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Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010

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It's that time again! Every four to six weeks, we get to submit two burning questions to Hasbro that fans are dying to know the answer to. Got a question you think we should send Hasbro? Share your ideas in this topic for May 2010's Hasbro's Transformers Q&A.

Please note the following when posting your questions that you'd like us to submit.

Hasbro wrote:Hasbro’s Transformers team greatly appreciates the collector-fan community’s continued passion and support, and is always listening to its valuable feedback – particularly with regards to the Q&A program. As we proceed into the next year of Q&A, the Transformers team wants to ensure that fans continue to get the most out of this forum by being able to provide answers to questions that are of interest to your readers. As a result, we thought it might be helpful to share some insights into what types of questions the team is able to elaborate on and what types of questions cannot be answered for various reasons.

* Unfortunately, there are some things that we cannot comment publicly on due to confidentiality, legal or competitive reasons. Examples of these types of questions are ones that relate to the upcoming TV series or movies that have not had details announced yet, “When will X toy be made/redesigned/released?”, Hypothetical scenarios or “what if questions”, Sales/Cost Data, Product Idea Submissions, Potential Design/Redesign and Future Movie/Entertainment.

* With that said, that leaves a lot of room for a whole host of other discussion points. Topics that are open for discussion are things like Deco Decisions, Current Design Choices, Design Process/Development, Character choices and Redeco/Retooling choices. Also, questions pertaining to past and current Lore/Storyline, Line Strategy and Marketing are open for discussion too.
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Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069226)
Posted by Constantine on April 29th, 2010 @ 6:23pm CDT
What is Hasbro's views of third-party outfits, like Fans Project, Head Robots, Mastermind, and old-timers like ReproLabels? Does Hasbro feel that these fan-based products hurt sales of Hasbro products, or help them by increasing the overall popularity of the franchise?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069227)
Posted by It Is Him on April 29th, 2010 @ 6:24pm CDT
Do you still love me, Hasbro? Because if you did, you'd let me have all those cool Animated toys you're holding out on. Don't tell me those kids in Japan will get them first!
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069236)
Posted by Diem on April 29th, 2010 @ 7:03pm CDT
"Will the Generations line include homages from all eras of Transformers?"
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069238)
Posted by DavidT on April 29th, 2010 @ 7:10pm CDT
Diem wrote:"Will the Generations line include homages from all eras of Transformers?"


I thought that was already confirmed that it would... but maybe not


.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069246)
Posted by Diem on April 29th, 2010 @ 7:24pm CDT
DavidT wrote:
Diem wrote:"Will the Generations line include homages from all eras of Transformers?"


I thought that was already confirmed that it would... but maybe not


.

"Will the unreleased Animated figures be released in the Generations?" was my original idea but it seemed too specific.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069264)
Posted by Darkclyde on April 29th, 2010 @ 8:14pm CDT
Will Hasbro export the latest Animated Lines (Blackout, Arcee)in mass quantity to Southeast Asian region? (regarding that Arcee is hard-to-find on the US market)
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069290)
Posted by Optillamanus on April 29th, 2010 @ 9:33pm CDT
Constantine wrote:What is Hasbro's views of third-party outfits, like Fans Project, Head Robots, Mastermind, and old-timers like ReproLabels? Does Hasbro feel that these fan-based products hurt sales of Hasbro products, or help them by increasing the overall popularity of the franchise?

Theres's no way they're gonna boost popularity. They're marketed towards people who are already fans; people who aren't Transformers fans probably don't know 3rd party companies exist.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069295)
Posted by Jetstorm9221 on April 29th, 2010 @ 9:39pm CDT
Is there any reason for Animated Blitzwing having buttons in his arms?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069296)
Posted by Mkall on April 29th, 2010 @ 9:43pm CDT
How far along is Hasbro in moving its production to Vietnam? We've seen a leader-class Starscream so far with the Made in Vietnam stamp. What does moving to Vietnam mean in terms of quality/quantity of current/future productions?

