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Hasbro addresses allegations of poor working conditions

Transformers News: Hasbro addresses allegations of poor working conditions
Date: Wednesday, December 28th 2011 2:52pm CST
Categories: Company News, Press Releases, Rumors
Posted by: GetRightRobot | Credit(s): Hasbro

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On December 19th, the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights posted an article on their website accusing Hasbro of poor working conditions and less than adequate pay for workers at the Jet Fair Factory in China. The article can be read here.

In a press release last week, Hasbro addressed the claims of dire working conditions in their Jet Fair Factory stating they have taken the allegations very seriously. They deployed a team to work with I.C.T.I (International Council of Toy Industries) to examine the conditions of the facility. After an unannounced, nine hour inspection, both Hasbro and the I.C.T.I. determined the facility met "Hasbro's rigorous requirements."

The press statement goes on to say "While Hasbro is committed to continual improvement in all facets of corporate social responsibility, including continued ethical product manufacturing at Jet Fair and all factories that produce Hasbro products, the inflammatory allegations made by the NGO in their report were unsubstantiated by our investigation. As a matter of course, Hasbro will continue to monitor conditions at Jet Fair and all of our factories."

Click here to read the entire statement.

As soon the article surfaced, Seibertron.com members began discussing it in the forums. We immediately contacted Hasbro and they sent the following message to Seibertron.com in response to our inquiries to this matter on December 19th, 2011:

"Thank you for checking in with us on this matter. Hasbro takes all claims involving working conditions very seriously, and we are immediately investigating. The Company has a strong track record and has had long-standing policies and processes in place for years to help ensure good working conditions, including health and safety, at factories making our products. We strive to conduct business throughout our supply chain in accordance with the highest ethical standards, and we utilize not only ICTI-- but also our own on-the-ground workforce-- to monitor social compliance. For more information about Hasbro’s comprehensive corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, including more detail regarding Hasbro’s policies and practices related to ethical product manufacturing, please visit Hasbro.com/csr."

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON blasts onto a four-disc Ultimate Edition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on January 31st

Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON blasts onto a four-disc Ultimate Edition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on January 31st
Date: Tuesday, December 27th 2011 12:07pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Paramount

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This just in from our friends at Paramount, the official press release for the Ultimate Edition Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray and DVD combo pack:

THE BIGGEST TRANSFORMERS MOVIE YET ARRIVES IN AN ULTIMATE
BLU-RAY 3D™, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD COMBO PACK ON JANUARY 31, 2012 WITH NEARLY FOUR HOURS OF EXPLOSIVE BONUS FEATURES


TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

7-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of All Three Films Also Blasts Off for a Limited Time in a Spectacular Deluxe Package Including a
Plaque of Movie Images Signed by Michael Bay


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HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (December 27, 2011) – From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, in association with Hasbro, Paramount Pictures’ global smash hit Transformers: Dark of the Moon returns to Earth January 31, 2012 in a four-disc Ultimate Edition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD combo pack with UltraViolet™ and a Digital Copy. A must-own film for every home media collection, Transformers: Dark of the Moon features “jaw-droppingly amazing 3D” (Harry Knowles, AintItCool.com) and fan-favorite characters OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE and Sam Witwicky amidst bigger and more spectacular action in an adventure that surpassed its predecessors to earn over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office and become the #4 biggest movie of all time at the global box office.
Bursting with nearly four hours of sensational behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews and more, the Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD combo pack delivers blockbuster entertainment.
“This Blu-ray 3D of Dark of the Moon will blow you away. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get a 3D television, this is it,” said director Michael Bay. “For fans who’ve been waiting patiently to bring Dark of the Moon home, this Ultimate Edition release delivers the goods.”

