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Hasbro Combines TV, Film and Short-Form Content Under Hasbro Studios President Stephen Davis

Transformers News: Hasbro Combines TV, Film and Short-Form Content Under Hasbro Studios President Stephen Davis
Date: Wednesday, December 12th 2012 2:02pm CST
Categories: Company News, People News, Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Hasbro Combines TV, Film and Short-Form Content Under Hasbro Studios President Stephen Davis


Hasbro Combines TV, Film and Short-Form Content Under Hasbro Studios President Stephen Davis



LOS ANGELES, CA, December 11, 2012-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) announced the integration of all of its content initiatives, including television, film, commercial productions and short-form content, under Stephen Davis, president of Los Angeles-based Hasbro Studios.

Davis, who has overseen global TV development, production and distribution for Hasbro since launching the studio in 2009, will report to Hasbro Chief Marketing Officer John Frascotti to ensure the seamless integration between the entertainment and global marketing teams. Hasbro Studios produces a number of top-rated, award-winning multi-platform shows that are seen in more than 170 countries globally and here in the U.S. on The Hub, a television network for kids and their families that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK).

In addition to television, Davis will now lead Hasbro’s Film Group in Los Angeles and the company’s Rhode Island-based studio responsible for producing the company’s commercials and short-form content. Bennett Schneir, SVP Motion Pictures, and Terry Scott, SVP of Cake Mix Studio in Rhode Island, will now report to Davis.

“We are bringing together several of our entertainment groups so that we can fully drive our content development capabilities across our global franchises,” Frascotti said. “Stephen is the perfect choice to lead this important new initiative. In just three years, he has made significant contributions to strengthening the company’s global brands by propelling Hasbro Studios into one of the world’s most successful producers of animation and live-action programming.”

Under Davis’ guidance, Hasbro Studios has produced approximately 750 half-hours of programming, with numerous global successes including Transformers Prime, Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

In his expanded role, Davis will drive the entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company and oversee a strong multi-year feature slate including Transformers 4 with Paramount, Stretch Armstrong with Relativity Media and Candy Land with Sony.

“We are in the early stages of unlocking the full power of Hasbro brands globally and this new group will capitalize on our talent and creativity on both coasts,” Davis said. “We are now in a tremendous position to expand our content and storytelling more impactfully across all screens around the world.”

Davis has had a significant track record in TV and film production, story development and distribution. Previously he led ITV Studios America-predecessors Granada America and Carlton America; mobile and online digital media company InfoSpace; TV production-distribution company Hamdon Entertainment, a joint venture between Carlton and Studio Hamburg (NDR); and has overseen TV programming, motion picture, live entertainment, new media and entertainment-related M&A activities for entertainer and entrepreneur Merv Griffin’s company, The Griffin Group. He joined Hasbro from Family Entertainment Group, where he was CEO.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the Company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

Transformers Universe Website Launches

Transformers News: Transformers Universe Website Launches
Date: Wednesday, December 12th 2012 1:49pm CST
Categories: Game News, Press Releases
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Transformers Universe website launches


Leading independent games studio Jagex today announced the launch of its all new Transformers Universe website in preparation for the next stage of the free-to-play MMO’s release.

As well as featuring an entire redesign, the addition of forums and a news feed for all things Transformers Universe, the website will be the new and improved hub for the game’s BETA when it goes live in early 2013.

Tim Hodges, Transformers Universe Brand Director commented “We are delighted to be entering the next phase of our launch plans for Transformers Universe and we hope that players enjoy using this new hub for all the latest Transformer Universe news and information. We’re getting closer to unleashing Transformers Universe into browsers so stay tuned for more information and be sure to visit the site and sign up for BETA today”

The new website and BETA registration can be found here:- http://www.TransformersUniverse.com


About Transformers Universe:
Transformers Universe is an action packed massively multiplayer war game that puts you at the heart of the biggest battle in-gaming Autobots vs. Decepticons. With dozens of Transformers’ warriors to choose from, only the smartest and most adept commander will be able to steer their team to victory.

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BotCon 2013 in San Diego, California - June 27th to 30th!

Transformers News: BotCon 2013 in San Diego, California - June 27th to 30th!
Date: Friday, December 7th 2012 4:05pm CST
Categories: Event News, Press Releases
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BotCon 2013 Coming to San Diego, California June 27th – June 30th!

Fort Worth, TX – December 7th, 2012 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Convention, BotCon, announced today that next year’s award-winning convention will take place at the Town and Country Resort from June 27th thru June 30th in the beautiful city of San Diego. You can make your hotel reservations now at BotCon.com.

In the coming weeks, Pop Culture enthusiasts from around the world will be able to register for BotCon 2013 through the BotCon.com online registration system. Fans and Collectors’ who register for BotCon as a Primus package holder will receive the five-figure MACHINE WARS convention set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Hall of Fame Celebration party. Finally, Primus package attendees will also receive a special bonus Transformers Deluxe figure to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.

For more information on BotCon and all activities and the exclusive figure offerings, please visit BotCon.com.

BotCon 2013 in San Diego, California - June 27th to 30th!

Strong Holiday Week Programming Caps Best-Ever November for The Hub TV Network

Transformers News: Strong Holiday Week Programming Caps Best-Ever November for The Hub TV Network
Date: Saturday, December 1st 2012 9:57am CST
Category: Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): The Hub

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For Immediate Release
November 28, 2012

Strong Holiday Week Programming Caps Best-Ever November for The Hub TV Network


STRONG HOLIDAY WEEK PROGRAMMING CAPS BEST-EVER NOVEMBER
FOR THE HUB TV NETWORK AND DRIVES NETWORK
TO 11TH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF AUDIENCE GROWTH


Driven by Continued Momentum of Original Series, Movie Events;
Newest Original Series "Littlest Pet Shop" Continues Stellar Performance


LOS ANGELES – The Hub TV Network, one of the fastest growing cable networks, powered to its best-ever November and continued its growth momentum with its 11th month of year-over-year audience growth, capped by strong performances of holiday-week programming November 19-25, 2012.

