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With Hasbro's Transformers: Age of Extinction product line hitting brick & mortar retailers this weekend on May 17th, let's take a look at the new movie's new Leader-class Optimus Prime figure. Yesterday was a review of Voyager Grimlock, the day before was Deluxe Drift, and last week was our interview with Hasbro's Transformers design team.
This is actually the 2nd Leader Optimus based on his modified Western Star 5700 semi look in the new movie's line, as Hasbro released another Leader Optimus a few months ago as a "first edition", and while this main-line version and the first-edition figure share a number of design philosophies, they are very different figures in many significant ways -- from everything seen, it appears this main-line figure is the superior release.
Packaging:This is a bigger version of the Voyager packaging, a rectangle window box
Hasbro's Transformers: Age of Extinction products are now available through online retailers, and coming to brick & mortar stores this weekend (May 17th), so we thought we'd take another look at one of the movie's new Voyager-class figures, Grimlock.
Grimlock is one of the brand's most iconic characters, leader of the mighty Dinobots and mangler of the english language. For this 4th Transformers movie, Michael Bay and his crew finally decided it was time to bring the Dinobots to the big screen, and made Grimlock one of the earliest images viewers would see by putting the insanely-scaled robotic T-rex into the Super Bowl teaser trailer - if you haven't seen it, Optimus is riding his dragon-like dino mode and is utterly dwarfed. In other words, this ain't the Grimlock you're used to, it's bigger and more extreme.
With the Transformers: Age of Extinction movie toyline being released today through online outlets - May 12th, 2014 "Cybertron Monday" (while brick & mortar retail is May 17th, which you should have learned about in our interview with Hasbro) - we bring you a look at TF:AOE Deluxe Drift.
Drift originated in the current IDW comic line as a sword-carrying former Decepticon. Using the alternate mode of a white Japanese sports car (a "drift car"), the comic book version of Drift is a fairly standard-looking Autobot but with Japanese kanji on both his vehicle mode and his sword. That character informed the movie artists who took it a different direction in some ways to come up with this very samurai-themed character that turns into a Bugatti Veyron - one of the world's fastest supercars, and a challenging car
For years, Diamond Select Toys (DST) has been re-creating the classic 8-inch, cloth-costume action figures of the 1970s, but one line has received more requests than any other: the Marvel Comics characters from Mego's World's Greatest Super-Heroes line. Today, DST is happy to announce a line of deluxe gift sets that are inspired by those classic figures, starting with the Amazing Spider-Man!
Painstakingly designed by the craftsmen at EMCE Toys, the Amazing Spider- Man will come as he first appeared in 1973, in his original "circle suit" costume. However, the head and costume will be removable, allowing you to use the additional heads, hands, outfits and accessories in the set to turn him into Daily Bugle photographer Peter Parker, or even a more modern comic version of the wall-crawler!
"Getting the opportunity to make the Marvel toys inspired by my childhood has long been a goal of mine, and kicking the line off with my favorite Marvel hero, Spider-Man, was a no-brainer," said DST director Chuck Terceira. "Offering extra parts and new outfits allow us to stay true to what made the toys great in the first place, while simultaneously updating the figures and making each one into a true collector's item."
For the first time, the iconic TRANSFORMERS brand invites fans to participate in CYBERTRON MONDAY, an online global sales event on May 12, 2014, featuring a new, exclusive movie trailer for Michael Bay’s TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION from Paramount Pictures on participating retailer websites. Cybertron Monday launches the all new action figure and licensed products based on the feature film with participating online retailers, including Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart, K-mart, Tesco, Argos, Ripley, Tmall.com and Toys “R” Us Asia as well as HasbroToyShop.com. Fans can visit www.CybertronMonday.com for more information on where products will be available.
Recently, we were able to sit down with the design team behind Hasbro's Transformers brand for some questions and answers. Thanks to the new movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and its toy line coming out, this was a good time to ask about the Hasbro's newest movie line and how it fits into the brand.
The Transformers design team was represented by John Warden, Design Manager; Jerry Jivoin, Brand Marketing Director; Josh Lamb, Design Director; and Lenny Panzica, Product Designer (throw in some "global"s and "seniors"s on each of those titles to be fully accurate).
The earliest things mentioned were that the team has been working on the Age of Extinction line for almost 2 years. Also, Monday,
Snap Creative announced today the hire of veteran creative executive, Brant Bridges as Senior Vice President, Business Development, reporting to Snap’s CEO, Bill Howard. Bridges will lead strategic growth initiatives and related design through manufacturing processes for Snap Creative and its division SnaPCO.
On the April 9th episode of Travel Channel’s ‘Toy Hunter” at 9pm ET/PT, Jordan Hembrough gears up for Portland Comic Con with a variety of Ghostbusters, Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle merchandise. While at the event, Jordan gets a surprise visit by the original Power Ranger, Jason David Frank, who is looking for the ‘holy grail’ of Power Ranger toys. Will Jordan’s new collection impress Jason?