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The Hub No More - Discovery to Rebrand the Hub and Take Larger Stake

Posted on 09-17-2014 at 04:32 PM by Tony_Bacala under Other News
hub Deadline is reporting that The Hub, a joint venture with Discovery Networks and Hasbro, is no more. The channel will be re-branded in "Discovery: XYZ" fashion, most likely Discovery Family. They will also be taking a larger stake of the channel by acquiring Hasbro shares. Hasbro will retain some interest and continue to provide programming from 9 AM - 3 PM, so we should still see Transformers and other programming on the station. Whether or not they will also get prime time slots for first run episodes, not mentioned here. Check the full details over at Deadline and discuss on the forums!
Views: 6,095 / Credit: Timelord Megs, Kickback of the 2005 Boards!

Buster Jones (Voice Actor for G1 Blaster) Passed Away (1943-2014)

Posted on 09-17-2014 at 01:26 PM by StayingInTheBox under Other News
BC12-Buster Sad news to report today as Buster Jones, the voice actor known to Transformers fans for his role as Generation 1 Blaster, has passed away at the age of 71. This news comes way via Noblemania. Buster Jones was also known for his work as Black Vulcan on Superfriends and Winston Zeddemore on The Real Ghostbusters. Some fans were fortunate enough to meet Buster Jones at BotCon 2012 where he shared some of Blaster's most memorable lines with hundreds of Transformers fans.

Your contribution to this franchise will always be remembered. Rest in peace Buster Jones.
Views: 3,961 / Credit: blue death of the 2005 Boards!

Angry Birds Transformers: Cinematic Trailer (VHS-Rip)

Posted on 08-29-2014 at 08:24 AM by StayingInTheBox under Other News
Let's kick it old school! Angry Birds Transformers is happening and the supporting promotion for it is just as fun as the concept itself. Uploaded today on Rovio Entertainment's YouTube channel is a brand new commercial for the Transformers Angry Birds, which brings back the awesome 1980's animation style reminiscent of Generation 1!

Views: 3,046 / Credit: optimegatron of the 2005 Boards!

A Glimpse Inside Ex Kenner/Hasbro Employee's Toy Collection

Posted on 08-21-2014 at 09:07 AM by StayingInTheBox under Other News
It's not very often Transformers fans get to witness toy history, such as something as epic as a nearly $27,000 G2 Menasor auction. Needless to say when prototypes, unreleased items, and test shots are shown, Transformers fans can be mesmerized by what we see. TFW thought it would be cool to share a small piece of that with two videos provided by z75sales, the seller who has been listing several unreleased items including the infamous G2 Menasor.

In the two videos we get a glimpse of the sheer size of an ex Kenner/Hasbro employee who is selling off the collection of untouched and rarely seen items. Literally hundreds of boxes with toys from the late 80's and 1990's need to be organized and categorized, some of which still hold surprises!

Check out the videos below for a fun piece of the rarely seen side of our hobby.

Views: 4,196 / Credit: Cheem The Rup of the 2005 Boards!

New Transformers Hero Mashers Commercial

Posted on 08-20-2014 at 09:13 AM by StayingInTheBox under Other News
Thanks to TFW2005 boards member netkid for linking us to a new Transformers Hero Mashers commercial. For those coming across these toys for the first time, Hero Mashers is a collection of toys just like the name implies: you take your favorite Trasnformers heros (or villains) and mash them together to create Frankenstein-esque characters! An Optimus Prime body with a Grimlock head? No problem!

Check out the commercial below to see it in action!

Views: 1,270 / Credit: netkid of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Paladone Licensed Products

Posted on 08-15-2014 at 09:26 AM by StayingInTheBox under Other News
PP2362TF_transformers_autobot_light_lifeStyle_web-800x800 Hat tip goes out to TFW2005 boards members Zidane56uk and Gingerchris for linking us to a selection of very neat Paladone licensed Transformers products. Including on Paladone's web store are several cool oddities that include Transformers coffee mugs, key chains, house keys, notebooks, and more. There's even a Bumblebee and Optimus Prime themed stress relief ball if you need to relax a little bit.