The week and month were driven by stellar performances of The Hub's original series, in particular the continued outstanding performances of its recently premiered series, "Littlest Pet Shop" and the new-season episodes of returning pop culture phenomenon "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic." Both animated series are produced by Hasbro Studios. The Hub's post-Thanksgiving "Black Friday" movie marathon also earned strong audience deliveries.

For the week, the network also continued to earn significant audience deliveries with its key original series, including "Pound Puppies," Family Game Night" (both produced by Hasbro Studios), "Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot," "Dan Vs." and "The Aquabats! Super Show!"

In November the network's new series "Littlest Pet Shop," which premiered November 10, was the top-ranked series on The Hub among all key demographics.

For the month of November, in Total Day and in Prime time, The Hub earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Women 18-49, Adults 18-49, Persons 2+ and Households.

For the week of November 19-25, in Total Day and in Prime, The Hub earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Women 18-49, Adults 18-49, Persons 2+ and Households.

November Monthly Highlights

Daypart Performance Highlights

  • In Total Day, The Hub delivered its best November ever among Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Women 18-49, Adults 18-49, Persons 2+ and Households.
  • In Total Day, The Hub has demonstrated year-to-year gains among Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Women 18-49, Adults 18-49, Persons 2+ and Households for 11 consecutive months.
  • In Prime (Monday – Sunday, 8-11 p.m. ET), The Hub earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+16%, 52,000), Women 18-49 (+32%, 37,000), Adults 18-49 (+48%, 71,000), Persons 2+ (+25%, 170,000) and Households (+26%, 115,000).

Program Performance (all times ET)

  • "Littlest Pet Shop" (all telecasts averaged together) is the top ranked series of the month on The Hub with Kids 2-11 (150,000), Kids 6-11 (85,000), Women 18-49 (45,000), Persons 2+ (259,000) and Households (168,000).
  • The series premiere of "Littlest Pet Shop" (Saturday, November 10, 11 a.m.) set The Hub's delivery record for an original series premiere with Kids 2-11 (351,000), Kids 6-11 (160,000), Adults 18-49 (159,000), Persons 2+ (577,000) and Households (326,000).
  • The season three premiere of "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic" (Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m.) was the highest season debut of the show since it premiered on The Hub in 2010, and marked the third year of consecutive growth with kids and adults. Kids 2-11 (391,000), Kids 6-11 (171,000), Women 18-49 (106,000), Adults 18-49 (179,000), Persons 2+ (686,000) and Households (388,000) all delivered their highest season premiere ratings for the series.

Week of 11/19/12

Daypart Performance Highlights

  • In Total Day, The Hub earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 6-11 (+17%, 27,000), Women 18-49 (+19%, 25,000), Adults 18-49 (+13%, 45,000), Persons 2+ (+9%, 126,000) and Households (+10%, 89,000).
  • In Prime (Monday – Sunday, 8-11 p.m. ET), The Hub earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+97%, 57,000), Kids 6-11 (+68%, 32,000), Women 18-49 (+30%, 30,000), Adults 18-49 (+23%, 54,000), Persons 2+ (+35%, 154,000) and Households (+28%, 102,000).

Program Performance (all times ET)

  • A new episode of "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" (Saturday, 10:30 a.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+117%, 280,000), Kids 6-11 (+460%, 140,000), Women 18-49 (+314%, 87,000), Adults 18-49 (+247%, 125,000), Persons 2+ (+192%, 494,000) and Households (+143%, 316,000).
  • A new episode of "Littlest Pet Shop" (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+96%, 214,000), Kids 6-11 (+345%, 138,000), Women 18-49 (+63%, 49,000), Adults 18-49 (+30%, 61,000), Persons 2+ (+89%, 304,000) and Households (+111%, 222,000).
  • A new episode of "Pound Puppies" (Saturday, 9 a.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 6-11 (+28%, 55,000 and Households (+46%, 194,000).
    The Hub's Black Friday Movie Marathon (4 p.m. – 4 a.m.), featuring "Cats & Dogs" (4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.), "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" (6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. – 2 a.m.) and "Monster House" (8 p.m. – 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. – 4 a.m.), earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+166%, 93,000), Kids 6-11 (+104%, 57,000), Women 18-49 (+113%, 34,000), Adults 18-49 (+121%, 62,000), Persons 2+ (+152%, 214,000) and Households (+161%, 146,000).
  • A new episode of "Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot" (Saturday, 8 a.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+393%, 74,000), Women 18-49 (+820%, 46,000), Adults 18-49 (+125%, 54,000), Persons 2+ (+202%, 130,000) and Households (+122%, 100,000).
  • A new episode of "Family Game Night" (Sunday, 7 p.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+71%, 72,000), Women 18-49 (+227%, 36,000), Adults 18-49 (+66%, 53,000) and Persons 2+ (+42%, 138,000).
  • A new episode of "Dan Vs." (Saturday, 4 p.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+29%, 62,000) and Kids 6-11 (+73%, 52,000).
    "The Aquabats! Super Show!" (Saturday, 12 p.m.) earned a year-to-year delivery gain among Kids 6-11 (+84%, 79,000).

