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Transformers Q&A #2 - Extra Question

In our previous Transformers Q&A way back in May, we submitted our two questions and hadn't gotten much in the way of answers, but the Hasbro team asked us to clarify things a little. Then Botcon and Comic Con happened, so everyone was understandably busy! Well, we've just gotten the replies back from our Q&A (better late than never as Cheech would say) and I really appreciate it! The Hasbro Transformers team has sent us an answer to our questions for this round of the official Q&A. Check it out:

Transformers Q&A #2 Extra (2010)

Preserve: What factors go into the decision to distribute the product to different countries, and what proportion of the full line typically ends up being sent to countries that may not end up with every last item in the full set.
Hasbro: Every year we present our full line of product offering to all of our retail partners throughout the world and ultimately, the decision of what our retail partners decide to carry falls on them. Additionally, while we have every intention of releasing every wave of every assortment in every market, it does come down to whether or not there is a sufficient demand within those markets for those figures. Again, this is ultimately a decision that our retail partners need to decide.

Preserve: My favorite Transformers: Animated episode has to be Thrill of the Hunt which brought back the legendary Sue Blu as Arcee in the touching Ratchet wartime flashbacks. It was spectacular that it was recently perfectly captured by the Toys R Us Exclusive wave of those two figures. I'm wondering if the Transformers Brand team has any favorite episodes of that series that they would like to share.
Hasbro: Some of the team's favorite episodes from the past include War Dawn from the Generation One series, Other Visitors from the Beast Wars series, and the popular Armada episode Carnival. As for Animated, one of the most beloved episodes is the two-part series finale End Game. During its production, both the studio and Hasbro believed that End Game could very well be the final episode of the series. So many of the loose ends from the previous seasons were tied up and the escalation of the stories written by Rich Fogel and Marsha Griffin are the most action packed in the entire series.
There's this immense amount of tension built up during both episodes leading into the final battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron, while the rest of the Autobots tend to the Lugnut Supreme problem in their own ways. There was so many layers of story telling going on, and each Autobot had their own tasks to accomplish to make everything work out for the better. One of the most moving moments in the entire series also happens during the last episode, where Prowl sacrifices himself to save the city and his friends. I feel like that moment in particular really added a dose of reality to the animation and helped really drive home the difference between Autobots and Decepticons. Additionally, although the episode was written in a way to leave the door open for a potential season four, that never materialized, but the story concepts did! Those concepts are laid out in the AllSpark Almanac Volume II which is available at stores now.

Thanks go to the Hasbro team for their fantastic and thoughtful answers!

Posted by charlie on July 26th 2010, 12:35 PM
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