Hasbro Press Releases for Toy Fair 2009

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Hasbro has now begun its press releases for each of its toy lines in preparation for the upcoming Toy Fair 2009 convention; and they're packed with information! Click the following links to see each press release (the links may be a tad glitchy, so click "Read more" if they're not working for you):

Universe and Animated
Revenge of the Fallen
Marvel (for Marvel Crossover Transformers)

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Contacts:   
Marc Fehlberg
Hunter Public Relations
212-679-6600, ext. 294
[email protected]

Dan Benkwitt
Hasbro, Inc.
401-727-5318

HASBRO’S TRANSFORMERS BRAND CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE”
2009 TRANSFORMERS Universe and Animated Toy Lines Combine Brand’s Rich Heritage With “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE” Fun for Fans of All Ages

PAWTUCKET, R.I., (February 2009) – Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) revolutionized the action figure category 25 years ago with the launch of the MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE toys known as TRANSFORMERS. And while the TRANSFORMERS brand 25th anniversary celebration reaches its zenith on June 26, 2009 with the release of the action-packed movie TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, the brand has even more excitement to offer fans beyond the new film, including its TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE and TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED toy lines.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, Hasbro is “rolling out” dozens of TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE toys that showcase the innovation and depth that have been synonymous with the toy line since its inception. Featuring numerous styles and varying levels of complexity, Hasbro’s 2009 TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE toy line will appeal to a growing fan base that – after 25 years – spans multiple generations.  While the toy line will include popular characters kids will recognize from current and recent entertainment, the line also pays homage to the brand’s roots with many classic ‘bots from its extensive stories and unique mythology.

Of course, much of TRANSFORMERS’ popularity remains rooted in its origin:  over-the-top animation that shows the ongoing feud between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS. Launched last year, Cartoon Network’s new TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series continues the animation tradition with fantastic storylines that feature favorite characters like OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE and even MEGATRON. The new TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED line of toys lets kids experience the adventure in the playroom as they recreate scenes from the weekly show using a number of exciting, new action figures.

For the more mature fans who want to commemorate the 25th anniversary of TRANSFORMERS, Hasbro is expanding its popular line of MIGHTY MUGGS vinyl collectibles to include – for the first time – TRANSFORMERS characters such as OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON and several of their robotic cohorts.

First introduced in 1984 by Hasbro and Takara as a toy line, TRANSFORMERS has become a global entertainment property inspiring comic books, video games, animated series, a blockbuster movie and even a convention dedicated to TRANSFORMERS collectors. Yet its popularity remains rooted in its original premise – toys that change from robots into every imaginable kind of vehicle.
 

TRANSFORMERS: 25th Anniversary products available in Spring 2009

TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE 25th ANNIVERSARY FIGURES – DELUXE AND VOYAGER
(Approximate Retail price:  DELUXE scale $12.99; VOYAGER scale $22.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: First waves in January 2009, with additional waves released throughout spring)
The TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE 25th Anniversary line features DELUXE and VOYAGER assortments with new versions of incredibly detailed, realistically styled, but classic versions of familiar characters from the past 25 years. There will be ten new DELUXE figures including DINOBOT from the BEAST WARS series and four new VOYAGER figures including OVERLOAD from the CYBERTRON series.
 

TRANSFORMERS: ANIMATED products available in 2009

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED FIGURES – DELUXE AND VOYAGER
(Approximate Retail price:  DELUXE scale $12.99; VOYAGER scale $22.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: First waves in January 2009, with additional waves released throughout the year)
Figures in the TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED DELUXE and VOYAGER assortment feature character conversions like those seen in the popular TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series airing on Cartoon Network. Both assortments feature a variety of characters with exciting battle weapons and firing projectiles. Eleven characters, including BLURR and WASPINATOR, will be featured in the DELUXE LINE in 2009 while eight characters will be introduced in the VOYAGER LINE.

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED FIGURES – ENTERTAINMENT PACK
(Approximate Retail Price: $22.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: January 1, 2009)
The entertainment pack includes two deluxe-sized figures — twin brothers JETFIRE and JETSTORM — who combine to create SAFEGUARD. The brothers are the only AUTOBOTS who can fly and are the youngest Elite Guard members of all time. JETFIRE and JETSTORM will be showcased in new episodes of the Animated series debuting in Spring 2009.

Additional TRANSFORMERS products available in 2009

TRANSFORMERS MIGHTY MUGGS
(Approximate Retail Price: $12.99; Ages 6 & up; Available: First waves in January 2009, with additional waves released throughout the year)
The popular urban-style MIGHTY MUGGS line now showcases ROBOTS IN DISGUISE! Invading the world of TRANSFORMERS for the first time, MIGHTY MUGGS figures are ultra-hip vinyl collectibles that provide fun incarnations of many favorite characters from across the pop culture universe. TRANSFORMERS characters available in 2009 include OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, BUMBLEBEE and SOUNDWAVE.

