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TheTF.Net Forum Meet 2012

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on February 25, 2012 | Conventions,Site Updates |

Here we are at our forum meet for 2012, in a Wetherspoon’s pub. We’ve had a day of visiting various comic and toy shops, and now we’re boozing it up as per usual 🙂

If you’re in Birmingham, let us know and we’ll meet up!

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TheTF.Net 2012 Forum Meet

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on February 24, 2012 | Conventions,Site Updates |

Our annual forum meet is taking place this weekend in Birmingham. The official thread for the meet is here on our forum, and any transfans are welcome to come along and say hi, and/or buy us beers. Some members have already geeked into Birmingham early and are enjoying the second city as we type this, whereas many more of us will arrive later tonight or tomorrow.

Assuming we’re able to, because there are no guarantees, we’ll get some photos up over the weekend so you can see what sort of stuff we’ve been doing.

If you do want to come along and meet some friendly, slightly drunk, Transformers fans in Birmingham then check out the forum thread for details – or you can comment here anytime over the weekend and, assuming I’ve not lost my phone, I’ll get the message and can let you know where we are… that is of course assuming I know where I am, which is no gimmee.

Bot Shots game is looking good

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on | Hasbro |

The Hasbro toy fair collectors’ event in New York seems to have gone well this year. These events are always made more difficult by the fact that corporations are obliged to promote their products throughout the year. This means that those who attend the events run the risk of being less than overwhelmed by things they have already seen promoted in advertisements and so on. Hence toy companies have to be shrewd enough to keep some interesting details back before unveiling them at fairs.

2012 was the fifth year Hasbro chose to showcase its products in this way and it seems to be developing a winning formula. There was a lot to see and the company clearly has a busy year ahead. Transformers fans will be pleased to learn that a theme park construction will be opening in Universal Studios, as we reported last September. However, British fans may be even more interested in some toy-related news.

Bot Shots will be launched via an internet game on March 1 2012 and offline products will become available. At first glance, prices seem reasonable. In the United States, $5 will be the amount charged. A fan will be able to collect up to 44 small robot figures. Playing with them should be great fun because when the Bot Shots come into contact with one another all sorts of possibilities will open out.

Hasbro has put quite a lot of development into how the Bot Shots will be played. The outcome of battles will be determined via a process that may seem complex at first. However, this process will soon become second nature we’ve been assured.

Hasbro and FarmVille enterprise team up

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on February 22, 2012 | Hasbro |

What is good for Hasbro is good for Transformers as, if Hasbro does well, their toy output is likely to go from strength to strength. Hasbro has recently entered into a very exciting partnership with Zynga. For those unfamiliar with Zynga, they are a firm which make games that are played on the social media giant Facebook. These games include the well-known FarmVille, among other games designed to eat away at your free-time.

Zynga is a big and powerful corporation, much like Hasbro itself. Lots of people love playing their games online (although not me). Believe it or not, the market value of Zynga currently exceeds that of many long established (more…)

Countdown to Transformers 4 begins

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on February 21, 2012 | Transformers 4 (2013) |

It has been a few days since director Michael Bay declared his intentions with regard to Transformers 4. A release date for the movie he has now been confirmed to direct has been pencilled in for June 29 2014 by Paramount. Steven Spielberg is on board once again as executive producer and has already begun some work on the project. However, we do not yet know very much about other aspects of the sequel to ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’.

This far ahead of a release it would be unusual to be clear about many details of a film. However, two big questions have been asked by both journalists and fans. People would like to know whether or not Transformers 4 will amount to more of the same. They would also appreciate it if they knew something about the cast of the upcoming movie. Of course, Michael Bay (more…)

Restricted Sunstorm and Encore Sixshot releases

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on | Takara,Toys |

Recent MP-11s Sunstorm information may be very interesting to many British Transformers fans. Takara has pencilled in a launch date for July or August 2012. Only 1,000 of the attractive Sunstorm toys will be made available in Japan. There may be more pieces which will be obtainable in other Asian markets, but there is as yet no information forthcoming with regard to potential western availability.

To buy a piece of the action in Japan, you would have to shell out 12,000 yen. This is approximately equivalent to £95 at the moment. The Sunstorm piece will come in an aesthetically pleasing black package for those fortunate enough to have a purchasing opportunity.

The Encore Sixshot release is planned to occur in July 2012. The price will be exactly the same as the Sunstorm figure. Nonetheless, the packaging will be quite different. Apparently, it will possess a leather finish and a special aperture. These features will help make it into a real collector’s item. At nearly £100, it might be thought that these kinds of luxury elements are what should be expected as part of the overall package.

Not every Transformers fan has the kind of budget with which to afford such extravagant purchases. Nevertheless, many of us in Britain would enjoy the opportunities presented by having a local release. Hopefully, Takara will one day perceive that there is a British demand for this type of special offer. Until then, we can feast our eyes on what our Asian friends can look forward to.

