BotCon 2006 Hasbro Reveal New Transformers Products!
Saturday, September 30th, 2006 10:43AM CDTCategories: Company News, Event News, Toy News
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- Panel includes: Forest Lee, copyrighter for TFs. He comes up with the character bios on the packaging. Aaron Archer Toy Designer, Greg Lambardo Marketing Director, Eric Sabenhauler Toy Designer.
- Movie Toy line confirmed release date July 4th 2007.
- Two new movie preview figures will be released May 2nd 2007.
- Transformers Cybertron will end this year.
- Transformers Classics line is designed to fill the gaps between end of Cybertron and the beginning of the Movie Toy line. the thought process behind Classics is a continuation to G1, almost a sequel.
- Classics mini-cons. Started with as 2-packs but then switched to 3-packs explaining some unique parings. This was their first time doing beast minicons and it was a success they think.
- It has been requested that Oil Slick be repainted as big daddy. Fireflight was suppposed to be Poweglide, but they couldn't get that name. All the new mini-cons were shown in the cases yesterday at the Hasbro booth.
- Optimus Prime Vs. Megatron DVD Ultimate Battle 2-pack. The new molds for Prime and Megatron were inspired by G1 and G2. The concept behind the DVD is a sort of 'Transformers 101' chronicling Transformers over the years.
- Classics Bumblebee has been repainted as Cliffjumper. He will be in the Hasbro cases later today.
- Classics Jetfire's design is as close as they could get to the classic G1 form. Don decided to use that form for the comic. Hasbro says the jet-pack comes off.
- 20th Anniversary DVD Optimus Prime - They wanted to do something to celebration of the 20th Anniverary Transformer the Movie DVD re-release. Its the same mold as before and no DVD is included.
- Regarding the Trailer Archer said 'Takara has done one now and everything they do Hasbro has access. So you never know?'
- The G1 Soundwave reissue will be Toys 'R' Us exclusive with ravage and laserbeak and will hold both tapes. It will have a unique box and that will be in the display cases later today.
- No Classics Soundwave planned due to the Toy 'R' Us Reissue
- No plans for further G1 Reissues after Soundwave.
- Classic Devestator will be Wal-Mart exclusive. It appears to be an Energon Constructicon Maximus repaint. It will be in the display cases later today.
- Alternators will be ending before the movie. Decepticons Rumble and Ravage will be the last two figures. Rumble has no hands. Both will be displayed later today.
- However the Alternators may return after the movie. They feel the movie will help them broaden the scope for getting real licenses to do more with the line.
- The movie toy line will be a full line. It will be broad and have multiple scales.
- there will be a Titanium 6-inch Fallen and War Within Megatron set, 6-inch G1 Ultra Magnus (new mould) and 3-inch Predaking, War Within Grimlock will also be a Titanium 6-Inch figure.
- No plans for Titaniums larger than 6" and no combiners.
- The Characters chosen for the first wave of Classics were chosen because they wanted to do a broad variety recognisable characters.
- If the Classics line does well and they chose to continue Classics we are likely to see Cosmos, Jazz, Sideswpe and Sunstreaker.
- When asked about the recent Japanese prototype cell phone, camera and game machine figures they gave no comment
- Of the Takara Kiss Players line they said 'They are allowed to do in their market whatever they want but doesn't make sense to Hasbro. Whatever works for them'
- No plans for an animated DVD Classics movie but they said it was a cool idea.
- No plans for other Beast Wars toys right now other than those in Titanium.
- Transformers Heroes cartoon - Cant talk about it. Working title is just a hasbro title. It will be an American based developed show.
- The Cadillac XLR Alternator was something they were looking into but dropped since Altrenators went on hiatus. - It would have been Megatron!
- When asked about the possible Cybertron Traffic light (Signal Lancer) figure they said 'Maybe if they find a home for it'.
- When asked about who had more input in the Movie designs, hasbro or Michael Bay, they answered 'Its a great partnership. Trying to make cool characters that looked good on the screen, but wanted to have some heritage. Its been fun.'
- The G1 Seacons that were rumoured to be released as part of Universe are done and ready but Hasbro are looking for a home for them.
- No plans for other Classics combiners other than Devastator and maybe Seacons. If they do them they would most likly be as part of Classics.
- No plans to release Cybertron Blue Screapmetal.
- The Tan Abrams tank artwork seen online was a fan made experiment by friends of Hasbro outside of company.
- No plans for Fortress Maximus sized figures.
- The voice stand for 20th Anniversary DVD Prime was voiced by a hired 'local guy'. Hasbro wanted Peter Cullen but they had just developed a relationship with Sony so they couldn't get the sound clips. Also they didn't want interfere with Peters work on the new movie.
The panel ended with a clip from the forthcoming movie. Included images of Prime as Truck, an Autobot hood ornament on prime, an Army Scenes, lots of explosions, no scenes showing anything in robot mode.
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