(Source: The Nielsen Company, program based dayparts, most current, 10/29/12-11/25/12 vs. 10/31/11-11/27/11; 11/19/12-11/25/12 vs. 11/21/11-11/27/11, growth by delivery)

About The Hub TV Network
THE HUB is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) with a goal of entertaining, enlightening, empowering and educating children and their families. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery's library of award-winning children's educational programming; from Hasbro's rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at http://www.hubworld.com. The Hub rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in more than 70 million U.S. households. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Visit The Hub on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hubtvnetwork

Note: For artwork, visit http://www.press.discovery.com

-- The Hub --

Hasbro Holiday Shopping Guide - Plus Free Kreon Microchangers

Transformers News: Hasbro Holiday Shopping Guide - Plus Free Kreon Microchangers
Date: Saturday, December 1st 2012 9:33am CST
Categories: Event News, Press Releases, Store News, Toy News
Posted by: GetRightRobot | Credit(s): Hasbrotoyshop.com

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The Holiday season is in full swing and Hasbro has you covered! Kreon Microchangers for free? Absolutely! Hasbrotoyshop.com is has launched a Kreo-fueled promotion with FREE shipping on orders of $25.00usd or better along with providing coupons in your local paper for a free Kreon Microchanger! Not to mention; the Kreo Nation! A social media group that encourages builders and collectors to share creations and receive information on new Kreo products! The entire Hasbrotoysop.com promo can be viewed by clicking here.
Hasbro Holiday Shopping Guide - Plus Free Kreon Microchangers



Wanna see some of the Microchangers under the microscope of the Seibertron.com camera? Click here for our extensive galleries!

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Also, check out the latest in the ongoing Kreo battle commercial, The Quest for Energon Part 2 below!

NIKE LAUNCHES CALVIN JOHNSON'S CJ81 COLLECTION INSPIRED BY MEGATRON

Transformers News: NIKE LAUNCHES CALVIN JOHNSON'S CJ81 COLLECTION INSPIRED BY MEGATRON
Date: Thursday, November 22nd 2012 10:27am CST
Categories: Collectables, Press Releases
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Nike celebrates a long-standing weekend of football and an athlete that has truly transformed the game.


NOVEMBER 21, 2012

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In celebration of Thanksgiving weekend, Nike celebrates a long-standing weekend of football and an athlete that has truly transformed the game. The Nike CJ81 Collection Inspired by Megatron speaks to WR Calvin Johnson’s rare combination of physical talent and mental toughness. This menacing combination creates a prototypical specimen that undoubtedly deserves a moniker like Megatron. Much like the fictional character, Johnson relies on his uncanny ability to pull out an arsenal of physical strengths or “weapons” based on anything he encounters on the field.

The collection, inspired by the Hasbro Transformers character created in 1984, features iconic Nike silhouettes across lifestyle, training and performance including the CJ81 Nike Air Max Flyposite, CJ81 Nike Huarache Free Shield, CJ81 Nike Vapor Jet Glove 2.0, CJ81 Nike Vapor Football Sock, CJ81 Nike True Adjustable Hat, and the CJ81 Nike KO Hoody.

Merging the old and new, the traditional Transformers grid pattern and colors of black, silver, purple and blue from the original Megatron packaging, help highlight the CJ81 logo design.

The limited collection will be available starting November 23 at several Nike retail locations as well as Nike Yardline at Champs Sports and Eastbay online.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to publish Transformers and My Little Pony books

Transformers News: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to publish Transformers and My Little Pony books
Date: Tuesday, November 20th 2012 4:50pm CST
Categories: Media, People News, Press Releases
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LITTLE, BROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS AND HASBRO TEAM UP TO LAUNCH PUBLISHING PROGRAMS BASED ON ICONIC MY LITTLE PONY AND TRANSFORMERS BRANDS

Official Guide to the "MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC" Animated Series, Created by Hasbro Studios, and an Original MY LITTLE PONY Picture Book Dash into Bookstores in Spring 2013

TRANSFORMERS: THE ULTIMATE POP-UP UNIVERSE by Bestselling Pop-Up Engineer Matthew Reinhart and "TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS" Animated Series Tie-ins Scheduled for Release in 2013


[New York, N.Y. and Pawtucket, R.I.]; November 19, 2012 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has reached an agreement in principal for print and electronic rights in the United States and Canada, under license from Hasbro, Inc., for the blockbuster MY LITTLE PONY brand, and will extend its existing license for TRANSFORMERS into 2013, it was announced today by Andrew Smith, the division’s Vice President and Deputy Publisher and Michael Kelly, Director of Hasbro's Global Publishing.

The standout titles in this deal, which was made by Erin Stein, Editorial Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, would include an Official Guide to the "MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC" animated television series, which releases in Spring 2013, and a TRANSFORMERS Pop-Up Book by master paper engineer, Matthew Reinhart, scheduled for Fall 2013. Additional books based on the "MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC" animated series include 8 x 8s, readers, chapter books and other companion and novelty formats, as well as an original MY LITTLE PONY picture book by award-winning illustrator Mary Jane Begin, which will release in April 2013. For the youngest fans of TRANSFORMERS, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers plans to release books starting in May 2013 based on the "TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS" animated television series.

"We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Hasbro to include the launch of a publishing program based on the phenomenal pop culture brand, MY LITTLE PONY, as we continue to publish exciting new formats for TRANSFORMERS," said Andrew Smith at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. "We look forward to expanding on the great stories featured in both animated series, as well as to creating new reading experiences for the millions of lifelong devotees around the world and new readers, with collectible and innovative formats for fans of every age."

"We are extremely pleased to see our relationship with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers growing with the addition of these new projects," said Michael Kelly at Hasbro. "The enthusiasm and creative energy the whole team brings to each book promises exciting opportunities for fans to interact with our characters and brands."


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to publish Transformers and My Little Pony books

Featuring the beloved ponies from the popular "MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC" animated series, created by Hasbro Studios and currently airing on The HUB TV Network in the United States, Little Brown Books for Young Readers will extend the series’ message of friendship to several new books releasing in April 2013. There's a pony for everyone, and a book to delight every Pony fan in Little Brown Books for Readers’ MY LITTLE PONY publishing program:

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to publish Transformers and My Little Pony books

- In MEET THE PONIES OF PONYVILLE, a Level 1 Reader (part of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ leveled reading program, Passport to Reading), the youngest of pony readers can read all about their favorite characters ($3.99 / Ages 4-8).