And, for a limited time, all three eye-popping films in the Transformers franchise will be available in a 7-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Trilogy featuring each film in high definition, Transformers: Dark of the Moon in high definition 3D, more than 10 hours of special features and a plaque of movie images signed by Bay.
The ongoing epic story of the mighty AUTOBOTS continues in Transformers:
Dark of the Moon and the four-disc Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD combo pack takes fans behind-the-scenes, across the U.S. and into the far reaches of space for a fully immersive entertainment experience. The set includes a nearly two-hour documentary about the making of the film, which follows the cast and crew around the world, reveals the secrets behind the breathtaking stunts, including more footage of the amazing “birdmen,” and documents the film’s progress all the way through its triumphant release. Plus, additional features show how Chicago was transformed into the movie’s biggest action set, offer a look inside NASA, unveil artists’ renderings of the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS and much, much more. The combo pack will also be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – safely and securely – to a variety of devices.

Four-Disc Ultimate Edition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD

The Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray are presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English 5.1 Discrete Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Surround Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The English 5.1 and English 2.0 tracks were each individually mastered to ensure optimal sound for the home entertainment experience.
The DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, English 2.0 Discrete Surround, French 5.1 Surround, Spanish 5.1 Surround and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.
The disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
  • Feature film in high definition

Disc 2 (Blu-ray):
  • Above and Beyond: Exploring Dark of the Moon
    o Rising from the Fallen: Development and Design
    o Ready for Prime Time: Filming Across America
    o Battle in the Heartland: Shooting in Chicago
    o Attack of the Birdmen: Aerial Stunts
    o Shadow of the Sentinel: Post-Production and Release
  • Uncharted Territory: NASA’s Future Then and Now
  • Deconstructing Chicago: Multi-Angle Sequences
    o Previsualizations with optional commentary by director Michael Bay and previsualization supervisor Steve Yamamoto
    o Previsualizations/Final Shot Comparison with optional commentary by director Michael Bay and previsualization supervisor Steve Yamamoto
    o Visual Effects with optional commentary by visual effects supervisors Scott Farrar and Matthew Butler
    o Visual Effects/Final Shot Comparison with optional commentary by visual effects supervisors Scott Farrar and Matthew Butler
  • The Art of CYBERTRON
    o AUTOBOTS
    o DECEPTICONS
    o Environments
    o Weapons and Gear
    o Ships
  • The Dark of the Moon Archive
    o 3D: A Transforming Visual Art
    o Moscow World Premiere
    o Birdmen Featurette
    o Cody’s iPad
    o The Sound of Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • The Matrix of Marketing
    o Trailers
    o Marketing Gallery

Disc 3 (Blu-ray 3D):
  • Feature film in high definition 3D

Disc 4 (DVD):
  • Feature film in standard definition
  • Digital Copy—Compatible with iTunes® and Windows Media




7-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Trilogy

The 7-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Trilogy includes all three films in high definition, Transformers: Dark of the Moon in high definition 3D, more than 10 hours of bonus material, as well as a plaque of movie images signed by director Michael Bay. Disc specifications are as follows:

  • Two-disc Special Edition Blu-ray of Transformers presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.
  • Two-disc Special Edition Blu-ray of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.
  • Three-disc Combo Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray of Transformers: Dark of the Moon presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English 5.1 Discrete Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Surround Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

Synopsis

A mysterious event from Earth’s past threatens to ignite a war so big that the TRANSFORMERS alone will not be able to save the planet. Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and the AUTOBOTS must fight against the darkness to defend our world from the DECEPTICONS’ all-consuming evil in the smash hit from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg.

About Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is http://www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2011 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.
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TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon
Street date: January 31, 2012
Runtime: 154 minutes
SRP: $39.99 (Ultimate Edition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD combo pack)
$99.99 (7-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Trilogy)
U.S. Rating: PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo
Canadian Rating: PG for violence and coarse language

TWO ALL-NEW TRANSFORMERS SERIES DEBUTING IN JANUARY

Transformers News: TWO ALL-NEW TRANSFORMERS SERIES DEBUTING IN JANUARY
Date: Thursday, December 22nd 2011 1:48pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): IDW

