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Takara Tomy give their Generation 1 Website with a New Look!

Transformers News: Takara Tomy give their Generation 1 Website with a New Look!
Date: Wednesday, April 5th 2006 12:54pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Company News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s):

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Takara Tomy have updated thier official Generation 1 Website and given it a face lift!
The face lift is mostly superficial with most of the content remaining the same, just with new interactive graphics, Check out the new look Generation 1 site here. Interviews Chief Creative Officer of Glu Mobile

Transformers News: Interviews Chief Creative Officer of Glu Mobile
Date: Tuesday, April 4th 2006 8:58pm CDT
Categories: Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s):

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Recently Hasbro and Glu Mobile announced that they would be joining together to create Transformers Mobile content. Now has interviewed Glu Mobile's Chief Creative Officer, Robert Nashak. The interview discusses what Glu has planned for the first-ever mobile Transformers experience. Check out the interview here.

Hasbro Issues Official Press Release Regarding Deal with Activision

Transformers News: Hasbro Issues Official Press Release Regarding Deal with Activision
Date: Monday, February 13th 2006 9:36am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Game News, Press Releases, Company News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): TF @ The Moon and

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Hasbro has been busy the last few days releasing press releases. First Activision announced they would be making a Transformers game for the upcoming movie, and now Hasbro has issued a press release regarding their deal with Activision. The press release confirms that Activision will indeed be creating a new game for the movie. This is the first time Hasbro has confirmed the deal officially. Here is some of what the article had to say:

"Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) and Activision, Inc, (NASDAQ: ATVI), a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software products, announced today a license that grants Activision the global rights, excluding Japan, to develop console, handheld and PC games based on Hasbro's renowned TRANSFORMERS brand. The first game will be tied to the much-anticipated July 4, 2007 movie release of the live action TRANSFORMERS film from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures."

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Palisades Toys Closing!

Transformers News: Palisades Toys Closing!
Date: Wednesday, February 1st 2006 5:00pm CST
Categories: Company News, Collectables
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): 03Mach1 of TFW2005

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03Mach1 of TFW2005 has received an email form Mike of Palisades Toys. The email announces the closing of the company. Here is what the email said:

"I regret to inform you that after more than 11 successful years, Palisades Entertainment, LLC has discontinued its business of manufacturing and selling licensed and proprietary action figures, collectibles, toys and other goods. This development parallels a general trend within the toy industry, including the bankruptcy of one of Palisades’ largest customers.

Palisades has sold a substantial portion of its assets to another industry player, an affiliate of C.A.S. Iberia, Inc. named Limited by CAS, Inc. That company will continue the sale of certain of the brands that Palisades developed, including the Factory X line.

The sale transaction did not include employment for me or my wife Kate, who many of you know. Consequently, neither Kate nor I will be reachable at the buyer’s offices, nor will we have any ongoing relationship with the buyer.

I don’t have any plans for the immediate future beyond enjoying life with Kate and our children, until I figure out our next chapter.

I’d like to take this time to thank all of my friends and colleagues, and in particular, the team that helped me build and nurture Palisades for so many years."

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Paramount Set to Buy DreamWorks

Transformers News: Paramount Set to Buy DreamWorks
Date: Saturday, December 10th 2005 3:52am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Company News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Seibertron, Los Angeles Times

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It has been reported that Paramount Pictures have struck a deal to buy DreamWorks, makers of the forthcoming Transformers Movie. The article reads:

Under the deal, Paramount would gain control of DreamWorks' live-action movie production operation and its relatively small, 60-title library, which includes such Oscar-winning movies as "American Beauty" and "Gladiator."
It also would give Paramount the worldwide distribution rights to all animated movies made by DreamWorks Animation, which was spun off last year to public shareholders and would not be part of the purchase.

It is not clear whether this will affect the making of the Transformers Movie, but there will certainly be some changes at DreamWorks over the coming year.

Read the full article here.

Alan Hassenfeld to retire into Non-Employee Status

Transformers News: Alan Hassenfeld to retire into Non-Employee Status
Date: Wednesday, August 31st 2005 5:16pm CDT
Categories: People News, Company News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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Hasbro has made a statement about its long-time Chairman of the Board of directors, Alan Hassenfeld. Taking effect from Januari 1st 2006, Alan Hassenfeld will step down as Active Employee.

Hassenfeld (56) will still remain active within the Board of Directors, but shall take up the function as a non-employee for the company. After 35 years of service to Hasbro, he shall now concentrate his efforts as leading guide for the company in its future endeavours.

Hassenfeld is a third generation CEO for Hasbro, a family owned company that started in 1923 as Hassenfeld Brothers, which mainly dealt in production of School accessories. In the 60's the company started to concentrate its efforts in toys, rather then school equipment. Stephen Hassenfeld directed the company into creating toy lines like GI Joe, from which eventually with aid from Takara the Transformers developed. When Stephen Hassenfeld died in the late 80's, Alan took over from his brother to give the final say in what happened with Hasbro toy-lines, including the Transformers.

One of Alan Hassenfeld's most recent involvements with the Transformers was giving the green light to Dreamworks and Angry Films to start production on the live action version of the Transformers movie.

Time up for Palisades Statues?

Transformers News: Time up for Palisades Statues?
Date: Monday, June 27th 2005 1:09pm CDT
Categories: Company News, Collectables
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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On the board of Palisades Toys, news of the current status of the Licence to produce their line came to light. It seems they will not produce Red Alert and Ravage, which many fans were looking forward to. The following has been taken from their board.

"I spoke with Ken, and the basic deal is this: Palisades had room in the schedule for only one more statue before the license expires, so they decided on Devastator instead of Red Alert".