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to publish Transformers and My Little Pony books

- WELCOME TO EQUESTRIA is a four-color illustrated storybook that explores all of Equestria, from Ponyville to Canterlot ($3.99 / Ages 4-8).

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to publish Transformers and My Little Pony books

- TWILIGHT SPARKLE AND THE CRYSTAL HEART SPELL is the first book in a brand new chapter book series. Each book will feature a different pony character and an original story that ties in with events in the MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, animated television series. Books will be released every three months and will feature bonus activity pages ($5.99 / Ages 6-9).

- And perhaps one of the most anticipated releases for Pony fans of all ages is MY LITTLE PONY: THE ELEMENTS OF HARMONY ("THE FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC" OFFICIAL GUIDEBOOK), which includes extensive character bios, a complete episode guide and a map of Equestria, which will appear in print for the first time. Don't miss the complete lyrics to all the songs, a guide to the friendship lessons TWILIGHT SPARKLE and her friends have learned, and get Pony Words of Wisdom - so you can live your life in harmony with all other creatures ($16.99 / Ages 12 & up).

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to publish Transformers and My Little Pony books

In addition to titles based on the "MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC," animated series, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers plans to publish a full-color original picture book in April 2013, entitled UNDER THE SPARKLING SEA. Celebrated artist Mary Jane Begin introduces fans to a brand-new land in the world of MY LITTLE PONY - the underwater city of Aquastria, ruled by KING LEO. When TWILIGHT SPARKLE receives an invitation to visit the underwater world, she invites all her pony friends and SPIKE to travel with her. Together, they learn of the long-held rivalry between the seaponies and the mermares, and must navigate the oceanic world, confront danger, make new friends, and race to the finish in this adventure that takes place in a shimmering new MY LITTLE PONY world that has never been seen before!


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to publish Transformers and My Little Pony books

In Fall 2013, prepare to see the TRANSFORMERS, one of the most successful entertainment franchises of the 21st century, change before your eyes as never before in Little, Brown Books for Young Readers TRANSFORMERS: THE ULTIMATE POP-UP UNIVERSE, a momentous pop-up exploration by bestselling paper engineer, Matthew Reinhart. With vibrant illustrations, exciting facts, and an eye-catching design, this pop-up masterpiece featuring the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS, the world famous robots in disguise, will be an absolute must-have for TRANSFORMERS fans of all ages! The awesome conversions of TRANSFORMERS characters from massive robots into cool vehicles was made for the interactive world of pop-up! See the characters shift from robot to vehicle form before your eyes ($36.00 / Ages 3 & up)!

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to publish Transformers and My Little Pony books

And for the youngest fans of TRANSFORMERS, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers plans to launch two Level 1 Passport to Reading titles (one in May 2013, followed by another in June 2013) based on the animated television series "TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS," which premiered in the United States in early 2012 on The HUB TV Network. Both leveled readers feature stills from the show:

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to publish Transformers and My Little Pony books

- OPTIMUS PRIME has selected a special team of TRANSFORMERS characters to work side-by-side with the people of Earth - they are called the RESCUE BOTS! In MEET CHASE THE POLICE-BOT, readers are introduced to CHASE THE POLICE-BOT, who partners up with Chief Charlie Burns to save the day! ($3.99 / Ages 3-6).

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to publish Transformers and My Little Pony books

- In MEET HEATWAVE THE FIRE-BOT, readers learn about HEATWAVE, who switches into a fire engine and is partnered with Kade Burns. Together they're unstoppable ($3.99 / Ages 3-6).


About Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is a division of Hachette Book Group, a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Center Street, Orbit, and Hachette Digital.

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a widerange of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World’s Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com

© 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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NOTE FROM SEIBERTRON.COM ... if you haven't seen Matthew Reinhart's extremely impressive Star Wars pop-up books, before, you should check them out at Amazon.com. He does some insanely amazing work. You'll never think of pop-up books the same way again after you've seen one of Matthew's books.

Hasbro Delivers Innovative and "Must Have" Toys for the Holidays

Transformers News: Hasbro Delivers Innovative and "Must Have" Toys for the Holidays
Date: Wednesday, November 14th 2012 12:06pm CST
Category: Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Hasbro Delivers Innovative and "Must Have" Toys for the Holidays


Global Branded Play Company Delivers New Ways to Play with its Popular Brands


PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Home to many of the most well-known and beloved toy and gaming brands such as TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY and PLAY-DOH, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) announces highlights of its toy and gaming offerings for the 2012 holiday season today.

Hasbro Delivers Innovative and "Must Have" Toys for the Holidays


The NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HAILFIRE blaster is one of many award winning Hasbro toys available for the 2012 holiday season. (Photo: Business Wire)

Hasbro has been making kids smile for generations with innovative, trendsetting toys and games. In 2012 Hasbro continues the tradition of delivering fun in a variety of ways with new technologies that give families new ways to play. Many of Hasbro's engaging new products are featured in top "must have" toy lists for the holidays including the return of FURBY! The wildly popular sensation is back and blends new interactive programming and robotic engineering to create a magical toy experience for the modern child with app integration and cutting edge tech features. The NERF brand is also making holiday wish lists with its newly designed NERF N-STRIKE ELITE line, including the HAILFIRE blaster, featuring all new engineering for the farthest flying darts yet, blasting up to 75 feet! For the ultimate gaming experience ‘brought to life,' Hasbro has re-imagined the revolutionary LAZER TAG blaster system, combining the power, precision and excitement of live-action blaster battles with the high-action, strategic, augmented reality gameplay of traditional video games.

