In preparation for today’s events and reveals at New York Toy Fair 2017, Hasbro has released an official Press Release that briefly discusses what’s in store for this year for brands such as Transformers, Nerf, My Little Pony, and other big names. Take the jump to read the full release.
And so, 2016 has drawn to a close and 2017 has dawned. While many revile 2016 for reasons outside of the fandom, within the Transformers fandom there has been a lot of things to get excited about, including big developments in the comics, a very big development in the toys, Michael Bay upsetting people before the new movie even comes out, and not one, not two, but three cartoons for fans to enjoy.
Read on to join us on a fond retrospective look-back at all of what has transpired in the year 2016.
It’s August 8th, 2016 – and that means it is time to say Happy Anniversary to the original that started it all – Transformers The Movie was released on this date 30 years ago. A cornerstone of the animated Transformers canon, the movie brought to the wider imagination some elements that had been in play in the comics for a little while, like the Matrix, along with introducing some other elements which went on to shape the franchise for years to come, such as Unicron.
It’s also been 30 years since children everywhere were reduced to tears by their favorite character, Optimus Prime, dying on screen – along with many other shockingly graphic ends to characters from the early years.
Join us on this retrospective of the key elements of Transformers the Movie – and its enduring legacy which has shaped many of the series which have followed it.
It’s April 22nd, 1996. You’ve just tuned in to a new cartoon, and after a brief opening credits showcasing the characters – all to a rocking theme song – you witness two spacecraft in battle above a planet. After both take damage, both ships crash on to the planet – and a new adventure begins.
It sounds like it could be the opening to the original Transformers cartoon, but what you just witnessed was the dawn of a new era of Transformers, and the franchise’s first true reimagining and reboot. Gone were the jet planes, sports cars, and tanks – this was a different era. An era of robots who turned into birds, mammals, and dinosaurs. This was the dawn of the Beast Era – the Beast Wars!
Join us after the break for a special celebration of Beast Wars and the Beast Era on its 20th birthday [Read more…]
Autobots! talented designers at TFW2005! Hasbro needs you!
Hasbro is seeking a Product Designer for its’ Transformers product design team. The position is based at Hasbro’s headquarters in Pawtucket, RI, and will report directly to the Sr. Design Manager, Transformers.
Expectations for the role include a strong focus on toy concept creation and development, excellent technical design skill, organized project management, and collaborative teamwork.
Combines strong technical design knowledge and organizational skills to manage the design and development of multiple assigned global brands/product. Develops innovative ideas and concepts based on global consumer and market insights.
Check out the full job vacancy details at Hasbro. Good luck, fellow members!
Following the Toy Fair 2016 Investor Event, Hasbro has sent us the official Press Release announcing their presence at this year’s New York Toy Fair.
Unfortunately though, the official Fortress Maximus image they were suppose to send us is misplaced… and replaced with Transformers: Robots On Disguise Power Surge Optimus Prime. For the time being, visit our coverage of the event to check out the new Titans Return toy. We’ll check back and will provide you with the Hi-Res image soon.
Update: Fellow Staff Member Mechafire has noticed that the Power Surge Optimus Prime sent with the Press Release is a retool of the Warrior Class Optimus Prime rather than what was shown during the event.
Check out the full Press Release, after the jump.
P.S: We also included other Hasbro brands as well (Because we are cool. *wink*).
Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner hosted the Hasbro Toy Fair 2016 Investor & Press Day today and revealed future plans for the Transformers Franchise.
During last Monday’s 2015 Financial Results reveal, Hasbro announced that Nerf dethroned Transformers as the biggest Hasbro franchise. But, the game is on as Hasbro prepares to take the entertainment world by storm with Transformers 5 and the Transformers Cinematic Universe.
- New Toys Revealed – Titans Return, RID, Rescue Bots (Images with this news post)
- Transformers 5 Release Date
- Transformers 5 Sneak Peek
- Bumblebee Spinoff Announced – Release Date
- Transformers 6 Release Date
- Plans unveiled for the Transformers Cinematic Universe
- Transformers: Generations
- Transformers Live Action Show in China
- Quickshadow joins Transformers Rescue Bots.
For our full coverage with images, read more after the jump.
Collectors of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic toyline were surprised to findout that their toys now carries “Made In India” instead of the usual “Made In China” or “Made In Vietnam”. Following a tip from Steevy Maximus of our sister site HISSTANK, the staff of TFW2005 dug into this new development to find out more.
Sure enough in an article published on The Wall Street Journal dating January 6th, Hasbro is indeed moving some of its toy manufacturing to India; including our beloved franchise Transformers.
“John Leung, chairman of GFT Group Ltd., a manufacturer of Transformers, “Star Wars” and other toys for Hasbro that is based in China’s Guangdong province, said he plans to start producing soon from a rented factory in Chennai.
Eight years ago, GFT shifted much of its production from China to Vietnam, where today the company’s workers earn around $215 a month, less than Chinese counterparts’ salaries. But Vietnam is quickly becoming saturated with factories, Mr. Leung said.
“In the next eight to 10 years, Vietnam will be finished,” he said. He said Hasbro, based in Pawtucket, R.I., had urged him to set up shop in India.”
On our coverage of Hasbro’s Press & Investor Day 2015 Hasbro stated that they will be expanding into the Indian market and it seems as though the expansion is not just market penetration but manufacturing as well.
Since the very beginning of Transformers and G. I. Joe franchises, India exported the toys to the South-East Asian region under the brand name “Funskool” on behalf of Hasbro and even included Funskool Variants (sought after by many Joe collectors for their rarity). This new move may even benefit the collectors of the said region by having low production costs to decrease toy prices.
Hasbro’s Transformers toys are currently manufactured in Vietnam and China.
News Post Photo: Courtesy of WSJ. Indian workers assembling Elmo dolls on behalf of Hasbro.
The 31st year of Transformers has been and gone – some might say, flown by – and with it, a year where fans got lots of things they’ve wanted for years (new Combiners with Deluxe limbs and Voyager torsos) but also some of the things they’ve traditionally complained of (repaints of said Deluxe limbs). Hasbro continued their synergy with the IDW comics with the Combiner Wars, while also bringing wider audiences a new show called Robots in Disguise, telling the ongoing story of Bumblebee following the end of Transformers Prime. Gamers were devastated in the best way possible by Platinum Games’ Transformers Devastation, and all the while, like some vast gathering storm, the live action movies underwent a significant transformation of their own into what could be a full blown cinematic universe.
Read on and join us in a trip back through the year that was 2015!
TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS HIGH TIDE Playset
(Ages 3-7 years/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2015)
RESCUE BOTS fans can dive into big sea adventures as they take command of the TRANFORMERS RESCUE BOTS HIGH TIDE Playset! The new recruit, HIGH TIDE, now acts as the new RESCUE BOTS command center for ocean rescues. Load the HIGH TIDE figure into the command center console, then pull up on the lever to help HIGH TIDE assume full command of his ship. When High Tide needs to dive below for a deep sea rescue, press down on the lever, and twist open the hull to reveal HIGH TIDE converted into his mini submarine form! Preschoolers will be amazed at this easy to do conversion. The High Tide playset also comes with a capture cage with trap door and a crane with multiple rescue tools.