HASBRO OPENS TICKET SALES FOR FIRST-EVER HASCON FANMILY™ EVENT

HASBRO OPENS TICKET SALES FOR FIRST-EVER HASCON FANMILY™ EVENT

Three Day Convention Will Include Panels, Larger-than-Life Brand Experiences, Games Events,

Auditions for Hasbro TV Commercials and Shows, Meet & Greets and Appearances from Peter

Cullen, Frank Welker, Stan Lee, Dude Perfect and top  MY LITTLE PONY and TRANSFORMERS Talent 

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — May 22, 2017 – Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, officially opened ticket sales for the first-ever HASCON FANmily™ event, which will take place in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017. Hasbro fans and families from around the globe can purchase single day tickets or three-day tickets for the convention, with VIP packages available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors. 

Today Hasbro also revealed the first round of talent appearances, panels and brand experiences set to take place during HASCON 2017.  Appearances and meet & greets will be available with some of the biggest names from Hasbro, including DUDE PERFECT, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Producer of all the TRANSFORMERS films, as well as G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. JOE:

Retaliation); Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Legend); Peter Cullen and Frank Welker (original

TRANSFORMERS voice talent); Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck (voice talent of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC and MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE), “Chewbacca Mom”, Candace Payne and more.   

This unique event will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life like never before, including

TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY and

G.I. JOE, and exceptional partner brands such as BEYBLADE, DREAMWORKS TROLLS and SESAME STREET. Fans will get a peek behind the Hasbro curtain during the three days filled with exciting first-look previews and panels from Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series.

Attendees will be immersed in hands-on, interactive experiences with oversized games such as

PIE FACE and TOILET TROUBLE from HASBRO GAMING, photo opportunities with SESAME STREET and TROLLS costumed characters, epic BEYBLADE battles, a PLAY-DOH creation zone and the MY LITTLE PONY magical world of Equestria. FANmilies will be able to take photos with props from Hasbro’s movies and step into a custom-built NERF battle arena, maybe even with the guys from DUDE PERFECT.  HASCON will also host MAGIC: THE GATHERING gameplay featuring an exclusive preview of the upcoming Iconic Masters card set.  Youth fans, ages 3-15, have the opportunity to audition for Hasbro commercials and voice talent on our animated series. Fans also can purchase exclusive* Hasbro toys and merchandise including new TRANSFORMERS products.  

In addition, there will be activities inspired by several iconic Disney properties, including Disney

Princess, Frozen, Elena of Avalor, Moana and Descendants 2, as well as Star Wars and Marvel’s

Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. From movie props and costumes on

display, to hands-on fun through art tutorials and more, these areas will be can’t-miss destinations during the show.

“Hasbro constantly strives for new ways to bring our storytelling to life and offer fans greater access to our brands, and HASCON is designed to bring attendees closer to Hasbro’s biggest properties than ever before,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro. “We are assembling the ultimate fan celebration, with three days of marquee talent, interactive activities, immersive experiences, game events, panel discussions, VIP events and much more.  We’re set to deliver an unforgettable experience for fans and families alike.”   

HASCON tickets are on-sale now. Single day tickets are available for $30 for youth (ages 3-15) and $60 for adults (ages 16+). Three-Day tickets range from $75 for youth (ages 3-15) to $165 for adults (ages 16+). VIP packages are also available for super-fans and the most enthusiastic collectors starting at $200 for youth (ages 3 – 15) and $600 for adults (ages 16+), plus taxes. To purchase tickets and stay up to date on all the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit http://hascon.hasbro.com   

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About Hasbro  

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past six years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

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McFARLANE TOYS LANDS TOY LICENSE FOR NEW SERIES STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY

McFARLANE TOYS LANDS TOY LICENSE FOR NEW SERIES STAR TREK™: DISCOVERY

Deal Also Includes Classic Star Trek Series

Tempe, Ariz., Stardate – May 22, 2017 –McFarlane Toys has signed a toy license deal with CBS Consumer Products to create figures, role play weapons and accessories for the new Star Trek: Discovery television series. In addition, McFarlane Toys will also create merchandise from the entire Star Trek universe, ranging from the iconic classic television series Star Trek: The Original Series to the legendary films.

