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Toys R Us Canada is Here to Stay and Celebrating This With Special Events and Free Giftcards

Transformers News: Toys R Us Canada is Here to Stay and Celebrating This With Special Events and Free Giftcards
Date: Sunday, June 3rd 2018 1:22pm CDT
Categories: People News, Company News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Toysrus Canada

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We knew that Fairfax Financial had won the bidding for Toysrus Canada and now all the documents have been signed and Toysrus Canada is now fully owned by Fairfax. The later being a Canadian company means that Toysrus Canada is now 100% Canadian with no ties to the US, which is quite a twist since it started as a subsidiary of what was once a prominent American business. Now, simply due to the fact that competition was limited in Canada for toys of any kind (with a tough barrier of entry for any potential competition due to Canada's ridiculously low population density), Toysrus Canada has always been profitable. But all along, its earnings were going to the US parent so there was no chance for reinvesting in the Canadian business. But that is over now, so we can simply imagine how this company which was already great will now have an influx of cash for reinvesting and improving.

Toysrus Canada aims to reinforce the fact that they are sticking around and to do so, they are offering events every week-end in June with free 5$ giftcards to anyone who shows up, along with free gifts like lego kits you can build in the store and take home with you. Plus, if kids bring in their report card on the last Saturday of June, they get a gift.

These are all shown in the image below and more details can be found here.

Transformers News: Toys R Us Canada Here to Stay and Celebrating This With Special Events and Free Giftcards

Along with that, we have a message from the Toysrus Canada president, Melanie Teed-Murch, about Toysrus Canada beig here to stay followed by a statement from Prem Watsa, CEO of Fairfax, which gives a quick look at the business figures that went into his company's decision to buy Toysrus. However, all this joy on the Canadian side is inverted when looking at the US where the Toysrus head office is also being cleared with everything on sale, including Geoffrey

Transformers News: Toys R Us Canada Here to Stay and Celebrating This With Special Events and Free Giftcards

Message from Toysrus Canada President:

TORONTO (June 1, 2018) – Toys "R" Us (Canada) Ltd. announces the completion of the previously announced acquisition of its business by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. As a result of the acquisition, Toys R Us Canada is now a proudly Canadian-owned and operated business employing more than 4,000 Canadians and Canada’s only exclusive coast to coast business with over 80 locations dedicated to kids and babies across Canada.

“As Canada’s leading toy and baby retailer, we are thrilled to be part of the Fairfax family and to now operate as a reinvigorated company that is 100% Canadian,” said Melanie Teed-Murch, President of Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us Canada. “I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our customers for their loyalty and for choosing to shop at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us. We are passionate about our business and want Canadians to know that we are champions of play with the newest trends and hottest toys in our stores. We believe that parenting is an adventure and Babies “R” Us Canada will be there along the journey to help parents. We are also excited about our future and look forward to inviting customers back to see what’s new in store.”

This summer, Toys “R” Us will be moving full steam ahead in getting the message to Canadians that we’re here to play, here to stay! “We will be challenging kids, parents, grand-givers and kids at heart to embrace the power of play. At Toys “R” Us, we believe that moments of joy, endless possibilities of fun and the wonder of imagination all happen through play,” said Teed-Murch.

The company also remains committed to its philanthropic initiatives and its support of communities across Canada. Each year, the company raises nearly $2 million to support its partners through the generous support of its customers and team members. Beginning this month, Toys “R” Us will host 10 Starlight Dashes across Canada in which seriously ill children from the Starlight Children’s Foundation will have three minutes to race around the store and fill their carts with toys.

All customer programs like Baby Registry, “R”Club™ loyalty and wish list are running just as customers know and love. Gift cards purchased in Canada can be redeemed anytime online and in any store location across the country. In the coming months, the company will roll out exciting new innovations that have proven successful at recently opened stores in Langley, British Columbia and Barrie, Ontario. This format includes dedicated play areas, interactive stations for kids and mobile pay. The evolving omnichannel strategy connects customers wherever, whenever and however they want through our webstore, mobile and store shopping experience.

