Last year the company responsible for D&D, Magic: The Gathering, My Little Pony and Transformers announced Hascon, a three-day fan celebration of the stuff it makes. Tickets for the Providence, Rhode Island show are now on sale, with adult three-day passes ranging from $165 to $600. Wow. Now I’ve been to semi-official (read: not official, but Hasbro’s been really supportive) conventions for two of Hasbro’s biggest properties, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Transformers, and just about every fantasy convention I’ve been to has in some way involved D&D. Seeing those three fandoms converging at the Rhode Island Convention Center September 8-10 is certainly worth the $60 one-day adult admission, but the entire weekend might be a stretch. Here’s the price breakdown for tickets: Advertisement General Admission Adults 16 and Up: $60 single day, $165 three-day Youth 3 to 15: $30 single day, $75 three-day Children under 3: Free Then we have the VIP experience, which includes all sorts of behind-the-scenes stuff and special perks. The “Super Fan” tier also comes in tailored Magic: The Gathering and D&D packages. VIP Tickets Super Fan 16 and Up: $600 Super Star 3-16: READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Many people have pinged me asking what Hasbro is showing for Yo-Kai Watch at Toy Fair. We’ll have to wait until we’re closer to season three to see new toys, but they did have connectable Wibble Wobble figures, as mimicked here by the best demo guy ever, Eric. Eric Von Demoguy. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Earlier this month a Transformer near and dear to my heart faced off against Ultra Magnus, Star Saber and Deathsaurus in a fan vote for who would be the next ‘bot to wield the Matrix of Leadership. Move over, Optimus Prime. It’s Optimus Primal’s time. Advertisement It started with Transformers fans choosing the leader of three factions, Chaos, Order and Honor. From there the pack was narrowed down to three candidates and one wildcard. As a huge fan of the Beast Wars era of Transformers, in which the smaller descendents of the Autobots and Decepticons, the Maximals and Predacons. are thrown back in time to ancient Earth and forced to take on animal forms to survive, I was puling for Optimus Primal, Optimus Prime’s ape namesake. Well, he won. Good monkey. Advertisement Hasbro announced the winner today on stage at its Toy Fair 2017 event in New York City. First they elimated Japanese hero Star Saber, then Ultra Magnus. They asked the audience who they thought won of the remaining two, and someone very near to my mouth shouted, “Primal!” READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
vNot correct: Soundscream, Windlady, Optimus Convoy, Stephen, Twila Mobile developer Kabam and Hasbro roll out a new trailer for their upcoming fighting game at Toy Fair 2017 today, demonstrating just how deep and obscure the roster for Transformers: Forged to Fight is going to get. How many do you recognize? Advertisement When Kabam said they were pulling characters from almost every generation of Transformers, they were not kidding. In the shot above we’ve got classic Soundwave, mewcoer Windblade, whichever version of Optimus Prime that is, Rhinox from Beast Wars (showing off the liberty being taken with scale) and bad old Bludgeon. You want more? Look: Transformers: Forged to Fight arrives on iOS and Android this spring. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
In late 2015, Hasbro asked Transformers fans to choose from one of three massive classic characters to update for the modern age. Decepticon city Trypticon beat our Omega Supreme and Scorponok, and now we have our first look at the biggest official Decepticon toy ever. Advertisement It pretty much had to be Trypticon, the only character of the three not to get a new version since his 1986 debut, despite being the go-to evil guy when a Transformers video game wants a mind-bogglingly huge villain to play with. His Autobot counterpart, Metroplex, saw an alternate character with his name in the Unicron Triology of toys/cartoons, and was retooled by Hasbro into one of the biggest Autobots back in 2013. Here’s original Trypticon: And here’s new and improved Trypticon: Hasbro didn’t give me specific dimensions, but assured me new Trypticon is the biggest Decepticon they’ve ever made. We get the same basic beats. The city tower backpack, the orange gem in the hips, the snout gun and those ineffectual little arms. He’s just much bigger and more detailed than ever before. Since the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
