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IDW Publishing Transformers May 2015 Comics Solicitations: Angry Birds, Combiner Wars, Treasury

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers May 2015 Comics Solicitations: Angry Birds, Combiner Wars, Treasury
Date: Wednesday, February 18th 2015 2:22am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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There may be delays in IDW Publishing comics this week, but to tide us over untill all distribution issues are resolved, we also have the full list of solicitations for the Transformers titles out in May 2015! The biggest news, other than Combiner Wars reaching its conclusion with both The Transformers and Windblade, is probably the SPOILERS in the More than Meets the Eye solicit, and the reprint of the beginning of the current phase of IDWverse in a massive format - check them all out below, and beware the spoilers.

Angry Birds Transformers: Age of Eggstinction
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira, Livio Ramondelli (a) • Marcelo Ferreira (c)
When the TRANSFORMERS lose their powerful ALLSPARK, it ends up on Piggie Island! Prepare to meet… the AUTOBIRDS and DECEPTIHOGS!
TPB • FC • $9.99 • 92 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-258-6

Bullet points:
“If any of you out there have kids, they’ll get a kick out of Angry Birds Transformers.” –RhymesWithGeek.com


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers May 2015 Comics Solicitations: Angry Birds, Combiner Wars, Treasury


Transformers #41—Combiner Wars
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
DESPERATE ACTIONS! As the SPACEBRIDGE reaches across the stars, will anyone stand against STARSCREAM? The answer is yes—but the cure might prove worse than the disease.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers May 2015 Comics Solicitations: Angry Birds, Combiner Wars, Treasury


Transformers #41—Combiner Wars—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
COMBINER WARS part 4
OPTIMUS PRIME versus PROWL—one on one!
The biggest battle ever between COMBINERS!
Variant Hasbro Combiner Wars poster cover!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers May 2015 Comics Solicitations: Angry Birds, Combiner Wars, Treasury


Transformers: Windblade—Combiner Wars #3
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FINAL BATTLE! The last of the Combiners face off… but who is in control of the ultimate combiner? And who will emerge with the key to dominating the galaxy?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers May 2015 Comics Solicitations: Angry Birds, Combiner Wars, Treasury


Transformers: Windblade—Combiner Wars #3—Subscription Variant
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone (a) • Livio Ramondelli (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
COMBINER WARS CONCLUDES!
WINDBLADE battles for CYBERTRON—and her homeworld!
The stage is set for the next era of TRANSFORMERS greatness!
Variant Hasbro Combiner Wars poster cover


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers May 2015 Comics Solicitations: Angry Birds, Combiner Wars, Treasury


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #41
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
“Dear RODIMUS and crew… It’s my funeral tomorrow and I’d love it if you could all be there. Refreshments will be provided. Please R.S.V.P.—THUNDERCLASH”
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #41—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The return of the greatest AUTOBOT hero of all time —THUNDERCLASH—which is great news!
But he’s dying—which is terrible news!
Variant Cover by Kotteri


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers May 2015 Comics Solicitations: Angry Birds, Combiner Wars, Treasury


TRANSFORMERS Treasury Edition
James Roberts, John Barber (w) • Nick Roche, Andrew Griffith (a) • Alex Milne (c)
THE NEW ERA BEGINS! Relive the birth of the modern era of Transformers comics with this giant-sized reprinting of stories that started More Than Meets the Eye and the current Transformers series!
FC • 72 pages • 8.5” x13” • $9.99

Bullet points:
Reprints: TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME
TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #1
TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE (2011) #1
Massive 8.5 x13” edition!
Also great for gag photos where you look like you’re shrinking!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers May 2015 Comics Solicitations: Angry Birds, Combiner Wars, Treasury


Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, Vol. 7
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne, Atilio Rojo (a) • Alex Milne (c)
Days of Deception begins. No conflict, no sadness, no angst. Collects issues #34–38.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 132 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-327-9

Bullet points:
“More Than Meets The Eye… finds sci-fi concepts and settings, has as much fun as possible and just goes with the flow.” –Unleash The


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers May 2015 Comics Solicitations: Angry Birds, Combiner Wars, Treasury

IDW Publishing Comics for 18 February Delayed Due to Port Congestion

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Comics for 18 February Delayed Due to Port Congestion
Date: Friday, February 13th 2015 1:17pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): CBR

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It looks like February will also see its chunk of delays in IDW Publishing's comics output. Courtesy of a piece of Comic Book Resources, we learn that due to issues with the Long Beach, CA, ports, the entirety of next week's shipment will be delayed - and that includes both current Transformers ongoings, the Complete Allspark Almanac and the Primacy TPB. Read more here, and a snippet below.

IDW Publishing has announced that its titles scheduled to arrive in stores on Feb. 18 will not be making anyone's pull list for the time being -- and the following weeks' titles may be affected as well. "Due to the ongoing problems at West coast ports, our normal shipping procedures have been completely interrupted, causing unpredictable delays," IDW's statement reads. "Regrettably, this has resulted in all our books planned for release on 2/18 to be delayed. We’ve looked at every possible scenario to prevent this, but the situation is completely beyond our control. We are taking steps to improve this for the immediate future, but the books and products that are currently on the water cannot be re-directed. We will be updating our weekly releases and keeping you informed as the situation works toward a resolution. We understand this is not an ideal situation, and apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and look forward to things getting back to normal in ensuing weeks."

IDW has informed CBR News that all digital releases will be delayed as well, in order to maintain a synchronized schedule between the two formats.

[...]

The following IDW titles were originally scheduled to go on sale February 18.


