Hasbro Rolls Out New Toys for Transformers’ 30th Anniversary

Weaponizers Talking BumblebeeHasbro is celebrating the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Transformers brand with new toy lines, including the first Construct-Bots in the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters style, and Transformers Generations toys that celebrate different incarnations of the Transformers brand from throughout its 30-year history.

Other new toys include the first 10 items in the Thrilling 30, a set of 30 limited-edition toys, available at various locations worldwide, that celebrate the 30th anniversary. The first talking Bumblebee toy for Transformers Prime, Transformers Weaponizers Bumblebee, was also debuted. The unveiling of the toy coincided with the first time Bumblebee talked in an episode of Transformers Prime Beasthunters.

At Comic-Con, the Transformers team revealed the winner of the Fan Built Bot poll, which asked fans to help create a new Transformers character. The winner is a black and red female Autobot jet named Windblade.

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 Launches New Telepods Line

ABSW Telepods Star Destroyer setHasbro Inc. will launch a new line that “teleports” physical characters into digital gaming and app experiences. The Telepods line uses patented new technology to allow kids to play in two ways: in the physical space and through full integration into top-tier apps. The Telepods play experience will first be available in a line released this August based on and fully integrated into the new app Angry Birds Star Wars II from Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm.

For the first time ever, Telepods lets players teleport Rebel Bird and Imperial Pig figures into the new Angry Birds Star Wars II app so they can choose which characters to launch. Following the release of Angry Birds Star Wars II, fans will be able to download the app, tap the Telepods icon in the app, place one of the more than 30 Angry Birds Star Wars figures on the included Telepods base, and then place the base on a smart device (not included) to immediately “teleport” that figure into the game.

Telepods are also the first digitally integrated toys designed with stand-alone playability in mind. An assortment of play sets will invite kids to launch their Rebel Bird figures in real life to destroy iconic Angry Birds Star Wars structures and topple the evil Pig Empire. Angry Birds Star Wars II will follow the story of the three prequel Star Wars movies. With the introduction of never seen before Angry Birds Star Wars characters, the player can for the first time in the history of Angry Birds choose to take the “Pork Side” and play as one of the green pigs. [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.

Integrity Toys and Hasbro Announce Jem and the Holograms Collectible Fashion Dolls

Integrity Toys, Inc., under license from Hasbro, Inc., has announced a brand-new series of high-end collectible fashion dolls based on the 1980’s animated series Jem and the Holograms, launching at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. This nostalgic retro doll line is designed to pay homage to both the animated series and its original companion doll line, originally marketed from 1985 to 1987.

This first doll in the commemorative collection will be Jem and the Holograms Special Edition Doll: Hollywood Jem, one of the most requested animated-based looks. The doll will be available for purchase at the HasbroToyShop Booth No. 3329 during Comic-Con International in San Diego and following the convention, at www.HasbroToyShop.com.

The dolls will mark the debut of a newly sculpted fully-articulated body and likeness of the rock star wearing a high-end costume, delivered in collector-grade packaging. Future additions to the line will be announced in the months following Comic-Con International via a web page, which was created to bring fans the latest information about the line.

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.

Voltron’s First-Ever Panel Presentation at Comic-Con

Voltron, the 1980s robot-themed television show franchise, is making a comeback this year and is also making its first-ever panel presentation at Comic-Con International, held in San Diego. The presentation will be made in the Indigo Ballroom at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel on July 21 at 6 p.m.

The hour-long event will be moderated by Carrie Keagan, host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live. Joining Keagan will be Senior Vice President of Nicktoons Keith Dawkins as well as Voltron’s Jeremy Corray (supervising producer), Brandon Thomas (comic book writer), and many other artists, producers, and designers who are behind the Voltron world.

After the event, fans will have the opportunity to take a picture with a giant Voltron figure. Also, there will be an autograph signing with participating major talent and executives.