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About HASBRO?Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com <http://www.hasbro.com/> . (C) 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

Contacts:   
Marc Fehlberg
Hunter Public Relations
212-679-6600, ext. 294
[email protected]

Dan Benkwitt
Hasbro, Inc.
401-727-5318

AUTOBOTS AND DECEPTICONS STORM TOY AISLES PRIOR TO HASBRO’S NEW LIVE-ACTION TRANSFORMERS MOVIE INVADING THEATERS THIS SUMMER
DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures Film Elevates the Excitement and Action from 2007’s Blockbuster TRANSFORMERS Movie

PAWTUCKET, R.I., (February 2009) – This summer, the colossal battle between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS continues when “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE” once again invade movie theaters around the world. The new DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures live-action movie TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN debuts June 26, 2009 and picks up the saga from the 2007 worldwide blockbuster film that finds two warring factions of robots colliding in a major battle on planet Earth.

For 25 years, Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) has provided kids with hours of MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE action with their figures that convert from robot to vehicles and back again.  Legions of boys around the world grew up creating fantastic adventures and battles set on both the planet CYBERTRON and Earth that featured the heroic AUTOBOTS, like OPTIMUS PRIME and BUMBLEBEE, clashing with the evil DECEPTICONS, led by MEGATRON.  The toys’ popularity reached new levels with the release of the first live-action TRANSFORMERS movie, cementing the toys and the brand in the upper stratosphere of pop culture. 

In 2009, Hasbro continues the legacy with its new line of movie-based TRANSFORMERS toys that capture the action and excitement of the new film.  Fans will love the new action figures showcasing popular characters like OPTIMUS PRIME and BUMBLEBEE in multiple scales — with many featuring lights and authentic sounds and phrases from the movie.  Kids can pretend to be a TRANSFORMERS robot by wearing the new BUMBLEBEE MOVIE VOICE MIXER HELMET that lets a child mix their own voice with music and includes “tune-in radio phrases,” just like BUMBLEBEE.  To complete the fantasy, kids can pretend to battle the DECEPTICONS with the new TRANSFORMERS MOVIE BUMBLEBEE PLASMA CANNON.  This awesome arm blaster converts from BUMBLEBEE’S robot arm to his plasma cannon and features lights and signature TRANSFORMERS sound effects.  And, long-time fans will be thrilled with one the most powerful DECEPTICONS, the new TRANSFORMERS MOVIE CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR figure, a monstrous robot that combines six vehicles into one giant robot.

Additionally, coming in the fall, young fans will enjoy TRANSFORMERS R.P.M.’S MINI-VEHICLES, a new line of miniature, non-converting TRANSFORMERS-themed vehicles that can be raced across the floor or on specially designed playsets and tracks.

The 2009 Transformers Movie Line includes:

TRANSFORMERS MOVIE FIGURES
(Approximate retail price: starting from $12.99; Ages: 5 & up; Available: Summer 2009)
For more than 25 years, TRANSFORMERS action figures have been known for their “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE” play pattern, with robots converting into vehicles, and then back to robots again.  In 2009, TRANSFORMERS movie action figures featuring the new film’s most popular characters will be available in three scales:  DELUXE, VOYAGER (larger scale), and LEADER (largest scale and includes lights and sounds).  DELUXE includes 24 characters, VOYAGER will offer 11 characters, and LEADER will feature three, including OPTIMUS PRIME and JETFIRE.

BUMBLEBEE MOVIE VOICE MIXER HELMET
(Approximate retail price: $39.99; Ages 5 & up; Available:  May 30, 2009)
In the 2007 TRANSFORMERS movie, BUMBLEBEE was a scene-stealer and an instant favorite among kids and long-time TRANSFORMERS fans.  Now, kids can pretend to be the fun-loving AUTOBOT character BUMBLEBEE with a role-playing helmet.  The toy allows kids to mix their voice through a “radio” — just like BUMBLEBEE — and also features realistic robot battle sounds and radio tune-in phrases to add authenticity to the play experience.

TRANSFORMERS MOVIE BUMBLEBEE PLASMA CANNON
(Approximate retail price:  $39.99; Ages 4 & up; Available:  May 30, 2009)
The ultimate companion to the BUMBLEBEE MOVIE VOICE MIXER HELMET, the TRANSFORMERS MOVIE BUMBLEBEE PLASMA CANNON allows kids to strap on the blaster and defend the Earth against its evil invaders. Features electronic lights and sounds.

TRANSFORMERS MOVIE CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR
(Approximate retail price:  $99.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: August 2009)
The largest and most powerful foe the AUTOBOTS will encounter in this summer’s TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN is sure to be DEVASTATOR, a monstrous DECEPTICON robot made up of six separate construction vehicles known as the CONSTRUCTICONS.  The TRANSFORMERS MOVIE CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR allows kids to re-create the film’s awesome action sequences.

TRANSFORMERS MOVIE POWER BOTS
(Approximate retail price:  $22.99; Ages 4 & up; Available:  May 30, 2009)
Designed to enable easy play for younger fans, TRANSFORMERS MOVIE POWER BOTS are 10-inch robot-only versions of favorite TRANSFORMERS characters.  These large-scale, chunky action figures include lights, sounds and battle features.  Two new POWER BOTS figures featuring robots from TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN will be released in 2009.

TRANSFORMERS MOVIE MEGA POWER BOTS
(Approximate retail price:  $34.99; Ages 4 & up; Available:  August  2009)
Taking POWER BOTS to the next level with a second mode for “mega” action!  Robots include OPTIMUS PRIME and DEVASTATOR.  When the DEVASTATOR POWER BOT figure is face down, he appears to be six different vehicles, but when standing upright, he is the monstrous DECEPTICON, DEVASTATOR.

TRANSFORMERS MOVIE HUMAN ALLIANCE
(Approximate retail price:  $29.99; Ages 5 & up; Available:  August  2009)
For the first time, the new TRANSFORMERS MOVIE HUMAN ALLIANCE collection allows kids to play with the human characters alongside the TRANSFORMERS.  When the TRANSFORMERS are in vehicle mode, the human figures fit inside and can go along for the ride.  When the TRANSFORMERS are in robot mode, the human figures can be positioned at different battle stations.  Three different characters will be available in 2009 – complete with a 2 1/4-inch human action figure – including BUMBLEBEE and friend Sam Witwicky.

TRANSFORMERS R.P.M’s MINI-VEHICLES SINGLE PACKS
(Approximate retail price:  $3.99; Ages 3 & up; Available:  August 2009)
When TRANSFORMERS characters are “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE,” they take on the look of some of most contemporary vehicles in the world, such as the Chevrolet Camaro Concept, Ford Mustang and GMC Topkick. For the first time ever, Hasbro offers mini vehicles of TRANSFORMERS characters that allow kids to engage in the classic play pattern of racing cars across the floor, as well as on play sets and tracks.  The robot version of the character is featured on the underside of each non-converting vehicle for kids to easily identify the characters unique to the TRANSFORMERS universe.  Twelve mini vehicles will be available in single packs in 2009, and include OPTIMUS PRIME/Semi Truck, BUMBLEBEE/Camaro, and BARRICADE/Mustang.

TRANSFORMERS RPMs DEVASTATOR TRACK SET
(Approximate retail price:  $39.99; Ages 5 & up; Available:  August 2009)
Created specifically for the new TRANSFORMERS R.P.M.’s line of mini-vehicles, the TRANSFORMERS RPMs DEVASTATOR TRACK SET provides fast, mini-vehicle play within a dynamic track set by leveraging the iconic battle and high stakes drama found in the new movie.  The track will bring DEVASTATOR to life and enable fans to re-enact the climactic movie battle between the AUTOBOTS and DEVASTATOR.

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About HASBRO?Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com <http://www.hasbro.com/> . (C) 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

Contacts:   
Joe Moscone
Hunter PR
[email protected]
212-679-6600               

Pat Jarret
Hasbro, Inc.
401-727-5896

HASBRO CONQUERS MARVEL UNIVERSE 3-3/4 INCHES AT A TIME!
Hasbro Introduces First-Ever 3-3/4-Inch Marvel Action Figures

PAWTUCKET, R.I., (February 13, 2009) – This spring, Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) – the creator of the action figure category and the leader in collector-favorite 3-3/4 inch action figure scale – launches the first-ever line of MARVEL UNIVERSE 3-3/4 inch action figures. The all-new MARVEL UNIVERSE line of beautifully detailed, highly articulated action figures feature a wide variety of SUPER HEROES from Marvel’s rich history of comic books, including favorites like SPIDER-MAN, HULK, WOLVERINE, DAREDEVIL, and CAPTAIN AMERICA.

Hasbro will also offer a great selection of new assortments in its existing Marvel toy lines in 2009.  A dozen new MARVEL TRANSFORMERS CROSSOVERS will be introduced, as well as a wide variety of new toys and characters to the wildly popular SPIDER-MAN, MARVEL MIGHTY MUGGS and SUPER HERO SQUAD lines.

A sample of Hasbro’s Marvel products available in Spring 2009

MARVEL TRANSFORMERS CROSSOVERS
(Approximate Retail Price: $14.99; Ages 5 & up; Available: Spring 2009) MARVEL heroes and villains show off their new super power as they converge with the TRANSFORMERS world.  Fan-favorites Iron Man, Captain America and Wolverine are among the 12 new MARVEL TRANSFORMERS CROSSOVERS available in 2009.  Kids can enjoy playing with these great toys in hero mode or vehicle mode.

 

 

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