Hasbro Announces New Transformers Fan Club

Transformers News: Hasbro Announces New Transformers Fan Club

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 9:29AM CDT

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Along with the news of the new multi-franchise event from Hasbro - taking place in Rhode Island next September - we also have the teaser announcement of their new Transformers-dedicated fan club starting up in 2017, after FunPub and the TFCC end their run with the closing of 2016. No further information on this yet, but stay tuned for more here at Seibertron.com!

we are excited to confirm that the Transformers experience is expanding in 2017 with the new Transformers fan club. The new club will replace the existing Transformers Collectors club which ends December 31, 2016. More details will follow in the coming months so be sure to sign up for the new Transformers newsletter to get the latest and to stay up to date on other brand news, promotions, products, fan events and more.


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Re: Hasbro Announces New Transformers Fan Club (1834347)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 18th, 2016 @ 9:35am CDT
Will keep an eye on this.
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Posted by Seibertron on October 18th, 2016 @ 9:54am CDT
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Re: Hasbro Announces New Transformers Fan Club (1834358)
Posted by Sigma Magnus on October 18th, 2016 @ 9:56am CDT
Well, this is a relief to see. Wonder if it'll work like FunPub used to...
Re: Hasbro Announces New Transformers Fan Club (1834364)
Posted by Kurona on October 18th, 2016 @ 10:02am CDT
I can't decide if Hasbro being directly involved in this means it'll cost less or more money :lol:

Still, should be good to see. Hopefully it'll be as gloriously fanwanky as funpub has been.
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Posted by It Is Him on October 18th, 2016 @ 10:03am CDT
I wonder if Funpub will have any part in this
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Posted by Sabrblade on October 18th, 2016 @ 10:08am CDT
It Is Him wrote:I wonder if Funpub will have any part in this
As a company, most unlikely.

As individuals (i.e. - the fiction writers and creative thinkers the Club used for their toy characters and fiction), one can only hope. The Beast Wars: Uprising fiction needs to keep going. It's too good to stop at its upcoming four-part finale.
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Posted by It Is Him on October 18th, 2016 @ 10:23am CDT
If there's one thing I won't miss, it's the club fiction. The Botcon 2015 was painful to read, and the magazine comics bordered on incoherent. I don't regret letting my membership lapse at all
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Posted by Bed Bugs on October 18th, 2016 @ 10:24am CDT
I look forward to this new club! Out with the old, in with the new! :-D
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Posted by It Is Him on October 18th, 2016 @ 10:28am CDT
Why am I so itchy all of a sudden?
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Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on October 18th, 2016 @ 10:38am CDT
This is weird. A new fan club announced after the death of BotCon? :???: This all seems fishy. Was there anything wrong with BotCon or is it just me?
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Posted by TF-fan kev777 on October 18th, 2016 @ 10:43am CDT
OptimalOptimus2 wrote:This is weird. A new fan club announced after the death of BotCon? :???: This all seems fishy. Was there anything wrong with BotCon or is it just me?


I believe the main thing was that Hasbro will now have complete control over the club rather than working with a separate entity.
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Posted by leokearon on October 18th, 2016 @ 11:09am CDT
Hopefully prices will be more reasonable and they will cater for International fans more.

Oh look if you sign up for the newsletter you can get 20% off TFs at Hasbro's Toy Store which doesn't ship internationally... Not off to the best of starts
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Posted by RAR on October 18th, 2016 @ 11:36am CDT
leokearon wrote:Hopefully prices will be more reasonable and they will cater for International fans more.

Oh look if you sign up for the newsletter you can get 20% off TFs at Hasbro's Toy Store which doesn't ship internationally... Not off to the best of starts


Perhaps they can actually open a 'Consumer interaction' Department at Hasbro UK that actually has the tiniest of clues about the products they (don't) sell.

If they are smart they will make themselves more flexible and allow themselves to make more of something popular - I hope they don't start wanting bar code clipping or your mobile number and such like.

I would appreciate if they'd have more of a global reach with the club - like for example UK or Canadian Members can sign up in advance then when they make the stuff they can send a portion to those Hub locations to ship out to other places - though post Brexit they might want to draw in one of the European "EU" Hasbro's too.

They'd get way more members if they ran the club on that basis - sort of like how Eaglemoss do their Star Trek Model magazine *only less cackhandedly*

Also they really need to option to ship Magazine less often or only with a toy as who wants to pay a huge premium for a glorified leaflet.

I think if they handle this properly and print some actual leaflets they can make so cool stuff and also offer things directly to club members that they'd not find an easy western retail home for like Metro Titan or a G2 CW Devastator even things from Japan.

They can do shared Exclusives with Takara/E-hobby too - huge potential to get this VERY right - or VERY meh.


I wonder if they were holding back G2 Defensor to use as a club or show exclusive - that he's not on the cards is suspicious as heck to me.

Anyway fingers cross - "Please don't screw it up Hasbro".
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Posted by Wolfman Jake on October 18th, 2016 @ 12:52pm CDT
Image


Does it bother anyone else that this Optimus Prime artwork features a red "right bicep" and a gray "left bicep"? Oops! It's a nice rendition of G1 Optimus Prime, otherwise.
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Posted by Munkky on October 18th, 2016 @ 2:08pm CDT
This certainly sounds interesting. I never bothered with the Collector's Club or Subscription Service because of the high prices, even though there were some figures I would've liked to own. Hopefully this new club will be cheaper than the previous one, but it's definitely piqued my interest.
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Posted by Emerje on October 18th, 2016 @ 3:28pm CDT
With this being done directly by Hasbro I wonder if it'll be free to join? I could see that being the case with all content like articles and comics being posted online rather than in print (something I feel Fun Pub should have switched over to years ago if they weren't so paranoid about it being posted off-site).

I would imagine pricing will be similar to that of their Comic Con exclusives rather than inflated third-party pricing. Exclusives should be done in the "made to order" format popular in Japan where a limited pre-order window is opened for an exclusive and then figures are produced according to those numbers. This way they wouldn't run into the same issue of unsold exclusives sitting on the TFCC store or SDCC Fort Max still being available on HTS.

It'd be nice if we got our own convention, but I doubt it now.

Emerje
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Posted by Burn on October 18th, 2016 @ 4:19pm CDT
leokearon wrote:Hopefully prices will be more reasonable and they will cater for International fans more.

This!

While it's understandable to cater to the US (and by extension Canada) fan base, because it's the largest, they need to find a way to make it more accessible for international fans.

One thing I never understood is why in this day and age, even when I was a member years ago, that I'd have to wait a month after everyone else to receive my magazine, when it could have simply been delivered electronically.
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Posted by ScottyP on October 18th, 2016 @ 6:01pm CDT
If it isn't run by Dr. Va'al, we I riot.
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Posted by Delicon on October 18th, 2016 @ 6:15pm CDT
I'll reserve strong opinion until we have more details. Did they even actually say Hasbro is directly running the new club?

Hopefully a TF only convention comes with it.
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Posted by Bumblebee21 on October 18th, 2016 @ 6:23pm CDT
hopefuly it will have reasonable prices.

maybe even free membership. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: one can only hope

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