Shout! Factory Soars into San Diego Comic Con International 2013

Shout Factory - Comic-Con - SDCC - HeaderWITH LEADING POP CULTURE BRANDS, EXCITING HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT LINES, SPECIAL FILM SCREENINGS, ENGAGING FAN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES, AND A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SCREAM FACTORY™ PANEL EVENT SCREAM FACTORY™ IN THE BLOODY FLESH TO TAKE CENTER STAGE

Shout! Factory returns to Comic-Con International once again to ignite fans of all ages with a robust lineup, featuring a special panel event, five film screenings, a showcase of new home entertainment products, Comic-Con exclusive items, prize sweepstakes, surprise star appearances and engaging fan interactive activities. Moreover, Shout! Factory invites fans and convention attendees to join in on the excitement surrounding Shout’s 10th anniversary celebration at the Shout! Factory booth (#4248) on the main convention floor. Fan-favorite screen icons and comics legend scheduled to attend this incredible pop culture gathering with Shout! Factory include: Adrienne Barbeau, Len Wein, The Aquabats, and other notables. Shout’s resident geek guru Brian Ward, and Scream Factory’s resident horror aficionados Jeff Nelson and Cliff MacMillan will be on-hand for meet and greets.

Thrilling suspense and frights in full-throttle! If your idea of fun is reliving some of the most enthralling horror cult classics, loyal fans and movie buffs will not want to miss this year’s panel event : SCREAM FACTORY™ IN THE BLOODY FLESH! on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM (Room 24ABC). Launched in 2012, Shout’s Scream Factory™ entertainment series, devoted to fan-favorite retro horror and sci-fi films, has taken on a life of its own. With classic titles such as They Live, The Howling and Lifeforce already out, Scream Factory™ is just the place for horror fans. Join Cliff MacMillan (Scream Factory DVD Producer) and Jeff Nelson (Scream Factory Marketing Director) as they take you behind the scenes, introduce exclusive footage, and announce future releases. Also featured is special “Scream Queen” guest actress Adrienne Barbeau (Creepshow), to coincide with the collector’s edition releases of John Carpenter‘s The Fog and Wes Craven‘s Swamp Thing. The panel will be moderated by Sean Clark (host, Horror’s Hallowed Grounds).

Shout! Factory makes its mark at Comic-Con with Power Rangers photo booth, numerous Comic-Con exclusives and five special film screenings of upcoming releases and popular cult classic hits from Shout’s diverse cinema library. This year’s compelling screening lineup includes visionary director Luc Besson‘s THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC, Matthias Hoene‘s zombie apocalypse comedy feature COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES, fan favorite cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, L.Q. Jones‘ sci-fi classic A BOY AND HIS DOG, and super hero action classic CAPTAIN AMERICA starring Matt Salinger.

Putting the Pop in Your Culture at Shout! Factory Booth #4248
It wouldn’t be Comic-Con without a visit to the Shout! Factory booth. Poised to whet the appetites of Comic-Con attendees and pop-culture enthusiasts, the Shout! Factory booth will showcase the latest offerings from fan-driven product lines, along with VIP guest appearances, fan interactive activities, giveaways and much more! The Shout! Factory Store, located in Shout’s booth, is back at Comic-Con this year with a pedigree of exclusives and upcoming home entertainment offerings, including: My Little Pony Equestria Girls, Power Rangers Seasons Four-Seven,Beetlejuice: The Complete Series, Marvel Knights Animation Wolverine: Origin, Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXVII, Scream Factory Presents The Fog Collector’s Edition, Swamp Thing Collector’s Edition, and The Incredible Melting Man!

For continuing updates on Shout! Factory‘s Comic-Con activities and news, please follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory, hashtag #SDCC13 and the studio’s official Facebook page. Can’t make it to the convention this year? Follow along on ShoutFactory.com/SDCC13 to get the scoop on real-time announcements, in-booth activities, event schedules and more from the conventional floor.


SCHEDULE OF SHOUT! FACTORY EVENTS AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2013 PANEL, FILM SCREENINGS, IN-BOOTH ACTIVITIES, VIP APPEARANCES AND MORE!

