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DWA-Hasbro Merger Is In The Trash Can

Posted on 11-15-2014 at 12:38 AM by SilverOptimus under Other News
Scared_shrekless Hasbro has ended talks with DreamWorks Animation regarding their potential merger. It is said that a sudden drop of Market Share after the rumor has scared the Transformers Toy Maker to say "No" to the proposed merger. Disney; who roughly own 30% of Hasbro's business, also expressed a negative reaction to the deal.

"The breakup of the negotiations followed a sharp slide in Hasbro‘s shares after reports of the talks emerged late Wednesday. The toy maker’s shares had fallen nearly 5 percent since then, closing on Friday at $54.02. The fall in Hasbro’s share price was notable because the company had weighed paying both stock and cash, people briefed on the matter have said.

Also playing a role was a negative private reaction by the Walt Disney Company, which comprises roughly 30 percent of Hasbro’s business through licenses for “Star Wars,” Marvel characters, “Frozen” and the Disney Princesses toy line.

Disney was predictably upset that Hasbro would discuss a merger with DreamWorks Animation — its primary cartoon competitor — only weeks after the toy maker was given a lucrative Princesses contract, having taken it away from Mattel, one of these people said. As a toy partner, Hasbro receives early access to private information about films in Disney’s pipeline."
Views: 2,466 / Credit: Philip164 of the 2005 Boards!

DreamWorks Animation & Hasbro In Merger Talks?

Posted on 11-12-2014 at 10:03 PM by Matty under Other News
yilcdfrgozgrthtczb4b A bit of interesting speculation is surfacing that revolves around supposed talks between Hasbro and DreamWorks Animation, a division of DreamWorks Studios. According to one article that has surfaced on Deadline, Deadline reports that "DreamWorks Animation is deeply engaged in two potentially game changing negotiations that could transform the company — including one with Hasbro to forge a family entertainment powerhouse to be called DreamWorks-Hasbro." The report claims that this deal is at least 60 days off, if it even happens, while both companies are not commenting on the matter and dismissing as rumor and speculation. You can read the full article here for more details.

You may recall that DreamWorks was involved in the production and distribution of the live action films Transformers (2007) and Revenge of the Fallen, while being somewhat involved in a lesser role with Dark of the Moon. It's not totally inconceivable that these two companies could potentially be in business discussions.

The biggest question circling around this rumor for now: what does this mean exactly? Is this Hasbro shifting away from physical toys and moving towards more entertainment routes? Will there now be more opportunities for Transformers toys? Are Transformers animation films now more plausible?

Time will tell, as for now this should be treated as a rumor. Speculate away TFW!
Views: 4,248 / Credit: Philip164 of the 2005 Boards!

Hasbro and Shapeways' SuperFanArt Approval Emails Arriving

Posted on 10-15-2014 at 08:37 AM by StayingInTheBox under Other News
625x465_1196208_1163688_1413337652 Earlier this year we reported of a collaboration between Hasbro and Shapeways to sell 3D printed artwork based on fan submitted designs. The SuperFanArt project is to start out with approved designs for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and then expand into other brands including Transformers. Thanks to TFW2005 board member Trentulas we now know that approval emails are being sent out to the fan designers for approved projects, which include Transformers!

We were also provided a list of which projects were approved for sale, which gives us a clearer indication of what to expect to be available for purchase after the new year (image linked of actual Trentulas project). Also included are the official guidelines for submitting projects if you are interested in contributing.

Make the jump for more details and discuss this partnership with the discussion link below.
Views: 7,197 / Credit: Trentulas of the 2005 Boards!

Hero Mashers Rodimus, Heatwave and Jetfire Now Arriving at US Retail

Posted on 10-04-2014 at 10:21 AM by Sol Fury under Other News
10371730_10152404148067726_8512570153677353316_n_1400164846 We are getting reports that the Transformers Hero Mashers assortment which contains Rodimus, Jetfire and Heatwave are now arriving at US retail. Yes, with this assortment you can now mash up the (co-)captain of the Lost Light with the TCC exclusive who forms the core of Nexus Prime!

These ones are being spotted in Toys R Us stores in Portland, OR by TFW2005 member Roufuss and also in Virginia by TFW2005 staff member Shin Densetsu!
Views: 4,431 / Credit: Roufuss, Shin Densetsu of the 2005 Boards!

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: 6,187 / 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: 4,058 / 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: 3,095 / 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: 4,239 / 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: 1,300 / 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: 3,273 / 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: 3,425 / 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: 8,530 / 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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