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How It's Made: Stomp And Chomp Grimlock Exhibit At Pawtucket Arts Festival

Transformers News: How It's Made: Stomp And Chomp Grimlock Exhibit At Pawtucket Arts Festival
Date: Saturday, August 30th 2014 5:42pm CDT
Categories: Company News, Event News, Movie News, Press Releases, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): Herb Weiss

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Mr. Herb Weiss is the Economic and Cultural Affairs officer for the city of Pawtucket Rhode Island, the home of Hasbro's headquarters, and he stopped by to let us know of a rather unique experience. Hasbro will be part of the annual Pawtucket Arts Festival. Their exhibition is titled: "From Sketches to Product Development of a Transformer Figure"

The exhibit will show several steps from design drawings all the way up to the finished product, to give people a little insight into how some of our favorite characters are immortalized in plastic. The figure in question is Stomp And Chomp Grimlock!

The annual Pawtucket Arts Festival will be displaying Hasbro's exhibit on Sunday, September 7th, from 2 to 5 PM, with a speaking program scheduled at 3 PM. The Art Festival is open to the public and everyone is invited to enjoy this once in a lifetime chance to see behind the curtain and see how the wizards at Hasbro bring us our own little Oz.

Hasbro also has a three month exhibit running from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The Grimlock exhibit will be held at City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Ave, in downtown Pawtucket. You can read additional information about this event by clicking here: http://www.mybackyardnews.com/blog/2014/08/30/hasbro-pawtucket-transformers/

Transformers News: How It's Made: Stomp And Chomp Grimlock Exhibit At Pawtucket Arts Festival

Transformers News: How It's Made: Stomp And Chomp Grimlock Exhibit At Pawtucket Arts Festival

Transformers News: How It's Made: Stomp And Chomp Grimlock Exhibit At Pawtucket Arts Festival

Transformers News: How It's Made: Stomp And Chomp Grimlock Exhibit At Pawtucket Arts Festival

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Press Release: Hasbro & Shapeways Expand Partnership to New Properties Including Transformers

Transformers News: Press Release: Hasbro & Shapeways Expand Partnership to New Properties Including Transformers
Date: Sunday, August 17th 2014 11:12pm CDT
Categories: Company News, Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Shapeways

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Shapeways has released a press release regarding their partnership with Hasbro. The initial launch featured five artist working with the My Little Pony franchise, which seems to have a success. They are now moving forward and expanding into other properties including Transformers! See the full press release below:

An Invite to Submit Your Designs to SuperFanArt


Shapeways is super excited to be working with Hasbro to help bring more 3D printed awesomeness to the masses via SuperFanArt. The first wave of the groundbreaking Intellectual Property and 3D Printing partnership was a huge success, and now we are ready for you to help take it to the next level. Following is an open letter inviting the Shapeways community to participate.

Transformers News: Re: Hasbro and 3D Systems Team Up - Licensed 3D Printers Coming Soon?

As you may have heard, Hasbro and Shapeways are working together to encourage artists to create and sell 3D designs based on Hasbro’s iconic brands. Our July launch of SuperFanArt.com featured five artists and their My Little Pony-based designs. We’ve generated substantial press and attention for the artists, Shapeways and Hasbro with our story of a major entertainment company empowering fans to engage with their brands. Given this early success, we want to expand this opportunity to include more artists, more Hasbro brands and more 3D printed awesomeness.
This letter is an invitation for you to become part of SuperFanArt and the broader Hasbro and Shapeways communities, so we can help you promote and sell your designs to other fans. If you have a passion to develop 3D-printable art based on any of the following brands, we’d like to hear from you:

• Dragonvale
• Dungeons & Dragons
• Monopoly
• My Little Pony
• Scrabble (to be sold in US and Canada only)
• Transformers

Get your designs ready and visit SuperFanArt.com on August 22 for instructions on how to upload your work for promotion and sale. We hope you’ll join us in expanding the power of 3D printing by becoming a part of this exciting movement!
Your friends at Hasbro & Shapeways.

TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory
Date: Monday, August 11th 2014 12:18pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Shout! Factory

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We've just received a press release from the people over at Shout! Factory, concerning the upcoming arrival of the sequel to Beast Wars as a DVD set - Beast Machines! Check out below further information on the set priced at $24.93 with estimated release in September 2014, and the packaging artwork.

TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES
Relive the Adventures of This Classic Animated TV Series in One Complete Set Featuring All 26 Action-Packed Episodes

BRING HOME THIS COLLECTIBLE 4-DVD SET ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY




This fall, fans of the highly popular TRANSFORMERS classic animated adventures can relive the high-octane action of OPTIMUS PRIMAL and the MAXIMALS through the complete series release of TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES. In 1999, TRANSFORMERS fans and kids were introduced to the television series TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES. This is the unforgettable chapter which OPTIMUS PRIMAL and his legions of MAXIMALS must battle the powerful MEGATRON and his new army of VEHICONS.



On September 2, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES on home entertainment shelves. This highly anticipated complete series set features all 26 visually stunning episodes with special bonus content in a deluxe 4-DVD set. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this is an essential home collection for every fan, collectors and entire family to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.