Preliminary schedule. * Additional VIP and surprised guest appearances will be announced next few weeks.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 (Preview Night)

Shout! Factory invites fans to celebrate its 10th Anniversary at Shout! booth #4248. Stop by for a Free 10th Anniv. tote bag.Power Rangers festivity at the booth and much more!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

1:00 PM Meet The Aquabats! at Shout! Factory booth #4248
Special signing for The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One DVD
3:00 PM Power Rangers festivity at Shout! Factory booth #4248
6:15 PM Special Film Screening of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: The Movie
Location: Marriott Marquis Marina Ballroom D
9:00 PM Special Film Screening of CAPTAIN AMERICA (1990)
Location: Convention Center Screening Room
11:00 PM Special Film Screening of L.Q. Jones’ A BOY AND HIS DOG
Location: Marriott Marquis Marina Ballroom D

Friday, July 19, 2013

4:30 PM-5:30 PM Special Appearance and Signing Event with legendary comics creator Len Wein (Swamp Thing, Wolverine) and screen icon Adrienne Barbeau for signings of the latest releases from Scream Factory home entertainment series SWAMP THING Collector’s Edition and THE FOG Collector’s Edition.
6:30PM SCREAM FACTORY™ IN THE BLOODY FLESH! panel event
Location: Room 24ABC, Convention Center
7:00 PM Special Film Screening of LUC BESSON’S THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC
Location: Marriott Marquis Marina Ballroom D

Saturday, July 20, 2013

8:00 PM Special Film Screening of COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES
Directed by Matthias Hoene and written by James Moran
Location: Marriott Marquis Marina Ballroom D

Sunday, July 21, 2013

10:30 AM Power Rangers festivity at Shout! Factory booth #4248

SHOUT! FACTORY BOOTH (#4248) HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

UNLEASH YOUR INNER POWER RANGER PHOTO KIOSK
If you have always dreamed of being part of the Power Rangers force, here is your chance! In celebration of Power Rangers 20th Anniversary, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, will feature an interactive photo kiosk that gives you a chance to join the action. Get your photo taken with vintage Power Rangers props! Savor the moment with a photograph of your own. You’ll get a printed photo and can pick-up a digital copy online to easily share with your friends.

COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES!

  • Come by to get your very own My Little Pony PrinceSS Twilight Sparkle crown!MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS is coming to Blu-ray (Blu-ray, DVD + digital copy) combo and on DVD in the US and Canada on August 6th from Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.
  • As part of Shout! Factory’s multifaceted celebration surrounding its 10th anniversary, Shout! is providing fans limited-edition, Shout! 10th Anniversary canvas tote bags on preview night and as a gift-with-purchase (Thursday through Sunday). With thousands of fans flocking to the Shout! Factory booth on the convention floor every year, this commemorative tote bag is only available while supplies last.
  • Collectible SCREAM FACTORY™ Button Pack

SPECIAL FILM SCREENINGS PRESENTED BY SHOUT! FACTORY AT COMIC-CON

LUC BESSON’S THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC (Friday, July 19 at 7 PM, Marriott Marquis Marina)
Journey into an awe-inspiring world of action fantasy and visual wonder with popular French comics heroine Adele Blanc-Sec as she leaps from the pages to the screen! Directed and produced by world-renowned filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) and adapted from Eisner Award winner Jacques Tardi‘s celebrated French classic comic book series, THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC features a stellar cast of Louise Bourgoin (Anne Fontaine’s The Girl From Monaco), Mathieu Amalric (Quantum Of Solace), Gilles Lellouche (Love Me If You Dare), Jean-Paul Rouve (La Vie En Rose), and Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (The Diving Bell And The Butterfly).

The year is 1912. This is the story of a intrepid young reporter Adele Blanc-Sec and her quest for the power of life over death. Her journey takes her to distant lands to face many dangers beneath the sands. She will go to any length to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. Meanwhile in Paris, a 136 million-year-old pterodactyl egg on display in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the creature subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies. But nothing fazes Adele Blanc-Sec whose adventures include many more extraordinary surprises…

THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADeLE BLANC-SEC arrives August 13, 2013 on DVD and on two-disc BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with EuropaCorp. Trailer

COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES (Saturday, July 20 at 8 PM, Marriott Marquis Marina)
Directed by Matthias Hoene and written by James Moran (Torchwood, Severance), COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES boasts an impressive British cast of Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger,Doctor Who), Georgia King (The New Normal), Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness, Lead Balloon), Jack Doolan (The Green Green Grass), Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy) and Richard Briers (The Good Life).

The Bow Bells Care Home is under threat and the McGuire’s – Andy, Terry, and Katy – need to find some way to keep their grandfather and his friends in the East End, where they belong. But, when you’re robbing a bank, zombie invasions make things a lot harder. And let’s face it, they need all the help they can get when their bank-robbing experts turn out to be Mental Mickey and Davey Tuppance. As contractors to an East London building site unlock a 350-year old vault full of seriously hungry zombies, the East End has suddenly gone to hell and the Cockney way of life is under threat. Equipped with all the guns and ammo they can carry, it’s up to the gang to save the hostages, their grandfather, and East London from zombie Armageddon.

COCKEYS VS. ZOMBIES will be released simultaneously in theaters and day-and-date on VOD Friday, August 2, 2013. Trailer | Official Site.

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE MOVIE (Thursday, July 18 at 6:15 PM at Marriott Marquis Marina)
After six seasons of sublime, nerdy fun on television, the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 took to the big screen in 1996 for its deliriously funny takedown of the 1955 alien invasion epic This Island Earth.

Evil scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester explains the premise at the start: in his quest for world domination, he devises a scheme to subject the human race to the worst movies ever made.He tests his plan on Mike Nelson, the sole human aboard an Earth-orbiting space station known as the Satellite of Love.But our hero and his two robot sidekicks turn a lemon into a much funnier lemon by showering This Island Earth with wisecracks, ridicule and general silliness.The human race may never be rid of cheesy movies, but when the critics are this nutty, who cares?

Starring Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Jim Mallon; Based on the television series by Joel Hodgson; Produced and directed by Jim Mallon. Shout! Factory will release MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE MOVIE Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combo pack on September 3, 2013.

A BOY AND HIS DOG (Thursday, July 18 at 11 PM at Marriott Marquis Marina)
Directed by L.Q. Jones and based on the award-winning novella by acclaimed science-fiction author Harlan Ellison, A Boy And His Dog is a dark and often wickedly funny trip through a post-apocalyptic world, where the friendship between a boy and his dog is the only currency that matters

World War IV lasted only five days but has ravaged Earth, leaving its survivors to battle for food, shelter and companionship in a post-atomic wasteland.This celebrated sci-fi tale follows the exploits of Vic (Don Johnson) and his sardonic telepathic dog, Blood, as they struggle through the barren wilderness in search of food and women. In the midst of their meager existence, Vic and Blood encounter Quilla June (Susanne Benton), a dubious young woman who lures them into a surreal city deep beneath the Earth’s surface. Initially elated to find a colony of survivors, Vic and Blood quickly learn this city is not what it seems.

Winner of the 1976 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, A Boy And His Dog stars Don Johnson, Susan Benton and Alvy Moore; produced by Alvy Moore; Written for the screen and directed by L.Q. Jones.

On August, 6th, 2013 Shout! Factory will debut this off-beat cult film classic for the first time on Blu-ray.

CAPTAIN AMERICA 1990 Action Super Hero Movie Classic (Thursday, July 18 at 9PM at the Convention Center screening room)
A film by Albert Pyun and starring Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri and Scott Paulin

Long ago, Steve Rogers (Matt Salinger) was a true American hero, a brave super soldier created by scientists to help the Allied Forces fight for freedom in World War II. But during a battle with the sinister Red Skull (Scott Paulin), he was lost, entombed in ice. Decades later, his body has been found and revived and Steve must again don the mantle of Captain America to help save the President of the United States (Ronny Cox) – and the world – from his arch-nemesis once and for all.

CAPTAIN AMERICA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ is available now from Shout! Factory.

SHOUT! FACTORY HOME ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One
From the co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba!, Aquabats! frontman Christian Jacobs has crafted the perfect blend of live-action and animationfollowing the amazingly wild comic antics of The Aquabats, the galaxy’s first group of musical, crime-fighting superheroes! MC Bat Commander, Crash McLarson, Ricky Fitness, EagleBones Falconhawk and Jimmy The Robot will take you along on their most outrageous adventures to protect the world from the creatures and super villains out to destroy it. All 13 Season One episodes of wacky crime-fighting, music videos and outlandish villains are included in the 2-Disc deluxe collection, along with a ton of bonus features. Trailer

Beetlejuice: The Complete Series
It’s Showtime! Featuring all 94 episodes in a 12-DVD box set, Beetlejuice: The Complete Series follows the escapades of Lydia Deetz, a teenage goth girl with a love of all things macabre, and her best friend Beetlejuice, an undead, bug-eating prankster from the Neitherworld.The only way Beetlejuice can visit the Outerworld (also know as the town of Peaceful Pines) is when his name is repeated three times, but unfortunately for him that is the same way to send him back! Known for its witty dialogue, tongue-in-cheek humor and satire-filled plots, this quirky series was based on the highly popular 1988 Tim Burton film of the same name. Trailer

MARVEL KNIGHTS ANIMATION WOLVERINE – ORIGIN
This summer, Marvel fans will learn the secret history of WOLVERINE that changed the Marvel Universe forever! Written by Eisner Award-winner Paul Jenkins from a story by Joe Quesada, Paul Jenkins and Bill Jemas with captivating artwork by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove. The adventures of Wolverine’s early days and the startling revelation of his true origins are brought to life when MARVEL KNIGHTS ANIMATION’S WOLVERINE: ORIGIN debuts for the first time on home entertainment shelves nationwide on July 9, 2013 from Shout! Factory. This highly anticipated Marvel Knights Animation presentation boasts engaging storytelling combined with visual rich animation and insightful bonus content. Trailer

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
My Little Pony Equestria Girls, the full-length feature introducing an exciting dimension to the incredibly popular My Little Pony brand, is coming to Blu-ray (Blu-ray, DVD + digital copy) combo and on DVD in the US and Canada on August 6th from Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

When Twilight Sparkle’s crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, she pursues the thief, Sunset Shimmer, into an alternate world where she finds herself turned into…a teenage girl! To regain her crown and return to Equestria, Twilight must learn how to fit into this strange, new world and defeat Sunset Shimmer in a competition to become crowned Princess of the Fall Formal at Canterlot High. Luckily, she will have the assistance of Spike and five teenage girls who remind her of a certain group of ponies back home.

For more information on My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, please visit www.mlpeg.com.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Trailer

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: Volume XXVII
This summer, throw a mad monster party with the motley crew of the Satellite of Love as they celebrate the release of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: XXVII! Available July 23rd from Shout! Factory, this 4-DVD box set is a schlock-tastic monster movie mash featuring four episodes never-before-available on DVD: The Slime People, Rocket Attack USA, Village Of the Giants and The Deadly Mantis. There may be no finer-and certainly no funnier–meditation on monsters than this collection of episodes from the cult comedy series.As food for thought, we are served subterranean slime people, giant praying mantises, Soviet spies and–perhaps the most terrifying of all–enormous teenagers from the disturbing menu of America’s twisted psyche. Battling these Goliaths for us with their slingshots of sass and silliness are Joel, Mike and their robot henchmen, Tom Servo and Crow.The monsters are gruesome and the movies even more so, but the riffs are risible and retaliatory, proving definitively that revenge is actually a dish best served funny.

Power Rangers: Seasons Four – Seven
Four complete Morphenomenal seasons in one limited-edition collection! Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa have been defeated once again, but the Command Center is in ruins, and King Mondo is on his way to conquer Earth! It’s now time to see what the Power Rangers arereally made of! Picking up right where Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers left off, Power Rangers: Seasons 4-7 continues the saga of the heroic “teenagers with attitude” through four more unforgettable seasons: Power Rangers ZEO, Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers In Space and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. For the first time on DVD, you can now have all 183 episodes of these four epic seasons on 21 action-packed DVDs in one deluxe collection! POWER RANGERS: SEASONS 4-7 also contains an exclusive disc of rarely seen archival material and brand-new retrospective featurettes including interviews with members of the cast, creative team, fans and much, much more!

POWER RANGERS
Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture series Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others, the series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes. This long-running series has been seen in more than 150 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks.

Now you can return to where the phenomenon began and re-live these thrill-packed adventures when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, unleashes a cornucopia of home entertainment offerings, many of which have never been released on DVD. Through unprecedented access to Saban Brands’ vast archive of content, many of these DVD collections produced by Shout! Factory boast extensive bonus materials and collectible packaging, making them must-haves for loyal fans and collectors.

SCREAM FACTORY™ HOME ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

Further underscoring its position as a premiere horror genre-centric entertainment provider in North America, Shout!’s SCREAM FACTORY™ continues to raise the bar in curating and revitalizing some of the most enthralling horror cult classics in lavish packages crammed with compelling, high-value extras. These titles, many of which have never been available on Blu-ray™, are presented in anamorphic widescreen screen, and most will be released as a “Collector’s Edition,” jam-packed with new bonus content, extensive archival materials, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and much more. Whether reliving the brilliance of these underrated cult classics or sharing them with a new generation of horror enthusiasts, there’s plenty of treats for loyal fans to sink their teeth into from SCREAM FACTORY. Visit http://www.youtube.com/screamfactorytv.

SCREAM FACTORY™ PRESENTS

The Fog Collector’s Edition
Directed by legendary filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing), The Fog is a spooky and atmospheric tale of a Northern California coastal town under siege by reveng-seeking dead souls! Highly regarded by both fans and critics as one of the true classics of the horror genre, The Fog boasts an all-star cast that includes Adrienne Barbeau (Creepshow), Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies), Janet Leigh (Psycho), Tom Atkins (Halloween III), John Houseman (The Paper Chase), and Hal Holbrook (Lincoln). THE FOG is a nail-biting ghost story experience that you will never forget!

The Incredible Melting Man
Featuring makeup effects from six-time Best Makeup Oscar®-winner Rick Baker (An American Werewolf In London, Ed Wood, Men In Black) and written and directed by William Sachs (Galaxina, Exterminator 2), The Incredible Melting Man delivers the gelatinous goods while humanizing a character rapidly losing his humanity. In short: it’s bloody good! In The Incredible Melting Man, Colonel Steve West has just returned from an incredible history-making flight to Saturn when he is hospitalized with an ailment that baffles the entire medical community. His flesh is melting and to stay alive he must consume human flesh and blood. The infected Colonel West escapes from the doctor’s supervision and hides in the surrounding community where he begins to hunt for human flesh. Who can stop the Incredible Melting Man?

Swamp Thing
Science made him a monster. Love changed him even more! SWAMP THING is the story of a half-human/half-plant superhero that is the perfect blend of thrills and chills from master of horror Wes Craven (A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes). The Swamp Thing Blu-ray + DVD combo pack features high-definition anamorphic widescreen presentations and exciting bonus content, includingall-new interviews with Adrienne Barbeau, co-creator Len Wein and actor Reggie Batts, as well as commentary tracks with writer/director Wes Craven and makeup effects artist Bill Munn.

via Shout! Factory Press Release

More Comic-Con 2013 Exclusives from Hasbro!

Hasbro brings us four more exclusives for Comic-Con 2013. First there’s My Little Pony‘s DJ Pon-3 which will be $49.99 at the Hasbro booth. The next item is Jem from Jem and the Holograms. This is the “Glitter N’ Gold” figure priced at $140. The third exclusive is Marvel LegendsThunderbolts set priced at $89.99 for  Luke Cage, Crossbones, Ghost, Moonstone and Judith Chambers.

A limited supply of exclusives will be available at HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

My Little Pony

Hasbro - My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic - DJ Pon-3 - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC ExclusivesA fan favorite who first appeared in the first season of Friendship is Magic on the Hub Network, DJ Pon-3 ($49.99) makes her debut with a Comic-Con exclusive — and a shiny one at that. In addition to a musical note as her “cutie mark,” her sunglasses and unicorn horn are embellished with Swarovski crystal elements that tie into the year’s theme of the Crystal Empire.

Even DJ Pon-3‘s special packaging lights up, says Hasbro’s Donna Tobin, senior vice president, global brand marketing for My Little Pony. “Everything about her offering really enhances her character.”

Hasbro hosts a panel at Comic-Con featuring voice talent from the show, previews a fall line of toys at its booth and offers a poll where fans can elect their favorite pony from the “mane six” — Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash and Applejack — and record testimonials at a video booth before the vote goes live at Hubworld.com/vote4ponies on July 22.+++

Jem and the Holograms

Hasbro - Jem and the Holograms - Glitter-n-Gold - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC ExclusivesJem, the pink-haired ’80s cartoon rocker, made a “truly outrageous” return to pop culture last summer at Comic-Con with a high-end collectible figure from Hasbro and Integrity Toys. She sold out quickly, so Jem’s coming back glammed out with a special “Glitter N’ Gold” figure ($140) that’s a nod to a version from her original era. This time, though, she comes with more detail, a better and more realistic sculpt, and accessories including an extra dress and a record trophy.

Marvel Legends

Hasbro - Marvel Legends - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - Luke Cage - Crossbones - Ghost - Moonstone - Judith ChambersHasbro - Marvel Legends - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - Box - Packaging - Luke Cage - Crossbones - Ghost - Moonstone - Judith ChambersThe Hasbro team was excited by the idea of doing a Thunderbolts set ($89.99) of 6-inch figures inspired by the comic-book art of Kev Walker and based on the Marvel team of superpowered anti-heroes — Avengers member Luke Cage and the reformed super-criminals Crossbones, Ghost, Moonstone and Judith Chambers — that work for the government.

G.I. Joe/Transformers

Hasbro - G.I. Joe - Transformers - Box - Packaging - Baroness - Ravage - Snake Eyes - Autobot Blaster - Skystriker - Jetfire - Vamp - Hound - Bludgeon Samurai RobotThis year’s G.I. Joe/Transformers exclusive ($99.99) is the third and final installment in a special series of annual mash-ups.

