SDCC 2013: Hasbro Beast Hunters Panel

This panel has started. Unfortunately the live blogging software is acting up. Will be posting updates here.

Really proud they won 3 daytime Emmy’s.

SPOILERS…

  • Bumblebee will talk
  • Played a clip of his voice
  • Will have a talking toy
  • New movie Predacons Rising
  • Zombie Predacons

Q&A

  • Dinobots? Would like to do at some point
  • Prime will go through the spring
  • Usually plan for 3 seasons of story
  • Found out about ending in time to tie up loose ends
  • New cartoon coming, but there not "confirming" anything
  • Wanted to make Seaspray the baddest Wrecker ever
  • The Target exclusives are the only toys specific to Predacons Rising
  • Wreckers were going to be introduced in the final season
  • They use almost all of what they animate

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    Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 088: San Diego Comic-Con 2013!…

    In the same fashion as two years ago. It’s 4 am, we leave for our flight in 12 hours. I still have to pack, send out BMF’s first birthday invitations, put together our swag, clean out our back room for the in-laws, do a return and most importantly get some quality time with BMF since I worked a 12 hour day. Sleep? Who needs sleep. Watch the feeds for live blogs of all the big toy panels. See you after the con!

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    Back to the con again, the con again…Slick

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    Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 087: Denver Comic Con 2013!…

    Wow, just WOW! That was our initial reaction as we approached the Denver Convention Center on Friday for our first taste of the 2nd annual Denver Comic Con. As we neared the entrance I overheard a door person explaining that this was the beginning of the line and that the end of the line wrapped around block. The most shocking thing was he stated it would be shorter to go the opposite direction to get to the end of the line. It was at that moment I knew we were in for an AMAZING show.

    Lines are just a fact of con life. As we always say, it’s the best opportunity to meet you’re next best friend. We’re all there to enjoy things and odds are you’ll have at least a few of those things in common. Speaking of we, there were a whole lotta we’s, in fact there were approximately 61,000 we’s. That’s over 4 times more people than last year and last year was mind blowing for an inaugural show. The best thing is the entire con ran incredibly smooth, aside from maybe the line to get in. The staff was great, lines were efficient and we seldom heard a discouraging word from attendees. Not all of these things can be said for a majority of the cons we have covered. We’re already excited for next year. Only 11 months to go.

    Check out all the pics over on our Flickr page. While you’re there check out last year’s too. If you want to hear even more about the show check out my guest appearance on our homie cast, StayingOffTopic, part of the Points of Interest podcast network. Also, make sure to hang around until the end of our cast. We have a very special contest and there may be a hidden track or two (remember those?).

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    Until we con again…Slick

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    Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 086: StarFest 2013!…

    Hey, hey, hey, it’s con season and we got some reporting to do, and we are going to talk about a panel or two. You’ll have some fun now with me and the Mrs. here. Learning about StarFest while we drink some beer. Na, na, na, we had a good time. Na, na, na, your gonna have a good time!

    It’s been awhile since I busted out the lyrics, but I thought it was fitting for the occasion. That’s right, we’re back with a recap of our favorite local convention, Starland ’s StarFest 2013. As usual we had a blast. Due to the generosity of Dave, John and the rest of the Media crew, Mrs. McFavorite and I were able to attend all three days with Press credentials. This was the first time in the six years we were fortunate enough to attend more than one day. This really allowed us to absorb the full experience. From the opening of the dealer room on Friday, to the keynote panel Saturday evening, to Mrs. McFavorite’s annual massage, this year well earned and timed as it was the last we did before bidding 2013’s StarFest adieu.

    2013 seemed to be the year of the cosplayer. While StarFest has always had the highest ratio of costume enthusiasts to attendees we see all year, this year’s show was inundated with characters, literally. As usual, these brave souls dominate our photographic coverage of the show . If you missed it, here’s last year’s pics as well. The creativity of people is really at the heart of the con. As with past years we visited all of our favorite exhibits at the con, including the Art Show and Model Show. The best thing is you can vote for your favorite entry for the coveted Best of Show award. While we love art, we don’t tend to purchase any. However, we did buy some of these amazing pop culture posters . While not necessarily up our alley, this artist also blew us away we her talent, especially in relation to her age. At only 15, she has already won a ton of awards and is working professionally as a concept artist. As you can imagine, this is only a small taste of what this convention has to offer. Best thing yet? They have already announced the dates for next year’s show. So mark your calendars for May 2nd through the 4th of 2014. We hope to see you all there.

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    Let the cons begin…Slick

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    Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 085: TOY FAIR 2013!…

    Timely as usual. Here’s our Toy Fair coverage only a few weeks after the fact. You’ve heard everyone else chime in. You may have even heard some of our thoughts on Dave and Devall’s show, but now hear our opinions unedited, unmoderated and on our own show. This is one my favorite shows of the year. As usual we had some amazing announcements this year.

