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Toy Fair 2009 Transformers Press Release

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2009 Transformers Press Release
Date: Friday, February 13th 2009 8:31pm CST
Categories: Event News, Press Releases, Toy News
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HASBRO’S TRANSFORMERS BRAND CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE” 2009 TRANSFORMERS Universe and Animated Toy Lines Combine Brand’s Rich Heritage With “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE” Fun for Fans of All Ages

PAWTUCKET, R.I., (February 2009) – Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) revolutionized the action figure category 25 years ago with the launch of the MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE toys known as TRANSFORMERS. And while the TRANSFORMERS brand 25th anniversary celebration reaches its zenith on June 26, 2009 with the release of the action-packed movie TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, the brand has even more excitement to offer fans beyond the new film, including its TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE and TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED toy lines.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, Hasbro is “rolling out” dozens of TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE toys that showcase the innovation and depth that have been synonymous with the toy line since its inception. Featuring numerous styles and varying levels of complexity, Hasbro’s 2009 TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE toy line will appeal to a growing fan base that – after 25 years – spans multiple generations. While the toy line will include popular characters kids will recognize from current and recent entertainment, the line also pays homage to the brand’s roots with many classic ‘bots from its extensive stories and unique mythology.

Of course, much of TRANSFORMERS’ popularity remains rooted in its origin: over-the-top animation that shows the ongoing feud between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS. Launched last year, Cartoon Network’s new TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series continues the animation tradition with fantastic storylines that feature favorite characters like OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE and even MEGATRON. The new TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED line of toys lets kids experience the adventure in the playroom as they recreate scenes from the weekly show using a number of exciting, new action figures.

For the more mature fans who want to commemorate the 25th anniversary of TRANSFORMERS, Hasbro is expanding its popular line of MIGHTY MUGGS vinyl collectibles to include – for the first time – TRANSFORMERS characters such as OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON and several of their robotic cohorts.

First introduced in 1984 by Hasbro and Takara as a toy line, TRANSFORMERS has become a global entertainment property inspiring comic books, video games, animated series, a blockbuster movie and even a convention dedicated to TRANSFORMERS collectors. Yet its popularity remains rooted in its original premise – toys that change from robots into every imaginable kind of vehicle.

TRANSFORMERS: 25th Anniversary products available in Spring 2009

Approximate Retail price: DELUXE scale $12.99; VOYAGER scale $22.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: First waves in January 2009, with additional waves released throughout spring.

The TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE 25th Anniversary line features DELUXE and VOYAGER assortments with new versions of incredibly detailed, realistically styled, but classic versions of familiar characters from the past 25 years. There will be ten new DELUXE figures including DINOBOT from the BEAST WARS series and four new VOYAGER figures including OVERLOAD from the CYBERTRON series.

TRANSFORMERS: ANIMATED products available in 2009

Approximate Retail price: DELUXE scale $12.99; VOYAGER scale $22.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: First waves in January 2009, with additional waves released throughout the year.

Figures in the TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED DELUXE and VOYAGER assortment feature character conversions like those seen in the popular TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series airing on Cartoon Network. Both assortments feature a variety of characters with exciting battle weapons and firing projectiles. Eleven characters, including BLURR and WASPINATOR, will be featured in the DELUXE LINE in 2009 while eight characters will be introduced in the VOYAGER LINE.

Approximate Retail Price: $22.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: January 1, 2009.

The entertainment pack includes two deluxe-sized figures — twin brothers JETFIRE and JETSTORM — who combine to create SAFEGUARD. The brothers are the only AUTOBOTS who can fly and are the youngest Elite Guard members of all time. JETFIRE and JETSTORM will be showcased in new episodes of the Animated series debuting in Spring 2009.

Additional TRANSFORMERS products available in 2009

(Approximate Retail Price: $12.99; Ages 6 & up; Available: First waves in January 2009, with additional waves released throughout the year)

The popular urban-style MIGHTY MUGGS line now showcases ROBOTS IN DISGUISE! Invading the world of TRANSFORMERS for the first time, MIGHTY MUGGS figures are ultra-hip vinyl collectibles that provide fun incarnations of many favorite characters from across the pop culture universe. TRANSFORMERS characters available in 2009 include OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, BUMBLEBEE and SOUNDWAVE.


Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at . (C) 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

BigBadToyStore Update- 2 / 13 / 09

Transformers News: BigBadToyStore Update- 2 / 13 / 09
Date: Friday, February 13th 2009 7:14pm CST
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Hi - Here is a quick update from about a variety of new preorders, more new arrivals, and a new sale:


We've added many new items to our sale menus, and discounted many existing sale items even further. There are now over 1000 items with discounts between 50% and 90% off our original list pricing! Many mainstream and obscure lines are represented here - take a look at the sales menus below for a ton of great deals:


The first of Toynami's all new 1/10 scale Cyclone line is Scott Bernard. These just arrived hours ago and we have a fairly small portion of our order remaining in stock at $199.99 ($20 below MSRP) -

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Turtles, this new case features re-releases of eight figures from the 80's cartoon, correct down to card art. Included in this assortment are Leo, Don, Raph and Mike, along with Splinter, April, Bebop and Rocksteady, along with their weapons and accessories. This little trip down nostalgia lane is priced at $79.99 for the case of eight figures, and includes (packed with the turtles figures) four episodes of the original cartoon.

This fantastic life-sized bust of the armored avenger was made directly from the molds by Stan Winston Studios for the movie costume, and is made of fiberglass, hand-painted and hand-detailed. There are even LED lights in the eyes, to make them glow and add that special touch to this great piece. This bust is priced at $674.99 ($25 savings off MSRP) - Sideshow has already sold out of these, so they won't last long.

This 14" tall statue shows a Predator warrior atop an alien steed. His blood-red mount stands in a semi-translucent puddle of muck, and the Predator's spear is decorated with the skull and spine of an enemy. This piece is priced at $234.99 ($15 below MSRP), and would be great for any Predator fan.

The second Robotech Masterpice Beta Fighter is now in stock. Volumes 1 and 2 are each available here at $149.99:

Gormiti is a new collectible figure and card game from Europe, along the lines of of Pokemon and other collectible games. The figures in this game are split into Tribes of different elements, and go into battle with their powers and abilities to protect the world from the evil Volcano forces. We've got a starter pack with Volcano Lava figures, a cartoon episode, an instruction book and more, along with four packs and two packs of figures, and even a small playset-type add-on with more danger and gameplay. Check out the inforamtion and figures from this new game, here:

Medicom's Real Action Hero of the DBZ character Piccolo is here and ready for battle. This 1/6 scale figure is loaded with articulation and comes dressed in his battle outfit, with a removable white cloak and alternate hands. He's listed at $149.99, $10 below MSRP.

This new 1/6 scale figure from Medicom's Real Action Heroes line is designed after the original 1979 Alien from the movie of the same name. The creepy monster includes a translucent skulltop, allowing you to peek inside, and a bendable, poseable tail. This piece is listed at $154.99 ($15 below MSRP), and you can take a look at the pics here -

This new 5-pack provides us a new look at the designs from the GI Joe Resolute, an upcoming animated movie set to release before the live-action movie. This box set includes Duke, Cobra Commander, a Cobra Trooper, a Cobra Officer and a B.A.T., all done in new styles and colors, along with multiple weapons. This box set is priced at $29.99, and ready to go.

This new Living Dead Dolls Presents figure is based off of the new Jason from today's new "Friday the 13th" movie. he comes with a removable hockey mask, his bloody machete, and a cloth outfit, including quilted jacket. This new LDD figure is priced at $25.99, and you can take a look at him here -

A large shipment of Dragon military models has arrived. We've got a number of diorama displays, plane models in a variety of scales, armor die-cast models, army figure sets in 1/35 and smaller scales, and even laser-etched metal detail pieces for other model kits. Check out all the new pieces we have in stock here -

We've also received a few new figures and pieces in the 1/6 scale. We've got Klaas Verhaegen, a Belgian volunteer gunner, listed at $62.99, and U.S. Army "Buffalo Soldier" Frank Jackson at $41.99. We've also got a 1/6 scale M1918 BAR accessory & outfit set at $15.99, and a 1/6 scale German Radio set kit at $14.99.

