Hasbro Showcases Pop-Culture Brands at Comic-Con

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Hasbro returns to Comic-Con International in San Diego to showcase its pop-culture brands, including TransformersMy Little PonyKre-O, and G.I. Joe, as well as licensed toy lines for Angry Birds Star WarsMarvelStar Wars, and Star Trek. Hasbro will celebrate its popular brands and characters with a lineup of panels, autograph sessions, special edition toys, giveaways, and more.

Fans will also be able to experience the Telepods platform, a fully-integrated play experience for the mobile generation that “teleports” physical characters into digital gaming and app experiences. The Telepods line will be released this fall, and will be fully integrated into the new Angry Birds Star Wars II app, from Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm. The Telepods line uses new technology to allow kids to play in two ways—in the physical space, and through integration into top-tier apps. [Read more...]

Hasbro Reveals New Transformers Line at New York Comic Con

You know the Autobots. You know the Decepticons. But now, there’s a new breed of alien robot in town: the Predacons.

Thursday afternoon, hundred of fans sat in a crowded conference room in the Jacob K. Javits Center at New York Comic Con 2012 as Hasbro rolled out the latest line of Transformers toys: The Beast Hunters.

The Beast Hunters will be the touchstone for the Transformers brand next year, driven by Transformers Prime, the animated series produced by Hasbro Studios. The show airs on The Hub television network in the U.S. and is viewed by fans in more than 170 countries around the world. [Read more...]

KRE-O Unveils Star Trek, Transformers Building Sets at Comic-Con

The KRE-O brand from Hasbro, Inc., will showcase new figures at Comic-Con International, boldly going where no one has gone before. Based on the upcoming Star Trek sequel from Paramount Pictures, the KRE-O Star Trek line, under license from CBS Consumer Products, features a variety of vehicles from the movie along with Kreon figures based on Star Trek characters. Beginning on July 11, Preview Night, fans will be able to see the KRE-O Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise set and Kirk, Spock, and Bones Kreon figures at the Hasbro Comic-Con Booth No. 3213.

Hasbro has 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 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. The teaser trailer for the KRE-O Star Trek digital short will be featured along with the upcoming U.S.S. Enterprise building set and Kreon figures in the Hasbro booth. In anticipation of the convention, Hasbro is unveiling a first-look image of the KRE-O Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise set and the teaser trailer. Fans can view the teaser trailer now exclusively on the KRE-O brand Youtube channel.

Star Trek will mark the third major entertainment property to be featured in the KRE-O line from Hasbro. The company introduced the KRE-O brand last year with building sets featuring the Transformers characters, and this year they introduced the KRE-O Battleship line. New KRE-O Battleship and KRE-O Transformers sets will be on display in the Hasbro booth, including new KRE-O Transformers expressions: KRE-O Transformers Microchangers and KRE-O Transformers Microchangers Combiners. Fans will get a chance to snap a photo with KRE-O character statues including Transformers Bumblebee, a Battleship Alien, and Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, all with their Kreon expressions. Fans will also be eligible to receive a special edition KRE-O Battleship Battle-Boat building set sample pack, which will be distributed throughout the show while supplies last.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

European Toy Fairs 2012 Round Up

By Steve Reece, a brand management consultant in the toys and games industry.

Apparently we are in the middle of an ever-worsening economic climate in Europe, a eurozone crisis, and a downward spiral of economic recession. I didn’t get any impression of that from this year’s European toy fairs. In fact, it almost seemed the opposite! Rarely have I been to toy fairs with so much news, innovation, and newsworthy product launches.

For me, the season started with the UK show. In its third year back at London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre, this show was buzzing, with a packed out hall and mezzanine, plentiful foot traffic, and a generally vibrant atmosphere.

Then onto Nuremburg, where the temperature dropped as low as -17 C / 1 Fahrenheit. Despite the inhospitable weather, the show itself seemed as vibrant as ever. While the attendance figures were reportedly down, international visitors hit record levels, and it was notable that the majority of top-level industry people I expected to be there were indeed present.

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Hasbro Introduces New Construction Brand Kre-O

The new Kre-O brand, available next month, will offer 12 building sets featuring the popular Transformers characters, including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Autobot Jazz. The new construction line is unique in that it is compatible with other brick-based construction sets on the market. The Kre-O Transformers sets also feature two types of build for one product so that the user can construct a vehicle or a robot with the same set. The collectible robot Kre-O figures can bring new action and excitement to a young builder’s world.