When IDW scored the publishing rights for Hasbro's Transformers comics, they definitely made the most of it. Not only have they built up a cohesive timeline of their own Autobots and Decepticon history, but are about to have their 125th issue on the shelves! To mark this occasion, what better way to celebrate than by killing off the leader and most recognizeable Autobot of them all: Optimus Prime? Granted, this is but one of the many, many deaths he's had throughout his storied multi-media career, but it's shaping up to be one of the most epic. It comes at the conclusion of the current Chaos storyline that has been runnign through the Transformers ongoing comic and we can't wait to see how it all goes down! Here's some info, along with some cover art previews straight from our friends at IDW Publishing:

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Do you like Transformers? How about old-school gaming? Well, if you answered "yes" to both of those, and happen to have several grand in cash lying around in a coffee can, then you're gonna want to check out the latest pinball machine from Stern Pinball: Transformers! No word on if this thing will turn into a robot and trash your house/urinate oil on you or if it's filled with Bay-esque explosions, but it looks like a ton of fun regardless.

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As the action figure and toy industry further takes a foothold in the pop culture market, Hasbro has seen the worth in making their way to the 2011 New York Comic Con! with their marvel, Transformers, G.I. JOE, and Star Wars brands, it's kind of a no-brainer that the company would want to jump all over the crossover appeal that these licenses have with their comic counterparts. the best part? Exclusives! If the SDCC exclusive toys were any indication, then whatever Hasbro has up their sleeves for NYCC will both be exceptionally cool AND incredibly sought after.

HASBRO ANNOUNCES NEW YORK COMIC CON DEBUT AND TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF “NYCC KIDS!”

The Global Branded Play Company to Showcase Its Iconic Pop-Culture Properties at the Convention and Host the National BEYBLADE Championship at New York Comic Con’s “NYCC Kids!”

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 - For the first time at New York Comic Con, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) will attend the convention at the Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 13-16 to present many of its iconic brands and meet with fans. Hasbro will have a significant booth presence featuring current and upcoming products from its TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS and KRE-O brands and BEYBLADE, MARVEL and STAR WARS lines. Additionally, Hasbro will host panels for several of its properties and action figure lines as well as offer for sale several HasbroToyShop.com special edition products made for New York Comic Con convention goers.

In addition to its booth exhibition during the main convention, Hasbro will be the title sponsor of New York Comic Con’s “NYCC Kids!” taking place on Sunday, October 16. Within NYCC Kids!, Hasbro will host the National BEYBLADE Championship where semi-finalists from around the country will battle in head-to-head competition to be crowned the BEYBLADE U.S. Champion. The BEYBLADE National Championship winner will be awarded travel to the BEYBLADE World Championship, in Toronto, Canada in March 2012. A worldwide phenomenon, BEYBLADE is a battling tops game with a focus on strategy and high-performance competition. Kids collect, customize and compete head-to-head to be the last BEYBLADE top spinning. Fans can visit www.BeybladeBattles.com for additional information, official rules and kids 8-13 can register for regional qualifier events.

“Hasbro is looking forward to an exciting and substantial presence for its first ever participation in New York Comic Con,” said Jeff Jackson, vice president of U.S. marketing for Hasbro. “As this show continues to grow we’re thrilled to be attending this year to offer our fans the opportunity to engage with Hasbro’s brands in unique ways at both the convention and NYCC Kids! events.”

Hasbro’s NYCC Kids! presence will also offer families the opportunity to experience its new KRE-O TRANSFORMERS line of construction toys and new NERF VORTEX line of disc blasters. More details about Hasbro’s booth, panels, special edition New York Comic-Con figures and other special events at the convention will be released in the coming weeks. Hasbro will be located at booth #302. For more information about New York Comic Con and NYCC Kids!, fans and families can visit www.NewYorkComicCon.com

Stay tuned to MTV Geek! fo all your Hasbro and NYCC coverage!

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They got pranks and jokes and tricks and stuff.
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How about this for range: in a matter of a couple of weeks, NPH will have been both a singing prince made of bubblegum and a singing evil dolphin menacing a bunch of penguins. Brando never got to be both a dolphin and a prince in less than a month.

Anyway, this Friday, the man who was the glue that held the Harold and Kumar franchise together will be reprising his role as the evil Dr. Blowhole in an hour-long special on Nickelodeon. And since the Broadway star can't go anywhere without belting out a tune, Harris will be lending his singing pipes to the episode, which sees the combat-ready penguins face off against their nemesis, the dolphin doc.

Precisely where does a dolphin get his degree, anyway? And in what field of study?

Here's the official synopsis:

In the special, Skipper arrives in Shanghai on a super secret solo mission that leads him waddling right into a Dr. Blowhole trap. Without his men, who are back at the zoo, he is helpless and his memory gets wiped away by Blowhole’s “Mind-Jacker.” Blowhole’s despicable plan uses Skipper’s memories to locate Kowalski, Private and Rico, blast them with his “Diabologizer,” and render them evil monsters who destroy their headquarters. The lyrics from the special—which includes six original songs—were written by series executive producers Robert Schooley and Mark McCorkle and composed by Adam Berry, who recently won a Daytime Emmy Award for his work on the series.

You can check out a couple of clips from the special below.


Penguins of Madagascar: 'Blowhole Strikes Back,' Clip 1

 

Penguins of Madagascar: 'Blowhole Strikes Back,' Clip 2

The Penguins of Madagascar special, "Blowhole Strikes Back" airs Friday at 8 PM ET on Nickelodeon.

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