The initial line will highlight two of the most iconic characters in the Star Trek universe with articulated 7-inch figures of U.S.S. Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series and U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. These figures will debut in window box collector packaging and feature iconic accessories such as phasers and communicators.  Various characters from the highly-anticipated Star Trek: Discovery television series and other adaptations will follow.

Star Trek is hands down one of the most groundbreaking and innovative franchises in the history of entertainment,” said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. “We plan on carrying that forward with our upcoming toy lines, giving fans a fresh and detailed look, that their favorite characters deserve.”

“We are excited to sign McFarlane Toys as the first licensee for Star Trek: Discovery. Their commitment to quality and dedication to fans is the perfect combination to bring this lineup of products to life,” said Veronica Hart, Senior Vice President of CBS Consumer Products. “We know Star Trek fans worldwide are looking forward to it as much as we are.” 

McFarlane’s Star Trek toys will be available in the Spring of 2018 at major retailers worldwide starting at an MSRP: $19.99. For more information about Star Trek, visit www.startrek.com. For more information about everything McFarlane Toys, fans are encouraged to check out www.mcfarlane.com as well as the McFarlane social media channels for updates and news.

For over 20 years McFarlane Toys has produced toys for various entertainment properties, and is renowned for its attention to detail and unmistakable craftsmanship. This collaboration with Star Trek will undoubtedly give fans all over the world new and unique collectables that will be “true to life” replicas of both legendary and new characters from the Star Trek franchise.

Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series debuted on September 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons — a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. It spawned six more television series and 13 feature films spanning the course of half a century.  Its newest chapter, Star Trek: Discovery, will feature a new ship, new characters, and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series will premiere on the CBS Television Network with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

™ & ©2017 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

May Is For Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Adam Warlock

May Is For Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Adam Warlock

Adam Warlock | Death’s Head II | Ex Nihilo | Gamora | Mantis | Nebula | Rocket Raccoon and Toddler Groot | Star-Lord | Group Shots

Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 : Adam Warlock
Adam Warlock was there at the beginning for me.  When the flames of my love for comic books were first truly stoked.  He’s been around since before I was born too, but when I was truly born into comics, Adam Warlock was there, wielding the Infinity Gauntlet.  I never looked back.  Alongside the Silver Surfer and Thanos, he was what started my deep interest in all things Marvel Cosmic.  When Marvel brought him back around after a quiet little while for the Dan Abnett / Andy Lanning run of Guardians of the Galaxy, I couldn’t have been happier.  It’s been a long time since that run too though, so to now get hands on that beloved (by me) Adam Warlock…and Magus?!?!  Christmas in May!  Truly Christmas in May, because Uncle Santa (Hasbro) sent me this 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 of Marvel Legends for free to share with all of the awesome readers out there!  Thank you!

The Good

  • Adam’s orange skin is the perfect shade.
  • Strong face detail conveys Adam at his white eyed finest.
  • Magic effect accessories are a perfect fit for the character and look great with light blue coloring.
  • Adam’s sash and belt look and fit perfectly while allowing full movement of his lower extremities.
  • Warlock features a healthy amount of modern Legend articulation omitting really only the butterfly chest joints, otherwise it’s all there.
  • Here’s where it gets next level.  The hair.  Adam’s hair is highly detailed, well sculpted, looks perfect.  
  • Warlock comes with a second head, an old friend, Magus.  There is an exceptional amount of varied and alternate detail in Magus’ head outside of the color.
  • Magus has his own set of perfectly colored, incredibly well sculpted hair.  
  • Hasbro has nailed the psychopathic eyed look that Magus deserves to show.  
  • The contrast between Adam Warlock and Magus is staggering, Warlock with the stoic face, Magus with the crazed smile.  They are going to look great side by side on my Cosmic shelf!
  • Uniform detail is sharp and paint is really just Spic and Span clean here.
  • Warlock includes the head BAF piece for Mantis, we will talk about her in her own post (spoiler, awesome).  

The Bad

  • With limited exception, Hasbro has done away with the “running change” concept of figure releases.  For the most part, it’s been a blessing.  Trying to keep up with all running changes was a challenge, but some collectors really loved it.  The reason I mention it here though, is …I want a vintage look Adam Warlock AND Magus running change, and it’s in “the bad” because I’m probably never going to get that.  Still, happy I have this, for me, he’s a perfect figure!

