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.
COMBINER WARS G2 SUPERION
Superion is driven by one thing and that one thing only: a desire to obliterate the enemy. He attacks Decepticons - on the ground or in the air - with all-out force. Superion is a combiner made up of six transforming figures: Silverbolt forms the torso, Quickslinger forms the right arm, Firefly forms the left arm, Sky Dive forms the right leg, Air Raid forms the left leg, and Powerglide forms the blaster weapon. $99.99 USD order now at bigbadtoystore.com
IDW have just sent us their official press release for IDW Explores Alternate Timelines In ‘Deviations’! The Five-Week Event Arrives In March. In a world where the Ghostbusters never crossed streams to save New York… In a world where Shredder was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ sensei… In a world where all your expectations are turned upside down—welcome to the world of Deviations, a weekly event series featuring alternate takes on some of IDW’s most popular books! Read on to see the full press release now.
Combaticon Awareness Week continues! We've seen riffs on Bruticus, reissues and reimaginings of Bruticus... but not every reuse of Bruticus was Bruticus, if you get me. Today we're looking at other characters created from the G1 Combaticon molds: Battle Gaia and the best combiner name ever, Ruination. Read on and learn more!
Last week IDW Publishing was the talk of the town during New York Comic Con 2015 with some of the most highly anticipated announcements of the year! With something for everyone, these titles are not to be missed. Coming in February, TRANSFORMERS #50 will see OPTIMUS PRIME declare Earth to be a part of CYBERTRON’S Council of Worlds—and the DECEPTICONS and the people of Earth won’t take it lying down! Read on for the full details from IDW.
Next week, IDW is headed back to New York Comic Con and bringing a host of captivating panels, talented signings, and essential exclusives with it! Located at booth #1844, IDW and Top Shelf will be your destination throughout the weekend! Transformers fans can catch up with Andrew Griffith, Corin Howell, Livio Ramondelli, and John Barber among other great IDW properties. Read on for the full details!
IDW and Top Shelf will be at Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 this weekend! Come by Booth #2004 for an exciting convention exclusive and an impressive list of talent signings. And don't forget to look for their two highly entertaining (and informative) panels! Get your schedules at the ready, because you won't want to miss IDW in Baltimore! Read on for the full details.
UPDATED: We have added booth images to this post for you viewing pleasure. Sam Levine, co-creator and executive producer of Disney XD show Penn Zero, Part-Time Hero
has Tweeted the first image of Combiner Wars G2 Menasor! Hasbro promised more G2 sets this morning, and it looks like they're fixing to deliver. Keep reading to see!
IDW Publishing, a pioneer in digital comics, launched its next-generation of comic apps for Apple iOS today, June 4th. These new apps were produced in partnership with the premier iOS app developer, Madefire. The new apps feature the entire IDW line of over 3,500 comics and graphic novels with a bold new storefront that makes it easier to find your favorite comics, in-app purchases so you never have to leave the app to get your books, and stunning motion books featuring Transformers, My Little Pony, and Star Trek.
AUTOBOTS UNITED FIVE PACK PLATINUM EDITION
Get a whole team of Transformers heroes with the Autobots United pack! This 5-pack of heroes includes 2-in-1 Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Autobot Drift, Autobot Hound and Crosshairs figures. Under the fierce leadership of Optimus Prime, the Autobots will fight Decepticons wherever they find them. They can all change fast from robot mode to speedy vehicle mode and back again! Unleash your fast-changing Autobots on their foes! This pack includes Voyager Optimus Prime and Hound; and Deluxe Crosshairs, Bumblebee, and Drift. $119.99
Deadline Hollywood report, following the new of Akiva Goldsman joining the fold to take Transformers into an Expanded Universe. We have news Paramount have just signed deals with "Walking Dead" Writer Robert Kirkman, "Iron Man" writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, "Pacific Rim 2" Zak Penn, and writer Jeff Pinkner of "Amazing Spider-Man 2" and
"Lost" This is major news for the Transformers, as it will clearly open up the franchise to many new ideas from established writers. Read on for more details.
SPRING CLEANING SALE!
We need to clean out our warehouse to make room for all the great products coming in! Prices have been reduced on over 3000 items with a total of 4800 items on sale! Check out the featured sale items from Transformers, GI Joe 50th Anniversary, and Batman 75th Anniversary, The Walking Dead, DC Comics, NECA, Figuarts and more!
Entertainment Weekly confirms that Hasbro has hired writer Akiva Goldsman to head up the writing team that will work on expanding the Transformers movie world into a broader cinematic franchise. CEO Brian Goldner revealed this in Hasbro's quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, and added that Transformers 5 is expected in 2017. A director is not mentioned, and while Michael Bay was named in connection with the project in rumors it's entirely logical that the financially successful director would be consulted on what "his" franchise would do next. Keep reading for more info!
Join IDW this weekend in Anaheim as we head to the fan-favorite convention, Wonder Con! Taking place in the Anaheim Convention Center from April 3rd – April 5th, IDW and Top Shelf can be found at Booth #509. The fun begins at the booth on Friday with signings, freebies, and exclusive variants you won’t want to miss out on!
Cinematic Universes are a Thing right now, with Marvel and Star Wars leading the way. Now, according to Deadline, Paramount is looking at their biggest movie property with an eye towards more varied (and frequent) releases. To that end they're enlisting writer Akiva Goldsman, whose credits range from the drama A Beautiful Mind
to the well-received TV series Fringe
...to Batman Forever
and Batman and Robin.
This should be interesting. The story also hints that Michael Bay may unsurprisingly be returning for Transformers 5 after his current movie project - or at least that TF5 won't go ahead until that project is complete. Keep reading for more details!
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