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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TWO ALL-NEW TRANSFORMERS SERIES DEBUTING IN JANUARY
“Two Titles, One Universe”

Two Series to follow shattering TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME issue in December


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San Diego, CA (December 21, 2011)— Launching in January, IDW Publishing is proud to offer TRANSFORMERS and comics fans everywhere two new ongoing TRANSFORMERS comics series-- TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE and TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE. Under license from Hasbro, the two interrelated series are a direct continuation of IDW’s CHAOS event and spring directly out of the special TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME issue releasing in comic stores and online on December 21st. Both series will appeal to existing TRANSFORMERS fans and new readers. Featuring two great stories under one TRANSFORMERS comic universe, each series offers never-before-seen action, new threats and new villains that both current readers and those new to the series will enjoy.

“The response to the TRANSFORMERS ongoing series has been phenomenal,” says IDW senior editor John Barber. “This relaunch is a chance to jump onboard for anybody who might have been missing out. We’ve got big stories planned, and there’s never been a better time to read TRANSFORMERS.”

Created as a stepping on point for both fans of super-heroic and science fiction comics, as well as fans of the TRANSFORMERS characters, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE each explore the new status quo coming out of IDW’s CHAOS event including BUMBLEBEE’s new leadership position for all TRANSFORMERS. The war between AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON is over, and now the hard part begins. In the new world of CYBERTRON, there are only two choices: stay or go.

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Helmed by writer James Roberts with art and covers by Nick Roche, RODIMUS calls on his fellow AUTOBOTS to leave CYBERTRON in search of the KNIGHTS OF CYBERTRON in TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE. This lost tribe of TRANSFORMERS characters is, according to legend, the guardian of the original Cybertronian culture and RODIMUS and his followers begin a quest that will stretch to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to find the KNIGHTS and restore CYBERTRON to its past glory.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, written by John Barber, with art and covers by Andrew Griffith, follows BUMBLEBEE and the AUTOBOTS remaining on CYBERTRON. Without OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE finds himself in command of a world gone mad. TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DIGUISE brings readers through the struggle to rebuild CYBERTRON as the AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS and civilian TRANSFORMERS, who don’t distinguish between the other two groups, all vie for control.

Each series will feature four interconnecting covers for issue #1. Marcele Matere creates the Cybertronian mosaic for TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DIGUISE, with Alex Milne bringing the explorers to life for TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.

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These two new, action-packed series are the direct result of IDW’s CHAOS event, culminating in December’s TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME and TRANSFORMERS #31.

In addition to the print editions, IDW’S TRANSFORMERS comics are available digitally through Apple’s App Store in the free TRANSFORMERS app, which features every TRANSFORMERS comic in one place. Many TRANSFORMERS comics are available in the Sony Digital Comics store.

TRANSFORMERS #31 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in December 2011. Diamond order code OCT11 0323.

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in December 2011. Diamond order code OCT11 0326.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #1 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in January 2012. Diamond order code NOV11 0260.

TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #1 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in January 2012. Diamond order code NOV11 0264.


TRANSFORMERS comics are available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch through the Apple App Store.



Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.


About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.


About Hasbro
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is http://www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2011 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Apple, the Apple logo, and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Content purchased from the iTunes Store is for personal lawful use only. Don’t steal music.

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Transformers Prime the Complete First Season Coming to Blu-ray and DVD

Transformers News: Transformers Prime the Complete First Season Coming to Blu-ray and DVD
Date: Friday, December 9th 2011 3:45pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News, Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Shout! Factory

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We just received the following press release form our friends at Shout! Factory, Transformers Prime season one is coming to Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray collection is priced at $64.99 SRP, and the deluxe 4-DVD set is sold separately at a suggested retail price of $29.93 SRP. Both are scheduled for release on March 6th. Each set also comes packed with a 96 page graphic novel.



Check out the full press release below:



For Immediate Release

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TRANSFORMERS PRIME:

THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

Featuring Over 10 Hours of Non-Stop Action, Special Bonus Content and More!