The Transformers #38 (10 Copy Cover)
The Transformers #38 (Subscription Cover)
The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 (Subscription Cover)
The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38: Days of Deception
The Transformers: Primacy

Transformers Animated: The Complete Allspark Almanac

Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images
Date: Friday, February 13th 2015 1:06pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News, Press Releases, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Did you think Transformers Rescue Bots had been overlooked? Look again, below, and find out it is not so! Toy Fair New York brings us another Hasbro press release and product description for the younger animated series, including new characters Salvage, Blurr and High Tide - check it all out below.

PLAYSKOOL HEROES 2015 PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS


Super hero action begins with the PLAYSKOOL HEROES product line, specifically designed for younger kids who are excited for big kid adventures! Based on characters from TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES, and STAR WARS GALACTIC HEROES, these fun vehicles, figures, and playsets are sized right for little hands and include easy to use features. With the introduction of all new vehicles, exciting explorations are right around the corner!


TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS

Inspired by the hit animated television series, TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS fans will recognize even more friendly faces as new characters and vehicles from the show are introduced into the 2015 product line. With all new rescue tools and vehicle modes, little heroes will enjoy playing out heroic adventures.

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS products for 2015 include:

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS FEATURED BOT Assortment
(Ages 3-7 years/Approx. Retail Price: $4.99/Available:Spring 2015)

The bots are armed and ready for action! These figures may be small, but with all new rescue tool activations they’re ready for big adventures! The new a ssortment includes HEATWAVE THE FIREBOT figure
with rescue axe and BOULDER THE CONSTRUCTION BOT figure with a rescue drill. The OPTIMUS PRIME figure with a rescue saw and new recruit HIGH TIDE figure with rescue claw join the assortment in Fall 2015.
Each figure sold separately.

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS RESCAN Assortment
(Ages 3-7 years/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available:Spring 2015)

The RESCUE BOTS are back and ready to roll! With easy to do conversion, kids can play out exciting adventures with SALVAGE, BLURR, and OPTIMUS PRIME figures. The core cast of RESCUE BOTS are also featured in the assortment: BLADES THE FLIGHT BOT figure in classic helicopter form, the BUMBLEBEE figure in his iconic car form, and CHASE THE POLICE BOT figure in classic police car form. Each sold separately.


TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS ELITE RESCUE HEATWAVE Figure
(Ages 3-7 years/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Roll to the rescue with TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS ELITE RESCUE HEATWAVE the FIREBOT Figure! Standing at
10 inches tall, the ELITE RESCUE HEATWAVE figure converts to a fire engine form. With a simple twist, convert the ELITE RESCUE HEATWAVE figure from bot mode to vehicle mode. The ELITE RESCUE HEATWAVE figure includes a removable ladder and push-activated rescue claw. There’s no adventure this bot can’t handle!


TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS MINI SCENE PACK
(Ages 3-7 years/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 2015)

Little adventurers can join in the action with all new figures and vehicles inspired by the show! With recognizable characters and friendly faces, each MINI SCENE pack contains a RESCUE BOTS figure, human character figure and vehicle featured in iconic scenes in the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS animated series.
Sized right for little hands, the mini scene packs include SHARK SUB CAPTURE with BLADES THE FLIGHT-BOT and DR. MOROCCO or TUNNEL DRILL RESCUE with CHASE THE POLICE-BOT and GRAHAM BURNS. Each pack sold separately.


TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS HIGH TIDE Playset
(Ages 3-7 years/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2015)

RESCUE BOTS fans can dive into big sea adventures as they take command of the TRANFORMERS RESCUE BOTS HIGH TIDE Playset! The new recruit, HIGH TIDE, now acts as the new RESCUE BOTS command center for ocean rescues. Load the HIGH TIDE figure into the command center console, then pull up on the lever to help HIGH TIDE assume full command of his ship. When High Tide needs to dive below for a deep sea rescue, press down on the lever, and twist open the hull to reveal HIGH TIDE converted into his mini submarine form! Preschoolers will be amazed at this easy to do conversion. The High Tide playset also comes with a capture cage with trap door and a crane with multiple rescue tools.


TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS EPIC FIGURE Assortment
(Ages 3-7 years/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 2015)

Little heroes can join in on epic RESCUE BOTS adventures with the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS EPIC FIGURE
assortment’s newest recruits! Standing at 12-inches tall, the SALVAGE and BLURR figures are ready to save the day! When little ones are ready to begin their mission, open the each figure’s chest to reveal a command center for the two-inch RESCUE BOTS mini-figures (each sold separately)! The new SALVAGE and BLURR figures join the existing collection, which includes HEATWAVE THE FIREBOT, BOULDER THE CONSTRUCTION BOT, BLADES THE FLIGHT-BOT, and CHASE THE POLICE BOT figures. Each figure sold separately.


Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers: Rescue Bots Product Descriptions and Images

Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage Robots in Disguise Product Descriptions and New Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage Robots in Disguise Product Descriptions and New Images
Date: Friday, February 13th 2015 10:50am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Here is the official press release for upcoming Robots in Disguise toys in 2015. Though a few have been announced in the past, this is the first official confirmation for:

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE MINI-CON DEPLOYERS

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE SUPER BUMBLEBEE

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE MINI-CONS (SINGLE PACK) which include:

- SLIPSTREAM
- DRAGONUS
- DIVEBOMB
- SAWBACK

Pictures of some of these figures have been mirrored below the Press Release statements. These pictures include, among others, Super Bumblebee, a Minicon for Deployer Drift and Deployer Fracture.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE – 2015 PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS



New for 2015, Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE line features fun play patterns and a fresh new style, based on the hotly anticipated new animated series TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, premiering on Cartoon Network in March 2015, features a brand new chapter in the history of the TRANSFORMERS franchise. Featuring BUMBLEBEE as the leader of a team of young AUTOBOTS, the series features the new team of TRANSFORMERS saving the Earth from the menace of STEELJAW and an all new group of
wild and dangerous DECEPTICONS!

