Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 1:10pm CST

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While Seibertron.com was on its way to New York and the Javits Centre (and something slipped in the internet cracks), Toy Fair 2016 has already started for Hasbro and the Transformers brand! Tuning in to the investors webcast, we have collated below all of the relevant information for fans of the giant robot franchise, including all the relevant images from the presentation shown during the event.

Note: Opinions and statements expressed during webcast may not result in actual results. Photography not allowed.

First speaker is Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, repeating some of the information covered in the interview given in the past couple of days. Overall, good franchise revenues, despite Transformers decline.

Hasbro is intent on building on digital gaming - venturing for the first time into mobile gaming with Backflip’s Transformers: Earth Wars. More below.

Paramount: Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg are confirmed as returning for Transformers 5, which is set to be released on June 23rd 2017. No images, but more on all this below.
Multi-brand universe with Allspark Pictures: Micronauts, G.I. Joe, ROM the SpaceKnight, M.A.S.K., Visionaries.

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast


Deb Thomas CFO - General investor and economy information.

John Frascotti - Hasbro Brands
The biggest share is among 12-17 year olds, but Hasbro also dedicated to special collections in the form of Star Wars Black Series, Marvel Legends, Transformers Generations, with the intention of connecting multiple generations of fans.
China Transformers Live show mentioned (more later)
Big focus was placed on the ‘modern fan survey’: identifying consumers from casual fan to superfan. Entertainment and storytelling are recognised as being crucial to the brands, fandom is not just about collecting the action figures.

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast


Fans want to meaningfully participate - they feel a sense of ownership, loyalty, willingness to co-create, give feedback, participate in fan votes
Machinima Combiner Wars series mentioned, ‘short form entertainment’.

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast


Digital Gaming - As above, big focus for future Hasbro strategies.
Social Reward trend driving gaming (2bn gamers in the world!)
Gaming, competing, sharing - particularly excited for the new Backflip partnership: Transformers Earth Wars.

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast


Transformers - Tom Warner and Jared Wade
Rich history of the brand, ‘but we’re just getting started’.
Fans are acknowledged and recognised as crucial to the brand (30% of all consumers), and they make no distinction between movie year or non-movie year: 2015 proved that.
Trypticon, the fan-vote poll winner, will be featuring in comic series, digital series, and of course, as a toy.
Transformers are expanding online presence to Instagram, Snapchat, Weibo - and we can expect more convention presence from Hasbro around the world.
Entertainment expansion: Live show in Las Vegas, Roll Out album, IDW Publishing (150+ stories planned for 2016 already).
A brief segment on trend and licensed apparel, fashion week, more clothing and accessories to be seen.
Hasbro is meaning to expand global reach, with a specific focus on China in 2016, as they establish a new blueprint - which includes the CybertronCon presence and the live show.

Entertainment focusing on multiple age brackets (yet somehow still insisting on it being all just for male fans):
Rescue Bots: Season 4 (longest running animated show for Transformers!), new theme (Race to the Rescue), new Rescue Bot Quickshadow.
Robots in Disguise: Season 2 airs in March on Cartoon Network - re-introducing the Mini-COn Weaponizers theme and gimmick. They show Power Surge Optimus Prime and NAME, which has four modes of play, automorph with minicon interaction.
Older fans: Machinima animated series, 8 episodes, 7 minutes each - Windblade’s perspective, Starscream has Enigma of Combination, fan-built first female combiner Victorion (as overwhelmingly requested by fans) will also appear in series. It sounds like the story is very close to the IDW version.
Backflip - Transformers: Earth Wars is the first part of Prime Wars trilogy.
In Fall 2016, we will have Titans Return, the second part of Prime Wars trilogy, that starts where the story of Earth Wars ends, but with a specific toy line. They point out that Titan Masters figures are compatible across entire line, and Fort Max is in showroom at Toy Fair.
[Video shown in room, not via link]

As for the cinematic universe, they reiterate the importance of the writers’ room at Paramount, and confirm Transformers 5 release on 23rd June 2017. They also revealed a Bumblebee spin-off movie for 2018, and the next movie in the main series to appear in 2019. Deadline seem to be confused about this. I’d rather trust Hasbro on that matter.


Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast

Transformers News: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast




That’s all for now! Stay tuned to Seibertron.com as we bring you updates throughout the whole weekend, including in person galleries, thoughts and more!

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Re: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast (1765963)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 13th, 2016 @ 1:23pm CST
I look at that Fort Max and his proportions remind me less of Fort Max and more of Cybertron Metroplex.
Re: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast (1765967)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 13th, 2016 @ 1:31pm CST
A few questions

So is combiner wars not part of the prime wars trilogy? Since it says earth wars is?

