Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 10:46AM CST

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Hasbro's Investor day just took place and we have the presentation slides as well as the accompanying audio for everyone interested:

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Out own Scotty P (podcaster extraordinaire) has his own commentary to lead fans through it:

Hasbro's Investor Day presentation was yesterday.

Some things of note:

Slide 20 (see first image below) has TF5 teaser logo (nothing exciting), and some new product called "Alt Modes" - looks like keychains or something but it's a very small image.
Slide 23 (see second image below) has the TF brand revenue (revenue to Hasbro, not retail sales to consumers! HUGE difference!) chart that we've seen in previous years updated to include the 9 months out of this year so far. Pretty good start for them.
Slide 34 talks about expanding footprint into more global markets.
Some new Kre-o product on Slide 37, but it does not look to be Transformers related. Read elsewhere it is a Chinese market exclusive line.
Slide 38 (see third image below): appears to announce Micronauts return - as a crossover with Transformers. Kind of cool considering Micronauts' roots as Microman.
I enjoyed the financial slides. Interesting bit on 61 about slightly increasing resin costs expected for 2016.
Slide 65 mentions a new e-commerce site. Direct to consumer sales or just B2B?

Poor GI Joe. Also no sign of M.A.S.K. which was on the last (I think last, maybe the one before last) Investor presentation.


Transformers News: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Micronauts return and team up with Transformers?

Transformers News: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Micronauts return and team up with Transformers?

Transformers News: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Micronauts return and team up with Transformers?
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Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742124)
Posted by Railbomb on November 17th, 2015 @ 10:57am CST
I wonder if these new Micronauts will be able to fit in the cockpits of Jetfire/Seekers, Whirl, and HotSpots basket? It would be cool to finally get some little guys that can do that and maybe see some cameo appearances of Spike, Sparkplug, Daniel, Carly and some other characters from the cartoon.
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742127)
Posted by Starsaber468 on November 17th, 2015 @ 11:29am CST
Once again Hasbro suprises us with something (I am not sure if the micronauts were ever released in the US) a little new and old. I gotta say I never expected the micronauts to be back, but its awesome, and I surely do like it! :D
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742135)
Posted by OptimusPrimeval on November 17th, 2015 @ 12:23pm CST
Does anyone else think this Microman reboot could be a Western repackaging of Takara's Diaclone Reboot? Those little men...
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742136)
Posted by Duke of Luns on November 17th, 2015 @ 12:24pm CST
Railbomb wrote:I wonder if these new Micronauts will be able to fit in the cockpits of Jetfire/Seekers, Whirl, and HotSpots basket? It would be cool to finally get some little guys that can do that and maybe see some cameo appearances of Spike, Sparkplug, Daniel, Carly and some other characters from the cartoon.


Think the small pilots were more of a Diaclone thing than a Microman thing, though I think Diaclone was originally a spin-off brand.

Starsaber468 wrote:Once again Hasbro suprises us with something (I am not sure if the micronauts were ever released in the US) a little new and old. I gotta say I never expected the micronauts to be back, but its awesome, and I surely do like it! :D


Micronauts were indeed released in the U.S.! There was even a Marvel comic that outlasted the toyline(much like ROM Spaceknight). I've not read any of it though, mostly cause I've never run across it in the wild and haven't had the notion to track it down. It was supposed to be quite good and there's a crossover with the X-Men, and I think Man-Thing popped up for an issue or two in the regular series.

The figures came out in the very late 70's I believe, and there was a sort of revival around the early 2000's in the U.S. However I do remember reading reviews that the 2000's Microman figures weren't of great quality and broke pretty easy. I remember seeing them at Suncoast on clearance once back in the day but didn't pick any up.

Oh yeah and Micronauts big bad Baron Karza wasn't from the original Microman line but a repainted/remolded super robot called Jeeg.
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742148)
Posted by Metroplex79 on November 17th, 2015 @ 1:47pm CST
william-james88 wrote:Image

I'm kinda sad Combiner Wars isn't making a killing this year.

How can it not be beating Prime?

:-(
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742152)
Posted by ScottyP on November 17th, 2015 @ 2:28pm CST
Metroplex79 wrote:I'm kinda sad Combiner Wars isn't making a killing this year.

How can it not be beating Prime?

:-(
That's top line revenue to Hasbro in that chart, afaik, and has nothing to do with things like profit or sales to consumers. This is showing that the brand as a whole is performing well in getting retailers to buy product of any variety, and you can see in here that the 3/4 of a year thus far has generated almost as much as those two full years where Prime was the focus.

