Hardcore fans don't wait for official word apparently. When wondering where BotCon would be held in 2014 some eager members of Seibertron and TFW2005 took it upon themselves to simply call the Pasadena Sheraton that hosted co...
We're halfway through 2013 and Fun Publications is giving us a preview of their 2014 plans for the Transformers Collectors Club and BotCon.
To go along with this year's Depthcharge figure they announced that the 2014 membership figure will be Protoform X (aka Rampage) using the Transformers Prime First Edition Deluxe Megatron figure mold and a new head. They're also planning the first ever transforming Transmutate figure made from a First Edition Deluxe Arcee figure as a club store exclusive. The Transmutate box will even have space to store Rampage and a comic to explain the bot it was supposed to be.
Three figures for the 2014 figure subscription service have been revealed. They'll be adding G1 Headmaster Chromedome using the Prime Wheeljack mold, Action Master Treadshot using the Generations Warpath mold, and Ironfist using the Fall of Cybertron Roadbuster/Swindle mold. Three more figures left to announce, no pictures were shown. Fans asked what story Chromedome would be part of and it was undecided if it would be made for Prime or their own fiction.
For BotCon 2014 they said they're considering a Diaclone set, but also said they have a lot of ideas for sets. If they do Diaclone it might just be as a set sold at the convention. They'll be conducting a survey to see what people want to see next year. Results from that survey may also decide if we get a Seeker Jet drone three-pack in 2014. They also mentioned a Starscream in Action Master colors as well. Doesn't seem like the the Seeker mold will be going away any time soon. It also appears they were hoping to do a Doubledealer figure of their own, but Hasbro beat them to it. They wouldn't say what mold they were hoping to use.
And that wraps up BotCon 2013 coverage. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the Transformers franchise and will likely line up nicely with Transformers 4, that's certainly not a BotCon to be missed!
Kre-O didn't have a very big presence at BotCon this year and there wasn't much said at the industry panel compared to at Toy Fair 2013. Hasbro seems to be putting a lot of stock into their Construct-Bots building system inst...
Despite mixed reactions from fans Hasbro is still trudging along with new figures and repaints for Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters. They've also started a questionable practice that we're going to discuss shortly.
Day 3 of BotCon was yesterday and Hasbro wasted little time in getting official images of all of their big panel reveals out onto the web. For now we're going to talk about what appeared in the Generations portion of their presentation since that's had some of the most exciting unveiling. Hasbro doesn't allow photography at these panels so we have to rely on people at the scene for info on the figures that Hasbro hasn't released images of.
Generations Legends two-packs has added Swerve with Flanker and Cosmos with Payload to the series. Swerve and Cosmos were both minibots from G1 with Swerve turning into a red and white truck and Cosmos turning into a UFO. Cosmos is probably more exciting for fans, but Swerve was one of my first Transformers as a kid so I've got a certain attachment tot the character. Flanker is a member of the Sixwing Autobot Micromaster combiner team while Payload seems to be based on Blast Master of the Astro Squad Autobot Micromaster combiner team.
Also announced, but not shown are Tailgate (another minibot homage) with Groundpounder, based on an Autobot Minicon orange bucket loader from the Construction Patrol. Along with Insecticon Sharpshot (renaming of Shrapnel) with camera-bot Reflector.
Moving up the figure scale we find ourselves in Deluxe territory. Goldfire (Goldbug) is a pretty straight repaint of IDW Bumblebee featuring a new head and a blue and gold color scheme. Dreadwing is a repaint of IDW Megatron in mostly blue with a new head. All new mold Skids is based on a G1 character and looks pretty great in bot mode, but I'm not too crazy about his new car mode.
Then comes one of the first surprises in the line: Beast Wars Waspinator! This amazing figure looks great in both bot and beast mode, entirely cartoon accurate, and features flapping wings! Seeing a figure like this makes me wonder what happened to previous remakes of Cheetor and Dinobot, they were both pretty awful.
Announced, but not shown in these pictures is Fall of Cybertron Skywarp to round out the three Cybertronian Seeker jets. Targetmaster Scoop, an orange bucket loader will be remade for the line and come with his two gun partners. Finally, big surprise number 2 comes in the form of a remake of Armada Starscream! Get ready to start collecting Seeker jets again.
