TFW2005 member Facebox reports that he has received an email from Sideshow Collectibles, indicating that the upcoming 3A Movie Starscream figure has had its release delayed until late November / December. This anticipated non-transforming collectible figure is one of the most detailed realizations of Starscream’s movie design, and is sure to be a must-own for any fans of the Decepticon or Movie Transformers in general. We’ve reproduced the text of the message after the break.
Keep up with all the different Transformers Movie toys & products, including those for Transformers 5 The Last Knight all the way back to Transformers 1.
Prime 1 Studio have updated their Facebook feed with images of their next Transformers movie series premium bust. The next bust in their premium bust series is the big bad of Transformers Age of Extinction, Lockdown. The Lockdown premium bust renders the face of the evil Cybertronian bounty hunter in great detail, and features both the unmasked humanoid head and the helmeted battlemask / bounty hunter HUD face. Check out the images after the break.
Couple of months ago David Henderson, the newly appointed UK & Ireland Country Manager briefly talked to the Press about Hasbro’s Future Plans in the UK. Despite the fact that they missed this year’s London Toy Fair, the company is getting ready for their presence at Brand Licensing Europe 2016…. and it’s big.
Hasbro is poised to feature the biggest stall at this years show in London (3X bigger than previous years). Opposing this, is their rival Mattel who will also showcase a huge stall with their upcoming plans. Both companies are making a big scene in the UK with Transformers: The Last Knight and Max Steel: The Movie respectively. Both movies are shot in the United Kingdom and will fight for the Action Movie Toy Market of the said region.
Speaking to the press Bryony Bouyer, senior vice president of global category management and integrated marketing for Hasbro stated:
“Hasbro has a robust – and rapidly growing – presence in the entertainment industry. Our iconic brands like My Little Pony and Transformers are brought to life through mobile apps, social media, television, music, feature films and many more. Storytelling is behind everything we do at Hasbro, and Licensing Expo attendees can get a glimpse into our iconic characters and brand stories.”
We are yet to hear what Hasbro will showcase but rest assured Transformers 5 will be there in some form.
Brand Licensing Europe 2016 will take place on October 11th at the London Olympia Hall. You can check out our 2015 coverage, right here.
Here’s a little bit of news which flew under our radar, but caught our attention thanks to China Licensing Expo 2016 where Hasbro is aiming to become a huge presence with our beloved Transformers Franchise.
Zhang Yuchen, general manager of Hasbro China, expects 2017 to be a big year for Transformers.
“We now expect to see explosive growth in the sale of Transformers products in China with the upcoming series of movies,” he added. Looking back, Transformers has enjoyed an unparalleled popularity in China since 1988 when it became the first Western animation to be aired in the country.
Fans can also look forward to visiting a Transformers-themed hotel in Shanghai that will be completed in 2018. The hotel will be operated in partnership with American hotel chain Marriott. Located within the Disney Resort, the themed hotel, the first of its kind in the world, will feature 100 rooms.
Zhang is optimistic that with the surge in nostalgia for the toys and the growing profitability of selling peripheral products from a movie in China, 2017 could very well be “the year of Transformers”.
You can read more at China Daily.
On October 19th, Hasbro will attend China Licensing Expo 2016 with their upcoming plans for the country.
Comicave Studios have shared out new pics and details for their 1/22 scale Omni Class Optimus Prime. For those that don’t know, this is a non-transforming higher end piece featuring die cast parts, wide range of articulation, showroom quality paint, additional hands and accessories, and LED lights. This will be Comicave Studio’s first Transformers piece to hit the market though their Iron Man pieces have been dropping and are top of the line (see our galleries at Toyark if curious). Check out the new details after the break, he should be releasing in September worldwide!
We are going to take a little break from Transformers: The Last Knight movie news and focus on toy news.
Few days ago we learned that Transformers 5 Toys may not flood the shelves as previous movies. Today, Simba Smoby shot us a small statement hinting that they will be doing the Die-Cast vehicles of the TF5 Toys
This news comes as no surprise since Simba Smoby (part of the Simba Dickie group) is the current Hasbro License Holder for Transformers Die-Cast Toys. The statement does not indicate the availability of the toys, but the distribution may be for Europe only.