We've received the first assortment of McFarlane's Halo Helmet Collection. These new collectibles each come with their own (wall-mountable) display stand, and can be used to replace the current head on any McFarlane 12" Halo Spartan, to boot. The first assortment is available as a case of 8 three-packs (2 each of 1, 3 and 4, and one each of 2 and 5) for $79.99, as a set of three-packs 1, 2, 3 and 4 for $43.99, or singly by three-pack for $11.99 each.

McFarlane's first 10' Guitar Hero figure has arrived. Guns N Roses legendary guitarist Slash is represented here in plastic, from the top of his top hat to the soles of his shoes. He comes with his guitar, and is priced at $25.99.

Mezco has released their new 9" deluxe line of Warriors figures. This first assortment includes Warriors Swan and Ajax, Gramercy Riffs leader Cyrus and a Baseball Fury. The set of four is listed at $109.99 ($34 below MSRP), or you can pick up singles of Swan, Ajax and Cyrus at $29.99 each.

The first Dark Knight Kubrick set has arrived. This two-pack includes Batman in his Dark Knight suit alongside a translucent blue Bearbrick, wearing the gold bat-logo from the movie. This set is priced at $34.99, and would be enjoyed by Bat-fans young and old alike.

Two new releases from Medicom's Real Action Heroes line celebrate the father and son team from "Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Indy is dressed in his usual leather jacket and fedora, and carries a pistol and his whip; son Mutt has a black leather jacket of his own, and comes with a sword. Priced at $139.99 each, these figures are great for Indiana Jones collectors, and make a great team.

This 12" tall bust from Sideshow's Legendary Scale collection shows the human ranger Aragorn cradling the broken sword of his ancestor, contemplating the tough choices he must make. As the leader of the Fellowship, Aragorn protected Frodo on his quest to destroy the One Ring, and now he can protect your collection, too. This bust is priced at $189.99 ($10 below MSRP), and is in stock now.


Mattel has just announced the newest wave of DC Universe Classics figures, and we've got them listed for you. Wave 9 has Chemo as the build-a-figure, and includes Black Adam, Black Canary, Deadshot, Green Arrow, Guardian, Mantis and Wildcat (the latter two may have variants - as of now, those will be shipped randomly, but that may change when we learn more), and the set of 7 is priced at $89.99. The wave will also include two refresh figures, the Flash and Vigilante, who are individually listed at $9.99. The wave itself comes in two different case assortments, which are listed at $119.99 for the case of ten figures - check out the individual case pages for more info.

Fewture's producing a repaint line of Getter 3 Robo die-cast figures. Getter 1 & Getmachine Eagle, Getter 2 & Getmachine Jaguar and Getter 3 & Getmachine Bear are each here in their metal glory, priced at $349.99, or you can choose to get all three at once for the special price of $999.99, and get the bonus Gigantic Double Tomahawk weapon added for free! Check these fantastic new figures out, here -

The new padawan from the Clone Wars cartoon is getting her own lightsaber replica. This lightsaber hilt replica duplicates the one used by Anakin's padawan on the show, and is a Signed Director's edition, signed by the director of the cartoon. We've got it priced at $348.99 - take a look -

Another new replica, this one is a wearable version of the one worn by Clone Troopers in "Attack of the Clones." It is fully padded, has LED lights, and comes with a display stand and numbered plaque. We've got this one priced at $349.99 and we expect it this March.

One of the most recognizable ships in all of Sci-Fi, this X-Wing is a detailed replica of the one that Luke flew in "Star Wars: A New Hope." With an opening cockpit, detailed and illuminated cockpit interior and engines, figures of Luke and R2-D2, and more, this is an ideal collectible for true Star Wars fans. We've got this super piece priced at $1199.99, and it's to arrive soon.

This super-sized bust of the Devourer of Worlds will be sure to delight fans. Not only is it one of the few Galactus pieces out there, but it comes with a scaled Silver Surfer for Galactus to take his anger out on. This 21" piece is priced at $239.99 - check him out!

24's President David Palmer was a fan favorite for five seasons, before being killed. Now, you can have a a 1/6 scale version of him to go along with your Jack Bauer. He's got a great headsculpt based on actor Dennis Haysbert, and should come with accessories on par with Jack's. He's priced at $199.99, and should be here in March.

We've just listed a new version of Yamato's GN-U Hagane line's Danguard Ace figure. Not only does this version comes with all the interchangeable parts from the previous versions, but it's done in a deco with silver metallic coloring and a sleek style. We've got this one listed at $199.99, a savings of $25 off MSRP - take a look at the new look here -

These new releases from Bandai are modeled after the Ozma and Mikhail VF-25 Messiah valkyries from Macross Frontier. Part of Bandai's VF-100s line, they're made of ABS and PVC and are fully transformable into all three modes. The VF-25G Mikhail model is priced at $69.99, and the VF-25S Ozma Lee is listed at $59.99. Check out the art for the two new pieces here -

USAopoly has announced a number of new games for the coming year. Licenses such as 24, The Office, Seinfeld, GI Joe, Transformers, Halo and Family Guy are being paired with Monopoly, Clue, Trivial Pursuit and Risk, with most games listed at $33.99 ($6 below MSRP). Take a look at our USAopoly lineup, including Halo Wars Risk, GI Joe Monopoly and 24 Clue,
here -

Medicom is releasing a 1/6 scale Real Action Heroes TIE Fighter Pilot to add to your collection. This figure will be about 12" tall, and come with a blaster and other accessories. This new figure is priced at $169.99 ($10 below MSRP) and is expected this fall.

We've just listed a large number of Coraline items, from a 10" replica of her doll, to messenger bags, lunchboxes and more. The doll replica is set to arrive in September, and all of the other items should arrive by the end of the month - take a look -

We've just made a great purchase of a number of Kotobukiya ArtFX Star Wars model kits, and we're passing the savings on to you. we've got Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Stormtrooper, Snowtrooper, Commander Bly, Anakin Skywalker (Episode III) and Luke Skywalker (Bespin), priced at just $39.99 each. Take a look at the assortment available here - a few items have pieces in stock at this price; the rest are coming by the end of the month.

Funko's new Nodniks line combines wobblers with action figures, with a little vinyl-type design thrown in for a twist. They measure 3-3/4" high and have wobble-heads and articulated arms, and come in themed two-packs. We've got pre-orders for Marvel figures like Hulk & Thor and Captain America & Iron Man, Hanna Barbera greats like Fred & Barney and Secret Squirrel & Morocco Mole, Star Trek characters such as Kirk & Gorn, and Spock & Klingon, and even a two-pack celebrating our new president, with President Obama alongside Super Obama, complete with superhero-type costume. These figure two-packs are priced at $10.99 each, and are coming this spring.

This new deluxe two-pack of Marvel Crossovers includes Iron Man with an alternate wide-winged jet mode and Spider-Man, who transforms into a helicopter. The two vehicle modes can then combine into a third mode, an "X-Wing" type attack vehicle, and possibly a fourth walking winged mech mode. This set is priced at $34.99, and should arrive this June.

From her years on Rowan and Martin's "Laugh-In" comes this new Blonde Ambition Collection Barbie Doll of Goldie Hawn. Later known for her movies with Kurt Russell and others, she was a cast member on this groundbreaking comedy show of the late 60's and early 70's. Her figure is wearing a bikini and is covered with art, and she's priced at $49.99, with a July arrival date.

