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Takara Tomy's "Transformers Animated" Press Release

Transformers News: Takara Tomy's "Transformers Animated" Press Release
Date: Wednesday, January 20th 2010 12:03pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News, Press Releases, Company News
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Takara Tomy published their press release regarding Transformers Animated earlier today. You can view the original file here or at Takara Tomy's website here.

Here's an extremely rough translation, courtesy of Google (with a few minor edits from

Takara Tomy's "Transformers Animated" Press Release

Dear Journalists,

January 19, 2009

Robot Anime coalesced this year to transform the American born and raised in Japan also became a Hollywood movie!

Information of content expansion
New Anime

"Animated Transformers"

2010 in April, TV Tokyo TV Aichi development at six other stations start broadcasting Takara Tomy Group wide, large-scale development projects around kids toys and toys on the market in Japan

TOMY Corporation

April 3, 2010 (Sat) from, every Saturday morning at 8:00 TV Tokyo TV Aichi development at six other stations, Kids
New Anime for Transformers Animated will begin broadcasting. 1984 years from birth
Worldwide sales have more than 5 billion, consisting of robots transform the world-famous as the birth of Japan "Tran
Sufoma "? anime due to start broadcasting Animated Transformers, Inc.
Takara Tomy (President: Norio K. Toyama / Tokyo Katsushika / TOMY below) is a new national
The market for kids, especially the toys, Gatsha, apparel, stationery, sundries and a wide range of product development
And expand the licensing business, and the market throughout the year Takara Tomy Group 50 billion Yen.

"Transformers" is a Tomy Co., Ltd. (then: Takara Co., Ltd.) is "Microman" and "Diakron, "a combination toy and transformation" with a view of the world are the same "toys based content has been reorganized as
With toys in the U.S. after its release in 1984 was also a big hit, including animation and comics, toys in Japan in 1985 was
Animation is started, like most other countries has been a big hit. Precise and sophisticated world-class design for Japan
Technology and design, a fusion of the United States came up with the characters and the drama "Transformers" is
130 countries and territories around the world, for the boy's parents on behalf of two robot characters are loved for generations
It continues in 2007, is executive Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, under the direction,
SF live-action Transformers movie (total global box office: $ 7 billion 20 million DVD sales around the world
Photos, recording more than 90 million copies total in Japan), but in 2009 the sequel "Transformers / Revenge of the Fallen" (World
Total box office income: 800 million 35 million around the world published in 51 countries and regions) have been published, the speedy and powerful
Full of the latest video, "Transformers" world-view through the shock and excitement to the world
And this time, the expansion of the new live-action film released by the target audience of 3 years to 8 years
For, to start Anime Transformers Animated broadcasting, the domestic market, new kids
"Transformers" toys, including, Gatsha, apparel, stationery, and other licensed goods
Developing a large scale, we will strengthen the development of original content.

Transformers Animated Anime is broadcast in December 2007 with a focus on North America from overseas Mon
The anime series in North America, mainly children aged 4 to 8 year-old "Transformers" animated introduction
Work became popular toys, including a series that was broadcast all 42 episodes. This time the broadcast in the domestic
With anime "Beast Wars" movie "Matrix" series, known as dubbing
In addition to the new director of Japan's unique acoustic sound and directed by Miwa Iwanami, more attractive target audience for
The offers enhanced picture quality. All over the spark that has enormous power,
"Prime" and Otobotto Corps, led by Justice, "Megatron" evil, led by Diseputikon
Corps of fighting, the story of what followed the live-action films and animated series, transformers
Animated innovative character designs and expand their own world view. And look at the old titles

Generation grew up, and now with a generation of kids the same age and time, and parents and children can enjoy Anime
we have. Also, the last live-action show "Information Corner" and established as a facilitator, the actor
Mr. Hiroyuki Amano (Kyain / Planning member Asai) to appoint a "Transformers" involving people like that
We hope to introduce the information.

Takara Tomy's "Transformers Animated" Press Release

TOMY is ahead of the broadcast Anime Transformers Animated of March 27, 2010
More, the new variant of 3 years to 8 characters in the animated robot that targets children aged
Sequentially released toy cart, the item will be released approximately 50 years (March 27 the first day is a bullet item 11
In this series, and related toys have already been released overseas, giving the paint from the original Japanese version,
Will launch new and improve quality. In setting prices, conventional transformers
Set a lower price items, the main character's main products 3,780 yen (tax Toransufomamu
In Bishirizu is 7,140 yen), the main sub-items 2,415 yen (tax included), product introduction, press the button
Equipped with the ability to transform in an instant, 1,260 yen (tax included) and set to fit in each targeted
Buy and had, at affordable pricing, even preschoolers "Transformers" and world-view,
Deployed as a robot toy series will enjoy the deformed polymer. Also, Takara Tomy Group is
Gatsha, apparel, stationery, business, replete with toys and other goods around, including business licenses,
Aiming to expand its content business, "Transformers" is a typical standard items "miniatures", "Purare
Ru "," Licca-chan "will continue to expand along the main original content.
2010 this summer, from SEGA, Animated Transformers themed commercial
Kizzukadogemu machines (arcade game) will expand.
2010 to the fall, Paramount, Ltd. from Japan, Anime Transformers Animated the
Releasing a Blu-ray DVD.