Pre-order now at:

http://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Beas ... ete+Series







TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES

Synopsis:

When the MAXIMALS return to their home planet of CYBERTRON, they find that everything has changed. CYBERTRON seems to have been abandoned… that is, except for the VEHICON drones policing the planet! To make the matter worse, the MAXIMALS discover that they’ve been infected with a virus that threatens to wipe them out, unless they can adapt. Enter the world of the BEAST MACHINES!



DVD set includes commentaries and interviews with series developer Marv Wolfman, story editor Robert N. Skir, voice director Susan Blu and voice actor David Kaye.



About Hasbro Studios

Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.



About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.


Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Hasbro Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend on Common Shares

Transformers News: Hasbro Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend on Common Shares
Date: Thursday, July 31st 2014 11:15am CDT
Categories: Company News, Press Releases
Posted by: mooncake623 | Credit(s): Hasbro, Inc.

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Hasbro Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend on Common Shares

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.43 per common share. The dividend will be payable on November 17, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 3, 2014.

About Hasbro, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. 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 play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). 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.

© 2014 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

IDW Publishing 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Announcements Round-Up - Official Press Release

Transformers News: IDW Publishing 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Announcements Round-Up - Official Press Release
Date: Monday, July 28th 2014 11:51am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News, Event News, Press Releases
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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All Eyes On IDW At Comic-Con International 2014!
New Series, Archival Collections, And Monumental Crossovers Announced


San Diego, CA (July 28, 2014) – The eyes of the world were watching San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 for major announcements and this year IDW Publishing took the stage to reveal an impressive array of projects that are coming soon! Behold, the cure for the post-convention blues is here:

Star Trek / Planet of the Apes
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters
The crossover of the year comes to IDW when two of the most legendary teams come face-to-face in the new mini-series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters! Written by top IDW talent, Tom Waltz, and Erik Burnham, the series will feel right at home with art by Dan Schoening.

Orphan Black
The acclaimed sci-fi series assumes a new identity in the form of a comic-book series from IDW Publishing. This will not be a clone of the show but will feature some all-new stories set in the complex and thrilling world of Orphan Black, which IDW will be working closely with the show’s producers to expand. The full creative teams and series details will be announced soon, with the first comic-book series launching in early 2015.

Garbage Pail Kids
Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids, the 1980s sensation, will have readers squirming with delight this winter as the obscene adolescents star in a brand-new comic-book series from IDW Publishing. With the likes of Adam Bomb, Leaky Lindsay, and New Wave Dave populating the Garbage Pail Kids universe, the delightfully deformed and often downright disgusting Kids are set to make their mark on the world of comics, just in time for their 30th Anniversary in 2015!

Edward Scissorhands
Just in time for Halloween, IDW Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are proud to announce the first in a number of new projects together, with the first ever Edward Scissorhands comic book series. The long overdue all-new adventures begin in October, with New York Times best-selling author Kate Leth (Adventure Time) on writing duties and Drew Rausch (Haunted Mansion) lending his delightfully spooky style to the interior art. Rounding out the creative team will be acclaimed Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez, who will provide a stunning and suitably creepy cover for the debut issue.

Corto Maltese
The complete Corto Maltese will published in English for the first time! EuroComics, a new imprint edited by Dean Mullaney, worked closely with Patrizia Zanotti, Pratt’s long-time collaborator, to present the complete Corto Maltese in a series of twelve quality trade paperbacks in Pratt’s original oversized black and white format. They will also feature new translations from Pratt’s original Italian scripts by Simone Castaldi, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra.

Eric Powell’s The Goon Artist Edition
Special Projects Director, Scott Dunbier revealed the fan-favorite, cult series, The Goon by Eric Powell is next in line to receive the acclaimed Artist’s Edition treatment! Collecting the series “Chinatown,” The Goon Artist’s Edition will pummel its way into comic shops in 2015.

Shadow Show
IDW announced a 5-issue series of comic-book adaptations of the prose anthology Shadow Show, a tribute to the work of the incomparable Ray Bradbury. Shadow Show #1 starts with the haunting and melancholy “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” written by Joe Hill (Locke & Key) and adapted by Jason Ciaramella (The Cape) with art by Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith) and a gorgeous cover by Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriquez. Issue 2 will see Neil Gaiman’s “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” brought to life with artist Maria Fröhlich, and artist Eddie Campbell will tackle Audrey Niffenegger’s “Backward In Seville.” Other Shadow Show stories to be included are Harlan Ellison’s “Weariness,” Dave Eggers’ “Who Knocks?” and Alice Hoffman’s “Conjure” with accompanying artists to be announced.

Angry Birds / Transformers
Announced earlier this year, Rovio and Hasbro have teamed up two beloved properties in Angry Birds and The TRANSFORMERS! This fall IDW will bring the mayhem to comics with the brand new series, Angry Birds Transformers, expanding on the unexpected backgrounds of this explosive crossover! Written by The Transformers mastermind, John Barber, with art by Marcelo Ferriera, this crossover will be one for the record books!


Transformers: Combiner Wars
A new Transformers event, Transformers: Combiner Wars will start March 2015 from writers Mairghread Scott and John Barber and artists Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli. It’s an arms-race of truly titanic proportions as a long-lost ancient artifact allows the Cybertronians to unite into more powerful, gigantic forms. Will Cybertron—or the galaxy—be able to withstand the onslaught? Find out with a prologue and 5 issues, running in TRANSFORMERS #39-41 and the new TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE #1-3, which will be packed in with select TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS toys.