While we’ll have to wait until World Monopoly Day on March 3 to find out which eight game tokens fans voted to include in new editions of the game, one classic player piece has already bit the dust. Say goodbye to the thimble. Advertisement Just in time for this weekend’s 2017 New York Toy Fair, Hasbro revealed the first casualty of the more than four million votes tallied in their Monopoly Token Madness vote, in which all eight current player tokens were pitted against a slew of newcomers. Potential new additions included a series of emojis, modern vehicles like a helicopter and a speedbike, and a freaking Tyrannosaurus Rex. The contenders. Silver tokens are current. The thimble was one of the first eight metal tokens introduced to Monopoly in 1937, before which plain wooden tokens were used. Now that it’s been nixxed, only shoe, top hat and car remain from that initial run. Advertisement I thought for sure the wheelbarrow would get the axe first, but apparently it’s great for carrying around the recently-introduced cat. Either way, the loss of the thimble proves that no piece is safe from the whims of internet voters. Farewell, thimble. May we meet again…
2017 is a huge year for Star Wars—not only is The Last Jedi on the way, not only has it been 20 years since the special editions changed the saga and fandom forever, but it’s also the entire franchise’s 40th birthday. That means, naturally, that there’s going to be some sweet Star Wars merch to celebrate, and we’ve got a first look. Advertisement Hasbro will be launching tons of new toys and merchandise to tie into the 40th anniversary throughout the year—staring this spring, with a new range of 3.75-inch Black Series figurines and a new anniversary edition of Star Wars Monopoly. The 3.75-inch figurines in the new Titanium series will retail for $15 each, and are all based on A New Hope. While they’re static diecast figurines rather than poseable action figures, each of the six —Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo—also feature accessories like FX pieces for their weapons, as well as their own special backdrops. The backdrops include two different inserts, a backdrop from the movies, and also character art that can be connected to other Titanium series READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Silver: the current Monopoly token lineup. Gold: new tokens up for a chance at board game fame. In 2013, fans voted to replace Monopoly’s classic iron token with a cat. Now Hasbro is prepared to replace the entire token lineup based on the whims of internet voters. What hope do wheelbarrow and thimble have in the face of computer, t-rex and helicopter? Advertisement Monopoly tokens have come and gone since the classic board game made its commercial debut in the 1930s, but this is ridiculous. Today Hasbro launches the Monopoly Token Madness Vote, in which fans can visit VoteMonopoly.com and select which eight of the tokens pictured above they’d like to see in the next generation of the storied financial board game. Hasbro sent along a Token Madness version of Monopoly, featuring the eight current tokens in solver and gold bunny slipper, rubber ducky, Mr. Monopoly Emoji, penguin, F1 race car, wristwatch, television and wheel tokens. Again, no tokens are safe here. All eight of the current crop could be replaced with any of the new ones, a mix of vehicles, footwear, emojis and animals. Could this be READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Hasbro is starting its own fan convention next year. The toy and game company behind everything from Dungeons & Dragons to My Little Pony will hold the first Hascon in Providence, Rhode Island September 8-10. It sounds like heaven. Find out more here. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Japan’s highest grossing film of 2015 is pretty silly. Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie, making its U.S. debut at a special Fathom Events theater showing this weekend, keeps the wacky humor of the television show rolling, even when the fate of the entire world is at stake. Advertisement I got to watch a special preview of the film prior to this Saturday’s event, and while I won’t get the special Hovernyan medal being distrubuted to folks who attend the theater showing, I’d at least go to enjoy the first meeting between Nate and the melodramatic superhero cat thing. What if Nate never received his Yo-Kai Watch, never started down the path of learning about the strange spirits secretly affecting our everyday lives and making an entire island nation go completely crazy? That notion is briefly explored at the beginning of The Yo-Kai Watch movie, when the magical is seemingly wiped out of existence. Thankfully, Nate’s spirit friends, Jibanyan and Whisper, are still around to help him remember, so when a massive flying cat spirit named Meganyan arrives in search of assistance he’s at least got some context. What he doesn’t have is his watch, so he can’t see the swarms of…