"Hasbro's impressive lineup of toys and gaming experiences continues to offer families tremendous fun, led by innovation across our wide portfolio of well-known brands this holiday season," said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer, Hasbro, Inc. "Our brands are delivering engaging play experiences to consumers around the world as are our products based on some of today's hottest licensed properties from MARVEL, Lucasfilm, ONE DIRECTION, and ZYNGA. Retailers and industry experts agree with many of our products featured on ‘must have' toy lists including the re-introduction of FURBY, the NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HAIL-FIRE blaster and many others."

The following are highlights from Hasbro's 2012 lineup of holiday toys and games:

1D Dolls

The boys from global pop phenomenon 1D are headed in a new direction: collectible figures! Directioners can bring all the fun of 1D off the stage and into their home this summer with an exciting collection of five figures sculpted in the likeness of each 1D member. Fans of the band can collect Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn and Niall figures, each standing 12 inches tall and sporting stylish clothes inspired by real outfits worn by the guys. Each sold separately. Ages 5 years & up; Approximate Retail Price: $19.99. The 1D Dolls from Hasbro have been named a top holiday toy by Toys "R" Us.

ANGRY BIRDSTMSTAR WARS® AT-AT ATTACK BATTLE GAME

New from Hasbro - the ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARSapp comes to life! The new line of Hasbro toys captures all the launching and destroying fun of the app in physical form and features your favorite STAR WARS characters re-imagined as high-flying ANGRY BIRDS and villainous pigs! Stack, launch, and destroy with the AT-AT ATTACK BATTLE GAME, which includes 21 blocks to create the signature AT-AT, a LIGHTSABER LAUNCHER and 12 ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS figures — including two that are exclusive to this set! Players can also unlock ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS content in-app with a special code in each pack. Approximate retail price: $39.99; Ages: 5 & up.

BABY ALIVE BABY WANNA WALK Doll

This baby loves to walk! The BABY ALIVE BABY WANNA WALK doll learns to take her first steps with her mommy's help, and with encouragement and practice she'll really walk on her own! This adorable little girl speaks more than 40 interactive sounds and phrases, telling mommy "I wanna walk" and asking her to "hold my hands, please!" the BABY WANNA WALK doll recognizes when she's walking with her mommy or all by herself, and may excitedly shout "Look at me, I'm walking!" She'll even ask for help if she takes a tumble! The BABY WANNA WALK doll can walk on most smooth surfaces and low pile carpet. Learning to walk has never been so much fun. Includes four "AA" temporary batteries. Four "AA" replacement batteries required. Ages 3 & up; Approximate Retail Price $54.99. The BABY ALIVE WANNA WALK Doll from Hasbro has been named a top holiday toy by Toys "R" Us and Walmart.

BEYBLADE: METAL FURY DESTROYER DOME Set

Battle for full 360-degrees of dominancy in the BEYBLADE: METAL FURY DESTROYER DOME set. Watch as the BEYBLADE: METAL FURY tops perform as never before and battle in mid-air! This epic arena features an innovative spherical design, taking BEYBLADE battles to the next dimension, and adding a whole new element to every battle! The set includes two BEYBLADE: METAL FURY tops, two spin tracks, two launchers and the DESTROYER DOME arena. The DESTROYER DOME set also includes two collector cards that may be used to battle other Beybladers online at BeybladeBattles.com. Each sold separately. Ages 8 years & up; Approximate Retail Price: $39.99. The BEYBLADE: METAL FURY DESTROYER DOME set has been named a hot holiday toy by Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and Walmart.

BOP IT! SMASH Game

Are your reflexes faster than the speed of light? New BOP IT! SMASH tests your skill and competitive nature as you attempt to time it right and smash the light. This fast action, reaction skill game asks players to trap a rapidly moving light in the center of the game by quickly smashing the ends of the game together. The closer the light is to the center, the more points you score. Recommended Age: 8 and up; Approximate Retail Price: $19.99; Players: 1 or more. The BOP IT! SMASH game has been named a hot holiday toy by Target.

FURBY

Children will be wowed this fall when they meet the FURBY creature, the adorable new plush friend that appears to develop a distinct personality based on the way kids play with it. Through a combination of interactive programming and robotic engineering, Hasbro has created a ‘magical' creature with ‘A MIND OF ITS OWN.' Emotional and unpredictable, FURBY will let kids know how it feels through a series of animations displayed in its expressive LCD eyes and the more kids play with FURBY the more FURBY changes. When children first bring FURBY home it will speak FURBISH and the more FURBY interacts with its owner the more English it will start speaking. Each FURBY can also recognize another FURBY; place two side-by-side and they will interact, including dancing together to the same tune or having a conversation. For additional interactive FURBY fun, owners can download the free FURBY App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, available on the App Store. Using the FURBY App, children can virtually feed their FURBY, access a FURBISH-to-English dictionary, and use the FURBISH to English translator. At launch, FURBY will be available in six vibrant colors with four more fun colors available by the end of the year. Visit furby.com for more FURBY fun. Four "AA" batteries are required and not included. Ages 6 years & up; Approximate Retail Price: $59.99. FURBY has been named a hot holiday toy by Kmart, Kohl's, Target, TimetoPlayMag.com, Toys "R" Us and Walmart.

FURREAL FRIENDS BABY BUTTERSCOTCH, MY MAGICAL SHOW PONY

The magic of BUTTERSCOTCH PONY returns with the introduction of the newest darling pony in the FURREAL FRIENDS family - BABY BUTTERSCOTCH, MY MAGICAL SHOW PONY pet, a miniature filly to cuddle and care for! BABY BUTTERSCOTCH pony comes to life via animated facial expressions and lifelike pony sounds. The BABY BUTTERSCOTCH pet responds to you by moving her head, blinking her eyes, moving her ears and letting out a sweet whinny to show her excitement. Her soft, poseable legs make the BABY BUTTERSCOTCH pony perfect for cuddling…nuzzle with her and she will nuzzle right back! BABY BUTTERSCOTCH pony will gently snore as she drifts off to dreamland while snug in your arms. When this adorable pony is hungry, girls can feed their BABY BUTTERSCOTCH pet her carrot and she'll happily nibble on her treat. Pet the sensors on her back or face and BABY BUTTERSCOTCH pony responds with happy neighing sounds and lifelike movement. BABY BUTTERSCOTCH pet comes complete with her carrot treat and brush. Includes four "C" demo batteries. Four "C" replacement batteries required. Ages 4 years & up; Approximate Retail Price: $119.99.

