Welcome to the inagural Angry Birds News Roundup brought do you by @Dr-Omega. These news bulletin’s are designed to offer you a recap of new and interesting Angry Birds and / or Rovio news that may have flown under the radar.
Disclaimer: Artist interpretation. This is NOT an official image from Rovio or Hasbro.
Angry Birds Transformers
After some digging, it was found that in November 2013, a coding error on the Hasbro page allowed a G.I.Joe fan to see a large list of upcoming Hasbro products. Allspark.com user Monzo obtained the list in the same manner and extracted the list of Transformers toys and posted the list online. The list includes the following:
- TRA AB RACER HELMET PIG ADRIAN A8457
- TRA AB RACER MUSTACHE PIG MAX A8456
- TRA AB RACER RED BIRD OPTIMUS A8447
- TRA AB RACER SOUNDWAVE CHEF PIG A8459
- TRA AB RACER TERENCE HEATWAVE A8453
- TRA AB RACER YELLOW BIRD BUMBLEBEE A8448
- TRA AB RACERS AST A8387
- TRA AB UNICRON RACE SET A8386
Angry Birds Boys Gaming
- ANGRY BIRDS GO TF AERIAL ASSAULT A7639
- ANGRY BIRDS GO TF JENGA BUMBLEBEE GAME A7639
- ANGRY BIRDS GO TF JENGA GAME PACKS A9262
- ANGRY BIRDS GO TF JENGA OPTIMUS GAME A9261
- ANGRY BIRDS GO TF JENGA VEHICLES AST A7873
- ANGRY BIRDS GO TF VEHICLE GALVATRON A9267
- ANGRY BIRDS GO TF VEHICLE HEATWAVE A9264
- ANGRY BIRDS GO TF VEHICLE LOCKDOWN A9265
- ANGRY BIRDS GO TF VEHICLE SOUNDWAVE A9266
- ANGRY BIRDS GO TRANSFORMERS ROWDY RACERS A7873
This information seems to confirm what was suspected from the previous listings, that these toys will be an update or offshoot of Angry Birds GO!. It is presumed that Hasbro will not release information about this line during Toy Fair and will instead wait for Rovio to make a public announcement first. The September timeframe announced on the Idle Hands blog would put their release not long after the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth live action film from the Transformers franchise, on June 27, 2014.
However, Rovio has already announced they would release Angry Birds Stella in the fall of 2014, so it would seem unlikely they would release two new games so close to each other. It should be noted that although appearing in different forms on two separate sites, this information should still be considered unconfirmed until we hear further word from Rovio or Hasbro. When asked for comment on Twitter, Rovio did not respond.
Angry Birds Stella Telepods
In other Hasbro / Angry Birds news, after Rovio’s stunning announcement, teasing the upcoming Angry Birds Stella franchise, Hasbro followed up with their announcement regarding Stella Telepods. This comes just days before the 2014 New York Toy Fair, where toy companies unveil their upcoming products to a select audience. While cameras are generally not allowed to record items exhibited during the show, Hasbro invited the press to their 2014 Entertainment Brand Preview the day before Toy Fair starts. It does not appear that any Angry Birds toys were displayed, but an image from Hasbro’s presentation showing the Stella Telepods was posted to the Internet on the transformers fan site, www.tfw2005.com, that allows us our first real view of the Telepods:
Unfortunately, despite exhaustive research attempts, the names of the new Stella characters have not been found. Toy Fair runs from February 16 – 19. It is hoped that additional information or images will be released during this time. As always, we will bring you any updates, as they come.
Angry Birds GO! Clay Buddies Kits
In other toy news, Giromax announced a line of Angry Birds GO! Clay Buddies kits that let you assemble various GO! racing karts. Check out the story and picture here.
Angry Birds Movie
In entertainment news, it was reported that Rovio has chosen Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as the primary animation studio for Angry Birds the Movie. The film has a July 1, 2016 release date and will be directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis.
Read the full story on Variety here.
And Everything Else!
Moving to sports, HockeyBird youth t-shirts are now available on the NHL’s online store, offering a variety of NHL teams to choose from. Vistit their store here: http://shop.nhl.com/search/bird
As a reminder, there are two weeks left to play Angry Birds Star Wars on Facebook. So enjoy the tournaments while they are available.
Lastly, flingers in many countries celebrated St. Valentine’s Day this week by playing the Angry Birds Friends special Valentine’s tournament. In South Korea, they also celebrated Jeongwol Daeboreum (“The January Big Full Moon”), the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. One of the traditions of this holiday is to crack open peanuts, walnuts or chestnuts ( referred to as”bureom”) using your teeth and then eat them.
Rovio celebrated with Korean fans by posting this image to their Korean Twitter account:
To learn more about the Jeongwol Daeboreum holiday, please see the following links: