Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here!

Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here!

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 5:38pm CDT

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Once again, It's Hasbro Q&A Time! Submit your questions to us by September 12th. Remember to make your questions as engaging as possible. If your questions seem answerable by the general public, then the staff of Seibertron.com will likely answer your queries; hopefully with a bit more flavor than what you might be used to with Hasbro Q&A's.

While we do live in the wonderful world of free speech, there are a few of Hasbro's guidelines that need to be followed before submitting your questions!

Hasbro wrote:Unfortunately, there are some things that we cannot comment publicly on due to confidentiality, legal or competitive reasons. Examples of these types of questions are ones that relate to the upcoming TV series or movies that have not had details announced yet, “When will X toy be made/redesigned/released?”, Hypothetical scenarios or “what if questions”, Sales/Cost Data, Product Idea Submissions, Potential Design/Redesign and Future Movie/Entertainment.

With that said, that leaves a lot of room for a whole host of other discussion points. Topics that are open for discussion are things like Deco Decisions, Current Design Choices, Design Process/Development, Character choices and Redeco/Retooling choices. Also, questions pertaining to past and current Lore/Storyline, Line Strategy and Marketing are open for discussion too.

The Transformers team certainly appreciates our fans’ continued passion and dedication to Transformers and we look forward to another great year of Q&A.


We're looking forward to your Questions!

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Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122402)
Posted by Leviathan on September 7th, 2010 @ 5:45pm CDT
Hey Hasbro just wondering if the Cycle Sisters (Arcee, Chromia, and Elita-1) do combine and if they do, are you going to post the way to combine them?

Another question is What is it that you plan on doing with transformers as a toyline after the third movie and TF: Prime?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122403)
Posted by GEEWUN on September 7th, 2010 @ 5:45pm CDT
Here's a question..


Dear Hasbro,

Will we be seeing any new (unannounced) War for Cybertron Figures in the near future?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122414)
Posted by nemesis primus on September 7th, 2010 @ 6:02pm CDT
my three questions are as follows:

1. Considering that at Toyfair 2010 your representative announced that arcee combination instructions will be online, with elita-1's recent release when can we expect to see these instructions?

2. Would you ever consider creating autobot/decepticon drones based on the create-a-character in war for cybertron that will allow two alt modes?

3. Are there any plans to create figures of war for cybertron omega supreme and trypticon?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122417)
Posted by Tristar on September 7th, 2010 @ 6:09pm CDT
I have a few burning questions, pun intended you will see why.


Are Liege Maximo and The Fallen the same being? If not How did Liege Maximo become corrupt? Why did, if Alpha Trion is one the orignal 13, he Attack Nexus Prime(maximus) In the Transtech Universe? Will any of my questions be answered in fiction in the forseeable future IE in the next year?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122419)
Posted by earltheyeti on September 7th, 2010 @ 6:13pm CDT
I've noticed that the Classics and Generations lines (the nastalgia ones that follow the Generation 1 styling) have stayed confined to the smaller scales (i.e. deluxe and voyager class.) Why is this? Are there plans to produce some figures in the Ultra or Leader class size?
(I, for one, would really go for a G1 style leader class Optimus Prime or voyager class Starscream.)
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122425)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on September 7th, 2010 @ 6:26pm CDT
I have a few related questions about the just-released Generations Darkmount figure. Specifically the fact that his being a Decepticon who'd only appeared in Marvel's Transformers comics meant they had the rights to his proper name of Straxus, and therefore Hasbro couldn't use it. I'd like to know if this will hamper any future efforts to do figures of toyless TF characters created for Marvel continuity, or if some deal has been worked out since then. I'm no legal expert, but considering Hasbro also currently produces Marvel Comics figures, and even a Marvel/Transformers Crossover line, this issue being a stumbling block sounds extremely silly to me.

But if it will continue to be an issue, will it make producing characters from the Marvel U.S. books (ex: Scrounge, Wipe-Out) tougher than ones from the Marvel U.K. series (ex: Impactor, Flame, Macabre)? And will Disney's recent buyout of Marvel Comics add further complications? (I know we'll never see a Transformer actually called Darkwing again)

You released a K.B. Toys exclusive figure called Jhiaxus last decade, despite that being a character created for the Marvel Transformers: Generation 2 series. Was that not a rights issue because the toy was just a random repaint and not a stab at an actual likeness of the character, or did Marvel just happen to not bother copyrighting that particular name?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122426)
Posted by adamassc on September 7th, 2010 @ 6:27pm CDT
i got a couple:

Is hftd Sunspot's coloration a homage or an original design?

Can we expect the Powercore Combiner line's five packs to continue being based on previous combiner teams?

Where do the powercore combiners fit in storywise? Are they movieverse, Generations, or a standalone continuity?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122440)
Posted by EdgeAsus on September 7th, 2010 @ 7:21pm CDT
What other Human Alliance toys are going to be coming out other then the Black Sideswipe? Also How many more Generation ones are going to be coming out other then the obvious?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122441)
Posted by noodles2go on September 7th, 2010 @ 7:23pm CDT
Are you going to continue with the Power Core Combiners line? I'm a big fan of it, however I do have one other question relating.

Is the quality control in the Power Core Combiner figures going to be better? Many people have complained of loose ball joints, too tight or too loose power link joints, as well as drones not properly automorphing as they should. I have experience this on many occasions myself, and have had to return a couple items due to this.
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122454)
Posted by backpack on September 7th, 2010 @ 7:54pm CDT
1. Are there any plans to release drone packs for PCC so that we can mix/match create our own teams?