"Transformers Animated Anime General "
Transformers [title] Animated
[30 min] type 2D animation (the last live-action programs in Information Corner)
[Japanese version] produced TV Aichi / Dentsu / Takaratomientamedia
[Help] TOMY Production / Nikkatsu
[Media] TV Tokyo TV Aichi development office 8:00 to 8:30 every Saturday morning 6 2010-4-03 ~ start broadcasting
[Staff] Director Japanese: Miwa Iwanami
[Cast] Optimus Prime: Bumblebee Hiroki Takahashi: Daisuke Kishio role Sari: Concierge Akira Ban

Takara Tomy's "Transformers Animated" Press Release

From left: Prowl, Ironhide, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet (Autobots All)

Information Corner Navigator??Amano Hiro's Profile
"Birth" March 24, 1970 "Hometown" Aichi Prefecture
"·Specialty hobby" collecting food and mimic Figia
"Biography" 1991, the duo "Kyai - Icon" form.
And fuzzy nature of a cloud, sharp Amano
The Tsukkomi, young and live in the streets.

Takara Tomy's "Transformers Animated" Press Release

"Comment appeared determined Niatari Information Corner"
The transformer, and the age-old nephew playing well, I thought playing in the car five minutes later
I was surprised at the breakthrough that transforms into a robot. Navigator of the transformers that
It's an honor to be heard very diligently! Next week, I want to watch the fun!

"Inquiries about this project from the Media Center"
TEL:03-5654-1280 FAX:03-5654-1380 TOMY Corporation Public Relations Division TEL :03-5654-1280 FAX :03-5654-1380

"Inquiries from readers about products"
TEL 03-5650-1031 TOMY Corporation

Discovery Communications and Hasbro Officially Unveil Children's Network Brand

Transformers News: Discovery Communications and Hasbro Officially Unveil Children's Network Brand
Date: Thursday, January 14th 2010 1:51pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases, Company News, Digital Media News
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Press release from

Introducing THE HUB -- Discovery Communications and Hasbro Officially Unveil Children's Network Brand

-- Joint Venture Children’s Network to Launch in Fall 2010 --

January 14, 2010

(Los Angeles, Ca.) Discovery Communications-Hasbro Joint Venture President and CEO Margaret Loesch today unveiled the official brand and logo for the children's network, set to launch in fall 2010. Moving forward, the network will be known as "The Hub" and will reach approximately 60 million homes on what is currently the Discovery Kids network.

"A hub is a place where great things come together -- and that is precisely what The Hub network will be when it launches," said Loesch. "The Hub will be a fun and transformative destination that brings kids and their families together by presenting clever stories and engaging characters."

The Hub will offer young viewers and their families novel and compelling content, ranging from new comedies and animated adventures to live-action franchises and game shows -- all celebrating the core childhood concepts of fun and play. The network’s tone will be thrilling, modern and dynamic, both on-air and online. These qualities are represented by The Hub’s spiral logo, which symbolizes a catalyst of action and imagination. In addition, the network will benefit from the strong DNA of its two parent companies, Discovery and Hasbro, which share a 50/50 partnership in the venture.
“Under the leadership of Margaret and her team, The Hub will be the next great children’s media brand,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications. “The goal is to create a destination for quality content, and we are confident The Hub can become a strong home for an active and engaged audience.”

“Hasbro is a company built on play, and Discovery was founded on curiosity,” said Brian Goldner, president and CEO of Hasbro. “The Hub will have the resources of both partners as it goes about reimagining the future of children’s entertainment.”

Content on The Hub will feature rich storytelling with active, multidimensional characters and unexpected heroes. The network will tap into the best production talent in the industry for shows that will reinvigorate children’s programming. Additionally, The Hub will incorporate cherished Hasbro properties, including Transformers and My Little Pony, and popular Discovery Kids franchises such as Adventure Camp and Flight 29 Down as a part of a diverse and robust lineup of original and acquired programming. The Hub’s online home,, will become an entertainment destination in its own right, offering kids access to video clips, interactive games and community features that extend the experience of the network’s content.

