Friday, July 13, 2012

SDCC 2012 Day 1: Hasbro Brand, IDW Panels, FoC Preview

The official Day 1 of the 2012 San Diego Comic Con has drawn to a close (Day 0 | TF Schedule). This is probably the busiest day for Transformers fans as Hasbro and IDW held their panels to talk about their latest products while High Moon Studios was busy showing off multi-player mode for War for Cybertron. As a result, this post is very long. For me the main highlights was the FoC Grimlock toy and learning that Masterpiece Thundercracker is based on the new (better) Starscream mold. Pretty much a link = gallery of images about that particular subject. Let us know what you think of all the new stuff revealed.

Hasbro: Transformers Brand Panel
Fall of Cybertron
- Relaunching Generations in 2013 with at least 40 news toys
- Ruination: Repaint of Bruticus with Impactor, Twin Twist, Top Spin, Roadbuster
- Legends Cassettes: Eject, Rewind, Ramhorn, Laserbeak
- Voyager: Grimlock, Blaster with Steeljaw (Soundwave repaint)

Transformers: Prime - Robots in Disguise
- Rest of season two will start up sometime in the fall
- Voyager Wave 4: Thundertron, Ultra Magnus, Skyquake
- Cyberverse Wave 4: Fallback, Tailgate, Knockout, Bulkhead, Skyquake

Transformers: Prime - Dark Energon
- exclusives, repaints of RID toys with new packaging, logos, and translucent parts.
- Deluxe: Bumblebee, Wheeljack, Knockout, Starscream
- Voyager: Megatron, Optimus Prime

Transformers: Prime 1st Edition
- Toys R Us exclusives, out in November
- Official stateside release, had been pulled in favor of newer and smaller RID molds - Entertainment Pack with Optimus Prime, Megatron and DVD episode of TF Prime.
- Voyager: Bulkhead, Optimus Prime
- Deluxe: Arcee, Vehicon, Starscream, Terrorcon Cliffjumper (same as SDCC exclusve without the SDCC packaging)

Chinese Generations
- For 2012, releasing wave of China imported toys with Chinese/English packaging as Toys R Us exclusives. All are repaints of previousily released molds but with tweaks to head and weapon accessories.
- China Legions: Silverstreak, Hoist, Motorbreath, Thundercracker
- China Scouts: Sandstorm, Dead End, Brawl, Laserbeak
- China Deluxe: Springer, Ironhide, Cliffjumper, Wheelie
- China Voyager: Powerdive, Hot Spot, Samurari Megatron

Amazon Exclusives
- Year of the Dragon Jetwing Prime with gold dragon design on red trailer section
- G2 Bruticus with G2 paint scheme and "Forensic Packaging Design" that closely mimics the G2 release in the early 90s.

- Kreon Microchangers coming Spring 2013
- Lots of new Kreons, no play sets displayed.
- Microchanger combiners is four Kreons to form Predaking, Superion, Devastor, Bruticus

The Rest
- Masterpiece Thundercracker based on the 2012 Takara's MP Starscream mold, Toys R Us exclusive
- Masterpiece Optimus Prime, based on 2012 mold, also TRU exclusive
- Still working on releasing remaining Dark of the Moon toys (Que, Soundwave, etc)
- No current plans this year to release other Masterpiece toys after Prime and Thundercracker
- Transformers Universe MMO in Beta, targeting 2013 release date.
- Bot Shots: 24x single, 4x launchers, 20x 2-packs, for 2013 planing those that jump, spin, and flip
- Linkin Park Soundwave: Re-release of the 2010 SDCC Soundwave with four cassettes, all of them in gold color scheme with new packaging and certificate of authenticity. Limited to 2000. No indication of cost or where available.
- SDCC 2012 Exclusives: Skystriker, Zombie Cliffjumper

Panel Slideshow Gallery - One | Two

IDW & Hasbro
- August is Dinobot month
- Grimlock returns in August in More Than Meets the Eye
- Rest of the Dinobots are in Robots in Disguise
- For Regeneration One, Grimlock returns to Nebulon, planet where the Headmaster, Targetmaster and Powermaster technology was created.
- In RID and MTMTE annuals, Primus (creator of TF race) will appear in both issues
- Fall of Cybertron prequel mini-series of eight bi-weekly issues, digital only, starting August 12th. Assume 99 cents, 13ish page issues like Autocracy was.
- Transformers: Prime - Rage of the Dinobots four part miniseries that acts as a prequel of sorts to season 3 of Transformers: Prime with them left behind enemy lines on abandoned & dead Cybertron. Will follow show continuity and factor in War for Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron, Exiles and Exodus continuity.
- Would not confirm if this means Dinobots will be in season 3 of cartoon.
- Panel Slides

High Moon Studios' Fall of Cybertron
- High Moon had a booth that let try out FoC along with concept art and the like on display.
- No new information revealed about the game, the focus was on campaign and multiplayer demos that let people play a few minutes of each mode.
- Campaign demo was portion of Bumblebee, Starscream and Grimlock missions.
- Preview Reports: AllSpark | TFormers Campaign | TFormers Multiplayer | Seibertron
- Multiplayer Screenshots
- Multiplayer videos: Conquest | Kill Streak | Infiltrator

Show Floor Displays - AICN | Collider | First Showing | ComingSoon
At the links are good size galleries that show off the many booths on the exhibit floor of SDCC. Highlights include Weta's Cave Trolls from the Hobbit, Iron Man suits, Superman suit and bunch more.

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