Fellow Seibertronian philswitch engage has alerted us to a Bloomberg Business article reporting a possible merger of Hasbro and Mattel.
There has been reports in the past of a Hasbro / Mattel deal and details of this potential merger are scarce.
Here are the highlights of the Bloomberg Article:
Hasbro's and Mattel's stocks are on the rise with Hasbro leading the charge. Hasbro is projected to have a strong year with the release of a new Star Wars movie. Both companies are facing fierce competition from fellow toy manufacturer LEGO.
What do you think of this possible merger? Is it a good or bad thing for our favorite hobby? Hit the jump and sound off in the discussion below.
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Via fellow member William-James88, We now have a pre-order for Transformers: The IDW Collection Compendium, Volume 1 up at Barnes and Noble. This book is set up to include The IDW Collection Volumes 1 and 2, containing Megatron Origin; Spotlights: Blurr, Cliffjumper, Shockwave, Nightbeat, Hotrod, Soundwave, Sixshot, Ramjet, Ultra Magnus, Kup, Mirage, and Optimus Prime; and Infiltration, Stormbringer, and Escalation. This book is up for $79.99 and is due to be released June 1 of this year. No cover has been shown yet though. The pre-order can be found Here.
So what do you make of this new development? Let us know in the comments section and stay tuned for all news regarding The Transformers!
Good news to anyone getting into the comics recently, Comixology currently has a sale on a bunch of IDW trades (collections of individual issues) including Transformers trades. However, this only applies to trades, meaning that if the individual issues were collected into one book, like Last Stand of the Wreckers, then yay! However, certain Transformers series, like Megatron Origins, does not have a digital collection available on Comixology and there is no discount on the individual issues. Below you will find a list of what is available. If you are curious for a chronological order to these stories, we have a nice guide on this site for you to check out.
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 1 For All Mankind
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 2 International Incident
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 3 Revenge of the Decepticons
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 4 Heart of Darkness
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 5 Chaos Theory
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 6 Chaos Police Action
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 7 Chaos
Transformers All Hail Megatron Vol 1
Transformers All Hail Megatron Vol 2
Transformers All Hail Megatron Vol 3
Transformers All Hail Megatron Vol 4
Transformers Autocracy Collected Edition
Transformers Combiner Wars
Transformers Dark Cybertron Vol 1
Transformers Dark Cybertron Vol 2
Transformers Fall of Cybertron
Transformers Last Stand of the Wreckers Collected Edition
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 1
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 2
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 3
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 4
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 5
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 6
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 7
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 8
Transformers Regeneration One Vol 1
Transformers Regeneration One Vol 2
Transformers Regeneration One Vol 3
Transformers Regeneration One Vol 4
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 1
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 2
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 3
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 4
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 5
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 6
Transformers 2011 Vol 7
Transformers Spotlight Dark Prelude
Transformers Spotlight Vol 1
Transformers Spotlight Vol 2
Hasbro may not have shown up at the UK Toy Fair last weekend, but the EU section has its presence at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany - and with that come their press releases about upcoming products on the European market (which have already been seen elsewhere). So far, all we have seen relates to the Transformers: Robots in Disguise line - as you can read in German below, with a quick translation from yours truly - but we do have additional info on the recently reported Hyper Surge Optimus, here named Gigawatt Optimus Prime. Read on below for more info and images!
Die Transformers Mini-Cons sind kleine Transformers, die sich im Handumdrehen verwandeln lassen. Die zahlreichen Charaktere sind bereits seit Staffel 1 fester Bestandteil der TV-Serie und direkt bereit für den Einsatz. Sie sind zudem auch in Form von Mini-Con Battle Packs erhältlich, inklusive einem Mini-Con, einer verwandelbaren Transformers-Figur sowie zahlreichen Ausrüstungsgegenständen.
Produkt: Transformers Robots in Disguise Minicons
Alter: ab 5 Jahren
Verfügbar ab: Januar 2016
Produkt: Transformers Robots in Disguise
Mini-Cons Battle Pack
Alter: ab 5 Jahren
Verfügbar ab: Januar 2016
Va'al quick translation wrote:Small, one-step transformations. As seen in the animated series, ready for battle. Also come in Battle Packs, with armour pieces and a Transformer figure.