This new Elvis doll is dressed after his Jailhouse Rock look, and is slated to arrive this September, ready to rock and roll his way into your heart (and your collection) at $49.99.

This new "I Love Lucy" Barbie doll has her in a ballerina outfit, with a tutu around her waist and her hair up, a surprised look on her face as if she's about to fall. This new Lucy collectible is listed at $49.99, and you can get her this June.

Medicom is releasing a new Real Action Heroes version of Shinji Ikari, as he appears in Rebuild of Evangelion movie 2, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. This 1/6 scale figure reproduces the hero (?) of one of anime's greatest series, in his re-imagined look, priced at $174.99 ($15 below MSRP).

We've also got new Entry Plug units up for pre-order. Both Shinji Ikari and Rei Ayanami are represented here, each as a tiny figure ensconced within their EVA entry plugs. the interior of each unit lights up to give a red glow, and comes on a display stand. These great new collectibles are priced at $109.99 each, and would make fantastic gifts for Evangelion fans.

This new Cult Classics figure from NECA shows "the Ghost with the Most" in his red tuxedo, ready to marry Lydia and resume his joy in the land of the living. This 7" figure is decked out in his finest, and priced at $14.99.

The new Sky Force R/C Star Trek ships are made of lightweight foam, and controlled by a Phaser-shaped unit that uses tilt control steering to get you into the fun. We've got the enterprise listed singly at $39.99, or the set of the Enterprise and a Klingon Bird of Prey at $79.99. These ships are a great way to enjoy the new Star Trek movie in a new way.

This foam Enterprise comes with a quick-charge mechanism - attach to the charger for just 15 seconds, and let it fly! Not really an R/C item - this item produces powered unguided flight, and is for use outdoors. We've got this ship priced at $20.99, and should arrive around the release of the upcoming movie.

Mattel's announcement of this wave has really got people interested in these little metal ships. We've listed five new assortments (A, C, D, E, and F) of four ships each, including some of the ships from the upcoming Star Trek movie. Each case of four is priced at $49.99, and their release dates are a bit staggered. Take a peek and pick your favorites!

Happinet's line of 3-D poster art is expanding with two new entries. The first one comes from the anime Cyborg 009, and measures almost a foot tall, with the heroes of the anime between the logo in the front and a rocketship in the background, the moon hanging behind in the sky. This piece is listed at $249.99, a discount of $33 off the MSRP, and should arrive this April.

Devil May Cry 3 is the other new 3-D Poster art piece, with Dante standing atop a pile of skulls, a gun in one hand and his sword in the other. This piece is priced at $144.99 ($13 below MSRP), and should also arrive in April.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is now getting her own action figure. She'll stand 7" tall, and come in both regular and winking versions. Each version is priced at $17.99, and you can check out the figures' pics here:

Thanks for your interest in - be sure to check out the sales menus as well as some of the many new items mentioned above.


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Hasbro's Toy Fair 2009 Press Release

Transformers News: Hasbro's Toy Fair 2009 Press Release
Date: Wednesday, February 11th 2009 10:36pm CST
Categories: Company News, Event News, Movie News, Press Releases, Site News, Toy News
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Note: will be covering Hasbro's portion of Toy Fair this weekend. Make sure you check back on Saturday afternoon to view our coverage. Pictures should be online by 6pm Eastern.

Hasbro’s Toy Fair Offerings Showcase Powerful Brands and Wide Array of Entertainment Options in Traditional Toys and Games and Beyond

Live action movies, comprehensive product offerings based on TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE properties launch in coming months

Toy Fair 2009

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) comes to Toy Fair ’09 with a powerful and versatile portfolio of brands with a focus on providing unique forms of entertainment for children and families at a great value.

From board games to action figures, and from live action movies to online game play, Hasbro is focused on providing something for virtually every taste and age group to enjoy…any time, any where.

Leading the way are the highly anticipated live-action movies, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, the follow-up to the 2007 blockbuster TRANSFORMERS; and G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, based on Hasbro’s legendary G.I. JOE VS. COBRA saga.

"Hasbro enters 2009 with an incredible array of entertainment and products for consumers of all ages," said John Frascotti, Hasbro’s Chief Marketing Officer. "In challenging economic times, people often turn to brands and experiences that they know and trust. We are confident that many of our new and re-imagined brand offerings this year will resonate well with consumers around the world as we continue to inject creativity and innovation into some of the world’s most classic and popular brands."

Brand highlights include:



In 1964, the introduction of Hasbro’s G.I. JOE line created the "action figure" category. Since then, the G.I. JOE property has evolved, delivering a unique brand of action for each new generation. This summer, fans of all ages will see the G.I. JOE franchise taken to the next level with the major motion picture release of G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, on August 7, from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, in association with Hasbro. The film focuses on an elite G.I. JOE team that uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer DESTRO and growing threat of the mysterious COBRA organization.

Hasbro’s 2009 product line allows fans of all ages to capture the excitement of the movie and recreate it in their own homes. The line features dozens of action figures, vehicles based on the film and the SNAKE EYES ROLE PLAY SET, which gives fans the gear needed to "become" the legendary Ninja character.


This summer, the colossal battle between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS continues when "ROBOTS IN DISGUISE" once again invade movie theaters around the world. The new DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures live-action movie TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN debuts June 26, 2009 and continues the story from the 2007 worldwide blockbuster film that finds two warring factions of robots colliding in a major battle on planet Earth. In 2009, Hasbro continues the legacy with its new line of movie-based TRANSFORMERS toys that capture the action and excitement of the new film. Fans will love the new action figures in multiple scales and kids can pretend to be a TRANSFORMERS robot by wearing the new BUMBLEBEE MOVIE VOICE MIXER HELMET. Additionally, coming in the fall, young fans will enjoy TRANSFORMERS R.P.M.’S MINI-VEHICLES, a new line of miniature, non-converting TRANSFORMERS-themed vehicles.


(Approximate Retail Price: $99.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Fall 2009)

The next generation of STAR WARS fans are being introduced to the STAR WARS galaxy via the must-see animated series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS airing on Cartoon Network. As a follow-up to the popular AT-TE vehicle that topped Christmas lists in 2008, the CLONE TURBO TANK is an enormous field vehicle from the animated series, designed to transport up to twenty clone troopers (sold separately) into battle. The TURBO TANK features electronic sounds, running lights, phrases from the animation, a hidden, launchable speeder bike and a removable command center.


(Approximate Retail Price: $19.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Spring 2009)

On May 1, 2009, Hugh Jackman reprises his highly praised portrayal of WOLVERINE in the new X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie from 20th Century Fox. Now you can pretend to be Wolverine, the next Marvel superhero to get the big-screen treatment. Slip on the WOLVERINE ELECTRONIC CLAW to act like the most intimidating of all the X-Men. The retractable claw includes iconic WOLVERINE phrases and sounds.



(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $54.99/Available: Fall 09)

The FURREAL FRIENDS brand launched in 2002 with the introduction of a lifelike cat and this fall, the brand returns to its roots with the introduction of LULU, MY CUDDLIN’ KITTY pet, the most realistic feline to join the family. The "purr-fect" pet for little girls, LULU, MY CUDDLIN’ KITTY pet features soft white and marmalade fur and preens, cuddles, and mews just like a "real" kitty cat. LULU, MY CUDDLIN’ KITTY loves to snuggle; gently rub her back and she will "purr" and "meow" to show that she is happy. Once she's relaxed, LULU will roll over onto her back, indicating it’s time to have her tummy rubbed. Just like a "real" cat, LULU preens as she "licks" her little paw, then lifts it up to clean her adorable face.

ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT, a special edition FURREAL FRIENDS plush toy

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/ Available: Fall 09)

Hasbro is introducing ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT, a special edition FURREAL FRIENDS plush toy as the Company launches PROJECT ZAMBI, a global cause initiative dedicated to raising awareness and supporting programs that help care for the estimated 15 million children who have been orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT features soft and cuddly ears and feet that are covered in a special fabric pattern designed by boys and girls from Zambia in one of the communities dedicated to caring for children orphaned by AIDS. Like the other animals in the FURREAL FRIENDS line of "come to life" plush pets, when you play with ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT, he will play, blow kisses, raise his trunk, and trumpet his elephant call. He’ll also have a sensor on his trunk, so he can hold onto your finger and "shake" your hand. Hasbro has committed to donate a minimum of $500,000 (in U.S. dollars) to the PROJECT ZAMBI Fund, part of the Hasbro Children’s Fund, in 2009. This fund will benefit programs that help make life better for children orphaned by AIDS in Africa.


(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 09)

The LITTLEST PET SHOP pets will love to gather at the PLAYFUL PAWS PET DAYCARE CENTER for an ultimate day full of fun! Pets will be amused for hours in this activity-filled two level playset. While spending time at the PLAYFUL PAWS PET DAYCARE CENTER, the LITTLEST PET SHOP pets can play on the jungle gym slide, take a spin on the perch or just relax on the basket swing - pets can even take a ride on the habitrail shaped elevator. After a day full of fun, tuckered out pets can get pampered and groomed at the second level salon or take a nap in their sleeping cubby. The PLAYFUL PAWS PET DAYCARE CENTER playset comes with an exclusive porcupine pet in addition to cool accessories, lots of storage space and easy portability for girls to display their LITTLEST PET SHOP collection anywhere.


(Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 09)

New this spring is the MY LITTLE PONY NEWBORN CUTIES line, an adorable new collection of figures and playsets that offers little girls a new way to play "mommy" to their baby ponies. After a day filled with pony-fun, NEWBORN RAINBOW DASH pony can't wait to get back home to unwind at the MY LITTLE PONY NEWBORN CUTIES LITTLE RAINBOW DASH'S ROOM playset.


(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/Available Fall 09)

The STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE BERRY CAFE playset is the most popular hangout in BERRY BITTY CITY - it's where STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and her friends can gather for "snacks", "smoothies", and fun! Shaped like a strawberry with opening doors and windows, the two-story cafe also features STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE's bedroom and includes a three-inch scented STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MINI DOLL with removable fashion. The STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE BERRY CAFE playset comes complete with adorable accessories including furniture, pretend food, a spinning smoothie machine, a "flying" bird that STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE or her friends can ride, and more.



(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/Available: Fall 09)

As Hasbro’s iconic Nerf brand celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2009, get ready for the highest dart capacity NERF blaster yet. The NERF N-STRIKE RAIDER RAPID FIRE CS 35 is the next big thing from NERF’s popular N-STRIKE line of dart blasters and features a collapsible stock and new drum magazine that holds 35 darts and is interchangable with the NERF N-STRIKE RECON CS-6 and NERF N-STRIKE LONGSHOT CS-6. By holding the trigger and pumping, players can instantly transition between "single" fire and "slam" fire mode, unleashing a rapid stream of 35 darts. Complete with a removable shoulder stock and Tactical Rail System allowing players to customize their blaster for each mission, the NERF N-STRIKE RAIDER RAPID FIRE CS 35 also features a cool "digital camo" pattern unlike any NERF blaster before it.


(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 09)

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic SUPER SOAKER brand with the re-launch of the original water blaster that revolutionized outdoor fun! The legendary SUPER SOAKER 50 blaster is back and better than ever as it combines a cool retro look with modern high-powered performance! The SUPER SOAKER 50 holds up to 25 ounces of water and blasts up to 35 feet.



(Ages 18 months & up/Approx. Retail Price: $20.99/Available: Spring 09)

The CLIPO system from PLAYSKOOL is a unique collection designed for toddlers that encourages creative, open ended play while helping to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The CLIPO system features colorful, chunky pieces in a variety of shapes and sizes perfect for little hands. An adorable new addition to the popular CLIPO line, the brightly-colored CLIPO HIPPO is set on wheels for stackable, moveable building fun.


(Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $74.99/Available: Fall 09)

Preschoolers will delight in the awesome animated MONTY REX dinosaur. Standing over 15-inches tall, this lifelike dino not only moves its head, tail, and arms, but also actually walks. Toddlers can enjoy fun filled adventures with this realistic T-Rex pal that responds to touch, roars back when spoken to, and dances along to four engaging onboard songs.



(Ages: 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2009/Players: 1 or more; Batteries are included. Requires 3 AA)

BOP-IT, which was first introduced in 1996, returns in 2009 with an updated look and new playing challenges. The game calls the shots, inviting players to shout, twist, pull or bop their way to victory. The game now features three tricky new levels and can be played by one or more players. Plus, in party mode, the game will challenge players to use different body parts, such as an elbow or head, to "bop" their way to the next round.


(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2009/Players: 2 to 4)

In honor of the 60th birthday of CANDY LAND, Hasbro introduces CANDY LAND: Sweet Celebration game, which invites players to a party at King Kandy’s castle. Children become the game designers as they create their own path to King Kandy’s castle with individual path pieces that link together to make up the freestanding game board . Travel to two new destinations in CANDY LAND – Captain Kidd Cone’s Ship, the SS Neapolitan, and the Chunky Chocolate Mountains – to find ice cream cones and chocolate treats galore.

CLUE: Secrets & Spies Edition

(Ages: 9 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 2009/Players: 2 to 5)

As one of the world’s top six international secret agents (Scarlet, Mustard, Plum, Peacock, White or Green) your mission in the Clue Secrets & Spies game is to intercept agent Black and put an end to his evil plot for world-wide disaster and become the world’s ultimate spy. Using your secret decoder, reveal the secret missions you’ll need to complete. And always be aware of your mobile phone - you never know when headquarters will send you actual, game-changing text message directly to your personal, mobile phone. (Hasbro is committed to maintaining text messaging support through 12/31/11.)

CONNECT 4x4 Game

(Ages: 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2009/Players: 2 to 4)

CONNECT 4x4 enhances the classic four-in-a-row game with more competition and strategy in the first-ever four player edition. A clear double-decker checker grid replaces the standard grid, allowing players to win by playing four-in-a-row in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line on either side of the grid or by weaving through one side of the grid to the other. Look closely to find ways to connect the ringed checkers that may be unseen by your opponents. Or, act defensively and play the new block checker to prevent an opponent from scoring what might be a winning move.


(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2009/Players: 2 or more)

GIRAFFALAFF LIMBO is the crazy new game of "how low can you go?" Spin the dial to try one of the 6 limbo styles: classic, crabwalk, crawl, giraffe walk, forward or backward. The game’s built-in sound will play an encouraging song as preschoolers try not to bump into GIRAFFALAFF. If GIRAFFALAFF is knocked over, he’ll roll on the floor in laughter.


(Approx. Retail Price: $5.99-$6.99/Available: Spring 2009)

Four new Hasbro Card Games for kids and families are being introduced to the card game aisle in 2009. Make deals and build words in a flash with MONOPOLY DEAL and SCRABBLE SLAM Card Games (both recommended for ages 8 & up). Experience four favorite card games shuffled into one with CRAZY OLD FISH WAR Card Game and keep younger players engaged round after round with PICTUREKA! card game (both recommended for ages 7 & up).


(Ages: 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/Available: Fall 2009/Players: 2 to 6)

Say goodbye to green houses and choose from over 80 3D structures, including industrial blocks, stadiums, skyscrapers and even parks built in the middle of the board to create a unique game experience. The introduction of MONOPOLY CITY represents one of the most radical game developments in MONOPOLY history. Set the length of game play and start buying and building right away. Rents can be boosted through investment, but beware of other players sabotaging the game by building hazards such as polluting power plants to send opponents’ rents plummeting.


