The new deal will bring Hub TV series Transformers: Rescue Bots and Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters to DVD in a multi-year deal.
The deal gives Shout! Factory exclusive home video rights to the two series in the U.S. and Canada for an unspecified period. The press release from Shout! Factory doesn’t elaborate on when we can expect either title on DVD (or Blu).
A lot of this is deal-making stuff that’s not especially exciting. But what is interesting, at least from a fan-on-animation perspective is that Hasbro likes being in the Shout! Factory business. After previous releases of other Hub TV output (the network is a Hasbro joint) like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Transformers: Prime, the toymaker-turned-broadcaster seems to like how Shout! Factory packages their titles for home video.
You can find synopses for the two series below, both skewing a little younger than the previous Hasbro/Shout! Factory collaborations:
Featuring the voice talents of popular actors Scott Wolf, Freddy Rodriguez, John DiMaggio, Oded Fehr and Phil LaMarr, KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS from Hasbro Studios and Wizards of the Coast is an action-fantasy series and follows the adventures of a young hero, Ray, who possesses the rare ability to befriend and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension. Evil forces would have these creatures tamed and enslaved, so Ray and his two best friends must join the ranks of the mysterious Duel Masters to ensure the survival of both races before it’s too late. In the end, it’s up to Ray to master the ancient art of Kaijudo in order to protect both worlds.
TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS is created specifically for the younger generation of TRANSFORMERS fans and features a group of AUTOBOTS charged with a mission to protect and learn about humans. Stationed by OPTIMUS PRIME on the technologically advanced island Griffin Rock, the RESCUE BOTS – HEATWAVE, BOULDER, BLADES and CHASE – team with the Burn’s family of first responders—including a police chief, firefighter, rescue pilot, engineer and the young hero Cody Burns—to keep peace and safety in their new found home. Alongside their new human friends, the RESCUE BOTS learn teamwork and heroism. Produced by Hasbro Studios, the half-hour series brings family, heart, humor and adventure to the TRANSFORMERS brand. Executive produced by Jeff Kline, TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS features the vocal talents of LeVar Burton, Lacey Chabert, Steve Blum, Maurice LaMarche and Peter Cullen, who voices OPTIMUS PRIME when he makes cameo appearances in this series.