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THE COLLECTIBLE 4-DVD SET &

LIMITED EDITION 4-DISC BLU-RAY™ COLLECTION –

PACKED WITH A 96-PAGE GRAPHIC NOVEL



OWN IT ON MARCH 6, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY




Prepare to experience the world of TRANSFORMERS PRIME like never before with perfect picture visuals and the purest digital sound available when the entire first season of the award-winning CGI animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME arrives in stores everywhere in North America on March 6, 2012 in a deluxe 4-DVD set and a Limited Edition 4-Disc Blu-ray™ collection from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.



Both the DVD and Blu-ray collections of TRANSFORMERS PRIME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON boast all 26 action-packed episodes (including the 5-part miniseries Darkness Rising) and special bonus content. For a limited time only, TRANSFORMERS PRIME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Limited Edition 4-Disc Blu-ray contains a 96-page IDW graphic novel based on this hit series.



Fans and collectors can pre-order the DVD release of TRANSFORMERS PRIME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON today! The Limited-Edition 4-Disc Blu-ray Collection (featuring the 96-page IDW graphic novel) is available for preorder exclusively on Amazon and ShoutFactoryStore.com.



Pre-order link:

http://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Prim ... 79&sr=8-14





Delivering a new level of heavy metal action and family entertainment for all ages, the limited edition Blu-ray collection is priced to own at $64.99 SRP. The deluxe 4-DVD set is sold separately and has a suggested retail price of $ 29.93 SRP.



The TRANSFORMERS saga starts a new chapter as old foes return, legendary heroes rise, and new ones are found in unlikely places. The new EMMY Award winning series TRANSFORMERS PRIME, A Hasbro Studios production, currently airs on The HUB television network in the U.S. and Teletoons in Canada, deepens the epic mythology of both the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS, while starting a new chapter for a new generation of fans.



In early 2011, loyal TRANSFORMERS fans, as well as families and kids, were introduced to this visually stunning five-part miniseries on The HUB. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Arcee, AUTOBOT Ratchet, Bulkhead, and many others are back to "roll out" against Megatron's latest attempt to conquer Earth. And Megatron proves to be more powerful than ever, having acquired a rare element that allows him mastery over life itself. OPTIMUS PRIME and the AUTBOTS may be few against the Decepticon hordes, but they find increased strength through bonds forged with three human teenagers.



Season One of TRANSFORMERS PRIME boasts an all-star voice cast, including Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Steve Blum, Jeffrey Combs, Adam Baldwin, Markie Post, Ernie Hudson, among other notables. TRANSFORMERS PRIME is produced by Hasbro Studios, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Kline serving as executive producers. Kurtzman and Orci served as writers for the feature films TRANSFORMERS and TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen.



TRANSFORMERS PRIME recently garnered two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation and six Emmy nominations.



Technical Information

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Blu-ray Collection

Limited Edition 4-Disc Blu-ray is packed with transformers prime graphic novel and bonus content

Street Date: March 6, 2012

Running Time: +/- 10 hours

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic widescreen

Audio: English, Audio 5.1 Surround



TRANSFORMERS PRIME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD Set

4-DVD Set and bonus content

Street Date: March 6, 2012

Running Time: +/- 10 hours

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic widescreen

Audio: English, Audio 5.1 Surround



About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world-class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as THE TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multiplatform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is http://www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.



Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2010 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.



About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.



Emmy® is the trademark property of the Academy for Television Arts & Sciences/ The National Academy for Television Arts & Sciences. Grammy® is the registered trademark of the national Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.


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Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art

Transformers News: Transformers The Japanese Collection Official Press Release and Hi-Res Box Art
Date: Friday, December 9th 2011 12:05pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Shout! Factory

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For Immediate Release



The Wait is Over! Fans Can Pre-Order Now to

Own This Entire Collection on DVD!



TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION

featuring

HEADMASTERS, SUPER-GOD MASTERFORCE, and VICTORY

in a collectible 13-dvd box set



SHIPS WEEK OF JANUARY 2, 2012

ONLY FROM SHOUT! FACTORY’S OFFICIAL ONLINE STORE SHOUTFACTORYSTORE.COM



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Early happy New Year 2012! Fans and collectors can finally bring home TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION DVD box set from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro. This is the rare Japanese trilogy that followed the popular “Generation 1” animated series. Available for the first time in North America, this 13-DVD box set is fully loaded with over 42 hours of entertainment, including all episodes that originally aired from the three Japanese series — Headmasters, Super-God Masterforce and Victory — each with their original Japanese audio tracks, English subtitles, and an art gallery. TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION DVD box set finally available exclusively at Shout! Factory’s official online store ShoutFactoryStore.com and shipping to customers beginning January 2, 2012. Pre-order begins now!

Pre-order Link: http://www.shoutfactorystore.com/prod.aspx?pfid=5257431





Synopsis

TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION – Headmasters

Optimus Prime lives again, the energy of the Matrix has been released and peace reigns on Cybertron . . . but all that is about to change with the startling arrival of the newest breed of Transformers warriors



TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION – Super-God Masterforce

Following their victory over the DESTRONS (a/k/a DECEPTICONS) at the end of Headmasters, the CYBERTRONS (AUTOBOTS) depart Earth, leaving behind only a small group to protect the planet from any future menace. But when the powerful DESTRONS return to an unsuspecting planet, the CYBERTRONS must come out of hiding to defend their human friends once again — only this time they’ll be unable to do it on their own!


TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION – Victory

Victory is the third and final installment of this Japanese trilogy— introduces four new factions to the TRANSFORMERS universe. Each group comes equipped with its own unique power and the ability to combine to form much larger, more powerful TRANSFORMERS, making each and every battle even more epic!



About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world-class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as THE TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multiplatform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is http://www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.



Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2011 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.



About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.



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Hasbro Announces Commitment to Eliminate PVC from Core Product Packaging

Transformers News: Hasbro Announces Commitment to Eliminate PVC from Core Product Packaging
Date: Thursday, December 8th 2011 1:52pm CST
Categories: Company News, Press Releases, Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): HASBRO INC,

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In the ongoing effort to continue its goal to adhere to the 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, HASBRO (NASDAQ HAS) has announced its plans to eliminate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from all new core toy and game packaging beginning in the year 2013. Eliminating the use of PVC has already begun in some packaging and the toy maker states that it should be PVC free by 2013.

"At a time when consumers have an abundance of choices, we hope our track record of innovation and corporate citizenship — including our focus on sustainable packaging and product safety — will give shoppers one more reason to choose our products during the holiday season and throughout the year," said Brian Goldner , Hasbro's president and chief executive officer.

This follows a myriad of ecofriendly changes that HASBRO has committed to including:

* Elimination of Wire Ties: In 2010, Hasbro replaced all wire ties in its packages with ties made from paper rattan or bamboo mix to reduce environmental impact. The effort eliminated approximately 34,000 miles of wire ties — more than enough to wrap around the circumference of the Earth.

* Increase in Recycled Content: In 2010, Hasbro set a goal to derive at least 75 percent of paper and board packaging from recycled material, or from sources that practice sustainable forest management, by 2011. By 2015, Hasbro plans to increase that goal to 90 percent.

* New Sourcing of Paper: Hasbro outlined an aggressive paper sourcing policy in 2011, providing guidelines for suppliers regarding sustainable paper sourcing to help ensure that paper used in Hasbro products aligns with the company's commitment to environmental sustainability. Among the policy's key requirements is the expectation that suppliers will source paper with as much post-consumer recycled content as practical and financially viable. The company has communicated the policy to its suppliers, and has made it a part of its company-wide quality assurance procedures.



I know some of you wish they did the wire tie change BEFORE Armada Unicron was released.

You can check out the complete press release by clicking here.