The innovative figures put the action in your hand with 1-Step Changers and 3-Step Changers. You can also download the new TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE mobile game and scan each figure into the app. Each figure is imprinted with a scannable shield that when scanned into the app unlocks that character for battle action!

The 2015 TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE line from Hasbro features the following products:

Action Figures

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE 3-STEP CHANGERS Assortment
(Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Each TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE THREE-STEP CHANGERS figure features a character from the all new animated series, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, coming to Cartoon Network in 2015 in a fun, larger size with an amazingly fluid conversion. Kids can convert each figure in three steps and get right into the action! Characters include:
BUMBLEBEE and GRIMLOCK. Each sold separately. Take the action to your mobile device. Download the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE app to your digital device, then scan the shield to unlock a character or weapons
or more!

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE WARRIORS CLASS Assortment
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Each TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE WARRIORS figure features a character from the all new animated series, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, coming to Cartoon Network in 2015. Warrior figures feature classic puzzle play for fans that want the traditional TRANSFORMERS experience. These detailed figures are great for collectors and kids as
they convert from robot to vehicle in 10 steps or less and come with a unique weapon accessory. High articulation means more action play, as fans can pose their figures and play out their favorite battles from the new animated series with GRIMLOCK, BUMBLEBEE, STEELJAW, and STRONGARM. Each sold separately. Take the action to your mobile device.
Download the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE app to your digital device, then scan the shield to unlock a character or weapons or more!

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE TITAN HEROES Action Figure Assortment
(Ages 4 years & up /Approx. Retail Price: $12.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Kids and collectors alike will have big fun with these 12-inch scale action figures based on the new animated series coming to Cartoon Network in 2015. Each non-converting figure features five points of articulation and packs a lot of play at a great price! Characters include: OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, and STEELJAW. Each sold separately. Take the
action to your mobile device. Download the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE app to your digital device, then scan the shield to unlock a character or weapons or more!

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE LEGION CLASS Assortment
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $5.99/Available: Spring 2015)
Each TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE LEGION figure features a character from the all new animated series, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, coming to Cartoon Network in 2015 in a small-scale, collectable figure that converts from robot to vehicle in 10 steps or less! Characters include: BUMBLEBEE, OPTIMUS PRIME, STEELJAW, and STRONGARM. Each sold separately. Take the action to your mobile device. Download the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE app to your digital device, then scan the shield to unlock a character or weapons or more!

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE 1-STEP CHANGERS Assortment
Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Each TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE ONE-STEP CHANGERS figure features a character from the all new animated series, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, coming to Cartoon Network in 2015, and converts from robot to vehicle and back in one awesome step! Characters include: BUMBLEBEE, UNDERBITE, SIDESWIPE, and STRONGARM. Each sold
separately. Take the action to your mobile device. Download the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE app to your digital device, then scan the shield to unlock a character or weapons or more!

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE Tiny Titans
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $2.49/Available: Spring 2015)
Get a bot that’s small but mighty in this Tiny Titans figure pack! Each Blind Bag includes 1 miniature [non-converting?]Transformers figure and a character card for your collection. Which one will you get? There’s only one way to find out! Collect all 12 to start building your Tiny Titans Transformers army today, including all your favorite characters: SIDESWIPE, STRONGARM, GRIMLOCK, OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE and more. Each sold separately. Take the action to your mobile device. Download the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE app to your digital device, then scan the shield to unlock a character or weapons or more!

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE MINI-CON DEPLOYERS
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2015)
DEPLOYERS figures team with exclusive deployable MINI-CON figures to demolish enemies! Pick a side and choose a warrior: AUTOBOT DRIFT or DECEPTICON FRACTURE. Each DEPLOYERS figure comes with one MINI-CON figure that it can deploy into battle! DEPLOYERS figures convert from robot to vehicle in less than 10 steps. Their MINI-CON teammates convert in just one. AUTOBOT DRIFT figure works with all buzzsaw-shaped MINI-CON figures. DECEPTICON FRACTURE figure works with all torpedo-shaped MINI-CON figures. Collect and deploy! Take the action to your mobile device.
Download the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE app to your digital device, then scan the shield to unlock a character or weapons or more!

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE MEGA OPTIMUS PRIME
(Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2015)
The heroic AUTOBOT Commander is ready for battle in a flash! This OPTIMUS PRIME figure stands over 11 inches tall and converts from truck to powerful robot in one smooth motion! Simply pull the trailer apart to convert from vehicle to robot, then push the figure's chest and swing the cab down to convert back. The built-in connector ports let kids attach MINI-CON figures (each sold separately) and use them as weapons and armor for battle. Take the action to your mobile device. Download the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE app to your digital device, then scan the shield to unlock a character or weapons or more!

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE SUPER BUMBLEBEE
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2015)
Heroes don't come any bigger than BUMBLEBEE, and BUMBLEBEE figures don't come any bigger than this! At over 19 inches tall, SUPER BUMBLEBEE can stand up to any DECEPTICON threat. The light-up figure recognizes whether it's in vehicle or robot mode and plays unique sounds in each. The figure changes from robot to vehicle in less than 3 steps and it plays the classic TRANSFORMERS conversion sound effect when going from one mode to another. Take the action to your mobile device. Download the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE app to your digital device, then scan the shield to unlock a character or weapons or more!

