TFW2005 member and all-round nice guy Red leader dropped by to let us know that Toys Alliance have updated their Facebook page to announce they are making a version of Optimus Prime, fully licensed Hasbro. Based on the artwork of Andrew Griffith, the Mega Action Series MAS-01 Optimus Prime stands at 18 inches tall, and includes “light up features, fully articulated joints and high quality paint and detailing”. More details are set to be unveiled soon, but you can see the prototype of this new take on the classic Optimus Prime in the bottom right of the announcement image, and it looks good with some beefy proportions.
Hasbro Studios have got in touch with us to share some cool news. On April 15th, 2016, the first-ever album inspired by the Transformers franchise will be released. The album is titled Transformers Roll Out, and features the work of Mount Holly and Bush. The album is up for digital preorder now, with two singles (Mount Holly’s “Roll Out” and Crash Kings’ “Gigantik”) available for purchase and on streaming services. There’s also going to be a limited edition CD and vinyl offered exclusively through FYE stores.
After the break, check out the press release which the good folks at Hasbro Studios sent our way, along with a listing of the tracks on the album and the bands contributing them. A big thanks again to Hasbro Studios for reaching out to us to share this with all of you. They also sent us the cover of the album, which you can see attached to this post.
Finally – we might be getting those Batman Transformers toys we’ve all been dreaming about! Okay, probably not, but an interesting article popped up recently from Bloomberg Business that states that the two largest toy companies in the world – Hasbro and Mattel – are having talks about merging both companies in to one mega toy company. Interesting snippets from the article are as follows:
Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc. have held talks about merging two of the world’s biggest toymakers, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that would bring together the owner of the My Little Pony and Furby brands with Barbie and Hot Wheels.
This is not the first time a combination has been talked about. Two decades ago — almost to the day — Mattel withdrew a $5.2 billion offer for Hasbro, citing an “intolerable climate” created by its competitor’s use of the media and politicians to fight the proposed takeover. Back then, Hasbro resisted the deal in what Mattel described as a “scorched earth” campaign to stop it.
A merger might not face that many antitrust hurdles because the U.S. toy industry is very fragmented, according to Jaime Katz, an analyst at Morningstar Inc. If combined, the companies would have probably about one quarter of the market in the U.S., she said.
So what does this mean? Not much really – companies often approach each other from time to time about potential mergers and 9 times out of 10 nothing comes of it. However, with Hasbro‘s staying power thanks to their hands in the Hollywood pot of gold and deals with Disney (who owns the Marvel and Star Wars properties), one can only assume that this would be Hasbro going after Mattel and not the other way around like in the past.
Obviously, if any more details break from this development we’ll post it up. Special thanks to our sister site ToyArk.com for the find!
Thanks to the Twitter page of p2099, we’ve received an image showing off four new Kabaya Candy model kits: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Starscream. These Kabaya releases seem to be resembling, or at least inspired by, the short lived and hard to find Cyber Battalion figures. These four figures take it a step further though by being able to combine! Yes that’s right, a combiner consisting of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Starscream is reality.
We will update you as more news breaks! Check out the image after the jump.
According to an article from The Hollywood Reporter, DMG Entertainment, a China and U.S. based entertainment and media company that produced Looper, Iron Man 3, and Point Break, has signed a deal to Hasbro to create an attraction known as “Transformers Live” in China.
It was also reported that S2BN Entertainment, the company behind “The Marvel Experience”, will be producing the show. In a statement by their Chairman Michael Cohl, he described Transformers Live will be “a cross between an action-adventure spectacle, a theme park attraction and a theatrical show.”
It is not known if the attraction will feature characters from Generation 1 or the Transformers Cinematic
Universe, but based on the $320 million in ticket sales of Transformers: Age of Extinction in China, it’s easy to assume that it will be the latter.
What are you thoughts on this attraction? Would you like to see something similar in the United States or other Western Countries? Let us know and join in the conversation on the boards
Prime 1 Studio teased earlier this morning an image of their G1 Optimus Prime via their Instagram account. The teaser image is that of Prime’s iconic blaster, but we can also see just a hair of Prime’s arm which gives us some ideas of the amount of detail that will go into this line of statues.
As a refresher, Prime 1 Studio is a company that designs highly detailed statues, this particular line of G1 characters will be designed by Josh Nizzi and feature Optimus Prime and Megatron.
More news and information are sure to follow soon, stay tuned!
Many Christmas traditions help us to welcome the Holiday Season every year. One of such traditions has become a Christmas message from Megatron himself. Please enjoy this from the great David Kaye.
And from all of us here at TFW, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
We’re a little behind the game on this one, but a pair of teaser images from statue-masters Prime1Studios has gone up to promote their new Generation 1 line of statues. These statues are designed by Josh Nizzi. Josh is known for his concept art for the live action movie Transformer characters. So these statues will look like their Generation 1 counterparts, but have some real life details built into them. The two preview images are awe inspiring along. We have the first teaser of Megatron from their Facebook page and our first teaser of Optimus Prime from their Instagram account.
You can check out both teaser images by clicking the title bar. No word yet on price or release dates, other than 2016.
Kids Logic are attending Toy Soul 2015, and they have brought along their current lineup of Transformers merchandise to show off. They’ve got a healthy display of current and future releases, including:
- Age of Extinction Grimlock with Optimus Prime riding on his back
- Generation 1 Devastator, with light up eyes and rifle
- A set of approximately 3 inch Generation 1 Constructicons
- Generation 1 Dirge, Bluestreak, Rodimus, Shockwave, Cliffjumper, and Ratchet. Again these look to be the smaller ones.
- Generation 1 Bumblebee, with light-up eyes and chest. Also comes in a battle damage version with suitably dead looking eyes.
- Generation 1 Starscream (with Megatron gun), and recolors as Thundercracker and Skywarp. All three feature light-up eyes.
Once again these images come to you courtesy of Toy People and are mirrored here for convenience.
The TakaraTomyMall website has revealed a new listing for official Takara flight stands dedicated specifically for Transformers. The order listing states a release date of December 20, 2015 with a price of 540 Japanese Yen (which roughly equals 4.38 USD according to a Google Exchange). The stand port will be roughly 3mm.
In the accompanying images we can see the stands will hold various figures, from the Generations (Legends) line to a Masterpiece figure (Road Rage shown here).
Flight stands are common in the action figure community to give collection displays a much more dynamic effect. It looks like Transformers is now entering that field as well! Check them out after the jump.