And is the tf movie universe separate from the other hasbro movie universe?
Re: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast (1765968)
Posted by bvzxa on February 13th, 2016 @ 1:32pm CST
Hasbro has 3rd Party toys now...
Re: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast (1765970)
Posted by Va'al on February 13th, 2016 @ 1:35pm CST
ZeroWolf wrote:A few questions

So is combiner wars not part of the prime wars trilogy? Since it says earth wars is?

And is the tf movie universe separate from the other hasbro movie universe?


Not as far as it seems from how they phrased it. But I wouldn't go for sure on that - look at the other coverage!

As for the movie universes - I haven't the faintest.

bvzxa wrote:Hasbro has 3rd Party toys now...


What do you mean?
Re: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast (1765982)
Posted by bvzxa on February 13th, 2016 @ 1:54pm CST
Va'al wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:A few questions

So is combiner wars not part of the prime wars trilogy? Since it says earth wars is?

And is the tf movie universe separate from the other hasbro movie universe?


Not as far as it seems from how they phrased it. But I wouldn't go for sure on that - look at the other coverage!

As for the movie universes - I haven't the faintest.

bvzxa wrote:Hasbro has 3rd Party toys now...


What do you mean?

Maketoys Green Giant
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Re: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast (1765999)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 13th, 2016 @ 2:37pm CST
That looks like cw/takara devestator to me.
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Posted by william-james88 on February 13th, 2016 @ 8:15pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:I look at that Fort Max and his proportions remind me less of Fort Max and more of Cybertron Metroplex.


Your not the only one.

ZeroWolf wrote:A few questions

So is combiner wars not part of the prime wars trilogy? Since it says earth wars is?

And is the tf movie universe separate from the other hasbro movie universe?


I think its seperate from the other films. And Combiner Wars is the first part of the Prime Wars trilogy, Earth Wars is just the name of a game within the Prime Wars Trilogy umbrella.

bvzxa wrote:Hasbro has 3rd Party toys now...


I like that picture. It means Hasbro doesnt care. To them, someone in china owning a 3p toy means the Transformers Brand has reached them. I love that move of "yeah, we know, so what?", so BOSS!

ZeroWolf wrote:That looks like cw/takara devestator to me.


It's much smaller.

Other things people might not have noticed. That MASK poster is just a photshop mock up job done in an hour. You can tell because there is TF3 Topspin on that poster, in 2 different colours :lol:

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Also, I didnt know we adult fans were such a small group that they had to bundle us in the 10+ group inorder to throw that 30% number around. So if the entire generations line is only 30% of the TF toy market, that means that Rescue Bots and RID make up 70% ?!?!?! Holy Crapolee!
Re: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast (1766225)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 14th, 2016 @ 12:16am CST
My understanding was that the Prime Wars Trilogy consists of Combiner Wars (first part), Titans Return (second part), and Earth Wars (third part).
Re: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast (1767969)
Posted by Va'al on February 19th, 2016 @ 12:45pm CST
Some additional tail-end news from he New York Toy Fair 2016 comes in the form of a video of the promo reel that Hasbro were showing in their area during the event, as site owner Seibertron took the time to capture it during a conversation with Ben Montano of the Transformers Brand. Featuring the Prime Wars trilogy - with Combiner Wars as part 1, Titans Return as part 2 and still no confirmation on part 3 - with some ads we have seen before, and some new artwork promos that were probably shown during the Hasbro webcast in the room itself. Check it out embedded below!

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Posted by RAR on February 19th, 2016 @ 1:13pm CST
If Micronauts is a co-brand developed with Takara (with them selling it as Microman) then at least I can be reasonable sure it will have more than 5POA - I am not going to be clamouring to buy 5 POA Micronauts I'll tell you that right now - I'll likely be less than thrilled with a brand where the figures are tiny like those small Avenger ones either - unless the vehicles are so good it compensates (as is the case with Starcom for example).

If they wanted make something that people will respect they can at least use the old Super-Microman 99 (the ones with two hands) as a starting point - they are still quite small but they are also articulated enough to use vehicles and equipment decently.

I would also be disappointed if the line lacked magnets too... as it would need some sort of USP to it to even be worth making in the 1st place.

I suspect they may make tiny figures though which is a shame if they do - if they were crafty they could try cross branding Micronauts with MASK and reuse the vehicle designs (not that I want to encourage them being cheap any more than they already are).
Re: Toy Fair New York 2016 Coverage - Hasbro Webcast (1767996)
Posted by Darthshadow on February 19th, 2016 @ 1:40pm CST
Looks cool
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Posted by King Kuuga on February 20th, 2016 @ 3:04pm CST
That's a nice private video you got there. I'm very impressed by the static and the black. It's not quite what I came to see, though....

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