NYCC 2012 - Hasbro Transformers Panel - Live Update: Prime Beast Hunters and More!
By Jack on Monday, October 15, 2012
Tformers is reporting live from the Hasbro Transformers Panel going on now at NYCC 2012. We are posting details as they come in so please keep checking back here for more information as we get it.
Hasbro Panel: Jerry Jivoin, Andy Schmidt, Clint Chapman, Mike Vogel, Brian Lenard, Jeff Kline, Duane Capizzi
+ Attendees were given set of Transformers goodies including a Predacon T Shirt, Cyberverse Vehicon, and a Transformers Prime wipe.
Transformers Prime Season 2
Transformers Prime Season 2 video highlights showing season overview.
+ Transformers Prime Preview of episode 23 "Inside Job" shown.
Transformers Prime Season 3
+ Shockwave will return to the series.
+ Shockwave transports Predaking via space bridge.
+ Predacons are Cybertron's Dinosaurs.
+ Predacons are an ancient Cybertronian race.
+ Predaking is said to be an Autobot hunter.
Video preview of Shockwave and Predaking Shown
+ Big Spring lineup with lots of surprises.
+ Figures will have new armor and weapons.
+ The Predacon figures will include more than are represented in the show.
Bumblebee with Hawkbow
Smokescreen with Chain Bolter
Airachnid with Novastinger Bow
Twinstrike - Looks like Predacon with 2 heads
Bulkhead with Nova Hammer Roadbuster Deco
Sky Claw - Autobot Fighter
Apex armor with Breakdown
Bumblebee - Bulkier look with armor and weapons,
Soundwave and Ravage - Includes capture claw
Wheeljack with Falcon Spear
Laserback with Toxic Strike Blaster
Predaking - The weapons combine to form three headed dragon
+ Predacons will have their own packages due to their size.
+ The enclosed instructions will include extra back-story, character and weapons information.
Ripclaw - Predacon with wings
Battle Net Bumblebee - 4X4 version
+ Kreon Bumblebee
+ Kreon Humans
+ Kreon Skystalker
Kreon Trailcutter vs Grimwing
Kreon Windcharger vs Corhada
Omega Supreme - Year of the Snake Energon mold with new hands and head.
Optimus Prime - Year of the Snake Energon mold
+ New foil packaging coming.
+ Rage of the Dinobots starts next month.
+ Generations line will soon include character related IDW comics packed-in with the toys.
+ Transformers Legends - New digital card game with mobile coming this Fall.
Questions and Answers
+ Hasbro is look at ways to bring MP Soundwave, Sideswipe and Red Alert to USA. No plans yet.
+ Will we see more novels, more about the Primes, and more about the Pirates? "Stay Tuned"
+ Will we see a Prime Unicron figure here. "You never know."
+ About the Beast Wars 30th in 2014: "Who knows what could happen for 30th Anniversary?"
+ Beast Hunters toys will follow the last wave with Kup and Rumble.
+ When asked about Dinobots in season three: "Stay tuned."
+ In response to a Bruticus giftset or more combiners: "Maybe"
+ Toys from IDW comics? Hasbro says they are talking about it.
+ Will Unicron appear again: "Stay tuned, you'll be happy."
+ Will we see Smokescreen and Breakdown toys? Hasbro wants to make all the TF characters.
In what appears to be last minute deal, Tranformers and other Hasbro shows will be staying on with Netfilx. As we reported previously, Hasbro and Netflix were to go their own way last month when a new deal fell through. However, without disclosing the terms of the detail. USA Today reports Netflix let be known that Hasbro Studios shows aren't going anywhere. Good news for Netflix customers who need their Transformers fix.
Adweek has posted an article about Hasbro's TV strategies that goes into of detail about The Hub - and what went wrong. The short version is that Discovery was admirably hands-off with the network, leaving Hasbro almost solely in charge of programming... and a combination of slow profits, the proliferation of on-demand viewing, and the departure of President & CEO Margaret Loesch led Hasbro get out of the network-running business. Keep reading for more details on all that and a link to the full article where you can see My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic described as "creepily beloved"!
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!
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!