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Hasbro Attending The Licensing Awards 2017 in London

Transformers News: Hasbro Attending The Licensing Awards 2017 in London
Date: Saturday, September 9th 2017 10:39am CDT
Categories: Event News, Company News
Posted by: Sigma Magnus

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The finalists of The Licensing Awards for 2017 have been announced, and Hasbro will be attending to represent several of their properties. The company will likely be showcasing their upcoming projects, such as Transformers: Cyberverse, and will provide brand banners for the event. The awards will take place on September 12th at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The Licensing Awards have really become accolades to strive for, their integrity is unquestioned as an endorsement of excellence. And the Awards event itself in The Great Room at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London, really will be an extravaganza that befits the dynamism of the industry. In 2014 over 1400 licensors, licensees and retailers attended a truly exciting awards evening that the licensing industry can be really proud of.

Take a look at the list of finalists, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub!

Transformers News: Hasbro Attending The Licensing Awards 2017 in London

Toysrus Restructuring Debt with $400 Million Due by the End of this Year

Transformers News: Toysrus Restructuring Debt with $400 Million Due by the End of this Year
Date: Wednesday, September 6th 2017 8:38pm CDT
Category: Company News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): USA Today

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An article has surfaced on USA today saying that Toysrus is currently working with attorneys to deal with $400 million in debt due by the end of this year. While the article does go on to say that anything is possible in debt restructuring, including filing for bankruptcy, everything is pure speculating beyond the fact that they are looking at options to meet this deadline. More specifics on their total debt will be found below.

Also, it is important to remember that financial woes are not new for Toysrus and the company has persevered through a leveraged buyout already.

Here are a few chosen lines from the article going into detail for curious fans.

The toy giant is working with attorneys at the firm Kirkland and Ellis to deal with $400 million in debt due by the end of this year, according to a source familiar with the matter. Half of its debt obligation is due this fall, with the remaining $200 million due to be paid back near the end of December.
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Toys "R" Us has dealt with a heavy debt load since it became a private company in 2005. Its private equity investors, KKR, Bain Capital, and Vornado Realty Trust, initially planned to recoup their investment with a public stock offering within three years, but that plan fell through when the Great Recession hit.

The owners brought in a new chief executive, Dave Brandon, in 2015 to helm a turnaround that could set the company up for either another attempt to go public, or a sale.
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The toy store chain's long-term debt was $5 billion as of April 29. It had $701 million in liquidity, which included $400 million in committed lines of credit.


Transformers News: Toysrus Restructuring Debt with $400 Million Due by the End of this Year

Boulder Media Hiring 3D Character Designer on Transformers Project

Transformers News: Boulder Media Hiring 3D Character Designer on Transformers Project
Date: Sunday, September 3rd 2017 7:01am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Boulder Media

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From Boulder Media, the studio that Hasbro is using to animate Rescue Bots Academy, Cyberverse, and the untitled animated Cybertron-based prequel, we have news of another opening as Character Designer - possible with 3D experience - for one of their Transformers projects! If this is something of interest to you, make sure to read the specs below, and head here to apply!

Boulder Media are looking to hire Character Designers to join our Transformers Production.

Responsibilities include:

Complete all rough, revised and final designs necessary within assigned deadlines.
Model packs will include turnaround model sheets, action and acting pose sheets, expression model sheets, hand charts, mouth and eye charts.
Clean up, colour models, special shadow and texture indications.
Design incidental characters.
Follow direction and address notes provided by the Art Director.
Meet all deadlines as determined by the Art Director or Director.

Person Specification:

Character design experience and/ or training on a similar show; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge of or willingness to learn applicable design software and hardware.
An excellent understanding of whole animation production process.
Knowledge of Photoshop.
Strong knowledge of colour, lighting and construction/ mechanical skills.
Knowledge of 3D modeling is a PLUS.
Must demonstrate proficiency in style of show.
Exceptional drawing skills.
Excellent communication skills.
Task driven, self-motivated and proactive.
Must be open to direction.
Ability to work collaboratively with multiple tasks in a fast-paced production.

This role is only open to applicants willing to relocate to Ireland if required and all applicants must be eligible to work within EEA.

Boulder Media is an equal opportunities employer.

Hasbro Supports Victims of Hurricane Harvey - Press Release

Transformers News: Hasbro Supports Victims of Hurricane Harvey - Press Release
Date: Saturday, September 2nd 2017 6:17am CDT
Category: Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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As an update to the previous story, we've also seen a press release from Hasbro directly in support of the families and children affected by the Harvey disaster in Texas, and their relief efforts as a company and in collaboration with the Red Cross and non-profit Good360. Read more below.