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE MINI-CONS (SINGLE PACK)
(Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $4.99/Available: Fall 2015)
These bots don't just go on the attack, they are the attack! Based on the MINI-CONS seen in the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE animated series, MINI-CON figures convert from robot to weapon mode in one simple step. Choose from buzzsaw-shaped AUTOBOT MINI-CONS or torpedo-shaped DECEPTICON MINI-CONS, then customize each figure with the included battle accessories. Team them with DEPLOYERS figures (each sold separately) and deploy each MINI-CON figure into battle. Collect and deploy an entire MINI-CON army! Characters include: SLIPSTREAM, DRAGONUS, DIVEBOMB, and SAWBACK. Take the action to your mobile device. Download the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE app to your digital device, then scan the shield to unlock a character or weapons or more!


Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage New Robots in Disguise Products

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage New Robots in Disguise Products

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage New Robots in Disguise Products

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage New Robots in Disguise Products

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage New Robots in Disguise Products

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage New Robots in Disguise Products

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage New Robots in Disguise Products

Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Product Descriptions and Images: Ultra Magnus, Cyclonus and More

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Product Descriptions and Images: Ultra Magnus, Cyclonus and More
Date: Friday, February 13th 2015 10:47am CST
Categories: Company News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Hungry for some Transformers Generations news from Toy Fair New York 2015? The Hasbro press room has released several docuemnts showing off their new products for 2015, and Generations Combiner Wars is going to be big! Read on below for more information on Protectobots, Cyclonus, Ultra Magnus and Devastator!

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS – 2015 PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS



Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS line of action figures features characters and expressions from throughout the more than 30 years of the Transformers brand. In 2015 the GENERATIONS line unites under one big story – COMBINER WARS!
Courage is Stronger Combined! In the COMBINER WARS, giant super robots, formed by teams of AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS, battle for the fate of the universe. The evil DECEPTICON STARSCREAM plans to use these giant robots as weapons to lay waste to entire planets, conquering worlds with the might of the powerful but unstable DECEPTICON Combiner: MENASOR. The AUTOBOTS rally their own Combiners to stop them. With the freedom of the universe pushed to the brink, OPTIMUS PRIME must master the power of Combination to defeat the DECEPTICONS!
Fans of all ages can play out this story with key action figure scales with in the line. DELUXE, VOYAGER, and select LEGENDS scale figures can be combined together to create larger scale Combiner robot figures!

The 2015 TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS line from Hasbro features the following products:

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS LEGENDS Assortment(Ages 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Courage is Stronger When Combined! TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS LEGENDS assortment includes fan favorite TRANSFORMERS characters, re-imagined for the present day. Featuring the simplest conversion in the TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS line, these figures are also the perfect introduction for kids ready to move up to the more sophisticated world of TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS. They're also detailed enough to appeal to the collector. Figure converts in 7 or more steps. Select figures within the assortment can convert into a weapon or accessory for a TRANSFORMERS COMBINER figure (sold separately) and each includes a Collector Card. Figures in 2015 include HUFFER and DECEPTICON BLACKJACK. Each sold separately.

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS DELUXE Assortment(Ages 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Courage is Stronger When Combined! Each TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS DELUXE figure can be combined with three other DELUXE figures to form the limbs and one VOYAGER figure as the body (each sold separately) to form a gigantic TRANSFORMERS COMBINER robot. Each Deluxe figure is based on a classic TRANSFORMERS character and converts from vehicle to robot form, and has a third mode as a limb of a larger COMBINER robot. Fans can create a large-scale COMBINER figure such as SUPERION or MENASOR and they can also mix and match the limbs to build their own COMBINER figure! Use LEGENDS scale figures to add weapons and accessories! Figure converts in 9 or more steps. Each figure features incredible detail and classic conversion for a premium look and feel. 16 figures will be available in 2015 including PROTECTOBOT STREETWISE, PROTECTOBOT BLADES, Protectobot First Aid, and Protectobot Rook. Each sold separately. Each Deluxe figure includes a full-size, full-length issue of IDW Publishing’s TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER WARS comic book series or a collector card.

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS VOYAGER Assortment(Ages 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Courage is Stronger When Combined! Each TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS VOYAGER figure converts from robot to vehicle and also in its body mode can be combined with four DELUXE figures, the arms and legs, (each sold separately) to form a gigantic TRANSFORMERS COMBINER robot. Fans can create a large-scale COMBINER figure such as SUPERION or MENASOR and they can also mix and match the limbs to build their own COMBINER figure! Use LEGENDS scale figures to add weapons and accessories! Characters include PROTECTOBOT HOT SPOT, CYCLONUS and more. Figure converts in 10 or more steps. Each VOYAGER scale figure is based on a classic TRANSFORMERS character and includes a Collector Card. Each sold separately.

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS LEADER Assortment(Ages 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $44.99/Available: Spring 2015)

Courage is Stronger When Combined! The TRANSFORMERS Generations Leader class figures include the most powerful and legendary characters rendered in incredible detail and with impressive conversions. Each large, feature-packed LEADER scale action figure is based on a classic TRANSFORMERS character, like ULTRA MAGNUS, and features a firing projectile, massive weaponry and working vehicle features. Figure converts in 15 or more steps. Each figure is sold separately and includes a Collector Card.

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR(Ages 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $149.99/Available: Fall 2015)

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS figures form some of the largest TRANSFORMERS robots ever seen, and this one tops them all. This mega-pack unites all six of the CONSTRUCTICONS in one place. Each figure is rendered in incredible detail and features impressive conversion from robot to construction vehicle and back. But that's just the beginning — the six Voyager Scale figures combine to form the ultimate DECEPTICON weapon: the mighty CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR, the largest TRANSFORMERS COMBINER robot figure!

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Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Product Descriptions and Images

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Product Descriptions and Images

Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Hasbro Press Release

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Hasbro Press Release
Date: Friday, February 13th 2015 10:22am CST
Categories: Company News, Event News, Press Releases
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Company Unveils New Introductions from MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF and More


PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) will showcase its 2015 lineup of innovative brand experiences at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.


