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Hasbro Transformers Cybertron Press Release

Transformers News: Hasbro Transformers Cybertron Press Release
Date: Saturday, February 19th 2005 3:13am CST
Category: Press Releases
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): The Almighty Megatron

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Hasbro have released this Press release concerning the new Transformers Cybertron line being lanched this summer and Transformers Alternators. The Press release covers a lot of the Cybertron names for the figure as well as details on the Supreme Starscream figure.


TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON Line Brings New Storyline to Hasbro’s Iconic Brand

Feb 18, 2005

Hasbro Builds Upon TRANSFORMERS ALTERNATORS Line of Vehicles Based on Popular Car Brands



TRANSFORMERS fans have a lot to look forward to in 2005 as Hasbro launches the latest installment to the TRANSFORMERS saga – TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON. TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON features a compelling story full of intrigue and surprise that will remind fans what it means to be “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE”!


CYBERTRON, home planet of both TRANSFORMERS factions, is in danger. In order to save it from certain destruction, OPTIMUS PRIME will lead the AUTOBOTS on an intergalactic scavenger hunt to lost planets to find four ancient CYBER PLANET KEYS. But MEGATRON and the nefarious DECEPTICONS will be hot on their heels, trying to steal the CYBER PLANET KEYS and harness their power for evil. These four CYBER PLANET KEYS are the AUTOBOTS only hope, as they have the power to unlock CYBERTRON itself, and make their home planet into the one TRANSFORMERS robot powerful enough to shut down the black hole that threatens the entire universe!


A new line of toys based on TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON will help kids bring the action of the newest chapter in the TRANSFORMERS universe to life. TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON will launch during the summer of 2005 in conjunction with the debut of the new Cartoon Network animated series. Hasbro’s line will feature a broad array of action figures that range from basic to “supreme” versions. Hasbro is also introducing new TRANSFORMERS figures that have a “triple-change” feature to convert them into three modes instead of the traditional two. TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON will be available in July for between $6.99-49.99. They are recommended for kids ages 5 and up.


In addition, Hasbro continues its popular TRANSFORMERS ALTERNATORS line of highly detailed and realistic authentically licensed vehicles that can be changed into the robot modes of favorite TRANSFORMERS characters.


As we look beyond 2005, Hasbro has teamed up with DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures to develop a live-action motion picture based on the TRANSFORMERS franchise. Steven Spielberg will executive produce, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“Constantine”), Don Murphy (“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”) and Tom DeSanto (“X-Men” and “X2: X-Men United”) are attached to produce. The film is slated for release in the summer of 2006. Stay tuned for more exciting details about the first live-action TRANSFORMERS movie.


Highlights of Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS product line includes:


TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON


TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON ”SUPREME CLASS” FIGURE

(Approximate retail price: $49.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)

The TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON Supreme Class STARCREAM figure is the most challenging foe the AUTOBOT forces have ever seen! The evil STARSCREAM figure, second in command of the DECEPTICONS, stands at more than 14-inches and converts from robot to jet, features lights and battle sounds, and comes with a gold crown of leadership. STARSCREAM includes two CYBER PLANET KEYS, unlocking two different mechanical features. First, a hidden sword that swings out from underneath his right arm. Second, a projectile launcher that swings out from underneath his left arm.


TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON “LEADER CLASS” FIGURES

(Approximate retail price: $39.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)

The TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON Leader Class assortment includes the two main characters from the new CYBERTRON animated series that each have a triple-change feature and can be changed into three different modes instead of the traditional two! AUTOBOTS leader, OPTIMUS PRIME, converts from robot, to truck, and then to flight mode, creating the greatest OPTIMUS PRIME ever created! The figure’s CYBER PLANET KEY feature reveals a hidden weapon to defeat the evil DECEPTICONS. The MEGATRON figure converts from robot, to vehicle, and then to jet mode, and includes a spinning hand weapon and CYBER PLANET KEY activation to aid in his quest to defeat the heroic OPTIMUS PRIME and his AUTOBOT forces! Both also feature electronic lights and battle sounds.


TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON “ULTRA CLASS” FIGURES

(Approximate retail price: $24.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)

The TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON Ultra Class assortment features some of the coolest lead characters in the new animated series and introduces the CYBER PLANET KEY activation features that produce flip-up wings, 3-headed dragon modes, projectile launching and additional fun play. Included in the assortment are JETFIRE, second in command of the AUTOBOTS and commander of the AUTOBOTS air forces; and SCOURGE, a wicked 3-headed dragon that rules the Jungle Planet with a vicious trans-metal claw.


TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON “VOYAGER CLASS” FIGURES

(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)

The TRANSFOMERS Voyager Class assortment features two new characters from the TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON series -- CRUMPLEZONE, the strong and speedy DECEPTICON, and VECTOR PRIME, the wise and ancient TRANSFORMERS character that aides in the quest for the CYBER PLANET KEYS. Both come with CYBER PLANET KEYS that reveal cool hidden features and various accessories!


TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON DELUXE Figures

(Approximate retail price: $9.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)

The TRANSFORMERS Deluxe assortment features six new figures – HOT SHOT, DIRT BOSS, THUNDERCRACKER, LANDMINE, RED ALERT, and OVERRIDE. Each come with a CYBER PLANET KEY that reveals awesome activated features to enhance all your fun TRANSFORMERS play.


TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON “SCOUT CLASS” FIGURES

(Approximate retail price: $6.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)

The TRANSFORMERS Scout Class assortment features six new figures – OVERHAUL, RANSACK, SCATTORSHOT, CLOCKER, HARDTOP, and the RECON MINI-CON TEAM – JOLT, SIX SPEED, and REVERB. Except for the RECON MINI-CON TEAM, each Scout Class assortment character comes with a CYBER PLANET KEY that reveals awesome activated features to enhance all your fun TRANSFORMERS play!


TRANSFORMERS ALTERNATORS

(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Recommended for ages 5 & up)

TRANSFORMERS ALTERNATORS are 1:24 scale vehicles have rubber-look tires and adjustable seats for an incomparable authenticity! The line is refreshed throughout the year with new additions. The following TRANSFORMERS ALTERNATORS will be available during Spring 2005: Ford Mustang GT/GRIMLOCK; Jeep Wrangler Offroad/SWINDLE; Honda S2000/WINDCHARGER; Chevrolet Corvette 2-BATTLE RAVAGE; Mazda RX-8 Race SHOCKBLAST.


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Hasbro Announce Earnings for 2004

Transformers News: Hasbro Announce Earnings for 2004
Date: Wednesday, January 12th 2005 12:07pm CST
Categories: Press Releases, Company News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): TFormers.com

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Hasbro Inc. have published the following press release regarding thier Earnings for 2004. What this could mean for the Transformers lines is anyones guess.

Hasbro Provides Preliminary 2004 Results

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 12, 2005--Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) today announced that, based upon a preliminary projection of its full year results, it will report net revenue of approximately $3.0 billion compared to $3.1 billion last year. Based on this projected revenue decline, the Company expects diluted earnings per share to be approximately flat with last year's full year diluted earnings per share of $0.94. The 2003 earnings per share amount has been restated due to the required adoption of EITF 04-08 in the fourth quarter of 2004.

"Our top-line results are a reflection of a retail environment that was tougher in the fourth quarter than we expected, as well as a disappointing performance in parts of the U. S. Toys segment," said Alfred J. Verrecchia, Chief Executive Officer.

"However, as a result of our continued focus on managing expenses we expect to deliver earnings per share approximately flat with last year, despite the decline in revenue. Additionally, we took actions in the fourth quarter, primarily in the U. S. Toys segment, to reduce our expenses going forward and position us more favorably in the fastest growing areas of our business," Verrecchia concluded.

David Hargreaves, Chief Financial Officer commented further, "The balance sheet continues to strengthen and we will exceed our stated goal of delivering cash flow from operations, less capital expenditures, or free cash flow of $250 million. In addition, as a result of both higher cash on hand and lower debt, we will end the year with significant cash, net of debt - something we have not achieved since 1997."

