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Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee DVD featuring action-packed Bumblebee animated adventures!
Coming to DVD February 25, 2014
I was 10 years old when Hasbro brought the Transformers to life. A true ‘Generation One’ kid, I still know every word to the original cartoon theme song. I remember the excitement I felt when assembling a new action figure, and the devastation of being handed a Gobot. Oh, the horror! Having mixed feelings about the recent big screen film franchise, and hoping to revisit a bit of my youth, I jumped at the opportunity to review Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee.
Here is the official lowdown on this new DVD:
“Spring into action with BUMBLEBEE from Hasbro Studio’s Emmy Award-winning series TRANSFORMERS PRIME! Beloved by kids and legions of fans worldwide, BUMBLEBEE is a dedicated warrior and a scout who serves as part of the elite squad lead by OPTIMUS PRIME. Though he may be one of the smallest and youngest of the TRANSFORMERS, don’t let that fool you. Time and time again, this AUTOBOT proves that he has the bravery to fight for what is right and the tenacity to throw himself into action to battle against his opponents no matter where they appear.”
The DVD is a collection of what they have deemed the “four best Bumblebee adventures from the Transformers Prime lore.” Clearly, I had been out of the loop for quite some time. Lore? Canon? I’ve missed so much! I decided to watch all four episodes first, and then I did some research in order to catch up on the many incarnations the Transformers have had since last I watched. I have to say, I enjoyed it more than I expected to. For an animated series seemingly targeted at kids, the action sequences were fairly on target for an adult audience. With so many SAT words and tech terms being tossed about, even the show’s dialogue seems to favor a more mature audience. I am absolutely okay with that. Kids can still follow along, maybe not understanding every joke, but worst case scenario they stand to expand their vocabularies.
Visually, for its time (the series began its run in 2010) Transformers Prime is remarkable. The CGI allowed for seamless transformations of the Autobots and Decepticons, morphing them instantly into their alter-ego vehicles and planes. Light and shadow reflected off of their metal exteriors just as you imagine it should. The CGI truly brings the cartoon to life, giving them “eyebrows”, so to speak, in order to show more emotion in their facial expressions. At times, it felt more like watching an actual movie than a weekly animated series. This is certainly not the Transformers of my youth!
One complaint? Well, it’s not so much a complaint as it is a personal opinion: What is up with Arcee? I don’t want to come off sounding like some sort of crazed feminist, but I had hoped enough years had passed to where we could stop sexually objectifying a machine. I’m glad they ditched her original pink and white color scheme, going instead with a sleek blue and black over chrome look. Facially, she resembles the rest of the Transformers a bit more now. She’s pretty hard core. That is, until you realize that, once again, she has been given a teeny tiny waist line, conveniently colored breast plates, and so forth. Yes, they decided to make a female Transformer, but does she have to move so dainty and fluid. Her front cycle wheel always leaves her standing off-center towards one hip; a convenient way to accentuate her curves. Even Marilyn Monroe had one heel filed down to make her shoes uneven, resulting in her signature tail-wag as she walked. But, Arcee is a machine. I don’t want her to be the Marilyn Monroe of motorcycles. I want her to be the Michelle Rodriguez of motorcycles! But, I digress.
The episodes in question all highlight the sympathetic and loveable, Bumblebee. Like many great fictional characters before him, Bumblebee represents what is good in all of us. You don’t have to be the biggest or the strongest in order to be the bravest. In fact, you may not be perfect at all; Bumblebee has no voice, remember? But he serves as a reminder that strength overcomes all challenges. I can’t believe I’m waxing philosophical about a Transformer. But, yes, after watching Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee, I can honestly say that I would rank him right up there with my other favorite underdogs: the Hobbits. All in all, I enjoyed viewing this collection. (Side note: As much as I get a kick out of the Transformers, I can’t help but yell at the TV in frustration over how much was ‘borrowed’ from the Avengers. This goes back to the very inception of our Autobot friends. I understand that over time, all of Marvel has repeated itself, just as D.C. has done within their plane of existence. There has even been an Avengers/Transformers cross-over comic series. Tesseract vs. AllSpark. It’s impossible for me to ignore the similarities between the Avengers movie and the, in my opinion much inferior, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. However, watching Ultimate Bumblebee has peaked my interest, and I am willing to give the weekly series the benefit of the doubt.)
As I mentioned, the story lines were more mature than I had anticipated, and they were delivered by a talented cast including Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Josh Keaton, Jeffrey Combs (I could listen to him talk all day), Kevin Michael Richardson, Will Friedle, Sumalee Montano, Ernie Hudson (heck yeah!), Markie Post, and Steve Blum. Interestingly enough, on the series Transformers Prime, Cullen and Welker reprise the roles of Optimus Prime and Megatron, after having voiced the characters, respectively, in the series I grew up with from the 1980s.
On February 25, 2014, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee Special DVD to Walmart stores everywhere. It will be available to own for an affordable price (MSRP $9.99) and if your kids like action–especially if they’re Bumblebee fans, you may want to check it out. Transformers Prime, the animated series, airs on the HUB TV network; check your local listings if you are interested in keeping up with the show.
TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE DVD features four action-packed Bumblebee adventures, including:
- Masters and Students
- Operation Bumblebee, Part 1
- Operation Bumblebee, Part 2
About Hasbro Studios:
Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro’s world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP, and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro’s brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. Joe 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro’s brands as well as production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.
About Shout! Factory:
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blue-Ray offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music, and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY nominated “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California.
Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast Unleash Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters on DVD on December 4, 2012
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Young aspiring Duel Masters, grab your gauntlet, choose your mighty creatures!
Prepare to experience the world of KAIJUDO!
KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS ™ – CREATURES UNLEASHED DVD
LEAPS ONTO HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES EVERYWHERE
Produced by Hasbro Studios and Wizards of the Coast
Featuring an All-Star Voice Cast of Scott Wolf, Freddy Rodriguez, John DiMaggio, Oded Fehr, Phil LaMarr, David Sobolov, Kari Wahlgren and Jason Marsden
DVD Set Includes an Exclusive Alternative Art “Kenina” Trading Card Inside!
OWN THIS COLLECTIBLE DVD DECEMBER 4, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
This holiday season, kids and families are invited on a wondrous journey into the imaginative world of KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS™, a current animated hit series produced by Hasbro Studios and Wizards of the Coast. Featuring the voice talent of popular actors Scott Wolf, Freddy Rodriguez, John DiMaggio,Oded Fehr, Phil LaMarr, David Sobolov, Kari Wahlgren and Jason Marsden, this popular action-fantasy series offers an inspiring story about a young hero, Ray, who possesses the rare ability to befriend and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension. It’s up to Ray to master the ancient art of KAIJUDO in order to protect both worlds. Moreover, this adventure-filledseries highlights the tales of friendship, loyalty and determination, and further addresses the show’s central theme of anti-bullying.
On December 4, 2012, the whole family will be highly entertained by the exciting storytelling, incredible action and awesome creature combats when KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS™ – CREATURES UNLEASHED DVD hits store shelves in the U.S and Canada from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios and Wizards of the Coast. Featuring five adventurous episodes, an exclusive alternative art “Kenina” playable trading card, and special bonus feature A Look at KAIJUDO: Rise of the Duel Masters, this DVD is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $14.97.
KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS™ – CREATURES UNLEASHED DVD
Ray, a 14-year-old who lives with his mom and grandfather, has been recruited by the Duel Masters to study KAIJUDO – “The Way of the Creature.” They chose Ray for his natural talent as a creature tamer and duelist. Along with pals Allie and Gabe, Ray learns to work with the magical creatures… in their world. Each duel he fights yields new experience and allies in both worlds. The Veil, which has divided the two worlds for a thousand years, is crumbling. Hope lies with those who can masters the art of KAIJUDO.
The Natural, Part 1
The Natural, Part 2
The Natural, Part 3
Om Nom Nom
KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS™ is the newest franchise from Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro. Featuring two online games – Battle Game and Kaijudo Online™ – hosted on Kaijudo.com, a trading card game (TCG), the television series KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS™ airing on The Hub TV Network in the U.S and on Teletoon in Canada, and a new home entertainment DVD product line distributed by Shout! Factory. KAIJUDO:RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS™ provides multi-platform entertainment that the whole family will enjoy.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. TheCompany’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. Programming in the U.S. is distributed on The Hub TV Network, a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the Company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com. © 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creativeacquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com
About Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces the premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. Wizards is also a leading publisher of roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com.
Kaijudo, Duel Masters, and all related logos and character names and their distinctive likenesses TM 2012 Wizards of the Coast/Shogakukan/Mitsui-Kids.
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THE BATTLE CONTINUES…IN ORLANDO
JUST ANNOUNCED: BLOCKBUSTER MEGA-ATTRACTION “TRANSFORMERS: THE RIDE – 3D” COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT IN SUMMER 2013
Hugely-Successful Attraction Will Now Be Featured at Three Universal Parks Worldwide
Guests Will Be Fully-Immersed in a TRANSFORMERS Adventure with Their Favorite Characters and Nemeses from the Popular Film Series
ORLANDO, Fla. (November 1, 2012) – Get ready – it’s time to prepare for battle…
Universal Orlando Resort announced that its next blockbuster attraction will be the widely-popular TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D. The groundbreaking ride – created under license from Hasbro, Inc. and based on its iconic TRANSFORMERS brand – will bring the intergalactic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons to Universal Studios Florida in summer 2013.
Already a “must-see” at Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is a mind-blowing, action-packed ride experience that you have to see to believe. You will come face to face with Megatron. You will dodge explosions and attacks by the Decepticons. You will fight to save mankind alongside Optimus Prime and the Autobots. It will be the greatest battle you’ll ever ride.
Universal worked closely with Michael Bay, the award-wining director of the “TRANSFORMERS” film series and the ride’s creative consultant, to create an authentic experience that brings the non-stop action of the films to life. The attraction combines the larger-than-life TRANSFORMERS characters and an exciting storyline with life-like HD CGI media, state-of-the-art 3-D technology and amazing special effects to place riders right in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil.
“We broke the mold and have taken this ride to a new technological level in terms of blending seamless 3-D,” said Michael Bay, director of the “TRANSFORMERS” films.
“TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is the perfect addition to Universal Orlando’s thrilling theme park experiences,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “The ride has already proven to be a hit at our Hollywood and Singapore parks, and we’re excited that Universal Orlando guests will soon be able to join the Autobots in the fight to save the world.”
TRANSFORMERS films, television shows and merchandise have captivated millions of people all over the world. To date, three blockbuster films have been released – “TRANSFORMERS” (2007), “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” (2009) and “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON” (2011) – grossing more than $2 billion combined worldwide at the box office. The three films were directed by Michael Bay, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and released by Paramount Pictures.
TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is slated to open in summer 2013 at Universal Orlando. The attraction will have one of the shortest build times in Universal history – making it one of Universal’s most ambitious projects ever. For more information about TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, visit www.prepareforbattle.com.
About Universal Orlando Resort
There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, be transformed into a banana-loving minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. Universal Orlando Resort is an NBCUniversal company.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORM’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint ventureERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com.
© 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Via Acidfree Gallery:
NY Comic Con Screen Print Images revealed
Transformers Variant Image coming soon! Stay tuned!
All prints in the series will come with a trading card certificate of authenticity. They will be hand numbered to match each hand numbered print. The variant prints in the series will come with numbered card, signed by the artist!
Look for us at NYC Comic Con, booth 1681! This will be your first chance to get your hands on these limited edition prints. We will also sell a very limited quantity on our website after the show. This is just the beginning of a very exciting series of screen prints planned for release over the next several months! Follow us on facebook and twitter for up-to-date news and details about the series.
Twitter and facebook followers will have a chance to win a free copy of these new prints. Simply follow us on twitter or like us on facebook and you will have a chance to win!
We look forward to seeing you at NYC Comic Con!
All images related to TRANSFORMERS and GIJOE © 2012, Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro Returns to Comic-Con International to Showcase Its Iconic Pop-Culture Brands
The Branded Play Company Continues to be the Premiere Destination for fans of Giant Robots, Super Heroes, Intergalactic Battles, Magical Ponies and More at Comic-Con in San Diego
PAWTUCKET, R.I.–With globally renowned brands including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, KRE-O and G.I. JOE as well as licensed toy lines for MARVEL, STAR WARS, SESAME STREET and STAR TREK, few exhibitors at Comic-Con International in San Diego can boast the pedigree of properties so significant to the heritage of the popular arts than Hasbro. To celebrate these brands, which span comics, animation, action figures, blockbuster movies and additional entertainment experiences, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) will deliver an unprecedented lineup of panels, autograph sessions, special edition toys and more that surpasses anything in its past history at the show. The fan communities of these properties are among the most passionate and dedicated in the world and Hasbro will deliver a tremendous experience tailored specifically for them and all convention goers based on the rich Hasbro portfolio of characters, stories and products.
Over the years Hasbro has become a Comic-Con International mainstay and its booth remains one of the most popular at the convention. With one of the largest presences at the show, the Company continues to grow its broad range of opportunities for fans spanning Hasbro, HasbroToyShop.com, WIZARDS OF THE COAST, Hasbro Studios and The Hub TV Network and more as Comic-Con continues to expand. Hasbro will deliver unique experiences for attendees, pulling in the creative talent behind its biggest pop culture properties and licensed toy lines including custom displays for its latest toys and action figures.
“Hasbro looks forward to Comic-Con International in San Diego every year,” said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer, Hasbro, Inc. “Connecting with our most passionate fans is extremely important to us and we’re thrilled to offer an incredible line up of special edition collectibles, panels and opportunities to meet the talent behind our remarkable brands like TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY and G.I. JOE that have become synonymous with the popular arts.”
The following features highlights of activities across Hasbro brands and licensed properties to be showcased in the Hasbro booth (#3213) and around the convention.
From action figures and animated series to movie and video games, the G.I. JOE brand from Hasbro has been an enduring pop culture icon for generations of fans. At Comic-Con, the Hasbro booth will provide G.I. JOE enthusiasts with an up close look at the entire upcoming G.I. JOE: RETALIATION line including newly announced items revealed at the G.I. JOE convention as well as the recently announced G.I. JOE MICRO FORCE line. The Hasbro booth at Comic-Con will be an opportunity for fans to see them in person before they hit shelves in the spring of 2013. The G.I. JOE: RETALIATION movie from Paramount Pictures is scheduled to hit theaters on March 29th, 2013 in 3D and stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki and more. As G.I. JOE fans know (and knowing is half the battle), the vehicles and costumes featured in the G.I. JOE vs. COBRA saga are just as important as the characters. As a special opportunity for fans, Hasbro will have props from the movie on display including the FIREFLY character’s motorcycle and the COBRA COMMANDER character’s iconic helmet.
