Thanks to the Offical Transformers Facebook page we get a look at some early design and concept sketches of the Fan Built Bot Windblade! Windblade has since been released (you can check out her galleries here) and has been given her own comic series by IDW which has ended but she still plays an important role in the ongoing Transformers comics. Check out the images we've mirrored below and remember keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
Thanks to Jacquelyn Orenza on Facebook, we get in-hand images of the Kre-O Battle Changers. These were first seen at SDCC 2014 and they are the first Kre-O sets that can transform without having to take apart and rebuild the sets. The first wave features Optimus Prime, Starscream, Bumblebee and Grimlock.
We have additional in-hand images of the Platinum Edition Dinobots Unleashed set thanks to blogger Blacklai. The Dinobots feature translucent plastic. You can see many of the images mirrored below and you can click any of the images to see many more.
John Frascotti, former Chief Marketing Officer of Hasbro, has been promoted to a newly formed position: President, Hasbro Brands
The following is an exerpt of the article, including quotes from John Frascotti and other Hasbro executives.
"Global branded play leader Hasbro, Inc. today announced the promotion of John Frascotti to the newly-created position of President, Hasbro Brands, effective immediately.
In this new role, Frascotti assumes the additional responsibilities of worldwide product development and now oversees all of the Company’s global Marketing and Design and Development teams. By combining the teams, the Company will continue to drive strong innovation, maximize operational efficiency, facilitate greater collaboration and streamline decision-making.
“Across our organization, we are building a tremendous team that can inspire new ideas through our brands and execute them through our brand blueprint, in brand building and storytelling globally,” said Brian D. Goldner, President and Chief Executive Officer. “No one is better suited than John for this new leadership opportunity. His vision and consumer-centric approach will serve Hasbro and all of its stakeholders well as we continue to work side-by-side to deliver compelling brand expressions across generations and geographies.”
“I am incredibly honored to be leading this dynamic group of professionals,” said John Frascotti, President, Hasbro Brands. “This unified approach will enable us to continue to drive the momentum in our business and develop our brands holistically across platforms to meet the evolving needs of our global consumers.” "
Cybergeeks Alliance has reported that Asian toy retailers have received solicitations for Transformers Platinum Edition sets from Hasbro. Up first? Year of the Goat Optimus Prime is a translucent redeco of the Generation 2 Laser Optimus Prime mold, you may also know the mold as Car Robots/Robots In Disguise Black Convoy/Scourge. Not to be outdone, Year of the Goat Soundwave comes along and brings the awesome as a clear redeco of the Masterpiece Soundwave with the following cassettes: Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage, Laserbeak, and Buzzsaw.
Both exclusives are done mostly in translucent, uncolored plastic, with black, pink and red strewn about, along with strategically placed metallic burnt orange paint apps.
Amazon Japan has a pre-order up for the Japanese Blu-Ray release of Transformers: Age of Extinction with an exclusive toy. This Hound is the voyager class figure with a movie accurate camo deco. According to the listing this figure is scheduled for release December 10 for 12,960 Yen.
Courtesy of Seibertron.com resident voice actor jON3.0, we get a quick look at the now available Rovio Angry Birds Transformers, with screenshots from and a brief thought about the game. If you have a mobile device running on Android, you will have to wait until the 30th of this month to join in the fun, but you can still watch the trailer, the gameplay and listen to the soundtrack in the meantime!
Angry Birds Transformers is a 2D/3D animated sidescroller. The opening animation is so G1 it's nostalgic. The levels consist of running along while blasting laser at targets to destroy enemies. It's just not the challenge and strategy the original game was. It's cute and kids will love it but hardcore fans will quickly be bored with it although since it's free it's worth downloading just for the intro.
Autobirds, roll out!