It's seeming to be a trend that figures are getting seriously redone instead of a simple repaint; not that repaints aren't done, but one has to look at Recon Ironhide and the mentioned Drift/Blurrz re-do. Is this going to be a new direction for Transformers?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069311)
Posted by Gandalf on April 29th, 2010 @ 10:26pm CDT
You released Generation One Soundwave under the Classics line as a Toys R Us exclusive, and then Perceptor and the Insecticons under the Universe line. It seemed logical that Blaster would be the TRU exclusive for Generations, so why the change to an SDCC exclusive? Will another character be selected to uphold the tradition of non-vehicle TRU commemoratives for the Generations line? And please tell us that Blaster will also be available on Hasbro Toy Shop!
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069338)
Posted by Arlekkin on April 30th, 2010 @ 1:21am CDT
In an interview, I've read that if the Universe/ Classics 2.0 should continue, 2 fan favourites (G1 Soundwave and BW Rhinox) will be slated to be released, and Guido Guidi has done a (cool) re-design of Soundwave for All Hail Megatron which unfortunately was not used. Are we going to see such design executed as a figure?

Apart from the power core combiners, are we going to see any other combiners/gestalt figures in any other line, which are made of a leader class figure + deluxe class figures, like some kitbashes of Menasor and Superion seen online, rather than deluxe class + scout class figures?

With IDW's popular mini-series last stand of the wreckers, most of the main characters are either Japanese or European exclusive characters (e.g. Overlord and the Predators). Are we going to see any rendition of such characters, and/or characters like Headmasters, Powermasters and or any G1 female characters in the Generations line?

I'm not a person into repaints per se but I was wondering how the whole repaint process works. How figures are decided to be repainted into which figures and so forth. This is after I've seen that some times some figures are more suited for repaint into certain characters rather than others. Such example was the repainting of Universe Silverbolt into Skytfall (Skyjack). Wouldn't have been better to use the mold of Cybertron Sideways for such figure rather than Silverbolt?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069351)
Posted by Editor on April 30th, 2010 @ 2:34am CDT
As we have learned, Hasbro has decided to start a Hall of Fame for Transformers and in a great move for fans, in addition to the first 4 inductees (G1 Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee & Starscream) you have tasked the various fansites to help determine a fan choice for the 5th inductee.

However we haven't heard much regarding the point of the hall and how it will move forward beyond this initial year and induction at Botcon.

Will future inductions be held in similar fashion of company picks and fan picks or will it be more fan controlled? And what is the greater point for the Hall, seeing it should be tied to greater media exposure (however as the next show is set not to be traditional G1, it is unlikely there, and IDW is already using them within comics that is unlikely) or releases (as all 4 of the set inductees have seen G1 re-releases {from both Hasbro and Takara} and in the Classics line again show this has already been done within recent years) but as per the points in brackets show, these have already been done. ergo Is this all just publicity for ramping up excitement within the fan community, without actively having a pay-off beyond the possibility of backing the winning candidate for the 5th spot?

That said, Go Soundwave!
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069372)
Posted by Constantine on April 30th, 2010 @ 3:41am CDT
Optillamanus wrote:
Constantine wrote:What is Hasbro's views of third-party outfits, like Fans Project, Head Robots, Mastermind, and old-timers like ReproLabels? Does Hasbro feel that these fan-based products hurt sales of Hasbro products, or help them by increasing the overall popularity of the franchise?

Theres's no way they're gonna boost popularity. They're marketed towards people who are already fans; people who aren't Transformers fans probably don't know 3rd party companies exist.

I disagree. These products are marketed primarily over the internet, and I think that the rise of fandom on the internet is what kept the franchise alive and allowed it to make the comeback that we're now all enjoying. The toys can stand by themselves, or their popularity can be increased by comics, TV shows, and such. I'm putting third-party toys into that same category.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069379)
Posted by Stockade on April 30th, 2010 @ 5:41am CDT
Since Thrust will be released for the Generations line, will Hasbro release Ramjet and Dirge as well? or any chance that Hasbro will release Thundercracker, and Skywarp along with Thrust for those who missed out or just started collecting Transformers?


How long will the Generations Line last once production starts?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069450)
Posted by Kibble on April 30th, 2010 @ 9:58am CDT
We know about Animated Rodimus and Ironhide, but what about Blackout and Wingblade Optimus...will they see US releases?

