WizardWorld Chicago Comic Con 2014 – A Look Back

[Editor's Note: The dreaded Con Funk infected us here at ASM headquarters, causing the delay in this article.]

We’ve been going to WizardWorld Chicago, also known as Chicago Comic-Con, for over a decade, so we’ve seen the convention go through many changes over the years.   We’ve seen the convention grow, we’ve seen the floor layout expand and change, we’ve seen the focus switch from a comic convention to a pop-culture gathering.  So, while we like to look at each year as its own separate entity, it’s hard to not compare the convention to those from the past.

WizardWorld Chicago 2014 had a very different vibe than in past years.  Part of this can be attributed to the new floor layout.  In the past, the convention hall contained the autograph area in front, dealers’ booths behind it, artist alley near the back, and the photo ops at the very back.  In 2013, the room was split into two floors on the other side of the Donald E. Stephenson Convention Center, which made for a unique feel, but there was still a buzz on both floors… as well as congestion in the aisles. Read more

WizardWorld Chigago Comic Con 2014 – Saturday Costumes

Hello, folks!  Sorry for the delay in getting these up.  Our time at WizardWorld this year was limited, so we didn’t get to stay as long as we normally do.  Here’s a selection of costumes that we saw on Saturday.

The Official Transformers Club Announces Marissa Faireborn Figure With Afterburner

The Official Transformers Club just announced their second exclusive for next year is Marissa Faireborn with Afterburner! Using GI Joe tooling, Marissa is a crossover figure and represents a first. Check out the artwork and the official press release, and the TF Club will release more pictures tomorrow.

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The Transformers Collectors’ Club brings the Humans!

Fort Worth, TX – August 14th, 2014 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Club, is excited to announce their first ever 3 ¾ inch human figure from the Transformers mythos… Marissa Faireborn!

Fans of the Transformers franchise will recognize Marissa as the Earth Defense?? Command (EDC) pilot from season 3 of the original Transformers cartoon. What G.I. Joe fans will recognize is the name, “Faireborn”. As Season 3 of the Transformers series took place a couple decades AFTER G.I. Joe, this crossover character was in fact, as intended by Story Editor Flint Dille who worked on both Transformers and G.I Joe, the daughter of G.I. Joe members Flint and Lady Jaye!

In addition to this great action figure offering, Marissa will also be riding in to action with her Autobot ally, Afterburner! Both will be revealed tomorrow on the Transformers Collectors’ Club Facebook page. However, in the meantime we are thrilled to present the art for Marissa Faireborn w/ Afterburner by Robert Q. Atkins and Jesse Wittenrich.

This figure, along with the motorcycle accessory, will be available for order through the Transformers Collectors’ Club early Spring 2015. For more information on the exclusive figure offerings of the TCC, including Lio Convoy, Nova Prime and the TFSS 3.0, please visit Transformersclub.com.
About Hasbro
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, 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. 
About Fun Publications, Inc.
For nearly 20 years, Fun Publications, Inc. has been a Hasbro licensee offering fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia news, exclusive product and family events through different print offerings, websites, collector clubs and brand specific conventions such as GIJoeCon and BotCon.  Located in Fort Worth Texas, Fun Publications reaches a large audience, serving the United States and many other countries such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit   TransformersClub.com, GIJoeClub.com,  GIJoeCon.com, and BotCon.com.  BotCon is a registered trademark of Fun Publications, Inc. (C) 2014 Fun Publications, Inc.  All rights reserved.

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ David Boreanaz Q&A’s, Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, Creator Sessions, TV & Film Screenings Headline Programming At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

‘Gotham’ Screening, ‘Star Trek: TNG,’ Reunion, ‘Doctor Who,’ John Barrowman, Karl Urban, Stan Lee Sessions, Game Show, Leonard Nimoy Via Skype, Speed Dating, Film Festival Among 150+ Hours Of Panels At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 21-24

ROSEMONT, Ill., August 13, 2014 – In its largest and most diverse programming schedule to date, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will feature more than 150 hours of Q&A’s, movie and TV screenings, special events, creator sessions, meet and greets, parties, fan-driven panels and more over four full days at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Thursday through Sunday, August 21-24. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission.

Sure to be among the most popular panels are the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (13 film screenings and several themed panels) and exclusive screening of the highly anticipated new Fox drama series “Gotham” (Sat., 1 p.m.). Q&A’s featuring Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy standouts Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and Michael Rooker (Yondu) (Saturday, 5:15 p.m.), “Doctor Who” stars Matt Smith and Gillan (Sunday, 10 a.m, requires additional ticket), David Boreanaz (“Bones,” “Angel”) (Saturday, 2 p.m.), John Barrowman (“Torchwood,” “Arrow”) (Saturday, 4 p.m.), James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”) (Friday, 1:30 p.m.), Karl Urban (“Buffy,” “Angel”) (Saturday, 11 a.m.), Stan Lee (Sunday, 11 a.m.), a Skype session with Leonard Nimoy (“Star Trek”) (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.) and other celebrities are also big fan favorites. “Bruce Campbell vs. the Audience” (Sat., 6:30 p.m.) as well as Wizard World Presents: Bruce Campbell’s Fanatic’s Face-Off, a frenetic game show (Friday, 7 p.m.) are among the offerings hosted by the inimitable star.
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Hasbro at SDCC 2014 – Official ROBOTS IN DISGUISE Images

Along with Generations, Hasbro previewed toys and a clip from the 2015 cartoon – “Robots in Disguise”.  Taking place sometime after “Transformers Prime”, the new RID is a cel-shaded animated show featuring Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Strongarm, Fixit and other characters.  And maybe Opti-Wan Primenobi.  Or something.

Anyway, check out the images of upcoming “Robots in Disguse” toys!