Additionally, I'd hold off on judging how Combiner Wars has done until figures such as this are shown next year. If the line does well for retailers, logic would say that their orders, and thus revenue to Hasbro, will be up come next year.
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742165)
Posted by Emerje on November 17th, 2015 @ 3:30pm CST
Metroplex79 wrote:I'm kinda sad Combiner Wars isn't making a killing this year.

How can it not be beating Prime?

:-(


Not to kick you while you're down, but most of that probably comes from Robots in Disguise anyway. Now that the brand has become mainstream the movie and cartoon years are the best performers. It's quite the contrast compared to the 2005 and 2006 years when Transformers Energon and Cybertron were on TV. Just think of how flooded the shelves were with figures back then just to get those low numbers.

Emerje
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742167)
Posted by Starsaber468 on November 17th, 2015 @ 3:36pm CST
This kinda seems like its micronaut doesn't it?
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742169)
Posted by Starsaber468 on November 17th, 2015 @ 3:43pm CST
Emerje wrote:
Metroplex79 wrote:I'm kinda sad Combiner Wars isn't making a killing this year.

How can it not be beating Prime?

:-(


Not to kick you while you're down, but most of that probably comes from Robots in Disguise anyway. Now that the brand has become mainstream the movie and cartoon years are the best performers. It's quite the contrast compared to the 2005 and 2006 years when Transformers Energon and Cybertron were on TV. Just think of how flooded the shelves were with figures back then just to get those low numbers.

Emerje

Well a lot of people did focus on getting combiner wars figures though plus combiner wars did get more figures, so I don't know but I would supsect RID mainly being meant for children would be sold for children, but usually whenever I am at a store getting some figures the RID figures would be full while the Combiner wars section of figures would be empty
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742174)
Posted by Emerje on November 17th, 2015 @ 3:56pm CST
Starsaber468 wrote:
Emerje wrote:
Metroplex79 wrote:I'm kinda sad Combiner Wars isn't making a killing this year.

How can it not be beating Prime?

:-(


Not to kick you while you're down, but most of that probably comes from Robots in Disguise anyway. Now that the brand has become mainstream the movie and cartoon years are the best performers. It's quite the contrast compared to the 2005 and 2006 years when Transformers Energon and Cybertron were on TV. Just think of how flooded the shelves were with figures back then just to get those low numbers.

Emerje

Well a lot of people did focus on getting combiner wars figures though plus combiner wars did get more figures, so I don't know but I would supsect RID mainly being meant for children would be sold for children, but usually whenever I am at a store getting some figures the RID figures would be full while the Combiner wars section of figures would be empty


Children's toy lines always sell better than collectors lines, this is a long proven fact. The reason you're seeing more RID and less CW on shelves is because stores are ordering more RID than CW. It my area both are in short supply, but I find new RID figures long before I find new CW stuff.

As for Micronauts, they've been working on plans for a movie for years now so it's no real surprise that they'd use movie Optimus Prime to promote it. Probably he'll find their planet in his post-Age of Extinction trip through space. Should be interesting if it ever happens, to date Hasbro has yet to do anything with the Micronauts license even though they've had it since 2009.

Emerje
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742175)
Posted by Metroplex79 on November 17th, 2015 @ 4:00pm CST
ScottyP wrote:
Metroplex79 wrote:I'm kinda sad Combiner Wars isn't making a killing this year.

How can it not be beating Prime?

:-(
That's top line revenue to Hasbro in that chart, afaik, and has nothing to do with things like profit or sales to consumers. This is showing that the brand as a whole is performing well in getting retailers to buy product of any variety, and you can see in here that the 3/4 of a year thus far has generated almost as much as those two full years where Prime was the focus.

Additionally, I'd hold off on judging how Combiner Wars has done until figures such as this are shown next year. If the line does well for retailers, logic would say that their orders, and thus revenue to Hasbro, will be up come next year.

I know that.

But I was hoping it be...more. A big bulk of the Combiner Wars figures were released in the first 8 months.

Emerje wrote:
Metroplex79 wrote:I'm kinda sad Combiner Wars isn't making a killing this year.

How can it not be beating Prime?

:-(


Not to kick you while you're down, but most of that probably comes from Robots in Disguise anyway. Now that the brand has become mainstream the movie and cartoon years are the best performers. It's quite the contrast compared to the 2005 and 2006 years when Transformers Energon and Cybertron were on TV. Just think of how flooded the shelves were with figures back then just to get those low numbers.

Emerje

There is that.

