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@  Touch My Thighs : (24 May 2016 - 05:00 AM)

No need to ban him, just remove his ability to post new topics. Problem solved.

@  Msol : (24 May 2016 - 01:01 AM)

So what's the over/under for when beetleman is banned?

@  Telly : (24 May 2016 - 12:26 AM)

is the christmas/holiday special in the latest mtmte trade? or atleast mtmte's segment of that comic

@  Plokatron : (23 May 2016 - 11:09 PM)

Robotic warriors give it their all! Fighting disguised till the victor stands tall!

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 May 2016 - 05:12 PM)

He tried to introduce himself once, but then he was compelled to kidnap himself and nobody's seen him since.

@  Paladin : (23 May 2016 - 04:53 PM)

wait, what about Candlejac

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 May 2016 - 04:45 PM)

All legends are true, except for the ones that aren't.

@  Foffy the Sheep : (23 May 2016 - 04:39 PM)

The Nightitme Secret Aardvark exists?! I though it was just a legend!

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 May 2016 - 04:28 PM)

Well, maybe. That depends on you, really. What you do behind closed doors is none of my business. I'm not the NSA.

@  Foffy the Sheep : (23 May 2016 - 04:24 PM)

Your nights shall be completely shame-free, however.

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 May 2016 - 04:16 PM)

Nope. You will bear the shame of this for all of your days.

@  Telly : (23 May 2016 - 04:00 PM)

can i delete this shout?

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 May 2016 - 02:58 PM)

..goes on forever, forever, forever my...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (23 May 2016 - 12:58 AM)

And a partridge in the song that doesn't end, yes it...

@  Paladin : (22 May 2016 - 06:52 PM)

just as Killamanjaro rises above the Serenghetti....

@  MEDdMI : (22 May 2016 - 05:41 PM)

Stayin' alive! Stayin' alive!

@  Locoman : (22 May 2016 - 05:21 PM)

Everybody walk the dinosaur!

@  Bass X0 : (22 May 2016 - 05:14 PM)

Bombin' the floor! Bombin' the floor!

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 May 2016 - 04:59 PM)

Breakin the law, breakin the law! :::air guitars:::

@  wonko the sane? : (22 May 2016 - 04:09 PM)

I'm watching plenty of TV, but I'm doing it all through the internet.

@  tffan01 : (22 May 2016 - 03:38 PM)

no.

@  Bass X0 : (22 May 2016 - 03:03 PM)

is anyone watching more web original shows and streamed TV shows than actual TV channels?

@  wonko the sane? : (22 May 2016 - 10:49 AM)

I wanted to charge my book, but couldn't cause my brother was charging his cigarette... the future is stupid.

@  Pennpenn : (22 May 2016 - 09:05 AM)

I hate that situation where you spend ages to find something, then realize it isn't charged, but you can't find the charging cable.

@  Locoman : (22 May 2016 - 09:00 AM)

Only cartoons I keep up with are RID2015, Rescue Bots, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and Rick & Morty

@  Locoman : (22 May 2016 - 08:59 AM)

no, I don't really watch cartoons on tv no more

@  tffan01 : (22 May 2016 - 03:54 AM)

@Locoman, have you watched the cartoon I was talking about (Supernoobs) though?

@  Telly : (21 May 2016 - 10:34 PM)

"Chaos is bad for business, y'see." depends on the kind of business youre in...

@  Foffy the Sheep : (21 May 2016 - 09:34 PM)

Unless we're talking about the guy from Hunger Games, President Snow. He has feet.

@  Foffy the Sheep : (21 May 2016 - 09:33 PM)

Snow doesn't have feet. It's just piles of frozen water.

@  Locoman : (21 May 2016 - 09:29 PM)

you wish, bud. let's see those bastards operate under six feet of snow

@  Foffy the Sheep : (21 May 2016 - 09:28 PM)

What I got out of that was that Canada really wants to have a plague of locusts unleashed upon them.

@  Locoman : (21 May 2016 - 09:25 PM)

y'see, under canadian law all broadcasting corporations operate under a mandate that at least 40% of the content they broadcast must be Canadian content. Naturally, this applies to kid's cartoon channels as well, which is a fairly niche market these days. So animators slap together very cheaply animated flash cartoons and air them in the daytime hours to fill the quota. Hence endless reruns of Johnny Test, Almost Naked Animals, etc.

