Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012 4:51PM CDT

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Panel guests included:

Hasbro Studios (Burbank, CA):
  • Mike Vogel - Vice President, development
  • Brian Lenard - Executive Director
  • Jeff Kline - Producer, Transformers Prime
  • Duane Capizzi - Producer, Transformers Prime

Hasbro (Providence, RI):
  • Jerry Jivoin - Director, global brand management
  • Andy Schmidt - Director, design & development
  • Clint Chapman - Global Brand Manageer, Transformers

Showed us a clip reel of Transformers Prime Season 2
Showed us a villians clip
and then showed us Shockwave introducing Predaking from Transformers Prime "Beast Hunters"
The Predacons are Cybertron's versions of Dinosaurs

Transformers Prime
Beast Hunters
Looks like new toys from the ground up, new head sculpts, new "helmets", accessories, etc

Legion Class
Bumblebee with Hawkbow
Smokescreen with Chain Bolter
Airachnid with Novastinger Bow
Twinstrike with Piston Hammer (looks like a Sinnertwin homage)

Commander Class
Bulkhead with Nova Hammer (in Roadbuster colors)
Predaking with Cybervenom Rocket

Cyberverse Vehicles
Sky Claw with Smokescreen (Smokescreen in Alternators color scheme with #7 on doors/wings)
Apex Armor with Breakdown

Deluxe Class
Bumblebee with Hawkbow (loaded with weapons ... looks awesome)
Soundwave & Ravage with Thunder Talon
Wheeljack with Falcon Spear
Lazerback with Toxic Strike Blaster

Voyager Class
Predaking with Hydrafire blasters (robot mode to be revealed later)

New packaging for Beast Hunters
Commented that the Beasts are large and heavy, larger than regular figures. I think they stated that the packaging for the beasts would be larger than others. Not sure if this translates to price or not.
Instructions to have a bit of story in them now (not sure if this replaces bios or not on packaging). Each instructions story leads into anothers. Runs through deluxe and voyager instructions.

Bumblebee instructions text: With the threat of Predaking looming over them all, every AUTOBOT dedicates himself to discovering some means of battling the PREDACON overlord. But it is the scout BUMBLEBEE who discovers what may be the key to victory. Buried deep within data recovered alongside one of the Iacon Relics he finds evidence of a direlict transport starship - a courier packed with weapons more ancient than any relic yet recovered - set adrift ages ago among the asteroids girdling Earth's solar system. With no other way to reach the ancient ship, and not wanting to waste time, he contacts WHEELJACK, hoping the AUTOBOT mercenary can provide transport and - if it turns out to be a trap - an extra blaster. Continued in Chapter 2 deluxe SOUNDWAVE ...

Kre-O Transformers
Ripclaw with Military Officer Kreon and Ripclaw Kreon
Bumblebee with Skystalker + 2 Kreons (Bumblebee is a 4x4 vehicle)
Trailcutter vs Grimwing
Windcharger vs Corhada

Transformers Generations
Different sizes for Generations
Introducting Transformers Generations Platinum Edition ... coming out late 2012/early 2013
Remolded and recolored Energon Omega Supreme (new head with flip down visor, new claw hand)
Energon Optimus Prime in G1 Optimus Prime color scheme
Packaging looks amazing (artwork for Omega Supreme will be revised), gold foil packaging, 5th panel window, G1 comic inspired artwork, carrying handle

Transformers Q&A
  • Are the upcoming Masterpieces coming to U.S.? Partnership with Toys R Us. No specific plans. But I would consider that they'll be here.
  • Still moving forward with Transformers Universe MMO from Jagex
  • Looking into bringing Arms Micron Unicron to U.S., but no set plans yet
  • Beast Wars or "who knows what can happen" in 30th anniversary / 2014
  • Talked about retail prices ... don't control retail prices
  • Sgt Kup and Rumble last two figures before Beast Hunters
  • Will we see Dinobots in season 3? Stay tuned!
  • Teased that Bruticus in G1 colors at retail?
  • Maybe and stay tuned to more Combiners. More to announce soon! Love the deluxe combiners.
  • Will Unicron be showing up again? Stay tuned ...
  • Keeping close eye on which characters from IDW comics are popular ... might translate as toys. Stay tuned!
  • Teased that deluxe Smokescreen might be coming
  • Want to make sure that all of the characters from the show make it out as toys
  • Voyager Prime Grimlock possibility?

Click on the images below to view the gallery of Hasbro's Transformers brand panel ...

Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery

Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery

Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery

Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery

Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery

Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery

Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery

Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery

Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery

Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery
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Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429347)
Posted by Diem on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:07pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
and then showed us Shockwave introducing Predaking from Transformers Prime "Beast Hunters"
The Predacons are Cybertron's versions of Dinosaurs


Prime Shockwave? Is it just the FOC version?





