San Diego, CA (April 11, 2006)-The TRANSFORMERS characters havearrived in a new era–an era from yesteryear. IDW's new TRANSFORMERS:Evolutions series features special out-of-continuity tales that focuson the ROBOTS IN DISGUISE in various eras throughout history. Theproperty is under license from the Hasbro Properties Group, theintellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc.
In issue one of the 5-part debut mini-series, "Hearts of Steel,"writer Chuck Dixon and artist Guido Guidi introduce the robots to theIndustrial Revolution, where a charismatic hammer-man named JohnHenry discovers that a steam-drill is really an alien robot namedBUMBLEBEE. Before Henry can process this information the DECEPTICONSattack–disguised as tanks, trains and walking engines. Is this allpart of a larger scheme by STARSCREAM? And if so, will the otherAUTOBOTS arrive in time to stop his nefarious plans?
"The TRANSFORMERS are such a unique brand of characters that it wouldjust seem unfair not to be able to play with them in different andnew sandboxes," states IDW Publishing Editor Dan Taylor."TRANSFORMERS: Evolutions gives readers the opportunity to explorenew possibilities with some of their favorite AUTOBOTS andDECEPTICONS in out-of-continuity events that have never been explored."
TRANSFORMERS: Evolutions "Hearts of Steel" #1, the first issue of anall-new TRANSFORMERS 5-issue miniseries, premieres in June 2006 witha 32-page full-color comic book with a suggested cover price of $2.99.
ABOUT IDW PUBLISHING
IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea and Design Works, LLC, arevolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients.Among their best-selling titles are Hasbro's THE TRANSFORMERS; Fox'sAngel, and Konami's Metal Gear Solid. IDW has films in development atSony Pictures, Dimension Films, and Paramount Pictures.
ABOUT THE HASBRO PROPERTIES GROUP
The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual propertydevelopment arm of Hasbro, Inc., (NYSE:HAS), translates one of theindustry's richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun andexcitement for children and adults globally. Through a host ofpublishing, digital media, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPGis able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expandHasbro's core brands, such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, MYLITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE, TONKA and PLAYSKOOL.