Paying homage to a G.I. Joe/Transformers comic-book miniseries in the ’80s, the set includes a Skystriker in the colors of the Autobot Jetfire and a G.I. Joe V.A.M.P. vehicle retooled to reflect Hound, a cult favorite whose original automobile form was that of an Army Jeep.

To pair with the vehicles, the set stars the Cobra femme fatale Baroness with the Decepticon character Ravage, G.I. Joe ninja Snake Eyes with an Autobot logo on his outfit, the Autobot Blaster in his boom-box form and his tapes, and a robotic samurai warrior with a skeleton head in the colors of the Decepticon Bludgeon.

via USA Today

Disney is RUMORED to Buy Hasbro…

Last week, Disney and George Lucas shocked everyone by announcing that Lucas had sold LucasFilm, the rights to the Star Wars films and its characters to Disney for approximately $4 billion. This week, rumors are flying that Disney may possibly buy Hasbro! Disney would then become somewhat of a monopoly of gigantic proportions to entertainment (theme parks and movies) and its merchandising of products (toys and games)!

The Lucasfilm acquisition has been reported as taking only 6 months to complete, so these discussions with Hasbro are probably pretty serious. This can definitely impact the entertainment industry in a big way. Disney would get the rights to the Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Dungeons and Dragons and several other tv/movie/game/toy franchises. It would definitely broaden their audience and also bring back some franchises back to Disney to be under one roof.

It seemed for a time that Disney was losing its grip on their audience until it acquired Pixar. There seemed to be too many “princess” movies and not enough movies that boys would like. Marvel and Star Wars have definitely changed that picture. Will prices for Disney-owned merchandise go up significantly as well? Hopefully not, but only time will tell.

If all this does come to pass, what happens to The Hub (and other shows) and the comics with IDW and Dark Horse? Do they all go away? Or will Disney incorporated everything? There are still a lot of questions to be answered here. Hopefully, most entities will stay in place in some way. Overall, it’s good for Disney, hopefully it will be good for fans as well.

Hasbro to Showcase Its Iconic Pop-Culture Brands at San Diego Comic-Con

With some of the most popular and sought after brands in the entertainment industry for movies, television, video games, comics, collectibles and more, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) returns to San Diego Comic-Con to deliver special opportunities for fans of its pop-culture juggernaut properties. Led by displays of upcoming action figures, new NERF VORTEX blasters and “larger than life” statues from its powerhouse G.I. JOE, KRE-O, MARVEL, MY LITTLE PONY, STAR WARS and TRANSFORMERS product lines in its booth (#3213), Hasbro will offer fans an inside look into the breadth of many of these brands throughout the weekend with a variety of panels, autograph sessions and access to brand stewards, designers and more.

“San Diego Comic-Con is an amazing opportunity for us to engage with the most passionate fans of our brands and licensed properties”

“San Diego Comic-Con is an amazing opportunity for us to engage with the most passionate fans of our brands and licensed properties,” said John Frascotti, global chief marketing officer, Hasbro, Inc. “Comic-Con allows us to provide our most enthusiastic fans with unique experiences based on the properties and characters they love as well as to introduce them to the newest brands and products from Hasbro. We look forward to this special celebration each year and are excited to deliver compelling panels, outstanding special edition collectibles and the opportunity for interactions with the amazing talent behind our brands that have become touchstones in the lives of many.”

Making its first San Diego Comic-Con appearance in 2011 is Hasbro’s new KRE-O brand, bringing action and adventure to the construction toy category. At launch and on display in the Hasbro booth, the KRE-O brand offers twelve building sets featuring popular TRANSFORMERS characters. Comic-Con attendees will want to keep an eye out for roaming OPTIMUS PRIME and BUMBLEBEE KREON costume characters, KRE-O statues and special edition OPTIMUS PRIME KREON figures featuring “MATRIX OF LEADERSHIP” deco not available in stores (while supplies last).

