Exclusive: Hasbro honors ‘Transformers’ history with Comic-Con toys

June 28, 2013 | 11:34 a.m.
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Transformers Titan Guardians action figure set: Optimus Prime ($39.99, HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
Featuring five classic Transformers characters — Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave and Grimlock — this set of five non-converting 6-inch-tall figures delivers classic G1 styles. (Hasbro)

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Transformers Titan Guardians action figure set: Starscream ($39.99, HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
Featuring five classic Transformers characters — Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave and Grimlock — this set of five non-converting 6-inch-tall figures delivers classic G1 styles. (Hasbro)

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Transformers Titan Guardians action figure set: Soundwave ($39.99, HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
Featuring five classic Transformers characters — Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave and Grimlock — this set of five non-converting 6-inch-tall figures delivers classic G1 styles. (Hasbro)

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Transformers Titan Guardians action figure set: Grimlock ($39.99, HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
Featuring five classic Transformers characters — Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave and Grimlock — this set of five non-converting 6-inch-tall figures delivers classic G1 styles. (Hasbro)

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Transformers Titan Guardians action figure set: Megatron ($39.99, HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
Featuring five classic Transformers characters — Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave and Grimlock — this set of five non-converting 6-inch-tall figures delivers classic G1 styles. (Hasbro)

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Shockwave's Laboratory ($49.99; HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
The evil Decepticon scientist and his cloning chamber are featured in this SDCC special edition figure set, featuring a Voyager Class Shockwave with a G1-inspired paint scheme, as well as a Commander Class Predaking figure with an Energon-infused translucent design. The toy is sold in special collectible "Laboratory" packaging based on the hit TV series. (Hasbro)

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Shockwave's Laboratory ($49.99; HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
The evil Decepticon scientist and his cloning chamber are featured in this SDCC special edition figure set, featuring a Voyager Class Shockwave with a G1-inspired paint scheme, as well as a Commander Class Predaking figure with an Energon-infused translucent design. The toy is sold in special collectible "Laboratory" packaging based on the hit TV series. (Hasbro)

hasbro 2013 sdcc transformers beast hunters shockwave vehicle Exclusive: Hasbro honors Transformers history with Comic Con toys

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Shockwave's Laboratory ($49.99; HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
The evil Decepticon scientist and his cloning chamber are featured in this SDCC special edition figure set, featuring a Voyager Class Shockwave with a G1-inspired paint scheme, as well as a Commander Class Predaking figure with an Energon-infused translucent design. The toy is sold in special collectible "Laboratory" packaging based on the hit TV series. (Hasbro)

hasbro 2013 sdcc transformers beast hunters shockwave predaking copy Exclusive: Hasbro honors Transformers history with Comic Con toys

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Shockwave's Laboratory ($49.99; HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
The evil Decepticon scientist and his cloning chamber are featured in this SDCC special edition figure set, featuring a Voyager Class Shockwave with a G1-inspired paint scheme, as well as a Commander Class Predaking figure with an Energon-infused translucent design. The toy is sold in special collectible "Laboratory" packaging based on the hit TV series. (Hasbro)

hasbro 2013 sdcc transformers beast hunters predaking bot copy Exclusive: Hasbro honors Transformers history with Comic Con toys

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Shockwave's Laboratory ($49.99; HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
The evil Decepticon scientist and his cloning chamber are featured in this SDCC special edition figure set, featuring a Voyager Class Shockwave with a G1-inspired paint scheme, as well as a Commander Class Predaking figure with an Energon-infused translucent design. The toy is sold in special collectible "Laboratory" packaging based on the hit TV series. (Hasbro)

hasbro 2013 sdcc transformers beast hunters predaking dragon copy Exclusive: Hasbro honors Transformers history with Comic Con toys

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Shockwave's Laboratory ($49.99; HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
The evil Decepticon scientist and his cloning chamber are featured in this SDCC special edition figure set, featuring a Voyager Class Shockwave with a G1-inspired paint scheme, as well as a Commander Class Predaking figure with an Energon-infused translucent design. The toy is sold in special collectible "Laboratory" packaging based on the hit TV series. (Hasbro)

hasbro 2013 sdcc transformers titan class metropelx robot Exclusive: Hasbro honors Transformers history with Comic Con toys

Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex SDCC Edition ($149.99, HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
The largest converting Transformers toy changes from robot mode to rolling battle platform mode, and also converts into an Autobot city. This special-edition version features two giant blasters, metallic coated armor, chrome foil stickers, as well as a Legends-scale Scamper figure and 12 miniature Autobot and Decepticon figures to inhabit his Autobot city mode. (Hasbro)

hasbro 2013 sdcc transformers titan class metroplex city mode Exclusive: Hasbro honors Transformers history with Comic Con toys

Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex SDCC Edition ($149.99, HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
The largest converting Transformers toy changes from robot mode to rolling battle platform mode, and also converts into an Autobot city. This special edition version features two giant blasters, metallic coated armor, chrome foil stickers, as well as a Legends-scale Scamper figure and 12 miniature Autobot and Decepticon figures to inhabit his Autobot city mode. (Hasbro)

hasbro 2013 sdcc transformers titan class metroplex vehicle mode Exclusive: Hasbro honors Transformers history with Comic Con toys

Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex SDCC Edition ($149.99, HasbroToyShop.com or Comic-Con International booth #3329)
The largest converting Transformers toy changes from robot mode to rolling battle platform mode, and also converts into an Autobot city. This special-edition version features two giant blasters, metallic coated armor, chrome foil stickers, as well as a Legends-scale Scamper figure and 12 miniature Autobot and Decepticon figures to inhabit his Autobot city mode. (Hasbro)

This year’s Hasbro Transformers Comic-Con toys pay homage to the franchise’s 29-year history, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at them.

The three special-edition Comic-Con toy sets run the gamut of the brand’s evolution. In preparation for the brand’s 30th anniversary, one of the sets pays tribute to Transformers: Generation 1 — the original toy line that launched in 1984. The Transformers Titan Guardians action figure set features five classic characters: Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave and Grimlock.

“These are five of the greatest Transformers characters ever,” said Jerry Jivoin, Hasbro’s global brand marketing director for Transformers, in a statement. Jivoin said the figures feature the original G1 colors and sculpts, based on the 1980s designs.

Another toy set — Shockwave’s Laboratory — finds inspiration from today’s popular animated series “Transformers: Prime – Beast Hunters” (currently airing on the Hub network) and features the evil Decepticon scientist and his cloning chamber, as well as a Commander Class Predaking figure.

“We’ve changed things up a bit in this set, making its components a little different than other figures available in the mainline toys,” Jivoin said. “For example, the Voyager-scale Shockwave in this set is in Prime styling but features G1 deco. Similarly the Commander scale Predaking features a translucent Energon-infused treatment.”

The third Comic-Con item is the largest converting Transformers toy ever made, standing at more than two feet tall. The Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex converts from robot into a rolling battle platform, and to an Autobot city, inhabited by 12 miniature Autobot and Decepticon figures, as well as a Legends-scale Scamper figure. The toy is the first in the Transformers Thrilling 30 line, celebrating the franchise’s anniversary.

With the 30th anniversary around the corner and the fourth film, starring Mark Wahlberg, in the “Transformers” movie series slated for a June 27, 2014, release, Hasbro is ramping up its presence at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year. Hasbro is hosting two “Transformers” panels — one previewing the “Thrilling 30″ figures and a look at the new “Construct-Bots” line, and the other celebrating the “Beast Hunters” animated series and upcoming “Predacons Rising” movie.

Click through the gallery above for a peek at the Comic-Con toys.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark

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2 Responses to Exclusive: Hasbro honors ‘Transformers’ history with Comic-Con toys

  1. Optimus Squirrel says:

    Incorrect about Meteoplex being the first of the Thrilling 30 line. In terms of waves it may be listed as the first, but Triple Changers Springer, Blitzwing and Sandstorm from the “Thrilling 30″ line have already been on store shelves for the better part of a month. They are exceptionally superior updates to their old 1980’s figures and have remarkable articulation, detail and most importantly loyalty to their predecessor’s designs some 30 years ago.

  2. Optimus Squirrel says:

    *Metroplex. I’m typing on a phone and autocorrect doesn’t know how to spell Transformer names. ^_^

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