Continuing our coverage of Saturday’s Hasbro Fan Collectors Event held at the New York Times Center on 41st Street in New York City, we have a full gallery of pictures from Habro’s 2014 Transformers and Star Wars lines, the former featuring new toys associated with Michael Bay’s upcoming fourth film Transformers: Age of Extinction, to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 27.
As might be expected, especially with 2014 being the 30th Anniversary of Transformers, Hasbro is going all-out with toys associated with the upcoming movie including brand-new molds of many of the Dinobots who will be showing up on the big screen for the first time including Grimlock, Strafe, Slash and Slug. They are introducing a High-Octane Bumblebee as well as new molds of Autobot leader Optimus Prime which changes into a different version of his truck form, matched by a similar vehicle look for Decepticon Galvatron. Other robots in the line include Autobot Drift, who changes into a Bugatti and a large-size Leader scale Jetfire.
Hasbro’s Star Wars line is continuing the popular Black Series with new figures in the line, as well as launching a new directive with the Versus series, but the biggest introduction is the line tying into the new animated series “Star Wars Rebels” with new figures of the main baddie, The Inquisitor and his Advanced Prototype Tie Fighter. They also have a role play item based on his main light saber weapon that can be used as one double-bladed weapon, two single blades, as well as a force disc.
Other characters introduced from the series for the new toy line include the new young hero Ezra, a Jedi who doesn’t know he is one yet, as well as his mentor Kanan, and a creature called Zeb, who is based on some of the original concept art for Chewbacca. There is another new Imperial villain called Agent Kallus. In fact, many of the new characters for “Star Wars Rebels” and Hasbro’s line were inspired or based on the designs by late “Star Wars” designer and concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.
As far as the Black Series, Hasbro were proud that their new packaging would allow for larger figures including one of Jabba the Hutt as well as an “Episode VI” Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.
Another new “Star Wars”-related initiative for 2014 is Star Wars Command, which takes the concept of the “Little Army Men” and brings it to Star Wars with lots of small plastic figures based on Star Armies, throws in a couple of vehicles and creates a new form of gameplay for kids. The presenter for the Command initiative cracked the rather amusing joke that this new line gives the “power to kids to wage war… it’s Star WARS, not Star Hugs.”
You can check out pictures of all the things discussed above in the photo gallery below. Click on the photos for bigger versions! (All pictures by Wilson Morales)