Giving fans a peek behind the curtain and an inside look into what’s coming in the future for many of its entertainment brands, Hasbro’s 2011 lineup of panels and autograph sessions follows:

  • Hasbro TRANSFORMERS Brand Panel: Thursday, July 21 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM in Room 24ABC
  • Hasbro Studios “The Making of ‘Transformers Prime’” Panel: Thursday, July 21 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in Room 24ABC
  • Hasbro STAR WARS Panel: Friday, July 22 from 11:00am-12:00pm in Room 7AB
  • “Evolution of Transformers Animation” presented by Shout Factory and Hasbro Studios: Friday, July 22 from 5:30-6:30 PM in Room 8
  • Hasbro MARVEL Panel: Saturday, July 23 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM in Room 9
  • As a special experience for STAR WARS fans, Hasbro will welcome Dave Filoni, Supervising Director of the hit television series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS for an autograph signing session on Saturday, July 23 from 2:00-3:00pm in the STAR WARS action figure section of the Hasbro booth #3213. Mr. Filoni will be signing a special edition STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS poster he designed specifically for this autograph session, free for fans. *** A ticket will be required to participate in the autograph session. Hasbro will distribute tickets on a first come, first serve basis Saturday morning beginning at 9:30am in the Hasbro booth #3213 (while supplies last).***

Hasbro’s presence at the convention will be rounded out by the highly anticipated HasbroToyShop.com special edition San Diego Comic-Con collectibles available at the HasbroToyShop booth (#3329) and in limited quantities, after Comic Con, at www.HasbroToyShop.com. The complete list of 2011 special edition items follow:

G.I. JOE 3.75″ ZARANA SPECIAL EDITION FIGURE
(Ages: 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $14.99 each)
The Dreadnoks get even more dreadful as ZARTAN’S sister, ZARANA, becomes the latest G.I. JOE Comic-Con special edition figure…in two different styles! The primary figure features the mistress of disguise’s classic look, with pink top, pink hair and a classic-style buzzsaw weapon. The variant figure (sold separately) depicts the character in her “Cold Slither” rock band disguise—black Cold Slither shirt and black hair—and also comes with the buzzsaw weapon.

G.I. JOE SKY STRIKER VEHICLE WITH STARSCREAM DECO AND 3.75″ COBRA COMMANDER SPECIAL EDITION FIGURE
(Ages: 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $49.99 each)
The worlds of G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS collide in toy form. The new G,I, JOE: SKY STRIKER jet receives a custom make-over to become the vehicle form of legendary DECEPTICON STARSCREAM. The COBRA COMMANDER figure, which can fit in the cockpit of the jet, features the classic character in a flight suit and comes with a custom Walther P38 pistol – well known to TRANSFORMERS fans as the alt-mode of DECEPTICON leader MEGATRON!

INDIANA JONES “LOST WAVE” SPECIAL EDITION COLLECTOR’S PACK
(Ages 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $64.99)
Just in time for the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Hasbro excavates an entire “lost wave” of the fan-favorite 2008 INDIANA JONES line as a Comic-Con special edition Collector’s Pack! Each pack includes INDY IN GERMAN DISGUISE (with rocket launcher), SAPITO (with torch and backpack), CLASSIC INDY (with pistol, Idol, sandbag, torch and logo base), MARION (with snakes and torch), GERMAN MECHANIC (with removable hat and wrench) and TOHT (with medallion, hot poker, removable overcoat and alternate “melting” head). Complete your INDIANA JONES collection with this collectable box set featuring six individually carded toys!

NERF N-STRIKE TRANSFORMERS BARRICADE OPTIMUS PRIME RV-10 Blaster
(Ages 6 years & up; Approx. Retail Price: $24.99)
Introducing the special edition NERF N-STRIKE TRANSFORMERS BARRICADE OPTIMUS PRIME RV-10 blaster, a motorized, semi-auto NERF blaster with revolving dart barrel that holds up to 10 whistle darts. The blaster features an exclusive new deco with TRANSFORMERS detailing, styled after the OPTIMUS PRIME character. The NERF N-STRIKE TRANSFORMERS BARRICADE OPTIMUS PRIME RV-10 blaster is compatible with the NERF Tactical Rail System and accessories (each sold separately). Requires three “AA” batteries; not included.

MARVEL MINI MUGGS THE AVENGERS SPECIAL EDITION COLLECTOR’S PACK
(Ages: 3 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $34.99 each)
MINI MUGGS, Assemble! The Marvel universe gets its first set of ultra-hip vinyl MINI MUGGS as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes get remade from “100% recycled awesome”. HULK, THOR, IRON MAN and CAPTAIN AMERICA are each included as MINI MUGGS, with a MIGHTY MUGG-sized GIANT MAN literally bursting out of the special edition packaging!

