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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!



Jagex has released the second episode of Under The Hood, their web series detailing the making and refinement of the Transformers Universe MOBA. This episode focuses on Peter Cullen and Frank Welker's voice recording sessions for the video game as Optimus Prime and Megatron. Keep reading to see!



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!






BaCon's gotten video footage of the preview of Robots In Disguise 2015! The new animation style is looking good, and we get good looks at Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and the Elite Guard and Dinobot members of the team who are as-yet unnamed. Keep reading to see!



The 2005 board has posted an image from the recent Las Vegas Licensing Expo of Bumblebee, Sideswipe and Mini-Con Fixit from the upcoming Robots In Disguise cartoon. More will presumably be revealed in the coming week at SDCC, but for now 2005 has assembled an overview of what we know from all available news sources, some dating back to late 2013. Keep reading for a mirrored sample image and a link to the article.



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!



At the core of the Aligned Continuity was the Binder of Revelation, a story bible which laid out the universe that would be riffed on in Transformers Prime, War For Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, the tie-in novels, and many other pieces of fiction. The version of Megatron that appeared in that binder was designed by Emiliano Santalucia, who has now shared both his colored final illustration and the original pencils. Keep reading for mirrored images and the story behind them!


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Amazon posted listings for Transformers Prime Beast Hunter action figures that give us a look at the character summary bios the Cyberverse Commander Class Unicron Megatron and Ultra Magnus figure. Read the character summary bios for all the figures now.


I was looking at my ultra magnus from TFprime (2nd release) and he's missing his smoke stacks on the back flaps. I figured I would get another one somewhere and return the one without the smoke stacks... I saw another one at walmart yesterday and it didn't have the smoke stacks either... what the heck? Anyone else see this? UPDATE: Seems to be a unannounced running change with the figues as the Hasbro preview images show them, but the production images do not.


Thanks to FMH forum member Aesir who has posted news from Hasbro themselves that the official UK street date for Transformers Prime Beast Hunters action figures will be June 1, 2013. That is great news for all the Transformers fans who have been watching and waiting for these new toys.


Yea, you read the title right. Is it any wonder WHY Hasbro's sales are tanking? They seem to only care about keeping Wall Street engaged with such patronizing double speak in a press release of all things. Sorry to use this PR as a place to scurtinize them, but I hope someone at HQ reads this and puts the fun back into Trasnformers one day. Hasbro is faltering and Beast Hunters has clearly become a scramble to justify why their "Franchise" isn't getting love from shoppers. Read more and tell Hasbro you want more than meets the stock price.


Thanks to Hydra over at the Allspark who has posted some details about the Takara Tomy Transformers lucky draw Optimus Prime sound stages that are limited to 50 pieces. He has been nice enough to share the translated quotes that the stage says in the Japanese Optimus Prime voice. Check out the quotes and image from the original Lucky Draw campaign below for more info.

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Jagex has released the second episode of Under The Hood, their web series detailing the making and refinement of the Transformers Universe MOBA. This episode focuses on Peter Cullen and Frank Welker's voice recording sessions for the video game as Optimus Prime and Megatron. Keep reading to see!




BaCon's gotten video footage of the preview of Robots In Disguise 2015! The new animation style is looking good, and we get good looks at Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and the Elite Guard and Dinobot members of the team who are as-yet unnamed. Keep reading to see!




The Hub Network have posted some new Transformers Prime Beast Hunters 30-Second Holiday Special promo videos. Watch the clips featuring Megatron and the Decepticon "Pudding" and "Naughty List" to ring in the holiday season evil robot style now!

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