Mattel snubs Hasbro’s latest acquisition approach

We won’t be seeing that Barbie/Transformers crossover just yet.

Mattel Inc has rebuffed Hasbro Inc’s latest takeover approach, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, casting uncertainty over the potential combination of the world’s two largest toy companies.

Mattel’s rebuttal indicates that Margaret Georgiadis, who took over as the company’s chief executive in February, is seeking to drive a hard bargain in negotiations with Hasbro, even though Mattel’s stock has significantly underperformed that of Hasbro in the last year.

Mattel has informed Hasbro its proposal undervalues the company and does not take sufficiently into account the potential for regulators to reject the deal based on antitrust concerns, the sources said.

The terms Hasbro has proposed could not be learned, and it is not clear whether negotiations between the two companies will continue. The companies have engaged in multiple rounds of deal talks over the last two decades.

Read the rest of the article here.

Posted in Toys and Collectibles on November 17th, 2017 by andersonh1

Peter Cullen Answers Fan questions about playing Optimus Prime again

Collider.com has posted an interview with the legendary Peter Cullen, the original voice of G1 Optimus Prime, as well as the live action movies, Transformers Prime, and now Titans Return. In addition, Mr. Cullen answers some fan questions from Twitter as well.

What is one thing you look for in an offer to play Optimus Prime that makes you say, “Yes”?

Peter Cullen: It’d be no surprise to say that [it’s] the consistency of the character. As long as the character is the original, then it’s a go. If it varies from it, without good reason or explanation, then I would … I’ve never had to say, “No,” but I would if it didn’t meet those prerogatives.

What are the core values that make up Optimus Prime?

Cullen: Originally, the character stood out for his very demonstrative sense of trustworthiness and leadership qualities that were deeply embedded into this steel body, for one reason or another. It was the qualities of human leadership within that character, and they were all there: Strength, honesty, nobility, trustworthiness, a wonderful sense of courage that is not egotistical courage, it’s more of a giving courage, a caring courage. Those qualities really stood out back then.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Posted in Entertainment on November 15th, 2017 by andersonh1

Titans Return episodes 1 and 2 now live

“Titans Return” picks up the story where “Combiner Wars” ended. Peter Cullen returns to voice Optimus Prime in these opening installments of the second part of the trilogy, as the Titans return to life on Cybertron following the combiner wars.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Posted in Entertainment on November 14th, 2017 by andersonh1

Titans Return cast discuss their roles

Machinima have posted a short video with some of the cast of “Titans Return” discussing their roles. Of particular interest to G1 fans is Judd Nelson once again playing Hot Rod/Rodimus, as he did in the 1986 animated Transformers film.

Get to know the Transformers: Titans Return cast before the sh…

Get to know the Transformers: Titans Return cast before the show launches on go9011/14.

Posted by Machinima on Saturday, November 11, 2017

Posted in Entertainment on November 11th, 2017 by andersonh1

Transformers finalists for Toy Hall of Fame, do not make the cut

Transformers almost made it to the The National Toy Hall of Fame, according to this USA Today article.

The annual inductees are chosen on the advice of historians and educators following a process that begins with nominations from the public. To make the hall of fame, toys must have inspired creative play across generations. Historic and modern versions of the winners are displayed in the hall.

This year’s finalists were: the board games Risk and Clue, the Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, the paper airplane, PEZ candy dispenser, play food, sand, Transformers, the card game Uno and Wiffle ball.

Sadly, Optimus and Megatron lost out to paper airplanes, Clue and the Wiffle Ball.

Posted in Toys and Collectibles on November 9th, 2017 by andersonh1

Transformers – Titans Return Official Trailer

Titans Return picks up where the destruction of Combiner Wars left off when a new threat is revealed in the form of the massive Titan named Trypticon, who has awakened under mysterious circumstances to wreak havoc on Cybertron. Witness the beginning of the end on November 14th when Transformers: Titans Return launches on go90: https://www.go90.com/shows/3OhDENwXXKe

Posted in Entertainment on November 8th, 2017 by andersonh1

Transformers: The Last Knight has lowest opening of series

By almost any measure, $69 million is a heck of a lot of money.

Not so for “Transformers: The Last Knight,” which is tracking to make that much in North America during its five-day opening frame. The problem isn’t just that it’s up against a $217 million production budget, although that’s part of it. With China powering an estimated $196.2 million international opening, Paramount and Hasbro are leaning on the film’s global appeal to justify its place in the series.

But the bigger red flag for “Transformers” No. 5 lies in the franchise’s history of opening at around $100 million domestically for the past three installments. This raises a lot of questions, all centering around who or what is to blame for “The Last Knight’s” lower numbers. Here are three reasons why the movie may have underperformed.

Follow the link for the remainder of the story.

Posted in Entertainment on June 25th, 2017 by andersonh1

Interview with Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins, who will be appearing in the upcoming fifth Transformers live-action movie, had a few thoughts about a car chase scene in which he was involved.

“I had two American stunt drivers who were crazy,” he told Men’s Health magazine. “I had to sit in this kind of jet car. It was a low seat, hard to get into the damn thing. So they strap you in, you take a deep breath, here we go, and, ‘Action!’

“And then there are these helicopters flying low, which is scary, and you’re doing 80 miles through the Admiralty Arch (in London). Of course something could go wrong. You could get killed, I guess. But I come from the school of ‘just get on with it.'”

Read the remainder of the article here:  www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/entertainment-news/241177/Anthony-Hopkins-was-thrilled-by-scary-stunts-in-Transformers-The-Last-Knight

Posted in Site News on May 29th, 2017 by andersonh1

Transformers: Robots in Disguise season three trailer released

In 2017, Hasbro’s hit animated series, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE will return to Cartoon Network for a third season.

Created by Hasbro Studios, the series focuses on Bumblebee as the leader of the Autobots as they seek to save the Earth from the Decepticons.

The season 3 theme is “Combiner Force” and the Autobots and Decepticons will take the battle between good and evil to new heights with the creation of Combiners – teams of Transformers who combine forces to create larger, more powerful bots. Bumblebee and the Autobot team must learn how to fight the Decepticons when combined with one another and truly work as one.

 

Posted in Site News on April 19th, 2017 by andersonh1

Optimus Prime series to spin out of “Revolution”

Beginning in November, Optimus Prime will headline his own series from IDW. Writer John Barber discusses the book.

Not to give anything away, but as Revolution starts, Optimus is in a fairly antagonistic relationship with … well, almost everybody. He’s come to Earth and said the whole planet is going to be part of Cybertron’s Council of World, without asking if the people of Earth wanted to be in it — or if the people of Cybertron wanted them. He’s doing this because he thinks he’s out of options to protect the Earth — he’s tried fighting evil Cybertronians, tried leaving the place alone. But bringing Earth into Cybertron’s fold is the only thing he hasn’t tried.

In Revolution this comes to a head: there’s a big, dangerous thing happening with Ore-13, which is a form of Energon that’s on Earth, and it looks to G.I. Joe like Optimus is behind it, so the threat becomes immediate. This isn’t a spoiler — Optimus is not behind the problem, and in the process of resolving the complex web ofRevolution, alliances are formed and new relationships are established.

So…Optimus still has the goal of bringing Earth into the cosmic community of Cybertron. But who’s with him and who’s against him have shifted a bit.

See the remainder of the interview here.

Posted in Comics and Books on September 17th, 2016 by andersonh1