Tag: movie

17/10/2009 0

Jap Movie Accurate & More

By Administratus Prime

TakaraTomy will soon release repainted versions of Transformers Revenge Of The Fallen voyager class Demolishor and deluxe class Rampage with new more movie accurate paint applications.

There is no official information on the release date of these figures at this moment, but when we know, we’ll be sure to share it.

25/08/2009 0

Lego Transformers Toy Movie

By Administratus Prime

Lego TransformersTransformers sparked Hollywood’s love affair with toy-based action movies two years ago, followed by current box-office hit GI Joe. Now another playtime favourite is to get the big-screen treatment

16/06/2009 0

Hasbro Morphs Its Toy-Movie Model

By Administratus Prime

Toy giant Hasbro (HAS) used to bid against other toymakers for rights to sell toys based on hot movies. Now the tables are reversed, as some of the biggest movies this summer are coming right out of Hasbro’s own toy chest.
Case in point, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the latest installment of the Transformers franchise, which opens in theaters on June 24. Analysts believe the film from Paramount Pictures (VIA) and director Michael Bay could be even bigger than its 2007 predecessor, Transformers, which grossed $700 million worldwide at the box office. That movie also sold $480 million worth of toys for Hasbro, 13% of the company’s overall sales in 2007.
There’s more on the way. Hasbro has a movie based on its G.I. Joe toy line coming out on Aug. 7. The company has an April 2011 release for a movie version of its Stretch Armstrong figure. That is part of a six-picture deal the company has with Universal Studios (GE), which included a movie version of Monopoly. Meanwhile, archrival Mattel (MAT) is working on movie versions of Hot Wheels and Major Matt Mason.
Turning its own toy brands into movies has a lot of benefits for Hasbro. The company doesn’t have to spend as much on toy marketing since the movie studio is already doing that to promote the film. In the case of summer movies, it also means the toymaker spreads its sales more evenly throughout the year. And Hasbro doesn’t have to pay the fat licensing fees to filmmakers that made Star Wars creator George Lucas one of the company’s largest shareholders. “I can’t give you specifics,” says Hasbro’s chief executive, Brian Goldner, but “it is more profitable when we own the brand.”
ENDURING APPEAL
Since the original Transformers toy line and cartoon made their debut 25 years ago, the saga of cars, airplanes, and other devices that convert into battling robots has proven to have a wide, enduring (and for many people, surprising) appeal. Hasbro now has a large base of parents who are as familiar with the franchise as their kids. Michael Spector, a 37-year-old Web producer in Easton, Penn., has 600 Transformers action figures in his collection, so many it took a whole day to move them. He’s planning on buying a few more of this year’s versions, mostly on behalf of his 8-year-old son, T.J. “It’s a bonding thing,” Spector explains. “Who doesn’t want to see robots beating the heck out of each other?”
Hasbro has borrowed heavily from its Star Wars experience in creating Transformers toys. There are $300 limited-edition robot sets for adult collectors, $22 action figures with lights and sound for younger kids, even $12 preschool robots. This year’s Bumblebee Voice Mixer helmet, $40, looks suspiciously like a Darth Vadar toy Hasbro created under its Star Wars license. The $40 Plasma Cannon is a fatter version of a light saber.
Like Lucas, Hasbro has found ways to connect with its fans even in years when movies aren’t released. BotCon, an annual conference for Transformers toy collectors, which Hasbro sponsors, just celebrated its 15th year. It drew a record 7,000 attendees to Pasadena, Calif., in early June. “It’s fantasy,” says Brian Savage, whose company organizes the shows. “People have to have something they enjoy.”
06/01/2009 0

At Last, a Kung Fu Robot Movie

By Administratus Prime

 There's never been a kung fu robot movie, which is basically a crime against culture. Luckily Chinese director Jeffrey Lau is about to deal out justice with his upcoming movie about cyborg kung fu masters.