The Micronauts set will be available at the Hasbro booth at SDCC 2016 from July 21 – 24 and with limited stock available after the show at HasbroToyShop.com. They’ll also be making an appearance at Fan Expo Canada from Sept. 1-4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.
The SDCC 2016 Micronauts set includes modern reissues of three original line characters including:
While I would never considered myself a life-long Micronauts fan I’m just old enough to have had a few figures from the line as a kid– including Pharoid. Granted, I was probably too young to truly appreciate him (which explains why he’s missing ALL of his accessories now) but seeing him included in the set tugs on the nostaligic heartstrings in such a way that I’m going to do my darndest to try and acquire one of these SDCC 2016 Micronauts sets when they drop on HTS post-show. I still have enough vague memories of the old Micronauts commercials from TV to get excited about their inclusion in the Hasbro Cinematic Universe!
Hasbro unveiled their G.I. Joe 2016 plans and YoJoe.com was LIVE from Joe Con 2016 with a Facebook LIVE session directly from the panel! We’ve got the embedded video below after the notes.
We’ve got some hastily transcribed notes below. Expect a cleaner article with some commentary later tonight as part of the Saturday Armchair Coverage round-up!
Hasbro Writer’s Room:
Combination of television/movie/comic book writers. Hasbro is very proud of the talent they have amassed.
Creation of a shared universe combining their intellectual properties. Officially dubbed “Hasbro Cinematic Universe”—separate from IDW. Intended as multi-film story arc. Goal is to start to develop shared and combined stories. Derryl was able to spend two weeks with the writers and get to work with them on shaping this shared universe.
Joe vs Transformers SDCC set:
Deco is decal-based. Includes Joe, Cobra, Autobot decals. This way the toys can be whatever you want them to be in your own collection.
Soundwave is the 5th most-popular Decepticon but hard to justify now as a cassette tape. (Same with Megatron.)
Hasbro Pulse Crossword Puzzle includes all characters listed below:
Derryl – Joe is in quieter year. Harder to get resources to produce more figures during those years. In those years, previously tooled harder-to-find figures are ideal for re-release. 100% of tooling budget is used for NEW figures.
Toys R Us G.I. Joe 2016 line-up: (November 2016)
Focus on figures vs vehicle sets which were slow sellers
Two packs will be in a 10 pack case—ALL EVENLY PACKED!
It’s been a few weeks since this crossword was posted and fans have had time to put in their guesses. Given past history it’s a safe bet to assume that some of these names will come from the now-infamous Concept Case displays of both 2012 and 2013. So, who does that leave for the G.I. Joe 2016 lineup? Continue reading →
Transformers: The Movie debuted on August 8, 1986 and changed the franchise forever. In addition to thrusting the timeline forward from the 1980’s to 2005, it was the film that (spoiler alert) killed off the franchise’s core heroic character Optimus Prime!
Featuring a star-studded cast that included Judd Nelson, Eric Idle, Leonard Nimoy, and Orson Welles in his final role as the planet-eating titan Unicron, Transformers: The Movie was to be the first of a series of Hasbro/Sunbow films to hit theatres around the world. However, poor box office receipts of this and the My Little Pony film, caused Hasbro to shift the release of G.I. Joe: The Movie to home video instead.
In the intervening years, the film has garnered true cult status and has become a favorite of Hasbro, Transformers, and Sunbow fans around the globe! Plus, who can forget the soundtrack which featured song’s like Stan Bush’s “You’ve Got the Touch” and Weird Al Yankovic’s “Dare to be Stupid”?
This marks the first new region 1 release of the film since 2006’s 20th Anniversary edition and the first time the film has ever been offered on Blu-Ray. This also marks the first time that the film will be available in digital format. No word on what additional special features will be included at this time.
The new 30th Anniversary editions are currently up for pre-order at Amazon.com:
According to the blog post, this set will retail for $99.00. No word on quantities available but it’s safe to assume that some quantity of the sets will be available over on HasbroToyShop.com after the show is over.
A new G.I. Joe vs. Transformers exclusive is apparently coming to SDCC 2016.