Why haven't you dropped the hammer on the mini-MP Convoy/Optimus KO yet? Are you going to?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069499)
Posted by kirbenvost on April 30th, 2010 @ 12:52pm CDT
Constantine wrote:What is Hasbro's views of third-party outfits, like Fans Project, Head Robots, Mastermind, and old-timers like ReproLabels? Does Hasbro feel that these fan-based products hurt sales of Hasbro products, or help them by increasing the overall popularity of the franchise?


How about we stop bringing them to Hasbro's attention? :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069503)
Posted by Editor on April 30th, 2010 @ 1:05pm CDT
kirbenvost wrote:
Constantine wrote:What is Hasbro's views of third-party outfits, like Fans Project, Head Robots, Mastermind, and old-timers like ReproLabels? Does Hasbro feel that these fan-based products hurt sales of Hasbro products, or help them by increasing the overall popularity of the franchise?


How about we stop bringing them to Hasbro's attention? :BANG_HEAD:


Seriously folks, we know that Hasbro has not and will not answer questions regarding 3rd parties, and bringing them up in these Q&A's only serve to remind Hasbro that we are buying stuff from other people rather than their offerings. Not exactly what they want to hear from us.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069601)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on April 30th, 2010 @ 5:54pm CDT
Yeah, quit it witht he 3rd party questions! They were asked anyway. Hasbro doesn't like them. Asked and answered.

My questions:

1) The G1 Unicron prototype comes up in discussion every now and then. For the sake of curiosity, how far along were the prototypes before they were canned? Could they be mass produced at all at this point (meaning, are any of them far enough along for that, are things lost now)?

For instance, I understand that G1 Arcee only made it to the non-transforming prototype stage and that, obviously, couldn't be mass produced at all at this point without further work (final molds don't even exist). Meanwhile Animated Blackout, although cancelled here, was obviously ready to be made into the TFA line.

For this question I'm asking about the Takara Unicron (with that mini moon), the yellow and blue Hasbro Unicron, and Beast Wars Neo Unicron.

Not asking if there's any plans to release them ever (because, obviously, there isn't). I'm just curious if any of the prototypes were far enough along for it to be possible.

2) Recently an old Hasbro toy brochure has been unearthed and it shows us some prototypes of the movie characters. What happens to these prototypes? Are they thrown away or are they valued at Hasbro (even now, about 20 years later)? Do you guys still have them in storage somewhere? Would it be possible to get a clearer look at some of the old development prototypes someday? If not, why not?

3) One of the biggest differences between Takara's recent releases and Hasbro's recent releases has been the shiny. Namely the chrome on the Henkei figures and the shiny paint on the Animated line. It seems like Hasbro is shying away from the shiny. Any reason why?

4) When we look at Takara's Henkei line we see some pretty startling differences (the paint jobs in Cyclonus and Dinobot for example). How much communication was there between both of you in this line? Was Hasbro oblidged to give up anime accurate colors (like on Dinobot or Cyclouns)? Were there any color schemes you gave up to Takara that you would have liked to have kept? Conversly, was Takara unable to get color schemes that you recieved instead?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069669)
Posted by guardianprime on April 30th, 2010 @ 9:25pm CDT
When designing a new transformer do you ever take into concideration with other hasbro toy lines?
the most specific example i can think of would be motorcycles which my this time most of us have realized are pretty close to being in scale with G.I. Joe figures. is this ever on purpose and do you have any plans (other than the one known G.I.Joe transforming motorcycle) to exploit this in the future?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1069727)
Posted by LiKwid on May 1st, 2010 @ 12:16am CDT
Will Botcon continue to be overseen by funpub in the future or do they have a "contract" of sorts to run the con? With the delays in the registration( understandably) will Hasbro look elsewhere for a company to run their Con?


sorry had to get this off my chest LOL
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070067)
Posted by Arlekkin on May 2nd, 2010 @ 11:00am CDT
Sorry but another question came to mind....

So everybody knows that when the Transformers came out in the early 80s, Takara could not release some characters such as Shockwave and Skyfire, as they were the property of other companies. Now, does Hasbro have the rights to all of Takara's character inventory including the e-hobby exclusive characters? And if yes, are we gonna see any of those characters in any future line?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070075)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on May 2nd, 2010 @ 11:34am CDT
Arlekkin wrote:Sorry but another question came to mind....

