Here's something Transformers-shaped for the more musically inclined among you: a collaboration between Hasbro and Sony, featuring a number of artists, resulting in Transformers: Roll Out - a music album with tracks inspired by our favourite giant transforming robots! Read more about it below, here, and check out two of the tracks embedded below.
Hasbro Studios and Sony Music Entertainment will release a new album of music entirely inspired by the Transformers franchise including alt-rockers Bush, Mount Holly, MEW and more.
Transformers Roll Out will be released April 15 with pre-order starting Tuesday (Feb. 9). Fittingly, upon its release, limited edition CD and vinyl will be offered exclusively through FYE stores.
"The release of Transformers Roll Out truly demonstrates the pop culture power of the Transformers franchise," Hasbro chief content officer Stephen Davis said in a statement. "With generations of audiences celebrating the brand across television, film, digital entertainment, consumer products and now music, this could not be a more exciting time for Hasbro and the Transformers brand with such a unique project that really delivers on the More Than Meets the Eye brand promise."
Starting Tuesday, as well, the compilation released Mount Holly's "Roll Out" and Crash Kings' "Gigantik" lead singles off the set. Listen to those here with a complete album track list below.
Hasbro has published their Q4 and year end earnings today. The boy toys category is where there was the greatest increase of revenue over last year and that was due to Star Wars, Nerf and Marvel. This is great since it offset the decrease in Transformers sales which is routine in a non movie year.
Here are the highlights:
2015 full-year net revenues increased 13%, absent a negative $394.5 million impact of foreign exchange; Including the impact of foreign exchange, revenues increased 4% to $4.45 billion;
2015 revenues grew in all major operating segments and regions, absent the impact of foreign exchange; Including the impact of foreign exchange, the U.S. and Canada segment revenues increased 10%, International segment revenues declined 3% and Entertainment and Licensing segment revenues increased 11%;
Boys, Preschool and Games category revenues increased both as reported and absent the impact of foreign exchange; Franchise Brand revenues increased 7% absent the impact of foreign exchange, but declined 2% including the impact of foreign exchange;
2015 operating profit increased 9% and net earnings increased 9% to $451.8 million or $3.57 per diluted share; Adjusted net earnings increased to $445.0 million or $3.51 per diluted share, excluding the sale of manufacturing operations;
In 2015 Hasbro returned $310.7 million of cash to shareholders; Generated $552.4 million in operating cash flow for the year.
Full-year 2015 Boys category revenues increased 20% to $1.78 billion. Franchise Brand NERF revenues increased along with STAR WARS, JURASSIC WORLD and MARVEL. This growth more than offset the decline in TRANSFORMERS, which faced difficult comparisons versus 2014's theatrical release of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. The Boys category grew 30% absent the impact of foreign exchange.
About Foreign Exchange
For those wondering why the exchange is such a big deal in the highlights section, it's because a strong American dollar affects negatively on American companies selling products elsewhere in the world. For instance, looking at the Canadian exchange, the initial contracts were drawn up while the exchange was about the same or close. A deluxe Transformer toy priced at $17.99 will bring you back USD $17.99 in the US regardless, but in Canada, it would be priced the same $17.99 in Canadian dollars. With the American dollar getting stronger, that CDN $17.99 ends up becoming USD $12.94, thus lowering Hasbro's revenue (I am using retail prices, but we can extrapolate to the loss Hasbro has when retailers like Toysrus pay for the contracted amount later when the exchange is lower).
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!
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