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Conventions Center
SDCC 2008 Day 3 - Transformers Panel Report
Primus - Saturday, July 26, 2008


Transformers Panel attendees: Aaron Archer, Jared Wade, Michael Bellog, Jared Jones

Transformers Movie
  • 2007 WAS HUGE FOR THEM WITH MOVIE
  • Over $700 million in sales
  • #1 DVD
  • #1 Action Figure
  • Toy of the Year Assortment

Animated
  • Sentinel Prime was shown
  • Swoop figure was shown too. The panel members said they are hoping to do all Dinobots
  • Elite Guard Bumblebee
  • Leader Ultra Magnus, arriving in Sept 08

Spring 2009
  • Activators Cliffjumper will have a new head
  • Deluxe Blurr - Looks like Movie movie mystery car?
  • Deluxe Swindle - Looks kind of like Sentinel with Camo deco arriving December 2008
  • Voyager Longarm arriving December 2008
  • Voyager Shockwave arriving December 2009 is one bot 2 forms - Puzzle type design by Takara
  • Blade Megatron is a blue repaint of Voyager painted like he is in the shadows

Universe
  • Ironhide arriving December 2008 - Ratchet is a possibility
  • Sideswipe is a red Sunstreaker with a new torso and head
  • Silverbolt will be arriving August 2008. The figure will have lights, sounds, projectile, and transforming effects
  • Storm Cloud - Made Powerglide into a Decepticon and like Micromaster Storm Cloud
  • Legends - Megatron G2 & Jazz
  • Robot Heroes will have some figures arriving August 2008. Some Armada may be coming

Fall 08 Exclusives
  • Nemesis Prime - SDCC
  • Skywarp - SDCC
  • Wal Mart Off-screen Deluxe - Breakaway, Fracture, Crankcase will be arriving Sept. 2008
  • Wal-Mart will also be getting 3-packs with Classics, Movie, and Animated figures arriving in Sept. 2008
  • Target - Universe Comic Packs, Target 2006 - Dirge and Roadbuster coming November 2008
  • Target - Universe Comic Packs, War Within - Springer and Ratbat coming November 08
  • K-Mart - Mini-con 12 Pack coming Sept. 08
  • TRU will be getting Titaniums Grimlock and Prowl in Sept. 08

25th Anniversary
  • Celebration of all 25 years
  • As many touch points of the "Eras" in TFs
  • History lesson the Brand
  • 25th Prime - Toy and comic and DVD, sound box with Cullen phrases, hooks on to belt!
  • Deluxe Universe Hound and Ravage - cassette first into TRU Soundwave - some paint apps TBD
  • Cyclonus Target Master - very good transformation from Takara
  • Deluxe Cheetor - Button on back makes the mouth and eyes change from red to green, has blade weapons, and tail whacker weapon
  • Voyager Inferno - Avoid ladder truck, used water cannon blaster instead. Missile is sculpted to look like water.
  • Legends - Brawn and Beachcomber.
  • Legends - Cosmos and Bumblebee - Looks very G1 - Cybertronian version. Text on bot spells Cosmos.
  • Robot Heroes - Beast Machines Cheetor and Tankor, Robots In Disguise Prime and Megatron
  • Transformers - Lots more Mighty Muggs coming!

Movie
  • Working hard on new Robots to make them awesome
  • Bigger and badder than the first
  • Cannot talk about it right now

Q&A
    Any more Masterpieces coming?
    They are aware of them, but no plans coming just yet.

    Will there be figures of IDW Publishing's The Thirteen comic?
    News to come as they get into to the comic. (For more on The Thirteen, read our IDW Publishing panel report

    Arcee figure?
    Some things in the works that they cannot talk about.
    They know the love - and want to answer "where are the women?"

    Season 3 of Animated green-light?
    Very clear they are working on next, but not announced yet.
    Also, a Wreckgar toy is coming...

    Any more Combiners?
    Always possible - no plans to do the ones that do now.

    Can you make Seaspray look cool?
    We tried to a couple time, but they will see.

    Voyager Bonecrusher?
    Would love to do more... not yet.

    Can we get a Robot Heroes set of Sari and BB?
    They have been drawn up, when it makes sense in real product, Hasbro will find away.

    Why is there a Universe line?
    Was a great opportunity to do new things, as a stand-alone series, with new forms and updated character. Address what fan wants.

    A new Wheeljack figure?
    Not ready to talk about it.

    Any more IDW toys?
    Always looking to cross-pollinate, comic is important to get the stories out. As they make new ones, we look for ways to make more.

    Starscream has a change, the forgotten logo will be added.

    No plans for Human Animated toys yet.

    Bring Back Alternators!
    We know there is a lot of love, wait and see, (suggesting something will come)

    Premium TFs were done because people wanted authenticity, they really wanted to offer updated figures.

    Any Japanese toys coming?
    Trying to celebrate all eras, better than maybe a chance.

    Animated Omega Supreme - no plans yet.

    Wreckgar could be back in S3.

    Ravage takes up 1` slot TRU Soundwave

    Want to make Waspinator, definite possibility.

    Repaints of Starscream would like to be done.

    Voyager Soundwave, Rumble, Ravage, or Soundwave?
    No Ravage, maybe Soundwave has another instrument. No Soundwave plans.

    Sideshow collaboration?
    Those are not made by toy team, so don't know.

    Why is Galvatron so small?
    Not always their decision. They like the deluxe scale and want to make them affordable. No plans for a bigger one.

    Possible to see more TF style items in fast food packs.

    Marty does not know the answer to female Starscream personality from the Season 2 finale of Animated. "You don't want to know," he says.

    There will not be a leader Lockdown.

    Lockdown redeco? Why they hand problem?
    Yes. It was designed that way.

    There will be no new Universe Unicron. It will be a re-issue of the TRU exclusive of the Armada version.

    Will there be a full-length Animated movie?
    Not at the moment, but you never know these days.

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