(Ages: 6 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 2009/Players: 2 or more/ Requires: 3 AA batteries, which are not included)

PICTUREKA! FLIPPER incorporates the same find it fast, find it first fun of PICTUREKA! Standing tall in the center of the table, the 3-D penguin frantically flips small game tiles from its rotating base in a circular pattern onto the game table. Players then race to try and find the wacky drawings on the tiles that match the "mission cards" before the penguin "quacks" and places more tiles on the table.


(Ages: 12 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2009)

Everyone is sure to have fun navigating the newest version of the world’s favorite trivia game: TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Team Edition. Instead of the traditional right or wrong questions found in previous versions of TRIVIAL PURSUIT, players will now have the opportunity to answer six different types of questions. And, for the first time ever, you can earn partial credit for answering the question mostly right. There’s no need to collect wedges for each category, just be the team ahead at the end of the game.


Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at (C) 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

First Look at ROTF Bumblebee and Soundwave In-Package

Transformers News: First Look at ROTF Bumblebee and Soundwave In-Package
Date: Friday, January 30th 2009 10:27pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Press Releases, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Toyfair UK,

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See all the photos by clicking here.



New Transformers ROTF Toy News- UK Toy Fair (Spoiler Alert!)

Transformers News: New Transformers ROTF Toy News-  UK Toy Fair (Spoiler Alert!)
Date: Friday, January 30th 2009 8:11am CST
Categories: Event News, Movie News, Rumors, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): streetfield1@TFW2005

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TFW2005- The excitement for the U.S. Toy Fair is building as HASBRO presents at other toy fairs throughout the world. We recently had a report from the Canadian Toy And Hobby Fair sharing some new information about the toys to come for the Transformers sequel.

Now streetfield1 shares many pieces of information that were revealed there about not only the movie toys, but about the movie as well.

Apparently they showed animatics of movie bots and there is huge (literally) info surrounding it. Quite a few previous rumors were confirmed. Have your salt shaker ready as you read some of the responses from the poster below.

**SPOILER ALERT** The below information contains details that may spoil parts of the movie. **Spoiler Alert**
Devastator as we all know by now is in it, but one of his movie abilities has been revealed, as well as, some very awesome toy information.

"devastor is sweet with a giant turbine sucking every thing in its path the figures of voyager class form to create 2 foot tall devastator!"

The Witwickys and An army of Frenzy like bots.
"witwicky family under attack in their household with the "dont stand on my grass"garden getting trashed and shot to pieces by mini decepticons who look like frenzy from the last movie"

"wheelie is a radio control car who finds jet fire!"

Pretender Alice...
"ther's a new girl even hotter than megan fox who is a decepticon pretender""
Apparently she and Sam have quite a battle on a car. The images we saw way back in summer of a broken windshield and Frenzy-like bot puppet come to mind right away.

Action And Battles.
"they showed an awsome battle with Captain Lennox(josh duhamel) leading a squadron of helicopters to attack decepticons"

Human Alliance Toy Set.
"theres a new bumblebee toy with a human spike figure which will be first in the range"

Movie Footage.
"the transformers 2 and rise of cobra footage was not clear or hd quality and it still kicked ass!""

RPM- Robot Powered Machines.
Hot Wheels like, character engraved on the bottom of car and they race on a track around a Devastator model?

Remote Control Optimus Prime truck with Peter Cullen voice chip.

A tank version of the new Megatron toy was on display.

You can view the original thread here.

Well, as I said, if this is true it looks like Toy Fair in New York will be spectacular, and will be there!

Transformers Movie News on here when revenge happens.


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ROTF Toy News From Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair

Transformers News: ROTF Toy News From Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair
Date: Monday, January 26th 2009 9:40am CST
Categories: Event News, Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s):, Canadian Toy Association

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Action Figure News is reporting some information regarding the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen toyline obtained during the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair, held this past weekend in Toronto.

Worth noting are:

-RPMs (Robot Powered Machines), Hot Wheel type cars with robot designs moulded onto the bottom
-Soundwave and Bumblebee are confirmed for the Revenge of the Fallen preview wave
-Tons of mock up Revenge of the Fallen toys behind the scenes to show retailers including a Bumblebee Voice Changer Helmet and train set

See the original post, which includes an image of a Transformers Super Soaker gun, by clicking here.

A Big Year for Hasbro

Transformers News: A Big Year for Hasbro
Date: Saturday, January 17th 2009 8:07am CST
Categories: Company News, Event News, Movie News, Press Releases, Toy News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): *Soundwave*, JediNews

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Hasbro predicts a big year for itself. Jedi News has posted a Hasbro press release from the 2009 Toy Fair. The press release discusses several different toy lines as well as Hasbro's general direction for the year.

A couple Transformers toys in the pipeline include two R/C Transformers, RPMS (Robot-Powered Machines), and new vehicle ranges. Click here to read it.

Transtopia Newsletter - January Edition

Transformers News: Transtopia Newsletter - January Edition
Date: Sunday, January 11th 2009 2:19am CST
Categories: Interviews, People News, Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Stormrider

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It might be cold outside but the activity at Transtopia has been hot. This edition features the creative work from December. Check out the latest customs, artwork, painting guide, and contest. We also have exciting news in the wings - two new sections will roll out next month: Fan Fiction & Artist Interviews. Make sure to read about the details below so you can part take in the action and possibly get featured. And in March, get your cameras ready for another creative section. Remember, to visit Transtopia periodically for the latest work.


How to Showcase Your Work
The newsletter is your opportunity to show off your work and talent. We rely on your articles, artwork, and customs to make it interesting. Entries will be reviewed on a monthly basis. You can submit your work here:
Repaints, Kitbashes, Scratchbuilds
Fan Art, Fan Fiction, Guides

Make a Difference, Join the Newsletter Team!
Want to contribute to the Seibertron community? Why not join the newsletter team? We need a few more volunteers for our crew. Duties require a few hours each month, consistently. Roles include layout & design, overseeing sections, and formatting. If you are interested send me a PM: Stormrider.

Newsletter Credits:
Newsletter Editor - Stormrider
Guides Editor - Dead Metal
Interviewer & Columnist - Burn
Fan Fiction Editor - Sledge
Customs Formatter - Mattyc1007

(Click on the links to see more)

Prowl by Sentinal Supreme

Movie Starscream by Omega666

Thredbolt by Sentinal Supreme

Classics Armada Wheeljack by Grimlockprime108

TF Legends Wasp by Grimlockprime108

Movie Accurate Ratchet by Sabsabby85

Movie Beachcomber by Leobreaker1977

Movie Trailbreaker by Leobreaker1977

Movie Sunstorm by Downshift7

Longarm by Flix

Stockade by Flix

Movie Megatron by Mykltron

Movie Breakdown by Sentinal Prime

Breach & Tick by Sentinal Prime

(Click on the links to see more)

Sliver & Headmaster Matey by Technically Weird


Chuck Close is a famous and very talented painter from Monroe, Washington, United States of America. He was part of the Photorealism art-movement from the US in the 1960's in which the artists based their paintings on photographs. He was one of the greatest of this art-style; but after he was paralyzed from the neck down he really rose to fame. He managed to still paint but being unable to move his arms properly he created a completely new technique of painting to achieve photorealism. He achieved this by painting in grids similar to pixels so when looked at from afar it is indistinguishable from a real photograph.
He paints to this day in this art-style.

As the first Transtopia "How to .." painting guide fellow Transtopian, The Freezer, shows us how you can paint your favorite Transformer in the style of Chuck Close.

Painting Guide (Chuck Close Style)

I had a spare day at college a while back and did this.

1. Find a picture of your desired Transformer and then grid it.


2. Get a canvas or a peice of paper masking taped to some board.

3. Grid said paper or canvas. There MUST be the same amount of squares as on the original gridded picture.

4. Paint the squares in block colour using a mix of the colours in the square on the original picture. For example- original pic- red and black your painting- very dark red.
The end result should be like a pixelated image.


