Archive for November, 2017

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