Galaxy Quest
The adventures of the NSEA Protector continue at IDW with an all-new Galaxy Quest series set after the film. Written by Erik Burnham, with art by Nacho Arranz the new series will be available in early 2015!

Dungeons & Dragons
A new Dungeons & Dragons series, Legends of Baldur’s Gate, sets off for adventure this October; led by fan-favorite writer Jim Zub. With art by Max Dunbar and covers by Sarah Stone, this will be a series of legendary proportions!

Lion Forge
IDW announced that it would be joining forces with Lion Forge Comics to bring the hit digital comics line to print, starting later this year!

Comics Experience
Spearheaded by former IDW Editor Andy Schmidt, Comics Experience is the premier destination for aspiring comic creators to learn the in’s and out’s of the trade. Starting later this year, IDW will bring these up-and-coming talents to the forefront of the comics world by bringing them to print!

Joe Frankenstein
Joe Frankenstein is a 2015 action/horror/adventure tale from Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan (co-creators of Batman villain, Bane) telling the story of young Joe Pratt, who discovers upon meeting the monster of his ancestor, that he is the heir to the Frankenstein name. A legacy that may get him killed if the creatures of the night have their way.


About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

SDCC 2014 Coverage - ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS BRINGS MAYHEM TO COMICS

Transformers News: SDCC 2014 Coverage - ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS BRINGS MAYHEM TO COMICS
Date: Friday, July 25th 2014 5:37pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News, Event News, Press Releases
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS BRINGS MAYHEM TO COMICS
The Most Unlikely Crossover Crashlands At IDW!


San Diego, CA (July 25, 2014) – Spinning out of the show-stopping announcement at this year’s Licensing Expo, Rovio Entertainment and Hasbro, Inc. have teamed up to bring together two of the world’s largest and most popular entertainment brands with ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS! This fall, IDW will bring the mayhem to comics with the brand-new series, ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS, expanding on the unexpected backgrounds of this explosive crossover!

“Comics offer an ideal medium for telling the stories of these improbable but totally convincing mash-up characters from two enormously popular creations,” said Rovio’s Editor-in-Chief, Comics Jukka Heiskanen. “Blending action with humor and adventure with mishap, they will excite and delight fans of both brands.”

“We are thrilled to be combining the iconic TRANSFORMERS universe with the quirky world of ANGRY BIRDS,” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing. “With the upcoming ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS mobile game, TELEPODS product line from Hasbro powered by retoy, licensed consumer goods and now comics from IDW, we’re able to give fans fun, new stories and characters they can interact with in multiple ways.”

When a DECEPTIHOG raid on the AUTOBIRD ship goes awry, the sought-after ALLSPARK is hurled into the expanses of space, only to find its way onto the shores of Piggie Island, and as its inhabitants will soon find out, the ALLSPARK is much more powerful than any creature could have imagined! Written by Robots in Disguise scribe and IDW Senior Editor John Barber, ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS is taking the intergalactic epic to a whole new universe!

“It’s been a real blast to pair the action of the endless conflict between AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS with the zany hijinks of the Angry Birds!” said series writer, John Barber. “Seeing how these icons can interact and combine with each other—I think the end result will surprise everybody!”

An all-star flock of TRANSFORMERS artists will be contributing covers for the four-issue series, including Sarah Stone, Guido Guidi, Casey W. Coller, and Livio Ramondelli! Ramondelli will be kicking off the series, providing artwork for a framing sequence of issue #1, focusing on the TRANSFORMERS universe! From there, Marcelo Ferriera (Kung Fu Panda, TMNT New Animated Adventures) will take over on art duties for the series.

This unique series offers comic readers a chance to explore two of the world’s most popular brands in a distinctly original way! Whether you’re reading Robots in Disguise and More Than Meets The Eye, or can’t smash enough Piggies, ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS welcomes everyone to join this collision of epic proportions!

About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds™, is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland that creatively combines digital with physical, breaking the boundaries of traditional content delivery. What started as a casual game in 2009 became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a worldwide known entertainment brand reaching out into publishing, licensing, animations, books and location based entertainment. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016. www.rovio.com

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of our world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. 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 play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through their 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.


About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

SDCC 2014 Coverage - IDW Publishing Transformers Humble Bundle Press Release

Transformers News: SDCC 2014 Coverage - IDW Publishing Transformers Humble Bundle Press Release
Date: Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 1:12pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News, Press Releases
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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IDW PUBLISHING KICKS OFF SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH THE TRANSFORMERS HUMBLE BUNDLE
Transformers Fans Can Pay What They Want For The Ultimate Transformers Digital Comic Collection While Also Supporting A Child-Focused Charity


San Francisco & San Diego, Calif. - July 23, 2014 - Here's a bundle that's “more than meets the eye.” Humble Bundle and award-winning publisher IDW Publishing, under license from Hasbro, are kicking off San Diego Comic-Con with a digital comic collection of epic proportions. Customers can pay what they want while also supporting a child-focused charity in the Transformers Humble Bundle presented by IDW.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books

Customers can name their price for Transformers Classics, Volumes 1-4, featuring a digital reincarnation of 48 issues from the original comics. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Vol. 1-4, Transformers: Autocracy and Transformers: Spotlight, Vol. 1. Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Vol. 1 and 2 and Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 1 and 2, bringing a total of nearly 100 comic book issues to the bundle.