5. Now we add the detail, this is done by painting small shapes in the coloured squares to look like the corresponding square on the original pic. Close up its jibberish but back away and you should see it.



6. Fill in the back ground squares with more funny shapes.

7. Stand back and appriciate your work.


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Do you want to contribute to the Transtopian guides? Then send us an e-mail: You can find the guidelines by clicking here.

Featured Artwork
Cyber-Kun is this month's featured artist. Cyber-Kun gives us his rendition of Animated Jhiaxus. It is interesting to see how the color scheme, vehicle mode, and transformation were carefully considered during the execution of this piece. You can post your comments about this featured artwork here.

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Honorable mentions goes to Zero-Kaiser for his Scourge/Nemesis Prime. To all of you modest artists out there, make sure to submit your artwork for the next newsletter here by January 31st. Submissions are open for all Transformers artwork (new & old pieces).

Fan Fiction
Okay Transformers Mythos Writers here's your chance to be featured in the next newsletter! Starting in February, the Transtopia Newsletter will feature a Fan Fiction story written by one of you. Seibertron member, Sledge, will be directing this new ongoing column and select one story each month.

Entries will be reviewed monthly. Make sure to conform to the guidelines below. Submissions are open for new and old stories. There is no limit to the number of stories that you can submit, but please do not resubmit the same story twice. Post your entries here.

1) 10,000 word limit. Rough guideline to start with, I won't be automatically disqualifying anything that comes in over.
2) Decent spelling, grammar and punctuation. People need to at least run a spell-check over the thing before submitting it. This isn't me being a grammar Nazi, it's just difficult to get absorbed in a story if you're constantly being jolted out of it by bad spelling.
3) Be specific as to where/when the story is set. So what continuity is it in (G1 comic, G1 cartoon, Armada comic, etc) and where is it set? Before the events of the show or comic, after, during? If during, where does it fit?
4) Fan characters are fine, but I'd prefer people avoid making them those annoying "I am more powerful than any other Transformer!!!" types. Also, consider if there's an under-used existing TF who'd fit the needs of the story just as well as someone new. Existing characters are almost always more interesting to everyone else.

Artist Interiews with Burn
G'day folks, Stormrider's asked me to throw a blurb together to introduce myself and to also introduce another new part to the monthly Transtopia Newsletter.

My name, obviously, is Burn, and I've been handed the duties of having a chat with one (or more, depending on interest and time) of our many artists that frequent and Transtopia.

The aim of the monthly chat is to get to know a little more about our creative geniuses, more than just their finished pieces of art. I'm sure many of you have looked at a kitbash or a repaint, or a photoshop piece or even read a fanfic and wondered who the person is behind that.

So that's where this little feature intends to come in. We'll get to know the people behind the art.

Some of you may be wondering, "Why you Burn?" Well Stormrider and First Gen were busy doing other stuff, plus I have done my fair share of creating things.

Some of you may remember a few of my characters from's Heavy Metal War game. I'm the guy responsible for creating such characters as Gore, CATalyst, Slice, Dice, Dead Reckoning, Cannon Fodder Lemming, and the midget clone every body loved to hate, Mini-Maximus Prime, together they were better known as "The Freaks". I've written a number of back stories for some of these characters, and kitbashed nearly all of them (along with a number of other characters, including Autobots, plus a couple of characters created by Whisper and War Hammer).

So where did it all begin for me? Looking back it really began a bit over two decades ago around the age of 10. Al Gore had yet to really invent the internet, porn was still predominantly distributed on VHS, and Optimus Prime was a truck and Megatron was a gun.

I had never even heard of the term "kitbashing" and my skills up to that point in my life had been basically assembling model aeroplanes, which also often resulted in my fingers being glued together more than the planes themselves.

I also, it seems, had a fascination with the colour "black".

I'd take junker toys, including some busted TF's, and just cobble parts together. If anything these "creations" were the original "Freaks", because that's what they were, freaky looking things, I was a young Dr Frankenstein to plastic toys.

Who liked to paint things black?

I should also point out that at that age too, kids really shouldn't play with sharp knives.

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Over the years though I drifted away from Transformers, blame High School. It was only a few years ago that I got back into TF's and in my quest to acquire many missing figures for my collection, I gathered up a nice pile of junker TF's.

This was the early days for kitbashing I might add, Transtopia didn't exist, and many of the major TF forums dedicated very little space to kitbashing. But I had all these junkers and influenced by the few artists that were around, I decided to try my hand.

In no way do I consider myself to be a great kitbasher, (and even less of a writer) but I do have a number of figures I am proud of, and then there are those I just don't even want to talk about!

If I was to say the one thing that is important to me when it comes to kitbashing and even writing, it's to create an original character. Canon characters just aren't my thing, I like creating a character from scratch, defining its personality, and making that personality match the figure.

I also rarely do a straight repaint. I always feel the need to modify a figure in some way to set it apart from the original mould. Whether it's something minor like a weapon change to something extensive like articulating a brick, anything to make it just that little bit different and unique.

So that's me, I'm sure Stormrider was hoping for some shorter, but I had to do SOMETHING while Dexter downloaded!

So this is where I turn it over to you guys, if you've showcased any form of artistic piece here on recently, be it a repaint, a kitbash, a piece of fanfic, a photoshopped pic, or anything else that you've posted, and you're interested in being interviewed just drop me a pm and we'll get the ball rolling: ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&u=4677


Banner Contest:
Hey all you savvy digital artist. Do you enjoy whipping up signatures and showing them off on the Internet? Well, here's your chance to put your skills to the test. Create a banner for the Transtopia Newsletter and become the ultimate show off.

Additional banners are needed for the newsletter. Create one or several banners and enter for your chance at fame and glory. The deadline is January 31st. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. The winner(s) will have their banners proudly displayed in the newsletters and receive credits and bragging rights.

Create one or all four: (Banner titles)
"Artist Interview"
"Featured Artwork"
"Fan Fiction"
"Photo Blitz"

1. The banner should be 500 pixels wide x 165 pixels high.
2. You can only use pictures or artwork that you have received permission for. You are welcome to use the images from the Seibertron galleries for this contest.
3. Each banner should have the title in the bottom center.
4. Submit your entries in jpeg format.


Submit your entries here.'s First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball!

Transformers News:'s First "Buried Treasure" Review - Cybertron Cannonball!
Date: Monday, January 5th 2009 9:35pm CST
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Skowl

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The year 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Transformers franchise. To celebrate this incredible milestone, will look back at a quarter-century of great Transformers toys, bringing back into the limelight some brilliant figures that have fallen through the cracks over the years.

Once a week, a fan (be it a member of the staff or a user on the site) will have the opportunity to write about one of their favourite "hidden gems" of the Transformers Universe, and have their review posted on the site's front page.

We hope this feature will be a great success, and that many of you will be encouraged to look back at the last 25 years of Transformers and perhaps take a worthwhile second-look at some real unsung classics of the Transformers universe.


Buried Treasure - Cannonball (Cybertron series - 2006)

By Skowl

Avast ye Transformer fans! For the inaugural "Buried Treasure" Review, I decided to pick a figure that embodies the very notion of "buried treasure." Pirates have not been all that common in the franchise, and for years only the Beast Wars II Seacons could lay claim to that title. But all that changed during the amazing "Transformers Cybertron" line, when we were given a unique repaint of popular Autobot character.

The Red Alert mold had been released in the first wave of Deluxe figures and, from my memory, had been a decent hit with the fans. The mold was a vast improvement over the Armada Red Alert but still retained many of the character's traits. From the obvious "medic" element, to the sympathetic look on the head sculpt, to all the first aid tools and add-ons - it was obvious that the new Cybertron Red Alert mold was all-Autobot. Which is why many fans were so surprised to see the figure repainted later down the line... as a Decepticon!

