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Toy Fair 2002 Report
Optimax - Monday, February 11, 2002

Toy Fair 2002 is here! Lots of news is coming in from all over. With so much anticipation about new a Transformers show and the timing of the Hasbro press release last week. You can bet this year's show is all about Armada. Though that not all. Hasbro showed off some new RiD releases as well. Read our Toy Fair 2002 report HERE.

Armada, Armada, Armada!
Hasbro's pulled out all the stops with a line that features an all-new story and fresh figure designs. The new Transformers TV show, called "Armada," is set to begin airing in US later this year. The Armada story revolves around a new faction of Transformers called "Mini-Cons." These mini-sized characters each holds a different special power that when merged with an Autobot or Decepticon, can transfer those special powers to the host Transformer. These new Transformers are the obvious driving factor in the Aramda toy line.

Robots in Disguise
Armada wasn't all the only new thing on display. Hasbro dished up a handful of goodies that they'll be releasing as part of Robots in Disguise toy line. The good and bad news is they are repaints from the Beast Machines figures series. Planned for release as a 3-pack, the characters will include Mirage GT (Beast Machines Mirage), Nightcruz (SpyStreak) and Scavenger (Beast Machines Scavenger). Also listed is a Basic helicopter named Obsidian (Beast Machines Obsidian toy). The good news is some of the repaints are a great improvement on the originals. In addition to the basic sized figures, will be one deluxe sized repaint of Jetstorm sporting a gorgeous Jetfire-like paint job.

Show Preview Cards and Dreamwave
In addition to the new toy lines, Hasbro was showing off samples of the new packaging and mini-comics that incorporate artwork by Dreamwave artist Pat Lee. There was also a preview of the Armada show on preview. The new show will retain a look similar to what we saw in Robots in Disguise with a slightly more Anime feel to it. There are 52 episodes slated for production at this time.

Rumor was security was going to be extra tight this year and we can tell from our own experience it really was. While we were in attendance at the show we were forbidden from taking photo's of any kind. We'll be publishing a full report on the show soon. While Hasbro has kept a close guard on their area this year, that hasn't stopped other's from getting photo's of the new Armada figures. The following is a list that we will keep updated of sites with Transformers images from Toy Fair 2002:
  • - Lots of good Transformers pics from the Toy Fair.
  • Altered States Magazine - AlteredSatesMagazine was there and got a lot of really great shots of the entire Armada line as well as the new RiD figures.
  • - Armada - was there ad got lots of great Armada pics from the show.
  • - RiD - Robots in Disguise pics from the show.
  • - These guys are totally on top of everything Transformers. Lots of great pics here.
Well there's our initial report from Sunday at the show. We'll be posting images and much more details from the show so check back frequently for news updates.

More Armada News
Just up on JB HI-FI, fans of the Transformers Unicron Trilogy cartoons will be happy to know Madman Entertainment will be re-issuing the entire series on DVD. The collection will including the Armada, Energon and Cybertron Sagas as well as special features, new artwork and more then meets the Mini-cons. The collection appears to be Region 4 (Latin America, Australia, New Zealand) only release on June 8th, at this time. Read on for the full details and package images.
Thanks to the official Transformers Faceboom page we have a discount code to share with you. Now through December 31st, you can get 10% off your purchase of select full series box sets from Shout Factory's online store. Including Unicron Trilogy, Beast Era, Rescue Bots and more! Orders totaling over $40 also qualify for free shipping. If you or someone you know has been interested in picking up a set or two, this is a great time to jump in. Keep reading for the coupon code and full list of qualifying series.
Hasbro Transformers product desiner, Aaron Archer has shared a look at a Transformers Megatron design that never was. The concept image is described as "A unrealized Megatron design from around 2002, 03. I think I wanted him to be a bomber/spaceship." Judging from the date, this was likely made for the Armada line. This is definitely very different look for the Decepticon leader with HUGE weapons for hands, WILD! Read on for the look at the unrealized Megatron design to see it all.
For the first time since 2006, the first leg of the Unicron Trilogy is available on DVD. While the set is rather barebones, containing only the show itself as originally aired and no extras, Transformers Armada: The Complete Series represents space-efficiency and a decent value for those who want the show on their shelf. Continue to full review
Brace yourself to relive some of the most astonishing Transformers battles between the Autobots and the Decepticons through the complete series release of Transformers Armada. In 2002, Transformers fans and kids were introduced to the animated television series Transformers Armada. This is the unforgettable chapter of Transformers lore and the first part of the rare Unicron Trilogy – consisting of Armada, Energon and Cybertron.

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