TRANSFORMERS will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary next year (I have many Transformers stories to share), and to kick things off, for the first time ever, Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is inviting kids and longtime fans to help design a new Transformers character that will forever become a part of TF lore. The "Fan Built Bot" promotion officially starts today, and in the end... the new character created with input from the world will be made into an action figure that will be offered in the 2014 "Thrilling 30" line of toys.
Votes will be determining everything from the new character being an AUTOBOT or DECEPTICON—to its vehicle or other mode, color, personality and more. Additionally, Hasbro tells The Rock Father that information on the naming process will also be revealed shortly... and will also involve TRANSFORMERS fans. Results for the whole thing will be revealed at this year's Comic-Con International (SDCC '13) in San Diego.
I'm excited that the 30th Anniversary is approaching (despite it making me feel old), and one thing a lot of you that read The Rock Father might not know is that I actually own one of the rarest (if not the rarest) TRANSFORMERS in the world... a Chrome Optimus Prime that was handcrafted by the Hasbro Design Team for the 2007 Michael Bay Movie. It was presented to me for a TF-themed video I did for G4, and was actually announced by Kevin Pereira on Attack of the Show (a show I already miss).
To get started in helping to shape the new TRANSFORMER, visit http://www.transformers.com/vote
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About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™.
Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality and Commentator.
He serves as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), has made guest appearances as a member of the Sprout Kindness Crew, was featured in the Father's Day issue of Lake County Magazine, and is a former contributor to Chicago Parent.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for the likes of FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, ARCANIUM and others, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, and in 2013 he's been quoted on CNN, Babble, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project, in addition to making appearances on ABC News and WGN.
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