It's worth checking out, so make the jump and discuss the products in the forum thread!
Views: 3,230 / Credit: Zidane56uk and Gingerchris of the 2005 Boards!

Marvel Infinite Series Death's Head Gallery

Posted on 08-13-2014 at 04:20 PM by Sol Fury under Other News
Deaths-Head-61 Death's Head is an unusual character in Transformers lore. A "freelance peace keeping agent", he was used extensively during the golden era of the 1980s UK Transformers comics - particularly in the 1987 / 1988 story arcs which saw Galvatron timejump to the then-present day, with Rodimus and others in hot pursuit. However, while Death's Head had a lot of page-time in the UK Transformers comics, he never made it to the US Marvel Transformers comics - and because he was owned by Marvel rather than Hasbro, he's never been used in Transformers since, never mind getting a toy.

That has all changed though, because Death's Head has now had an action figure released in the 3.75 inch Marvel Infinite Series collection. He's richly detailed and features his axe, buckler and mace accessories - the axe and mace can replace his fists, like the classic artwork. He's a fun little figure, although the hard rubber skirt tends to limit his legs a bit.

Check out our gallery at the link below, yes?

Marvel Infinite Series Death's Head Gallery

(for those among you who like Doctor Who, yes, Death's Head met him, too...)
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The Loyal Subjects Generation 2 Grimlock Figure

Posted on 08-13-2014 at 04:16 PM by Sol Fury under Other News
2014-08-12165941_zps7072c1b1 TFW2005 member Squallte sent us this news tip that The Loyal Subjects would be making a blue decoed Generation 2 version of their Grimlock vinyl figure. This Generation 2 Grimlock will be an exclusive release through Hastings comic stores. He's available to preorder now in store for $9.99, with that price rising to $12.99 on release.
Views: 3,391 / Credit: Squallte of the 2005 Boards!

Unrealized Megatron Design from Aaron Archer

Posted on 08-07-2014 at 01:42 PM by ORIO under Other News
unrealizedMegatron Former lead designer for the Transformers brand, Aaron Archer, has posted an unrealized design for a Megatron toy. This design was kicked around by Archer in 2002 or 2003. Had this become a full realized toy, it may have ended up in the Armada toyline. The design itself features Megatron with several large spikes on his shoulder and ginormous forearms. Archer mentions that he thinks he intended the alternate mode to be a bomber or space shuttle.

Take a look at this incredibly menacing looking Megatron after the break! Aaron Archer will be in attendance at NJCC on August 17th and at TFcon Chicago October 24th-26th.
Views: 8,489 / Credit: Orson of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Angry Birds Jenga Sets

Posted on 07-31-2014 at 06:23 PM by Sol Fury under Other News
14922_10152586052712726_1756371668300404617_n Transformers Colombia has shared images of more Transformers Angry Birds sets. This time they've got images of a pair of track sets which involve launching non-transforming Angry Birds Transformers vehicles up and off ramps into targets to create a hybrid of motor vehicle stunts and that classic Angry Birds action.

There's two sets so far - one is nicknamed a "Jenga" set and involves placing lots of blocks into a frame that looks like the Grimlock Angry Bird to send blocks - and Bad Piggies - flying. The second involves a large robot form Megatron with a chest target - the objective being to hit the chest target and make the Megatron explode!

