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Hasbro Kicks off “Reveal Your Shield” Transformers Celebration!

We just received the following press release from Hasbro. Time to get excited, Transformers fans! In just a few days, all stores should be selling the first new items from TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, and Hasbro wants you to join in the fun on social media and the various apps! Read on? for details on how you can participate.

HASBRO KICKS OFF “REVEAL YOUR SHIELD” TRANSFORMERS CELEBRATION

Treating Fans to Five Days of Exclusive TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Content and Product Reveals

PAWTUCKET, R.I., April 20 2017 – Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), announced “REVEAL YOUR SHIELD,” a TRANSFORMERS celebration that will offer fans five days of TRANSFORMERS content and product reveals, beginning on April 24th with the release of Hasbro’s first wave of toys and consumer products inspired by the TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT film. Throughout the week fans will be encouraged to “reveal theirshield,” using social media, TRANSFORMERS.COM or the official TRANSFORMERS mobile app to declare their allegiance to the Autobots or Decepticons.

The REVEAL YOUR SHIELD program kicks off with new content inspired by TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT on TRANSFORMERS digital and social channels, a video featuring a new BARRICADE action figure, and the release of on-sale dates for some of the exciting products from Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT line. And the action won’t stop there – fans should stay tuned throughout the week for celebrations and a few surprises that will appear on TRANSFORMERS social channels, as well as new games and activities coming to Transformers.com and in the TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT App.

“The TRANSFORMERS brand is one of the most recognizable franchises in the world, and 2017 is a massive year for the Autobots and Decepticons,” said Tom Warner, Senior Vice President of the TRANSFORMERS franchise at Hasbro. “Our REVEAL YOUR SHIELD fan celebration will deliver a week’s worth of TRANSFORMERS content, including new material inspired by the upcoming film, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. The movie is the biggest TRANSFORMERS adventure yet, and REVEAL YOUR SHIELD is the perfect way for fans to get in on the action before it arrives in theaters on June 23rd.”

To “REVEAL YOUR SHIELD” and see all of the exclusive TRANSFORMERS news and content, please visit TRANSFORMERS.COM, Instagram/TRANSFORMERSOFFICIAL or the official TRANSFORMERS Facebook page, Facebook.com/Transformers each day next week.

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

Toy Review: Transformers Titans Return Fastclash

I never had the Autobot clones, and I only played with the Decepticon clones once or twice.  However, I was still excited to see that these box sets were going to give us two (and most likely all) of the clones.  In the “Chaos on Velocitron” set, Fastclash (formerly Fastlane) makes his debut.

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He is…. interesting. He’s interesting from a design standpoint. Neither a Deluxe or a Legend class, he exists in new size class Hasbro has said was created for the clones.  So, rather than try to shoehorn him into a size too big or too small, they went Goldilocks and made a size that’s just right.

This is good, because if he was a Deluxe, we’d be screaming for our money back.  His transformation is definitely not up to Deluxe standards, and dare I say it, it’s more Scout/Legion level slightly upscaled.

As much as Titan Master Rodimus Prime had a good heft, Fastclash does not.  He felt light, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it confirms that this is not a Deluxe.
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Packaged in race car mode, he looks very much like his G1 counterpart — namely a robot on its stomach with wheels and a spoiler.  This new iteration does give us two front wheels which the former lacked, and the spoiler has nice deco.

Transforming him seems to be the same — fold out the feet, turn the head around, unfold the arms and hands, and voilà — you’re done.  That spoiler, though…. You can pop in off, but the bar connecting it to the back of the head remains. It looks goofy.
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Really goofy.

Otherwise, it’s a good color scheme on a robot with articulation at the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and feet.  If you count the wrist folding out, that adds two more joints.

The original clones each had a rubsign sticker showing what alt-mode the robot changed into. This is replicated nicely with a non-heat-sensitive sticker on the chest.

All in all, I’d say this is a remake that remains very faithful to the original.  Too bad the originals were toys based on the clone gimmick first and foremost.

It’s an interesting toy, but it’s also underwhelming.

 

Some Quick Thoughts on Titan Master Rodimus Prime

Just had the chance to examine Titan Master Rodimus Prime from the “Chaos on Velocitron” set. This is the first diecast Titan Master we have seen here, so I wasn’t sure what to think.

