April 13, 2011

Fans “Roll Out!” to help select this year’s Robot Inductee class

In 2010, Hasbro inducted humans and robots from the worlds of toys, entertainment and CYBERTRON into the inaugural class of its TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame, honoring more than 25 years of “robots in disguise” action. Now in its second year, Hasbro is once again turning to fans to help finalize the 2011 robot inductee class.

Hasbro’s internal panel of judges has chosen three iconic characters to induct into the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame in 2011—Heroic AUTOBOTS IRONHIDE and RATCHET, as well as evil DECEPTICON SOUNDWAVE.

Beginning today, TRANSFORMERS fans around the world may cast their vote for the 2011 Fans’ Choice robot inductee to join the honored ranks, alongside last year’s honorees OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, MEGATRON, STARSCREAM and the 2010 fan-voted character, DINOBOT.

The 2011 Fans’ Choice finalist ballot was created with input from several TRANSFORMERS collector-fan media outlets, which conducted independent polling of their readers to ensure the ballot represents the robots that most resonate with TRANSFORMERS’ passionate fans. The 2011 Fans’ Choice finalist ballot features GRIMLOCK, SHOCKWAVE, AUTOBOT ERECTOR, WASPINATOR and AUTOBOT JAZZ. Fans may cast votes daily from now until 11:59 PM ET on April 22. The winning robot will be revealed at the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame induction ceremony at BotCon in Pasadena, CA, on Saturday, June 4.

The TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame was created to honor those influential in building the iconic entertainment brand, as well as the actual “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE.” The inaugural induction ceremony was held at BotCon 2010. TRANSFORMERS influentials Bob Budiansky, Peter Cullen, Hideaki Yoke, and Kohjin Ohno were members of the inaugural class, along with five notable robot characters that are a part of Transformers lore.

Get a look and read the bios of all of the finalists right here.


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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