We think these sets just might also give another hint into what the gameplay of the Rovio developed game might be - perhaps the Transformers Angry Birds will be trading launching from slingshots for rolling out off of ramps? As always watch this space for more news.
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Transformers Angry Birds Toy Images

Posted on 07-30-2014 at 04:45 PM by Sol Fury under Other News
10552459_10152583458667726_845456915455933877_n Transformers Colombia has also shared some new images of the Transformers Angry Birds toys. In addition to what we previously saw leaked on Toys R Us' website, we have a look at some individual figures, two packs, and one more track set. The figures shown off here include:

Single Packs: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Heatwave (from Rescue Bots), Lockdown (from Age of Extinction), Galvatron (from Age of Extinction) and Soundwave (from War for Cybertron)

Two Packs: Ultra Magnus (white Optimus) VS Soundblaster (black Soundwave) and Heatwave / Dark of the Moon Sentinel Prime VS Bludgeon

Five Pack: Energon Racers five pack (translucent versions of Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Lockdown, Starscream and Soundwave

Track Sets: Optimus Prime Bird Raceway with Optimus Prime and Megatron, Bumblebee Bird Blast with High Octane Bumblebee and Goldbite Grimlock

Already it's looking like there will be some hefty use of molds in this line!

Each set comes with a Matrix designed "Telepod" base, which allows the toys to be scanned into the upcoming Rovio developed Transformers Angry Birds game as playable characters.
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Transformers Mr Potato Heads Optimus Prime with Grimlock Released in the US

Posted on 07-27-2014 at 04:27 AM by Sol Fury under Other News
DSC_0103_zpsbwrn89os More new Transformers sightings! The Transformers Mr Potato Heads Optimus Prime with Grimlock set have now been sighted at retail, in a Toys R Us in San Jose, California. This set is a part of the mixable, mashable heroes series of Mr Potato Heads, and features Generation 1 themed Optimus and Grimlock - but that doesn't stop Optimus riding on Grimlock, Age of Extinction style!
Views: 2,599 / Credit: JukeOutlander of the 2005 Boards!

Angry Birds Transformers Game Play Trailer

Posted on 07-24-2014 at 09:21 AM by StayingInTheBox under Other News
The official Transformers YouTube page has just uploaded the game play trailer for Transformers Angry Birds! Check out the video below to see the angry bird we know as Optimus Prime blast some Decepticon pigs!

Views: 2,464 / Credit: Oracle_Aesir of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Angry Birds Toy Images

Posted on 07-21-2014 at 12:57 PM by Sol Fury under Other News
Optimus-Prime-Bird-Raceway-2 Toys R Us had (briefly) posted a pair of entries on their website product catalog for the Transformers Angry Birds series! Through these we have our first look at the toys for this line, and possibly a fresh clue as to what the game itself might involve.

The first set is the Optimus Prime Bird Raceway, a $39.99 set which comes with an Ultimate Optimus Prime bird and an Ultimate Megatron pig. Yes, they seem to be using the actual Transformers names and not the cute reimaginings we reported had been the subject of a trademark application recently. The bird raceway is a racetrack set that launches the toys down a 35ft track - where only one gets to cross the finish line.

The other set is a set of five racers titled the Energon Racers Pack. This pack has Angry Bird versions of Optimus, Grimlock, Lockdown, Starscream and Soundwave, and retails for $29.99.

Both sets also include a Matrix styled telepod which connects to the toys to unlock the characters for play in the game. The toys themselves transform from vehicle - driven by the respective Angry Bird or Bad Piggie - into robot forms with the bird or pig as the head. Speculation is there might be some kind of Bot Shot style transformation going on there, but nothing confirmed as yet.
Views: 9,715 / Credit: Sixshot666666 of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Hero Mashers Slug and Soundwave Images

Posted on 07-10-2014 at 01:25 AM by Sol Fury under Other News
10418526_10152458037802726_6437966798214615404_n Some images have been posted by Felipe León Nájera in the Transformers Colombia Facebook group showing off a couple of new releases in the Transformers Hero Mashers line. The figures shown are Dinobot Slug and Soundwave, both based on their Generation 1 incarnations. Slug like Grimlock is shown in his dinosaur mode, while Soundwave is in his robot mode. These are both part of the "deluxe" series of Hero Mashers which include additional parts to further customize the figures - Slug has a Snarl tail and Soundwave has a Sideswipe arm. A portent of what is to come or just cool extras?
Views: 6,694 / Credit: Novaburnhilde of the 2005 Boards!
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