MARVEL UNIVERSE 16” SPECIAL EDITION SENTINEL FIGURE
(Ages 4 and up; Approximate Retail Price $59.99)
The bane of mutantkind is now a red-hot Comic-Con special edition figure! Hot on the heels of 2010’s wildly popular MARVEL UNIVERSE 19” GALACTUS FIGURE, fans at Comic-Con will be the first to be able to purchase this MARVEL UNIVERSE 17” SENTINEL FIGURE, featuring a variety of lights and sounds and packaged on a giant blister card! Both the blister card and its special edition outer box are adorned with one-of-a-kind artwork by Joe Quesada, Marvel Comics’ chief creative officer.

MARVEL MIGHTY MUGGS SPIDER-MAN SPECIAL EDITION FIGURE
(Ages: 6 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $15.99 each)
Your friendly neighborhood SPIDER-MAN is back, as a cool and collectible MIGHTY MUGGS figure! This special edition figure features a removable soft goods mask with a Peter Parker paint deco underneath, and is highlighted in premium commemorative foil packaging.

MARVEL LEGENDS THOR SPECIAL EDITION FIGURE
(Ages: 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $24.99 each)
Celebrate the return of the fan-favorite MARVEL LEGENDS toy line in 2012 with this limited-edition preview figure. THOR, the mighty AVENGER is featured in his latest comics-accurate costume in the classic 6-inch MARVEL LEGENDS scale, and in a premium package shaped like his hammer, MJOLNIR.

MY LITTLE PONY 2011 Special Edition Pony
(Ages 3 and up; Approximate Retail Price $14.99)
The popular special edition MY LITTLE PONY figure, available each year at San Diego Comic-Con, will be showing fans a more mysterious side of the MY LITTLE PONY brand in 2011. This special edition, translucent pony figure is decorated with playful gothic details and a few ghoulish graphics, featuring beautifully rooted hair in shades of fuchsia and magenta. Look closely – can you spot a hidden “M” “L” and “P” in the details? The pony is housed in a vibrant package with two clear “peek-a-boo” MY LITTLE PONY silhouettes on either side of the box, showing off every goth detail of the black and purple figure. Fans can get a first look at this HasbroToyShop.com exclusive when it launches at San Diego Comic-Con 2011!

STAR WARS VINTAGE REVENGE OF THE JEDI SPECIAL EDITION DEATH STAR COLLECTOR’S PACK
(Ages 4 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $129.99)
Revenge is finally served in this incredible package of 12 figures and two exclusive mini-figures, all on highly collectible Revenge of the Jedi packaging! This Comic-Con special edition figure is the only place to get all 12 short-packed STAR WARS VINTAGE figures in one place, all individually carded with packaging that pays tribute to Kenner’s classic “lost” Revenge of the Jedi backing cards, which bore the original name of Episode VI. In addition, this special DEATH STAR collector’s pack will be the only place to get SALACIOUS CRUMB and the MOUSE DROID on Vintage Revenge of the Jedi mini-backing cards. The other figures included are LUKE SKYWALKER, HAN SOLO, R2-D2, DARTH VADER, B-WING PILOT, ADMIRAL ACKBAR, BOBA FETT, ENDOR REBEL TROOPER, STORMTROOPER, WICKET THE EWOK, PRINCESS LEIA and TIE-FIGHTER PILOT.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON SPECIAL EDITION ULTIMATE OPTIMUS PRIME FIGURE
(Ages: 5 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $79.99)
Fans will have their first chance to get their hands on the new TRANSFORMERS MECHTECH ULTIMATE OPTIMUS PRIME action figure at Comic-Con, with a special edition foil-wrapped, slide-out package and customizable sticker sheet. This special edition ULTIMATE OPTIMUS PRIME will be the only way to get the figure displayed in vehicle and trailer mode; the trailer doubles as a weapons arsenal and is an integral part of the figure’s converting play pattern. The MECHTECH ULTIMATE OPTIMUS PRIME figure features lights, launching projectiles, electronic battle sounds and phrases and three modes of conversion – vehicle, robot, and robot with “mech suit.” The trailer, which serves as a weapons depot and command center, also converts into a “mech suit” that OPTIMUS PRIME shows off when it’s time to rumble.

TRANSFORMERS PRIME OPTIMUS PRIME FIRST EDITION FIGURE
(Ages: 5 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $19.99)
With the mainline series not available until later in 2011, be among the first to get an action figure based on the style of The Hub’s hit animated series, TRANSFORMERS PRIME with this special edition figure. This deluxe class OPTIMUS PRIME figure converts from robot to truck mode and features a premium deco only available in this special edition Comic-Con figure. And, in true TRANSFORMERS fashion, the “Matrix of Leadership” packaging in which the figure is housed ‘converts’ into a wearable piece!

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.
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