Is the Transformers Animated toyline being cancelled?
While no official word has come from Hasbro about the future of Animated, whether it be the cartoon or the toyline, there is a growing mountain of evidence to conclude that indeed, the toyline may be nearing its end, nearly half a year earlier than expected.
It started a month ago with our own report that season 3 would be the FINAL season of Transformers Animated. Soon after, details leaked from the animation studio that season 3 would indeed be the final season, with character deaths and future storylines being editted out of the storyboards.
For Animated fans, Toy Fair 2009 was a whopping disappointment, with only two new Animated figures for 2009 being shown via stock images (no actual toys on-hand at the convention).
Two days ago, one of our sponsors, BigBadToyStore.com, announced that Hydrodive Bumblebee and Golfire Grimlock were cancelled by Hasbro. Other board members quickly noticed that TransformersClub.com, the official collector website for Transformers fans, had removed a number of listings for Transformers Animated, as well as having late 2009 shipping dates for a number of Animated products that should be available now, some as late as December 24th, 2009.
Yesterday, reports came in that some Target and WalMart stores have Transformers Animated listed as “cancelled”, and will be receiving no further shipments other than what is already in-stock or shipping now from their warehouses. After speaking with a Hasbro vendor, he stated that Transformers Animated has an end date of May 29th, 2009 … which would be the same release day as Transformers Revenge of the Fallen movie toys. He also stated that big retailers often put product as non-replenishable for a number of reasons weekly, and that it could be anything from changing a mod-set to too much stock being on-hand to justify re-order.
Hasbro has yet to respond to our request for comment on this information.
Stay tuned … and feel free to join the discussion on this hot topic.