The expected earnings per share results in 2004 include aggregate pre-tax charges of approximately $25 million related to the Company's licensing agreement with Disney, a non-cash charge related to a decline in the value of the Company's investment in Infogrames Entertainment SA and severance costs related to a reduction in headcount in December, primarily in the U.S. Toys segment. In 2003 the Company had pre-tax charges in the fourth quarter aggregating approximately $32 million, composed of severance payments related to the cessation of toy manufacturing operations at our Valencia, Spain facility and lease obligations and severance for employees of the Wizards of the Coast retail stores.

The Company will be providing its full year results on its web cast on Monday, February 7th at 9:00 a.m. EST. Investors and the media are invited to listen at http://www.hasbro.com (select "Corporate Info" from the home page, click on "Investor Information," and then click on the web cast microphone).

Hasbro is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.

Certain statements contained in this release contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include statements concerning our earnings, net revenues and free cash flow and may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "expect," "intend," "look forward," "may," "planned," "potential," "should," "will" and "would." Such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual actions or results may differ materially from those expected or anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Specific factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to manufacture, source and ship new and continuing products on a timely basis and the acceptance of those products by customers and consumers at prices that will be sufficient to profitably recover development, manufacturing, marketing, royalty and other costs of products; economic and public health conditions, including factors which impact the retail market or the Company's ability to manufacture and deliver products, higher fuel and commodity prices, higher transportation costs and potential transportation delays, currency fluctuations and government regulation and other conditions in the various markets in which the Company operates throughout the world; the concentration of the Company's customers; the inventory policies of retailers, including the concentration of the Company's revenues in the second half and fourth quarter of the year, together with increased reliance by retailers on quick response inventory management techniques, which increases the risk of underproduction of popular items, overproduction of less popular items and failure to achieve tight and compressed shipping schedules; work stoppages, slowdowns or strikes, which may impact the Company's ability to manufacture or deliver product; the bankruptcy or other lack of success of one of the Company's significant retailers which could negatively impact the Company's revenues or bad debt exposure; the impact of competition on revenues, margins and other aspects of the Company's business, including the ability to secure, maintain and renew popular licenses and the ability to attract and retain talented employees in a competitive environment; market conditions, third party actions or approvals and the impact of competition that could delay or increase the cost of implementation of the Company's consolidation programs or alter the Company's actions and reduce actual results; the risk that anticipated benefits of acquisitions may not occur or be delayed or reduced in their realization; and other risks and uncertainties as may be detailed from time to time in the Company's public announcements and SEC filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to make any revisions to the forward-looking statements contained in this release or to update them to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.

This presentation refers to a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules, specifically free cash flow. Free cash flow represents cash flow from operations less capital expenditures. Management believes that free cash flow is one of the appropriate measures for evaluating the performance of the Company because it provides a measure of resources which may be available for strategic opportunities including, among others, to invest in the business, strengthen the balance sheet, and make strategic acquisitions. However, the Company has other demands on its free cash flow which are not reflected in this measure and it should not be assumed that all free cash flow is available for strategic opportunities. This measure should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or superior to, net earnings, cash flow from operating activities or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as more fully discussed in the Company's financial statements and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As used herein, "GAAP" refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States

January 2005 Dreamwave Comic Covers Now Online

Transformers News: January 2005 Dreamwave Comic Covers Now Online
Date: Wednesday, October 27th 2004 8:05pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): Dreamwave

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Greetings! below you'll find the images and information about January shipping books including the long-awaited WARLANDS and BEAST WARS! Enjoy!


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TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS # 1

Story by James McDonough & Adam Patyk
Art by Don Figueroa

Unleash the beasts!

Start the 10th anniversary celebration for BEAST WARS early by sinking your teeth into this new mini-series from the creators behind the monthly adventures of TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE! Picking up right where the hit TV series left off, this TRANSFORMERS tale goes beyond the show to reveal what really happened to the MAXIMALS and PREDACONS after the BEAST WARS.and how that war is far from over! Celebrating the classic, mega-popular toy line and computer-animated cartoon which helped catapult the TRANSFORMERS franchise back into the spotlight, this super-charged series reveals the destiny of all your favorites: OPTIMUS PRIMAL, MEGATRON, RHINOX and more!