Visit www.toysrus.ca and www.babiesrus.ca for exciting announcements and new events happening throughout the summer.


Statement from Fairfax CEO:

“Toys “R” Us has a 34-year track record of standalone profitability in Canada (over the last three years, revenue has exceeded C$1 billion annually and, for the last nine years, EBITDA has exceeded C$100 million annually). With over two decades working in Canada for Toys “R” Us, Melanie has the experience necessary to lead the dedicated employees of Toys “R” Us for the benefit of all stakeholders, kids, families and communities across Canada,” said Prem Watsa, Chairman and CEO of Fairfax. “We look forward to building for the long-term and allowing the Toys “R” Us team in Canada to re-invest in the business, instead of the past history of just sending earnings to the U.S.”

David Wise to Attend TFcon Toronto 2018

Transformers News: David Wise to Attend TFcon Toronto 2018
Date: Thursday, May 31st 2018 9:16pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): TFcon Toronto

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TFcon Toronto has announced yet another super star of the Transformers world will be attending the annual con, David Wise!

Mr. Wise is a prolific TV series writer, having wrote 15 of the original G1 Sunbow cartoon episodes including classics such as "The Secret of Omega Supreme", "The Key to Vector Sigma", and "The Rebirth". He also worked on over 70 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle episodes around the same time.

TFcon Toronto is being held from July 13 through the 15 at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario. Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE and other guests include IDW Artist extraordinaire Alex Milne; Garry Chalk, the voice of Optimus Primal; David Kaye as the voice of Beast Wars/Armada/Energon/Cybertron Megatron as well as Animated Optimus Prime; and others.

We are very happy to welcome Transformers writer David Wise to the Toronto guest list this year for his first ever TFcon. As an American television animation writer, Wise was the single most prolific writer for the Transformers Generation 1 cartoon, penning fifteen episodes including but not limited to “The Secret of Omega Supreme”, “Microbots”, “Kremzeek!”, “The Key to Vector Sigma”, “War Dawn” and “The Rebirth”. Beyond the Transformers Universe, Wise was the head writer for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) TV series where he wrote or co-wrote over 70 episodes and story-edited many more.

“We are very pleased to welcome David Wise to TFcon Toronto,” says General Manager Colin Douglas. “His work has been enjoyed by countless Transformers fans across the world for decades, making his appearance at the show a great opportunity for fans to interact with an original Transformers creator.”

David will be taking part in Q&A panels and autograph sessions with the attendees of the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention all weekend long.

David Wise is presented by Toyhax


Transformers News: David Wise to Attend TFcon Toronto 2018

New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs
Date: Sunday, May 27th 2018 8:42pm CDT
Categories: People News, Digital Media News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Weibo and Snakas blog

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With the recent release of digital stickers on Quidd featuring Transformers in what we presumed were their evergreen designs, Emiliano Santalucia.

We also have several of these technical designs in both robot and alt mode. It is here that we see that a few designs had already found their way on toys we already own, like Power of the Primes Starscream's robot mode (the lower half is very similar to the design shown below). there are more designs out there we have yet to see and some missing, like Hot Rod's which we know has an evergreen design from the previously released children's book.

The images of these designs come from the snakas blog and Weibo.

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Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Evergreen Designs

Artist Sara Pitre Durocher to Attend TFcon Toronto 2018

Transformers News: Artist Sara Pitre Durocher to Attend TFcon Toronto 2018
Date: Thursday, May 24th 2018 3:18am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFcon Toronto

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We have a new guest update from the folks over at TFcon Toronto 2018, featuring a fan-favourite IDW Publishing Transformers comics artist and toy package art designer and manager (through Volta): Sara Pitre-Durocher! Check out more information below, and head over here to check out tickets, timings and prices for the event.

We are very pleased to welcome back artist Sara Pitre-Durocher to the TFcon Toronto guest list this year.