KOOSH SOLAR RECON ball launcher

Guard the galaxy with glow-in-the-dark blasting power and awesome sounds and lights! Feed the KOOSH balls through the top of the KOOSH SOLAR RECON ball launcher and watch as the LED lights brighten and charge the glow-in-the-dark KOOSH balls for awesome glow in the dark blasting effects! Kids can hear the ball launcher powering-up, firing and going back into stand-by mode, so they can be prepared for their next adventure. Includes four glow-in-the-dark KOOSH balls. Requires three AA batteries, not included. Ages 4 years & up; Approximate Retail Price: $26.99. The KOOSH SOLAR RECON ball launcher has been awarded the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.

KRE-O TRANSFORMERS DESTRUCTION SITE DEVASTATOR Set

Builders can take control of the most feared DECEPTICON weapon on Earth with the KRE-O DESTRUCTION SITE DEVASTATOR set. A simple construction site becomes the scene of the ultimate Transformers face-off between AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICON's secret weapon of destruction, DEVASTATOR. Offering multiple builds in one, fans can create four construction vehicles including a crane and bulldozer, deconstruct the vehicles to create four different robot figures, or combine all vehicle builds together to form one of the largest and most epic enemies of the AUTOBOT world, the CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR character, complete with wrecking ball and spinning auger accessories. Set includes 590 KRE-O bricks and six unique KREON figures. Ages 8 years & up; Approximate Retail Price: $79.99; Available: Fall 2012.


LAZER TAG 2 BLASTER Set

Get into the game with the ultimate LAZER TAG 2 BLASTER set, brought to you by the makers of the NERF brand. Set includes two LAZER TAG blasters. For enhanced augmented reality gameplay, simply download the free LAZER TAG app to an iPhone or iPod Touch device and then connect the device to the blaster to activate the immersive gaming experience. When in multi-player mode, blasters are equipped with a virtual firing range of more than 250 feet and an on-screen ‘Heads Up Display' which, for the first time with LAZER TAG, allows players to see the lazer and keep track of their gear and remaining power. In the solo campaign, the blasters provide a view of the augmented reality targets and enemies in the area. Performing well in combat and mastering levels will increase players' stats on a virtual leaderboard, as well as unlock upgrades for attacks, missions, gear and firepower. Game may be played in single-player mode, or in multi-player mode with up to 24 people. Players can also play LAZER TAG without a device using the blaster's classic multi-player mode. Each blaster requires 6 AA batteries, not included. Ages 8 years & up; Approximate Retail Price: $69.99.

LITTLEST PET SHOP Entertainment Pack

The LITTLEST PET SHOP Entertainment Pack includes six pet friends from the all-new animated series Littlest Pet Shop, created by Hasbro Studios and will begin airing on The HUB TV Network beginning on November 10 at 11 a.m. EST! Girls will love acting out their own imaginative LITTLEST PET SHOP adventures with these adorable new pet personalities. Ages 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price $16.99; Available at Walmart and on HasbroToyShop.com.

MARVEL THE AVENGERS S.H.I.E.L.D. HELICARRIER

Earth's Mightiest Heroes need Earth's most amazing vehicle! Straight out of the blockbuster film MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS, this mobile battle station features launching projectiles and an incredible scale—at more than 3 feet long, it's the largest MARVEL vehicle ever created by Hasbro, with space for more than 30 3.75-inch MARVEL action figures! (Figures sold separately.) Approximate Retail Price: $69.99; Ages: 4 & up.

MARVEL THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN MEGA WEB SHOOTING SPIDER-MAN

"Spin a web" with Hasbro's biggest SPIDER-MAN action figure yet! Based on the blockbuster movie THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, this 13-inch figure is the ultimate in webshooting power: Watch as the motorized web shoots out of SPIDER-MAN'S wrist, then retracts and shoots out the other wrist, all with cool web slingin' SFX! It's truly amazing! Batteries not included. Approximate Retail Price: $29.99; Ages: 5 & up.

MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRE Game

Live Like a Millionaire with the new MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRE game. For the first time, the first person to earn a million dollars in the game wins! As you accumulate wealth in the game, you upgrade your mover - you may start off with a paper airplane, but you'll be flying a private jet before the end of the game. The high-end-themed board, stacks of cash (instead of single bills) and lifestyle cards will introduce players to a luxury-themed MONOPOLY experience. Recommended Age: 8 and up; Approximate Retail Price: $19.99; Players: 2 to 4. The MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRE game has been awarded The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval and has been named a hot holiday toy by Walmart.

MY LITTLE PONY PONY PRINCESS WEDDING CASTLE Playset

There's a royal pony wedding in EQUESTRIA, and you're invited! PRINCESS CADANCE pony and her charming groom SHINING ARMOR are ready for the big day in the PONY PRINCESS WEDDING CASTLE playset. PRINCESS CADANCE looks stunning as she makes her grand entrance down the regal magenta staircase, surrounded by her animal friends. After the wedding, the bride can enjoy a relaxing ride on the moving swing. A pony event wouldn't be complete without a sweet treat, and PRINCESS CADANCE has an exquisite tiered cake to share with her guests. The MY LITTLE PONY PONY PRINCESS WEDDING CASTLE playset features exclusive 3-inch figures of PRINCESS CADANCE and SHINING ARMOR, only available in this playset. Ages 3 & up; Approximate Retail Price $34.99. The MY LITTLE PONY PONY PRINCESS WEDDING CASTLE playset has been named a hot holiday toy by TimetoPlayMag.com.

NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HAIL-FIRE Blaster

Boasting an unprecedented capacity for up to 144 darts, the N-STRIKE ELITE HAIL-FIRE blaster unleashes an unrelenting, unwavering, unforgiving stream of N-STRIKE ELITE darts, traveling up to a full 75 feet. The HAIL-FIRE blaster features a groundbreaking revolving clip carousel, with slots for up to eight clips of any size, taking N-STRIKE play to a whole new level. Simply fire all the darts from one clip, and then advance to the next loaded clip with just the pull of a handle. The HAIL-FIRE blaster features semi-automatic motorized blasting power and includes four N-STRIKE ELITE six-dart clips and 24 N-STRIKE ELITE darts. Additional darts and clips sold separately. Requires 4 "AA" batteries, not included. Ages 8 years & up; Approximate Retail Price: $39.99. The NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HAILFIRE blaster has been named a hot holiday toy by Kmart, Target, TimetoPlayMag.com and Walmart.

NERF FIREVISION SPORTS Football

No sunlight? No problem. The NERF brand brings fans a completely new way to play with its sports gear in 2012 with the introduction of FIREVISION technology, an innovative enhancement featured in the debut FIREVISION SPORTS collection which allows for play in both daytime and dusk. To turn up the heat on throws and catches, users simply put on the FIRE FRAMES eyewear and flip the switch on the bridge to see reflective graphics and skins on the FIREVISION SPORTS products. Only those wearing NERF FIREVISION FRAMES eyewear will be able to see the action once the lights are out so put on the FIRE FRAMES eyewear and turn on the switch to see the NERF FIREVISION SPORTS Football soar. Set includes one FIREVISION SPORTS football and two pairs of FIRE FRAMES eyewear. Ages 6 years & up; approximate Retail Price: $19.99.

PLAY-DOH CANDY CYCLONE Playset

Create colorful PLAY-DOH candy concoctions with the new CANDY CYCLONE playset! The amazing gumball machine mechanism mixes PLAY-DOH compound and cranks out perfectly molded "gumballs". Watch as the PLAY-DOH gumballs roll down the spiral ramp into the bowl quickly and colorfully! Kids can pop the "gumballs" into the EZ Load Extruder tool to create colorful PLAY-DOH licorice and lollipops or use the Press ‘n Mold Candy Maker tool to create fun-shaped PLAY-DOH treats. This playset includes hours of open ended "candy" shoppe play that will keep kids coming back for more! Set includes four 2-ounce cans of PLAY-DOH compound - enough to make over 50 PLAY-DOH gumballs! Adult assembly required. Ages 3 years & up; Approximate Retail Price: $19.99. The PLAY-DOH CANDY CYCLONE playset has been awarded the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval and has been named a hot holiday toy by Kmart.

PLAYSKOOL ROCKTIVITY WALK 'N ROLL RIDER

"Walkin' on the Sun" and more fun pop songs encourage little ones as they cruise along with this brightly colored PLAYSKOOL walker. When baby stops moving, the music stops too, so little ones will want to keep on walking! When tots are old enough, parents can easily convert the walker to a ride-on motorbike by flipping down the seat into a locked position. While sitting, kids can turn the key to rev the engine, honk the horn and interact with the dashboard to hear encouraging phrases and music like "Life is a Highway." Choose between a blue or pink version, each sold separately. Requires two "AA" batteries, included. Ages 9 months & up; Approximate Retail Price: $44.99.

SESAME STREET FLYING SUPER GROVER 2.0

This motion-activated Super Grover 2.0 character comes to life when kids pick him up and "fly" him around the room. His arms will rise as if he's flying and he will let children know whether he's "Going up" or "Going down!" Complete with soaring sounds and silly phrases, little ones are sure to fall in love with this furry superhero. Includes two "AA" temporary batteries. Two "AA" replacement batteries required. Ages 2-5 years; Approximate Retail Price: $29.99. The SESAME STREET FLYING SUPER GROVER 2.0 toy has received a Platinum Award from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio and has received a Toy of the Year Award from Family Fun magazine.

STAR WARS FIGHTER PODS

Micro heroes, mega battles! Iconic STAR WARS characters get a collectible new gaming twist, as players use Fighter Pods to knock down as many figures as possible. Spin, Launch or Roll your Pod into battle…even connect your Pods together or place your figures on top or inside of them for extra "power"! More than 100 STAR WARS FIGHTER PODS figures available in a unique new style from all six STAR WARS films and The Clone Wars animated series—collect them, set them up and knock them down in head-to-head battling play! Each set sold separately. Ages: 4 & up; Approximate retail price: $2.99-$19.99.

TRANFORMERS PRIME WEAPONIZERS Assortment

The TRANSFORMERS PRIME WEAPONIZERS Assortment contains all new TRANSFORMERS PRIME-styled figures from Hasbro Studio's hit TV Series in a larger scale. With a huge weapon reveal in both robot and vehicle mode as well as lights, TRANSFORMERS PRIME WEAPONIZERS is the ultimate Prime figure. With four modes including robot, vehicle, robot with pop-up weapons and vehicle with pop-up weapons, TRANSFORMERS PRIME WEAPONIZERS are the ultimate in TRANSFORMERS conversions. Complete with lights, each action figure, including BUMBLEBEE and OPTIMUS PRIME, is sold separately. Ages: 5 & up; Approximate retail price: $29.99.


