for the figurines will be set by the artists.

For more info, visit SuperFanArt.

News Post Image: Figurines inspired by Hasbro’s My Little Pony line and printed at Shapeways.
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TFW2005 Coverage Of Hasbro Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call

Posted on 07-21-2014 at 08:55 AM by SilverOptimus under Conventions
Hasbro_Q2_2014_Earnings_Conference_Call TFW2005 attended the Hasbro Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call live today.

Nothing major was told but Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner mentioned that they have planned reveals at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. Hasbro brands such as Transformers, My Little Pony, Magic: The Gathering and Jem and the Holograms will have reveals during the show. A new initiative is planned where the Fans can 3D Print their My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Art. For this, Hasbro has entered a partnership with SuperFanArt. No word yet regarding Transformers.

Transformers: Battle Masters will get expanded to the Marvel Universe.

Also, Mr. Goldner was happy with the success of Transformers: Age Of Extinction. It has helped to increase the Transformers toy sales worldwide. During the Q&A Session he said...
"We feel really good about not only the box office which is growing but movie theaters are built in particularly in emerging markets internationally. I would say that our results in the quarter are very good and we feel very good about the new innovation across both the toy and games category; we put out a very different kind of product line, more expansive line, brought back in a lot of those innovation for the young kids and we see them reflected in our takeaway. And looking out over the remainder of the year, remember for all three of the prior Transformers movies, we did far more business in the 3rd and 4th quarter than in the first half of the year. We would imagine that to be true here as well. And so, as we get into the 3rd and 4th quarter into the entertainment windows and home entertainment, we would continue to believe that we’ll do more business in the 2nd half of the year than the 1st. That’s been the case for this Brand with for Boys Action. But we are pleased thus far about the result."

A journalist asked whether Hasbro delayed shipping Transformers toys to Latin-American countries and other countries where the 4th Movie was delayed due to FIFA World Cup. But Mr. Goldner said yes and told us that Hasbro expects the toy sales to kick-in when the movie is released in those countries.

You can find more information regarding Hasbro's 2014 Q2 results after the jump. Selected slides from the presentation are attached with this news post as well.
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Transformers Collectors Club Subscription Service Mystery Figure New Image

Posted on 07-20-2014 at 08:47 AM by Sol Fury under Conventions
TCCfiguresub2LOGOlarge_1404968402 A new image of the mystery figure from this year's Transformers Collectors Club Subscription Service has surfaced on Weibo. This new image shows the mystery figure - who we're avoiding referring to by name for now to preserve the surprise - in his robot mode, in a dynamic pose.

This seventh figure is going to ship alongside shipments of the sixth and final figure in this year's subscription service this October.
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TFCC Figure Subscription Service 2.0 Thrustinator Arriving

Posted on 07-19-2014 at 11:52 AM by Mechafire under Conventions
E0AA1B6D-EFC8-4709-88A1-8027DCA099D5_zpsjbzx4pfh TFW2005 boards member puma has dropped by to let us know that the TFCC Subscription Service Thrustinator figure has started to arrive in fans' mailboxes. For everyone who signed up, you can look forward to receiving your Thrustinators soon!

You can check out the pics of his after the jump.
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Masterpiece Prowl and Sunstorm First Release @ SDCC 2014

Posted on 07-17-2014 at 07:15 PM by Tony_Bacala under Conventions
masterpiece-prowl Toys R Us sent out a press release earlier today with a full listing of their 2014 SDCC offerings. Newly added to that list and relevant to our TFW2005 readers - Hasbro's Masterpiece Prowl and Masterpiece Sunstorm will be making a "First Appearance" in San Diego via TRU, who is partnering with Entertainment Earth. TRU will be selling their goods through the EE booth.

Check out the abridged press release below!
Building on its tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for collectors of all ages, Toys“R”Us has revealed its full lineup of exclusive items available at the highly anticipated Comic-Con International in San Diego taking place Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27. Conventioneers will find must-have merchandise based on fan-favorite series, including My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TRANSFORMERS and more at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343).

Toys“R”Us will also provide convention goers the opportunity to be among the first to purchase exclusive merchandise not yet available in stores, such as MINECRAFT Creeper Anatomy, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS ZECORA and TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Prowl, among others. These first look items will become available in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide later this year.

Fans unable to journey to San Diego this year will also have the opportunity to purchase select items online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention beginning at 10am EST on Thursday, July 24. All merchandise is available while supplies last, so fans should visit Entertainment Earth at booth #2343 or Toysrus.com/ComicConvention early to make purchases.