About The Hub
Announced in April 2009, the Hasbro, Inc., and Discovery Communications multiplatform joint venture named The Hub will both entertain and educate, featuring content drawn from Hasbro's rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built over the past 90 years, including original programming for animation, game shows, and live-action series and specials. The Hub's network and online presence will also include content from Discovery's library of award-winning children's educational programming, as well as feature extensive programming designed to entertain, enlighten, empower and educate kids and families from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub is expected to launch in fall 2010, reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households on what is currently Discovery Kids channel. The online home of The Hub is

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure-time products and services, with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at © 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company, reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including For more information, please visit

Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements related to the future expectations and timing for the rebranding of the network, the types of content which the parties currently plan to create and distribute via the network, and expectations for the performance of the rebranded network, constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and the actual actions or results may differ from these current expectations. Factors which might cause a difference between actual and expected events include: (i) greater than expected costs or unexpected delays associated with the steps necessary to rebrand the network, (ii) greater than expected costs or unexpected delays related to the creation and development of content for the network, (iii) changes in plans with respect to the future content to be created for the network or the timing for its development, or with respect to the branding and marketing for the network, (iv) consumer interest in and acceptance of the network and its programming, or in entertainment-related products associated with the network, (v) the financial performance of the network and other factors which impact the resources the network has available and/or determines to spend on programming, advertising and marketing, (vi) other factors which may lead to changes in the branding of the network and/or the content to be developed for the network, as well as (vii) other factors which are discussed in Hasbro's and Discovery's public announcements and SEC filings. Neither party undertakes any obligation to update these forward-looking statements for events occurring after the date of this press release.

Shout! Factory's Transformers S2 V2 goes on sale January 12, 2010

Transformers News: Shout! Factory's Transformers S2 V2 goes on sale January 12, 2010
Date: Saturday, January 9th 2010 12:43pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases, Company News
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The Final 21 Action-Packed Episodes of Season Two in a 4-DVD Set
A Megatron of Extras Includes New Featurette, Rare PSAs, Toy Commercials and Concept Art


Four million years after crash-landing on an unfamiliar planet, sentient robots with the ability to disguise themselves as common vehicles awaken on present-day Earth. Engaged in a crucial race to find a new energy source for their home planet of Cybertron, Optimus Prime and the heroic Autobots must defend the innocent people of Earth against their archnemeses, Megatron and the power-hungry Decepticons.

Complete your second season adventures of The Transformers with this action-packed 4-disc set that includes fan-favorite episodes such as The Secret Of Omega Supreme, The Search For Alpha Trion, Hoist Goes Hollywood and the thrilling two-part The Key To Vector Sigma!

DVD Bonus Features Include:

* The Combiner: Forming The Transformers Animated Series
* Rare PSAs
* Archival Hasbro Toy Commercials
* Concept Art

Transformers Episodes Included:

* The Secret Of Omega Supreme
* Child’s Play
* The Gambler
* The Search For Alpha Trion
* Auto-Bop
* Prime Target
* The Girl Who Loved Powerglide
* Triple Takeover
* Sea Change
* Hoist Goes Hollywood
* The Key To Vector Sigma, Part 1
* The Key To Vector Sigma, Part 2
* Masquerade
* Trans-Europe Express
* War Dawn
* Cosmic Rust
* Kremzeek!
* Starscream’s Brigade
* The Revenge Of Bruticus
* Aerial Assault
* B.O.T.

For more information, please visit Shout! Factory's website.

Shout! Factory's Transformers S2 V2 goes on sale January 10, 2010

Message from to its members

Transformers News: Message from to its members
Date: Friday, January 8th 2010 4:43pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News, Company News
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Here is the message received today from Curt, the owner of is one of's sponsors.

Dear TFsource Members,

It has come to our attention that some of our customers information may have been compromised based on an attack that resulted in fraudulent charges being attempted on some customers credit card accounts.

We are recommending each customer who has a credit card on file with TFsource to review your statements and contact your credit card issuer immediately. Additionally please contact us if you would like us to remove all of your card data from your account.

Only a sub-segment of our customers so far has been affected, and this could be a larger issue outside of TFsource, but regardless it is our recommendation for all customers of TFsource to be safe and follow the above course of action.

Note: If you make purchases on TFsource via Paypal, Paypal is a trusted 3rd party and not affected, and is always a secure way to pay on TFsource. Also customers who pay with check or money order are not affected.

We are still investigating this matter and have been working diligently adding additional layers of security to our website, as well as with our 3rd party credit card processor regardless of where the issue originated. We will be continuing this process and adding further security to the site over the next few days and looking at long term solutions to restore confidence to all who visit our site and ensure TFsource is always a secure site to shop at.

We realize this is very frustrating for all involved. We at TFsource have always operated this business with the highest level of integrity, and I can personally assure you that no one internally at TFsource was involved in any of these actions.

Finally we would like to thank all that were persistent in bringing this matter to our attention as early as possible. Without the community and support we would not have been able to begin immediately investigating this issue.

Curt has been a great asset in the world of online retailers that sell Transformers toys. We hope that you will continue to support by continuing to purchase products from them. If you have a Paypal account, we would recommend that you use that in the meantime when purchasing orders from

For additional information regarding this unfortunate situation, please read yesterday's news story.

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