But how many families that had to buy RID figures would have to make up just me for Combiner Wars?
I have 2 of almost all the ones released in Canada thus far.

I'm not making this all about me, but I sure there are a few that are buying way more Combiner Wars figures than just the 1 of each.
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742176)
Posted by Starsaber468 on November 17th, 2015 @ 4:01pm CST
Emerje wrote:
Starsaber468 wrote:
Emerje wrote:
Metroplex79 wrote:I'm kinda sad Combiner Wars isn't making a killing this year.

How can it not be beating Prime?

:-(


Not to kick you while you're down, but most of that probably comes from Robots in Disguise anyway. Now that the brand has become mainstream the movie and cartoon years are the best performers. It's quite the contrast compared to the 2005 and 2006 years when Transformers Energon and Cybertron were on TV. Just think of how flooded the shelves were with figures back then just to get those low numbers.

Emerje

Well a lot of people did focus on getting combiner wars figures though plus combiner wars did get more figures, so I don't know but I would supsect RID mainly being meant for children would be sold for children, but usually whenever I am at a store getting some figures the RID figures would be full while the Combiner wars section of figures would be empty


Children's toy lines always sell better than collectors lines, this is a long proven fact. The reason you're seeing more RID and less CW on shelves is because stores are ordering more RID than CW. It my area both are in short supply, but I find new RID figures long before I find new CW stuff.

As for Micronauts, they've been working on plans for a movie for years now so it's no real surprise that they'd use movie Optimus Prime to promote it. Probably he'll find their planet in his post-Age of Extinction trip through space. Should be interesting if it ever happens, to date Hasbro has yet to do anything with the Micronauts license even though they've had it since 2009.

Emerje

Ok that probably makes sjnce though the RID line where I live kinda is shelf-formers though. Btw isn't this probably I redesigned familiar micronaut cough cough a certain robot one cough cough
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742177)
Posted by Metroplex79 on November 17th, 2015 @ 4:02pm CST
Sorry...server lag....duplicate post.
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742183)
Posted by BERSEKAEL on November 17th, 2015 @ 4:33pm CST
I believe "age of extinction" didn't sell better cuz:

1. bad quality toys (poor paint apps, overpriced)
2. No legion class
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742184)
Posted by Seibertron on November 17th, 2015 @ 4:38pm CST
ScottyP wrote:
Metroplex79 wrote:I'm kinda sad Combiner Wars isn't making a killing this year.

How can it not be beating Prime?

:-(
That's top line revenue to Hasbro in that chart, afaik, and has nothing to do with things like profit or sales to consumers. This is showing that the brand as a whole is performing well in getting retailers to buy product of any variety, and you can see in here that the 3/4 of a year thus far has generated almost as much as those two full years where Prime was the focus.

Additionally, I'd hold off on judging how Combiner Wars has done until figures such as this are shown next year. If the line does well for retailers, logic would say that their orders, and thus revenue to Hasbro, will be up come next year.


I'm even more confused about what these numbers mean after reading the comments above.

Image

In 2014, did they make approximately $500,000 profit after expenses, salaries, and other expenses related to business, employment, and operating costs? That's not a lot of money all things considered. The ROI seems extremely small. Something about these financial numbers is escaping my understanding at the moment.
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742187)
Posted by Starsaber468 on November 17th, 2015 @ 4:40pm CST
BERSEKAEL wrote:I believe "age of extinction" didn't sell better cuz:

1. bad quality toys (poor paint apps, overpriced)
2. No legion class

Thats definitely not why... plus Legion class isn't that improtebt for prime or bayformers... plus its probably because the downfall of popularity with the bayformers though I feel like transformers 5 will give an another boost to the franchise. Plus Bayformers basically keep the franchise going even with hate it we gotta admit it probably without the bayformers we wouldn't be getting great figures even masterpiece figures & third party figures
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742191)
Posted by Emerje on November 17th, 2015 @ 4:47pm CST
Starsaber468 wrote:Ok that probably makes sjnce though the RID line where I live kinda is shelf-formers though. Btw isn't this probably I redesigned familiar micronaut cough cough a certain robot one cough cough


I really hope that's not supposed to be Biotron, though I'm more likely to believe it's Phobos. But to be entirely honest the colors make it look more like some sort of Ant-Man robot. Who knows?

Emerje
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742194)
Posted by Starsaber468 on November 17th, 2015 @ 4:54pm CST
Emerje wrote:
Starsaber468 wrote:Ok that probably makes sjnce though the RID line where I live kinda is shelf-formers though. Btw isn't this probably I redesigned familiar micronaut cough cough a certain robot one cough cough


I really hope that's not supposed to be Biotron, though I'm more likely to believe it's Phobos. But to be entirely honest the colors make it look more like some sort of Ant-Man robot. Who knows?