Sara is best known to fans of IDW’s Transformers series as the primary artist from the comic book series Till All Are One. She will be attending all weekend and offering prints and commissions to attendees.


Transformers News: Artist Sara Pitre Durocher to Attend TFcon Toronto 2018

Comics Artist Lew Stringer to Attend TFNation 2018

Transformers News: Comics Artist Lew Stringer to Attend TFNation 2018
Date: Tuesday, May 15th 2018 2:28am CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFN

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Joining the line-up of comics guests for 2018, TFNation is pleased to announce the presence of another UK based artist – well known to fans of the original Marvel UK Transformers comics series – Lew Stringer!

Famous predominantly for his humour work, he was a stable component of the Marvel UK Transformers issues, providing a light-hearted relief to the stories in the form of two featured strips: Robo-Capers and Combat Colin (initially in the pages of Action Force, the UK incarnation of G.I. Joe, then replacing Robo-Capers in Transformers).

His very first venture onto the comics stage was Brickman, which ran from the 1970s up until 2009 in various forms. Stringer is well known in the UK for his work as an independent comics creator, but also for his work appearing in the pages of The Beano and The Dandy weekly kids’ comic magazines, alongside other licensed magazines such as Spider-Man, Epic, Lego Adventures and more. Internationally, his work has appeared in the likes of Elephantmen and Grindhouse in the US market, Herman Hedning in Sweden, and Nemi in Norway.

Thanks to his comics work as a creator, Stringer is well-versed in the history of the British comics industry and scene, and regularly offers insights, analyses, and discussions of current and past trends on his blog, Blimey! It’s Another Blog about Comics!

Lew Stringer will be attending TFNation 2018 all weekend, talking capers, silly jokes, and sketching for fans of his work, as well as discussing comics history in general!

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Mike Owens' "Team Autobots" to Race in Gold Rush Rally 2018 With Transformers Inspired McLaren #grx2018

Transformers News: Mike Owens' "Team Autobots" to Race in Gold Rush Rally 2018 With Transformers Inspired McLaren #grx2018
Date: Friday, May 11th 2018 12:24pm CDT
Category: People News
Posted by: Bronzewolf | Credit(s): Mike Owens, Gold Rush Rally

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Gold Rush Rally has been announcing their competing teams for this year's run, and they posted the latest one yesterday: "Team Autobots", led by Mike Owens!
Gold Rush Rally, in case you aren't aware, is a massive annual drive across the country that always features the newest and most expensive super cars in extremely unique vinyl wraps! This year is the tenth running of the rally, and it's no different, with a roster full of Lamborghinis, Rolls Royce, Ferraris, Porsches, and Bugatti. But the one we're paying attention to is a Mclaren 720s which has been wrapped with an Optimus Prime design! As mentioned, it'll be driven by Gold Rush Rally veteran Mike Owens, under the moniker Team Autobots!

While we don't think this has been officially designated by Hasbro, it's still cool to see projects like this in the community! Check out a gallery of the car below, click on any of the images to be taken to Mike's Instagram to follow the progress of the car, and see it in person if Gold Rush Rally makes a stop near you, in one of the following cities starting June 22nd:
Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Saint Louis, Memphis, Dallas, Albuquerque, Scottsdale, and Las Vegas!
Transformers News: Mike Owens' Team Autobots to Race in Gold Rush Rally 2018 With Customized McLaren

Transformers News: Mike Owens' Team Autobots to Race in Gold Rush Rally 2018 With Customized McLaren

Transformers News: Mike Owens' Team Autobots to Race in Gold Rush Rally 2018 With Customized McLaren

Transformers News: Mike Owens' Team Autobots to Race in Gold Rush Rally 2018 With Customized McLaren

Transformers News: Mike Owens' Team Autobots to Race in Gold Rush Rally 2018 With Customized McLaren

Transformers News: Mike Owens' Team Autobots to Race in Gold Rush Rally 2018 With Customized McLaren

Composer Dario Marianelli to Score Bumblebee: The Movie

Transformers News: Composer Dario Marianelli to Score Bumblebee: The Movie
Date: Thursday, May 10th 2018 2:50am CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Film Music Reporter

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Via specialised site for cinema music Film Music Reporter, and one of their brief updates, we have news about who will be scoring the next - and for now last in this narrative universe - Paramount live action movie featuring the Transformers: Bumblebee The Movie.

