Yesterday and today are the dates for Playcon, the annual US toy industry symposium where important people from the field meet to discuss the future of toys. A digital town hall meeting was held in which the CEO of the resurrected KB Toys, Ellia Kassoff,
detailed his plans for moving forward with the chain. Keep reading for a very long, very dry video, and highlights!
Toys R Us shutting its doors in the US has led to concerns about the release outlets for some products, among them Movie Masterpiece as the first two entries in the current series were specifically exclusives there. Barricade seemed to have a spot of bad luck with its the chain shutting down before the toy had a chance to ever reach shelves. Today we've found out that Amazon has a listing for "Transformers Barricade Action Figure" priced at $79.99, which looks to be giving Barricade a way out after all. Click through for more info!
The ability to procure Studio Series Thundercracker has been a subject of concern, as Toys R Us teeters on the edge of its complete shutdown in the US, including termination of its online storefront that would otherwise have potentially served collectors without immediate local access to a retail location. However, good news was delivered today, as Entertainment Earth has posted a listing for Thundercracker at the SRP of $29.99, and expected for arrival in July. As of the time of writing, Thundercracker has been available on shelves despite liquidation being in progress, but this should offer a safety net for anyone still having trouble getting hold of the toy. Keep reading for the product link.
Related by frequent proxy-source for upcoming toys Mr Chaos
, we have word of a pair of store inventory listings for a new pair of Studio Series Voyagers. Another Optimus Prime - seemingly distinct from the Voyager currently available in Wave 1 - is on the way somewhere in the near future. And likely to be joining it is a brand new entry in the series, a Voyager class Bonecrusher. Rumors had circulated about the existence of Bonecrusher recently, and this seems to stand in support of their accuracy. No images as yet, but you can keep reading to see the transcribed inventory listings.
reports that the letter sent to all ToysRUs employees explaining the company's current state and laying out their lack of severance
has set a timetable for the closing of stores and warehouses. Though only some states have reported in, it seems that target date for the end of ToysRUs is May 14 in states ranging from Wisconsin to Hawaii. Keep reading for more details.
It is being widely reported that the UK branch of ToysRUs has failed to find a buyer and all 100 stores will be closed within six weeks. The first 25% have already closed or will be closing within a few days. There have also been reports via Twitter of TRU UK not honoring store credit and giftcards, so if you're sitting on those in another territory, you might want to spend them now.
reports that the UK branch of ToysRUs has entered administration due to an inability to find a buyer. While it's currently unknown if the stores will remain open or not, it seems only a matter of time as holders of TRU-UK gift cards and vouchers are being advised to spend them while they can. But if you want to, you'll have to do so in-store as the online retail aspect of TRU-UK has been closed To be clear, this is only for the United Kingdom, not the US or any other territory.
Keep reading for details.
A little over a week ago, Deadline ran a story concerning Ian Bryce
and his move to begin working with Netflix. if you don't immediately recognize the name, Ian Bryce worked as one of the producers on the live action film series. The article is written from the point of view of Netflix's gain in signing Bryce on to create content for them, but with Paramount not having the best run of late with its movies, Bryce's departure may be yet another sign of some internal changes. Transformers is mentioned only in passing among Bryce's large body of work, but one could presume will probably have an impact on whatever shape the future of the movie franchise might take after Bumblebee: The Movie
The biggest surprise to this is that it was announced before Bumblebee: The Movie
was even released. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner
announced today that the Transformers Cinematic Universe is cancelled. The universe - which Paramount had so much faith in that they took four to five of the prospective scripts and put them in a blender to make Transformers: The Last Knight
- will be replaced by what is described as a 'reset' of the Transformers franchise to happen no earlier than 2021 going by the film schedule offered to investors. Keep reading for more details.
The fans over at Transformers Peru
have posted images of shipping lists of items coming soon to the country! Most of it isn't too surprising - the 7" Authentics were confirmed as the "Alpha" assortment - but it does provide confirmation of the contents of Studio Series
Deluxe Wave 1! Keep reading for more info.
UK distributor abgee
has posted a set of new listings on their website on the heels of UK Toy Fair! They mostly match what has gone before... with a few changes in language that seem to strengthen the case that "Stryker" is indeed this movie's codename for Bumblebee. Also, we've got listings for a new Studio Series Voyager figure codenamed "Destroyer." Keep reading for details!
Paramount has sent out a press release for Bumblebee: The Movie
giving a synopsis of the plot and a higher-quality version of the image that circulated the other day
of Hailee Steinfeld's Charlie character and Volkswagen Beetle Bumblebee. It's a fairly barebones description of the movie, but we have final confirmation that Bumblebee is indeed a VW Bug in the film. (Toys? Hopefully?) Keep reading to see!
We have a mini-roundup going for information coming about about the upcoming Studio Series movie-based line. What we're currently interpreting as a sort of Generations-equivalent for the movie series seems to be shaping up to be fairly sizeable thanks to a dump from a store inventory system by one Mr. Chaos
who has provided UPCs and other data for us to examine, showing many Deluxes and Voyagers, plus the Leader Grimlock and Blackout toys. Autobase Aichi has also dug up a couple of photos of some of the toys seemingly from an event in China, though the author doesn't know specifics. Click through for more detail and shots of Starscream, Optimus, Ratchet and Crowbar!
Today we're proud to be rolling out a new feature on TFormers! We call it the Wave Tracker, and it's designed to give you an at-a-glance indication of what the most current info about a given toy is. Are there pre-orders up yet for Power of the Primes
Wave 2? What's the next Masterpiece figure being released? Any reviews or photo galleries of the newest TakaraTomy Legends figures out there? If we know, the Wave Tracker will tell you. Keep reading to learn more!
A piece on Variety earlier this week reveals that Huahua Media out of China and Paramount Pictures are ending what was supposed to be a multi-year investment deal that would see the Chinese company contribute financing to numerous film productions. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it should. In August, Paramount execs flew to China
to smooth things over after a string of movies - most recent at the time being Transformers: The Last Knight
- failed to perform to expectations. Paramount says they'll pursue financing partnerships elsewhere - including with Hasbro - but on the whole it's probably still not good news at all. Keep reading for more details!
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