FC $2.99 32pp Monthly


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TRANSFORMERS ENERGON #31

Written by Simon Furman
Art by Alex Milne

REVELATIONS!

Just who is (or rather, was) ALPHA QUINTESSON, and what are his true plans for CYBERTRON, Earth. and UNICRON? While seeming to serve the chaos-bringer, the multi-faceted alien has been developing a world-shattering agenda of his own, one that bridges worlds and dimensions. Now, at last, ALPHA QUINTESSON begins his 'endgame,' and first in his sights is the MINI-CON OVER-RUN!

FC 32pp $2.99 Monthly


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TRANSFORMERS/G.I. JOE: Divided Front #4

Written by James McDonough, Adam Patyk
Art by Pat Lee

AUTOBOT vs. AUTOBOT!

It's a robot riot as the new Cold War over the TRANSFORMERS really starts to heat up! The G.I. JOES and their AUTOBOT allies try to reconcile their opposing views and unite against COBRA.but can they? They're not the only ones whose tempers are flaring, as members of COBRA prepare to foil their increasingly deranged leader's top-secret project.if the mutineers can make it past FIREFLY and the elite CRIMSON GUARD, that is!

FC 32pp $2.99 Monthly


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TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #13

Written by James McDonough, Adam Patyk
Art by Don Figueroa

2005 is here-and the battle for the universe begins!

Created by the sinister UNICRON, the lone CYCLONUS has been dispatched to search the galaxy for the missing Alpha herald, SCORUGE. But when his mission leads him to a top-secret storage facility on Earth, will CYCLONUS find the end of his quest or the business end of several high-caliber EDC-issued blasters?

This initial arc-"Detection"-kicks off the biggest, baddest GENERATION ONE storyline ever! Get in on the ground floor for a front-row seat to the beginning.of the apocalypse!

FC 32pp $2.99 Monthly


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TRANSFORMERS WAR WITHIN Vol. 3: "THE AGE OF WRATH" #5

Written by Simon Furman
Art by Joe Ng

HE'S BACK!

OPTIMUS PRIME, right? Well. maybe. But then again. maybe not! BLASTER's desperate bid to free the enslaved AUTOBOTS lies in ruins, his and his entire team's lives MEGATRON's to take at will. But in their darkest hour, a hero returns to the fray, a force too powerful to be contained even by death 's dark dominion. Prepare to be shocked senseless all over again!

FC 32pp $2.99 Monthly

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And here are the respective covers for the books mentioned above!


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  • Galaxy Force (Transformers: Cybertron) Press Release

    Transformers News: Galaxy Force (Transformers: Cybertron) Press Release
    Date: Thursday, October 21st 2004 11:07am CDT
    Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases
    Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): DragonX76 @ Tfans, Energon Prime Rules @ SEIBERTRON.com

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    DragonX76 of Tfans has posted the Galaxy Force Press Release:

    Want more! I bring you more! This time it's an official press release dated 10/18/04 brought to you by "WE'VE". Translation coming shortly! http://www.weve.jp/press14.pdf

    Rough Translation:
    -10/18/04
    Television Animation "Transformers Galaxy Force" Televising Start Information

    The television animation work which corporation producing "Transformers Galaxy Force" broadcast to start in January 8th 2005 (Saturday) from television Aichi TV Tokyo Channel 12, LTD.

    Announces to you a robot changing animation in which various vehicles, animals, etc. can change into a robot form & ready to fight.

    Transformers series that entered the year of its commemoration called the 20th Anniversary. And by the end of this year, the 21st year aims to leap further for this new developed series in 2005.

    "Transformers Galaxy Force" is the sequel of the animation work Transformers Super Link (North America title name "Transformers Energon") with which our company dealt with & will also begin to broadcast in North America in 2005.

    "Transformers Galaxy Force" is a project which our company which now is investing the production & possesses the copyright of the series is known for "Yukikaze", "Gantz", "Samurai 7", "Last Exile", others etc. GONZO takes charge. A high quality CG is fully used and has a sharp motion animation I challenged for achievement for GONZO-Kids, it is not different from former expectation.