Hasbro, Inc. Supports Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Hasbro, Inc. is committed to assisting children and families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Through Hasbro’s Play Relief program, in partnership with nonprofit organization Good360, Play Relief kits filled with toys and games are en route to Houston area shelters to provide a distraction and some sense of normalcy for children and their families who have been displaced by the historic storm.

Hasbro has also established an employee matching program in support of the American Red Cross and its
Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts. Hasbro is prepared to provide additional support to the children and families once their long-term needs become clearer.


Transformers News: Hasbro Supports Victims of Hurricane Harvey - Press Release

Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Transformers News: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name
Date: Tuesday, August 29th 2017 1:36pm CDT
Category: Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Variety

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Coming at us from Variety online, we have a minor story that will tickle some readers in the Transformers and general comics fandoms alike - though may also raise eyebrows instead. Hasbro is currently suing DC Comics/Warner Bros. for their use of the trademarked name Bumblebee for one of their characters. The situation arises from the registration of that trademark, as Hasbro filed in 2015 - the same year that DC introduced their character. Read on below, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub!

Two superhero franchises are about to square off in federal court over the right to market “Bumblebee” toys.

Hasbro, owner of the Transformers brand, filed a lawsuit on Monday accusing Warner Bros. and DC Comics of trademark infringement. The suit claims that the DC “Bumblebee” — a teenage girl with the ability to shrink — could easily be confused with the Autobot “Bumblebee.”

Hasbro has a lot riding on the “Bumblebee” character, set to star in the first Transformers spinoff, which is due in theaters at Christmas 2018.

The company is now seeking to block the sales of Mattel’s Bumblebee toy, which is part of the DC Super Hero Girls line of action figures. Hasbro is also concerned about a Bumblebee Lego set.


For convenience, this is the Bumblebee character owned by DC Comics and Warner Bros in her Tony Daniel envisioning:

Transformers News: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name


And this is her in the current DC Super Hero Girls imagining:

Transformers News: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name


The legal technicalities are as follows:

DC Comics and Warner Bros. announced the DC Super Hero Girls franchise in April 2015 as a partnership with Mattel. The TV series began airing in October 2015. The series features younger versions of DC superheroes, including Batgirl and Harley Quinn, as they attend high school. The Bumblebee character is a tech wizard with super strength and the ability to shrink. The original Bumblebee character was first introduced in the DC “Teen Titans” comic series in 1977.

Hasbro filed for a trademark on the “Bumblebee” name on July 15, 2015, and the trademark was registered on Dec. 22, 2015.

Hasbro Applies for Allspark Animation Trademark

Transformers News: Hasbro Applies for Allspark Animation Trademark
Date: Monday, August 28th 2017 5:32am CDT
Categories: Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): USPTO

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Courtesy of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we have another application from Hasbro to report upon - leaving movie and toy fields behind, and moving into animation, it looks like they're expanding the Allspark Studios monicker with Allspark Animation! Probably related to the work currently happening with Boulder Media, the new Rescue Bots Academy and Cyberverse series, and the Cybertron prequel - but check out more info below, and join the speculation in the Energon Pub.

“Entertainment services, namely, production and distribution of movies, television series, online series, webisodes and digital content; entertainment media production services for motion pictures, television and internet”

International Class(es):
041 - Primary Class
U.S Class(es):
100, 101, 107
Class Status:
ACTIVE
Basis:
1(b)

HASCON Tickets Up for Grabs via Groupon for 50% Off!

Transformers News: HASCON Tickets Up for Grabs via Groupon for 50% Off!
Date: Saturday, August 19th 2017 1:01pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Company News
Posted by: Tyrannacon | Credit(s): Pete Sinclair from Pete's Robo Con

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Word via Pete Sinclair from Pete's Robo Con is that Groupon has posted the Hascon tickets up for sale for 50% off. It's a good deal, click the image to go to Groupon's site to hop on this deal before it's not available!

Transformers News: HASCON Tickets Up for Grabs via Groupon for 50% Off!

Hasbro Singapore - Spot the Hidden Autobots Contest

Transformers News: Hasbro Singapore - Spot the Hidden Autobots Contest
Date: Wednesday, August 16th 2017 11:37am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News, Company News
Posted by: Tyrannacon

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Hasbro Singapore has launched a contest for their exclusively for their region to win a hamper full of Transformers merchandise with a retail value of over $300!