NOTE: This is the TAKARA TAV50 IMAGE. No Hasbro image available yet.
Der Gigawatt-Optimus Prime aus der bekannten TV-Serie „Robots in Disguise“ verwandelt das Kinderzimmer in eine aktiongeladene Transformers-Welt. In sieben Transformationsschritten wird er vom coolen Truck zum Roboter. Zusammen mit dem enthaltenen Mini-Con entfaltet der Autobot dann seine ganzen Kräfte. Steckt man ihn an Optimus an, aktivieren sich Sound- und Lichteffekte. Dynamische Flugsounds bei Bewegung sowie adaptierbare Flügel und Laser-Kanonen komplettieren den Spielspaß des Gigawatt Optimus Prime.
Produkt: Transformers Robots in Disguise Gigawatt Optimus Prime
Alter: ab 5 Jahren
Verfügbar ab: Herbst / Winter 2016
Va'al quick translation wrote:Transform your play area into an action-packed world. Seven step conversion. Mini-cons included to activate light and sound effects. Flight sounds when moving and posable wings and laser guns.
Via a piece in The Hollywood Reporter, we have some news concerning the creation of a new live Transformers attraction/show, set to arrive in China by 2017. Transformers Live will be a 'cross between an action-adventure spectacle, a theme park attraction and a theatrical show' - you can read more about it below, or head here for the full article!
Optimus Prime and his band of Autobots are set to assemble in the real world — in China.
DMG Entertainment, the China-U.S.-based movie studio and co-producer of Point Break and Iron Man 3, has reached a deal with Hasbro to create Transformers Live. The robotics spectacle, expected to debut in an undisclosed Chinese city in 2017, will be the world's first live-action attraction featuring the toy brand's iconic characters.
The show will be produced by S2BN Entertainment, the live entertainment company behind Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Marvel Experience and Rock of Ages.
“Transformers Live will be a cross between an action-adventure spectacle, a theme park attraction and a theatrical show," said Michael Cohl, chairman of S2BN Entertainment, in a statement.
The partners will build a semi-permanent 4,500-capacity venue to house the spectacle, which will deploy a fusion of proprietary robotics technologies, high-tech projection systems and aerial stunt sequences. Sources close to the deal say Beijing is the most likely destination for the show.
"Fans will experience intense action, beautiful visual moments, an emotionally engaging story, lots of humor and rousing music," Cohl added.
Fellow Seibertronians! From the Botcon 2016 Twitter page We now have new art for the 5 members of Predacus! We have seen images before of both Predacus and General Ramhorn, but we now have art for the remaining 4 members: Tarantulas, Ravage, General SeaClamp and General Cicadacon! Check out these images below, and sound off in the comments section regarding the new art works!
Continuing the stream of teasers about the upcoming 20th Anniversary, the Takara Tomy Twitter account has linked to a video combining Q Transformers and Beast Wars into an introduction (in Japanese, of course) to ..something. Check it out below, and let us know if you can make more of it than we currently do!
Fellow Seibertronian Sabrblade has taken the time to give us some context surrounding new information about 2016 (it happened!) from Takara Tomy, via usual suspect Hisashi Yuki on Twitter. The short version is that it appears the Japanese company is indeed planning on celebrating the 20th anniversary of Beast Wars - find out more below!
TakaraTomy designer Hisashi Yuki has Tweeted a New Years photo featuring the Beast Wars Metals X-9 Metals Jaguar figure, which was a Japanese exclusive retool of Transmetal Cheetor released as Ravage back in 1999. The photo contains the message of あけましておめでとうごがいます, which seems to be a typoed form of あけましておめでとうございます, which means "Happy New Year".
But the real meat of this Tweet is the text that accompanies the photo, in which Yuki announces that TakaraTomy will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Beast Wars with Beast Wars-related events and toys planned for release in 2016! As we've already seen previews of what the upcoming Masterpiece Convoy (Beast Wars)/Optimus Primal will look like, who knows what other new Beast Wars goodies Takara has in store for the year!