Around the same time that the Autobot Red Alert got a massive upgrade, the deluxe-class Decepticon Cannonball was released. Perhaps the character, whose bio reveals him to be a looter of sorts, salvaged the old Red Alert toy and saw it as a good enough mold to use for himself!


It's difficult to write about any figure from the Cybertron line without mentionning the brilliant packaging. The series has come and gone, but it still had the most eye-catching packaging of any Transformers toy line I've ever seen. From the faction-shaped card backing to the brilliant character art, everything about the packaging was clean, sharp and just great to look at. With nice, dark colours and cool silver highlights, Cannonball blends in beautifully with the packaging, making him a great piece for any MOC/MIB collector.

But the real fun starts when you get this little buccaneer out of the packaging. It's amazing what a little paint can do, isn't it? Looking at Cannonball, it's difficult to tell he was once an Autobot ambulance (type thing). The dark colours give him a very menacing look, ressembling some sort of hearse, and the whole thing is beautifully decorated with sharp silver highlights, including silver trim and mag wheels, and wicked skull decals that really add alot of personality to the figure (as if a Transforming pirate wasn't cool enough already).



The old "Cyber Key" gimmick works just as well with Cannonball as it did with Red Alert. Just stick it in the slot at the rear end of the car and watch as some cannons flip out, ready to blow any landlubber to pieces (should I stop with the pirate jokes? They're just so easy to write!). Not an amazing feature, but still added value, especially since the key gimmick really doesn't get in the way of the toy's functionality.


His transformation, like Red Alert's, is unique and shows alot of creativity in the engineering. Cannonball's body is basically made from the middle of the car, while the front and back ends come together to form the legs.


Yes, Cannonball's vehicle mode is wicked, but it's his robot mode that really makes him shine. I doubt many people thought "pirate" when they first laid eyes on Cybertron Red Alert, but it works so well in robot mode you would think that's what the designers were aiming for all along. Red Alert's "gun-hand" and add-ons just scream pirate-y hook hanks and the black "eye-patch" over the left side of his visor is a real nice touch. The colours work really well in this mode, with the nice silver detailing continuing over his chest, shoulders and legs and the clear purple windows of his vehicle look great in the proper lighting. And don't forget how cool those blue skeleton decals look in robot mode - two on his shoulders and the big skull on his back. Sweet.


He is fairly poseable in robot mode, but lacks alot of movement in his legs. It's ok though, he more than makes up for it by having cool, interchangeable pirate weapons (handy for shooting blaggards in the face), a great colour scheme with lots of unique detail and an awesome bio. Heck, he doesn't need to be super-poseable, he looks great just standing there!


Cannonball is a brilliant figure and one of the best, most original repaints in the history of the franchise. His unique personality makes him a great addition to any collection, and a must have for pirate fans... if you can ignore the fact that this pirate transforms into a car of all things...

So set sail, collectors! This is one piece of Transformers treasure that should definately not stay buried!


You can visit the complete Cannonball gallery on by clicking here, and find your own buried treasures by visiting all the galleries here!

If you would like to submit a review of an obscure or rare Transformer figure for our "Buried Treasure" feature, please contact me (Skowl) via private message!

3000 Item Sale, New Preorders and Arrivals

Transformers News: 3000 Item Sale, New Preorders and Arrivals
Date: Friday, November 14th 2008 8:27am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Sponsor News, Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Joel at BBTS

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Our friends over at Big Bad Toy Store have sent us another massive update on the goods going on sale. 3000 items have been cut in price and are waiting for you to come scoop them up. Here's what Joel and Team BBTS had to share:

Hi - Here is a quick update from about a
variety of new preorders, more new arrivals, and an update to our sale


We've just cut prices on over 1000 items and added hundreds more to our
sale menu. There are over 3100 total items selling between 20% - 60% off
MSRP or our List Price. This is a great time to pick up some deals on a
huge variety of older and overstocked product. See the link below for
the complete list of sale items: ... content=18


The newest in Diamond Select Toys' Ultimate Quarter Scale line will be
Jedi Master Mace Windu. Made famous by Samuel L. Jackson, Mace Windu will
be loaded with articulation, include his purple lightsaber, and say
phrases from the films. Check him out - we've got him listed at $64.99, a
savings of $15 off MSRP. ... ode=retail

We've just listed pre-orders for some of the season's newest and hottest
new Transformer exclusives. The Autobot Ambush two-packs include Dirge
with Roadbuster and Springer with Ratbat, redecos of previous Voyager &
Deluxe size transformers along with a special comic for each pack, priced
at $49.99 for each two-pack. We've also listed two Legends Class
five-packs, with G1-style redecos. Aerial Rivals includes Legends
characters Thrust, Ramjet, Autobot Blades, Skydive and Air Raid, while the
Special Team Leaders five-pack includes Silverbolt, Hun-Grrrr, Razorclaw,
Scattorshot and Autobot Hot Zone (formerly Hotspot). These Legends
five-packs are listed at $28.99 each. Take a look at all these new
exclusives here - ... egory=5126

The seventh Revoltech figure from 'Street Fighter Online," Ken masters
finally makes his appearance in this new line. Ryu's rival (and one-time
palette swap) will be releasing with all kinds of articulation and
accessories like alternate hands and a Dragon Punch energy charge to
attach to his fist. Ken is listed at $22.99 - take a look - ... ode=retail

Sideshow's new Han Solo in Carbonite figure environment is a great
addition to the 12" Star Wars line. This piece includes Han frozen in the
block of Carbonite, displayed in Jabba's alcove. The Carbonite piece is
easily removable from the alcove display, and includes excellent detail
work. This great new piece is priced at $189.99 (a savings of $10 off
MSRP) and would be great for any Star Wars fan. ... ode=retail

This 14.5" statue is an exact reproduction of the original design of the
PredAlien creature, taken from the original maquette by ADI. Cast in
polystone, hand-painted and hand-finished, This collectible would be great
for any Alien Predator or Sci-Fi fan. We've got it listed at $189.99 -
check it out here - ... ode=retail

This new version of Music Label Convoy came out of a collaboration between
TakaraTomy and Exile, a J-pop band. The piece celebrates Exile's new
album, "Perfect Year" and redecoes Convoy and his trailer in a bright red.
This piece is limited to just 1000 pieces worldwide, and we've got it
listed at $339.99 - take a peek - ... ode=retail

Hollywood Collectibles is releasing a 1:1 scale replica of Jigsaw's
spring-loaded blade gauntlet, which he used to escape from Danny Glover's
Detective Tapp. This replica is crafted from steel and aluminum, and
includes a wall display case. We've got it listed at $159.99, a savings
of $40 off the MSRP - take a look at this great new replica here - ... ode=retail

Funko is releasing an updated version of the Barack Obama bobblehead to
match his new upcoming position. The President Obama bobblehead is up for
pre-order at $10.99, and would make a great gift for any political pundit
or figure collector, as well as a great set with the original Barack Obama
Bobblehead. ... egory=4791

Takara has announced the newest Henkei Classic figure to be released -
Cyclonus. This version should differ from the Hasbro release with
chroming and paint application differences, but otherwise will be the same
mold and accessories, like his Targetmaster partner. He's priced at
$24.99 - take a peek - ... ode=retail

Kotobukiya is continuing their Marvel Collection X-Men busts with their
two newest announcements. Coming early next year are Storm and Kitty
Pryde, each with a signature costume and stand. Check out the pictures of
these new busts here, only $66.99 each (a savings of $13 off the MSRP) - ... egory=1645

Last month Kotobukiya announced their Winter Soldier statue, showing Bucky
Barnes on a pedestal base surrounded by Hydra soldiers. The new piece is
very similar, only this time Bucky is in his outfit as the new Captain
America. Not only does this statue look great, but it appears to combine
with the Winter Soldier Statue for a diorama-type display. Take a peek at
the pic for the new piece, priced at $149.99, with a savings of $25 off
the MSRP. ... ode=retail