 

20170324_002719It’s definitely a unique TM figure. It doesn’t look different at first glance, but when I picked it up, I could tell it was not the same.

First, it was cooler to the touch.  Having been in my basement for a few hours, it was slightly cooler than room temperature, and the difference between the metal and plastic pieces was apparent.

Second, the weight was off. Heavier than the other TM figures, Rodimus has a nice heft to him.  He just feels more solidly built.  All the joints seem more secure. I know that plastic tolerances mean my sample could differ from others, but having the extra weight from the metal adds to the impression that this is a solidly built figure.

Add in a great paint job, and this is by far the best Titan Master figure I’ve played with.  This is a good first impression of this highly anticipated set.  And looking at the Laser Prime deco waiting in the box…

Oh, yeah. This is awesome.

Mezco Toyz Presents One:12 Collection Old Man Logan

Fresh off his latest movie, truly a spectacular tale, Logan now makes an appearance in Mezco Toyz new One:12 Collection entry – Old Man Logan.

I don’t have any of their One:12 figures, but I’m a fan. This newest one looks fantastic, and it comes with some awesome accessories. Read the press release for pictures and ordering information!

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PRESS RELEASE
The One:12 Collective Old Man Logan

In the alternate future of Earth-807128, Wolverine has aged. Now know as Old Man Logan, he lives with his family in a barren wasteland trying to maintain as normal a life as possible. When events turn against him Logan’s family and everything important to him is destroyed by the Hulk’s gang. Using his claws for the first time in years, Old Man Logan exacts revenge, sparing only the baby known as Bruce Jr. With his family gone, Old Man Logan heads off into the sunset with the baby vowing to set things straight.

Old Man Logan joins the One:12 collective with a detailed outfit and portrait sculpture. He also includes the baby Hulk who may be the last of the Banner bloodline.

The Old Man Logan One:12 Collective figure features:

• One (1) newly developed head portrait

• One:12 Collective body with over 30 points of articulation

• Real fabric outfit with intricate tailoring

• Over 15cm tall

• Six (6) interchangeable hands including

– One (1) pair of fists (L&R)

– One (1) pair of clawed fists (L&R)

– One (1) pair of posing hands (L&R)

• Baby Hulk

Costume:

• Leather look overcoat

• White t-shirt

• Sculpted belt with decorative buckle

• Workman pants

• Sculpted cowboy boots

Accessories:

• Baby Hulk

• Removable hat

• Backpack that holds baby Hulk

• One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo

• One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each One:12 Collective Old Man Logan figure is packaged in a deluxe, collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind there are no twist ties for easy in and out of package display.

Expected to ship: November 2017- January 2018

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Funko Announces “Looney Tunes” Dorbz and “Captain Underpants” Movie Pops

I grew up watching “Looney Tunes” on TV. Every afternoon and every Saturday morning, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and their pals would be on my TV screen. So these new Dorbz speak to childhood me in a big way.

On the flip side… I had no idea there was a “Captain Underpants” movie coming out. I’ll probably see it at some point with KidBot, I’m sure. If you love Captain Underpants, though, these Pops are for you.

Dorbz: Looney Tunes

“What’s up, doc?” The Looney Tunes gang is coming to Dorbz!

Collect wascawwy wabbit Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck,
Elmer Fudd, and Pete Puma!

Bugs and Daffy each have a chase variant with a rarity of 1 in 6! Bugs’s chase holds a carrot, and Daffy’s sports his Stupor Duck costume!

Collect them all this spring!

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Coming in April!

Pop! Movies: Captain Underpants

Just in time for the June release of the upcoming film, Captain Underpants is joining the Funko family!

The kind-hearted and elastic-banded hero is joined by his nemesis, the villainous scientist Professor Poopypants!

Professor Poopypants is also available in his pink suit, available exclusively at FYE!

Coming this spring!

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New from Funko – Gears of War Pop! Wave 2

Just announced from Funko, GEARS OF WAR POP!s wave 2! Get older Marcus Fenix, Dominic, Damon, and more! See the press release and the pics below.

Pop! Games: Gears of War

Introducing a brand-new wave of Pop! vinyl figures from the hit video game series Gears of War!

