The US Patent Office website shows a filing for a new Transformers related name! "Transformers BotBots," whatever that may be, was filed as being intended for use with toy figures and potentially transforming ones, but interestingly no logo is as-yet shown and no mention of use in other media is listed on the trademark filing. Guess we'll find out more at Toy Fair if all goes well! Keep reading for a link to the filing.
SERIAL NUMBER 87767842
*MARK TRANSFORMERS BOTBOTS
STANDARD CHARACTERS YES
USPTO-GENERATED IMAGE YES
LITERAL ELEMENT TRANSFORMERS BOTBOTS
MARK STATEMENT The mark consists of standard characters, without claim to any particular font style, size, or color.
*OWNER OF MARK Hasbro, Inc.
*IDENTIFICATION Toy figures; toy robots convertible into other visual toy forms
FILING BASIS SECTION 1(b)
ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS SECTION
ACTIVE PRIOR REGISTRATION(S) The applicant claims ownership of active prior U.S. Registration Number(s) 2455261, 4412057, 4301091, and others.
Business Insider 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.
Ellia Kassoff of the company Strategic Marks has announced that the company's plan to revive Kay Bee Toys - once Toys R Us' largest competitor in the toy field - have been accelerated in the wake of TRU's impending closing. Kassoff seems extremely optimistic about the potential for a revived KB to take TRU's place in representing roughly 20% of all toy sales in the United States. Keep reading for more information!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid. They got a million toys at Toys R us that I can play with. I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid. They got the best for so much less, you’ll really flip your lid! From bikes to trains to video games, it’s the biggest toy store there is (gee whiz!) I don’t wanna grow up, cause maybe if I did, I couldn’t be a Toys R Us kid. More games, more toys, oh boy! I wanna be a Toys R Us kid!
Over on the Free Comic Book Day website, writer John Barber and artist Alex Milne have given an interview about their FCBD offering, Unicron #0! Barber outright calls Unicron "the end of the story we've been telling for over a decade," and touts the involvement of all of IDW's current TF writers in the planning of the story. Keep reading for an excerpt about Unicron #0, and a link to the full interview where Milne & Barber talk about what comics mean to them!
Thanks to SurgeOpressor we have a sighting report of the new assortment of Cyber Battalion figures featuring Shockwave and Sideswipe, plus some new photos of Shockwave. The figures were purchased at a Walgreens in San Francisco (of which we assume there must be a staggering number all told) with at least one other sighting in the same area indicating the beginnings of distribution for the new wave. They're priced the same as their predecessors at Walgreens, around $18, though it seems to vary by location. Click through to check out the new photos.