Hasbro has announced the next wave of GI Joe 12" figures. This new
assortment includes returning favorites Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and
Dusty, and new figures Snow Job, Cobra Eel and Grunt. Pick up a case of
six for $89.99, or mix and match your favorite singles from $14.99 -
$24.99 each. ... egory=4591

Three more assortments of Littlest Pet Shop Collectible Pets have been
listed. Wave A2 Revision 1, Wave B2 and Wave B2 Revision 1 are each
listed at $31.99 for the case of 6 figures, and include animals like a
Meerkat with Tree Trunk, Angel Fish, Lovebugs and more. Check out these
assortments and more, here - ... egory=4967

Each of these sets includes a trio of animals, along with a number of
accessories for them to play with. This wave includes Garden Party,
Birthday Party, Petting Zoo and Beach Theme, and we've got each playpack
listed at $12.99 each, with the case of 4 going for $46.99. ... egory=3944

The newest wave of Superhero Squad includes new sets like Spider-Armor
Spider-Man & Rhino, Spider-Man & Tombstone, Captain America & Black Widow
and Beast & Avalanche. We've got the set of 4 two-packs listed at $39.99,
with the case of 12 two-packs at $79.99, and singles listed of three of
the two-packs, at $7.99 - $8.99 per pack. Check them out! ... egory=3001

Hasbro has also announced a new assortment of the Marvel Crossovers
Transformers. This new wave includes a War Machine version of Iron Man,
along with Carnage, Captain America and Thor. Check out the set of 4,
listed at $79.99; we've also got the War Machine figure listed singly, for
$19.99. ... egory=4669

We've got new listings for Wave 5 of the Legacy Collection Build-A-Figure
series. This wave is available in either the regular case of 12 or an
Internet-exclusive case of 12, each at $99.99, or you can mix and match
your favorite single figures, $9.99 - $11.99 each. Take a look at the new
wave's contents here - ... egory=4937

We've also listed Wave 5 of the Clone Wars Animated figures. The set of
seven is comprised of White Battle Outfit Padme, Space Clone Trooper,
Magna Guard Droid, Jar Jar in Jedi Robe, Jet Pack Battle Droid, Green
Clone Trooper and Kit Fisto, for $79.99, or you can pick up the Wave 5
case and add in five more figures like Asajj Ventress and a Destroyer
Droid for just $99.99. ... egory=4944

Anopther new listing from Hasbro is the Star Wars transformers Wave 6.
This wave is scheduled to appear in March and includes new transformers
like Darth Vader/TIE Fighter, Clone Pilot/V-19 and Plo Koon/Jedi
Starfighter. You can pre-order a case of six for $99.99. ... ode=retail

This new assortment of pets includes figures like a Pug, a Polar Bear, a
Bunny and more. Each figure comes with an accessory and is priced at
$4.99, or you can get the set of six for $19.99, or a case of 12 (two
each) for only $36.99. ... egory=5176

We have listed the first waves of the Clone Wars Titanium vehicles for
2009. Up for pre-order now are the Wave 1 case,
as well as the Wave 1 Revision 1 case of 12 and set of 11. New vehicles
in this wave would include Prince Xizor's Virago, the Dagger Squadron
B-Wing, the Gold Squadron Gold 1 Y-Wing and more - check out the new
assortments here - ... egory=4936


The "Magic of the Gods" Kratos set is in stock now. This set includes
Poseidon's Rage Kratos, in translucent blue with a lightning motif, and
Dark Odyssey Kratos, with black skin and gold markings. We've got the
pair priced at $28.99; check them out here - ... ode=retail

The Vintage Department has just listed a wide variety of items from the
three popular series mentioned above. Many of these are older examples
of the figures that are now fairly hard to find. Take a look at the
recent listings here: = Vintage Retail ... ist=recent
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This Previews exclusive version of the classic TIE Fighter is emblazoned
with the Rebel Alliance symbol and piloted by rebel pilots during an
Imperial infiltration. We've got this ship listed at $52.99, saving you
$7 off MSRP - check out the story behind it here - ... ode=retail

Wave's new 1/10 scale Appleseed Ex Machina figures have also arrived.
Deunan Knute includes an alternate head, and both she and Briareos
Hechatonchires include multiple weapons and massive articulation. Check
out these new figures here - ... ave+1%2f10

These figures come on the 25th Anniversary cardbacks, and are a great way
to add to your armies of Joe and Cobra. Included in this assortment are
characters like Tele-Viper, ninjas Slash and Slice, Kamakura, Night
Creeper and more. Pick up a set of 12 for $44.99, or a case of 48 at
$159.99. Check out the assortment here - ... egory=4907

This new Marvel Select figure has Iron Man in a fairly modern version of
his armor, with a blastoff base similar to the Stealth Armor Iron Man
exclusive. This version looks great in its red and gold paint scheme, and
it's priced at $17.99 - take a look! ... ode=retail

Diamond's newest Minimates release has arrived. This box set's lineup is
taken from the original Avengers, including Ant-Man, the Wasp, Iron Man
and the Hulk, along with a number of accessory pieces to make new looks,
like Hank Pym's Giant Man, and civilian faces as well. THis set is priced
at $14.99 - check out the various pics here - ... ode=retail

This assortment comes from the Superman/Batman comic arc "Enemies Among
Us" and includes new versions of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern Hal
Jordan and Despero. This set of four is priced at $49.99, a savings of
$10 off the MSRP. Take a look at the figures here - ... ode=retail

We've got a wide variety of Infinite Heroes single figures and three-packs
available. Single figures like the Atom, Shazam and Manhunter are priced
from $5.99 - $8.99, while three-packs such as Weather Wizard, Flash and
Mirror Master and STarfire, Captain Boomerang and Raven, are priced at
$9.00 and up. Check out the items in stock here - ... egory=4674

We've just received a shipment of Transformers books and trade
paperbacks. Now in stork are titles like Art of IDW in hardcover or
softcover, Best of the UK "Dinobots" and "Space Pirates" trades,
Devastation, Megatron Origin and more, priced from $16.99 and up. Take a
look at the new books
here - ... egory=1052

This assortment of Mighty Muggs includes returning favorites Farth Vader
Version 2 and Hoth Han Solo, and adds new figures Darth Maul Version 2 and
Darth Revan from Knights of the Old Republic. This set is priced at
$44.99, and we've also got singles available of Hoth Han Solo and Darth
Vader Version 2, only $12.99 each (listed separately). ... ode=retail

STAR WARS TITANIUM SINGLES - Aaylas SF, Dagger Sq B-Wing, Ecliptic TIE
We've received a large number of Star Wars Titanium vehicles as well, and
we still have stock of some of the ships. In addition to the Wave 6 Set
of six priced at $37.99 and the case of 12 at $69.99, check out the
available single vehicles, such as the Ecliptic TIE Fighter, the Dagger
Squadron B-Wing, Aayla Secura's Starfighter and more. ... egory=4936

Hasbro has shipped us waves 4 and 5 of Indiana Jones Adventure Heroes, as
well as a number of wave 2 cases as well. Check out the available pieces,
including wave 5's set of 3 two-packs at $29.99, or the wave 4 case of 12
two-packs at $74.99, or catch up on waves 2 and 3 if you'd like. ... egory=4269

We've received a few more sets of the Wave 4 Transformers Animated
Deluxes. This set, comprised of Elite Guard Bumblebee, Swoop, Sentinel
Prime and Jazz is priced at $46.99 and is a great way to get caught up on
some of the more recent releases. ... ode=retail

Thanks for your interest in and be sure to check
out the 3000 item sale menus.


Joel & The BBTS Crew

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