So everybody knows that when the Transformers came out in the early 80s, Takara could not release some characters such as Shockwave and Skyfire, as they were the property of other companies. Now, does Hasbro have the rights to all of Takara's character inventory including the e-hobby exclusive characters? And if yes, are we gonna see any of those characters in any future line?


I think the BotCon Bug Bite, Deathsaurus, Universe Leo Prime and the canceled Victory Saber pretty much confirmed that. :P
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070323)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 8:55am CDT
Our 2 questions have been sent. Man this is tough to do, especially with only being able to ask 2 questions.

Let me see if I can answer some of the other questions here ...
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070325)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 8:57am CDT
Constantine wrote:What is Hasbro's views of third-party outfits, like Fans Project, Head Robots, Mastermind, and old-timers like ReproLabels? Does Hasbro feel that these fan-based products hurt sales of Hasbro products, or help them by increasing the overall popularity of the franchise?


Hasbro has stated in the past several times that they are not pleased with 3rd party products. They had also stated that they were looking into pursuing legal avenues to prevent further products from being made.

Speculation: Considering that we haven't heard anything further about this, my personal opinion is that they decided it's too costly to pursue legal action since most of these companies reside in China and/or not worth the hassle and/or is not cutting into their profits (perhaps they talked to an actuator?).
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070327)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:02am CDT
It Is Him wrote:Do you still love me, Hasbro? Because if you did, you'd let me have all those cool Animated toys you're holding out on. Don't tell me those kids in Japan will get them first!


I'm sure Hasbro still loves you. After all, You Are Him.

Kidding aside, I think the remaining TFA figures will get released (if at all) in Japan before they'll ever get released here. I think this type of item would be perfect for Japan to release because those that really want them outside of Japan can easily use online retailers to have these figures imported which equals good sales for Takara Tomy on figures that they might not have released otherwise. It'll be interesting to see just how many of these figures get released.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070329)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:03am CDT
Diem wrote:"Will the Generations line include homages from all eras of Transformers?"


Yes. Hasbro stated this at Toy Fair 2010. Picture "Generations" as the continuation of Classics. I declare Generations be called "CLASSICS 3.0"!!!
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070331)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:05am CDT
So what two questions were chosen? Also, was the pool of questions just this thread, or did it include questions from previous threads that have never been asked?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070332)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:08am CDT
Diem wrote:
DavidT wrote:
Diem wrote:"Will the Generations line include homages from all eras of Transformers?"


I thought that was already confirmed that it would... but maybe not


.

"Will the unreleased Animated figures be released in the Generations?" was my original idea but it seemed too specific.


Good question. I actually don't have an answer for this but didn't want to use this question as one of our two questions after thinking about their possible answers.

POSSIBLE ANSWER #1: "No, the same Animated packaging will be used for these items."

POSSIBLE ANSWER #2: "Yes, the new Generations packaging will be used for these items."

Personally, I think it would be really smart to release Rodimus and Ironhide with the Generations packaging. I'm all about consistent branding. If TFA is out of life, I don't see the point in continuing with using the TFA packaging. I'm sure MIB collectors would like them to continue using the TFA packaging, but I don't think Hasbro cares about that as a reason.

I actually think this will depend on whether or not TFA Season 3 comes out on DVD this fall. If it does, I can see a point to continuing to keep these figures packaged in the traditional TFA packaging (which oddly never received a refresh during its long shelf life of 2 years).
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070334)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:09am CDT
Razorclaw0000 wrote:So what two questions were chosen? Also, was the pool of questions just this thread, or did it include questions from previous threads that have never been asked?


I just used the questions from this thread. It took me about forty minutes to pick the two questions. I asked about G1 Unicron and the Transformers Hall of Fame because I felt that both questions were relevant and I didn't have an answer for them.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070336)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:14am CDT
Gandalf wrote:You released Generation One Soundwave under the Classics line as a Toys R Us exclusive, and then Perceptor and the Insecticons under the Universe line. It seemed logical that Blaster would be the TRU exclusive for Generations, so why the change to an SDCC exclusive? Will another character be selected to uphold the tradition of non-vehicle TRU commemoratives for the Generations line? And please tell us that Blaster will also be available on Hasbro Toy Shop!


I don't think this "tradition" is intentional. They released Soundwave in 2007 because fans had been demanding a US release of the reissue and because they couldn't think of a better way to homage the figure in the Classics line. FunPub even used the reissue Soundwave as that character in the 2007 Botcon comic.