    Mattel prematurely blew their load involuntarily and in those leaks was one of my favorite things from show. It is perhaps one of my favorite figures from the entire line in his best homage yet. While most of the G.I. Joe toys had already been shown, we did get this treat. No matter how many versions of this figure we see, every time he just gets better and better. Transformers had my best of show yet again. No it wasn’t the largest Transformer to date; it was one of my favorite characters from the ‘86 movie. Finally Hasbro rocked the community with its announcement of a new Star Wars 6″ line. Black Series is possibly the “crossover” that may save the Star Wars line. Only time will tell.

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    See you later…Slick

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    Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 084: Toy Fair 2013, PSYCHE (I know, its been done)…

    I bet you thought this would be our Toy Fair episode and I think if we were any other podcast it would be. See my mom always taught me to finish what I started. We started this show about a week before Toy Fair and due to some unforeseen circumstances that we’ll discuss on the actual Toy Fair episode; we just finished it last night. So no, this is not our Toy Fair episode, but yes we will be recording a Toy Fair episode in the next couple of days. If you want some immediate satisfaction, you can hear some our thoughts about the big reveals on one our favorite shows, Dave and Devall’s Toys and Collectibles. We had a great night rocking with D&D. So much so we’ll be joining them for all major yearly toy milestones (i.e. Toy Fair and SDCC). This is great news because they’re much timelier than we are.

    So what got us excited before what was one of the best Toy Fairs to date? The biggest news in years was the announcement of the Gentle Giant sculpted Star Wars Black Series 6 inch line. This has got me incredibly excited. Robot Kingdom once again teased us with a preorder outta left field for the Transformers brand. While not necessarily a preorder, a major retailer’s computer system revealed yet another amazing item, this time for the G.I. Joe franchise. While not necessarily action figure related, Masters of the Universe had some great new items as well and it’s finally something Mrs. McFavorite can appreciate.

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    No seriously, we will definitely see you sooner rather than later this time…Slick

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    Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 083: Be okay with yourself, okay…

    Tomorrow is our 9th Annual Homie Christmas at Casa de McFavorite. You read that right, Homie Christmas. This post is not old, it is very very new. Homie Christmas is our yearly opportunity to kick it with our closest friends and “party like we used to”. When we first started the celebration it took place during the holidays, but a few years back it slipped into January and it’s actually nicer that way. Besides, it’s Homie Christmas so we don’t worry about it. It’s also a day we break from our strict January regiment, but it’s usually not the only day. With the new year we try to abstain from sugar, booze and smoking (3 of our favorite vices) for at least a month. I also do not buy toys. Similar to most people’s resolutions, we try to stick with it and eventually fail and that’s okay. The point is to make life resolutions and just because you slip up now and then, don’t give up. While we may never forgo drinking completely and definitely not sugar, we’re working on the smoking at least and that’s okay.

    You know what else is okay, it’s been almost 2 months since our last show. That being the case though, we got mad news. Project Genesis continues to amaze us. Now we just need some alt mode pics. On the opposite end of the size spectrum are these new Lego Star Wars polybags. I’m loving the Umbarran MHC, both scales. One of my favorite figures this year is this guy. Find out if he was worth the almost $100 price tag and if you should hunt him down on the secondary market. Bringing up the rear yet again is G.I. Joe, but at least Wave 2 of the Retaliation was in stock at one retailer.

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    We will definitely see you sooner rather than later…Slick

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    Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 082: Black Friday 2012…

    Here’s our fifth annual Black Friday cast. As your gorging on turkey and/or deals, remember as collectors we have hundreds, sometimes thousands of things to be thankful for. But, please do not forget to be thankful for the things that really matter, friends and family.

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    Shortest show ever…Slick

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    Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 081: Taking a break…

    If you saw my last post, you know I’m not really feeling these as of late. So I’m taking a break. We’re not taking a break, just me in regard to writing posts to accompany the shows. I just need to want to do these and I right now I don’t. FYI our 5th Annual Black Friday show will be out tomorrow. Spoiler, there’s not that much on sale at least in the stores. Here’s hoping my online research turns up more deals tomorrow.

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    Now that feels good…Slick

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    Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 080: I am sick of writing these things…

    Have you ever just gotten so sick of doing something you dread doing it. For some it might be yard work. For others unfortunately it’s their job. For me it’s these posts. For the most part I actually like writing about what I’m thinking. However, more often than not lately the show has taken too long to get it out, the show itself is much longer than I would like and I’m just ready to be done with it. Then I have to write this. As much as I like writing, I just want it done.

    So let’s get it done. Perhaps the biggest news, literally, is the MOTUC Castle Grayskull. The thing is massive and we’re creeping up towards the minimum. If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, do so NOW. G.I. Joe actually had some news this time around. Hasbro announced Kre-O is finally repping Joe-style. Most of it looks pretty bad, but there are a few pieces I can’t wait for. So everyone knows this is a thing. I’m excited about the game, but I could care less about the toys. Finally, I’m so happy to see that we’ll be getting the GDO G1 Deco ROTF/HFTD Leader Starscream. Man that’s a mouth full.

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    I’m so happy that’s done…Slick

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