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Featured eBay Auctions: New York Comic Con Exclusive Covers

Transformers News: Featured eBay Auctions: New York Comic Con Exclusive Covers
Date: Friday, October 22nd 2010 10:41am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Company News, Store News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): Mario Coleman, Apocalypse Comics

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Our friends at Apocalypse Comics have let us know they are selling the remainder of the New York Comic Con Homage Covers.

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UNSIGNED VERSION

Apocalypse Comics wrote:This Auction is for a copy of TRANSFORMERS issue #12 - NYCC / Apocalypse Comics EXCLUSIVE COVER - New comic from IDW Comics.

This Comic was only available at NEW YORK COMIC CON 2010. These are very limited and there were only 1500 copies made so go ahead and grab your self a piece of history.

This comic is in Near Mint Condition and also comes bagged and boarded!!!


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SIGNED VERSION

Apocalypse Comics wrote:This Auction is for a copy of TRANSFORMERS issue #12 - NYCC / Apocalypse Comics EXCLUSIVE SIGNED COVER - New comic from IDW Comics.

This Comic was only available at NEW YORK COMIC CON 2010. These comics were signed by the cover artist CASEY COLLER & cover colourist JOHN PAUL BOVE....These are very very limited so go ahead and grab your self a piece of history.

This comic is in Near Mint Condition and also comes bagged and boarded!!!


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UNSIGNED VERSION

Apocalypse Comics wrote:This Auction is for a copy of G.I. JOE issue #23 NYCC / Apocalypse Comics 2010 EXCLUSIVE CVR - New From IDW!

This Comic was only available at NEW YORK COMIC CON 2010. These are very limited and there were only 1500 copies made so go ahead and grab your self a piece of history.

This comic is in Near Mint Condition and also comes bagged and boarded!!!


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SIGNED VERSION

Apocalypse Comics wrote:This Auction is for a copy of G.I. JOE issue #23 NYCC / Apocalypse Comics 2010 EXCLUSIVE SIGNED CVR - New From IDW!

This Comic was only available at NEW YORK COMIC CON 2010. These comics were signed by the cover artist CASEY COLLER & cover colourist JOHN PAUL BOVE....These are very very limited so go ahead and grab your self a piece of history.

This comic is in Near Mint Condition and also comes bagged and boarded!!!


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BOTH COVERS

Apocalypse Comics wrote:This Auction is for a copy of TRANSFORMERS #12 / G.I. JOE #23 NYCC EXCLUSIVE COVERS COMBO PACK - New From IDW!

These Comics were only available at NEW YORK COMIC CON 2010.

In this auction you get both covers at a great combo price - so go ahead and grab yourself a piece of history.


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You can also check out all of Apocalypse Comics' Transformers offerings at their eBay Store.

Don't forget to check out our exclusive interview with Casey Coller, penciller, John Paul Bove, colorist, and Michael Bell, voice actor (and inspiration for both covers)!

Costco Exclusive Battle Ops Bumblebee Value Pack

Transformers News: Costco Exclusive Battle Ops Bumblebee Value Pack
Date: Friday, October 22nd 2010 7:18am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Company News
Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Hasbro has updated their product page with images and a bio for the Costco Exclusive Battle Ops Bumblebee Value Pack. The difference between this Battle Ops Bumblebee and any of the bajillion you can find on the floor of your local Walmart, Target, or Toys R us is that this BB comes with a slick metallic paint job as well as a metallic finish Legends Bumblebee and a Legends Mudflap thrown in there for good measure.

Here's the bio:

Exclusively at Costco

Feel -- and even hear -- the excitement with this awesome electronic BATTLE OPS BUMBLEBEE figure: you can unlock different phrases and sounds in both of his modes! In robot mode, this powerful warrior features a flip down mask accessory to "protect" him and an arm that converts to a cannon accessory to attack his enemies. And those enemies will know they're in for serious combat when they see this figure's limited edition metallic finish, glowing eyes, chest and "weapons"! For "on-the-road" battle action, convert your figure into Camaro concept car mode and activate the fearsome flip out cannon accessories. From revving engine noises to vehicle battle noises and more, this figure's realistic sounds really put you in the "driver's seat" in every fight. And with his robot-to-vehicle BUMBLEBEE and MUDFLAP figures by his side, the action is bigger than ever!

Value pack includes premium BUMBLEBEE and MUDFLAP Legends figures. Includes 2 "AA" batteries.


This confirms the rumors that this will be a Costco Exclusive as well as gives us an approximate retail price of $59.99 plus tax.