@  Patchouli Kn... : (21 May 2016 - 09:25 PM)

Chaos is bad for business, y'see.

@  Foffy the Sheep : (21 May 2016 - 09:17 PM)

You're a criminal mastermind. Shouldn't you want to wreak havoc?

@  Patchouli Kn... : (21 May 2016 - 09:16 PM)

You really want to be responsible for the creation of giant radioactive moose?

@  Foffy the Sheep : (21 May 2016 - 09:13 PM)

Well, I didn't wanna have to do this, but it looks like we have to nuke Canada.

@  Foffy the Sheep : (21 May 2016 - 09:12 PM)

Johnny Test isn't even the worst of it? Mother of God...

@  Locoman : (21 May 2016 - 09:04 PM)

But in Canada, Johnny Test is just one of many terrible flash cartoons. It's not even the worst one.

@  ShadowMan024 : (21 May 2016 - 08:49 PM)

Pft. Cartoon Network aired Johnny Test TEN times a day for a loooooong time.

@  The Doctor Who : (21 May 2016 - 08:01 PM)

Mayhem Hangouts is Go! I repeat the loonies are converging on Google! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

@  Foffy the Sheep : (21 May 2016 - 07:52 PM)

My condolences. It's always sad to hear of the death of a loved one...or someone's sanity.

@  Locoman : (21 May 2016 - 07:44 PM)

Back in the days when I watched TFP on TV, they sometimes aired it six or seven times a day.

@  Locoman : (21 May 2016 - 07:44 PM)

You don't know the pain of Johnny Test until you live in Canada.

@  tffan01 : (21 May 2016 - 07:36 PM)

Anyone watched the piece of shit called the Supernoobs on Cartoon Network? It somehow managed to be worse than Johnny Test or Uncle Grandpa. It's jokes are cliche, the show is boring with stereotypical characters.

@  Confuzor : (21 May 2016 - 06:59 PM)

No euphemism. Just old farts doing stuff they shouldn't.

@  Paladin : (21 May 2016 - 06:54 PM)

unless "bounce house" is a euphemism for somethign else....

@  Confuzor : (21 May 2016 - 06:14 PM)

30 year old bodies were not meant for Bounce Houses. Oof.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 May 2016 - 04:31 PM)

Shouldn't Sideshow be a different article?

@  ShadowMan024 : (21 May 2016 - 04:19 PM)

That's just my opinion, if you want a better viewpoint, go ask in the TFWiki thread.


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Interview with Brian Goldner, Hasbro President and CEO


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#1 Galenraff

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:08 AM

Last Saturday night at the Battleship Ball, supporting the Hasbro Children's Hospital, Powered Convoy and I were fortunate enough to get a little time to meet with Brian Goldner, President and CEO of Hasbro, as well as Julie Duffy, Vice President of Global Brand Publicity. After we introduced ourselves, Brian began by telling us how incredible he thought our charity efforts have been over the past three years, and thanked our community for its extremely generous support of the hospital.

Then we dove into our questions.

Allspark: In the past few years, we've seen Hasbro take a much more active role in the promotions of its various toy divisions, with everything from The Hub, to video games, and even live action movies like Transformers and of course Battleship. As the incoming CEO in 2008, you said this was one of your main goals. When you look at those successes, how do you feel about where that strategic goal now stands, and what do you see as the next challenges ahead of you?

Brian: It really started in 2000, when for the first time Transformers was back on the air and marketed as Robots in Disguise, we began working closely with our partners in Takara, and we were really moving things forward. And we're still in the early innings of that plan. We're not done, we keep developing our properties in new ways, for example this Monday we'll be announcing a new movie based on a property and with a new studio partner which we're really excited about. Like Bill Gates said, always overestimate what your company can do in the next two years, but underestimate what it can do in the next ten. That's what we try and do. We're developing our properties and moving them forward in new and exciting ways in the short term, but it's all part of a long term progression.

Allspark: How do you address the challenges in keeping the Hasbro brands, many of which are now cultural staples, new and exciting for each generation?