TWISTER DANCE Game

As seen in the "Till the World Ends (TWISTER REMIX)" video feat, Britney Spears, TWISTER DANCE combines today's best dance music with the iconic TWISTER spots. TWISTER DANCE gives girls a new, fun way to learn moves to today's hottest dance songs! TWISTER DANCE includes a custom TWISTER remix of "Till The World Ends" by Britney Spears, as well as an exclusive TWISTER DANCE song called "Caught Up in a Twister." Girls can get psyched to rock out to today's most popular music by such artists as Ke$ha and Willow Smith while moving their feet to the colored spots on the floor that coordinate with the multi-colored LED lights on the Dance console. Plus, players can rock the spots to their own music choices by connecting any mp3 player to the Dance console, challenging themselves and their friends with new and different songs every time they play. Recommended Age: 8 and up; Approximate Retail Price: $34.99; Players: 1 to 2. The TWISTER DANCE game has been named a hot holiday toy by Kmart.

WORDS WITH FRIENDS Game

Get ready to play Zynga's digital WORDS WITH FRIENDS game face to face! Players take turns placing tiles onto the game board, building upon opponents' word creations with their own. Bonus spaces such as Double Word or Triple Letter let you rack up even more points and the player with the highest word score at the end of the game wins! The WORDS WITH FRIENDS game also includes a bundle of digital features to enhance your WORDS WITH FRIENDS online or mobile game experience, including Word-O-Meter, The Count and Tile Pile. To access the digital features, you must be 13 years or older and have a valid WORDS WITH FRIENDS account on Zynga.com or Facebook. Additional terms and conditions apply to digital features offer. Recommended Age: 13 and up; Approximate Retail Price: $19.99; Players: 2 to 4. The WORDS WITH FRIENDS game has been named a hot holiday toy by the Toy Insider.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the Company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens."Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Mark Wahlberg announced as New Lead in Transformers 4

Transformers News: Mark Wahlberg announced as New Lead in Transformers 4
Date: Thursday, November 8th 2012 9:22pm CST
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Courtesy of MichaelBay.com and Paramount:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 8, 2012) - After an exceptionally successful collaboration on the upcoming "Pain and Gain," Michael Bay has cast Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg in the highly anticipated "TRANSFORMERS 4." The film will hit theaters June 27th, 2014.

"Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on "Pain and Gain" and I'm so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers' legacy," said Bay.

Bay will direct the next installment in the "TRANSFORMERS" series, which begins shooting next spring. From Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., in association with Hasbro, the film will be produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.

Bay's first "TRANSFORMERS" film was a box office sensation in 2007, opening at #1 and earning more than $700 million worldwide. His second installment "TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN" in 2009 grossed more than $830 million worldwide. In 2011, "TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON" was an even bigger hit worldwide, grossing more than a billion dollars to become the 5th highest grossing film of all time. To date, the franchise has earned more than $2.6 billion worldwide.

From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes "Pain and Gain," a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of three personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, and Bar Paly also star. The film is based on magazine articles by Pete Collins, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and produced by Donald DeLine, Michael Bay and Ian Bryce.

"PAIN AND GAIN" opens in theaters everywhere April 26th, 2013.


Re: It's Official! Wahlberg is on board for TF4!

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Official Press Release: "TRANSFORMERS: The Ride - 3D" Coming to Universal Orlando in Summer 2013

Transformers News: Official Press Release: "TRANSFORMERS: The Ride - 3D" Coming to Universal Orlando in Summer 2013
Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2012 2:24pm CDT
Category: Press Releases
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THE BATTLE CONTINUES...IN ORLANDO

JUST ANNOUNCED: BLOCKBUSTER MEGA-ATTRACTION "TRANSFORMERS: THE RIDE – 3D" COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT IN SUMMER 2013

Hugely-Successful Attraction Will Now Be Featured at Three Universal Parks Worldwide

Guests Will Be Fully-Immersed in a TRANSFORMERS Adventure with Their Favorite Characters and Nemeses from the Popular Film Series




(1st November 2012) – Get ready – it's time to prepare for battle...

Universal Orlando Resort announced that its next blockbuster attraction will be the widely-popular TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D. The groundbreaking ride – created under license from Hasbro, Inc. and based on its iconic TRANSFORMERS brand – will bring the intergalactic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons to Universal Studios Florida in summer 2013.

Already a "must-see" at Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is a mind-blowing, action-packed ride experience that you have to see to believe. You will come face to face with Megatron. You will dodge explosions and attacks by the Decepticons. You will fight to save mankind alongside Optimus Prime and the Autobots. It will be the greatest battle you'll ever ride.

Universal worked closely with Michael Bay, the award-wining director of the "TRANSFORMERS" film series and the ride's creative consultant, to create an authentic experience that brings the non-stop action of the films to life. The attraction combines the larger-than-life TRANSFORMERS characters and an exciting storyline with life-like HD CGI media, state-of-the-art 3-D technology and amazing special effects to place riders right in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil.

"We broke the mold and have taken this ride to a new technological level in terms of blending seamless 3-D," said Michael Bay, director of the "TRANSFORMERS" films.

"TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is the perfect addition to Universal Orlando's thrilling theme park experiences," said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. "The ride has already proven to be a hit at our Hollywood and Singapore parks, and we're excited that Universal Orlando guests will soon be able to join the Autobots in the fight to save the world."

TRANSFORMERS films, television shows and merchandise have captivated millions of people all over the world. To date, three blockbuster films have been released – "TRANSFORMERS" (2007), "TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN" (2009) and "TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON" (2011) – grossing more than $2 billion combined worldwide at the box office. The three films were directed by Michael Bay, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and released by Paramount Pictures.

TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is slated to open in summer 2013 at Universal Orlando. The attraction will have one of the shortest build times in Universal history – making it one of Universal's most ambitious projects ever. For more information about TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, visit http://www.prepareforbattle.com or see
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About Universal Orlando Resort
There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It's the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, be transformed into a banana-loving minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. http://www.universalorlando.co.uk
Universal Orlando Resort is an NBCUniversal company.

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORM's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint ventureERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com.
© 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #105 - Megatronus
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