Check out their statement and an image of their already available Transformers: Robots In Disguise Optimus Prime Battle Truck.
Forbes Magazine had a chance for an interview with Hasbro regarding the future of the Transformers toyline including the new Michael Bay Movie and Transformers: Generations.
John Warden, Hasbro’s Transformers design manager, says “Just like anything in Transformers, it’s not just a cool car, but it’s also a character that you know and love. When you look at Fortress Maximus, he’s not just a gigantic robot, but he’s also a colossal city.” So think of it more like a giant Darth Vader than a Death Star.
Regarding the upcoming movie Transformers: The Last Knight the writer had this to say:
With no movies or cartoon since Age of Extinction came two years ago (author of the original article later corrects this and apologizes for the mistake of forgetting RID), the property has relied heavily on Combiner Wars and its sequel Titans Return, a cross-media storyline that includes IDW’s popular comics and a just-released animated miniseries. The Combiner figures allow five robots to join together into one larger one, and most have universal connecting joints so you can mix and match to create your own hybrids (the Titans are simply as big as Combiners already). The next movie may even follow suit, as Michael Bay just announced the inclusion of Onslaught, who in most continuities (and Transformers has many, all of which “count”) leads the military-themed combiner group called the Combaticons.
There may even be a balance on figures, without movie products flooding the shelves:
Expect to also see some figures to commemorate the 30th anniversary (and deluxe Blu-ray) of the original animated movie – a set on display at the Con featured redecoed versions of recent releases of Ultra Magnus, Arce, Springer, Blur, and Kup, painted to look more like their movie incarnations. And, of course, that movie The Last Knight will be in theaters next year, though unlike in some years past, it won’t crowd out all the other kinds of Autobots and Decepticons from the shelves.
“If there’s anything we’ve learned,” says Warden, “it’s that fans love Generations, loud and clear. We’re dedicated to continuing the Prime Wars universe, and we’ve got some great stuff planned for 2017 – more Titans Return product, and it’s just exciting to see how much Generations have grown. Not just with fans, but with kids and fans of all ages.”
Check out the full interview at Forbes.
Few days ago, we brought you news of an upcoming game titled Transformers: Online for the Chinese market. There is a mini Arcade setup on the Cybertron Con 2016 floor and it’s all about the game.
The new game features several fan-favorites across multiple Transformers Universes. It’s built on top of the Overwatch hype and feature a similar multiplayer battle mechanism.
The official website is now live and showcases:
- Optimus Prime (Transformers: Age Of Extinction)
Enough chit-chat. Check out the new footage, after the jump.
When it comes to MMO Games, China is no stranger. In another push to market Transformers franchise in China, Hasbro has introduced a new Transformers MMO Game (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) titled Transformers Online.
What’s so interesting is the fact that the game seems to feature characters across multiple Transformers Universes including Michael Bay Movies, Generations and even High Moon Studio’s Fall Of Cybertron.
“Tencent Games and Hasbro today officially announced a new Transformers Online shooter. The game is a competitive online action shooter powered by Unreal Engine 4, and in other words, it will be similar to Overwatch in gameplay style. Transformers will start closed beta in China on August 5 and the game will reveal more details at ChinaJoy 2016 later this week. Stay tuned for our following coverage.
You can choose from Megatron, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and other iconic characters in the series. The game promises that all Transformers will stay true to their personality, abilities and combat style in the franchise.
There will be 2 factions of course and some playable characters for Autobots have been revealed, including Jazz (melee), Bumblebee (assassin), Ratchet (support), Bluestreak (sniper).”
The official website is still in development and you can check it out here. Also, check out the trailer, after the jump.
TF@TM is bringing us another new Transformers related Trademark from the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
This new trademark goes by the title “PRIME“.
There isn’t any other info regarding what this trademark means. However, the following documentation details are available:
- Mark (in words): PRIME
- Serial Number: 87111650
- Filing Date: Thursday, 21st of July 2016
- Class Status: ACTIVE
- Category: Toy robots convertible into other visual toy forms
What do you think this new Trademark means?