Collect the older and more grizzled Marcus Fenix from Gears of War 4 and his Delta Squad comrades Dominic Santiago, Damon Baird, and Augustus Cole! You can also collect Oscar Diaz, uncle of Kait Diaz, and the iconic Brumak, the reptilian-like creature from the Hollow! The Brumak is a super-sized Pop!, standing 6” tall!

Coming this Spring!

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Toy Fair Australia – Hasbro Reveals Misfire and Slugslinger

Well, this is a surprise!  Over the weekend, Hasbro revealed MISFIRE and SLUGSLINGER down under at Toy Fair Australia, which you can see at our friend Ben Yee’s website, BWTF.com.  On Monday, they sent over some press images, which we’ve uploaded to the gallery.  After the break, you can read the press release regarding these figures.  They look great!  Fine additions to the Titans Return line of Transformers, they are.

 

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Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Unveils Stan Lee Wax Figure

Below are pictures and a press release from last week regarding a new Stan Lee wax figure that was unveiled at Madam Tussauds Las Vegas!  Stan has been immortalized in comics, in TV, in movies, in books — why not wax?  Check the pictures out!

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Toy Fair 2017 — “Transformers: The Last Knight” Crew Visit Hasbro Showroom

Transformers: The Last Knight stars Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, director Michael Bay and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura visited Hasbro’s New York Toy Fair Showroom last month.  We’re a bit delayed with these pictures, but please enjoy them now!

 

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (L) is joined by film stars Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel and Director Michael Bay (rear) at the Hasbro Entertainment Preview Event, Monday, February 20, 2017 in New York City.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (L) is joined by film stars Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel and Director Michael Bay (rear) at the Hasbro Entertainment Preview Event, Monday, February 20, 2017 in New York City.

 TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT star Mark Wahlberg holds TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT PREMIER EDITION LEADER CLASS MEGATRON at the Hasbro Entertainment Preview Event, Monday, February 20, 2017 in New York City. Inspired by the movie, the 9-inch figure will be available this fall.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT star Mark Wahlberg holds TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT PREMIER EDITION LEADER CLASS MEGATRON at the Hasbro Entertainment Preview Event, Monday, February 20, 2017 in New York City. Inspired by the movie, the 9-inch figure will be available this fall.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT star Josh Duhamel holds Mega 1-Step Turbo Changer Dragonstorm figure at the Hasbro Entertainment Preview Event, Monday, February 20, 2017 in New York City. Inspired by the upcoming movie, the Dragonstorm figure features premium detailing and movie-inspired effects and will be available in fall.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT star Josh Duhamel holds Mega 1-Step Turbo Changer Dragonstorm figure at the Hasbro Entertainment Preview Event, Monday, February 20, 2017 in New York City. Inspired by the upcoming movie, the Dragonstorm figure features premium detailing and movie-inspired effects and will be available in fall.

 TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT star Isabela Moner plays with TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT RC AUTOBOT SQWEEKS at the Hasbro Entertainment Preview Event Monday, February 20, 2017 in New York City. Inspired by a new character from the film, the remote controlled bot will be available this spring.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT star Isabela Moner plays with TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT RC AUTOBOT SQWEEKS at the Hasbro Entertainment Preview Event Monday, February 20, 2017 in New York City. Inspired by a new character from the film, the remote controlled bot will be available this spring.

 TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT star Laura Haddock holds TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT – KNIGHT ARMOUR TURBO CHANGER MEGATRON figure at the Hasbro Entertainment Preview Event, Monday, February 20, 2017 in New York City. Inspired by the film, this figure will be available this spring.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT star Laura Haddock holds TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT – KNIGHT ARMOUR TURBO CHANGER MEGATRON figure at the Hasbro Entertainment Preview Event, Monday, February 20, 2017 in New York City. Inspired by the film, this figure will be available this spring.

Toy Fair 2017 – Day 2 Coverage

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Day two is up! We have our Hasbro Transformers press kit images as well as our showroom galleries from Mattel, Bandai, Tomy, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Dark Horse, Diamond Select Toys, Fascinations, Good Smile Company, Hearts for Hearts Girls, Playmobil, Square Enix, The Loyal Subjects, and Tonnder Doll Company! And we got more Four Hourseman/Mythic Legions pictures, too!

Find it all at http://toyfair17.asmzine.com!