Hasbro and the G.I. JOE publishers at IDW will also be celebrating the ongoing legacy and heritage of G.I. JOE comics by welcoming G.I. JOE comics legend, Larry Hama to its booth for an autograph session on Saturday, July 14 from 1:00-2:00pm. Tickets for the autograph session will be available at the Hasbro booth on Saturday morning beginning at 9:00am and G.I. JOE comics are available for purchase at the IDW booth (#2643).
KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERSTM
Produced by Hasbro Studios and currently airing on The Hub TV Network in the U.S., KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERSTM is a new animated action-fantasy series based on the popular trading card game from WIZARDS OF THE COAST, a Hasbro subsidiary. The WIZARDS OF THE COAST booth (#3249) will be dedicated to this new property at Comic-Con for fans to experience throughout the show. Hasbro will welcome voice talent from the show including, Scott Wolf the voice of RAY, David Sobolov the voice of TATSURION THE UNCHAINED (a.k.a. “Bob”), Phil Lamar the voice of GABE and Kari Wahlgreen the voice of ALLIE to its booth on Saturday, July 14 from 11:00am-12:00pm. Tickets for the autograph session will be available at the Hasbro booth on Saturday morning beginning at 9:00am while supplies last. The special guests will be signing special edition KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERSTM posters featuring their characters from the new animated series. Hasbro will also host a giveaway of limited edition KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS TMposters on Sunday, July 15 from 9:00-10:00am in the Hasbro booth while supplies last.
At Comic-Con, the KRE-O brand from Hasbro boldly goes where no one has gone before. Based on the upcoming STAR TREK sequel from Paramount Pictures and directed by J.J. Abrams, the KRE-O STAR TREK line, under license from CBS Consumer Products, features a variety of vehicles from the movie along with fun KREON figures based on iconic STAR TREK characters. Fans will be able to see the KRE-O STAR TREK U.S.S. ENTERPRISE set and select KREON figures for the first time in person at the Hasbro Comic-Con booth beginning on Preview Night, July 11.
In a groundbreaking move for entertainment based building sets, Hasbro teamed up with J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming STAR TREK sequel, to create a KRE-O STAR TREK stop motion digital short. The digital short, produced by Bad Robot, features icons of the STAR TREK saga in a stand-alone storyline and will premiere at a later date in partnership with Paramount Pictures. Fans can view a teaser trailer now on the KRE-O brand Youtube channel at www.Youtube.com/KREO or at the convention in the Hasbro booth.
STAR TREK will mark the third major entertainment property to be featured in the KRE-O line. Hasbro successfully introduced the KRE-O brand in 2011 with building sets featuring its globally popular TRANSFORMERS characters and in 2012 introduced the KRE-O BATTLESHIP line. New KRE-O BATTLESHIP and KRE-O TRANSFORMERS sets will be on display in the Hasbro booth including never before seen KRE-O TRANSFORMERS expressions: KRE-O TRANSFORMERS MICROCHANGERS and KRE-O TRANSFORMERS MICROCHANGERS COMBINERS. Fans won’t want to miss these new reveals as well a chance to snap a photo with KRE-O character statues including TRANSFORMERS BUMBLEBEE, a BATTLESHIP ALIEN and STAR TREK CAPTAIN KIRK all in their unique KREON expressions! Fans will also want to get their hands on a special edition KRE-O BATTLESHIP BATTLE-BOAT building set sample pack which will be distributed at various times throughout the show while supplies last.
In a banner year for MARVEL Super Heroes, Hasbro, home of the master MARVEL toy license, will be celebrating its MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN toy lines in support of the two massive blockbusters as well its wildly popular MARVEL UNIVERSE and MARVEL LEGENDS collector lines.
Fans of the MARVEL UNIVERSE, MARVEL LEGENDS and other MARVEL action figure lines will want to check out the Hasbro booth for a comprehensive look at the extensive line-up of 2012 toys as well as new, upcoming figures revealed for the first time following the Hasbro MARVEL panel taking place on Saturday at 4:00-5:00pm. Attendees will also get to “assemble” and be “amazing” in the Hasbro booth where they can pose as their own action figure in either an AVENGERS or AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ‘life-sized’ MARVEL blister card package!
Visitors will also see something brand new for 2012 as Hasbro showcases its new MARVEL BONKAZONKS stunt battling game line in a unique display. With over one hundred BONKAZONKS figures to collect in 2012, this new stunt battling expression where kids “Flick, Stack, Spin and Attack” their way to victory is a highly collectible and unique way to play with MARVEL Super Heroes! Fans can visit www.BONKAZONKS.com for more information about the new game and to battle with BONKAZONKS online.
MY LITTLE PONY
The MY LITTLE PONY brand, a pop-culture phenomenon from Hasbro, gallops into Comic-Con in 2012 with a hit animated series, new toys and an extensive line of licensed goods. Featuring a unique sense of humor, memorable characters and endearing stories about the power of friendship, the MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC animated series, produced by Hasbro Studios and airing on The Hub in the U.S., has amassed a fan following as varied as the ponies of PONYVILLE. Comic-Con attendees will be able to snap photos of a life-sized PINKIE PIE character statue, gaze at a giant MY LITTLE PONY cast mural emblazoned on an entire wall within the Hasbro booth and get a look at an extensive line-up of current MY LITTLE PONY toys, licensed apparel and more. The MY LITTLE PONY brand will also unveil the winning design from its “Design a MY LITTLE PONY” contest with the winning figure on display beginning on Preview Night.
To transport fans to and from the convention in style, The Hub will transform the interior and exterior of one car of the San Diego trolley system to create a magical MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC experience showcasing some of the series’ characters. The train will be styled as the Friendship Express train, which is featured in the popular animated series. The Hub is also unveiling the “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” themed, 8-bit “Adventure Pony” game on Hubworld.com; visitors to the network’s Comic-Con headquarters at popular eatery The Broken Yolk will receive a secret code to gain exclusive access to game.
As a very special experience for fans, Hasbro welcomes several voice actors behind many of the most popular ponies and a story editor from the MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC series for an autograph signing session. Andrea Libman, voice of PINKIE PIE and FLUTTERSHY; Tabitha St. Germain, voice of RARITY; Tara Strong, voice of TWILIGHT SPARKLE; Cathy Weseluck, voice of SPIKE; and story editor Meghan McCarthy, will sign MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC keepsakes in the Hasbro booth from 3:00-4:00pm on Friday, July 12. Tickets are required for the session and will be distributed beginning at 9:00am on Friday in the Hasbro booth while supplies last.
Superheroes abound at Comic-Con every year but not all are the same. Some are strong, some are fast, some are…blue, fuzzy and use their powers of observation to solve problems! Hasbro and its PLAYSKOOL brand are excited to celebrate the upcoming launch of its FLYING SUPER GROVER 2.0 toy. Eric Jacobson, the man behind Super Grover 2.0, will be available for a special autograph session on Thursday, July 12 from 9:30-10:30am in the Hasbro booth. Lucky fans will have the chance to meet Eric for an autograph and pose for a picture with Super Grover 2.0. Tickets for the session will be distributed in the Hasbro booth on Wednesday, July 11 during Preview Night while supplies last (a ticket is required to participate). FLYING SUPER GROVER 2.0 is one of the most talked about preschool toys for the upcoming holiday season and comes to life when kids pick him up and “fly” him around the room. His arms will rise as if he’s flying and he will let children know whether he’s “Going up” or “Going down!”
