Hasbro Transformers Q&A for October
October 14, 2008

Much like their Q&A sessions with the brand managers of Star Wars, Marvel and GI Joe, the team at Hasbro has started up a monthly Q&A session with the team the runs the Transformers brand.   We at AFI put out a call for questions and you responded.  Below are your questions to "Team Transformers" and their answers:


Q1.Any chance that any Transformers Classics figures will ever be released with retro box packaging? (Much like the G.I. Joe 25th anniversary figures were released with the vintage package recreations)

A1) We try to "never say never", but the current plans are to use the 25th Anniversary Universe packaging in the near future.  We do have the new Special Edition figures that are being released in a commemorative package, but not necessarily a G1 retro package.

Q2.  Any chance we could see some larger "Mega" sized Robot Heroes like Devestator and Superion?

 A2) We are looking into it – stay tuned!!

Q3.  We’re getting a Robot Hero of G1 Slag, but you’ve named him Snarl like the animated version. Will we get an actual "Snarl" (steg) RH now?? What will you call him? Will we get all 5 dinobots in RH?

 A3) Unfortunately, we do not have plans to release any additional Dinobots at this point in time within the Universe Robot Heroes line.  However, as with everything that we do, there is always a chance to see them all atsome future point in time.

Q4. Any chance of getting more of the 1986 movie characters in the Classics line: a G1-accurate Arcee, Kup, Springer, Blurr?

A4) We would love to get more 1986 G1 Movie characters in the Universe line. There’s a fantastic cast of characters from that movie and I’m sure a few of them will be turning up in Universe. I would love to design a Blurr and Arcee personally, but we’ll have to see what we can fit in theline.

Q5. Any chance of getting a new voyager/ultra seeker mold for the Universe line? You’re sitting on a gold mine of repaints and easy money. The deluxe seekers look out of scale with the other TF as they are TOO SMALL! Also, how about a Galvatron or G2 Megs in the voyager/ultra size??

A5) The seekers are always loads of fun to make repaints of. We chose the lower price point of the Deluxe for our current seekers because it’s more affordable for the masses. People don’t mind buying a few repaints if they look cool and are only the Deluxe price point. Once they get larger and higher in price, it’s harder to expect collectors and kids to buy repaints
over and over again. Now a G2 Megatron in Voyager or Ultra has come across my mind a few times. In our current Universe line up we have a lot of tank-like vehicle so squeezing in a G2 Megatron would have been tough. But for the future…let’s just say I’ll try to get Megatron as big as I possibly can.

It’s not too early to start sending in questions for the next round.  If you have a Transformer question you want answered, just post it here to this thread on the boards.

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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