Perceptor and the Insecticons were reissued because Hasbro thought they were somehow relevant because of ROTF's Scalpel (aka "The Doctor") and Insecticons. I kind of get the Insecticons connection, but to me, saying there's a connection between Perceptor and Scalpel is a stretch other than they're both microscopes.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070338)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:18am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Arlekkin wrote:Sorry but another question came to mind....

So everybody knows that when the Transformers came out in the early 80s, Takara could not release some characters such as Shockwave and Skyfire, as they were the property of other companies. Now, does Hasbro have the rights to all of Takara's character inventory including the e-hobby exclusive characters? And if yes, are we gonna see any of those characters in any future line?


I think the BotCon Bug Bite, Deathsaurus, Universe Leo Prime and the canceled Victory Saber pretty much confirmed that. :P


Takara and Hasbro both share the rights to these characters. Takara Tomy can do whatever they want with these characters, as can Hasbro. The real issue with the unreleased figures in Japan has more to do with Takara didn't want to promote products from their direct competitors in the Japanese market.

I'd love to know why Europe got screwed on some G1 figures. I don't think they got Shockwave or Swoop.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070339)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:22am CDT
LiKwid wrote:Will Botcon continue to be overseen by funpub in the future or do they have a "contract" of sorts to run the con? With the delays in the registration( understandably) will Hasbro look elsewhere for a company to run their Con?


sorry had to get this off my chest LOL


I really wanted to ask some variation of this question but didn't after considering their possible answers. I'm assuming there is an actual contract between FunPub and Hasbro so if (in theory) Hasbro was unhappy with FunPub, they probably would be extremely limited with what they can legally say in a response.

As unhappy as I am with the registration process and the lines during the first day or two at the con, I do have to give FunPub credit for turning a so-so 2 day convention into an actual 5 day event. BotCon today is night-and-day different from how it used to be. I just wish they'd listen to a few of us and actually make some changes (though admittedly, they did listen to us about the online registration ... I just wish they hadn't waited until the last minute).
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070341)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:26am CDT
guardianprime wrote:When designing a new transformer do you ever take into concideration with other hasbro toy lines?
the most specific example i can think of would be motorcycles which my this time most of us have realized are pretty close to being in scale with G.I. Joe figures. is this ever on purpose and do you have any plans (other than the one known G.I.Joe transforming motorcycle) to exploit this in the future?


Hasbro has been asked about this year after year in various ways. For whatever reason, they seem not to want to do GiJoe / Transformers crossovers because they're concerned about brand confusion. A question similar to this was asked in a previous Q&A on another TF site ... anyone got a link to it? To me, it seems like it would be the greatest toy crossover line ever which I'm sure kids and adults everywhere would love.

One day ...

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Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070343)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:28am CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Razorclaw0000 wrote:So what two questions were chosen? Also, was the pool of questions just this thread, or did it include questions from previous threads that have never been asked?


I just used the questions from this thread. It took me about forty minutes to pick the two questions. I asked about G1 Unicron and the Transformers Hall of Fame because I felt that both questions were relevant and I didn't have an answer for them.


Fair enough. ;-)

In regards to the Animated figures not being released, I suspect we'll get a huge announcement at BotCon, or a very conspicuous lack of an announcement.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070344)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:31am CDT
Constantine wrote:
Optillamanus wrote:
Constantine wrote:What is Hasbro's views of third-party outfits, like Fans Project, Head Robots, Mastermind, and old-timers like ReproLabels? Does Hasbro feel that these fan-based products hurt sales of Hasbro products, or help them by increasing the overall popularity of the franchise?

Theres's no way they're gonna boost popularity. They're marketed towards people who are already fans; people who aren't Transformers fans probably don't know 3rd party companies exist.

I disagree. These products are marketed primarily over the internet, and I think that the rise of fandom on the internet is what kept the franchise alive and allowed it to make the comeback that we're now all enjoying. The toys can stand by themselves, or their popularity can be increased by comics, TV shows, and such. I'm putting third-party toys into that same category.