The Force is strong with Hasbro at Comic-Con International as the Company celebrates the recent launch of its popular STAR WARS FIGHTER PODS toy line, new action figures, the epic Course of the Force Lightsaber relay and more! To celebrate the highly collectible STAR WARS FIGHTER PODS line, visitors to the Hasbro booth will be able to pose in front of a unique display featuring DARTH VADER and CHEWBACCA statues in their ‘Micro Heroes, Mega Battles’ FIGHTER PODS expression as well as a massive FIGHTER POD in the shape of a DEATH STAR filled with thousands of figures from the new line. Additionally, in what is becoming a Comic-Con tradition for Hasbro, fans of the traditional action figure lines will be able to step inside a ‘life-size’ DARTH VADER RETURN OF THE JEDI blister card package and pose as their own action figure. Hasbro will be sampling STAR WARS FIGHTER PODS blind bags featuring one FIGHTER PODS figure and one “Pod” which will be distributed at various times throughout the show to fans while supplies last.
STAR WARS collectors will want to visit the Hasbro booth to get a sneak peak at current and upcoming toys in its MOVIE HEROES, CLONE WARS, VINTAGE, and FIGHTER PODS action figure lines. Fans won’t want to miss these reveals as well as a look at the extensive line of STAR WARS vehicle toys and roleplay items to act out the intergalactic saga including ELECTRONIC MASKS, ULTIMATE FX LIGHTSABERS and more.
However, as STAR WARS fans know, the ULTIMATE FX LIGHTSABER can’t be contained in the Hasbro booth alone. The ‘elegant weapon’ will be featured in the Course of the Force, an Olympic-style Lightsaber relay presented by LucasFilm and Nerdist, taking place in the days leading up to Comic-Con, where participants will make a journey from Santa Monica to San Diego. Participants will hand off a custom Hasbro STAR WARS ULTMATE FX LIGHTSABER, the official Lightsaber of the Course of the Force, to the next runner as they begin their leg of the journey. Hasbro will welcome Ashley Eckstein voice of Ahsoka Tano in STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS and of the STAR WARS Course of the Force to its booth for an autograph session on Sunday, July 15 from 2:30-3:30pm in celebration of the epic Lightsaber relay where she will sign special Course of the Force photos for lucky fans. Tickets are required for participation and will be distributed in the Hasbro booth beginning at 9:00am on Sunday while supplies last.
The astoundingly prolific TRANSFORMERS brand from Hasbro will have an equally impressive presence at Comic-Con. From action figures to video games, animated series to comics, the TRANSFORMERS brand in 2012 offers an exciting lineup of new takes on the pop-culture powerhouse that is truly “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.” Hasbro will present the perennially popular TRANSFORMERS brand panel on Friday at 1:30pm where never before seen action figures from across the TRANSFORMERS PRIME, GENERATIONS,BOTSHOTS, KRE-O and RESCUEBOTS expressions will be unveiled. Newly revealed action figures in this presentation will be featured in the Hasbro booth display cases following the panel. Beyond the news-packed panel, Hasbro is delivering all of the new ways to experience the TRANSFORMERS brand in 2012 to Comic-Con with a lineup of events as diverse at the TRANSFORMERS characters themselves!
Towering over all of Comic-Con and the Hasbro booth is a 17-foot tall OPTIMUS PRIME statue in the styling of the TRANSFOMERS PRIME animated series – and he has a lot to celebrate. The hit animated series produced by Hasbro Studios currently airing on The Hub in the U.S. recently wrapped its second season for which it won two 2012 Daytime Emmy© Awards, for a total of four since it first premiered in 2010. Hasbro also “rolled out” an extensive line of action figures based on the series and fans will be able to see the full 2012 lineup of TRANSFORMERS PRIME figures in both robot and vehicle mode in an extensive booth presentation including an intricate TRANSFORMERS PRIME diorama featuring space bridges, VEHICONS and more! Plus, Hasbro will distribute samples of TRANSFORMERS PRIME CYBERVERSE Legion Scale figures to convention goers in the Hasbro booth at various times throughout the show, while supplies last. Fans of the series and the iconic voice of OPTIMUS PRIME won’t want to miss the “OPTIMUS PRIME: Up Close and Personal” panel on Friday, July 13 at 6:00pm, presented by Hasbro Studios and The Hub TV Network where Larry King, one of the most recognized broadcast interviewers in the world, salutes legendary OPTIMUS PRIME voice actor, Peter Cullen, in an exclusive one-on-one interview.
TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS
TRANSFORMERS RESCUEBOTS, a new animated series from Hasbro Studios and toy line for younger TRANSFORMERS fans, celebrates its first Comic-Con by offering attendees the chance to meet HEATWAVE, one of the series’ characters in the Hasbro booth. The HEATWAVE costume character will be in the booth as well as at “The Hub Headquarters at the Broken Yolk” at various times throughout the convention. The TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS series, currently in its first season, airs on The Hub in the U.S.
TRANSFORMERS: THE RIDE-3D
The TRANSFORMERS brand also saw the opening of its very first thrill ride in the U.S. in 2012 with the recent launch of TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D at Universal Studios Hollywood. To celebrate the ride at Comic-Con, fans will have the chance to receive limited edition TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D commemorative launch posters beginning at 6:00pm in the Hasbro booth while supplies last.
TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON
In celebration of the upcoming, highly anticipated and critically heralded TRANSFORMERS: Fall of Cybertron video game from Activision, available August 21, 2012, Hasbro will welcome game designers to the Hasbro booth at 10:00am on Friday, July 13 to present a look at game play. Action figures based on the CYBERTRONIAN style of the video game (and featured in the brand’s GENERATIONS line) will be on display in the Hasbro booth. For an in-depth TRANSFORMERS: Fall of Cybertron video game experience, fans will also want to check out the Activision booth (#5344).
To wrap up Comic-Con in 2012, the TRANSFORMERS brand goes back to the convention’s roots and welcomes amazing talent behind two popular comic series from IDW based on the TRANSFORMERS brand. Chris Metzen (writer) and Livio Ramondelli (artist) from the TRANSFORMERS AUTOCRACY series and John Barber (writer) and Andrew Griffith (artist) from the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE series will be signing autographs from 1:00-2:00pm on Sunday in the Hasbro booth. (TRANSFORMERS comics will be available for purchase in the IDW booth, #2643). Tickets are required for the session and will be distributed beginning at 9:00am on Sunday in the Hasbro booth while supplies last.
AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS, SPECIAL EDITION GIVEAWAYS & EVENTS IN THE HASBRO BOOTH:
Hasbro will offer more events in its booth than ever before. Fans should check the schedule in the Hasbro booth each day for these events and more including Hasbro Global Design team digital sculpting demos, brand experts staffing their areas and costume character photo ops. The following is a list of scheduled highlights.
Wednesday, July 11
- 6:00–7:00pm: TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D limited edition poster giveaway (while supplies last).
Thursday, July 12
- 9:30-10:30am: Autograph session with Eric Jacobson, the man behind Sesame Street’s Super Grover 2.0 character and photo op with Super Grover 2.0. Tickets are required for participation and will be distributed in the Hasbro booth on Wednesday, July 11 during Preview Night (while supplies last).