"Following successful receptions at the Nuremberg, London and Hong Kong Toy Fairs earlier in the year, we look forward to unveiling our latest introductions of our consumer-insights led, storytelling-driven brands in New York City, and engaging with customers and fans," said John Frascotti, President, Hasbro Brands. "In 2015, Hasbro will continue to deliver the world's best play experiences with our robust portfolio of properties including our own franchise brands, LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH, TRANSFORMERS and our partner brands including STAR WARS, MARVEL, SESAME STREET and JURASSIC WORLD."


About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH, TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios creates entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film and more. Through the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. Learn more at www.hasbro.com and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews).

© 2015 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Hasbro Investor Event: Devastator, Rescue Bots, and More

Transformers News: Toy Fair US 2015 Coverage - Hasbro Investor Event: Devastator, Rescue Bots, and More
Date: Friday, February 13th 2015 9:26am CST
Categories: Company News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Toy Fair is not yet begun, and already we have news from Hasbro regarding their product updates in the Transformers lines, thanks to their Investor Update at Toy Fair! Read on below to find out a summary of the webcast made available, touching upon Combiner Wars, Robots in Disguise, Transformers 5, and their multi-media platforms being developed at the moment.

The biggest, quite literally, piece of news that may interest all of our readers, is the reveal of the first official image of the Combiner Wars Devastator gestalt figure and box (with art by Marcelo Matere), mirrored below alongside a behind the scenes shot of the Hasbro booth on the floor! Read on further to find out more from the event, and stay tuned for our running coverage over the weekend.

  • General business predictions and recaps, with a projected growth of 25% by 2017.
  • A focus on stories and media, leading to Discover Family channel links and ties to other networks for Hasbro programming, and small scale projects with new Allspark pictures.
  • Transformers 5 pre-production has officially started. China mentioned as upcoming second largest
  • My Little Pony is confirmed as the biggest Hasbro franchise at the moment, showing 47% growth since 2014

    Transformers news!
  • New Rescue Bots toys - High Tide, Salvage and Blurr - which we had seen at Toy Fair UK and in the news in the past months.
  • Robots in Disguise, as per the recent press release, is where a lot of Hasbro focus will go.
  • Combiner Wars talked of in terms of modular, customisable, swap and change play aspect, with core components.
  • Official reveal of Titan Devastator!
  • Finally, the Fan Built Combiner will be revealed at San Diego Comic Con 2015.


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IDW Publishing Moves to New Headquarters, Opens San Diego Comic Art Gallery

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Moves to New Headquarters, Opens San Diego Comic Art Gallery
Date: Thursday, February 12th 2015 3:40pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News, Press Releases
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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While not strictly Transformers related, this is big news for IDW Publishing, the company that has ensured the survival of transforming robot fiction since 2005, and currently breathing life back into gestalt technology with Combiner Wars! Read on the press release below to find out about the relocation of the IDW headquarters and the opening of the San Diego Comic Art Gallery - soon to showcase some Transformers art too?

IDW Publishing Makes A Big Move
Renowned Publisher Comes To San Diego’s NTC Arts & Culture District


San Diego, CA (February 12, 2015) – IDW Publishing is pleased to announce the relocation of their headquarters due to business expansion, in June 2015, as well as the opening of a groundbreaking new comic art gallery. The new offices and gallery will be located in former Navy barracks within the historic NTC in Liberty Station, which is nestled in the Point Loma community of San Diego.

The San Diego Comic Art Gallery will be a unique, new and dynamic space located within the IDW offices, designed to educate and engage the local San Diego community and the region of Southern California with the sequential comic book and graphic arts. The SDCAG will create a permanent home in San Diego as a showcase for this celebrated art form; already so pervasive in pop culture, thanks to the meteoric success of comic-based films, television and entertainment, and already so associated with the San Diego area, thanks to Comic-Con International. With a retail space, a gallery of original art from comics and animation, and actual working artists on the premises, the SDCAG is an entirely new kind of venture. Harry L. Katz, former Head Curator in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress, has been named the curator of SDCAG.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Moves to New Headquarters, Opens San Diego Comic Art Gallery


Through events, author and artist appearances, art installations and celebrations, the SDCAG will become a destination to worldwide fans of the medium, and cement San Diego’s status as a Capital of the comic arts, while becoming an integral part of the immediate community. The first installation will be an extensive showcase of the work of Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and local San Diego resident.

“We’ve been looking to make a move for a while,” said Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher of IDW, “We’ve been expanding rapidly, and simply have run out of room. At the same time, we’ve been looking for a space that more accurately reflects who we are as a company. When we started talking with the NTC, it became evident immediately that this would be a perfect fit. And with the gallery, we’re going to be able to show the community, and the world, just who IDW is. This move is the perfect next step in the evolution of our company.”

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Moves to New Headquarters, Opens San Diego Comic Art Gallery


“The NTC Foundation welcomes IDW Publishing and their creative team to the NTC Arts & Culture District at Liberty Station,” said NTC Foundation Executive Director Alan Ziter. “Their new San Diego Comic Art Gallery will be a great addition to the numerous art galleries and museums already at NTC and we look forward to the creative collaborations ahead. We anticipate it will be a San Diego landmark destination for comic and animation art lovers from all over the world.”

Moving into a historic building has its unique challenges and is being made possible with the assistance of San Diego local area businesses such as Good & Roberts LLC and obrARCHITECTURE inc. Taking 18,344 square feet, IDW will now be the largest tenant in the already vibrant arts district.

After 15 years as a prominent part of the local business community, IDW Publishing is sure to be a more public presence with the move to NTC. The Grand Opening is scheduled for June 1, 2015. For more information on this event, please contact IDW PR & Marketing Manager, Rosalind Morehead.