    The Outline of a Work

    The stage of the Transformers battles are various planets in the universe. A black hole which appears at the end of an intense Transformers battle and others fighting begins to be swallowed by a star & the universe has met the crisis of its disappearance/destruction. The Cybertron forces of justice led by Galaxy Convoy is the hometown hero of Planet Cybertron. While in order to protect the entire universe, they encounter the inhabitants of various planets, the evil forces of Megatron unfolds a fight. From a child to an adult, it is a work which can be enjoyed using the latest CG image of the new characters who appear one after another.

    Main Staff
    Series Supervisor: Kakudou Hiroyuki
    Supervision: Ono study
    Series Composition: Yama Saki
    Character Design: Kumazen Takashi
    Scenario/Script: Yama Saki, Yama Toya, Soma Kazuhisa, Others (Staff Profile)

    Series Supervisor: Kakudou Hiroyuki
    Main Work: Digimon Adventure, Slum Dunk (Supervisor), One Piece, Kiniro no Gashebell/Golden Gashebell (Production)

    Supervision: Ono study
    Main Work: Crash Gear NITRO (CG Chief Production)

    Series Composition: Yama Saki
    Main work: Digimon Adventure (Script), Sonic X (Composition & Script)

    Production Company Profile:
    GDH/GONZO
    Main Works: Blue Submarine No. 6, Yukikaze, Gantz, Samurai 7, Others

    Copyright:
    c2005 Takara - Television Aichi - WE'VE

    Scheduled Broadcast Start Date:
    Television Aichi departure TV Tokyo Channel 12, LTD. series every week Saturday Morning 8:00 ~ 8:30, 2005 January 8th (Saturday) start.

    Broadcast Schedule Area Outside Series:
    Aomori, Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima, Niigata, Nagano, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Ehime, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Above


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    Hasbo posts official Press Release about the upcoming Transformers Movie with Dreamworks

    Transformers News: Hasbo posts official Press Release about the upcoming Transformers Movie with Dreamworks
    Date: Friday, July 23rd 2004 8:42am CDT
    Categories: Live Action Movie News, Press Releases
    Posted by: Goblez | Credit(s): BusinessWire.com

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    Hasbro has posted an official Press Release about the upcoming Transformers movie with Dreamworks and Steven Spielberg. You can read the Press Release here at SEIBERTRON.com's Trans-Forum Articles section.

    Hasbro press release

    Transformers News: Hasbro press release
    Date: Monday, June 7th 2004 8:28am CDT
    Categories: Press Releases, Company News
    Posted by: Goblez | Credit(s): New_Soundwave

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    Hasbro issued a press release this morning, announing various items, including
    "Transformers: Cybertron". you can view it here and discuss it here.

    June 07, 2004 09:15 AM US Eastern Timezone

    Hasbro Properties Group Brings Global Toy and Game Brands to Licensing 2004
    International

    Licensing 2004
    Booth #3417

    PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 7, 2004--The Hasbro Properties Group
    (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS),
    arrives at Licensing 2004 International with one of the industry's richest
    portfolios of brands that translates into a world of fun and excitement for
    children and adults. This year, HPG launches new licensing programs and builds
    upon its successes with properties such as DUEL MASTERS, WEEBLES, MY LITTLE
    PONY, TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, CANDY LAND and ACTION MAN. HPG will support these
    programs on a global or regional basis through a wide range of consumer products
    categories, including publishing, digital gaming, entertainment, apparel and
    accessories, footwear, food and beverage, sporting goods, housewares and
    greeting cards.


    "Licensing Show is a great opportunity to see the depth and breadth of Hasbro's
    brands and their impact on our consumers," said Jane Ritson-Parsons, President
    of the Hasbro Properties Group. "Many of our brands have global appeal and we
    have been fortunate to work with many of the world's leading consumer product
    and entertainment companies in providing consumers with rich experiences through
    a host of publishing, lifestyle and entertainment platforms."