I actually agree with Optillamanus. The 3rd party products are geared and marketed toward existing Transformers fans. I think because of the extreme popularity in Transformers right now that small companies like Fans Project can exist.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070345)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:31am CDT
Darkclyde wrote:Will Hasbro export the latest Animated Lines (Blackout, Arcee)in mass quantity to Southeast Asian region? (regarding that Arcee is hard-to-find on the US market)


I think you're going to have to import these figures from Japan.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070346)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:32am CDT
Jetstorm9221 wrote:Is there any reason for Animated Blitzwing having buttons in his arms?


Anyone got some speculation on this?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070350)
Posted by Seibertron on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:38am CDT
Mkall wrote:How far along is Hasbro in moving its production to Vietnam? We've seen a leader-class Starscream so far with the Made in Vietnam stamp. What does moving to Vietnam mean in terms of quality/quantity of current/future productions?


Wasn't sure about these questions. I'm assuming the Q3/Q4 2010 products will be made in Vietnam, especially if that Leader Class Starscream is any indication. I'd like to know the reason behind the move. Hopefully the move is to a more secure factory ... one where products don't constantly leak. I also hope that quality will remain the same or improve.

Mkall wrote:It's seeming to be a trend that figures are getting seriously redone instead of a simple repaint; not that repaints aren't done, but one has to look at Recon Ironhide and the mentioned Drift/Blurrz re-do. Is this going to be a new direction for Transformers?


I think the popularity of this brand and Hasbro's sales figures speak to the answer for this. The more popular the brand is, the more we'll see of things like this. Remolding Ironhide and Bumblebee was a great way to get more life out of the same character with a new "mold". They gave us an insane amount of Bumblebees and a bunch of Ironhides ... after they milked the original molds, they gave them some remoldings which I think requires them to create a new physical mold for the factory so that they can continue to profit off their initial investment.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070355)
Posted by Editor on May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:44am CDT
Thanks for using the HOF question Ryan.

I love they are doing it, I just hope they have a better plan behind it than just "hey this character is now a hall of famer"
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070376)
Posted by It Is Him on May 3rd, 2010 @ 10:48am CDT
Editor wrote:Thanks for using the HOF question Ryan.

I love they are doing it, I just hope they have a better plan behind it than just "hey this character is now a hall of famer"


I was kinda wondering the same thing. They could release a special toy to commemorate the event. Like you know, an action master or something.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1070387)
Posted by Counterpunch on May 3rd, 2010 @ 11:08am CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Jetstorm9221 wrote:Is there any reason for Animated Blitzwing having buttons in his arms?


Anyone got some speculation on this?


They aren't buttons, it's like an automorph to add bulk to him. I believe that they need to depress in one of his vehicle modes to fit properly.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1084651)
Posted by Seibertron on June 10th, 2010 @ 4:13pm CDT
Hasbro has sent us back responses for the two questions that we sent them last month. Here're the questions and Hasbro's answers for May 2010:

1. Fans were treated to a huge surprise at BotCon 2009 when they got to see not one but two G1 Unicrons on display. This was an item that many kids from the 80s dreamed of owning and as adults they still do. What can you tell us about the original G1 Unicron toy that was on display at BotCon 2009? How many of them are there? Any chance we'll ever see the G1 Unicron or G1 Arcee made?

Hasbro wrote:We were really happy to have had been able to display the Unicron toy at last year's convention. Besides being a great item to be able to display for our collectors, we also see it as an opportunity to educate the next generation of TF fans on the vast history of the brand.

for your more specific questions: 1) we are not sure on the exact number of G1 Unicrons, we do know that it is very rare; 2) there are no plans to release a G1 Unicron or Arcee.


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2. We haven't heard much regarding the point of the Transformers Hall of Fame and how it will move forward beyond this initial year and induction at Botcon. Will future inductions be held in similar fashion of company picks and fan picks or will it be more fan controlled? And what is the greater point for the Hall, seeing it should be tied to greater media exposure. Is this all just publicity for ramping up excitement within the fan community, without actively having a pay-off beyond the possibility of backing the winning candidate for the 5th spot? Could this possibly be used for a "Transformers Hall-of-Fame" subline of the upcoming Generations toyline?

Hasbro wrote:Overall, our objective for establishing the Transformers Hall of Fame was to create an annual event that celebrated the accomplishments of the people and characters that have had a significant impact on the brand. Thus, you can expect that every year there will be more people and characters inducted into the Transformers Hall of Fame through a combination of Hasbro and fan input.


