Hasbro Unleashes TRANSFORMERS BEAST HUNTERS

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We have received a fantastic Press Release from Hasbro. Not only the PR reveals a TV Movie for Transformers: Beast Hunters it also outlines what other media will associate the upcoming season of now re-branded Transformers: Prime.

When a fearsome new faction, the PREDACONS, emerge on Earth, OPTIMUS PRIME and the AUTOBOTS adapt with never before seen BEAST HUNTERS abilities to battle this all new enemy. TRANSFORMERS BEAST HUNTERS finds the AUTOBOTS facing off against both the DECEPTICONS and the dragon-like PREDACONS, an unprecedented new foe led by the spectacular PREDAKING character. BEAST HUNTERS is the touchstone for the TRANSFORMERS brand across all platforms in 2013 driven by the award winning “Transformers Prime” animated series which is produced by Hasbro Studios, airs on The HUB television network in the U.S. and is seen by kids and fans in 182 countries.

Entertainment: Kids and fans can look forward to a beast filled season of “Transformers Prime” BEAST HUNTERS as well as exclusive content in the “Predacons Rising” DVD launching in October and a TV movie event airing later in the year on The Hub.

Check out the full press release, after the jump.

Hasbro Unleashes TRANSFORMERS “BEAST HUNTERS”

The TRANSFORMERS Franchise Unveils New Brand Expression Across Expansive Range of Entertainment Experiences

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In 2013 Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) heralds a new era for its globally popular TRANSFORMERS brand with the introduction of BEAST HUNTERS, an expansive multi-platform brand experience. The new evolution in the TRANSFORMERS franchise launches at the 110th American International Toy Fair in New York City where new entertainment, digital entertainment experiences, action figures and more will be showcased.

When a fearsome new faction, the PREDACONS, emerge on Earth, OPTIMUS PRIME and the AUTOBOTS adapt with never before seen BEAST HUNTERS abilities to battle this all new enemy. TRANSFORMERS BEAST HUNTERS finds the AUTOBOTS facing off against both the DECEPTICONS and the dragon-like PREDACONS, an unprecedented new foe led by the spectacular PREDAKING character. BEAST HUNTERS is the touchstone for the TRANSFORMERS brand across all platforms in 2013 driven by the award winning “Transformers Prime” animated series which is produced by Hasbro Studios, airs on The HUB television network in the U.S. and is seen by kids and fans in 182 countries.

“BEAST HUNTERS invigorates the trendsetting TRANSFORMERS brand with a compelling new enemy for the AUTOBOTS in the PREDACON faction featuring incredible new beast-themed characters like PREDAKING,” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer, Hasbro. “BEAST HUNTERS will be a major focus introducing innovative new entertainment and branded play experiences, delivering an exciting new era for millions of TRANSFORMERS fans around the world.”

Hasbro will deliver the BEAST HUNTERS experience across the TRANSFORMERS franchise in the following ways:

Entertainment: Kids and fans can look forward to a beast filled season of “Transformers Prime” BEAST HUNTERS as well as exclusive content in the “Predacons Rising” DVD launching in October and a TV movie event airing later in the year on The Hub.

Online Story & Character Experiences: Witness the inception of the PREDACON faction and explore a mysterious incident in DECEPTICON SHOCKWAVE’s laboratory on www.TRANSFORMERS.com. The complete BEAST HUNTERS takeover of the website will also feature insightful character biographies and a host of digital shorts for kids to learn all about the new PREDACON characters.

Digital Entertainment and Gaming: The TRANSFORMERS: LEGENDS mobile trading card game from DeNA, currently available for free on AndroidTM platforms and coming soon for iOS, will introduce new PREDACON character cards.

Licensed Merchandise: Kids and fans will be able to express their TRANSFORMERS BEAST HUNTERS style with a variety of licensed apparel and more.

Publishing: IDW Publishing will introduce a series of TRANSFORMERS comic books featuring BEAST HUNTERS characters and stories.

Innovative Toys and Action Figures: Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS product line will be based on the BEAST HUNTERS story and will feature many of the PREDACON characters as well as new designs for favorite characters including OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE and more. Kids will have the opportunity to play out the new BEAST HUNTERS story across the TRANSFORMERS PRIME action figure line, BOT SHOTS battling figures, KRE-O TRANSFORMERS building sets and new CONSTRUCT-BOTS customizable action figures. Each TRANSFORMERS CONSTRUCT- BOTS figure includes a robot frame and lots of armor, weapons and accessory parts to let kids build and customize and build their dream TRANSFORMERS robot action figure. To enhance the TRANSFORMERS play experience, each CONSTRUCT- BOTS figure can quickly convert from robot to vehicle and back without taking it apart. All parts are interchangeable between all TRANSFORMERS CONSTRUCT- BOTS figures, so there’s almost no limit to what kids can create.

For more TRANSFORMERS news, fans can keep up with the latest brand and product information on the official TRANSFORMERS brand Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/TRANSFORMERS and official TRANSFORMERS Youtube channel at www.Youtube.com/Transformers.

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF, LITTLEST PET SHOP and G.I. JOE. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on The Hub TV Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

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  1. General Tekno's Avatar General Tekno says

    So is Shockwave too generic for Hasbro to keep using?

    I notice he's called DECEPTICON SHOCKWAVE there.

  2. Icespark's Avatar Icespark says

    Thanks for posting this!

    I'm actually excited to see this becuase of this line here:

    Quote:
    Entertainment: Kids and fans can look forward to a beast filled season of "Transformers Prime" BEAST HUNTERS as well as exclusive content in the "Predacons Rising" DVD launching in October and a TV movie event airing later in the year on The Hub.
    I've bolded the most important part!

    A new Transformers movie in animation form!

  3. SilverOptimus's Avatar SilverOptimus says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by General Tekno View Post
    So is Shockwave too generic for Hasbro to keep using?

    I notice he's called DECEPTICON SHOCKWAVE there.
    Trademark reasons. You can't trademark the word "Shockwave" since it's a generic term. Same goes for characters like Ratchet and Jazz.

  4. Starscream Gaga's Avatar Starscream Gaga says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NIBMRatchet View Post
    Trademark reasons. You can't trademark the word "Shockwave" since it's a generic term. Same goes for characters like Ratchet and Jazz.
    Did they not trademark it for Animated and DOTM? Both toys had "TM" next to their name.

  5. Matty's Avatar Matty says

    I guess it's all interesting stuff. I'm eager to find out how this will all play out.

  6. TFW10's Avatar TFW10 says

    Thanks for sharing it should be interesting to see how the autobots "adopt" toward Predacon/Predaking.

  7. Stygian360's Avatar Stygian360 says

    So, when does the new BH 'toon start? Because I'm eager to have something else show up in my DVR list other than old Prime episodes... that I already have on Blu.

    Also, I wonder if the mini-story episodes listed on each of the BH transforming instructions are meant to act as a prequel for the show or if this will instead play out in the show just like in these stories. Suites me fine either way. Also, it will be interesting to see how the Predacon faction begins to quickly divide on the show, as the mini-stories mention that (for instance) Lazerback fractured from the Predacon's fairly early. So... guess the Predacon's won't be so united under Predaking after all.

  8. Smashs's Avatar Smashs says

    Eh, I've never liked beastformers, can't imagine I'll start because of this.

    No biggie. Hopefully the show stays fun to watch. *shrugs*

  9. Thundershot's Avatar Thundershot says

    Please don't let all the Autobots look like the BH toys.....

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