[quote]Deluxe Class
Bumblebee with Hawkbow (loaded with weapons ... looks awesome)
Soundwave & Ravage with Thunder Talon
Wheeljack with Falcon Spear
Lazerback with Toxic Strike Blaster
[/quote]

Bumblebeeeeeeeeeee! Wheeeeeeeeeljack!


[quote]
Ripclaw with Military Officer Kreon and Ripclaw Kreon
Bumblebee with Skystalker + 2 Kreons (Bumblebee is a 4x4 vehicle)
Trailcutter vs Grimwing
Windcharger vs Corhada[/quote]

How do you lose "Trailbreaker" as a trademark? Also, Cohrada?!? Where the hell did that come from?

[quote]Transformers Generations
Different sizes for Generations
Introducting Transformers Generations Platinum Edition ... coming out late 2012/early 2013
Remolded and recolored Energon Omega Supreme (new head with flip down visor, new claw hand)[/quote]

Innnnnnteresting. Hopefully that means some new Voyager (maybe even Ultra) CHUG.

[quote]Energon Optimus Prime in G1 Optimus Prime color scheme[/quote]


Energon? Nice choice...


[quote]
  • Beast Wars or "who knows what can happen" in 30th anniversary / 2014[/quote]

    Huh. Interesting. Actually interesting.


    [quote]
  • Teased that Bruticus in G1 colors at retail?[/quote]

    Yeah, that mold needs a repaint.


    [quote]
  • Keeping close eye on which characters from IDW comics are popular ... might translate as toys. Stay tuned![/quote]

    THIS

    THIS

    Can we have a Chromedome, Swerve, Skids and TAILGATE please?
  • Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429350)
    Posted by griftimus prime on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:14pm CDT
    Cybertron's versions of Dinosaurs? wtf? sounds very stupid.

    really want pics of the figures. from the sounds of the list. there will only be a few worth getting.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429352)
    Posted by Seibertron on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:28pm CDT
    griftimus prime wrote:Cybertron's versions of Dinosaurs? wtf? sounds very stupid.

    really want pics of the figures. from the sounds of the list. there will only be a few worth getting.



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    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429353)
    Posted by Mkall on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:30pm CDT
    I was really hoping for more out of this presentation. However Omega Supreme has me very excited and I see potential in Predaking too.

    Guess Hasbro won't be getting a lot of my money in the new year.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429355)
    Posted by Sodan-1 on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:34pm CDT
    I'm trying not to get too excited about this stuff as whenever I do get excited I ultimately feel let down by the finished product.

    Is the Energon Omega redeco the Year of The Snake (not that we know what that looks like)?
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429356)
    Posted by Gearslide on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:38pm CDT
    I have this feeling that while we may see the Predacons in the show (and thus have toys of them), the Autobots and Decepticons won't be wearing that crazy spike armor, and are just remolds for the sake of filling the line. That said, I'm totally getting that Soundwave for the Ravage, and the new Predacons.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429357)
    Posted by Mkall on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:40pm CDT
    Diem wrote:[quote]
    Ripclaw with Military Officer Kreon and Ripclaw Kreon
    Bumblebee with Skystalker + 2 Kreons (Bumblebee is a 4x4 vehicle)
    Trailcutter vs Grimwing
    Windcharger vs Corhada


    How do you lose "Trailbreaker" as a trademark? Also, Cohrada?!? Where the hell did that come from?[/quote]
    I think Trailbreaker is now owned by a car manufacturer. It happens. As for Cohrada, it's a reference to this guy

    Sodan-1 wrote:Is the Energon Omega redeco the Year of The Snake (not that we know what that looks like)?

    Yes it is. Both Omega and Optimus are the Year of the Snake edition figures.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429358)
    Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:40pm CDT
    It looks like Hasbro is pulling out all the stops for Beast Hunters: all the non-Predacons are major retoolings! :shock: I wonder how I should work this out...

    And the US packaging will shrink like it has already shrunk in Europe. Lovely.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429360)
    Posted by xyl360 on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:42pm CDT
    [quote]•Beast Wars or "who knows what can happen" in 30th anniversary / 2014[/quote]Until 2014, I will be praying.

    I like a lot of what I'm hearing. Platinum sounds like a Collectors' line. It's about damn time Hasbro!
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429361)
    Posted by Diem on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:42pm CDT
    Mkall wrote:
    Diem wrote:[quote]

    Windcharger vs Corhada


    Cohrada, it's a reference to this guy
    [/quote]

    Yeah, that's what surprises me.

    Not-Sinnertwin looks fun, but advertising "dragon heads for hands" seems a little too self aware, given that it's not a popular design decision. I'll eat my best hat if there isn't a Doublecross repaint later down the line.