Don't have Battle Ops BB yet? Have you been holding off because he just wasn't shiny enough for you? Don't want to spend crazy money on Masterpiece Movie Bumblebee? Well you won't have to wait much longer because Battle Ops BB should be showing up at a Costco near you in the near future!

ILM Documentary on Encore on 11 / 14 / 10

Transformers News: ILM Documentary on Encore on 11 / 14 / 10
Date: Tuesday, October 19th 2010 2:22am CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, People News, Company News
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): Fender Bender

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On November 14th, 2010, the Encore Movie Channel will be broadcasting a new Behind-the-scenes Documentary about Industrial Lights & Magic (ILM). Transformer Fans should find this interesting as ILM is the studio that has helped bring the Transformers to life for the Live Action Movie Trilogy. According to the press release below, there's a chance we may even see some "never before seen footage". So if you have Encore, you should definitely check this documentary out!

A full press release has been posted below:


ENCORE PAYS VISUAL TRIBUTE TO OSCAR®-WINNING
VISUAL EFFECTS GIANT ILM IN CELEBRATION OF THEIR 35TH ANNIVERSARY
WITH ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY
“INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC: CREATING THE IMPOSSIBLE”

Tom Cruise Narrates Doc Premiering November 14, 2010
Marathon of Five ILM-Effects Films on Encore

Beverly Hills, CA., September 14, 2010 – Since its founding 35 years ago, Industrial Light & Magic has been the movie industry’s undisputed leader in groundbreaking visual effects, thrilling audiences and making hits into blockbusters. On Sunday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. (et/pt), Encore presents an original documentary celebrating that legacy. “Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible” is directed by Academy Award® and Emmy® nominated director Leslie Iwerks and is narrated by Tom Cruise. Encore will also present five ILM-effects films starting at 2:00 p.m. with Jumanji, followed by Hook, Jurassic Park III, Twister and Starship Troopers.

The hour-long special has interviews with filmmakers George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau, actors Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Williams, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and John Lasseter, the chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Film and television shows featured in the special include The Abyss, Avatar, Forrest Gump, Jumanji, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Robot Chicken, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Transformers, Twister, Young Sherlock Holmes and The War of the Worlds (2005), which starred narrator Cruise.

Leslie Iwerks’ documentary takes audiences behind the scenes at ILM with in depth interviews with some of the company’s top talent and showcases never before seen footage highlighting many of their pioneering milestones. From creating the first ever computer generated character in a feature film to the latest advancements in visual effects for film franchises like Transformers and Iron Man, ILM has created some of the most memorable movie moments in recent history.

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is a division of Lucasfilm Ltd. and was founded by George Lucas in 1975 to create the visual effects for his space epic Star Wars. The studio originated in Van Nuys, California but moved to San Rafael, California to work on The Empire Strikes Back and is now headquartered at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio of San Francisco with a sister studio in Singapore.

ILM has worked on nearly 300 films in its 35 year history and has largely been the driving force behind the evolution of modern visual effects. From the liquid metal man in Terminator 2: Judgment Day to the lifelike digital dinosaurs in Jurassic park, ILM has created some of the most iconic moments in cinematic history.

ILM has received 15 Best Visual Effects Oscars® and 25 additional nominations. It has also received 23 Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognition of the critical role the company's advances in technology have played in the filmmaking process. ILM is also the only entertainment company to be recognized with the National Medal of Technology.


Leslie Iwerks Productions, Inc., is based in Santa Monica, CA. and over the last twelve years the company has produced award winning documentaries, television specials and films for Disney, Pixar, HBO, Starz, Bravo, National Geographic, Babelgum, among others. Leslie Iwerks comes from a family of film and visual effects pioneers that began with her grandfather, Ub Iwerks, the original designer/co-creator of Mickey Mouse and Academy Award® winning visual effects innovator (The Birds, Mary Poppins, among others). Leslie’s short documentary Recycled Life was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2007, and The Pixar Story a feature documentary about Pixar Animation Studios, was nominated for an Emmy® in 2008. For more information, please visit. http://www.leslieiwerks.com.

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17.3 million and 31.9 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. Starz Entertainment (http://www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Starz (NASDAQ: LSTZA), a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

HASBRO 3rd QTR earnings 3% above forecast

Transformers News: HASBRO 3rd QTR earnings 3% above forecast
Date: Monday, October 18th 2010 9:17am CDT
Categories: Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): CNBC.com

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Transformers maker HASBRO, Inc. has been listed as posting a 3 percent increase over projected earnings for the third quarter of this year. Sales rose to $1.31 billion, topping the $1.29 billion analysts had expected. Revenue increased 4 percent excluding currency changes.

Sales in the Transformers and GI Joe departments actually dropped by 34 percent, but this was expected as it is a non movie year.

