Video: Michael Bay and Maaco Celebrate 45 Years With Transformers The Last Knight
BaCon - Wednesday, June 14, 2017
In celebration of the new movie, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” directed by Michael Bay and releasing in theaters June 21, Maaco, North America’s Bodyshop, has launched a national integrated campaign with television, print, digital and social media, bringing the action and excitement of the Transformers movies to more than 500 shops with special offers for consumers. The partnership kicks off Maaco’s 45th anniversary celebration.
“We’ve been transformation specialists for 45 years, so the partnership with “Transformers: The Last Knight” is ideal for us,” said Jason Ryan, President of Maaco. “Consumers of all ages love the heroic action of the Transformers movies, and this provides a way to build new awareness of the Maaco brand. It also provides an excellent new vehicle to reach the millennials as an entirely new generation of customers.”
The Maaco and “Transformers: The Last Knight” partnership will be promoted through a new network television spot, titled “Brad Decision,” directed by the film’s director, Michael Bay, and produced by the Tombras Group agency. In the spot, a young woman who is upset with her boyfriend – Brad – expresses her sentiment by spray painting Brad’s car. But in the spot, we see she has mistaken the actual Bumblebee character disguised in car form for her boyfriend’s yellow Camaro. Next stop -- Maaco to repair the damage!
“This was a unique creative opportunity to work with two iconic brands and explore their shared equity around cars. We also wanted to leverage the tagline “UH-OH Better Get Maaco” in a fun and unexpected way. The work was designed to recruit new Maaco customers and generate excitement for the movie release,” said Dooley Tombras, EVP, The Tombras Group.
In addition, participating Maaco stores will offer a special paint service starting at $299 to help drivers makeover their dented, dinged, faded cars into spectacular rides just in time for summer driving. The stores will feature movie-themed signage and banners. On social media, Maaco will encourage consumers to enter for a chance to win movie tickets and a trip to Los Angeles through an online sweepstakes.
To locate a Maaco store for an estimate on paint services, visit: https://www.maaco.com.
Maaco Auto Painting & Collision Repair – a part of the Driven Brands, Inc. family of automotive aftermarket franchise brands based in Charlotte, NC – is America’s #1 Bodyshop. Maaco provides automotive paint and cosmetic repair services for nearly 500,000 drivers annually. With over 500 independently owned and operated franchises across the United States and Canada, Maaco has restored the safety and appearance of more than 20 million vehicles over 45 years. Maaco has been named a top automotive franchise numerous times by Entrepreneur Magazine in its Annual Franchise 500 ranking. In addition to other honors, Maaco has been included on Franchise Times’ list of Top 200 franchises. For more information about Maaco, visit https://www.Maaco.com. For more information about franchising opportunities, visit https://www.MaacoFranchise.com.
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WhatNot Toys announce that they have acquired the U.S. rights the Herocross line of Transformers Super Deformed action figures. Their new series of movie figures is said to bring a completely new dimension to the incredibly popular Transformer franchise that they hope will resonate with the huge Transformer fan base in the U.S.
Their first wave is shown to include Transformers Last Knight characters Optimus Prime, Megatron, Hound, Bumblebee, Hotrod and Autobot Squeeks. Read on to see them all in the gallery below.
Move toy fans will be glad to know WhatNot Toys is rolling out their own line of Super Deformed Transformers toys, in addition to GI Joe, My Little Pony and others. The promotion on there site shows an The Last Night styled Optimus Prime and Megatron figures that look highly detailed and nicely painted. We'll likely find out about the whole line at Toy Fair later this week.
Hollywood wants to love the the fans, they really really do. But they don't seem to know how when they keep putting too many humans in robot movies. Five movies on, they have literally run this franchise over a cliff. Knights, Unicron horns and even Cogman couldn't save them, It made $500 Million, but raked in a lot the slag with it. The legendary fan force that is Screen Junkies. Takes aim at TLK with their barrel fusion-cannons. Leaving a steaming pile of bashes, laughing all the way.
In what's appearing to be a popular move for third party companies, DX9 and Uniquetoys have announced a new figure based on Transformers: The Last Knight's Hot Rod! The co-production features diecast metal parts and two accessory weapons, and preorders will also receive a "Heroine" figure - Viviane Wembly with the Staff of Merlin - along with a pair of energy effects for the guns. Keep reading to see photos!
In a presentation video likening the subjects of its nominations to toxic waste, the Razzies, AKA the Golden Raspberry Awards, have announced their nominations for the worst of 2017. As you might expect, Transformers: The Last Knight indeed has been nominated, tying Age of Extinction with nine nominations. That's the record for the franchise! Keep reading for specifics on the nominations along with an announcement video for the three top categories.