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Stock Watch: Hasbro Announces Q4 2011 Dividend on Shares

Transformers News: Stock Watch: Hasbro Announces Q4 2011 Dividend on Shares
Date: Thursday, December 8th 2011 1:24pm CST
Categories: Company News, Press Releases
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Business Wire, HASBRO INC.

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From a press release issued today via Hasbro (HAS NYSE), the company has announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per common share. The dividend will be payable on February 15, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 1, 2012.

During the tenure of the Transformers movie trilogy and the release of the live action G.I. JOE movie, dividends maintained an average payout of $0.20 per common share. With the increase in payout per share, speculation of a possible fourth film for the Transformers movieverse and the upcoming release of G.I. JOE 2, things are looking good for the toy maker.

Check out the full press release via Business Wire here.

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BotCon 2012 in Dallas, TX from April 26 to 29th

Transformers News: BotCon 2012 in Dallas, TX from April 26 to 29th
Date: Monday, December 5th 2011 4:24pm CST
Categories: Event News, Press Releases, Toy News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): BotCon

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Good afternoon my fellow Seibertronians. Our friends at BotCon just sent us the official announcement with the location and dates for BotCon 2012. Without further ado, here's the official press release as well as the corresponding image. Tell us your thoughts about BotCon 2012 by clicking here. We hope to see you in Dallas!

BotCon wrote:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BotCon 2012 Coming to Dallas, Texas April 26th – April 29th!

Fort Worth, TX – December 1st, 2011 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Convention, BotCon, announced today that next year’s award-winning convention will take place at the Hyatt Regency Dallas from April 26th to April 29th. You can make your hotel reservations now at BotCon.com.

In the next few weeks, Pop Culture enthusiasts from around the world will soon be able to register for BotCon 2012 through the BotCon.com online registration system. Fans and Collectors’ who register for BotCon as a Primus package holder will receive the multiple figure convention set (theme and set to be announced), admission to the Friday private sales room experience, all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and the Hall of Fame Celebration party. Finally, Primus package attendees will also receive a special bonus Transformers Deluxe figure to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.

For more information on BotCon and all activities and the exclusive figure offerings, please visit BotCon.com.


About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio.  From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY.  The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is http://www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved. 

About Fun Publications, Inc.

For over 15 years, Fun Publications, Inc. has been a Hasbro licensee offering fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia news, exclusive product and family events through different print offerings, websites, collector clubs and brand specific conventions such as GIJoeCon and BotCon. Located in Fort Worth Texas, Fun Publications reaches a large audience, serving the United States and many other countries such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit TransformersClub.com, GIJoeClub.com, GIJoeCon.com, and BotCon.com. BotCon is a registered trademark of Fun Publications, Inc. (C) 2011 Fun Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Dairycon 2012: Pre-Registrations open

Transformers News: Dairycon 2012: Pre-Registrations open
Date: Thursday, December 1st 2011 3:03pm CST
Categories: Event News, Press Releases
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Methusalen, DaryCon

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The Dairyland Transfans present:
In association with Fredsworkshop.com
Directed by Some Other Guy Who Likes Explosions:
"Dairycon 2012: The Moo-Vie!"

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Friday & Saturday, April 27-28th, 2012!
The historic Ramada Plaza's Crystal Ballroom in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin!


For Immediate Release


You read that right, folks! Registration for Dairycon 2012 is Now OPEN! As stated in the previous announcement, Dairycon 2012 is going to be hosted in the largest space in the city! The Historic Ramada Plaza's Crystal Ballroom!

Larger Dealer Space, the ever-popular Dairycon Convention Exclusives, Prizes, Drawings, Events, & A Large Screen TV showing your favorite episodes!

It's beyond Gouda. Beyond Evil. Beyond your Wildest Expectations!


Mark your calendars! PreRegistration is Now Open!
Reserve your space for the Event of the Year!

http://www.dairycon.com


Bonus: Dairycon Promotional Video #4: Hoof it All the Way! (ok, that's a bad title... Family Fun?)