About NTC at Liberty Station
NTC at Liberty Station is San Diego’s largest Arts & Cultural District located in historic buildings at the former Naval Training Center in the new Liberty Station neighborhood. With 28 park-like acres and 16 of its 26 buildings complete, NTC is home to nearly 80 museums and galleries, artist studios, dance companies, educational groups, multidisciplinary arts, creative retail and other organizations that showcase San Diego’s creative community and provide innovative experiences for the public. NTC is under the stewardship of the not-for-profit NTC Foundation.

About Good & Roberts, LLC
Founded in San Diego, California in 1979 by Jack Good
and Stan Roberts, Good & Roberts (G&R) has always valued relationships and the guiding principle of treating others with respect and integrity. This philosophy was consistently reinforced during the early years of the company when the founders handed out “Golden Rule Marbles” to employees, customers and subcontractors
as recognition for demonstrating that principle. As the company grew this philosophy formed the basis of our core values and company culture.

About obrARCHITECTURE inc
At obrARCHITECTURE inc. our desire is to create lasting and meaningful relationships with our clients, our projects and the environment. We are located in the heart of San Diego’s North Park arts district and are actively involved with the local art community. We are a broad-based small, focused firm and believe that each individual team member’s unique talents makes for a dynamic whole that can not only meet, but exceed our client’s expectations. As a small firm we believe strongly in being accessible and flexible with our clientele. With the partners’ wide array of experience, the firm has the ability to take on a wide variety of project sizes and types and can adjust quickly to changes in programs, budgets or designs. Our approach is a collaborative one, working side by side with our clients throughout the entire design process assisting, inspiring and leading our clients in reaching their project goals.

Ebook Subscription Service Scribd Launches Comics Section, Including IDW Transformers

Transformers News: Ebook Subscription Service Scribd Launches Comics Section, Including IDW Transformers
Date: Tuesday, February 10th 2015 10:39am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News, Media
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This seems to be the week for streaming Transformers content! What is popularly referred to as the Netflix of books, Scribd, has launched this morning their Comics section, including material from all major publishers, IDW included. To celebrate the event, the ebook subscription service are also offering a free month's subscription to their content - now's the time to catch up on all those Transformers issues you never read!

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Hasbro Reports Revenue, Operating Profit and Net Earnings Growth for Full Year 2014

Transformers News: Hasbro Reports Revenue, Operating Profit and Net Earnings Growth for Full Year 2014
Date: Monday, February 9th 2015 9:53am CST
Categories: Company News, Press Releases
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Hasbro has just released their 2014 year end financial report, along with their Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Product Category Performance.

The largest increas over the previous year was in the Boys category (20%) and the Transformers brand is highlighted as a major contributor to this. The following quote also lists Rescue Bots as having well performed but not enough to offest losses in other prescholl toys.


Full-year 2014 Boys category revenues increased 20% to $1.48 billion. Growth in TRANSFORMERS, NERF and MARVEL properties more than offset declines in BEYBLADE.

Games category revenues declined 4% for the year to $1.26 billion. Growth in Franchise Brands MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY, as well as SIMON and THE GAME OF LIFE in 2014, was offset by declines in DUEL MASTERS, TWISTER and ANGRY BIRDS games.

2014 Girls category revenues grew 2% to $1.02 billion. Revenue growth in MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS, NERF REBELLE and the introduction of PLAY-DOH DOHVINCI offset declines in FURBY.

Preschool category revenues decreased 4% to $510.8 million for the full-year 2014. PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS revenue growth was more than offset by declines in other Preschool initiatives, including core PLAYSKOOL and SESAME STREET products.


Below is the entire report.

Hasbro Reports Revenue, Operating Profit and Net Earnings Growth for Full Year 2014

2014 full-year net revenues increased 5% to $4.28 billion compared to 2013 revenues of $4.08 billion; Absent a negative $93.4 million impact of Foreign Exchange, 2014 net revenues grew 7%;
2014 revenues grew in all major operating segments: U.S. and Canada, International and Entertainment and Licensing; Emerging Markets revenues increased 20%;
Franchise Brand revenues grew 31% for full-year 2014; Boys and Girls category revenues increased;
2014 adjusted operating profit increased 7%; Adjusted net earnings increased 10% to $408.7 million or $3.15 per diluted share; As reported, operating profit increased 36% and net earnings increased 45% to $415.9 million or $3.20 per diluted share;
Company Board of Directors raises quarterly dividend 7% or $0.03 per share to $0.46 per share;
Board authorizes additional $500 million in share repurchase authorization;
In 2014 Hasbro returned $677.6 million of cash to shareholders through $216.9 million in dividend payments and $460.7 million for the repurchase of 8.5 million shares of common stock. Cash at year end 2014 was $893.2 million.
PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today reported financial results for the full year and fourth quarter 2014. Net revenues for the full-year 2014 increased 5% to $4.28 billion compared to $4.08 billion in 2013. Excluding a negative $93.4 million impact from foreign exchange, 2014 revenues increased 7%.

As reported net earnings for the full-year 2014 were $415.9 million, or $3.20 per diluted share, compared to $286.2 million, or $2.17 per diluted share, in 2013. Adjusted net earnings for the full-year 2014 were $408.7 million, or $3.15 per diluted share. Adjusted net earnings exclude pre-tax charges of $28.3 million associated with restructuring of the Company's joint venture television network and $5.2 million associated with other restructuring activities which were more than offset by a pre-tax benefit of $36.0 million from the sale of licensed rights for intellectual property and $6.6 million in favorable tax adjustments related to tax exam settlements.