In the age of the internet, it has become increasingly more difficult to keep things under wraps. Case in point, we’re apparently getting a brand new fourth G.I. Joe vs Transformers set featuring Scarlett, Zartan, a HISS Tank version of Soundwave, and a Cobra Rattler version of the Autobot Powerglide.
Pics dropped this weekend over on ACToys.net thanks to user Vincentzl and they hold back nothing. If these are truly representative of the film product, the set appears to contain:
For months, we’ve been hearing discussion of a Hasbro Cinematic Universe and fans have been curious as to what direction this will take. Will storylines and familiar characters from properties like MASK, G.I. Joe, Visionaries, the Micronauts, and even ROM: The Spaceknight really be merged? Or will they all merely occupy the same narrative space, much like the comic book teams of the Avengers and the X-Men did up through the early 2000’s?
Well, yesterday, we got not one but TWO news drops that shed some really light on the future of the Hasbro Shared Universe concept!
Even more telling is the fact that after Revolution, all of these series will see new number one issues and a new status quo, according to Ryall, who also insists that this isn’t a reboot. Continue reading →
There’s been a lot of speculation over the fate of the annual Joe Con after it was revealed that Hasbro was ending its relationship with Fun Publications, the company that licensed the annual Botcon (Transformers) and Joe Con (G.I. Joe ) events. Many fans wondered if there would even continue to be annual Hasbro-authorized events. Over the past weekend, Hasbro filed a trademark with the US Patent Office that might shed some light on the future of these brand events.
Thanks to the intrepid newshounds over at TFwiki, it was revealed that Hasbro officially filed for the trademark on “HASCON”. The purpose of this trademark, according to the trademark office filing is:
Organizing and conducting conventions, exhibitions, fan clubs and gatherings for entertainment purposes and in the fields of toys, animation, comic books, fantasy, gaming, popular culture, science fiction, television and film.
It’s not a lot of information but it shows that Hasbro is at least intending to move forward in some fashion with a continuation of conventions. What’s more interesting, at least to this Joe fan, is that this appears to be the only trademark filed. There’s nothing for any derivation of “Joe Con”, “Bot Con” or even “Pony Con”. (Say what you will– but the Pony fandom is HUGE.)
With only one seemingly comprehensive trademark filed is Hasbro testing the waters at having events that showcase all of their brands in one place? Or is this merely a preemptive measure designed to secure a copyright before anyone else files for it? Right now, we have very little information to go on. However, it’s also way too soon to jump to any detailed conclusions. Joe Con 2016 is scheduled for the end of June and I doubt any formal announcement would be made before that even has concluded.
What do you think of this development? Would you be in favor of more unified Hasbro brand events? Would you rather have your conventions separated by product line? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or over on our Facebook page.
What did this mean for the brand? Was G.I. Joe going to go away? Would there never be another Joe Con again? Where would fans get their tangible and social G.I. Joe fix? Is this really the deh of teh line!1!!!???
Over on Change.org, there’s a petition to #SaveGIJoe. While the future of the brand itself is at least being discussed as part of the forthcoming Hasbro Cinematic Universe many fans still want to let Hasbro know that G.I. Joe (and the annual Joe Con) still has a following and is still important to them. As such, the petition was started as a show of support not for Fun Publications or A Real American Hero but for the larger brand of G.I. Joe itself. Yes, much of the focus is about the annual Joe Con but, according to one of the organizers of the petition, the goal is (and I’m paraphrasing here) to remind a billion dollar company to not only remember what the last 50+ years has built but to see what the next 50+ years could bring.
If you’d like to throw your name in to support the Save G.I. Joe petition, head on over to Change.org and not only sign but add in your own comments as well. Plus, you can use the hashtag #savegijoe to further the message on your favorite social media platforms.
“All memberships will end December 31, 2016. Hasbro looks forward to sharing new plans for the Collector’s Club with you in the future.”
Okay, let’s read that again.
“Hasbro looks forward to sharing new plans for the Collector’s Club with you in the future.”
Did you notice something? Nowhere in that statement does it say “Hasbro is ending Transformers and G.I. Joe forever.” It does, however, indicate, that Hasbro will no longer be relying on Fun Publications to administer the Transformers Club and, by implied association, the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club. Continue reading →