Friday, July 13
- 10:00-10:30pm: TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON and TRANSFORMERS PRIME video game demos by Activision.
- 3:00-4:00pm: MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC animated series autograph session with Andrea Libman, voice of PINKIE PIE and FLUTTERSHY; Tabitha St. Germain, voice of RARITY; Tara Strong, voice of TWILIGHT SPARKLE; Cathy Weseluck, voice of SPIKE; and story editor, Meghan McCarthy. Tickets are required for participation and will be distributed in the Hasbro booth beginning at 9:00am on Friday (while supplies last).
Saturday, July 14
- 11:00-12:00pm: KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERSTM autograph session with voice talent including, Scott Wolf the voice of RAY; David Sobolov the voice of TATSURION THE UNCHAINED (a.k.a. “Bob”); Phil Lamar the voice of GABE; and Kari Wahlgreen the voice of ALLIE to its booth. Tickets are required for participation and will be distributed in the Hasbro booth beginning at 9:00am on Saturday (while supplies last). The featured guests will sign special edition KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS TMposters provided by Hasbro Studios featuring their characters from the new animated series airing on The Hub.
- 1:00-2:00pm: G.I. JOE IDW Comics autograph session with legendary writer Larry Hama (G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO IDW comics). Tickets are required for participation and will be distributed in the Hasbro booth on beginning at 9:00am on Saturday (while supplies last). G.I. JOE comics are available for purchase at the IDW booth (#2643).
Sunday, July 15
- 9:00-10:00am: KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERSTM special edition poster giveaway
- 1:00-2:00pm: TRANSFORMERS IDW Comics autograph session with writer Chris Metzen and artist Livio Ramondelli from the TRANSFORMERS AUTOCRACY series and writer John Barber and artist Andrew Griffith from the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE series will be signing copies of these comics (available for purchase in the IDW booth #2643). Tickets are required for participation and will be distributed in the Hasbro booth beginning at 9:00am on Sunday (while supplies last).
- 2:30-3:30pm: Autograph session with Ashley Eckstein voice of AHSOKA TANO in STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS and of the STAR WARS Course of the Force. Ashley will be signing special Course of the Force photos for fans. Tickets are required for participation and will be distributed in the Hasbro booth beginning at 9:00am on Sunday (while supplies last).
Special Edition Giveaways
Throughout the convention, Hasbro will offer fans the opportunity to get their hands on a variety of special edition giveaways and samples of its latest and greatest toy lines. Check the Hasbro booth for a list of times when the following and more will be distributed to fans while supplies last:
- KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERSTM Special Edition Posters
- KRE-O BATTLESHIP BATTLE BOAT Building Set Special Edition Sample Pack
- KRE-O BATTLESHIP Special Edition posters and coupons
- MARVEL BONKAZONKS Online Game Codes
- MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC “DESIGN A PONY” Contest Posters
- MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC Trading Cards
- STAR WARS FIGHTER PODS Sample Pack (featuring one figure and one “Pod”)
- STAR TREK CBS Consumer Products Special Edition Postcards
- TRANSFORMERS PRIME CYBERVERSE LEGION Scale Figures (assorted characters)
- TRANSFORMERS: THE RIDE-3D Limited Edition Posters
All scheduled appearances and giveaways are subject to change without notice.
Every year Hasbro offers an exciting lineup of panels to give fans an inside look at its brands at Comic-Con. In 2012 Hasbro, in conjunction with strategic partners, will present the following panels:
IDW & Hasbro; Thursday, July 12 at 10:00-11:00am in Room 9
Join IDW Senior Editor John Barber (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), editor Carlos Guzman, and Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing Michael Kelly as they reveal secrets and upcoming plans for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, and more! A new Transformers series will be announced—as will a new license! All this and special guests Larry Hama (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Chris Metzen (Transformers: Autocracy), Flint Dille (Transformers: Autocracy), Livio Ramondelli (Transformers: Autocracy), Andrew Griffith (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), Brendan Cahill (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), Mike Costa (G.I. Joe: Cobra) and surprise guests!
Hasbro: TRANSFORMERS Brand; Thursday, July 12 at 1:30-2:30pm in Room 24ABC
Aaron Archer (Vice President, Hasbro Design) and Jerry Jivoin (Director, Global TRANSFORMERS Brand) discuss the hottest TRANSFORMERS topics including theTRANSFORMERS PRIME and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS TV series, action figures, videogames, comics, theme park rides and more. Attendees will also get sneak peeks of upcoming action figures and brand news. Jerry and Aaron will also host some Q+A for your burning TRANSFORMERS questions.
Hasbro Studios & The Hub: MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC; Friday, July 13 at 10:00-11:00am in Room: 23ABC
Join special guests from Hasbro Studios and The Hub TV Network’s MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC as they share details of the making of the animated series and how the “friendship” and “magic” are brought to life. Fans won’t want to miss it! Also includes Q&A time.
Hasbro: STAR WARS Action Figures; Friday, July 13 at 11:00-12:00pm in Room 7AB
Derryl DePriest (VP, Global Brand Marketing, Hasbro), Jeff Labovitz (Director, Global Brand Marketing, Hasbro), Brian Merten (Sr. Manager, Product Design, Hasbro), Adam Pagano (Sr. Art Director, Hasbro) and Erik Arana (Star Wars Product Designer, Hasbro) discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen items. There will also be some Q+A for burning Star Wars action figure questions.
Hasbro Studios & The Hub: “OPTIMUS PRIME: Up Close and Personal”; Friday, July 13 at 6:00-7:00pm in Room 23ABC
The incomparable Larry King, one of the most recognized broadcast interviewers in the world, goes one-on-one with voice actor Peter Cullen (OPTIMUS PRIME), a talent who is practically synonymous with Comic-Con itself. In this panel, “The King of Interviews” salutes the beloved Cullen and takes attendees through the actor’s early days on the original 1984 animated TRANSFORMERS TV series, the three box office smash TRANSFORMERS movies, and his current work on The Hub TV network’s Daytime Emmy® Award-winning animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME from Hasbro Studios. Audience Q&A to follow.
Hasbro Studios & The Hub: “The Making of KAIJUDOTM”; Friday, July 13 at 7:00-8:00pm in Room 24ABC
From Hasbro Studios comes a new animated TV series – KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERSTM, seen on The Hub TV Network. Join the cast, including Scott Wolf (“V”), David Sobolov (“Beast Wars: TRANSFORMERS”) and panel moderator Phil LaMarr (“Futurama”) as well as the Hasbro Studios production team and the R&D team from Wizards of the Coast for a conversation on how they brought the popular KAIJUDOTM trading card game to life in this fantastical new series.
Activision: TRANSFORMERS: Fall of Cybertron Voice Talent; Saturday, July 14 at 10:00-11:00am in Room 24ABC
Legendary TRANSFORMERS voice talent and game experts at developer High Moon Studios will come together in one epic panel to discuss their roles in the upcoming Activision video game, TRANSFORMERS: Fall of Cybertron. The panel will feature Peter Cullen, voice of OPTIMUS PRIME, Gregg Berger, voice of GRIMLOCK, Nolan North, voice of CLIFFJUMPER and BRUTICUS, Matt Tieger, High Moon Studios Game Director and David Cravens, High Moon Studios Senior Creative Director. The panel will give everyone an inside look into bringing favorite characters to life in the making of the game, as well as answers to the questions fans want to know.