Net earnings for the full-year 2013 include pre-tax charges of $36.7 million associated with restructuring, $7.0 million of related pension costs, $61.1 million associated with the settlement of an adverse arbitration award, $40.6 million of charges related to certain non-strategic brands as well as a $23.6 million favorable tax adjustment. Excluding these items, 2013 adjusted net earnings were $372.4 million, or $2.83 per diluted share.

"2014 was a good year for Hasbro. We grew revenues, profitability and returned significant capital to our shareholders," said Brian Goldner, Hasbro's President and Chief Executive Officer. "These results highlight the power of building innovative brand experiences based firmly in global consumer insights and supported by compelling stories. Investments in our brand blueprint are unlocking value in our brand portfolio and we begin 2015 well positioned to capitalize on our efforts in ‘Creating the World's Best Play Experiences.'"

"The underlying strength of Hasbro's brands and financials enabled us to grow revenues and earnings despite a significant fourth quarter negative impact from foreign exchange," said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro's Chief Financial Officer. "In 2014, foreign exchange had a $93 million negative impact on revenues and approximately a $25 million negative impact on net earnings. Despite this, our focus on profitable growth delivered our highest operating profit margin in recent years, while generating $454 million in operating cash flow. In 2015, we have tremendous brand initiatives and entertainment upon which to capitalize, but anticipate foreign exchange will remain a significant headwind throughout the year."

Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Results

For the fourth quarter 2014, net revenues increased 1% to $1.30 billion versus $1.28 billion in 2013. Excluding a negative $75.4 million impact from foreign exchange, fourth quarter 2014 revenues increased 7%.

As reported net earnings for the fourth quarter 2014 were $169.9 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, compared to $129.8 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, in 2013. Adjusted net earnings for the fourth quarter were $154.9 million, or $1.22 per diluted share. Adjusted net earnings exclude pre-tax charges of $16.8 million associated with restructuring of the Company's joint venture television network and $5.2 million associated with other restructuring activities which were more than offset by a pre-tax benefit of $36.0 million from the sale of licensed rights for intellectual property and $6.9 million in favorable tax adjustments related to tax exam settlements.

Fourth quarter 2013 as reported net earnings included pre-tax charges of $48.8 million associated with restructuring and related pension costs and product-related charges, and a benefit of $15.4 million related to the settlement of an adverse arbitration award for less than the previously recorded charge. Excluding these items, as adjusted fourth quarter 2013 net earnings were $148.8 million, or $1.12 per diluted share.

Full-Year 2014 Major Segment Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions) Operating Profit ($ Millions)
FY 2014 FY 2013 % Change FY 2014 FY 2013 % Change
U.S. and Canada $ 2,022.4 $ 2,006.1 +1 % $ 334.7 $ 313.7 +7 %
International $ 2,023.0 $ 1,873.0 +8 % $ 270.5 $ 235.5 +15 %
Entertainment and Licensing $ 219.5 $ 191.0 +15 % $ 60.6 $ 45.5 +33 %

Note: The impact on full-year 2014 and 2013 segment operating profit from restructuring of equity method investment and restructuring, pension curtailment and settlement, product-related and arbitration award settlement charges is outlined in the attached table: Restructuring of Equity Method Investment and Restructuring, Pension Curtailment and Settlement, Product-related and Arbitration Award Settlement Charges - by Segment.

Full-year 2014 U.S. and Canada segment net revenues increased 1% to $2.02 billion compared to $2.01 billion in 2013. Growth in the Boys category offset declines in the Girls, Games and Preschool categories. The U.S. and Canada segment reported operating profit growth of 7% to $334.7 million, or 16.5% of revenues, compared to $313.7 million, or 15.6% of revenues, in 2013.

International segment net revenues increased 8% to $2.02 billion compared to $1.87 billion in 2013. Revenues grew 13% excluding a negative $87.7 million impact from foreign exchange. Revenues in the International segment reflect 6% growth in Europe, 14% growth in Latin America and 10% growth in the Asia Pacific region, as well as growth in the Boys, Girls and Preschool categories, partially offset by a decline in the Games category. In total, Emerging Markets revenues increased 20% to $689.8 million. The International segment reported operating profit growth of 15% to $270.5 million, or 13.4% of revenues, compared to $235.5 million, or 12.6% of revenues, in 2013.

Entertainment and Licensing segment net revenues increased 15% to $219.5 million compared to $191.0 million in 2013. The segment primarily benefited from growth in lifestyle licensing globally. The Entertainment and Licensing segment reported 33% operating profit growth to $60.6 million, or 27.6% of revenues, compared to $45.5 million, or 23.8% of revenues, in 2013.

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Product Category Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions)
Q4 2014 Q4 2013 % Change FY 2014 FY 2013 % Change
Boys $421.9 $349.1 +21% $1,484.0 $1,237.6 +20%
Games $418.3 $437.4 -4% $1,259.8 $1,311.2 -4%
Girls $312.4 $348.8 -10% $1,022.6 $1,001.7 +2%
Preschool $146.0 $146.4 -- $510.8 $531.6 -4%

Full-year 2014 Boys category revenues increased 20% to $1.48 billion. Growth in TRANSFORMERS, NERF and MARVEL properties more than offset declines in BEYBLADE.

Games category revenues declined 4% for the year to $1.26 billion. Growth in Franchise Brands MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY, as well as SIMON and THE GAME OF LIFE in 2014, was offset by declines in DUEL MASTERS, TWISTER and ANGRY BIRDS games.

2014 Girls category revenues grew 2% to $1.02 billion. Revenue growth in MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS, NERF REBELLE and the introduction of PLAY-DOH DOHVINCI offset declines in FURBY.

