Not Optimus Prime, not Transformers Prime. Just "Prime." In a bold move, Hasbro is attempting to secure the exclusive trademark rights to use the word "Prime" in reference to "toy robots convertible to other visual toy forms." Are more Primes on the horizon? Is this a pre-emptive move to make sure nobody can Machine Robot Rescue them on a key term in the modern Transformers mythos? No way to tell, but keep reading to see the details of the filing by way of Transformers@TheMoon!
ToysRUs.com.au has posted the first images of a TRU exclusive Mega 5-step figure of Megatronus! Retailing at $59.99 AUD (About $47 USD), the figure's product page also
has a description that contains SPOILERS
for Robots In Disguise. If you want to see, click here and keep reading!
While we'd previously heard a cutoff date of January 1st for G1 and other Hasbro shows, The Wrap reports that Hasbro and Netflix have been unable to come to terms - a situation more or less confirmed by a Tweet from @HasbroNews. So if you really want to catch up on Transformers Prime, Pound Puppies, or My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, you'd best get to watching now. Keep reading for more details!
Japanese site Hobby Collection has posted a list of upcoming releases from TakaraTomy from the end of April through June of 2015. The Transformers Adventure heading continues to play host to both RID 2015 and a mix of other items including Generations figures not falling under the Legends Series in Japan. There are no pictures so far, but some interesting things in the text. Keep reading!
The official Transformers Facebook page posted a photo gallery "checklist" of all the numbered toys released as the Thrilling 30, the thirty special toys geared more to the older fanbase and meant to help commemorate the line turning thirty years old in 2014. But was the Thrilling 30 ever planned to be more than a packaging tag line - a catchy way of referring to how many years Transformers has pushed on? Keep reading as we break this down, and then let us know what you think!
Variety reports that the Hub will, as previously rumored, become the Discovery Family Channel on October 13th. Discovery will be taking a majority share in the network, but Hasbro will retain a daytime block of programming for its shows such as Transformers Rescue Bots, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and presumably the upcoming Transformers Robots In Disguise. Keep reading for more details!
Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reports that Polygon Pictures has walked away from the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards with four awards, two for Transformers Prime Beast Hunters. The other two were for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and between the two series Polygon has taken the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program award for the past three years running. We'll see if Robots In Disguise 2015 will help them maintain their lock on the category, but for now keep reading for an excerpt from the article and a link to full details!
Composer Kevin Manthei (Invader Zim) revealed on his Tumblr today that he would be co-scoring next year's Transformers: Robots In Disguise
animated series with fellow composer and fellow Kevin, Kevin Kiner (CSI: Miami, Star Wars: Clone Wars). Keep reading for the full announcement!
Transformers@The Moon has unearthed new Transformers-related trademark applications filed with the US Patent Office, and there's no way these could be anything but
the names for the Angry Birds Transformers. Most of them are pretty much what you'd expect, though one of them is kind of fun. Read on to see the names!
Meteor Operation has posted images to Facebook of the ZF-002 Aristocratic Creature Huntsman upgrade kit for the original Voyager Beast Hunters Optimus Prime. This upgrade provides Prime with a battle-masked face as well as his gigantic chainguns shown in the Beast Hunters series. Zenith Forge is making the set available in two color schemes, one gold and black, and a limited edition black and silver chrome version. Click through for photos!
DMY has released pictures of their Pharaonic Upgrade Kit for Prime Voyager Megatron, which features a new head as well as new, more accurate forearms that include an equally accurate arm cannon with retractable blade! Also included is a scabbard for Dr. Wu's Tyrant Sword accessory, better known in Transformers Prime as the Dark Saber. Keep reading to see the photos!
Polygon Pictures International's President and CEO Shuzo Shiota has announced on Twitter that PPI will be responsible for the animation of next year's Robots In Disguise cartoon. In addition to the animation for Transformers Prime, Polygon has worked on a variety of TV shows and games including Star Wars: The Clone Wars
and Tron: Uprising.
Click the title for the quote!
Deadline reports that Margaret Loesch, founding CEO and President of the Hub Network, will leave her position at the end of the year. What this means for the Hub is unknown at the moment, but Deadline offers plenty of rumor and speculation as to what could happen. More details in the full article!
Artist Ken Christiansen, who has done a number of covers for IDW as well as much concept art for Transformers Prime, has announced on his blog that he will be attending BotCon 2014! He's bringing two new prints plus the original paintings for purchase, and has six commission slots still open. Click the title for the announcement, plus images of the prints!
Facebook user Kiya Hayashi has posted a back-of-package image of a new Protectobots 3-pack which also
shows a second set featuring the other 2 Protectobots. We've got Prime Ratchet as First Aid, Cyberverse Arcee as Groove and Beast Hunters Smokescreen as Streetsmart AKA Streetwise. The second set features Grappel in Inferno colors as Hot Shot, and Revenge of the Fallen Blazemaster as Blades. Click the title for the image!
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