Hasbro: MARVEL Action Figures; Saturday, July 14 at 4:00-5:00pm in Room 24ABC
Adam Biehl (Sr. Director, Global Marvel Line at Hasbro), Jesse Falcon (Licensing Director, Marvel), Dwight Stall (Senior Marvel Product Design Manager, Hasbro) and Kristin Hamilton (Sr. Manager, Global Marvel Line at Hasbro) discuss Hasbro’s popular MARVEL LEGENGS, MARVEL UNIVERSE, THE AVENGERS, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and MARVEL BONKAZONKS toy lines. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures. There will also be Q+A for fans’ MARVEL action figure questions.
HasbroToyShop.com Special Edition Toys
Hasbro’s 2012 Comic-Con Special Edition toys available for purchase through the HasbroToyShop.com booth (#3329) while supplies last, include:
G.I. JOE H.I.S.S. TANK VEHICLE WITH SHOCKWAVE DECO AND 3.75″ DESTRO & B.A.T. SPECIAL EDITION PACK
After the extreme popularity of last year’s G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS crossover San Diego Comic-Con special edition, Hasbro has done it again! In 2012, the iconic G.I. JOE vehicle, the H.I.S.S. TANK, will get a DECEPTICON SHOCKWAVE make-over, including a G1 SHOCKWAVE blaster attachment. The set comes with a 3.75-inch DESTRO action figure with special edition DECEPTICON deco, a 3.75-inch COBRA B.A.T. figure with special edition CONSTRUCTICON deco. The set also comes with several ENERGON cubes on a cart, a briefcase full of money, and a small boom box with 3 cassette tapes- better known to TRANSFORMERS fans as the classic alt-mode of DECEPTICON spy SOUNDWAVE along with RATBAT, LASERBEAK, and RAVAGE. Yo, Joe AND Roll Out! (Approximate Retail Price: $64.99 each; Ages: 4 & up)
G.I. JOE 3.75″ KIM ARASHIKAGE SPECIAL EDITION FIGURE
The baddest female ninja around will return in the blockbuster film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, scheduled to hit theaters on March 29th, 2013 in 3D, but first, KIM ARASHIKAGE is making an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con. As the latest G.I. JOE Comic-Con special edition figure, Hasbro will be releasing two movie likeness versions of the fan-favorite ninja. The primary KIM ARASHIKAGE figure is dressed in her classic red ninja suit with a double bladed bisento, while the unmasked variant is wearing a white costume and wielding a kusarigama. (Approximate Retail Price: $14.99 each; Ages: 4 & up)
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Special Edition Doll: HOLLYWOOD JEM
Under license from Hasbro, fans will have a truly outrageous time when they see JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Special Edition doll: HOLLYWOOD JEM from Integrity Toys! The fully articulated HOLLYWOOD JEM doll stands 12 inches tall and features rooted pink hair and stunning long eyelashes. Looking fabulously fashionable in capri pants, black high-heel pumps, and a shiny gold-toned jacket (complete with shoulder pads!), HOLLYWOOD JEM is ready to rock the stage. As the leader of JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, the HOLLYWOOD JEM doll comes complete with a microphone and silver chromed microphone stand. When the tour is complete, fans can display their doll proudly using the included doll stand. Each HOLLYWOOD JEM Special Edition Doll comes with a certificate of authenticity and a souvenir postcard with artwork from the original JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS line. (Approximate Retail Price $125; Ages 14 & up)
MARVEL LEGENDS SPECIAL EDITION UNCANNY X-FORCE COLLECTOR’S PACK
Collectors will have a chance to get their ADAMANTIUM claws on these X-FORCE figures in 6” scale for the first time! Featuring ARCHANGEL, WOLVERINE, and PSYLOCKE in costumes from The Fall of Archangel story line, this set comes in a collectable display box with exclusive art by well known comic artist Clayton Crain! (Approximate retail price: $49.99 each; Ages: 4 & up)
MARVEL UNIVERSE 3.75” MASTERS OF EVIL Special Edition 3-Pack
Fueled by a raging need for vengeance against CAPTAIN AMERICA, BARON ZEMO hatches a masterful plan. Not foolish enough to face the AVENGERS alone, he strategically forms one of the most powerful groups of villains ever assembled. The MASTERS OF EVIL 3-Pack includes BARON ZEMO, RADIOACTIVE MAN and TIGER SHARK all appearing in 3.75” scale, and united for a singular purpose: destroying EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES. The villains can also be seen fighting against THE AVENGERS in the exclusive art by Joe Quesada on the SDCC exclusive THE AVENGERS HELICARRIER, sold separately. (Approximate Retail Price $29.99; Ages 4 & up)
MARVEL UNIVERSE S.H.I.E.L.D. SUPER HELICARRIER
Get ready to explore Hasbro’s biggest SDCC release yet! Featuring an exclusive deco, this S.H.I.E.L.D. SUPER HELICARRIER is over 4 feet long! In addition, it features 9 working projectile launchers for taking out enemies such as the Masters of Evil (sold separately). This special edition vehicle also features exclusive CAPTAIN AMERICA and MARIA HILL 3.75” figures and specially commissioned box artwork by Joe Quesada. (Approx. Retail Price $129.99; Ages 4 & up)
MY LITTLE PONY 2012 Special Edition Pony
The popular special edition MY LITTLE PONY figure, available this year at the MY LITTLE PONY Fair and Convention and Comic-Con, is sure to be a fan favorite in 2012! Inspired by the animated series MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, this gray, Pegasus pony features rooted blonde hair and a cluster of bubbles for a cutie mark. (Approximate Retail Price: $19.99; Ages 3 & up)
STAR WARS VINTAGE SPECIAL EDITION CARBONITE CHAMBER COLLECTOR’S PACK
Pretend to visit an alternate reality with this incredible package of seven 3.75-inch STAR WARS figures—one figure from each film in the Saga, and one figure only available in this collectible set. Each figure is individually carded with packaging that pays tribute to a “lost” line look that Kenner considered before going with their classic black-and-silver look! This Comic-Con special edition pack will be fans’ first chance to get the “lost” packaging, available this fall as variants in the STAR WARS VINTAGE COLLECTION line. In addition, this special collector’s pack will be the only place to get an exclusive treat for fans— a 3.75-inch carded JAR JAR BINKS in CARBONITE, which will be hidden in the center of the packaging and can be revealed by raising it through the “CARBONITE CHAMBER” top of the case. The other figures included are a standard JAR JAR BINKS (EPISODE I), CLONE TROOPER LIEUTENANT (EPISODE II), SHOCK TROOPER (EPISODE III), SANDTROOPER (EPISODE IV), PRINCESS LEIA (EPISODE V) AND DARTH VADER (EPISODE VI). (Approximate Retail Price: $79.99; Ages 4 & up)
TRANSFORMERS PRIME TERRORCON CLIFFJUMPER
The DARK ENERGON will be flowing through San Diego this year with the release of this special edition Deluxe scale TERRORCON CLIFFJUMPER figure. Featuring a special “TRANSFORMERS zombie” deco, this figure looks just like he did in the Darkness Rising storyline of Hasbro Studios TRANSFORMERS PRIME animated series. This figure comes with a DARK ENERGON shard and a DARK ENERGON chest attachment in a special edition clam shell packaging designed to look like his head. (Approximate Retail Price: $24.99; Ages 5 & up)
TRANSFORMERS DELUXE BRUTICUS COMBINER
The TRANSFORMERS DELUXE BRUTICUS COMBINER SDCC Special Edition set features the fearsome DECEPTICON, BRUTICUS in a special CYBERTRONIAN deco as seen in the eagerly anticipated video game TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON from Activision. BRUTICUS is formed when all five deluxe scale ‘combiner’ action figures in the set link together. The COMBATICONS characters BLAST OFF, VORTEX, DECEPTICON BRAWL, SWINDLE, and ONSLAUGHT each have three modes: robot, vehicle and a third ‘combiner’ mode to link together. This Special Edition also includes removable packaging resembling a silhouette of the DECEPTICON logo that becomes a display case for the BRUTICUS figure. (Approximate retail price: $99.99 each; Ages: 5 & up)
Following the convention, a limited number of each item will be available for purchase online at HasbroToyShop.com.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”Learn more at www.hasbro.com. © 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved
HASBRO has starting revealing their G.I. JOE: Retaliation movie line, including 3 exclusives for Comic-Con International 2012.