Here are the rules below taken from their page.

Transformers News: Hasbro Singapore - Spot the Hidden Autobots Contest

Here are the terms and conditions of the contest below:

  1. Contest is open to all Singapore Citizens and PR except employees of Hasbro Singapore, agencies and partners.
  2. To participate, entrants must:
    Step 1: Like us on ‘Hasbro Singapore’ Facebook page.
    Step 2: Simply tell us how many hidden Transformer bots you’ve found in the comments section below.
    Step 3: Share the post to double your chances of winning.
  3. Only one entry per participant. Participants who send in more than one entry will not qualify for the contest
  4. There will be a total of 10 winners for the contest. All winners will receive a $300 worth of Transformers merchandise hamper at the end of the contest period.
  5. Contest period will run from 15 August to 18 August 2017.
  6. Contest winners will be notified via the phone/email unless otherwise stated and may be required to send a private message to Hasbro Singapore via the social media platform of the Contest they participated.
  7. Winners will be required to provide their personal details (Full Name, NRIC, email address and contact number) for the purposes of identity verification for prize collection.
  8. The prizes may be subjected to variation at the discretion of Hasbro Singapore and Hasbro Singapore may substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Any change will be final and binding upon every entrant in the contest.
  9. Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable, non-refundable and not exchangeable for cash credit or kind, either in part or in full except at the sole absolute discretion of Hasbro Singapore. The prizes cannot be sold or bartered.
  10. The winners picked by Hasbro Singapore Management as to any matter relating to the contest, including but not limited to any entry eligibility, the winning entry(ies) and the Winners, will be final and binding.
  11. By participating in the Contest, the participant hereby gives Hasbro Singapore the rights to use the submitted entry content (text or visual) for future marketing activities which may be published in any channel as required by Hasbro Singapore for marketing purposes.

If you meet these terms and conditions go on over to their Facebook post here, and comment what you see. Good luck!

More Details for Still Untitled Transformers / Cybertron Prequel Animated Movie

Transformers News: More Details for Still Untitled Transformers / Cybertron Prequel Animated Movie
Date: Thursday, August 3rd 2017 6:17pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Live Action Movie News, Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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From the same Hasbro Investor webcall that brought us news of Transformers: Cyberverse, and as mentioned in that story here, we also have actual confirmation of the still untitled prequel animated feature being developed by Hasbro's Allspark Pictures, Paramount, and Boulder Media Studios (as reported here).

Adding to what we already knew about the project, the updated information is below:

  • Animated
  • Ant-Man writers working on it
  • Being developed by Allspark Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Boulder Media
  • Will deal with myth of creation for Cybertron.
  • May be connected to Transformers: Cyberverse series
  • Is definitely part of the Paramount/Hasbro cinematic universe


Transformers News: More Details for Still Untitled Transformers / Cybertron Prequel Animated Movie

Transformers News: More Details for Still Untitled Transformers / Cybertron Prequel Animated Movie

Transformers News: More Details for Still Untitled Transformers / Cybertron Prequel Animated Movie

Transformers: Cyberverse Animated Series Revealed

Transformers News: Transformers: Cyberverse Animated Series Revealed
Date: Thursday, August 3rd 2017 6:15pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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The major news from the Hasbro Investor day webcall, which took place today in Burbank rather than Rhode Island, and to which we were able to listen once it was over, has revealed the next animated project (the one being developed by Boulder Media, alongside Rescue Bots Academy) that will follow Transformers: Robots in Disguise - Transformers: Cyberverse!

Divided into chapters - Chapter One and Chapter Two were mentioned, airing in 2018 and 2019 respectively - it will serve as a prequel of sorts, focusing on the characters and the Transformers mythology from a remastered version of Generation One (as seen many times before, but most recently in the Busy Book images) that will possibly lead into the animated feature (also confirmed in the webcall, and which we first reported on here). Hasbro have also just uploaded the slides used during the call, so we have images to share with you too!

Transformers News: Transformers: Cyberverse Animated Series Discussion Thread

Transformers News: Transformers: Cyberverse Animated Series Discussion Thread

Transformers News: Transformers: Cyberverse Animated Series Discussion Thread

Transformers News: Transformers: Cyberverse Animated Series Discussion Thread

Transformers News: Transformers: Cyberverse Animated Series Discussion Thread

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