“The iconic TRANSFORMERS brand is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year and can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with this bundle offering. Whether a new reader who wants to get in on the epic TRANSFORMERS adventure, or a long-time fan looking to round out their digital comic collection, this offering is the perfect combination of classic and current stories,” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing. “Add the fact that a portion of the proceeds will be used to support an amazing charity like the Hasbro Children’s Fund, and you’ve got an event Optimus Prime himself would be proud to join.”

“We’re very happy to collaborate with Hasbro to offer this mega selection of Transformers comics,” said Jeff Webber, IDW’s VP of Digital Publishing. “This bundle highlights all the facets of IDW’s Transformers line – Classics from the ‘80s, stories from the beginnings of the IDW’s stories of the TRANSFORMERS Universe, and some of the latest and greatest comics!”

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the comic creators, Humble Bundle, and the determined charity (the Hasbro Children's Fund).

The Transformers Humble Bundle runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

About Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle organizes pay-what-you-want plus charity promotions for awesome digital content and puts the power directly in the hands of the consumers, offering them fully-featured titles at prices they set themselves. Consumers pay what they want and decide how to allocate their money between content creators, charity and a humble tip. Humble Bundle also offers the Humble Store, a digital storefront that features great games at great prices with a portion of sales going to select charities. Since the company's launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has helped empower its community to allocate more than $40 million toward charity to date. For more information, please visit https://www.humblebundle.com.

About Hasbro Children’s Fund
The Hasbro Children’s Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to empower childhood by bringing “the sparkle of Hope, the joy of Play and the power of Service” into the lives of the children across the globe. Working with strategic charitable partners, the grants made through the Hasbro Children’s Fund support programs that deliver; stability for children in crisis; pediatric physical and mental health services; hunger security; educational programs; quality out of school time programming and programs that empower youth through service. To learn more about these programs and how they are making a difference for children worldwide, please visit www.hasbro.org.

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. 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 play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). 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.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

SDCC 2014 Coverage - Official Hasbro Press Release: Panels and Overview

Transformers News: SDCC 2014 Coverage - Official Hasbro Press Release: Panels and Overview
Date: Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 1:01pm CDT
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Hasbro Returns to Comic-Con International, Showcasing Top Entertainment Brands

From TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and A Galaxy Far, Far Away to a Place Where Friendship is Magic, Fans Can Enjoy Their Favorite Pop Culture Brands All in One Place at San Diego Comic-Con.


PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is coming back to Comic-Con International in San Diego to celebrate its iconic and globally renowned brands including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS, KRE-O and licensed toy and game lines for ANGRY BIRDS, MARVEL and STAR WARS. From toys and games, to comics, television programs and Hollywood blockbuster films, Hasbro continues to entertain kids and fans around the globe with its world-class portfolio of brands year after year. Hasbro will bring its iconic brands and characters to life at this year's convention, offering an exciting lineup of panels, autograph sessions, special edition toys, giveaways and more.

Hasbro's booth continues to be one of the most popular at Comic-Con, drawing eager fans ready to get a first look at special edition Hasbro products and giveaways. This year, attendees can expect more unique experiences, products and displays, including photo opportunities, interactive panels and special guests that Hasbro's most enthusiastic fans will not want to miss out on.

"Hasbro looks forward to bringing some of the most recognizable brands in popular culture to Comic-Con International in San Diego every year," said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer, Hasbro, Inc. "Connecting with our most passionate fans is extremely important to us and we are thrilled to offer an incredible line up of panels, special edition collectibles, giveaways and opportunities to meet the talent behind brands like TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY."

The following highlights the activities across Hasbro brands and licensed product lines to be showcased in the Hasbro booth #3213 and around the convention.

TRANSFORMERS

Hasbro has plenty to celebrate this year, from the new innovative toy line inspired by Michael Bay's wildly successful TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction feature film from Paramount Pictures, to the 30th Anniversary Generations fan focused figures spanning the history of the TRANSFORMERS brand. From comics and video games to animated series and action figures - this pop-culture extravaganza will be a must-see spot for TRANSFORMERS fans of all ages in the Hasbro booth.

On Thursday, July 24th at 11:00 a.m., TRANSFORMERS fans will have the opportunity to attend a panel with members of the Hasbro and Hasbro Studios team for an exclusive sneak peak of the new animated series, Transformers: Robots In Disguise airing in early 2015. Attendees will also get a first look at the third season of Transformers: Rescue Bots, airing on the Hub Network in the U.S. In addition, attendees can celebrate the great 30 year heritage of the TRANSFORMERS brand and experience exclusive reveals of never before seen product.

KRE-O

The KRE-O brand is back in San Diego, showcasing products from Hasbro's biggest brands! Big news for 2014 is the KRE-O TRANSFORMERS line, and you won't want to miss the brand's first San Diego Comic-Con special edition item: KRE-O TRANSFORMERS KRE-O CLASS OF 1984 KREON 30-Pack. There will also be a 1984 KREON collectible poster available in limited quantities at the Hasbro booth and a sneak peek at some new KRE-O items during the TRANSFORMERS panel on Thursday.