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Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1084657)
Posted by joeformer on June 10th, 2010 @ 4:31pm CDT
I have to ask this cause its driving me nuts. With all the human characters in the movies and in the idw comics. Will there ever be little mini articulated in scale figures made for the movie line and the classics line. Please make them. It feels like the toy line is not complete without them. I know about the human alliance line which is great. But I would love to see some mini figures for the classics and movie universe. Please. :grin: :grin:
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1084660)
Posted by zenosaurus_x on June 10th, 2010 @ 4:45pm CDT
Well, I'll try again.....
First Question:Why are the larger characters often made excessively small? I can understand that they may be too big to make accurate but then why make them outright tiny? For example Movie BoneCrusher and Classics Trypticon or even Grimlock are very small.

Second Question:From the ROTF line, why are there new molds of characters who were not in the movie, but a few characters in the movie don't have toys? My example here would pretty much just be Scrapper though....as OverLoad and Hightower don't TransForm in the movie...

I asked them in more detail last time...but I'd really like those answered....
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1084662)
Posted by It Is Him on June 10th, 2010 @ 4:48pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Hasbro wrote:Overall, our objective for establishing the Transformers Hall of Fame was to create an annual event that celebrated the accomplishments of the people and characters that have had a significant impact on the brand. Thus, you can expect that every year there will be more people and characters inducted into the Transformers Hall of Fame through a combination of Hasbro and fan input.


Gee, that's boring.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1084667)
Posted by zenosaurus_x on June 10th, 2010 @ 4:56pm CDT
Yeah it...kinda is....
They should mix it up a bit, maybe make some different groups, if someone is good enough to be IN the Hall of Fame...we probably already know who it is......
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1084673)
Posted by Amelie on June 10th, 2010 @ 5:06pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:I don't think they got Shockwave or Swoop.


The UK certainly didn't get these two lovelies. I got Swoop last year after importing him from America. Then got shafted by the import-tax man. :lol:

The fact they don't know how many Unicrons were produced is curious. I'm wondering if they prematurely started mass-production but failed the toy safty tests? It's a possible explanation as to why we see full production toys, but they're unclear as to the numbers - otherwise it would be very odd not to know how many prototypes produced.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1084689)
Posted by Seibertron on June 10th, 2010 @ 5:46pm CDT
Amelie wrote:
Seibertron wrote:I don't think they got Shockwave or Swoop.


The UK certainly didn't get these two lovelies. I got Swoop last year after importing him from America. Then got shafted by the import-tax man. :lol:

The fact they don't know how many Unicrons were produced is curious. I'm wondering if they prematurely started mass-production but failed the toy safty tests? It's a possible explanation as to why we see full production toys, but they're unclear as to the numbers - otherwise it would be very odd not to know how many prototypes produced.


I'm sure Hasbro knows or doesn't want to disclose that information. I imagine it has more to do with the person who answered the questions didn't really look into it as both of the answers provided were pretty generic. I thought asking about something that didn't have to do with current or upcoming releases would reveal more fruitful answers but I was wrong. I was really hoping they would provide some neat information about the G1 Unicron toy. I think I could've provided the answer they gave us.
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1084692)
Posted by Amelie on June 10th, 2010 @ 5:53pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:both of the answers provided were pretty generic. I thought asking about something that didn't have to do with current or upcoming releases would reveal more fruitful answers but I was wrong. I was really hoping they would provide some neat information about the G1 Unicron toy. I think I could've provided the answer they gave us.


Maybe we should've phrased it something like "Why wasn't the original G1 Unicron released? Was it due to pricing or toy safety issues?". Or some clever was to avoid the generic answers. :-?
Re: Hasbro's Transformers Q&A for May 2010 (1084693)
Posted by It Is Him on June 10th, 2010 @ 5:58pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:I'm sure Hasbro knows or doesn't want to disclose that information. I imagine it has more to do with the person who answered the questions didn't really look into it as both of the answers provided were pretty generic. I thought asking about something that didn't have to do with current or upcoming releases would reveal more fruitful answers but I was wrong. I was really hoping they would provide some neat information about the G1 Unicron toy. I think I could've provided the answer they gave us.


Do you get the sense that they've stopped trying with these Q&A sessions?

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