Transformers 4 cast news

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on February 19, 2012 | Transformers 4 (2013) |

Although we are all wondering what kind of movie Transformers 4 will be, certain things can be expected. A commitment to high-octane action is pretty much a given. The ambition to be a massive blockbuster will be there. Director Michael Bay will probably give us a few money shots to remember. However, speculation is beginning to mount with regard to who will actually star in the film.

We have known that Shia LaBeouf was unlikely to reprise his role for some time. However, Josh Duhamel has underlined the fact that the cast changes are likely to be on the wholesale side of the street. Whether or not this will make for a radical departure from ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ is unclear, but we will be seeing quite a few new faces.

Josh Duhamel has confirmed that Shia LaBeouf won’t be featuring and has revealed to the press that he has not been called up in relation to the new movie. In addition, he has said that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is not a probable star for Transformers 4. It seems that she is destined to have had just one outing in the franchise. Josh Duhamel has said that Tyrese Gibson is also likely to miss out on the opportunity of being part of the 2014 release.

Media and fans alike are wondering who will be in Transformers 4. To satisfy his critics, Michael Bay will have to do much more than work with a new set of actors. However, his willingness to do so shows that he might be thinking of Transformers 4 in greater depth than some of his critics would expect.

Transformers Fall of Cybertron Toy Images

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on February 13, 2012 | Toys,Video Games |

As we just mentioned, Hasbro is releasing some new Transformers toys based on the forthcoming video game Transformers Fall of Cybertron. Here, for your frenzied enjoyment, are the photographs of the toys themselves.

New HASBRO Toys Based on Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on | Toys,Video Games |

We received this news on Saturday from our contact at Activision, but as I was personally away for the weekend nobody was here to put it up 🙁

Still, I’m here now and here’s the news about new Transformers toys based on Transformers Fall of Cybertron!

New HASBRO Toys Based on Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

We wanted to let you know about some exciting new Hasbro toys based on Activision’s highly anticipated Transformers: Fall of Cybertron video game.

Part of the TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS DELUXE line launching this fall, Hasbro will be releasing five new action figures in their Cybertronian form based on the characters in the video game.  These include BLAST-OFF, VORTEX, DECEPTICON BRAWL, SWINDLE, and ONSLAUGHTcharacters that can combine into one fearsome Decepticon, BRUTICUS, just as they do in the game.

Each figure within the assortment has three modes: robot, vehicle and a third ‘combiner’ mode to link together and form the colossal BRUTICUS figure.  Each will be sold separately.

The successor to acclaimed developer High Moon Studios’ highest-rated Transformers game of all time, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron allows players to experience the darkest hours of the war between the Autobots and Decepticons as they vie for control of their dying home world, playing through both sides of the TRANSFORMERS’ most epic battles that culminate in their legendary exodus from Cybertron.  With the stakes higher and scale bigger than ever, fans will control an unprecedented assortment of TRANSFORMERS characters armed with authentic transformation designed around their unique abilities, including GRIMLOCK’s nearly indestructible T-Rex form and the legendary COMBATICONS forming into the colossal BRUTICUS.  Taking the franchise’s competitive multiplayer to all-new heights, Transformers: Fall of Cybertronfans will go head-to-head in blistering Autobot vs. Decepticon matches after creating their own unique characters with the most in-depth, advanced customization ever before seen in a Transformers game.

For more information about the game, fans can visit www.facebook.com/transformersgame or the official game site at www.transformersgame.com.

Hasbro toy fair shows it’s hard to please everyone

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on | Hasbro,Toys / Action Figures |

There was a lot going on at the recent Hasbro Toy Fair Collector’s Event in New York. Many people were very impressed by the wide range of interesting toys. Some fans can barely wait for the release dates to arrive. However, there were some observers who were less easy to win over. They noticed that Hasbro has not pushed ahead on the American front, with all the Transformers figures associated with the movie ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon.’

To their credit, Hasbro was open about this development. They stated to the media that unfortunately Wheeljack, Ratchet and Bumblebee Deluxe models would not be made available in the United States. More positively, they will be obtainable in Canada and Asia. As long as they are available somewhere in the world, dedicated fans will track them down.

However, it is apparent that there was not as much US demand for these items as one might have thought and hoped. Indeed, some unreleased toys such as Human Alliance Soundwave have been cancelled. It might be that the American market is being adversely affected by the tendency for people to desire online games.

Perhaps Hasbro has found it hard to shift some toys when they have had smallish roles in a big movie. However, it is hard to be pessimistic after what was ultimately an entertaining and interesting toy fair. Transformers fans have a lot to look forward to and here in Britain we will certainly not get too downhearted over a glitch on the other side of the pond.

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