Also in Movie toy related news, we have a look at the soon-to-be-released Takara-Tomy Mall exclusive Nightmare Megatron. This limited edition recolor of Revenge of the Fallen’s Leader class Megatron is coming in a Dark of the Moon box, with the window nicely showing off the toy in all his glory. He’s expected for a December release, but as this image from Action Robo’s Facebook demonstrates, some retailers in Asia are already getting their stocks in.
You might recall just recently a previously unknown Transformers Movie toy popped up for order on Robot Kingdom. Well, we’ve just learned a few more things about that mysterious Movie Advanced series Sideswipe!
Toys R Us Japan will be offering Movie Advance Sideswipe as an exclusive, starting 28 November 2015. Evidently what had happened was Robot Kingdom procured some early release samples of the exclusive, as has happened from time to time.
To recap, Movie Advance Sideswipe is a silver-painted version of the Dark of the Moon Deluxe Sideswipe, who was originally offered in flat grey plastic. The silver paint really makes the toy look very shiny and gives it a bit more of an upmarket feel. This release also comes with the guns of the Age of Extinction Crosshairs toy, reflecting how Sideswipe was armed with both a set of pistols and his signature swords in the two movies he appeared in.
The Toys R Us Japan order listing includes some official images of the toy in both of its modes, and we also have some in-hand images courtesy of TFW member IceCreamCyborg to show how this toy will look gracing the shelves of your collection. You can check out both sets of pics attached to this post.
Prime 1 Studios have updated their Facebook page with new images and information on their upcoming Transformers Movie Ironhide statue. Standing 24 inches in height, this statue of Optimus Prime’s rough and tough right-hand ‘bot is one of the most impressively detailed recreations of the designed featured in the first three Transformers live action movies,
Prime 1 Studios’ Ironhide is set to feature LED light up features in his head, cannons and chest. He’s also set to come in a regular and exclusive version – with the exclusive version coming packed with a bonus Brawl head. This exclusive version is set to be limited to 500 pieces, with the regular version getting double the production run, with 1,000 pieces. The price on this one, as with previous Prime 1 Studios releases, reflects their high-end production at $1599.
Check out the images of the production sample, which may change before the final release, attached to this post.
Hello and Welcome to another Hasbro Investor Day. Unlike their Financial Calls, Hasbro’s annual Investor Day focuses on their Investors, Press and Consumers like you and me. This is where Hasbro tell us what’s in store for the coming year and even giving us a sneak peek of what we’ll see at next year’s Toy Fair.
First, the highlights:
- Transformers 5 Placeholder Logo Revealed
- Transformers 5 Info (company-wise)
- Transformers: Micronauts
- Kreo: Armour Hero
To find out about all this and more… check out our coverage, after the jump.
Note: Please note that this News Post will be updated time-to-time over the next couple of hours. So, make sure to check back later for updated info.
Yes, you are not misreading that title, and no, this is not some old news story that’s drifted up to the top somehow. Apparently, one year after the bulk of the last Transformers Movie toyline bowed out, Takara-Tomy are bringing out one more release in the line. They’re released a new version of Sideswipe, recycling the Dark of the Moon version of the mold in shiny silver paint, and packed with the guns from Age of Extinction Crosshairs.
According to Robot Kingdom, whose listing has brought this to our attention, this toy is due out tomorrow.
We’d suggest you perhaps look at this one with a skeptical eye, given the complete lack of fanfare on this release until the eve of it coming out, coupled with it being for a line that was completely done up until recently. That said, the in-package images that Robot Kingdom has on their order page had to come from somewhere.
Prime 1 Studio is at it again, this time with some unexpected, but not surprising product announcements that come via their Facebook page. It looks like they will be continuing on with their Museum Masterline for quite some time with the addition of
- Shockwave with Driller
- DOTM Megatron
- Sentinel Prime
- AOE Bumblebee (or possibly Stinger)
These ultra high-end collectible statutes are the definitive representation of the movie characters, but come at an exorbitant cost. Each figure ranges in price from $1500 up to $2500 depending on the character, but by all accounts these statues are indeed museum quality and worth the price.
There are no product details to go with the announcement images, but be sure to check back for details as they become available. In the meantime, jump over to our discussion thread to let everyone know how much you’d love to have these statues, but just can’t quite justify mortgaging your home to buy them.
Billy Lagor, senior vice president and general manager for the Asia-Pacific at Hasbro Inc., spoke to Bloomberg today and explained that they see a huge potential in China and will be expanding their licenses on the market.
He mentioned that there is a good future for the digital gaming and new partnerships will soon be announced.
Recently, Hasbro saw a huge success in China with the popularity of the Transformers brand thanks to the the help of Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age Of Extinction.
Hasbro’s Star Wars toyline for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens was also a hit among the Chinese consumers.
You can check out the video from Bloomberg for Mr. Lagor’s comments.
Another Day, Another Dollar. Hasbro held their 2015 Q3 Earning Conference Call yesterday and things are looking bad for the Transformers toy business. It’s so bad that Hasbro had to make up for the loss with other brands.
To sum things up which was told yesterday to the press where TFW2005 also attended:
- Hasbro confirmed the 10 Year Plan for the Transformers Live Action Movie Franchise; which they casually let us know during the MIPJunior Conference 2015.
- Noticeable loss in profit for the Transformers toyline.
- A journalist stated that the Retailer Shelf Space allocated to the Transformers toyline is getting smaller and smaller.
- Transformers 5 details to be officially revealed soon?
You will find the exact statements told and several relevant presentation slides, after the jump
3A has branched out along with it’s partner company ThreeZero to produce high end figures beyond the artistic vision of co-founder Ashley Wood. Most of 3A’s licensed figures have been stylized interpretations of classic characters like Marvel’s Iron Man & Dr. Doom and even some from the Star Wars universe. Their Transformers offerings however have been direct from the screen. They’ve shown off 4 so far – Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream and Bumblebee. We have a copy of the retail release for DOTM Bumblebee here at TFW2005 HQ and have run it through a detailed photo session so everyone can check it out before it hits your doors. He should be shipping soon! Read on for over 90 HD images after the break!
Prime 1 Studio have showed artwork at an exhibition which they are attending in Japan, which seems to give some direction to their future plans. Moving away from the movie series as it appears on the screen, they are moving toward doing statues based on concept artwork. The first entries in this series appear to be by Josh Nizzi, who did some work on the series including designing Long Haul for Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. His concepts of Optimus Prime and Megatron blend in some retro elements with the established movie style.
Are these something which you would like to see? Sound off in our discussion thread by hitting the discuss link below.