2. Generations Human Alliance? Yes/No/Maybe So?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122460)
Posted by It Is Him on September 7th, 2010 @ 8:05pm CDT
Re: Generation Red Alert's deco. Why did Hasbro choose toy colors over TV show colors?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122468)
Posted by Rated X on September 7th, 2010 @ 8:37pm CDT
My question is a follow up to a question asked at the Botcon 2010 Hasbro pannel. The question asked at Botcon was "Why cant the USA get the repaints or redeco's that Takara makes in Japan ?" Hasbro answered the question by stating "The USA has its market and Japan has its market and the two were not meant to combine." A good example in reference to this question is Henkei Classics Deluxe Thundercracker not getting a USA version like his 2 counterparts.

My question is:

Who decides what the "USA market" or "Japan market" should be and what is the process for doing it ???

Sombody ultimitly has to make decisions. Tell us who and how these decisions are made.
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122478)
Posted by Gandalf on September 7th, 2010 @ 9:09pm CDT
At BotCon this year, someone on the Hasbro panel stated that you were unable to get Generations Thunderwing's "drone" to transform. Why couldn't it have been a Minicon/Targetmaster like with Universe Cyclonus? Would you consider making this drone into a Scout class figure in the future, under a different name if needed?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122503)
Posted by Anonymous on September 7th, 2010 @ 9:59pm CDT
Are there be any planes to go back to the original combiner concept, but with modern sculpting techniques?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122519)
Posted by Mkall on September 7th, 2010 @ 10:47pm CDT
Tristar wrote:Are Liege Maximo and The Fallen the same being?

Different Characters
If not How did Liege Maximo become corrupt?

It's the fans oppinion that Megatronus, one of the original 13 fell to the Dark Side
Why did, if Alpha Trion is one the orignal 13, he Attack Nexus Prime(maximus) In the Transtech Universe?

I wouldn't put too much stock in what FunPub is doing. Sounds like Hasbro has a different plan.
Will any of my questions be answered in fiction in the forseeable future IE in the next year?

Sounds like Hasbro has something big planned for the Original 13, but they aren't saying what yet.

Gandalf wrote:At BotCon this year, someone on the Hasbro panel stated that you were unable to get Generations Thunderwing's "drone" to transform. Why couldn't it have been a Minicon/Targetmaster like with Universe Cyclonus? Would you consider making this drone into a Scout class figure in the future, under a different name if needed?

A minicon still would've been out-of scale with a deluxe-sized mold, even if transformed into the altmode. If they made it in the future as a stand-alone fig, I think it would look rather out of place with the rest of the line. I like it well enough as it is personally.

Rated X wrote:Who decides what the "USA market" or "Japan market" should be and what is the process for doing it ???

That's a good question. I second this one.

earltheyeti wrote:I've noticed that the Classics and Generations lines (the nastalgia ones that follow the Generation 1 styling) have stayed confined to the smaller scales (i.e. deluxe and voyager class.) Why is this? Are there plans to produce some figures in the Ultra or Leader class size?

I like this one too, though it seems possible with Grapple in the works, though it will most likely be released under the HTFD line.

Welcome to the site.
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122528)
Posted by Quaternion on September 8th, 2010 @ 12:12am CDT
Hasbro,
How do you plan to improve quality control?



For example, I've returned MP Grimlock twice now for different QC issues and others have QC issues with this $70 figure as well:
http://www.seibertron.com/energonpub/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=68503
If I pay $70, I expect acceptable quality.
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122529)
Posted by Solrac333 on September 8th, 2010 @ 12:33am CDT
I see custom Transformer figures that improve on the original figures. Does Hasbro ever see these custom figures and try to use the ideas to make newer figures better? (I don't have a specific example)
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122535)
Posted by emeraldbeacon on September 8th, 2010 @ 1:11am CDT
Many recently-released figures seem to be, either clearly or obscurely, homages to others released in the past. In general, what is your approach towards creating figure assortments, in terms of new and unique designs versus homages to older figures or ideas?

Some recent toys have clear, yet undocumented, interaction capabilities (such as Skystalker/Mindwipe, Seaspray/Breacher, and Lockdown/Ratchet). Are there any other such pairings, either on the market now or coming soon, that the fandom has yet to 'discover'?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122536)
Posted by dkreed7 on September 8th, 2010 @ 1:11am CDT
Are we getting war for cybertron starscream any time soon?
And are the any plans to make more war for cybertron figures?
Re: Hasbro Transformers Q&A for September - Submit Questions Here! (1122559)
Posted by Arlekkin on September 8th, 2010 @ 4:02am CDT
I saw the picture of Skullgrin on Darkmount (Straxus)'s instruction, and so far I wasn't that impressed, and I was wondering if Hasbro had thought about of doing any of the Pretender's shells in figures like the Battle Beasts, reminiscent of Takara's Masterforce animated series?

Another thing which is really annoying me is this. Some characters which in the original series had a cybertronian/futuristic form are getting earth alt modesin Transformers Universe/Generations. Are we gonna see any Cybertronian form in the Generations lines (apart from the War for Cybertron figures)?

Same thing goes for characters like Blaster whose alt forms are tools/appliances. Are we gonna see any transformers in the generations line with such alt forms rather than vehicles?

In an interview I've read that someone from Hasbro would like to see a new Rhinox and a new soundwave.... Are we gonna see any new figure from the Beast Wars series in the Generations line?

Are we going to get any other repaint or retool of the starscream mold? A nice Sunstorm or a revamped Predator Talon wouldn't look bad in my collection. :P

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