According to the source, composer Dario Marianelli - who has worked on Kubo and The Two Strings with director Travis Knight previously - will be taking the helm for the score, though we are also to expect some 80s style rock according to previous coverage and initial images from the movie (if going by Hailee Steinfeld's attire, in any case, and Bumblebee's direction for vocal interaction via radio snippets). Check out more info below!

Dario Marianelli has been tapped to score the upcoming Transformers spinoff Bumblebee. The film is directed by Travis Knight and stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Rachel Crow, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn and Grace Dzienny. The movie is set in 1987 and follows a teenage girl trying to find her place in the world as she discovers Bumblebee refuged in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Christina Hodson (Unforgettable, Shut In) wrote the screenplay. Michael Bay who helmed all the previous Transformers movies (scored by Steve Jablonsky) is producing the project with Knight, Lorenzo di Bonaventura (RED, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Stephen Davis (Ouija: Origin of Evil). Marianelli has previously collaborated with Knight on LAIKA’s 2016 feature Kubo and the Two Strings. Bumblebee is set to be released on December 21, 2018 by Paramount Pictures.

Marianelli (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Darkest Hour, V for Vendetta, Anna Karenina) has also recently scored the Italian drama Nome di donna, which opened in Italian theaters this past March. No word yet on a domestic release.

John Barber Talks IDW's Unicron Event, Role in IDW Transformers Comics After Unicron

Transformers News: John Barber Talks IDW's Unicron Event, Role in IDW Transformers Comics After Unicron
Date: Tuesday, May 8th 2018 9:29pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): The Beat

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Comics WebsiteThe Beat had the opportunity to sit down with the newly appointed Editor-In-Chief of IDW publishing and continuity master extraordinaire John Barber to talk about the upcoming Transformers: Unicron series, which saw it's issue #0 released this past Saturday at Free Comic Book Day. You can find a review of that issue HERE.

Over the course of the interview, Barber talks about his upcoming role in the IDW Transformers comics following the end of the current continuity, where he states that he will have a guiding hand involved with whatever new series is set to start. This is a comforting piece of news, seeing as how Barber has proven to be one of the best, if not the master of continuity. So while he may not be writing the new stories, he will be responsible for overseeing them.

You can check out the full interview by following the link above, and you can catch some of the content quoted below!

Alexander Jones: How do your new responsibilities as Editor-in-Chief effect your contributions to the Transformers franchise?

John Barber: My recent return to IDW as Editor-in-Chief won’t impact Unicron—I’m still writing the event (along with the Optimus Prime series) through to the end, and my excitement and commitment to this story could not be higher. But I’m also incredibly honored and excited to have the opportunity to take a guiding hand on where the Transformers comics from IDW and Hasbro go next—and on where we take all of IDW’s amazing comics. I’ve been at this job for about a week, and it’s been thrilling working with our partners. The future of IDW—and of comics—looks very, very bright. Unless a big metal planet eats the whole universe, but we’ll have to see how that goes.

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Jones: Why was Unicron chosen as the story to close out the current Transformers Universe?

Barber: Unicron is a really iconic piece of the Transformers mythos. If you’re old enough to have lived through the original Transformers cartoon in the 1980s, you remember what a massive, disruptive thing Unicron was in the movie. That movie was one of the most apocalyptic cartoons you were going to see as a kid in the 1980s—it was devastating watching those familiar characters die. And that’s intrinsically linked with Unicron—in my mind, at least—even though, as editor David Mariotte likes pointing out, Unicron didn’t really kill very many Transformers. He still ate whole planets!