MY LITTLE PONY AND MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS

The MY LITTLE PONY brand, a massive pop-culture phenomenon from Hasbro, is returning to Comic-Con again this year with memorable characters and unique personalities. From the animated series, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, to an extensive line of licensed goods, and special edition product, Hasbro welcomes fans in celebrating the magic of friendship at Comic-Con with MY LITTLE PONY and MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS.

On Friday at 11:30 a.m., Hasbro invites fans to join special guests from Hasbro Studios and voice talent from the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic animated series airing on the Hub Network in the U.S. and My Little Pony Equestria Girls, the movie as they share details of the making of the popular animated series and a sneak peek into the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks movie coming this Fall.

STAR WARS

With Lucasfilm and Disney's new animated series, STAR WARS REBELS, premiering this fall, STAR WARS fans will be eager to stop by Hasbro's booth at Comic-Con for exclusive giveaways, an autograph signing and interactive panels. On Friday, July 25th at 12:00 p.m., Hasbro will welcome STAR WARS fans to a special panel with members of the Hasbro brand and design teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro STAR WARS line and share a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures from the highly anticipated STAR WARS REBELS animated series.

MARVEL

Hasbro's booth will be celebrating MARVEL's ever-expanding cinematic universe in the highly anticipated MARVEL'S Guardians of the Galaxy film, hitting theaters August 1. Hasbro, home of the master MARVEL toy license, will be showcasing the new toy line and more.

On Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m., fans won't want to miss Hasbro's MARVEL panel. Join members of the Hasbro brand and design teams as they discuss Hasbro's popular MARVEL action figure lines. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures.

Fans of the MARVEL UNIVERSE, MARVEL LEGENDS and other MARVEL action figure lines will also want to check out the Hasbro booth for a comprehensive look at the extensive line-up of 2014 toys as well as new, upcoming figures revealed for the first time following the panel.

ANGRY BIRDS

Hasbro and Rovio recently announced they are teaming up to bring two of the world's largest and most popular entertainment brands together in a brand new mash-up: ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS. Fans stopping by the Hasbro booth will see for the first time the full ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS product line featuring TELEPODS technology, powered by Retoy. An exclusive, new trailer for the ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS mobile game (available later this year) will also be shown in the Hasbro booth during the show. Additionally, fans will get to see the first gameplay demo of Rovio's upcoming ANGRY BIRDS STELLA mobile game, available this fall, and experience the ANGRY BIRDS STELLA TELEPODS product line, which will let fans teleport the Stella character and her fierce flock of friends into the game. San Diego Comic-Con will also mark the world premiere of the ANGRY BIRDS STELLA cinematic trailer.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. 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 play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). 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.

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SDCC 2014 Coverage - Official Hasbro Special Edition Toys Press Release

Transformers News: SDCC 2014 Coverage - Official Hasbro Special Edition Toys Press Release
Date: Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 1:00pm CDT
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Hasbro Delivers the Hottest Special Edition Toys at Comic-Con International, Featuring Transformers, My Little Pony, Magic: The Gathering, Star Wars, Marvel and More


PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In what has become a highly anticipated annual tradition, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is returning to Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, with an array of special edition action figures and toys from Hasbro's most popular brands inspired by the comics, movies, animated series and video games that made them popular. Fans can expect special edition figures from Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT brands as well as its licensed properties, STAR WARS® and MARVEL.

The special edition items will be available at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth (#3329) at Comic-Con International starting on Preview Night, July 23rd (while supplies last), as well as in limited quantities after the convention concludes at HasbroToyShop.com. Highlights of the collection of special edition toys include the TRANSFORMERS DINOBOTS Action Figure Collection featuring the breakout stars of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, and MARVEL'S The Infinity Gauntlet and 3.75-inch Action Figure Pack, complete with four exclusive 3.75-inch MARVEL INFINITE SERIES action figures and a wearable foam Infinity Gauntlet glove!

"Our brand teams always enjoy creating and developing these unique and highly sought after special edition toys and figures for Comic-Con attendees," said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer, Hasbro. "These products are crafted with the most passionate fan in mind, and we are thrilled to be able to provide our fans with new versions of their favorite pop-culture, iconic brands each year at Comic-Con."

The comprehensive list of Hasbro's 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition Figures Features:

TRANSFORMERS

TRANSFORMERS DINOBOTS Action Figure Collection

(Ages: 8 & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $159.99/ Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

The DINOBOTS are back! The breakout stars of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION are featured in this set, each with a G1-inspired deco, complete with vac-metal parts! Voyager scale GRIMLOCK and Deluxe scale SNARL, STRAFE and DINOBOT SLUG charge into battle in the steel and gold look that made them famous back in 1985. The DINOBOTS come in a package designed by world-famous pop-up artist Matthew Reinhart (TRANSFORMERS: THE ULTIMATE POP-UP UNIVERSE) that converts into the famed Autobot Ark and Mount St. Hilary from the original G1 animation!

TRANSFORMERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR EDITION Action Figure Collection

(Ages: 8 & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $184.99/ Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS brand, this Special Edition set presents your favorite TRANSFORMERS characters as you've never seen them before—as hard-rockin' robots in the universe's greatest band, the Knights of Unicron! The four Deluxe Scale rock god action figures—OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, SMOOTH JAZZ and SOUNDWAVE—each feature glam rock deco, metal band hair and the titanic egos that once tore them apart. Also joining the tour are LASERBEAK, who converts into a note-shredding electric guitar and RATBAT, who converts into the funkiest keytar on this side of CYBERTRON. The entire set is packaged in an amazing "roadie case," including special edition posters, stickers and tell-all history booklet depicting the hardest-rocking band in the history of CYBERTRON!

KRE-O TRANSFORMERS KRE-O CLASS OF 1984 KREON 30-Pack

(Ages: 6 & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $59.99/ Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Party like it's 1984 with this "Yearbook" edition of 30 of your favorite AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON KREONS, all in unique G1 and G2 decos! Fan-favorites like OPTIMUS PRIME, SOUNDWAVE and ARCEE are included, along with ULTRA MAGNUS, DECEPTICON RUMBLE and DECEPTICON FRENZY making their KREON debut! Also includes totally tubular ‘80s accessories like a floppy disk, a boom box…even a KREON mullet!

MY LITTLE PONY

MY LITTLE PONY MANE-IAC MAYHEM Pony

(Approximate Retail Price: $49.99; Ages 3 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Get ready for the most evil nemesis of the POWER PONIES, MANE-IAC MAYHEM pony. Her wild and ‘electrifying' green mane is almost as devious as her piercing red and green eyes. This power-mad pony from Maretropolis features a metallic purple outfit, accessorized with fashionable black and gold glittery boots. She comes with her trusty sidekick, SPIKE THE DRAGON as "Hum Drum." Get the MANE-IAC MAYHEM pony at Comic-Con 2014!

MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS

MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS MANE-IAC MAYHEM Doll

(Approximate Retail Price: $29.99; Ages 5 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Brace yourself, because you're not ready for the wild and wily ways of this crazy MANE-IAC MAYHEM doll! With a maniacal hairstyle inspired by the MANE-IAC MAYHEM pony from the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic animated series created by Hasbro Studios, this doll has an over-the-top outfit and sunglasses, and her boots are off the chain. Get this madcap doll at Comic-Con 2014!

STAR WARS

STAR WARS® THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH JABBA THE HUTT™ THRONE ROOM ACTION FIGURE Set

(Approximate Retail Price: $64.99; Ages 4 & up; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

The fan-favorite STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES 6-inch action figure line jumps to hyperspace in 2014 with the introduction of iconic in-scale vehicles and alien creatures, all featuring the incredibly accurate design and high level of articulation fans have come to expect from THE BLACK SERIES collection. Fans will have their first opportunity to collect a 6-inch scale JABBA THE HUTT at San Diego Comic-Con with the JABBA THE HUTT'S Throne Room Action Figure Set, which comes with railing, hookah and in-scale articulated SALACIOUS CRUMB action figure. The figures are packed in a special, scene-accurate display that depicts JABBA'S throne room, complete with space for last year's HAN SOLO in Carbonite figure (no longer available).

MARVEL

MARVEL'S THE THANOS IMPERATIVE LEGENDS Action Figure Pack

(Ages: 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $99.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

The battle to save the universe is on, and this ragtag alliance of interstellar heroes is just the bunch to save the day! Based on the cosmic MARVEL Comics story THE THANOS IMPERATIVE, this special edition collection features five 6-inch-scale MARVEL LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES figures—BLACK BOLT, STAR LORD, BLASTAAR, MARVEL'S MEDUSA and MARVEL'S GLADIATOR. The cosmic favorite come in a special-edition package designed to look like the GALACTUS ENGINE, the ultimate weapon from THE THANOS IMPERATIVE.

MARVEL'S THE INFINITY GAUNTLET and 3.75" Action Figure Pack

(Ages: 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $74.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Based on the classic MARVEL Comics cosmic story THE INFINITY GAUNTLET, this special edition pack is your chance to wield the mightiest weapon in the universe! The set includes four exclusive 3.75-inch MARVEL INIFINITE SERIES action figures—THANOS (w/ INFINITY GAUNTLET), MISTRESS DEATH, MARVEL'S NEBULA and MARVEL'S STARFOX. Plus, continue the action with the included wearable foam Infinity Gauntlet glove, a role-play replica of the reality-controlling artifact!

JEM DOLL

Rockin' Romance JEM Doll

(Ages: 15 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $139.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Fans will have a truly outrageous experience at Comic-Con 2014 when they see the special edition ROCKIN' ROMANCE JEM doll! The fully articulated ROCKIN' ROMANCE JEM doll stands 12.5 inches tall and features rooted pink hair with corkscrew curls in a stylish side ponytail, complete with flashy bow, and stunning long eyelashes. Ready for romance in a pink polka dot dress with a jeweled collar and sparkly high-heel pumps, ROCKIN' ROMANCE JEM is ready for a night on the town with her beau Rio Pacheco! Fans will be delighted to see their favorite rock star delivered in a special commemorative edition retro pack, inspired by the original never-before-released ROCKIN' ROMANCE box art created for the original line in the 1980's! But that's not all...to further protect what is sure to become one of the most sought after collectibles of the JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS collection, this Truly Outrageous Comic-Con and HasbroToyShop.com exclusive souvenir comes nested in a super sturdy, ultra sleek mirror finish outer box!