Emerje

Its probably part of the micronauts looks kinda obvious when its revealed as "Mysterious Figure"
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742228)
Posted by william-james88 on November 17th, 2015 @ 7:30pm CST
Emerje wrote:
Metroplex79 wrote:I'm kinda sad Combiner Wars isn't making a killing this year.

How can it not be beating Prime?

:-(


Not to kick you while you're down, but most of that probably comes from Robots in Disguise anyway. Now that the brand has become mainstream the movie and cartoon years are the best performers. It's quite the contrast compared to the 2005 and 2006 years when Transformers Energon and Cybertron were on TV. Just think of how flooded the shelves were with figures back then just to get those low numbers.

Emerje


There is also the fact that the graph is comparing 9 months to a year and that the 3 months missing are the holiday months which account for the greatest percentage of revenue for toy companies.

Starsaber468 wrote:Ok that probably makes sjnce though the RID line where I live kinda is shelf-formers though. Btw isn't this probably I redesigned familiar micronaut cough cough a certain robot one cough cough


You probably meant Shelf-warmers. Also, the RID line is not confirmed to be shelfwarming yet. Unlike previous lines, this one is big on repackaging older toys in cases with newer ones. I did a test with a friend on the site once who wanted every single skrapnel left in my area (that insecticon "seemed" to be shelfwarming like crazy). So I bought them all. The next week, there was a fresh batch and I bought it too since he couldnt get enough of them. And it kept going with them restocking a few at a time. Somone who has no interest in them would just see theme very week and think i twas the same 2 always shelfwarming when it wasnt. Since then I think twice before declaring anything a shelfwarmer and I think we should stick to the initial and true definition of a shelfwarmer: a toy that is still there once the line (Line, not wave) is over. Especially with the RID line, it is not possible to call them shelfwarmers yet.

Also, I love showing this pic I took while waiting in line at TRU (which shows what the person in front of me was about to purchase) whenever someone asks if one line sells more than the other:

Image

Starsaber468 wrote:
BERSEKAEL wrote:I believe "age of extinction" didn't sell better cuz:

1. bad quality toys (poor paint apps, overpriced)
2. No legion class

Thats definitely not why... plus Legion class isn't that improtebt for prime or bayformers... plus its probably because the downfall of popularity with the bayformers though I feel like transformers 5 will give an another boost to the franchise. Plus Bayformers basically keep the franchise going even with hate it we gotta admit it probably without the bayformers we wouldn't be getting great figures even masterpiece figures & third party figures


He's joking out of frustration since all he collects is legion class.
Re: Hasbro Investor Day 2015 Presentation: Possible Micronauts and Transformers Team Up (1742245)
Posted by Cobotron on November 17th, 2015 @ 8:59pm CST
Late to the party, but no less excited by this news. There is a giant Microman/naut Transformers crossover going on on the shelf behind me right now! :shock:

This is great, and I'm actually not that surprised after we heard at SDCC that IDW had some Micronauts in the works for next year.

Emerje wrote:I really hope that's not supposed to be Biotron, though I'm more likely to believe it's Phobos.
That sure looks like a strange reboot of Biotron to me. That head with those horns does look like Phobos, but those colors and that chest seem awful Biotrony.
Image

Emerje wrote:As for Micronauts, they've been working on plans for a movie for years now so it's no real surprise that they'd use movie Optimus Prime to promote it. Probably he'll find their planet in his post-Age of Extinction trip through space. Should be interesting if it ever happens, to date Hasbro has yet to do anything with the Micronauts license even though they've had it since 2009.
Around 2007 or 8, the short lived Orphanage animation studio (the crew behind Sym-Bionic Titan) did a short stint of development for a Micronauts animated feature, but it was quickly put on the back burner when the owner of the film rights, James Cameron's asking price was a tad too high. It's great that Hasbro has acquired all the pieces to put this all together. I believe they have had the rights to the toys for a long time now. At least since Palisades went belly up.

Image
The green alien character isn't ringing a bell, and the female hero character's name escapes me, but I think that fella in the middle might be Acroyear. I don't recall anyone else who carried a flaming energy blade like that.

Oh MAN! This is exciting! :KREMZEEK:
Can't wait to learn more.

Edit: Just came back to me. The female character was Marionette, and maybe the Green dude is Bug. Maybe?

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