 

The rest

This whole wave of figures (as you will see in the coming days) is full of knock out, drop dead gorgeous figures.  It makes picking a favorite very difficult.  Characters I never thought I’d see in plastic, costumes I never thought I’d get.  Ex Nihilo?  Death’s Head II?  In 2017, we are showered in the riches of glorious action figures and Hasbro is doing amazing things.  I have to call it for this wave though.  I love every figure in the wave that comes after Adam Warlock, but I can love none greater than Adam Warlock.  He’s a character core to my love of comics and this particular package contains him in one of my favorite incarnations.  It also includes him in one of my favorite evil incarnations.  You’ll notice from the pictures, Adam and Magus standing side by side.  When the figure popped up on Amazon the first go round, I had to order one, I knew I needed two of these to properly and forever display Magus and Adam Warlock!  

Availability

Folks have been posting and sharing images of Adam Warlock for a few weeks now.  Everyone gets really anxious and thinks that they will never get one and these won’t ever hit shelves.  That causes people to do crazy things like charge more than double for the figure on the aftermarket.  If the copious and bountiful 2017 waves to come before this Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 are any lesson, patience.  Stores may have gotten their early drip feed, even Amazon, but the flood gates aren’t open yet and the pattern seems to be, a few retailers, limited stock, a few more retailers, more stock, more, more, then right up on HasbroToyShop.com!  That said, I hate waiting, so I get the desire to get what you want even if it’s a little bit more.  I encourage you to be patient though.  Don’t feed the scalpers.  It doesn’t help Hasbro make more figures if you pay $60 for a figure someone already bought.  Let the scalper eat their greed, wait a little bit, and encourage Hasbro to make more incredible figures like Adam Warlock!

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THE JIM HENSON COMPANY TAPS MCFARLANE TOYS TO PRODUCE FIGURES FROM CLASSIC FILMS LABYRINTH AND THE DARK CRYSTAL

THE JIM HENSON COMPANY TAPS MCFARLANE TOYS TO PRODUCE FIGURES FROM CLASSIC FILMS LABYRINTH AND THE DARK CRYSTAL

 

Tempe, AZ and Hollywood, CA – May 19, 2017 –The Jim Henson Company has partnered with McFarlane Toys, which will harken back to its roots of “Movie Maniacs” to create figures of classic characters from two of Henson’s most well-known features Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.

Directed by visionary Jim Henson and executive produced by George Lucas, Labyrinth is a fanboy favorite and wonder of puppetry. Stuck babysitting her brother, teenager Sarah, resentfully wishes The Goblin King (memorably portrayed by David Bowie) can take him away. When her wish comes true, Sarah must head into the Labyrinth herself to save him. Since its 1986 release the film has garnered a cult popularity and is still reveled in today’s era as a timeless classic.

The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, brilliantly weaves a timeless myth of good and evil. In another time, The Dark Crystal, a source of balance and truth in the universe, was broken, dividing the world into two factions; the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. Now, as the convergence of the three suns approaches, the crystal must be healed, or darkness will reign forever. The Dark Crystal’s fanbase has only risen since the film’s debut and has also developed a cult following of fans across the world.

McFarlane Toys has produced highly detailed figures and construction sets for various entertainment properties and this collaboration with The Jim Henson Company will give fans of these iconic films new and unique action figures that are “true to life” replicas of their on-screen personas.

The upcoming toys will include a 7-inch figure of Labyrinth’s Jareth The Goblin King, and for The Dark Crystal, fans can look forward to figures of Jen and Kira. Each figure will be highly detailed and come fully articulated to recreate infamous movie scenes. These figures will also debut in new window box collector packaging and will come with Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal branded detailed bases.

“Fans of both Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal continue to grow, while both brands also enjoy the passionate and loyal support of committed followers for decades,” said Vice President of Global Consumer Products for The Jim Henson Company, Federico San Martin.  “We are looking forward to McFarlane toys introducing the characters that defined these classic adventures to our legions of fans around the world.”
 
 “Jim Henson was one of the most visually creative minds, and these incredible movies are just the tip of the iceberg,” said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. “We pride ourselves on our creativity and attention to detail, and to be able to make figures of these iconic characters is something pretty special.”

McFarlane Toys’ Labyrinth Jareth The Goblin King figure will be available at major retailers this November carrying an MSRP: $19.99 (and now available for pre-order, HERE).  The Dark Crystal Jen and Kira figures are slated to release Spring 2018For more information about The Jim Henson Company visit www.henson.com. For more information about everything McFarlane Toys, fans are encouraged to check out www.mcfarlane.com as well as the McFarlane social media channels for updates and news.