MIGHTY MUGGS

MIGHTY MUGGS ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT Special Edition Figure

(Ages: 6 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $22.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the iconic ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT toy with this special edition MIGHTY MUGG! Since the release of the original Parker Brothers toy in 1979, ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT has built a devoted following, and now toy fans will be able to purchase the first MIGHTY MUGG ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT figure, featuring 5.5 inches of 100% recycled awesome!

MAGIC: THE GATHERING

MAGIC 2015 PLANESWALKER Pack Featuring Garruk's Axe by NERF

(Ages: 13 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $110.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com or Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

The 2014 MAGIC: THE GATHERING SDCC exclusive once again brings the sleek "black on black" premium treatment to this year's Core Set Planeswalker line-up, but this time there is a twist: There are six Planeswalker cards, and they feature new art by renown comic artist Jae Lee! Each set also comes with the first ever NERF item for MAGIC: THE GATHERING: Garruk's Axe. Pick up your set at the Hasbro booth at SDCC, and be the envy of the Multiverse.

Following the convention, a limited number of each item will be available for purchase online at HasbroToyShop.com.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. 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 play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). 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.

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Hasbro Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2014 - Official Press Release

Transformers News: Hasbro Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2014 - Official Press Release
Date: Monday, July 21st 2014 5:45am CDT
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Hasbro Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2014

- Second quarter 2014 revenues up 8% to $829.3 million; International segment revenues up 17% and Entertainment and Licensing revenues increased 35%;
- Franchise Brand revenues grew 36%; Boys category revenues up 32% and Girls category revenues up 10%;
- Adjusted operating profit increased 8% and adjusted net earnings increased 24% to $47.3 million or $0.36 per diluted share, excluding an unfavorable tax adjustment in 2014 and pension charges in 2013;
- Closed $600 million notes offering and refinanced $425 million in debt with lowest coupon rate in Company history;
- Repurchased 2.5 million shares of common stock at a total cost of $136.3 million and an average price of $54.06 per share.


PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today reported financial results for the second quarter 2014. Net revenues for the second quarter 2014 increased 8% to $829.3 million from $766.3 million in 2013. Foreign exchange had an unfavorable $1.2 million impact on second quarter revenues.

Net earnings for the second quarter 2014 were $33.5 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to $36.5 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in 2013. Excluding an unfavorable tax adjustment of $13.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, adjusted net earnings for the second quarter 2014 were $47.3 million, or $0.36 per diluted share. Excluding pre-tax partial pension settlement charges of $2.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, associated with restructuring actions, adjusted net earnings for the second quarter 2013 were $38.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share.

"Second quarter performance reflects our continuing re-imagination of brands across the brand blueprint and the positive impact of our investment and focus on strategic growth opportunities within Hasbro," said Brian Goldner, Hasbro's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Hasbro Franchise Brands, Emerging Markets and the Entertainment and Licensing segment posted strong second quarter growth. The combination of great brand innovation and storytelling is resonating with consumers globally to deliver revenue and profit improvements across multiple product categories and segments."

"While delivering our second quarter, we continued to focus on long-term strategic investments in our brands, our systems and our capital structure," said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro's Chief Financial Officer. "Notably, we successfully refinanced $425 million of debt, raising a total of $600 million at the lowest coupon rate in our history. Our inventory is positioned to support consumer demand in the all-important holiday period, and our cash position remains strong after returning $325 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends in the first six months of the year."

Transformers News: Hasbro Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2014 - Official Press Release

Note: Second quarter 2013 pre-tax partial pension settlement charges are in Corporate and Eliminations. See attached table: Supplemental Financial Data, Restructuring Charges, Pension Costs and Tax Adjustments.

U.S. and Canada segment net revenues of $383.0 million decreased 2% compared to $389.2 million in 2013. The segment's results reflect growth in the Boys and Girls product categories offset by declines in the Games and Preschool categories. The U.S. and Canada segment reported operating profit of $46.9 million versus $59.0 million in 2013.

International segment net revenues increased 17% to $396.8 million compared to $340.2 million in 2013. Revenues in the International segment reflect double-digit growth in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific as well as growth in the Boys, Girls and Preschool product categories. The International segment reported operating profit of $29.2 million, up 98% versus $14.8 million in 2013.

Entertainment and Licensing segment net revenues increased 35% to $47.7 million compared to $35.3 million in 2013. The segment benefited from growth in lifestyle licensing, digital gaming and the addition of Backflip Studios. The Entertainment and Licensing segment reported 295% growth in operating profit to $14.6 million compared to $3.7 million in 2013.

Transformers News: Hasbro Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2014 - Official Press Release

Second quarter 2014 net revenues in the Boys category increased 32% to $335.8 million behind growth in TRANSFORMERS and MARVEL products.

Games category revenues decreased 12% in the quarter to $225.7 million. Growth in Franchise Brand MONOPOLY, THE GAME OF LIFE, initial shipments of SIMON SWIPE - one of several new gaming initiatives launching for the important holiday season - and the contribution of Backflip Studios all contributed positively to the category. These gains were offset by declines in several brands, including TWISTER, DUEL MASTERS and MAGIC: THE GATHERING.

The Girls category grew 10% in the second quarter 2014 to $163.8 million. MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS and NERF REBELLE continued to drive the strong growth in the category.

