After a lot of speculation, rumours, whispers and CybertronCon in the way, we have official confirmation on Hasbro's plans for its licensed properties and their event showcasing: HASCON 2017 has just been announced! The event's website is already active, and can be found here, the press release is avaliable below, and the details are: 8-10 September 2017, Rhode Island Convention & Dunkin Donuts Center. Check it out below, and join the discussion in the Energon Pub!
Hasbro to Create the Ultimate Entertainment and Play Experience by Bringing Its Iconic Brands to Life with First-Ever ‘HASCON’
First-of-Its-Kind Convention Will Bring Fans and Families Together for Three Days of Immersive Entertainment Experiences, Talent and Character Appearances, Panels and More in September 2017
PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, announced it is creating the first-ever HASCON fan and family convention in September 2017. The massive event, which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017, will treat attendees to three unforgettable days featuring a celebration of Hasbro’s powerful characters and stories, including live interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels and much more.
From bringing the first action figure to life with G.I. JOE, to creating a world where robots are truly ‘more than meets the eye’ with TRANSFORMERS, Hasbro’s brands have always overflowed with rich stories and dynamic, multi-faceted characters, providing an incredible platform to capture the imaginations of fans of all ages. The premiere HASCON event will bring the magic of decades of storytelling under one roof for the ultimate, immersive Hasbro fan and family experience. Hasbro’s top properties, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE and many others will be reimagined through dynamic stage performances and unique opportunities for fans to engage with their favorite characters. In addition to interactive experiences designed to offer attendees a glimpse into Hasbro’s imaginative storytelling in action, visitors will have the chance to see first-look previews of Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series, attend panels and meet-and-greets with celebrities and creative talent associated with Hasbro brands, take part in Hasbro Gaming competitions and purchase special limited-edition Hasbro products.
“Hasbro is home to many of the world’s most recognizable brands, each of them with their own group of passionate and engaged fans,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands. “HASCON will deliver an extraordinary peek behind the curtain of our brands, storytelling, and iconic characters while giving us the opportunity to invite fans and families to our hometown for the most memorable, unified Hasbro experience ever.”
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).
The 2016 Brand Licensing Expo is on and Hasbro has a big display. For Transformers fans, the biggest take away so far are new character portraits based on what Megatron, Bumblebee and Optimus will look like in the upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight film. These are giant cardboard cut outs and they are very reminiscent of the character profiles from Age of Extinction promotional posters. These were found on arun09345's instagram page.
TFcon has provided us with another update for the upcoming TFcon Chicago, and his name is Josh Burcham! Burcham is a colorist over at IDW Publishing and is well known for his inks in many on-shots and on some issues of More Than Meets The Eye. You can check out his profile for TFcon below, and remember that TFcon Chicago is only a few weeks away, so get your tickets if you haven't already!
We are happy to welcome IDW Publishing colorist Josh Burcham to TFcon Chicago 2016. Transformers fans will recognize his work from the pages of Transformers More Than Meets The Eye and dozens of other one shots and mini series. He will be in attendance all weekend and offering prints and commissions to the attendees.
Reporting from the floor at New York Comic Con 2016 overnight , a number of social media accounts - including TFU.info and the official IDW and Tom Scioli ones on Twitter - we have some summary coverage of the IDW Publishing panel at the event. There wasn't too much talked about in terms of Transformers, as expected from the schedule, as the big emphasis was on Revolution and its aftermath, but there are some notable points below:
- Some covers shown for Revolutionaries, the book that sees the continuation of Kup, Blackrock, Action Man GI Joe's stories after the main crossover. Art shown by Fico Ossio, Andrew Griffith, and Tone Rodriguez.
- A one-shot (?) issue in the style and from the creators of Aw Yeah Comics! Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, titled Aw Yeah, Revolution! No more info on this yet, other than the cover.
- Annuals planned for February 2017 for The Transformers (with John Barber and Priscilla Tramontano on the team) and MASK (with David Rodriguez and Andrew Griffith).
- A one-shot, annual but not really, 'movie adaptation' but we're not sure how, spearheaded by its creator and sole comicsmith Tom Scioli, for Transformers vs G.I. Joe. In the words of Chris Ryall: some crossovers creators are straightforward, and some are Tom Scioli.
After seeing some stills from the Hasbro Twitch presentation, we are now able to bring you a video of the full event! Seibertron.com was able to get up to the second row from the designers themselves as they spoke about Transformers and what is to be coming soon. Unfortunately the room was loud and the microphones were not working fully, so the audio might be a bit tricky to hear, but you should be able to get all the important stuff you need from the video. Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Even across countries and timezones, the Hasbro Transformers panel is still a thing that we can attend, thanks to the livestream from New York Comic Con 2016 - and here is a summary of what went down during the robotic half hour in NYC!
- Showing off the Transformers: The Last Knight Optimus Prime voice changing helmet just revealed by Hollywood Reporter, with some of the voice clips, and some talk about Optimus in general.
- Talked about the process from movie to toy, what appeals to newer generations (with mentions to the 1986 animated movie, and the new Shout! Factory remastering).
- Dipping into the Machinima Combiner Wars animated series to segway into Prime Wars trilogy as a toy-first element (pretty much) Combiner Wars, Titans Return. Driving into Deluxe Twinferno, Perceptor (who is a working microscope!) - and finally, Sixshot.
- Sixshot: compared with G1 version, showing off the poseability, Phase Sixers name-dropped, Black Shadow brought out for comparison too. Shown how it splits in half for tank + jet sections, and Titan Master.
- Trypticon revealed! Well, his leg anyway (with ratcheted ankle tilts). Release is Fall 2017.
Directly from Hasbro over at New York Comic Con 2016, we have a reminder that they will given the spotlight for NYCCLive - a streaming service organised by the event - for their Transformers panel taking place. You will be able to tune in via this link, and the panel takes place at 1.15 to 1.45 pm ET - so make sure to pop by!
After the several photos sent to us directly from the Hasbro area at New York Comic Con 2016 for the upcoming Robots in Disguise line and its new Combiner Force direction, we have the official images from Hasbro themselves, featuring the likes of Bumblebee, Sideswipe and Strongarm, with newcomer Activators Stuntwing, Great Byte and Trickout. Check out the renders below, showing off the combined modes as well as the indivual ones!
UPDATED with images for the second version of Bumblebee and Strongarm, Optimus Prime, plus new character Skysledge, Stormhammer and a sample of combinations!
In other official images news from Hasbro's reveals at New York Comic Con 2016, we go into the Transformers Titans Return line (yet sometimes appearing as Titan Wars, for some reason - this may be a mistake) and the new Titan Masters, Legends, Deluxes, Voyagers and Leader class figures: from Repugnus and Shuffler, to Brawn, to Twinferno and Perceptor, to Triggerhappy and Getaway, plus Broadside and Blackshadow. Check them all out in their renders below, and compare to the floor pics here and here!
We have yet another update from the ever-approaching TFcon Chicago, taking place later this very month! The newest guest announced is Matt Moylan, famous for the LilFormers fan work, but also for his stint working at Dreamwave productions. Find out more info below!
TFcon is pleased to welcome Matt Moylan to TFcon Chicago 2016. He is best known to Transformers fans as the man behind LilFormers and a former editor and post production manager for Dreamwave Productions. You can meet him in the TFcon Chicago 2016 artist alley all weekend long.
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