Brian: By reinventing play. Like with the Game of Life Zapped which you play on the iPad, or Monopoly with the electronic credit cards, or even things like Transformers on the big screen. We have 1500 brands, and by constantly reimagining Hasbro brands for what consumers want to see while staying true to what made them popular in the first place, we keep them fresh and fun.

Allspark: Being a former board member of a prominent hospital in the Providence area, how do you find that experience helps you when partnering with the Hasbro Children's Hospital?

Brian: Hasbro Children's Hospital is in our DNA, and employees in our company at all levels are extremely committed to it. Every employee at Hasbro is encouraged to give their time to charity. They get 4 hours per month paid with which they can volunteer. It's one of the things that helps Hasbro rank as one of the best places to work year after year. So this partnership is extremely important to us. We just produced a video which began simply by asking employees why the Hasbro Children's Hospital mattered so much to them, and we were so blown away by the responses that we had to share them.

Allspark: Was that the 5 minute video which talked about how the Hospital impacted employees personally, and which included the one young woman who's now in a wheelchair, but was able to walk for a few more years because of the Hospital?

Brian: Yes, that's it, and she's great and her story was just incredible.

(This is the video, if you hadn't caught it in the charity drive thread, and it really is incredible to see the impact of this partnership.)



Allspark: In recent years we've seen various toy companies come under fire regarding safety standards, factory working conditions, that sort of thing. You have responded decisively to any issues Hasbro has faced. For example, VP of Corporate Responsibility Kathrin Belliveau was recently named #46 on a 2011 list of "100 most influential people in business ethics." These are very strong commitments, so how do you feel about Hasbro's ability to keep these commitments to social responsibility in the face of ever-changing product safety laws, public scrutiny of worker conditions, as well as the financial need to keep costs low?

Brian: The CSR reports directly to me, so this is something we do take very seriously and recently produced a report on Hasbro's commitment to social responsibility. One thing we've done was eliminate all the wire ties in our packaging, which saves 40,000 miles of wire ties each year. We're also committed to eliminating PVC from our packaging in 2013. We're setting objective benchmarks for what we can accomplish. It's about progress, not perfection. And we were just named on a list of the most ethical companies. This really builds on the other questions, how we care about the company, the brands, and it all connects. This has been a challenging economic environment and last year we had to suspend all raises, but I promised that if we had a successful year and were able to give them back, we would. I'm proud to say last fall we honored that commitment and gave those raises and then some.

Allspark: One final question, thinking about building on previous questions and thinking a little more prescriptively. This marks our third year of fan fundraising to support this great event. One thing we've learned is that these communities love to come together to make a positive impact on the world. We've had contributions from all around the globe, from people with diverse backgrounds, and some weren't even Transformers fans. I'd like to ask what recommendations you may have for how you would like to see this community stay engaged and motivated? For example, what kinds of causes would you like to see fans of Hasbro brands support, what are some charities you see as consistent with Hasbro values, or are there ways in which we can continue to partner with Hasbro for fans to make a difference?

Brian: What your community has been able to do is incredible, and this is a great cause you've chosen to support, thank you. There are a lot of great philanthropic companies worth supporting, but one that I feel is doing particularly great work is GenerationOn. We've worked with GenerationOn because their goal is to teach the next generation of kids to be service-oriented, to value charity and helping others, and learning the importance of giving of themselves. It's an effort that's available nationwide and it would be great for more people to get involved.

(This is their website: GenerationOn.org.)


(Please note that it was too loud where we were for audio recording, so this conversation is based on my notes. I took thorough notes, but it may not be strictly verbatim.)

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:24 AM

I have to say it was a pleasure talking with Brian and he is a really genuine, kind person.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:32 PM

I'd like to say to, that this interview would not have been possible without the help and ingenuity of Allspark member skunkobot.

Thank you Mike!

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:14 PM

People who weren't happy with the ten year anniversary of R.I.D. being ignored should appreciate the shout out Brian gave. Would have been really easy to just say Armada since it sold even better.

HEY GUYS BUY MY GENUINE WHEELS CUSTOM* TOYS HERE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. :) 

*no actual customization has been done to the toys, they are simply more cool because I will have once owned them




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