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Transformers Prime may have ended and yielded the torch to Robots in Disguise, but Shout! Factory is keeping the fire alive with a new compilation DVD called Ultimate Decepticons. Ultimate Decepticons is coming in September 2015 in the US and Canada priced at $9.99, and it features five episodes drawn from across all three seasons of Transformers Prime. Those five episodes are, Masters And Students, Con Job, Crossfire, Prey, and Thirst. Also check out the cover art, which features the one and only Megatron, attached to this post.

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According to USA Today, Hasbro and Netflix have agreed on terms that will keep Transformers: Prime and Transformers: Rescue Bots available through their online streaming services for the foreseeable future.

All Hasbro properties were originally scheduled to be pulled from Netflix back in February, but weren’t as the two parties attempted to reach an agreement. Fortunately for Transformers fans, with this new deal we can continue to enjoy our favorite shows anywhere on our devices.

According to USA Today, Hasbro and Netflix agreed on terms that will keep Transformers: Prime and Transformers: Rescue Bots available through their online streaming services for the foreseeable future.

All Hasbro properties were originally scheduled to be pulled from Netflix a couple of months ago, but now Transformers fan can continue to enjoy their favorite shows anywhere on their devices.

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Thanks to reports by TFW2005 members Squallte and TFfanSean, we know that the Thrilling 30 sub-line of blind pack miniature figures is continuing with the first reported sightings of series 2. Found at Targets in California and New Mexico (upfront near the collectible cards section) were the beginnings of series 2 figures. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like there is a code system so you’ll have to either go on luck or feel out the bag the best you can.

Happy hunting TFW!

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A bit of a letdown to report this morning to some, but it looks like Netflix will continue its trim of Hasbro content this February, this time Transformers Prime and Rescue Bots will be seeing a departure. The Generation 1 cartoon left Netflix earlier this year as well.

You can see the full list of shows/movies leaving here.

Leaving Feb. 2

Jem and the Holograms: S1-*3
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: S1*-4
Pound Puppies: S1-*3
Transformers Prime: S1-*3
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If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to watch Transformers Prime and Rescue Bots! Make the jump to discuss with fellow fans of the show. [Read more…]

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Our first bit of info regarding Transformers Hero Mashers Wave 3 is here, thanks to Entertainment Earth.

Judging by the info on the listing, the Wave seems to focus on the upcoming animated series Transformers: Robots In Disguise.

Product Description:
Build a robot! The Transformers Hero Mashers Action Figures Wave 1 includes several plastic action figures with swappable parts – you can mix and match heads, arms, legs, and weapons in these non-transforming action figures. Each figure measures approximately 8-inches tall. Ages 4 and up. Case includes 12 individually packaged figures:

  • 4x TRA HM BUMBLEBEE
  • 2x TRA HM SIDESWIPE
  • 2x TRA HM STEELJAW

(subject to change) [Read more…]

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Thanks to our sister site Cybertron.Ca, we have our first sighting of the Transformers themed Kinder Surprise Eggs, which will feature a Transformers figure inside a piece of chocolate. The figures that you can collect are Bumblebee, Ratchet, Bulkhead, Arcee, Optimus Prime, Starscream, Soundwave, and Megatron all from the Transformers Prime universe. These were found at a Walmart in Manitoba. If you’re in the US and these are of interest to you, ask your Canada friends for the hookup as these will not be sold in US stores.

Check it out after the jump! [Read more…]

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Hasbro has officially announced the rebranding of the Hasbro-Discovery Hub Network to the new Discovery Family.

We received a press release from Hasbro and they have announced several changes to the program lineup.

The Hub Network will become Discovery Family Channel effective October 13, 2014. The network will broaden its programming focus to serve families in primetime and continue to showcase Hasbro Studios award-winning children’s content in daytime.

During the daytime, Discovery Family Channel will offer a robust line up of brand new Hasbro Studios’ series as well as beloved library programming, including MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, while during primetime, the network will serve a growing family audience that began to develop under The Hub Network. Primetime programming will draw from Discovery’s three decades of leadership in creating the highest-quality, real-world content that appeals to the entire family in the Natural History, Adventure, Animals and Science genres. Initial series will include SUPERHUMAN, TIME WARP, FLYING WILD ALASKA, AFRICA and EXTREME ENGINEERING: BIGGEST REVEALS.

Also, Hasbro’s ownership stake in the channel will drop from 50% to 40% as the programming focus shifts to Hasbro-produced children’s fare in the daytime hours and family-friendly fare in primetime.

Variety reports that Hasbro may turn towards Video-On-Demand or Digital Distribution of their shows in the future:
“Hasbro, meanwhile, gains more flexibility to sell new and existing shows to digital outlets such as Netflix and Amazon. Kidvid is a huge component of overall viewing for the SVOD heavyweights, even though it doesn’t get nearly as much attention in pop culture as original series aimed at adults.”

Hasbro also commented on their future activities for Movies and TV Shows:
“The toymaker is investing big in production through its Burbank-based Hasbro Studios arm. “We are continuing to develop partnerships with the big studios for some of our biggest brands,” [Hasbro CEO Brian] Goldner said. “And you’ll see us developing movies with smaller budgets and strong filmmakers.””

Read the entire Press Release, after the jump. [Read more…]

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TFW2005 member Maz dropped us a line to let us know that he has some in-hand images of the Protectobots Emergency Response three-pack’s Streetsmart on his blog. Streetsmart along with the rest of the Emergency Rescue pack are reuses of Transformers Prime toys, in this case the Beast Hunters Prowl tooling. At this moment in time it’s not clear where this set is intended for a release, though the general thought is these could be Asian market releases or as-yet unannounced store exclusives.

In the meantime, check out these sharp in-hand images! [Read more…]

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This is not a traditional News Post, but rather a something to read and discuss for the weekend. Seeking Alpha; a website dedicated to keeping an eye on financial markets reports that Hasbro‘s Transformers would be a key player to save the Toy Industry.

With Smartphones, Tablets, Consoles and PCs, it is said that more and more kids are turning away from toys and are seeking digital entertainment each day. Not to exaggerate things but, people do question whether this is an Age Of Extinction… for the Toys.

Nancy Kross of Seeking Alpha highlights that Hasbro and Mattel are the two most prominent companies in the US toy market and highlights the importance of Transformers: Robots In Disguise as well as other toys when it come to save the industry. To quote…

“The previous year was not a bad one for Mattel alone, but even Hasbro sales faced a setback during the holiday season. The company’s revenues remained flat with $4.08 billion in 2013. Net earnings for the year were $286.2 million, or $2.17 per share, compared to $336.0 million, or $2.55 per share in 2012. Weaker sales in North American market were the main reason for the company’s falling profits, however, the company still fared better than its competitor Mattel owing to improved performance in emerging markets. In the US and Canada, sales declined by 5%, whereas revenues were up by the same proportion in international markets. The performance in 2014 is, however, expected to be better owing to new toy lines like “Transformers: Robots in Disguise,” based on action movies introduced this year and the re-imagined Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony Pop and the all-new My Little Pony Equestria Girls product expected to be launched in the second half of the year.”

You can read the entire article at Seeking Alpha. However, registration is required. [Read more…]