    The following are some of the company's core brands that will be exhibited at
    the Hasbro Properties Group booth (#3417) during this year's Licensing Show at
    the Javits Center:

    DUEL MASTERS

    After topping the charts in Japan, the hot property DUEL MASTERS has arrived
    full force in the U.S., Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The DUEL MASTERS
    property launched in the U.S. and Europe with Dreamwave's comic book series, an
    animated series on Cartoon Network and Wizards of the Coast's trading card game.
    Hasbro's line of toys and board games will follow beginning in fall 2004 in both
    the U.S. and U.K. Building upon the DUEL MASTERS property, the Hasbro Properties
    Group will deliver a highly coordinated global licensing program targeted to
    boys aged 8 to 12 that focuses on promotions, publishing, apparel, digital
    gaming, sporting goods and accessories. In the works is a DUEL MASTERS Gameboy
    game from Atari, Inc., a line of books from Scholastic, pending contract, and a
    direct-to-video release due out next spring.

    WEEBLES

    Hasbro's Playskool brand announces the global return of those beloved, wobbly
    characters--the WEEBLES! The world of WEEBLEVILLE will be bustling again this
    fall as toys full of motion, music and brilliant colors inspire toddler's
    imaginations and celebrate the simple joy of play. HPG is developing a licensing
    program for the brand, including a promotion at Wendy's this fall. Plans for
    2005 include, the wacky, new WEEBLES characters making their direct-to-video
    debut and, pending contract, will be featured in a children's books series by
    Penguin Young Readers Group's Grosset & Dunlap imprint.

    MY LITTLE PONY

    In 2003, the MY LITTLE PONY property returned as a highly popular lifestyle
    brand for little girls. Since last fall, more than four million ponies and over
    three million books have reached the U.S. marketplace alone. Around the world,
    fans were able to make MY LITTLE PONY a part of nearly every aspect of their
    lives with more than 135 licensees signed to date. As a credit to the success of
    the licensing program, the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers'
    Association has nominated MY LITTLE PONY for three 2004 LIMA International
    Licensing Excellence Awards, including "Best Character Brand License of the
    Year."

    This year, there is even more to look forward to as the MY LITTLE PONY brand
    celebrates a new theme - FRIENDSHIP BALL. Little girls will enjoy these new pony
    adventures with an in-pack video being distributed worldwide. The MY LITTLE PONY
    story will also be told through the successful and growing publishing program.
    This year, Simon & Schuster, Hemma, The Five Mile Press and Egmont Books will
    work with HPG to bring publishing to multiple countries and more than double the
    number of titles released.

    Additional licensees for the brand in 2004 include Atari, Cohen & Wilks,
    American Greetings, pending contract, and Fruit of the Loom, to name a few. In
    spring 2005, look for a promotion with a major restaurant chain.

    TRANSFORMERS

    TRANSFORMERS is one of Hasbro's most popular global brands in the entertainment
    category, as evidenced by the Cartoon Network animated program and Dreamwave
    comic book series, which sold more than two million copies last year. To build
    on this success, an array of merchandise based on the current TRANSFORMERS
    ENERGON theme is due out this year, including the recent release of the highly
    anticipated PlayStation 2 video game from Atari.

    At this year's show, Hasbro will announce a new TRANSFORMERS storyline for 2005
    - TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON. Fans will be able to experience this new theme through
    a wide variety of entertainment, toys and licensed merchandise. This next
    installment in Hasbro's legendary saga is a complex story of intrigue and
    surprises, and will remind fans what it means to be "ROBOTS IN DISGUISE"!

    G.I. JOE

    Forty years ago, Hasbro revolutionized the way boys play by introducing G.I.
    JOE, the world's first action figure. In 2004, kids embark with the G.I. JOE
    team on another new and exciting adventure - VALOR VS. VENOM - which comes to
    life like never before with the direct-to-video release of "G.I. JOE: VALOR VS.
    VENOM," a new full-length feature packed with thrilling, non-stop action. The
    movie is slated to be available on DVD and VHS in September from Paramount Home
    Entertainment. One of the biggest marketing programs in the history of the G.I.
    JOE brand will also support VALOR VS. VENOM with a McDonald's promotion and an
    array of consumer products, including new publishing titles from Scholastic and
    Devil's Due, which sold more than one million G.I. JOE comic books last year,
    and camping and fishing gear from South Bend Sporting Goods.