Hasbro expects to post an even larger gain in its fourth quarter heading into the holiday season with the launch of its new childrens network, The Hub, previously reported on here.

You can read the full article on this at CNBC.com

The Hub Premieres With Strong Numbers

Transformers News: The Hub Premieres With Strong Numbers
Date: Sunday, October 17th 2010 1:11pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News
Posted by: Savage | Credit(s): TV By The Numbers

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The Hub Network premiered on October 10th, and did so with gusto. Audiences showed their support for the new network by tuning in on Sunday, giving the Hub more viewers than its predecessor (Discovery Kids) had the week before. Not only that, but the fledgling network also boasted more viewers on Sunday than Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and even Teen Nick! An article posted on TV By The Numbers provides a full breakdown of the audience ratings in a variety of demographics. Click here to read the article, then stop by the Energon Pub Forums to rejoice over the Hub's success!

Hasbro Files Trademark For "Dark Of The Moon"

Transformers News: Hasbro Files Trademark For "Dark Of The Moon"
Date: Sunday, October 10th 2010 11:51pm CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Company News
Posted by: Mach | Credit(s): United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Hasbro Inc has files trademark at US Patent & Trademark Office for the 3rd installment of Transformers Live Action Movie - "Dark of the Moon".

The coverage includes "Toys, games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes; decorations for Christmas trees."

You can view the details by clicking here.

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Press Release for IDW's Infestation crossover series

Transformers News: Press Release for IDW's Infestation crossover series
Date: Saturday, October 9th 2010 10:59am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases, Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Supreme Convoy, IDW Publishing

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The Infestation Begins

Friday, Oct 8th, 2010
Zombie Epic Crosses into Blockbuster Hollywood Franchises
IDW Multi-Title Event Starts in January 2011 with Acclaimed Creators


A first in comic book history, IDW Publishing is proud to announce INFESTATION! Starting in January 2011, INFESTATION will infect STAR TREK, GHOSTBUSTERS, TRANFORMERS and G.I. JOE comics with zombies, zombies, and more zombies. To help create this multi-dimensional saga, IDW is teaming up with fan-favorite writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (The Thanos Imperative, Legion of Super-Heroes) and artist David Messina (TRUE BLOOD).

"This is definitely one of those 'there's no way they'll ever do this' kind of events," said IDW's Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall. "But not only are we doing something fans never thought they'd see, we're doing it in a way that should confound and exceed their expectations. And doing it with real pros like Abnett and Lanning just makes it that much sweeter, especially knowing what they've got planned as a follow-up to this event."

Setting the stage for this massive event, Abnett and Lanning will pen INFESTATION #1, launching in January 2011. This initial 32-page story begins in IDW's own ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS universe, where something goes terribly wrong and ultimately infests the worlds of TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK, G.I. JOE, and GHOSTBUSTERS with zombies and infected robots. From there, the story spins ferociously into each of the four properties throughout February and March, and culminates in April's bombastic finale, INFESTATION #2.

In February, TRANSFORMERS: INFESTATION #1-2 and STAR TREK: INFESTATION #1-2 will ship bi-weekly. The TRANSFORMERS title will also be penned by Abnett and Lanning, with fan-favorite Nick Roche handling the art. STAR TREK will be written by mainstay authors Scott and David Tipton and illustrated by Casey Maloney (Zipper).

March will see the release of the bi-weekly G.I. JOE: INFESTATION #1-2 by writer Mike Raicht and artist Giovanni Timpano, as well as GHOSTBUSTERS: INFESTATION by Erik Burnham (THE A-TEAM: WAR STORIES) and Kyle Hotz (Marvel Zombies). Artist John K. Snyder III (PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES) will provide covers for the two INFESTATION issues, as well as 1950s sci-fi film-inspired images for each of the four involved series.

To further commemorate this "decade in the making" event, IDW will be releasing special incentive patches with every issue. Each embroidered, sew-on patch will feature "infected" logos of the four titles. Additional incentives include a painted cover by Zombies vs Robots co-creator Ashley Wood for INFESTATION #1, as well as a special 16-page sketchbook featuring zombified versions of the perennially popular characters from these four universes, as illustrated by artists associated with each property.

The entire event will make its presence felt on the cover of the January Previews catalog, showcasing a special INFESTATION "quadrtych" image of Snake Eyes, Mr. Spock, OPTIMUS PRIME, and Dr. Peter Venkman under attack from a zombie by LOCKE & KEY artist Gabriel Rodriguez.

"We've found a way to involve all of these diverse titles in a massive storyline that has ties all the way back to the early days of IDW," continued Ryall. "I think fans will be amazed by what we've pulled together here, as well as the stories that will come out of this once-in-my-lifetime event."


