Our friend and theme park enthusiast Rick Brigante with Inside the Magic dropped by to let us know about the latest promotional campaign going on in Orlando for Universal's upcoming Transformers: The Ride 3D attraction. Similar to the campaign leading up to the ride's release at Universal Studios Hollywood, the Fairwinds Credit Union building in downtown Orlando has been outfitted with an 80 foot sign made to look as though Megatron took a stroll right through the building. Universal Orlando has also uploaded a YouTube video to go along with the campaign. We've embedded images from Inside the Magic and the Universal Orlando video below.
Brigante feels a grand opening announcement is just around the corner.
Inside the magazine itself, the following pages and information are revealed ...
Brian's Bytes and Bolts reveals that the Subscription figures have been delayed from China. They are estimating that the figures will ship right after BotCon. I'm assuming this means that the figures are being shipped over with all of the BotCon exclusives to save on transport costs. Because of this delay, they are unsure when the 2nd installment payment will be due for those of you who went with the payment option.
First look at Transformers Generations Deluxe Hoist (available 4th quarter). Hoist is a remold of Trailcutter. He features a new head and trades Trailcutters trailer topper/shield for a tow hook that appears to transform into Hoist's gun. No wings but I think we'll all be happy to have Hoist join our "Classics" ranks. I'm assuming this figure will be packaged with his Spotlight book in the upcoming deluxe/comic packaged series revealed at Toy Fair back in February.
The next two page spread features updated decos for the BotCon 2013 Machine Wars set. As far as I can tell, the only difference is Obsidian has undergone a major color change. Whereas he was a bright green with orange (transparent?) rotors, he now sports a color scheme that seems much closer to his Beast Machines cartoon counterpart along with (transparent?) red rotors. This should make many fans happy that Strika and Obsidian will be utilizing colors from the cartoon instead of one being from the cartoon and the other being from the toy.
Transformers Generations Magnificus from eHobby is revealed as a club exclusive! Pre-orders will be available at http://www.TransformersClub.com/shop from April 15th to May 8th. Price is currently listed at $90.
The comic continues the Beast Wars Shattered Glass theme. It introduces G2 Hero Megatron alongside some of Takara's Beast Wars II characters like the Seacons, Dirge, Thrust, and the Autorollers. Scylla is still female.
After the comic, we get a one page "The Transformers Menagerie - Part 2: The Dinobots"
Profile pages for Beast Wars Grimlock (Maximal) and Beast Wars II Dirge (Predacon)
The back cover features another installment of David Willis' Recordicons as well as two installments of Transformers I.Q.
During last month's Hasbro Media Day site owner Ryan Yzquierdo had the pleasure of speaking to The New York Times' Gregory Schmidt for an article that was published yesterday titled, "Classic Toys Redesigned to Traverse Generations". The article focuses on Hasbro's continued ability to grow the Transformers brand and expand it into new markets, creating a truly generational franchise. In the excerpt below Ryan explains the appeal of Transformers: Rescue Bots to parents with young children. The full article can be found by clicking here.
That was enough to convince Ryan Yzquierdo, who has been a Transformers fan since he was 7, that Rescue Bots were a good way to introduce Transformers to his 3-year-old daughter.
“Each toy focused on a different motor skill, which was a big selling point for me and my wife,” said Mr. Yzquierdo, who started a Web site, Seibertron.com, devoted to Transformers in 2000.
Ryan diligently taking photos for Seibertron's Toy Fair 2013 Coverage
Given the onslaught of Transformers-related news yesterday from Toy Fair, including a lot of images of upcoming figures, it is understandable if you may have missed a couple items that were announced during Hasbro's presentation: that Masterpiece Soundwave and Acid Storm will see release through Hasbro. This does confirm the earlier reported rumour of these two seeing release.
Very few details are known at this time, including release date or if these will be carried by Toys R Us or another chain. What is known is that Soundwave will come packaged with all 5 of his cassettes!
Stay tuned to Seibertron.com for more information as we receive it.
Our friends at Hasbro have supplied us with official images of the figures that were on display today at their media event. These images give us great looks at all the awesome figures that are headed our way, and include Metroplex in city mode. Click here for the full gallery of official images.
Let the "Beast Hunt" begin! Our gallery of Transformers Prime "Beast Hunters" images from Toy Fair 2013 is live. Stand outs include Voyager Shockwave (who's armor does come off), Ultra Magnus, and Grimwing. We also got a look at the new Deluxe Ratchet, Dreadwing, and Skystalker. Of course the new Supreme Class Optimus Prime and Predaking were on display. There wasn't a lot of Cyberverse on display, but we did get a look at the new Legions Class Soundwave, Prowl, and Commander Class Trailcutter. Click here for the Transformers Prime "Beast Hunters" gallery and here for the Cyberverse Gallery.
Transformers Platinum Editions were on display. The currently available releases Omega Supreme and Optimus Prime were present, but the big news was Ultra Magnus. He's a redeco/retool of Transformers Prime Weaponizer Optimus Prime that comes with the Forge of Solus Prime as an accessory. Click here for the gallery.