Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hasbro Pulse Store Launches with (Sold-Out) Ghostbusters Transformer

Today with start of the New York Toy Fair, Hasbro started things with the launch of Hasbro Pulse which replaces the Hasbro Toy Store. The site does seem geared towards the collector as the selection is much smaller but filled with stuff that has this collector paying attention.

For Transformers fans they seemed to start things off with a impressive bang by the "Echotron" Ecto-1 in G1 style packaging for the Ghostbusters inspired Transformer to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of both franchises. Sadly it didn't last long as the pre-order is no longer available to purchase on the site (how do you sell out a pre-order for a not limited edition toy?). On the bright side the toy is also a GameStop exclusive so can pre-order it there for $49.99. The wait will be long as not coming out until the summer along with a 5-part IDW Transformers & Ghostbusters series that will introduce the character.

Besides that, you can pre-order the next two Masterpiece Edition figures of MP-45 Bumblebee 2.0 and MP-18+ Bluestreak (unclear if they getting Hasbro style MP packaging or going with Takara boxes) along with a wave of Transformers War for Cybertron Deluxe figures. They also have Nerf guns inspired by Fortnite, Deadpool Corps set, Professor X with Hover Chair and bit more.

Price wise, everything seems to be in the MSRP range but Hasbro is offering to wave the $50 fee for Hasbro Pulse Premium to the end of the year to anyone that makes a purchase between 2/15 to 2/23/2019. The membership will offer free shipping in the US, sales, and "other perks". I question its $50 value as will only be recouped via saving on shipping costs if you purchase from the site 5 or so times before the end of the year but since site is brand new it is hard to make a judgement call. Admittedly they are actual off to good start with some of the items they are selling. I planned on getting Bumblebee 2.0 anyway through another retailer so might as well pre-order it now so can get the free membership to give the site a year long try-out. Below is the press release of its launch.

Transformers: War for Cybertron Animated Series Heading to Netflix

For a while there was a rumor that Hasbro was working on an animated movie that would tell the origin of the Transformers war. Sounds like they decided to pivot to TV as they have teamed with Rooster Teeth to create an animated series for Netflix called Transformers: War for Cybertron. The series would debut sometime in 2020 on the streaming service. The name may sound familiar as was used for a video game from a few years ago.

The comics have already told the story that began as a protest movement more or less led by Orion Pax (Optimus Prime) and Megatron against a repressive government before Megatron's escalating tactics (like killing the entire government leadership) caused a permanent rift and eventually ignited the civil war that lasted millions of years. IDW Transformers comics were firing on all thrusters, worth reading the trades. I doubt the series will copy the comics line but wouldn't mind if they are inspired by it.
“In this Transformers origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before – to the delight of both existing fans and those coming to the franchise for the first time. The Transformers brand is a global phenomenon and we are thrilled to partner with Hasbro, Rooster Teeth and Polygon to bring this exciting new series to our members around the world on Netflix.”

From Tom Warner, Senior VP for the Transformers franchise at Hasbro, “We’re thrilled to work with Rooster Teeth’s new premium studio division to bring an all-new Transformers fan-oriented series to Netflix. Transformers has a rich history of great storytelling and War for Cybertron is an exciting new chapter in the Transformers Universe.”

Friday, February 15, 2019

Bumblebee Home Video Details and Release Date

Paramount has revealed the release date of the Bumblebee on digital and home video along with special feature details. The digital version of the movie will hit iTunes, Amazon, and other digital platforms on March 19. Two weeks later the DVD, Blu-Ray, and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be released on April 2. Personally I tend to wait for the Blu-ray release as get the digital + disc for the same price as the digital only.

The special features include a look at John Cena's Agent Burns character and a motion comic on Sector 7. There will also be deleted scenes, outtakes, a look at designing the Transformers in their more G1 style, using "Bee Vision" to get a closer look at the Transformers from the film, and a five-part behind the scenes piece on making the movie. Below is the press release for the film with a few more details along with a trailer for the release.

Pre-orders are up on Amazon now - DVD | DVD + Blu-Ray + Digital | 4k Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital




Coming to Earth on Digital March 19

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Friday, February 08, 2019

The Cybertronic Spree - A Transformers Band

Stumbled across this band called The Cybertronic Spree that performs cover songs in some pretty great Transformers costumes with an emphasis on the Transformers: The Movie (1986) cast. Below is their latest video posted to their YouTube channel. They do tend to perform at various conventions so might get a chance to them live if interested.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Bumblebee Crosses $400 Million

Bumblebee continues to add slowly but surely to its box office draw by crossing the $400 million worldwide total this Saturday. According to Deadline, apparently Paramount has already started development on a sequel. While not officially confirmed, previously Viacom (owner of Paramount) expressed pleasure over the profit margins of the movie so this landmark only increases the likelihood of a green-light.

I still think $500 million is the guarantee point which remains feasible since the movie still has Japan to premiere in starting March 22. It took 7th place in the US with $4.6M. With this weekend's estimate, the movie now sits at a worldwide total of $412.3M. The breakdown is 28.1% US ($115.9M), 71.9% ($296M) International so $500M remains feasible. It may just fall short around $475M but that will probably be close enough.
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