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Bloomberg Business is reporting that insiders close to the matter have come forward indicating that for some months now Hasbro and Mattel have been having talks about merging the two companies. According to the sources, Hasbro has initiated the discussion, perhaps hoping to capitalize on the fact that they've recently won certain Disney licenses previously held by Mattel to pursue the deal while the other company is slightly weakened. So far there's no indication of any formal deals taking place. Could the deal even move forward if agreements were struck? And what would it mean for Transformers? Keep reading.
The battle has been joined proper, with 3rd party companies left, right and centre putting out figures to fill gaps in Masterpiece collections. BadCube had already released Huff, Brawny, Backland, Wardog and the Evil Bug Corps, but Sunsurge is arguably their most ambitious stab at a slice of the MP market so far. For some time competing with Omnigonix’s Spinout (don’t get me started on that name), Sunsurge has comprehensively won the race to be the first MP-style release to homage the unforgettably yellow, self-adoring, other half of the most famous set of Cybertronian twins, Lamborghini Countach LP500S Super Tuning.
Thanks so much to everyone who came to share their picks for the best of 2015 in Transformers with us. We've enjoyed following your replies over the last week, and we're at work right now picking out the winners of the contest. We'll be announcing the results live on Radio Free Cybtertron on the January 13th broadcast, so be sure to watch that here on the TFormers front page, or tfradio.net/live. And of course we'll contact the winners directly via board PM afterward. The contents of the original contest post are archived below.
Of course no look back at the year in fandom would be complete without the news. Through 2015 we did our best to keep you up to date with the latest news items, and we've tried to select a few that most stood out to us. As a toy-based fandom, it's not surprising most of what we picked relates to toy news, but that certainly isn't everything that caught our attention this year. Keep reading to see our picks, and stay tuned for one more important announcement as part of our Year In Review!
We move past the toys now, because there is surely more to fandom than obtaining merchandise. For another year, IDW's Trransformers comics have delivered us some of the best Transformers fictions that fans have had the opportunity to enjoy in the course of the Transformers brand's more than thirty year history, accompanied by fantastic art to help bring it to life. Below you'll find our picks for the year's highlights, as well as some thoughts on things that turned out not quite the best this past year. Keep reading to see! And of course there is still more to come in our 2015 Year in Review!
As we continue our journey through the highs and lows of toys in 2015, it's time to hit the bigger ticket items. While RAC and I very seldom have a chance to dip in to either the third party or Masterpiece pool, we know that it's an important matter to cover. And so we sought special help from Radio Free Cybertron's Melllvarr (aka Matt) and Diecast (aka Blurr) to add their greater experience for this article. Which isn't to say we didn't still have a bit to add for ourselves... Keep reading, and stay tuned for more 2015 Year in Review!
As we move on, it's time to take a look at Generations itself. While Combiner Wars is the theme of the year, this is still a line of individual toys, with highs and lows completely of their own merits which we would be doing a disservice to forget. We've gone through each retail pricepoint and chosen our picks for best and worst of each. Some of the results may not be much of a surprise, though...! Keep reading to see our highlights from the year of Generations, and keep watching for more of our 2015 Year in review!
With 2015 now behind us, it's time to take a quick look back and reflect on what the year gave us. It was quite a busy year at times, and most of the excitement focused around Combiner Wars. For our 2015 Year in Review, we're going to break things up in to a few divisions, and where better to start than with the topic of the year, Combiner Wars? Below you'll find our picks for some specific categories to the line, and that'll be followed by a few more special areas of recognition. Click the title link to get started, and stick around for the rest of our 2015 Year in Review articles!
Without any sort of hesitation or doubt, I can gladly cite 2015 as the year with the most impressive official and unofficial Transformers releases that I have ever experienced. In previous years for my Top 5 of the year article, I have not just included purchases of toys released in that year, but also vintage figures that I may have purchased, but I just cannot afford to do that this year if I want to stick to any semblance of a top 5. TakaraTomy, Hasbro, FansToys, MakeToys, MMC, BadCube, DX9, Unique Toys and co have put out a quite unbelievable range of figures in 2015.
The Mapes twins, known throughout the global Transformers community, have built a Transformers museum. Not content with the regular 12 to 15 photos used in our collector interviews, David and Steve’s collection requires a full complement of 36 images for us to properly appreciate the scale of their Transformers and collectibles show home, including a world-beating selection of campaign/Lucky Draw Transformers.
TakaraTomy is making no secret of an aim to "perfect" as much as they can the Combiner Wars toys for their iteration of the toyline. Groove is joining their Defensor as a full limb, raising the bar just a bit from restoring classic team lineups with recolors as they're doing with Superion and Menasor. It doesn't seem much of a leap that they could make an original Blast Off figure for when they get to Bruticus, but what are the chances of seeing these made available through Hasbro? Keep reading...
Official Transformers toys are released in most of the world by Hasbro, and in Japan by Takara Tomy, formerly Takara. Takara, a Japanese toy manufacturer, produced the first toys that would become Transformers in Japan in the early 1980s. Hasbro saw these Diaclone and Micro Change Series toys and licensed them, creating the Transformers brand. Today, both companies perpetuate the toy line, but is it true to say that Takara (Tomy) Transformers toys are regularly better than Hasbro releases? Keep reading!
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