ARTSPLASH™ IS THE WINNER OF THE TOY BOX SHOW

ARTSPLASH™ IS THE WINNER OF THE TOY BOX SHOW

ARTSPLASH™ IS THE WINNER OF ABC’S HIT SERIES, “THE TOY BOX”

The 3D Liquid Art set Will Be Manufactured by Mattel,  and is Now Available Exclusively at Toy“R”Us®

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 19, 2017 – After eight weeks of viewing over 35 toy inventions the kid judges have spoken, and Artsplash™ (formerly known as Liquid Art) prevailed as the first-ever winner of ABC’s “The Toy Box.”  Artsplash™ is now available for purchase online exclusively at Toysrus.com and will be available only at Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide beginning tomorrow, Saturday, May 20. 

Artsplash™ is a one-of-a-kind art set unlike anything on the market today. This new toy gives kids tools to create limitless 3D art with water by simply dipping the Aquapen into various colored dyes and then placing the colored water onto any of the six different Artsheets. When kids are finished they just wipe the Artsheet clean and start again.    

“Ever since I was young, inventing was my dream, and I created Artsplash™ to give kids a new way to create their own masterpieces, with something other than just a paint brush and paper,” said Ryan Stewart, Winner of ABC’s The Toy Box. “To be able see something I created on-shelf at Toys”R”Us is a childhood dream come true.” 

“For seven weeks I have seen everything from candy cannons to dolls with wigs!” said Eric Stonestreet, host of ABC’s The Toy Box. “Artsplash™ is something I would have loved to have as a kid. I think parents and kids will enjoy playing and creating with Artsplash™ together.” 

ABC, Mattel and Hudson Media developed “The Toy Box” to give audiences across the country a sneak peek into the world of toy invention. 

“The Toy Box has given us a new way to connect with talented inventors and celebrate the creativity and innovation it takes to make a toy.” said Richard Dickson, President and COO, Mattel. 

Over the course of the series, inventors presented their toy concepts to a group of mentors that included Dylan’s Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, toy guru Jim Silver and Pixar Creative Director of Consumer Products Jen Tan. Once the toy maker made it past the mentors, they moved on to The Toy Box where a panel of young, no-holds-barred judges that included Sophia Grace Brownlee (“The Ellen Degeneres Show”), Aalyrah Caldwell (“Uncle Buck”), Toby Grey (“The Unexpected John Cena Prank”) and Noah Ritter (“The Ellen Degeneres Show”) decided which toy would move on to the finals and be crowned the winner. After deliberating over the finalists, the judges selected Liquid Art, now known as Artsplash™, as the grand prize winner. 

“When Mattel came to us about “The Toy Box,” we knew it was a winning idea and that Toys“R”Us was the only retailer who could help make Ryan’s dream a reality,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us. “Fans of the show will be excited to find Artsplash™, Ryan’s imaginative, original toy concept, in our Hot and New feature shop – at the front and center of all Toys“R”Us stores – when we open our doors tomorrow morning.” 

Artsplash™ is now available at online exclusively at Toysrus.com and will be available for purchase at all Toys“R”Us stores nationwide beginning tomorrow. For more information on ABC’s “The Toy Box,” and the winning toy visit http://abc.go.com/shows/the-toy-box. 

About Mattel

Mattel is a creations company that inspires the wonder of childhood. Our mission is to be the recognized leader in play, learning and development worldwide. Mattel’s portfolio of global consumer brands includes American Girl®, Barbie®, Fisher-Price®, Hot Wheels®, Monster High® and Thomas & Friends™, among many others. Mattel also creates a wealth of lines and products made in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies. With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Visit us online at www.mattel.com. 

 

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 883 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 795 international stores and 254 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 60,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need.

Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has donated more than $130 million in grants to children’s charities. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

 

About Disney-ABC Television Group

Disney|ABC Television Group is comprised of The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business.  This includes ABC Studios, a global leader in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and on-demand platforms; the ABC Owned Television Stations Group; and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment and news programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S.  It also includes Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 116 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands, as well as cable network Freeform, which targets Millennials. Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution and Disney Media Distribution round out the portfolio. Disney|ABC Television Group also has equity interests in A+E Networks and Hulu.