    SECRET CENTRAL

    Fans of SECRET CENTRAL are already in the know about this cool new property with
    an irresistible twist. Girls learn all about the day-to-day lives of the 20
    classmates of the Class of '04 by picking up clues to what's really happening
    through the handwritten notes that come with Hasbro's doll line, and on-line
    stories that change every day at www.secretcentral.com. To continue the fun, HPG
    is developing a focused licensing program for SECRET CENTRAL, including a
    live-action direct-to-video from Executive Producer Tom Lynch to be released
    this fall. And, the Class of '04 graduates this month, making way for the SECRET
    CENTRAL Class of '05. In addition, publishing is in the works for spring 2005,
    as well as social expressions journals and stationery for back-to-school 2005.

    CANDY LAND

    For 55 years, the CANDY LAND game has been a favorite first game for
    preschoolers in the U.S. In 2004, children will experience this classic game
    like never before with the game's new look, updated characters and expanded
    story line. The game will also cross the Atlantic and Pacific for the first time
    so that children in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand will have the
    opportunity to enjoy this childhood classic. The first-ever CANDY LAND movie is
    scheduled for direct-to-video release in the U.S during spring 2005. The
    excitement around this cherished classic will be also reflected in an expanded
    licensing program for 2004. A broad range of publishing opportunities for the
    CANDY LAND brand are also being explored.

    ACTION MAN

    ACTION MAN continues to be a leading boys' action brand in Australia, New
    Zealand and across Europe. Now in its 10th year, ACTION MAN consumer products
    have also enjoyed a strong following across multiple categories from apparel to
    live entertainment. Building upon this history of success, Hasbro continues to
    deliver exciting new ACTION MAN products to consumers in 2004, including the
    release of an ACTION MAN Game Boy Advance game and a 45-minute CGI movie
    released on DVD. Also, now in its seventh year, the McDonald's ACTION MAN
    promotion now reaches fans in 42 countries.

    For more information on these properties and other Hasbro brands, including
    MONOPOLY, TONKA and SCRABBLE, visit the Hasbro Properties Group booth # 3417 at
    Licensing 2004 International.

    About Hasbro and the Hasbro Properties Group

    Hasbro (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time
    entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and
    marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both
    internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER
    BROTHERS, TIGER, and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the
    highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.

    The Hasbro Properties Group develops and expands Hasbro's core brands such as
    G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, ACTION MAN, MONOPOLY and CANDY LAND,
    into a wide variety of entertainment and consumer categories.

    (C)2004 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

    DUEL MASTERS is a trademark of Wizards/Shogakukan/Mitsui-Kids. (C)2004
    Wizards/Shogakukan/Mitsui-Kids/Sho Pro.

    SCRABBLE is a trademark of Hasbro in the U.S. and Canada.

    3H Names New PR Liaison: Malin Huffman.

    Transformers News: 3H Names New PR Liaison: Malin Huffman.
    Date: Friday, June 4th 2004 2:46am CDT
    Categories: Event News, Press Releases, People News
    Posted by: Professor Smooth | Credit(s): 3H

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    We've received this press release from 3H Productions:




    3H PRODUCTIONS NAMES NEW PR LIAISON


    June 3, 2004 - 3H Productions, Inc. today announced plans to enhance customer service and communication by bringing on board Malin Huffman as Public Relations Liaison. At 3H, Mr. Huffman will drive and facilitate effective communications between the Official Transformers Collectors' Club and Transformers fans.


    "I'm excited to be on board at 3H as we celebrate the 20th anniversary and beyond!" said Huffman. "We are working hard to provide the best Transformers fan experience available, with the most accurate and up-to-date information possible."


    Huffman has a long history of involvement with the TRANSFORMERS brand- a collector since 1984 and an active participant in past conventions, other fan events, and discussions in the collector community.


