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Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel

Transformers News: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel

Sunday, October 14th, 2012 10:38AM CDT

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Our friend and fellow Seibertronian, Soundwave9, was also in attendance at NYCC 2012's Hasbro Transformers panel this past Thursday. He recorded the entire panel on video which you can view on his YouTube account. Without further ado, here are the four videos for your viewing enjoyment.










Seibertron.com wrote: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 ...

Video from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel

Video from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel

Video from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel

Video from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel

Video from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel

Video from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel

Video from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel

Video from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel

Video from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel

Video from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel
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Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430261)
Posted by joevill on October 14th, 2012 @ 11:31am CDT
SO the United States will be getting the Platinum toys?
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430287)
Posted by Seibertron on October 14th, 2012 @ 12:57pm CDT
joevill wrote:SO the United States will be getting the Platinum toys?


Yes as exclusives with Amazon and BBTS if I recall correctly.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430289)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on October 14th, 2012 @ 1:01pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
joevill wrote:SO the United States will be getting the Platinum toys?


Yes as exclusives with Amazon and BBTS if I recall correctly.


Amazon and BBTS again? Bugger.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430303)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on October 14th, 2012 @ 1:27pm CDT
if smokescreen is not an exclusive i will loose 200 pounds, shave my head and beard and change my name to sue.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430306)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 14th, 2012 @ 1:31pm CDT
Doubledealer93 wrote:if smokescreen is not an exclusive i will loose 200 pounds, shave my head and beard and change my name to sue.
Which one? Legion class singular Smokescreen, or Legion class blue vehicle Smokescreen? :P
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430316)
Posted by welcometothedarksyde on October 14th, 2012 @ 1:51pm CDT
NOOO! They're interested in more deluxe combiners! I appreciate that they're trying, but I would honestly prefer the limbs being scouts because then the proportions don't suck.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430318)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 14th, 2012 @ 1:52pm CDT
welcometothedarksyde wrote:NOOO! They're interested in more deluxe combiners! I appreciate that they're trying, but I would honestly prefer the limbs being scouts because then the proportions don't suck.
Why not just have the torsos for any new combiners be Voyagers? ;)
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430319)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on October 14th, 2012 @ 1:55pm CDT
Sweet, chop shop and eject!
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430323)
Posted by Seibertron on October 14th, 2012 @ 2:02pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
welcometothedarksyde wrote:NOOO! They're interested in more deluxe combiners! I appreciate that they're trying, but I would honestly prefer the limbs being scouts because then the proportions don't suck.
Why not just have the torsos for any new combiners be Voyagers? ;)


I'm fine with this as well. I think to compete with the 3rd party figures that this would be the best route.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430339)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on October 14th, 2012 @ 2:35pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Doubledealer93 wrote:if smokescreen is not an exclusive i will loose 200 pounds, shave my head and beard and change my name to sue.
Which one? Legion class singular Smokescreen, or Legion class blue vehicle Smokescreen? :P


the teased deluxe one.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430349)
Posted by Seibertron on October 14th, 2012 @ 3:06pm CDT
Doubledealer93 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Doubledealer93 wrote:if smokescreen is not an exclusive i will loose 200 pounds, shave my head and beard and change my name to sue.
Which one? Legion class singular Smokescreen, or Legion class blue vehicle Smokescreen? :P


the teased deluxe one.


It'll be a retail item.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430385)
Posted by CrimsonPrime on October 14th, 2012 @ 7:21pm CDT
Bigger toys huh? I wonder if they are just going to increase the size back to original or actually bigger than the original o.O...
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430387)
Posted by NTESHFT on October 14th, 2012 @ 7:37pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
welcometothedarksyde wrote:NOOO! They're interested in more deluxe combiners! I appreciate that they're trying, but I would honestly prefer the limbs being scouts because then the proportions don't suck.
Why not just have the torsos for any new combiners be Voyagers? ;)


I'm fine with this as well. I think to compete with the 3rd party figures that this would be the best route.



True. I'm hoping they get away from the PCC combiner attachments, though. I'm not a big fan of that, but I'll bet that's the route they go....
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430393)
Posted by RAcast on October 14th, 2012 @ 7:53pm CDT
headsortails wrote:True. I'm hoping they get away from the PCC combiner attachments, though. I'm not a big fan of that, but I'll bet that's the route they go.


They work just as well as anything, the problem is the plastic quality. What they should do is engineer them with a button-released catch, so that it's not a matter of forcing the limbs on and off, wearing down the plastic over time; you'd just hold the button and slide the connector off the peg.

I vaugely recall one of the third party Devastators having a system like this, correct?
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430403)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on October 14th, 2012 @ 8:16pm CDT
RAcast wrote:
headsortails wrote:True. I'm hoping they get away from the PCC combiner attachments, though. I'm not a big fan of that, but I'll bet that's the route they go.


They work just as well as anything, the problem is the plastic quality. What they should do is engineer them with a button-released catch, so that it's not a matter of forcing the limbs on and off, wearing down the plastic over time; you'd just hold the button and slide the connector off the peg.

I vaugely recall one of the third party Devastators having a system like this, correct?

Giant has that.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430431)
Posted by warzon3 on October 14th, 2012 @ 10:30pm CDT
So because we didn't here any new news on FOC stuff does that mean the line is done?

Totally crossing my fingers for more Dinobots.....
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430443)
Posted by Mkall on October 14th, 2012 @ 11:16pm CDT
warzon3 wrote:So because we didn't here any new news on FOC stuff does that mean the line is done?