HASBRO is proud to unveil the official movie action figure and toy line for the new “G.I. JOE: Retaliation” movie starring Dwayne Johnson & Bruce Willis! The new line reflects the movie magic, including the epic battle between the G.I. JOE team and arch-nemesis COBRA, which, led by COBRA COMMANDER, is once again intent on taking over the world.
The G.I. JOE movie toy line features your favorite G.I. JOE characters, including an all-new, super-heroic take on ROADBLOCK, as well as JOE COLTON, the original founder of the G.I. JOE team, and an imposing COBRA COMMANDER action figure! Also featured is an array of incredible new ninja toys, including an unprecedented line-up of “ninja-tastic” action figures, vehicles, swords, masks, and throwing stars. And don’t forget the action-packed toy vehicles: “Wherever there’s trouble, G.I. JOE is there,” whether by land, sea, or air!
We hope you enjoy the new G.I. JOE movie line of your favorite “A Real American Hero” as much as we enjoyed making it! “Yo Joe”!
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For the first time at New York Comic Con, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) will attend the convention at the Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 13-16 to present many of its iconic brands and meet with fans. Hasbro will have a significant booth presence featuring current and upcoming products from its TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS and KRE-O brands and BEYBLADE, MARVEL and STAR WARS lines. Additionally, Hasbro will host panels for several of its properties and action figure lines as well as offer for sale several HasbroToyShop.com special edition products made for New York Comic Con convention goers.
“Hasbro is looking forward to an exciting and substantial presence for its first ever participation in New York Comic Con”
In addition to its booth exhibition during the main convention, Hasbro will be the title sponsor of New York Comic Con’s “NYCC Kids!” taking place on Sunday, October 16. Within NYCC Kids!, Hasbro will host the National BEYBLADE Championship where semi-finalists from around the country will battle in head-to-head competition to be crowned the BEYBLADE U.S. Champion. The BEYBLADE National Championship winner will be awarded travel to the BEYBLADE World Championship, in Toronto, Canada in March 2012. A worldwide phenomenon, BEYBLADE is a battling tops game with a focus on strategy and high-performance competition. Kids collect, customize and compete head-to-head to be the last BEYBLADE top spinning. Fans can visit www.BeybladeBattles.com for additional information, official rules and kids 8-13 can register for regional qualifier events.
“Hasbro is looking forward to an exciting and substantial presence for its first ever participation in New York Comic Con,” said Jeff Jackson, vice president of U.S. marketing for Hasbro. “As this show continues to grow we’re thrilled to be attending this year to offer our fans the opportunity to engage with Hasbro’s brands in unique ways at both the convention and NYCC Kids! events.”
Hasbro’s NYCC Kids! presence will also offer families the opportunity to experience its new KRE-O TRANSFORMERS line of construction toys and new NERF VORTEX line of disc blasters. More details about Hasbro’s booth, panels, special edition New York Comic-Con figures and other special events at the convention will be released in the coming weeks. Hasbro will be located at booth #302. For more information about New York Comic Con and NYCC Kids!, fans and families can visit www.NewYorkComicCon.com
About Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2011 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Comic Vine is supplying some high quality video from Comic-Con International.
SDCC 2011: Day 01 Show Floor Wrap
SDCC 2011: In Search of Captain America
SDCC 2011: Sideshow Collectible Booth Tour
SDCC 2011: Hasbro Toys Booth Tour
SDCC 2011: Sony Pictures Booth Tour
USA Today’s Whitney Matheson posted details about her SDCC 2010 party on her blog:
Please join me for Pop Candy’s Comic-Con meetup July 24 at 5:30 p.m. The whole shebang will take place at Wine Steals, an awesome (and convenient) wine/cocktail bar located at 793 and 795 J St. in San Diego. We’ll be partying on the rooftop patio.
A note about the poster: Yes, it’s really in 3-D! You can see it on the blog, but it looks especially awesome when blown up full size. Here’s a PDF of the full-size version, in case you’d like to print it. All meetup attendees will receive a pair of Pop Candy 3-D glasses as a special souvenir.
Another bonus: The first 75 people who show up to the party will receive an exclusive Hasbro Comic-Con 2010 collectible. Hasbro’s brands include (but are not limited to): Marvel, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake. Exciting!
The event is free and open to all ages. An RSVP is encouraged but not required at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to see you there.
See also outlined her panel appearances:
On Saturday afternoon I’ll be on the “Comics Across All Media” panel alongside several friends/heroes of mine: Brad Meltzer, Paul Feig, Chip Kidd and Michael Uslan.
Here’s the official description:
12:30-1:30 Comics Across all Media
Paul Feig (creator of Freaks and Geeks), Chip Kidd (Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal), Whitney Matheson (USA TODAY’s Pop Candy blog), Brad Meltzer (The Inner Circle), and Michael E. Uslan (The Dark Knight) are five superstars who make headlines in television, the graphic arts, journalism, novels and film. But they all have comics in common. As they reunite for another visit, join them for a discussion of all things nerd. It’ll be like a 21st century Breakfast Club — but with even better references. Moderated by audiobook star Scott Brick (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant). Room 24ABC
Tip: We’ve done this panel before, and it was really popular, so you might want to line up early.
I’ll also be moderating a panel Thursday afternoon with the awesome team at Radical Axis Studios! Here’s that description:
2:30-3:30 A Decade of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies and More: The Animated Insanity of Radical Axis Studios
The team from Radical Axis — animators, artists, and amateur magicians — celebrate the studio’s 10th Anniversary with a look back at its body of work that includes Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, and other cartoon insanity. Scott Fry (CEO), Craig Hartin (VP of production) and Todd Redner (animation director) are joined by friend/collaborator Matt Maiellaro (co-creator, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) for a no-holds-barred Q&A with USA TODAY’s Whitney Matheson. Room 6A
Marvel has released their panel schedule for Comic-Con International: San Diego. They will be live blogging all their panels for everyone following along at home. For the full details, go here.