Preschool category revenues decreased 4% to $103.9 million in the second quarter 2014. PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS revenues increased but were more than offset by declines in other Preschool initiatives, including core PLAYSKOOL and SESAME STREET products.

Dividend and Share Repurchase

The Company paid $55.7 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the second quarter 2014. The next quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.43 per common share is scheduled for August 15, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 1, 2014.

During the second quarter, Hasbro repurchased a total of 2.5 million shares of common stock at a total cost of $136.3 million and an average price of $54.06 per share. Through the first two quarters, the Company repurchased 4.0 million shares of common stock at a total cost of $216.8 million and an average price of $54.17 per share. At quarter-end, $308.1 million remained available in the current share repurchase authorization.

Conference Call Webcast

Hasbro will webcast its second quarter 2014 earnings conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today. To listen to the live webcast and access the accompanying presentation slides, please go to http://investor.hasbro.com. The replay of the call will be available on Hasbro's web site approximately 2 hours following completion of the call.

About Hasbro, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company's world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. 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 play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). 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.

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Certain statements in this release contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include expectations concerning the Company's potential performance in the future, including with respect to its planned cost savings initiative and profitability, and the Company's ability to achieve its other financial and business goals and may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases. The Company's actual actions or results may differ materially from those expected or anticipated in the forward-looking statements due to both known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Specific factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: (i) the Company's ability to design, develop, produce, manufacture, source and ship products on a timely and cost-effective basis, as well as interest in and purchase of those products by retail customers and consumers in quantities and at prices that will be sufficient to profitably recover the Company's costs; (ii) downturns in economic conditions affecting the Company's markets which can negatively impact the Company's retail customers and consumers, and which can result in lower employment levels, lower consumer disposable income and spending, including lower spending on purchases of the Company's products; (iii) other factors which can lower discretionary consumer spending, such as higher costs for fuel and food, drops in the value of homes or other consumer assets, and high levels of consumer debt; (iv) potential difficulties or delays the Company may experience in implementing cost savings and efficiency enhancing initiatives; (v) other economic and public health conditions or regulatory changes in the markets in which the Company and its customers and suppliers operate which could create delays or increase the Company's costs, such as higher commodity prices, labor costs or transportation costs, or outbreaks of disease; (vi) currency fluctuations, including movements in foreign exchange rates, which can lower the Company's net revenues and earnings, and significantly impact the Company's costs; (vii) the concentration of the Company's customers, potentially increasing the negative impact to the Company of difficulties experienced by any of the Company's customers or changes in their purchasing or selling patterns; (viii) consumer interest in and acceptance of Hub Network, and programming created by Hasbro Studios, and other factors impacting the financial performance of the network and Hasbro Studios; (ix) the inventory policies of the Company's retail customers, including retailers' potential decisions to lower their inventories, even if it results in lost sales, as well as the concentration of the Company's revenues in the second half and fourth quarter of the year, which coupled with reliance by retailers on quick response inventory management techniques increases the risk of underproduction of popular items, overproduction of less popular items and failure to achieve compressed shipping schedules; (x) delays, increased costs or difficulties associated with any of our or our partners' planned digital applications or media initiatives; (xi) work disruptions, which may impact the Company's ability to manufacture or deliver product in a timely and cost-effective manner; (xii) the bankruptcy or other lack of success of one of the Company's significant retailers which could negatively impact the Company's revenues or bad debt exposure; (xiii) the impact of competition on revenues, margins and other aspects of the Company's business, including the ability to offer Company products which consumers choose to buy instead of competitive products, the ability to secure, maintain and renew popular licenses and the ability to attract and retain talented employees; (xiv) concentration of manufacturing for many of the Company's products in the People's Republic of China and the associated impact to the Company of social, economic or public health conditions and other factors affecting China, the movement of products into and out of China, the cost of producing products in China and exporting them to other countries; (xv) the risk of product recalls or product liability suits and costs associated with product safety regulations; (xvi) the impact of other market conditions, third party actions or approvals and competition which could reduce demand for the Company's products or delay or increase the cost of implementation of the Company's programs or alter the Company's actions and reduce actual results; (xvii) the impact of litigation or arbitration decisions or settlement actions; and (xviii) other risks and uncertainties as may be detailed from time to time in the Company's public announcements and Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to make any revisions to the forward-looking statements contained in this release or to update them to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.

This press release includes a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules, specifically EBITDA. EBITDA represents net earnings attributable to Hasbro, Inc. excluding net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests, interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. As required by SEC rules, we have provided reconciliation on the attached schedule of this measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Management believes that EBITDA is one of the appropriate measures for evaluating the operating performance of the Company because it reflects the resources available for strategic opportunities including, among others, to invest in the business, strengthen the balance sheet, and make strategic acquisitions. However, this measure should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or superior to, net earnings or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP as more fully discussed in the Company's financial statements and filings with the SEC. As used herein, "GAAP" refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

This press release also includes the Company's 2013 costs and expenses, operating profit, net earnings and diluted earnings per share excluding the impact of restructuring and related pension charges. 2014 net earnings and diluted earnings per share also exclude certain unfavorable tax adjustments. Management believes that presenting this data excluding these charges and tax adjustments assists investors' understanding of the underlying performance of the results of operations.

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