INFESTATION #1 ($3.99, 40 pages, full color) will be available in stores on January 19, 2011.

TRANSFORMERS: INFESTATION #1 and #2 will be in stores on February 2 and 16, 2011, respectively.

STAR TREK: INFESTATION #1 and #2 will be in stores on February 9 and 23, 2011, respectively.

G.I. JOE: INFESTATION #1 and #2 will be in stores on March 2 and 16, 2011, respectively.

GHOSTBUSTERS: INFESTATION #1 and #2 will be in stores on March 9 and 23, 2011, respectively.

INFESTATION #2 will be available in stores on April 6, 2011.

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Preview new kid¹s network, The Hub, this Sunday on 10.10.10

Transformers News: Preview new kid¹s network, The Hub, this Sunday on 10.10.10
Date: Friday, October 8th 2010 3:41pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): The Hub

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We just received the following message from The Hub ...

The Hub wrote:Mark your calendar for 10.10.10 in anticipation of The Hub, a new TV channel designed just for kids and their families. Starting at 10 AM (ET) this Sunday, a special “Sneak Peek” lineup will give kids and parents a preview of programs set to air on the network in the coming months.

The schedule includes live-action, scripted and non-scripted, animated and anime programs, reintroducing beloved characters and acquainting kids and their families with new ones. Also a part of the lineup is live-action game shows that pit families against other families in fun and friendly, but spirited, competition.

Viewers can log on to HubWorld.com to check out all The Hub has to offer and view the regular programming schedule, which debuts Monday, October 11th.

For a teaser of programs and other Hub content, visit http://hubtvekit.com/

The Hub launches VOD and December launch for Transformers: Prime

Transformers News: The Hub launches VOD and December launch for Transformers: Prime
Date: Tuesday, October 5th 2010 8:25am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): multichannel

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Multichannel has posted an article concerning Hasbro's Hub Video on Demand (VOD for short) service, it's shows and how to find them. We'll mirror an exert if you wish to read the full article just click here.

New kids network entry The Hub launches linearly on Oct. 10, but subscribers of nine leading cable, satellite and telco providers are getting an extended sneak peek on the distributors' video-on-demand platforms.

Encompassing eight hours of programming per month The Hub's VOD offering is located in the providers' Kids VOD section in a pair of folders, HubBub Preschool and Hub Kids & Family. The programming, according to officials at the joint venture network service owned by Discovery Communications and Hasbro, will be refreshed 25% each week, resulting in a complete turnover over the course of the month.

The distributors currently offering The Hub VOD: Comcast, Bright House, Cox, Cablevision, AT&T U-verse, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Charter and Verizon FiOS.
Debuting on Sept. 30, there are eight installments of VOD programming available in HubBub preschool block: two episodes apiece of Animal Mechanicals, In the Night Garden, Maryoku Yummy and The WotWots.

Titles in the Hub Kids & Family offering include: Fraggle Rock (three episodes), Cosmic Quantum Ray, Deltora Quest (two episodes), Dennis and Gnasher (two episodes), Endurance, Family Game Night, Pictureka! and The Twisted Whiskers Show (2 episodes).

Relative to October/November refreshes, The Hub will offer two episodes of The Adventures of Chuck & Friends, Atomic Betty and My Little Pony, as well as one of Pound Puppies. In December, this fresh fare will follow: G.I. Joe Renegades, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series and multiple installments of Transformers Prime.

On Sunday Oct. 10, The Hub will provide viewers with a sneak peek of its lineup, before settling into its regular schedule the following day.

The Hub Raises Product Placement Concerns

Transformers News: The Hub Raises Product Placement Concerns
Date: Tuesday, October 5th 2010 4:27am CDT
Categories: Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: RodimusConvoy13

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The Los Angeles Timeshas posted a story about The Hub. The article discusses the concern that much of the programming on the channel is nothing more than 30 minute infomercials for Hasbro Products.

"The notion of a toy company owning a television channel for the sole purpose of promoting their toys is egregious practice," said Susan Linn, director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which has emerged as one of the Hub's harshest critics. Linn acknowledged that she had yet to see any of the network's new shows.


Shows/Products that are mentioned in the article are GI JOE, Transformers, My Little Pony and Pound Puppies.

Still, neither partner is backing off the idea that one of the objectives of the Hub is to move Hasbro's products. Nonetheless, such TV-toy tie-ins are as old as the marionettes, board games and wristwatches that sold because of the popularity of NBC's "The Howdy Doody Show," whose run began in the late 1940s.


See the full article here.

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