Thursday, July 22
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pacific, Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
Welcome to the House of Ideas, where the doors have never been more open to new talent than today! Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski is joined by special guests Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Skottie Young, Humberto Ramos & more to talk about what it takes to make yours Marvel as a profession, from writer to artist to editor and more! Do you have what it takes? Come find out!! Room 6DE
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Pacific, Mondo Marvel
It’s the panel about all things Marvel! We’ve got the top talent on hand to talk about all of your favorite heroes and villains as well as make a few surprise announcements! Panelists include everyone from Jeph Loeb (HULK), Brian Michael Bendis (AVENGERS), Marvel’s Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (THE THANOS IMPERATIVE), Jim McCann (HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD) Senior Editor Mark Paniccia and more as they take on all questions! Room 6DE
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Pacific, What’s Next – Welcome to the Digital House of Ideas
Get the inside scoop on the all-new, all-improved, all-awesome Marvel.com, Marvel Digital Comics, Marvel Motion Comics and so much more! With the launch of the groundbreaking Marvel Comics app in the iTunes App Store, this has been a historic year for the Digital House of Ideas. Now, find out what’s next! Meet fellow fans of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and find out which of the hundreds of completed series in the service everyone’s talking about. Plus, get caught up on Marvel.com’s free streaming animated shows, how to “Create Your Own Comic” and “Super Hero,” original video productions, the Marvel Audience Network including our very own social network and so much more. Join members of the Marvel Digital Media Group for all the digital dynamite! Room 6DC
Friday, July 23
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, X-Men
Following SECOND COMING, Marvel’s merry mutants are unable to catch a quick breather. As CURSE OF THE MUTANTS begins, there’s no telling what the vampires have in store for the X-Men…or is there? You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Vice President, Executive Editor Axel Alonso is joined by a host of creators to lay out what’s going on with the X-Men. Panelists include Matt Fraction (UNCANNY X-MEN), Victor Gischler (X-MEN), Marjorie Liu (DARK WOLVERINE), Daniel Way (DEADPOOL), Editor Nick Lowe and more for this all-new, all-DEADLY panel! Room 6DE
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Video Games
“Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions,” “Super Hero Squad Online,” “Marvel vs. Capcom 3,” “Thor” and more. Join us for exclusive trailers, surprise reveals, and Q & A with the game creators as well as the Marvel writers working on the next wave of Marvel Games from some of the industries top publishers. Room 6DE
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Animation
Hosted by an all-star cast of Marvel Animation talent, and featuring a special guest of legendary proportions, this interactive game-show panel will get you more than excited about Marvel’s new and continuing animated series. Here’s your chance to snag some sweet Marvel merchandise! Come be a part of the action, with all new seasons of “The Super Hero Squad Show” and “Iron Man Armored Adventures” as well as Marvel Knights, Marvel Anime, and other upcoming Marvel Animation properties! Room 6BCF
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific, “Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds”
The wait is over! After a decade of demand, Capcom delivers with “Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds”! Learn all you need to know about the characters, levels, storyline, fight moves and combos from Producer, Ryota Niitsuma and Special Advisor Seth Killian of Capcom, along with TQ Jefferson, Director of Games at Marvel Entertainment and Frank Tieri, writer for Marvel Comics. Then show off your fighting game skills as we pull audience members for some spontaneous challenge matches to win exclusive MVC3 prizes! Followed by a Q&A session. Room 24ABC
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific, “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions”
Four Spider-Man worlds collide at San Diego Comic-Con in Activision’s “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.” For the first time, creative talent from all four Spider-Man universes featured in the game (Amazing, Noir, 2099 and a to-be-revealed universe) come together to discuss all of the aspects that go into creating a dynamic and explosive videogame experience from four unique settings. Get an insider’s look at the creative thinking and collaborative effort between comic books and videogames with Spider-Man legend Stan Lee, acclaimed Marvel writer Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), familiar Spider-Man voiceover talent from the game and members from Marvel and game developer Beenox, as they dive into the rich lore of past and present Spider-Man, discuss bringing Spider-Man to life in four distinct ways and unveil new content and gameplay from the upcoming game. Room 5AB
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Pacific, Heroic Age – The Avengers
THE HEROIC AGE IS HERE! Heeding the call, Earth’s Greatest have assembled once for the most anticipated comic’s event in a decade! With Steve Rogers back leading the charge – what kind of threats can his teams expect to face? Find out here as the creators behind your favorite Marvel heroes answer your questions and let you in on what happens next! Join Editor In Chief and CCO, Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski, Brian Michael Bendis (AVENGERS), Matt Fraction (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN), Jim McCann (HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD) and more as they shed some light on the HEROIC AGE! Room 6BCF
Join the liveblog here.
8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Pacific, Iron Man Anime Screening
Witness the dawn of Marvel Anime as we WORLD PREMIERE the highly anticipated, full-length, pilot episode of Iron Man! In addition to the screening, we will be featuring an exclusive first look at upcoming designs, produced by the world-renowned Japanese animation studio, Madhouse–whose notable films (to name a few) include hits such as: “Ninja Scroll” and “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.” Room 6DE
Saturday, July 24
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, Marvel Comics Writers Unite!
The third in Comic-Con’s series of “Year of the Writer/Comics Writers Unite!” panels focuses on Marvel Comics and includes Comic-Con special guests Brian Michael Bendis (AVENGERS, NEW AVENGERS, ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN), Matt Fraction (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, THOR) and Chris Claremont (X-MEN FOREVER, X-WOMEN) in a discussion with writer Mark Waid (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN). Room 6DE
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific, Cup O’ Joe
This is it, Mighty Marvel fans- the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it’s here! Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief and CCO, Joe Quesada, takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests. You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 6BCF
1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Hasbro Marvel Toys
Jerry Jivoin and Julien Lee (Hasbro Marketing) and Joshua Lamb, Dave Vonner and Dwight Stall (Hasbro Design) present the latest toys from the Iron Man, Spider-Man, Marvel Universe and Super Hero Squad toy lines for 2010. Also, get a sneak peek at the 2011 lines! Includes Q&A time.
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Animation: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Enter the Avengers Mansion and become a part of the team! Celebrity voice talent will introduce you to top-secret Avengers files, including never before seen footage, imagery, and the WORLD PREMIERE of two full-length episodes from the all-new “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” animated series premiering on Disney XD this fall! The road to the Avengers starts here! Room 6DE
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pacific, Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios presents “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Join Producer Kevin Feige and special guests as they give you an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hall H
Sunday, July 25
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, “Super Hero Squad Online”
Join The Amazing Society–aka the “Super Hero Squad Online” development team–as they discuss what it’s like to be working with Marvel Entertainment to create a family-friendly MMO that will appeal to Marvel fans old and young alike. Come along to see some amazing gameplay footage, get an exclusive first look at some unique features of “SHSO,” and get up close and personal with the developers of the first Marvel MMO for all ages! Room 7AB
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific, Sideshow Toys
The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team present an in-depth look at some of Sideshow’s most popular product lines and licenses, including Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Marvel Comics, The Lord of the Rings and many more, offering insight into the design process, sneak peeks of upcoming products, a Q&A session and giveaways.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific, The Women of Marvel
One of the most talked about panels from last year is back! Forget Storm & She-Hulk; meet the real Ms. Marvels of the comic world! Join women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel to hear what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and how you can join them. Say goodbye to the so-called “Boy’s Club,” these ladies are busting down the four-color ceiling! Guests include Marjorie Liu (BLACK WIDOW), Kathryn Immonen (HERALDS), Christina Strain (SHADOWLAND) and more! Room 7AB
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Pacific, Spider-Man
The hunt has begun and the moment in time that everyone’s been clamoring about is almost here! How much more can everyone’s favorite web-slinger take? You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Join Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Marvel’s Talent Liaison C.B. Cebulski and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Assistant Editor Tom Brennan as they talk about what’s on the horizon for Peter Parker and just what is Origin of the Species? There’s only one way to find out True Believers – come on over and find out! Room 6A