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Hasbro takes a stand against their fans and customers – all the while KREO is full steam ahead

Kreo Optimus Prime is copyright infringement

Heads up Hasbro, you guys rip shit off too!

Botcon 2012 is shaping up to be the biggest clusterfuck in the entire history of the franchise.  Hasbro seems to have been putting increasing pressure on the operations of the convention to impede the spread of 3rd party product as well as work they consider to be intellectual property infringement.  This has been an ongoing battle for the past 5 years and apparently someone finally got the memo.  Unfortunately, instead of attacking the individuals behind the actual knock-off toys, they are now going after the fans which have helped to perpetuate the Transformers brand long before Michael Bay ever said “Megawho?”

Today an announcement came declaring that all fan-art can no longer be sold at Botcon.  The convention has had a history of individuals selling limited runs of posters, statues, customs, you name it.  Unfortunately, this looks to be something they want to end at the official convention.  Boo hoo to the would-be artists.

This is certainly within Hasbro’s legal jurisdiction, considering it is an official convention.  The problem is that many are now looking at the non-official conventions that seem to be sprouting up all over the country.

All the while, Hasbro will most surely have their KREO figures on display at the show.  Something is very wrong here.

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G1 Dinobot minicons – Hasbro finally gets the hint!

G1 dinobot minicon repaints

Someone finally got that memo

Dear Hasbro,

Thank you for finally realizing the potential for some of your less aspiring Transformer molds. Now if only you can do the same thing with your Power Core Combiners. Till next time!

Sincerely,

The TF Illuminati

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Dear Hasbro: Please, no more bumblebees please!

Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Leader Bumblebee

Wow, I didn't know the lunar module came in sunburst yellow

Doesn’t anybody listen?? Cyber Ops Bumblebee wasn’t enough?  Now you have to give each Transformer a frickkin’ spaceship to stick on top of them.  Transformers 3’s toyline continues to baffle and disappoint, but realize these are all pre-release figures so perhaps there will be some explaining.  I am definitely looking forward to this year’s Toy Fair report to get the word on all this crazy shit we are seeing.  Good luck Hasbro, please don’t let us down!

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Blue Christmas – Rumble is revealed to NOT be red!

Hasbro Demolition Rumble from Reveal the Shield is BLUE!

Hey everybody, eat $#¡@!!!!!!

Dear Hasbro,

We appreciate your inconsistencies, especially when they fight for the side of good and light.  Choosing to paint Rumble as a blue robot is a swashbuckling victory for the side of justice and order.  Thanks once again for a happy new year.

Sincerely,

Team Awesome.

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Dear Hasbro – GET OFF YOUR ASS

Knock off Henkei exclusive seekers Ghost Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp

No one would try to pass on these knock-offs as the real thing, of course not... These are Henkei Exclusive seeker knock-offs, NOT the real thing! These are available for purchase RIGHT NOW!

Dear Hasbro – WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING OVER THERE?

We know, we’ve heard it time and time again: You don’t like the fact that other companies are knocking off your figures, but there is little that you can do about it. Bummer

It’s ok, you’re a big company. You sell billions of dollars worth of toys to millions of boys and girls all over the world. You can’t really be expected to worry about some small factory in Asia knocking off every single one of your toys and turning a small profit.

As someone who has invested a small fortune into this hobby, I am fed up. If there was something I could do, I would do it!

I think it’s going to take the knock-offs crossing into the Botcon exclusives realm to actually get a legal response. When pre-production copies of the Transformers Collector Club figures find their way to Ebay, Fun Pub has the auctions removed. I bring up Botcon figures because that is what is next on the horizon: the Botcon sets are next to be ko’d.

What else is on the horizon? Well here’s a nasty list of rumored knock-off figures coming out way from the land of the Great Wall:

  • G1 Black Zarak
  • All 4 G1 Autobot Dino Cassettes
  • G1 Abominus
  • Botcon 2007 set
  • Botcon 2008 Shattered Glass Rodimus Prime

I understand supply and demand just fine, but these KO’s are messing with the supply and will in turn destroy the price.  Sure, everyone wants a chance to own the dino cassettes, but they are CRAPPY figures.  The only reason they are notable is their rarity and once you take that away, the legend is erased forever.

Transformers Headmaster Knock off Giftset

As cool as I must admit this set is, this has obliterated the value of any of these little relics for the Transformers collector market

These knock-off Henkei Seekers above are problems for TakaraTomy, and not necessarily Hasbro.  It does just show how widespread this problem is getting.  Even iGear seems to be getting away with Cybertronian murder, and all this stuff is plain as day PUBLICLY AVAILABLE!  Hey Hasbro, if you’ve had troubled finding the source, I’d love to help you.  I actually own about two dozen factory-made prototypes of YOUR products.  Wouldn’t you like to know how I get this stuff?  I’d be happy to tell you if it means you can put some sort of stop to the knock-off game.

Hey, if you are too busy to plug the holes in your ship then fine.  I’m just gonna jump right off and cash in my collection now instead of later.  I expect to see plenty of other long-time collectors following suit.

igear Conehead Seeker knock offs Thrust, Dirge, and Ramjet

Totally legal, TOTALLY!

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War for Cybertron Shockwave

Transforemrs War For Cybertron Shockwave CG Model

Gun on left hand, thank you.

Dear Hasbro, please make this.

Sincerely,
EVERYONE