Preschool category revenues decreased 4% to $510.8 million for the full-year 2014. PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS revenue growth was more than offset by declines in other Preschool initiatives, including core PLAYSKOOL and SESAME STREET products.

Dividend and Share Repurchase

In 2014, Hasbro returned $677.6 million to shareholders including $216.9 million in cash dividends. Hasbro's Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.46 per common share. This represents an increase of $0.03 per share, or 7%, from the previous quarterly dividend of $0.43 per common share. The dividend will be payable on May 15, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 1, 2015.

In addition, the Board of Directors has authorized the Company to repurchase an additional $500 million of its common stock. At year-end, $64.2 million remained available in the current share repurchase authorization. In 2014, Hasbro repurchased 8.5 million shares at a total cost of $460.7 million and an average price of $54.26 per share.

Conference Call Webcast

Hasbro will webcast its fourth quarter and full-year 2014 earnings conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today. To listen to the live webcast and access the accompanying presentation slides, please go to http://investor.hasbro.com. The replay of the call will be available on Hasbro's web site approximately 2 hours following completion of the call.

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios creates entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film and more. Through the Company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews).

© 2015 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Certain statements in this release contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include expectations concerning the Company's potential performance in the future, including with respect to anticipated future benefits from investments in the Company's business and strategic efforts to grow the Company's brand portfolio and content delivery over the longer-term, and the Company's ability to achieve its other financial and business goals and may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases. The Company's actual actions or results may differ materially from those expected or anticipated in the forward-looking statements due to both known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Specific factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: (i) the Company's ability to design, develop, produce, manufacture, source and ship products on a timely and cost-effective basis, as well as interest in and purchase of those products by retail customers and consumers in quantities and at prices that will be sufficient to profitably recover the Company's costs; (ii) downturns in economic conditions affecting the Company's markets which can negatively impact the Company's retail customers and consumers, and which can result in lower employment levels, lower consumer disposable income and spending, including lower spending on purchases of the Company's products; (iii) other factors which can lower discretionary consumer spending, such as higher costs for fuel and food, drops in the value of homes or other consumer assets, and high levels of consumer debt; (iv) potential difficulties or delays the Company may experience in implementing cost savings and efficiency enhancing initiatives; (v) other economic and public health conditions or regulatory changes in the markets in which the Company and its customers and suppliers operate which could create delays or increase the Company's costs, such as higher commodity prices, labor costs or transportation costs, or outbreaks of disease; (vi) currency fluctuations, including movements in foreign exchange rates, which can lower the Company's net revenues and earnings, and significantly impact the Company's costs; (vii) the concentration of the Company's customers, potentially increasing the negative impact to the Company of difficulties experienced by any of the Company's customers or changes in their purchasing or selling patterns; (viii) consumer interest in and acceptance of the Discovery Family Channel, and programming created by Hasbro Studios, and other factors impacting the financial performance of the network and Hasbro Studios; (ix) the inventory policies of the Company's retail customers, including retailers' potential decisions to lower their inventories, even if it results in lost sales, as well as the concentration of the Company's revenues in the second half and fourth quarter of the year, which coupled with reliance by retailers on quick response inventory management techniques increases the risk of underproduction of popular items, overproduction of less popular items and failure to achieve compressed shipping schedules; (x) delays, increased costs or difficulties associated with any of our or our partners' planned digital applications or media initiatives; (xi) work disruptions, which may impact the Company's ability to manufacture or deliver product in a timely and cost-effective manner; (xii) the bankruptcy or other lack of success of one of the Company's significant retailers which could negatively impact the Company's revenues or bad debt exposure; (xiii) the impact of competition on revenues, margins and other aspects of the Company's business, including the ability to offer Company products which consumers choose to buy instead of competitive products, the ability to secure, maintain and renew popular licenses and the ability to attract and retain talented employees; (xiv) concentration of manufacturing for many of the Company's products in the People's Republic of China and the associated impact to the Company of social, economic or public health conditions and other factors affecting China, the movement of products into and out of China, the cost of producing products in China and exporting them to other countries; (xv) the risk of product recalls or product liability suits and costs associated with product safety regulations; (xvi) the impact of other market conditions, third party actions or approvals and competition which could reduce demand for the Company's products or delay or increase the cost of implementation of the Company's programs or alter the Company's actions and reduce actual results; (xvii) the impact of litigation or arbitration decisions or settlement actions; and (xviii) other risks and uncertainties as may be detailed from time to time in the Company's public announcements and Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to make any revisions to the forward-looking statements contained in this release or to update them to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.

This press release includes a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules, specifically EBITDA. EBITDA represents net earnings attributable to Hasbro, Inc. excluding net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests, interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. As required by SEC rules, we have provided reconciliation on the attached schedule of this measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Management believes that EBITDA is one of the appropriate measures for evaluating the operating performance of the Company because it reflects the resources available for strategic opportunities including, among others, to invest in the business, strengthen the balance sheet, and make strategic acquisitions. However, this measure should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or superior to, net earnings or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP as more fully discussed in the Company's financial statements and filings with the SEC. As used herein, "GAAP" refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

The press release also includes the Company's costs and expenses, operating profit, net earnings and diluted earnings per share excluding the impact of charges related to the restructuring of the Company's investment in the Hub Network joint venture in 2014, charges related to restructuring activities in both 2014 and 2013, restructuring related pension charges in 2013, product-related charges in 2013 from brands which the Company exited or have reduced expectations, charges related to the settlement of an adverse arbitration award in 2013, a gain on sale of intellectual property license rights in 2014, and certain favorable tax adjustments in both 2014 and 2013 related to the settlement of tax examinations. Management believes that presenting this data excluding these charges, benefits and tax adjustments assists investors in understanding the performance of the Company's underlying business and the results of operations.

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