Assuming the coding doesn't work up above, here's the link to the video!


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For Immediate Release

Excelsior, Moo Believers!

- Announcing Dairycon on Youtube and Facebook! As part of our ongoing mission to offer you exciting and hilarious content, Dairycon can now be accessed via your favorite social media! Download exclusive Dairycon content, including commercials, parody adverts, and more! Be sure to subscribe and 'like' us! Really, really 'like' us!

Dairycon's Youtube channel!

Dairycon on Facebook!


More videos in the upcoming weeks! And Stay Tuned for Exciting Reveals!

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Transformers: Rescue Bots Cast and Characters Revealed, D.C. Douglas to voice Chase

Transformers News: Transformers: Rescue Bots Cast and Characters Revealed, D.C. Douglas to voice Chase
Date: Sunday, November 27th 2011 11:38am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News, Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): DC Douglas, Holly Patterson

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Voice actor D.C. Douglas has updated his official blog with the characters he and the previously announced cast will be portraying on the Hub's new kids series Transformers: Rescue Bots. The Hub will be airing a sneak peek of the highly anticipated new cartoon on December 17th.

  • Steve Blum - Heatwave Rescue Bot
  • Imari Williams - Boulder Rescue Bot
  • Parvesh Cheena - Blades Rescue Bot
  • D.C. Douglas - Chase Rescue Bot
  • Maurice LaMarche - Chief Charlie Burns
  • Lacey Chabert - Dani Burns
  • Jason Marsden - Kade Burns
  • Shannon McKain - Graham Burns
  • Élan Garfias - Cody Burns
  • Diamond White - Francine Greene
  • LaVar Burton - Doc Greene
  • Jeff Bennett - Huxley Prescott
  • Peter Cullen - Optimus Prime

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Here is the press release for this announcement:

Confirmed: D.C. Douglas Voicing 'Transformers: Rescue Bots'

Los Angeles, CA (TSG) November 29th, 2011. The Hub confirmed last week that actor and voice over artist, D.C. Douglas (IMDb), has been cast in their much anticipated cartoon series, "Transformers: Rescue Bots," playing Chase - the police car.

Douglas has voiced several popular characters in the past, including Albert Wesker in the last 5 "Resident Evil" games, Legion in "Mass Effect 2 & 3," and numerous characters in the libertarian cult hit, "The American Dream."

"This is a whole new level, though," says Douglas. "I've just been invited into one of the coolest franchises where I get to play with other amazing actors!"

Douglas joins fellow cast-mates Steve Blum ("Wolverine," "Transformers Prime"), Lacey Chabert ("Party of Five," "Mean Girls"), LeVar Burton ("Roots," "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Jason Marsden ("Step by Step," "Justice League"), Parvesh Cheena (NBC's "Outsourced"), Emmy winner Maurice LaMarche ("Futurama," "Pinky & The Brain") and several other voice over veterans. A breakdown of the entire cast can be found on Douglas' blog.

The Hub describes the show as "an all-new animated series following a group of Autobots charged with a mission to protect and learn about humans. Stationed on an island off the Eastern seaboard by Optimus Prime, the Transformers Rescue Bots – Heatwave, Boulder, Blades and Chase – team with a human family of first responders including a police chief, firefighter, rescue pilot and engineer to maintain peace and safety in their new found home."

Though "Transformers: Rescue Bots" premieres in early 2012, The Hub is having a sneak peek on December 17th, 2011.

Douglas can be seen in upcoming episodes of FOX's "Raising Hope," TNT's "Franklin & Bash" and ABC's "Castle." His latest film short, "The Crooked Eye" (starring Fay Masterson and Academy Award winner Linda Hunt), has just been released on iTunes through Shorts International.

D.C. Douglas is represented by AVO Talent for voice over and The Daniel Hoff Agency for film and television.

Links mentioned: www.myvoiceoverguy.com/voice-over/offic ... t-autobot/

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #104 - Wrath of Con
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