"I know there are going to be people that are upset to hear this...hell, I'm a little disappointed that I'm never going to get my Prowl. But to be honest, I can't really disagree with their choice".

"As for renewing the license in the future, well, as always, "Anything is Possible", but I wouldn't count on it happening right away. The Dreamwave designs were another big portion of the license, and with Dreamwave gone, they'll have to come at it another way, which could take some time, IF they decide to do it at all".

The Deal Is Done! IDW, New Licenceholder of Transformers Comics!

Transformers News: The Deal Is Done! IDW, New Licenceholder of Transformers Comics!
Date: Thursday, May 19th 2005 8:59am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases, Company News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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The Official Transformers Club has made it official. In an official press release, Hasbro announces that IDW Publishing will be releasing new comics for the Transformers brand. The follow is a direct quote from the press release;

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (May 19, 2005) – The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), intends to license its popular TRANSFORMERS brand to IDW Publishing for the introduction of a new line of TRANSFORMERS comic books. Adding to the successful TRANSFORMERS comic book library that currently includes more than 30 titles, IDW will re-launch a much-anticipated new line of TRANSFORMERS comics. The first comic, a special introductory “0” issue, would debut in October 2005. The next comic in the series would debut in January 2006. The comic books are expected to include the classic Generation One (G1) storyline, as well as new plotlines and new series, and would be distributed to a wider audience through comic book outlets, trade bookstores and mass retailers.

“This year, the TRANSFORMERS property will gain greater exposure among both core supporters and new fans of the brand, as the comics are distributed at mass market for the first time,” said Tom Klusaritz, vice-president of global publishing for the Hasbro Properties Group. “We’re excited that IDW plans to publish the TRANSFORMERS comics, as well as expand upon the storyline by utilizing the best TRANSFORMERS writers and illustrators globally.”

IDW Publishing, the publishing arm of Idea and Design Works, LLC, is the comic book licensee of several popular shows, such as CSI (CBS), 24 (FOX), and ANGEL (Fox). IDW is also home to successful adaptations of comics based on the Konami videogames Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania, and movie adaptations from Dawn of the Dead to Shaun of the Dead. In both 2004 and 2005, they were awarded Diamond Comics’ Gem Award for “Publisher of the Year.” For the TRANSFORMERS series, IDW plans on using a mix of well-known and up-and-coming illustrators, inkers and writers to bring the property to new heights.

“The TRANSFORMERS brand is a great addition to IDW’s line of licensed comic books, and we look forward to expanding on an extremely successful property and returning TRANSFORMERS comics to a still-anxious marketplace,” said Ted Adams, President/Publisher of IDW Publishing.

The first TRANSFORMERS comic books were introduced to fans of the toy line more than two decades ago. In 2002, HPG re-launched the TRANSFORMERS comic book series.

TRANSFORMERS, a favorite among kids and collectors alike, has much to celebrate in 2005, starting with the brand’s leap to the big screen for its first, worldwide live-action film, slated for release in fall 2006. DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures will develop the movie, with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer. The film will bridge all aspects of the TRANSFORMERS brand, from toys to licensed merchandise.

In addition to the pending IDW arrangement, TRANSFORMERS will be available in Readers Digest hard books and chapter books, as well as a series of Dorling Kindersley children’s books available in the United States. Fans in Europe can enjoy TRANSFORMERS books from Egmont, Red Bird, Titan, Edigamma and Panini.

The TRANSFORMERS brand will continue to expand in 2005 as Paramount Home Entertainment releases three DVDs. The first two, released in February, are “Transformers: Omega Supreme” and “Transformers: Shockblast Unleashed!.” The third DVD, yet untitled, will be released in September.


IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients. Among their best-selling titles are CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Konami’s Metal Gear Solid; and GrimJack: Killer Instinct. IDW has films in development at Sony Pictures, Dimension Films, and Paramount Pictures.


The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc., (NYSE:HAS), translates one of the industry’s richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun and excitement for children and adults globally. Through a host of publishing, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPG is able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expand Hasbro’s core brands, such as G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, DUEL MASTERS, MONOPOLY and CANDY LAND, beyond the toy and game aisle, creating rich lifestyle experiences.

Hasbro signed post-Cybertron deal with animation company GONZO?

Transformers News: Hasbro signed post-Cybertron deal with animation company GONZO?
Date: Friday, March 18th 2005 10:46am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Live Action Movie News, Rumors, Company News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Tim Gravely

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Fact or fiction? You decide ...

How do you like the work that Gonzo has done with Galaxy Force so far? If you're Hasbro, you're clearly overjoyed at the prospect of having such talented animators on board again.

Hasbro has just re-upped their contract with Gonzo, post-GF/Cybertron. Not only will Gonzo be producing a direct-to-DVD animated feature to tie into the new Dreamworks movie, but they will now be producing the movie tie-in TV series. (And exactly who was braindead enough not to expect THAT to happen?)

The real fun is still to come tho. Since Hasbro hopes that the movie will be a huge hit, they fully intend to milk it for all it's worth. They've placed a two season order with Gonzo, totalling 100 episodes.

Yes. 100 episodes over two seasons. Same as we've been getting, but now done with talent, skill and wit.

Palisades Toys puts end to rumors

Transformers News: Palisades Toys puts end to rumors
Date: Thursday, March 17th 2005 2:40pm CST
Categories: Company News, Collectables
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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Views: 25,854

Palisades Toys has denied on their board that there is any truth behind a rumor that the company, which has been releasing several Transformers statues, has cancelled their Transformers line.

"The line is not cancelled. Anyone who said anything to the contrary was telling a bad joke, and should consider themselves warned. Poking at hornet's nests like that is not a good idea".

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