Unicron is something we’ve thought about doing in the IDW universe for a long time but always held off. The time never felt right, and I think the chance to do something really big—something where genuinely anything can happen, and will—was a chance, really the first chance we’ve had, to do Unicron right.


Transformers News: John Barber Talks IDW's Unicron Event, Role in IDW Transformers Comics After Unicron

Transformers voice actor David Mendenhall to attend TFcon Toronto 2018

Transformers News: Transformers voice actor David Mendenhall to attend TFcon Toronto 2018
Date: Tuesday, May 8th 2018 9:19pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): TFcon Toronto

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TFcon Toronto has let us know that a new guest has just been announced for this year's convention: David Mendenhall! Mr. Mendenhall was the voice actor who brought Daniel Witwicky to life in the 1986 classic film, and in seasons 3 and 4 of the original cartoon. This is his very first convention, and he will be available for autographs during the course of the weekend.

TFcon Toronto is being held from July 13 through the 15 at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario. Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE and other guests include IDW Artist extraordinaire Alex Milne; Garry Chalk, the voice of Optimus Primal; David Kaye as the voice of Beast Wars/Armada/Energon/Cybertron Megatron as well as Animated Optimus Prime; and others.

We are very pleased to welcome David Mendenhall to TFcon Toronto 2018 for his first ever convention appearance. Transformers fans will recognize him as the voice of Daniel Witwicky in Transformers The Movie as well as Generation 1 season 3 and 4 where he later became the headmaster component for Arcee. David will be taking part in Q&A panels and autograph sessions with the attendees of the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention all weekend long.

“We are thrilled to welcome David to TFcon for his first-ever convention,” says General Manager Colin Douglas. “His appearance will be a rare first opportunity for fans to meet with an actor from Transformers Generation 1.


Transformers News: Transformers voice actor David Mendenhall to attend TFcon Toronto 2018

Samoa Joe on Voicing Predaking in Machinima Transformers Power of the Primes

Transformers News: Samoa Joe on Voicing Predaking in Machinima Transformers Power of the Primes
Date: Sunday, May 6th 2018 3:00am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): ESPN

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A new interview over on ESPN gives us a little insight into one of the characters showing up in the third chapter of the Transformers Prime Wars trilogy series on Machinima - the Predacon combiner Predaking - and its voice actor Samoa Joe, a professional wrestler from TNA, Ring of Honor, NXT and WWE. He talks about his approach to the role and interest in the Transformers franchise, and his excitement for the gig. Take a read below, see the whole piece here, and join the discussion in the comments!

Even though Joe was out of commission for a few months at the start of 2018, he remained busy with another major step forward in his life and career with his biggest voice-acting role to date.

After lending his voice to the Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series and Dota 2, Samoa Joe took on the role of Predaking in Transformers: Power of the Primes. Joining a cast of heavy hitters that includes Mark Hamill, Ron Perlman, Jaime King, Wil Wheaton and Judd Nelson, among many others, Samoa Joe slipped naturally into a role that he was seemingly destined to play.

"I grew up watching Transformers," he said. "I think it was one of the first cartoons that I started watching as a kid. It was awesome. I would set my clock every morning before I went to school. It was a big part of my childhood.

"It was easy to throw myself in the character, it was fun," Joe continued. "As a child, I think everybody imitates their favorite cartoon character in some form or another when they're playing. To find themselves as a grown adult -- getting that chance and having it actually become part of that cartoon is a real cool thing."

Transformers: Power of the Primes, which debuted on Tuesday on go90 and tumblr, allowed Joe to channel the most villainous elements of his character while embracing passions from his past. He'll have a similar opportunity after Sunday once he settles into his new home on SmackDown Live, with familiar faces and new opponents alike.

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"I play Predaking -- what happens when all the Predacons, which are these vicious animal robots that combine together," said Joe. "Predaking's basically this character who -- without giving away any spoilers -- he's on a hunt and he's looking to find his prey by any means necessary. He's a very violent individual, he's a very vicious individual, and when the producers were kind of looking around and wondering who to cast that role, I think my name was on of the forefront."


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