Totally crossing my fingers for more Dinobots.....

I believe they were saying that the line will continue, but they didn't say in what form or which figures would be seeing release.

I hope for more Dinobots too.

Edit: I re-watchd the video where they announced Generations and yes, it does sound like they're continuing the Generations line, but I'm not sure if they'll be keeping them strictly as Generations Platinum or if they'll be seeing wide retail release.

I also noticed how the speaker placed emphasis on the word big when talking character sizes so I'm hoping that we'll be seeing more large figures in the future.

Edit again: Also found it funny that Omega Supreme got a round of applause and e. Optimus Prime didn't.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430447)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on October 14th, 2012 @ 11:41pm CDT
Mkall wrote:
warzon3 wrote:So because we didn't here any new news on FOC stuff does that mean the line is done?

Totally crossing my fingers for more Dinobots.....

I believe they were saying that the line will continue, but they didn't say in what form or which figures would be seeing release.

I hope for more Dinobots too.

Edit: I re-watchd the video where they announced Generations and yes, it does sound like they're continuing the Generations line, but I'm not sure if they'll be keeping them strictly as Generations Platinum or if they'll be seeing wide retail release.

I also noticed how the speaker placed emphasis on the word big when talking character sizes so I'm hoping that we'll be seeing more large figures in the future.

Edit again: Also found it funny that Omega Supreme got a round of applause and e. Optimus Prime didn't.


I thought it was kinda lame that people cheered for BB. I mean, come on, the one time you can give them some real feedback on the tiredness of the character... I know they mighta just wanted to keep the good vibe going, but its not like you can't just wait to see (in this case) Omega Supreme, and then cheer.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430449)
Posted by Noideaforaname on October 14th, 2012 @ 11:45pm CDT
I wouldn't be surprised if what we've seen is it for FoC figures. The game being a one-time deal as opposed to a sustained series doesn't seem like it'd hold up an ongoing toyline 6+ months after release.

Then again, G1-inspired stuff seems to sell pretty well regardless...


On the other hand, if the Dinobots appear in Prime (which has been hinted if not out-right stated) chances are we'd see those versions instead of the FoC ones. Or neither...
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430453)
Posted by Seibertron on October 14th, 2012 @ 11:53pm CDT
Mkall wrote:I also noticed how the speaker placed emphasis on the word big when talking character sizes so I'm hoping that we'll be seeing more large figures in the future.

Edit again: Also found it funny that Omega Supreme got a round of applause and e. Optimus Prime didn't.


And from my interview with Hasbro at SDCC ...

Seibertron.com / Ryan: "Please thank whoever. That's awesome I think. Looking at the size of some of the other items that are with the Marvel or G.I. Joe brands, you've got the giant heli-carrier for Marvel, I feel like Transformers is getting the short end of the stick as far as big products. Someone mentioned about Omega Supreme, Metroplex, Fort Max ... some of those big guys ... is there a chance of getting some love for some of those guys?"

Hasbro / Aaron: "I think that we recognize that those other groups have done that and even some other companies have. You know, $300 items, $400 items, in the market place not just for collectors or [conventions]. So it makes sense for us to look at that so we're starting that process because we do have big characters."
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430519)
Posted by STngAR on October 15th, 2012 @ 8:10am CDT
I find it funny that Omega Supreme was the only one that got real applause. Everything else was "so what do you think?" than applause. :MAXIMAL:
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430536)
Posted by That Bot on October 15th, 2012 @ 9:23am CDT
warzon3 wrote:So because we didn't here any new news on FOC stuff does that mean the line is done?

Totally crossing my fingers for more Dinobots.....

Most of this was Q1 2013 stuff, and we already know most of the Generations offerings for Q1 2013 from SDCC. If there's more, we'll probably see it announced at Cybertron Con in....January? February? Whenever that is.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430553)
Posted by Seibertron on October 15th, 2012 @ 10:07am CDT
That Bot wrote:
warzon3 wrote:So because we didn't here any new news on FOC stuff does that mean the line is done?

Totally crossing my fingers for more Dinobots.....

Most of this was Q1 2013 stuff, and we already know most of the Generations offerings for Q1 2013 from SDCC. If there's more, we'll probably see it announced at Cybertron Con in....January? February? Whenever that is.


Toy Fair 2013 is the next event that I will be covering which should have the 2013 Q1 and Q2 products.
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430621)
Posted by That Bot on October 15th, 2012 @ 1:28pm CDT
You're not going to Cybertron Con (or whatever that one in Singapore is called)?
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430622)
Posted by Seibertron on October 15th, 2012 @ 1:31pm CDT
That Bot wrote:You're not going to Cybertron Con (or whatever that one in Singapore is called)?


I wasn't planning on it. When is Cybertron Con? I don't think 2013 has been announced yet.

http://www.cybertroncon.com/
Re: Videos from Hasbro's Transformers NYCC 2012 panel (1430656)
Posted by That Bot on October 15th, 2012 @ 2:32pm CDT
That's a good question, actually. I thought I remembered it being in January-February this year, I see it was actually mid-March. I'd assume same time next year. So Toy Fair is first. Never mind, then.

This brings up an issue: when did we first see the RID Arcee and Ratchet molds? My friend and I swore it was Cybertron Con, but it looks like it wasn't. Pretty sure we saw them before Toy Fair. Whatever con it was that we saw them at, we believe that's where they'll showcase the Q2 stuff and beyond, as well as the robot modes of the various Predakings and the mystery figure from Voyager wave 1.
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