Paramount Press Junket, part 3

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Paramount Press Junket, part 3

Postby Nekoman » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:54 pm

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Mike Ballog and Aron Archer spoke at the Paramount Press Junket recently, describing big news for the toy realm of the Transformers brand, and confirmation that a line similar to Universe 2.0 from 08' and Classics from late 06' is on the way, next Fall.

From Lonegamer of The Allspark:

Questions with Hasbro Director of Global Design and Development Aaron Archer post panel

Is a toy line similar in concept to Classics and Universe 2.0 - classic characters in updated bodies - going to be released next Fall?

Yeah, everything that isn’t movie, should fit in to that kind of area that we’re now calling Universe. So anything that doesn’t quite fit in movie, so whether it be Beast Wars, or re-imagining of , you know, Bluestreak or something, a favorite, will be in that kind of line. So we are going to do new updates.

So classic characters in updated bodies.

How many of those, I can’t really get into, but that’s something we know works for the fans, that kinda complete that new style – expression – and we’re happy to do that. We love to bring back old characters that you wouldn’t have thought we’d redo. It’s kinda a fun little designer challenge now going on. Mirage, he’s out.

Release date next fall?

I think mostly next fall is when you’ll see more of that.

Any update on release dates for the remaining Animated stuff?

[San Diego] Comic-Con, we showed what the few remaining guys were out there that we will produce at some point, whether in Animated packaging or not. But I don’t know the release dates, I focus on the creation and stuff. I don’t want to give the wrong date, but they are definitely coming out. We want all that stuff to come.

How does Hasbro handle the cultural differences, such as when it came to localizing the Unicron Trilogy and “Robots in Disguise” (“Car Robots” in Japan)?

It’s a challenge because it’s culturally two different ways to tell stories. So we kinda trade off – we wanted a particular type of thing, Takara will need a certain type of thing. What works well in the Japanese market is kinda the combining figures and different event-base products coming out, so there’s telling those stories, and we have a different take on that. So we make compromises on both sides and try to make it work. For Animated, it was more of a US-led production, and I think they’re trying to figure it out on their end how they’re going to make it fit into the universe they have. It’s not always easy but it’s not too difficult either.

Any thoughts on Japanese storytelling compared to Western storytelling?

I think for the Japanese… it’s one episode every week, it’s 52 episodes, more of a soap opera, in a way. Whereas we’re just telling fun action stories, character driven, from an American or Western sensibility, of course. Those are the really two big kind of things we navigate, and in Animated we led that production with Cartoon Network, so we didn’t do 52 episodes stand alone episodes, and all of that. It just work better for the US and some of the markets that Hasbro participates in.


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Re: Paramount Press Junket, part 3

Postby DevastaTTor » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:37 pm

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Re: Paramount Press Junket, part 3

Postby Ungie » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:48 pm

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Re: Paramount Press Junket, part 3

Postby shadow28 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:47 pm

I hope they mean really classic, not "movie" bodies. I would like combiners...dreammmm
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Re: Paramount Press Junket, part 3

Postby noctorro » Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:38 am

Woooohgaaah! (what ever the hell that means)

So, a new line in the style of Classics. And a new tv show.
Are the two connected? Would that mean that the allready
released classics will also be in the cartoon?

Here's hoping for combiners and transformers that transform
in a base. They haven't done that in ages.
A lot of bots have allready been done, Energon Shockblast.
Energon Omega Supreme, Energon Wheeljack(downshift).
Cybertron Soundwave. I'd like to see another version of
Energon Wing Saber (with more articulation).
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Re: Paramount Press Junket, part 3

Postby --B-- » Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:08 am

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Next fall, AWESOME! That means that I don't buy any TF's for a year, plenty of time to save up, as I will pass on all the RotF re-paints and be ready when Universe 3.0 and MP Grimlock hit next year!

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Re: Paramount Press Junket, part 3

Postby Counterpunch » Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:49 am

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Re: Paramount Press Junket, part 3

Postby Editor » Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:01 pm

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noctorro wrote:So, a new line in the style of Classics. And a new tv show.
Are the two connected? Would that mean that the allready
released classics will also be in the cartoon?


I highly doubt it, all we are going to get is existing cartoons until TF3 drops. With the timeframe for TF3, I just don't see them doing anything that they can't stop at the drop of a hat like Universe so they don't repeat the issues with Animated and the first movie.

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Re: Paramount Press Junket, part 3

Postby --B-- » Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:20 pm

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I'd love to see a new mold for BW Depthcharge, the original bot mode had sooooo much kibble, but the rest of him was awesome. I'd love to see the technobots and terrorcons re-done, even if, gasp, they didn't combine, they jsut had some awesome alt modes. You already have Straff, just do a hasbro version, and Classics rodimus could be easily re-molded into Lightspeed.

At the very least we need to see U Inferno re-molded to Grapple, or re-painted with a new head into Hotspot.
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