    Additional information will be forthcoming regarding new 3H policies designed to provide more personalized and timely customer service.


    For more information about the Official Transformers Collectors' Convention and Club and 3H Productions, please visit our web site at http://www.otfcc.com
    And join us on July 31 and August 1 in Chicago, Illinois for OTFCC 2004, the official 20th anniversary celebration of the TRANSFORMERS!




    Considering how the public has been talking about OTFCC, 3H, and Glen Hallit himself, you've got your work cut out for you, Mr. Huffman. We wish you the best of luck.

    Devil's Due To Publish G.I. Joe Vs Transformers Sequel

    Transformers News: Devil's Due To Publish G.I. Joe Vs Transformers Sequel
    Date: Sunday, May 23rd 2004 3:17am CDT
    Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases

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    Devil's Due have published a press release to announce a sequel to their G.I. Joe Vs Transformers series. Here's the press release in full:

    Devil's Due Publishing launches this September, the eagerly but previously unplanned sequel to the successful "G.I. Joe versus Transformers" series. With over 400,000 copies sold of the first series, DDP is happily giving in to fan pressure (and threats of bodily harm - haha) and producing another installment of the popular alternate universe.

    In the new series, picking a few years after the original, Cybertronian (Transformer) technology has found its way into our own on Earth. The fragmented Cobra organization now uses this for their own purposes, but the Military isn't without their own. In issue one, Cobra Commander has set his sights on a highly advanced prototype Cybertronian computer that could make his forces unstoppable. Of course things go haywire, and the problems result in an epic story of time travel, military action, and science fiction.

    Exciting and unpredictable, writer Dan Jolley weaves a riveting story for artists Tim Seeley and E.J. Su to bring to life. Previous works by Mr. Jolley and Mr. Su include Voltron and Micronauts, while Mr. Seeley has penciled his way through G.I. Joe and Hack/Slash. The art duo with share duties, with Tim Seeley supplying figures, and E.J. Su masterminding the mechanical designs and backgrounds.

    Founded in 1999, Devil's Due Publishing began as a commercial art studio and a small press comic book publisher. Since then the company has grown to one of the largest independent comic book studios in the industry. Launching in the mainstream publishing in 2004, Devil's Due Publishing has gained a reputation for highly regarded creative teams and innovative thinking.

    Visit www.devilsdue.net for more information about Devil's Due Publishing and the wide variety of products available for purchase.

    Titan Books To Publish Transformers: Second Generation TPB

    Transformers News: Titan Books To Publish Transformers: Second Generation TPB
    Date: Thursday, April 29th 2004 11:32am CDT
    Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases

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    Titan Books have made a press release regarding their latest Transformers TPB:
    TITAN TO PUBLISH: TRANSFORMERS: SECOND GENERATION

    Simon Furman, Jeff Anderson, Barry Kitson, Will Simpson & John Stokes

    Cover Artist: Lee Sullivan

    ISBN 1 84023 935 2

    Ship Month August 2004 $19.95 / £14.99

    9” x 12” 128pp Color TPB
    Collects UK comics # 59-65, 93, 145, 198 & annual story ‘Dreadwing Down’
    GENERATION NEXT!
    Clad in an experimental exo-suit, and determined to prove he can look after himself, Buster Witwicky is drawn into a battle for survival against the might of Shockwave, the awesome Devastator and his own Matrix-contaminated psyche. Unknowingly he holds the key to the next step in Transformers evolution, and the Decepticons want it!

    You can check out the pre-order listing for this title at Amazon UK.

    Press Releases from Atari about Dropbox and TF game

    Transformers News: Press Releases from Atari about Dropbox and TF game
    Date: Wednesday, April 21st 2004 12:47pm CDT
    Categories: Game News, Press Releases, Company News, Digital Media News
    Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Atari

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    I have posted 2 press releases from the band DROPBOX (who´s music will be featured in the upcoming Transformers PS2 video game from Atari) to SEIBERTRON.com´s Transforum Articles section.



    Both of these were released earlier in April 2004 but I thought I´d share them with you now as I gear up to launch SEIBERTRON.com´s very own Transformers PS2 Atari game section later this week.

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