And finally, from IDW Publishing, we have the official press release confirming the status, creative teams and general idea of the five-week Deviations project, and the one-shot featuring the Transformers - if Optimus Prime never died in the first place! Check it out below.
IDW Explores Alternate Timelines In ‘Deviations’! The Five-Week Event Arrives In March
In a world where the Ghostbusters never crossed streams to save New York… In a world where Shredder was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ sensei… In a world where all your expectations are turned upside down—welcome to the world of Deviations, a weekly event series featuring alternate takes on some of IDW’s most popular books!
Starting with the Ghostbusters, readers will be taken to alternate realities of some of the most iconic heroes in comics with weekly one-shots that each highlight a different series. G.I. JOE will follow in the second week, exploring what would happen if COBRA finally won. The TRANSFORMERS comes next, looking at what the implications would be if OPTIMUS PRIME never died! Then, in X-Files Deviations, having been abducted by aliens, Fox Mulder never returned… and finally, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one-shot will round out the event.
“When one moment changes,” said Chris Ryall, IDW Editor in Chief, “whole universes alter forever. We’re asking the questions fans have been pondering for years—and now we’ll see some answers.”
Both new and familiar faces will make their mark on this warped series as newcomers to the titles join fan-favorite creators!
In Ghostbusters Deviations,
Kelly Thompson(Jem and the Holograms) teams up with artist Nelson Daniel (Judge Dredd).
Paul Allor returns to G.I. Joe, with artwork by Corey Lewis(Sharknife).
TRANSFORMERS Deviations welcomes Brandon Easton (Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven) alongside Transformers: Robots in Disguise artist Priscilla Tramontano.
Amy Chu (Sensation Comics: Wonder Woman) explores The X-Files alongside Elena Casagrande (Doctor Who) and Silvia Califano (The X-Files: Season 10) on art.
Finally Tom Waltz (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) leads Zach Howard (Wild Blue Yonder) into the sewers for the TMNT Deviations.
Look for all five Deviations in your comic shop and online every week in March!
In a sneak preview to news announced today on the usual, other comics websites, IDW Publishing have uploaded a quick interview with editor in chief Chris Ryall, introducing their new comics event 'Deviations', a type of 'What If' five-week mini-series, with one spotlight on the Transformers... in a world where Optimus has never died. Check out the interview below, and head back here to Seibertron.com for more news as it happens!
Without giving too much away, what exactly is Deviations?
Deviations is, basically, a look at some of the bigger properties we publish, all of which have had many big, notable moments in their history, where we explore a divergent path in those storylines.
What led to you wanting to do this type of event?
All of the titles that make up this 5-week event have featured stories that have led to fun fan debates over what might have happened if a big event had gone another way, whether in past comics, TV series, or movies. So this is taking a big, fan-favorite moment and spinning that story in another direction to explore what could’ve been.
What series will be involved?
The series, and the catalyst for the stories, are:
Ghostbusters: “In a world… where the Ghostbusters NEVER crossed streams!”
G.I. JOE: “In a world… where COBRA turns the table on G.I. JOE.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “In a world… where Shredder leads the Turtles.”
Transformers: “In a world… where Optimus Prime never died!”
The X-Files: “In a world… where young Fox Mulder was abducted by aliens!”
What’s your favorite “What If…” comic?
I was always a big fan of Frank Miller’s take on “What If Elektra Had Lived?” from the original series. In most of those old comics, the “what-if” story always ended far worse for the characters than in the regular series. Whether that was just to do big, explosive things in those comics or to assure readers things like “See? It’s much better that Phoenix DID die,” they usually all ended very badly. Miller’s Elektra tale, not so much—he took things in another direction entirely, and handled it all in unique fashion. Which is the goal here—anyone can play “what if?” games with stories but we’re really striving for these comics to do surprising, unexpected things. And who knows, if they go over well enough, maybe they could lead to entirely new series of this divergent timeline.
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