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Hasbro at SDCC 2014 – Official GENERATIONS Images

Today, Hasbro revealed that the new theme for its Transformers Generations line is “Combiner Wars”.  In other words, it’s Scramble City updated to today’s design aesthetic and playability.

Holy ****.

Today, they unveiled Menasor and Superion, two of gestalt combiners from Generation 1.  Some of the names are different, some of the alt modes have changed, but holy crap, these look great.  The Stunticons look slightly different but damn if the Aerialbots don’t look like their robot modes stepped right out of the cartoon.  And upcoming Legends figures will be able to interact as weapons and armor.  Jeez, just take my money.

Motormaster is a remold of the upcoming Optimus Prime figure — as predicted, it looks like Prime can combine.  But with whom?

Anyway, check out the pictures!

Hasbro teams up with Nuclear Blast, ESP and Kirk Hammett to continue the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary celebration

Hasbro is excited to continue its celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS brand at Comic-Con International in San Diego with fans from around the world!

The TRANSFORMERS brand has teamed up with Nuclear Blast,  ESP, and legendary heavy metal guitarist Kirk Hammett to delivery the hardest rockin’ special edition item TRANSFORMERS could imagine—an ESP LTD M-10 Electric Guitar fully decked out with unique “TILL ALL ARE ONE” graphics to honor the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary.

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Two of these epic guitars are being given away at Comic-Con International in San Diego!

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Hasbro Delivers the Hottest Special Edition Toys at Comic-Con International

HASBRO DELIVERS THE HOTTEST SPECIAL EDITION TOYS AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL, FEATURING TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, STAR WARS, MARVEL AND MORE

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (July 23, 2014) – In what has become a highly anticipated annual tradition, Hasbro, INC. (NASDAQ: HAS) is returning to Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, with an array of special edition action figures and toys from Hasbro’s most popular brands inspired by the comics, movies, animated series and video games that made them popular. Fans can expect special edition figures from Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT brands as well as its licensed properties, STAR WARS® and MARVEL.

The special edition items will be available at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth (#3329) at Comic-Con International starting on Preview Night, July 23rd (while supplies last), as well as in limited quantities after the convention concludes at HasbroToyShop.com. Highlights of the collection of special edition toys include the TRANSFORMERS DINOBOTS Action Figure Collection featuring the breakout stars of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, and MARVEL’S The Infinity Gauntlet and 3.75-inch Action Figure Pack, complete with four exclusive 3.75-inch MARVEL INFINITE SERIES action figures and a wearable foam Infinity Gauntlet glove!

Our brand teams always enjoy creating and developing these unique and highly sought after special edition toys and figures for Comic-Con attendees,” said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer, Hasbro. “These products are crafted with the most passionate fan in mind, and we are thrilled to be able to provide our fans with new versions of their favorite pop-culture, iconic brands each year at Comic-Con.”

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Hasbro Returns to Comic-Con International, Showcasing Top Entertainment Brands

From TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and A Galaxy Far, Far Away to a Place Where Friendship is Magic, Fans Can Enjoy Their Favorite Pop Culture Brands All in One Place at San Diego Comic-Con.

 

Pawtucket, R.I. – July 23, 2014 – Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is coming back to Comic-Con International in San Diego to celebrate its iconic and globally renowned brands including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS, KRE-O, and licensed toy and game lines for ANGRY BIRDS, MARVEL, and STAR WARS. From toys and games, to comics, television programs and Hollywood blockbuster films, Hasbro continues to entertain kids and fans around the globe with its world-class portfolio of brands year after year. Hasbro will bring its iconic brands and characters to life at this year’s convention, offering an exciting lineup of panels, autograph sessions, special edition toys, giveaways and more.
Hasbro’s booth continues to be one of the most popular at Comic-Con, drawing eager fans ready to get a first look at special edition Hasbro products and giveaways. This year, attendees can expect more unique experiences, products and displays, including photo opportunities, interactive panels and special guests that Hasbro’s most enthusiastic fans will not want to miss out on.
“Hasbro looks forward to bringing some of the most recognizable brands in popular culture 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 are thrilled to offer an incredible line up of panels, special edition collectibles, giveaways, and opportunities to meet the talent behind brands like TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY.”

The following highlights the activities across Hasbro brands and licensed product lines to be showcased in the Hasbro booth #3213 and around the convention.

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Wizard World Presents ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Panel Featuring Sir Patrick Stewart, Moderated By William Shatner, August 24 During Chicago Comic Con

Below is the press release announcing a special “Star Trek: The Next Generation” panel at Wizard World Chicago.  Six TNG members will be in attendance, and the panel will be moderated by William Shatner himself.  The reason for this panel?  It’s been twenty years since the finale, “All Good Things” aired.

Twenty years?  Good Lord, I’m old.  See the press release below and hit the jump for more.

Wizard World Presents ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Panel Featuring Sir Patrick Stewart, Moderated By William Shatner, August 24 During Chicago Comic Con

Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden Reunite For Special Celebration Of 20th Anniversary Of Final Episode At Rosemont Theater

Fans of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the highly successful 1987-1994 follow up to the original “Star Trek” television series, are in for a special treat as six of its stars reunite for a unique celebration of the 20th anniversary of the program’s final episode on Sunday, August 24 from 5-6:45 p.m. “Captain Kirk” from the original, William Shatner, hosts as the “TNG” bridge crew of Sir Patrick Stewart (“Captain Jean-Luc Picard”) Jonathan Frakes(“Commander William T. Riker”), Levar Burton (“Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge”),Michael Dorn (“Lieutenant Worf”), Marina Sirtis (“Counselor Deanna Troi”), Brent Spiner(“Lt. Commander Data”), and Gates McFadden (“Dr. Beverly Crusher”) relive the memories of the program’s seven-year run. Read more