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We’ve had a lot of rumors this month, and another one has come out of the pipes. While rumors tend to bring happiness along with them, this one has the opposite effect. We regretfully inform everyone that Hasbro might have just shut down the Transformers Animated toy line for good. As reported by TFormers, one of their members got a response from Hasbro in regards to Transformers Animated inquiries. This was the response.
Thank you for contacting Hasbro, Inc. regarding the Transformers Animated Blackout and Thundercracker. We appreciate your interest in our company and products. Regrettably, both products have recently been discontinued. We are, therefore, unable to assist you in identifying retail markets which may still have this product in inventory nor do we have any available for direct sale. Although they are no longer in our current product line, you may still be able to find them in retail stores. Some of the retail stores that carry Hasbro products include Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Target. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you and your family will enjoy Hasbro products for many years to come.
Now what exactly does this mean for us? Animated has been discontinued since the spring of 2009. The remaining figures we were anticipating were meant to be store exclusives, much like Toys ‘R’ Us with Arcee and Cybertron Mode Ratchet. Does this also mean that the presumed store exclusives have been discontinued?
The remaining Hasbro Animated figures are listed below.
- Rodimus Minor
- Vortex Blurr
- Fugitive Waspinator
- Wingblade Optimus Prime
- Toxic Oil Slick
- Mudbuster Bulkhead
- Hydrodive Bumblebee
- Golfire Grimlock
Whether there is truth to this rumor or simply a misunderstanding, we’ll be the first ones to update everyone on the official confirmation
The Japanese have finally received their home media copies of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and the contents within the box confirm that Tomy Takara will be rolling out Transformers Animated as its next line. We reported previously on leaked solicitations that indicate Deluxe class figures will be coming out starting in March 2010.
One scan provided by Autobase Aiichi (translation), juxtaposes the Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers Animated versions of Optimus Prime while the second scan announces that the line will launch in Spring 2010.
The second scan also reveals that the N.E.S.T. Global Alliance will also be released in Japan starting next year.
A couple months ago there was a rumor that a grey prototype that no one could recognize or could even guess at may be a new toyline addition for the Transformers Universe. There were guesses all over the map, from War Within Grimlock to TransTech Optimus Prime.
Thanks to the latest trailer for the recently discovered War For Cybertron game, we can now deduce that one of the said unknown prototypes may, in fact, be that of Optimus Prime.
As of posting, we can neither confirm nor deny the complete validity of this revelation, but the images don’t lie and it looks like the Transformers Universe may be getting new additions to the family.