Toys“R”Us First-Look Items Coming Soon to Its Stores Nationwide:

TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Prowl from Hasbro®

Prowl is a clear thinker who is able to see beyond the chaos of battle and discover the rational route to victory. His logic center is the most sophisticated in the Autobot army, capable of analyzing complex combat situations and making strategic decisions almost instantaneously. Unexpected events have been known to briefly scramble his circuits, but there isn’t much this Autobot doesn’t see coming. As much as his fellow Autobots would like to see Prowl loosen up and crack a joke once in a while, they recognize that what makes him so brilliant on the battlefield is what makes him so disciplined off it. Conventioneers can take home this sneak peak item for $70.

TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Sunstorm from Hasbro®

Fly too close to the sun and get burned. Get too close to Sunstorm, and get dissolved into a puddle of liquid scrap. Autobots beware, because this ultimate Decepticon flier is on the hunt for someone to fight. He converts from robot mode to fighter jet mode, and in either mode he’s armed for major combat. His canopy and nose cone open in jet mode, and his hidden missile pods deploy when he gets an Autobot in his sights. And, don’t forget to set him on his stand when the fight is over for the day. Fans can get this high-flying Decepticon with incredible battle features for $80.

All Toys“R”Us exclusive items are limited editions and will be available on a first-come, first served basis, while supplies last.
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TFcon Toronto 2014 Charity Auction Raises Over $8000 For Make A Wish Foundation

Posted on 07-17-2014 at 01:11 PM by StayingInTheBox under Conventions
tfcon-button TFcon Toronto 2014 is done and in the books, and what a show it was! Among the hundreds of pictures taken and dozens of new toys revealed, a more important goal was achieved in that the TFcon Toronto 2014 Charity Auction raised $8000.37 for Make-A-Wish Canada!

From TFcon:

TFcon is very proud to announce that our 2014 charity auction was able to raise $8000.37 for Make-A-Wish® Canada. We are very proud of everyone in our community that contributed to make this amazing feat happen.

TFcon will be returning to Chicago this year on October 24-26.

Transformers SDCC 2014 Exclusives - Official Images

Posted on 07-16-2014 at 02:57 PM by StayingInTheBox under San Diego Comic Con
10487200_678705852199612_1760395031017892983_n The official Transformers Facebook page shared a full gallery of all the San Diego Comic Transformers Exclusives in anticipation of the event just a week away. We've seen many images of the exclusives already, including in-hand and on scene at BotCon, so if you're tired of waiting to have these in your collection and will not be at SDCC, use this as a reminder that the figures will be available on Hasbrotoyshop.com after SDCC in limited quantities (make sure your F5 key works properly!).

Enjoy the official image gallery after the jump.
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TFCon 2014 Ongoing Saturday Round Up - Part 2

Posted on 07-12-2014 at 04:28 PM by StayingInTheBox under Conventions
BsX6I5lCUAAaU5W TFCon 2014 continues at a blistering pace! After the third party panel wrapped up we've been seeing a ton of dealer room pics from several TFW2005 boards members. We'll continue to try to round up what we find from the show, as we don't have dedicated staff there. If you're there, feel free to share your pics on the Boards and we'll add them to this round up post!

Including in this round up:

- FansProject Function X5 "Skullcruncher"
- FansProject "Quickswitch"
- FansProject Lost Exo Realm "Sludge" and "Slag"
- Maketoys Pandinus ("Scorponok")
- MakeToys Quantron ("Computron") with combined mode and individual bots modes

Hat tip goes out to Peaugh, FirebirdGT, Mumps, Crasis, and dogcades for sharing these images via Twitter of the awesome new reveals! Keep checking back at TFW for more updates!
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TFCon 2014 3rd Party Panel Part 2

Posted on 07-12-2014 at 04:03 PM by Tony_Bacala under Conventions
TFCon-2014-Panel-214 And here's part 2 of the TFCon 2014 3rd Party Panel!

In this post we have the concluding batch of images from the 2014 TFcon Third Party Panel. Attached to this post, we have a whole lot of unofficial transforming robot goodness including:
  • Mech ideas - Gauntlet and Piston, Buster and Trench aka Animated Huffer and Pipes in both regular and Mario Bros. decos.
  • Mastermind Creations - Commotus, a metal slug tank version of Turmoil, Cynicus, a version of Vos of the Decepticon Justice Division and Anarchus, aka Kaon of the Decepticon Justice Division.
  • Before and After's Decepticon Clone Twins
  • FansProject Core's Trianix Alpha, another Steel Core style original creation
  • FansProject - Function X5 not-Skullcruncher, Lost Exo Realm Sludge, Slag and Swoop, plus a teased unofficial Optimus Prime
  • Maketors - Guardia unofficial Defensor, Pandinus a huge unofficial Scorponok and the Manga Mech Series Tailgate
  • XTransbots Ollie and Sonic
  • TFcon Chicago exclusive Axis
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