    The Cyberverse stuff is all nice but it's not really what I'm interested in.

    NOT liking Bumblebee and Wheeljack STEALTH FORCE XXXXXXTREME!!!!, and look forward to the wave being made of 3 Bees, 2 WJs, 2 Sinnertwins and one of that poor Lazerback guy who actually looks pretty cool. Soundwave looks alright for a retool too.

    Voyager Predaking: pretty pointless if there's going to be a leader version and if he is canonically a big guy.

    Kre-o: Even I have kind of lost interest in these and I loved them to begin with.

    That Omega Supreme looks pretty cool, especially since I never got a previous version of this guy. If this is a collector version rather than a version advertised to kids Energon's Fatty Prime was a bad choice given the lack of fan-love, and the number of times he was released before.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429362)
    Posted by Rhinox23 on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:44pm CDT
    Great coverage and pictures Seibertron! I'm very interested in some of your postings during the Q&A. How exactly did they tease about a US Smokescreen release?

    Also, is there a Hasbro booth set up after the panel that will display the actual figures from the slideshow?
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429363)
    Posted by Seibertron on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:46pm CDT
    JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:It looks like Hasbro is pulling out all the stops for Beast Hunters: all the non-Predacons are major retoolings! :shock: I wonder how I should work this out...

    And the US packaging will shrink like it has already shrunk in Europe. Lovely.


    From what I understand, they're not retoolings. They're new molds. At least, that's what I thought they said.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429365)
    Posted by Seibertron on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:47pm CDT
    Rhinox23 wrote:Great coverage and pictures Seibertron! I'm very interested in some of your postings during the Q&A. How exactly did they tease about a US Smokescreen release?


    Someone asked about it, then Jerry said something to the effect of "hmm ... he might look good as a deluxe figure. Do you guys think he would look good as a deluxe figure?" It was a typical tease answer.

    [quote]Also, is there a Hasbro booth set up after the panel that will display the actual figures from the slideshow?[/quote]

    to the best of my knowledge, no there is not.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429367)
    Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:48pm CDT
    Seibertron wrote:
    JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:It looks like Hasbro is pulling out all the stops for Beast Hunters: all the non-Predacons are major retoolings! :shock: I wonder how I should work this out...

    And the US packaging will shrink like it has already shrunk in Europe. Lovely.


    From what I understand, they're not retoolings. They're new molds. At least, that's what I thought they said.


    I see an awful lot of similarities between the new toys and the RiD molds though, especially in Soundwave and Bumblebee's chest.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429368)
    Posted by ThePrimeFollower on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:50pm CDT
    [quote]# Sgt Kup and Rumble last two figures before Beast Hunters[/quote]

    This has me concenerd what about the voyager Ultra Magnus.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429370)
    Posted by Noideaforaname on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:51pm CDT
    Can't say I'm crazy about the direction Beast Hunters is headed as far as the non-Predacons are concerned, but it's not like I really cared about the Prime line before. Might get some of the more interesting Beasts.

    The Kreon Micro-changers look to be greatly improved.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429371)
    Posted by Diem on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:51pm CDT
    ThePrimeFollower wrote:[quote]# Sgt Kup and Rumble last two figures before Beast Hunters


    This has me concenerd what about the voyager Ultra Magnus.[/quote]

    He'll almost certainly be released at this point. If anything they'd just stick him in the new packaging.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429373)
    Posted by kirbenvost on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:56pm CDT
    Bumblebee and Soundwave look like the same molds to me, with extra accessories. I (sarcastically) like how Hasbro's using this as an excuse to release the same characters AGAIN instead of giving us figures of ones we still haven't seen.

    I also like (again, sarcasm) how Cyberverse Airachnid has pretty much the same articulation as the Deluxe. :lol: Total fail.

    Anyway, I'm skeptical but not against this line. As we can see there will still be vehicle TFs, so I'll pick up any new characters I'm interested in. No interest whatsoever in buying new versions of the same Prime characters I already have though.

    Universe Platinum sounds cool as long as they aren't exclusives that are ridiculously difficult to get. The GDOs are okay but everyone's having a heck of a time trying to find Wheelie. If they had proper even case assortments and decent stock levels, it wouldn't be a problem.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429375)
    Posted by griftimus prime on October 11th, 2012 @ 5:58pm CDT
    wow. look at all of those shelf warmers. i will get maybe 2 or 3 of these. what a horrible line. you know beast wars show may not have had that many characters on the show. but at least the toy line had a plentiful selection. this is pathetic.
    Re: Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel text and gallery (1429377)
    Posted by Noideaforaname on October 11th, 2012 @ 6:02pm CDT
    Out of curiosity, how does that Omega Supreme measure up to the WfC/FoC molds?

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