Voyager scale had yet another big surprise in store in form of an amazingly cartoon accurate version of Rhinox from Beast Wars! He looks perfect with most of his robot bits hidden in rhino made and much of his rhino plates tucking away nicely to prevent excessive kibble. He also includes both of his guns and his rhino mouth appears to have movement.
On the other hand, Decepticon Doubledealer is probably the biggest disappointment. The original G1 figure is such a favorite of mine I own two. It featured a Decepticon vulture mode, an Autobot robot mode, and an ICBM truck vehicle mode. The new figure is a pretty straight repaint of Blitzwing with a new head which really confuses the whole 'one vehicle mode' thing. And it's so strange for them to use a shark face on the jet mode when a bird face would have been so much more fitting. Plus the original version was a double Powermaster so he's missing his two partners. Real shame, Doubledealer deserves his own figure mold in my opinion or at least a heavy dose of remolding like Sandstorm got.
Not shown is Voyager Whirl, a remake of the Autobot mono-eye blue helicopter from G1. People who saw it at the presentation said it was capable of a gerwalk mode and even comes with a sticker sheet. The one shown at the panel hadn't been painted yet so it's probably some time off.
On a side note Beast Wars Megatron got the fan vote for the Transformers Hall of Fame. Hasbro said they'll likely be making a new figure similar to what they've done with Rhinox and Waspinator.
That's it for new Generations figures at BotCon. Beast Hunters will be up next.
Transformers fans have no shortage of choices when it comes to exclusives in 2013. We've already seen a number of them released between Amazon.com and what was made available at BotCon on day one.
Speaking of Amazon, some new additions are coming to the Platinum Edition line. The online store will be bringing back their shiny metallic repaint and reissue of the G1 Predacon set. It'll be a great second shot for fans who missed it the first time around or the Japanese release version when it comes out in September. Also joining the line will be repaints of Fall of Cybertron Grimlock vs. Bruticus. Grimlock is a repaint of the mass retail version while Bruticus looks to be a repackaging of the SDCC 2012 exclusive. The six figure set will be released in August.
Meanwhile Toys R Us is back with more Masterpiece exclusives. We've known about their release of Acid Storm and Soundwave for a while now so they aren't really news in themselves, but we do get a good look at the new packaging. Traditionally Masterpiece figures have come in clear plastic boxes, but now Hasbro has shifted to art boxes with window flaps that can be opened to reveal the contents and purple bars on the sides (I assume Autobot figures will be red on the sides). It's an interesting change and the boxes look sharp, but this may not be good news for fans looking for consistency in MIB collections. Both figures will be available shortly in July.
The Target exclusive Predacons Rising series of Beast Hunters figures also made an appearance, but there's nothing more to say other than that some of these are looking pretty good. We've also got confirmation that Beast Fire Predaking will indeed be a Target exclusive as well thanks to a sticker on his box.
Finally we're seeing the return of Linkin Park Soundwave. It's been nearly a year since this set was first seen last July at SDCC 2012. It appears it might have been delayed in that time, but it should be nearing release soon. Still no release date given.
That's it for retail exclusives and also wraps up figure coverage for day two!
Day 2 of BotCon came and went on Friday with a number of exclusives announced, but the biggest among them will be coming to San Diego Comic Con in mid-July!
Let's just cut to it: The rumors are true, Metroplex is coming to SDCC! He'll be similar to the Japanese version and features a chromed face and markings similar to those found on the original '80s release. He'll also include two guns rather than one. Unlike the Japanese or more Cybertronian looking Hasbro retail version, this version will also include 12 mini Autobot and Decepticon figures to his scale plus the Legends class Scamper figure. He'll be available for US$149.99.
Second G1 style offereing is a set of five six-inch non-transforming Titan Guardian figures of Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave. They're fairly simple looking figures with very limited articulation, but look as though they'd display nicely. The set of five will run for US$39.99.
Exclusive number three is a sort of diorama from Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters showing Shockwave growing Predaking in his lab. It's a neat set featuring a Voyager Shockwave in what Hasbro describes as G1-inspired paint scheme and a translucent Cyberverse Commander Predaking. The pair will be sold for US$49.99.
The last exclusive is one that doesn't appear to have been on display at BotCon. A third G.I.Joe vs Transformers set featuring G.I.Joe vehicles and characters done up to look like Transformers will be on sale at SDCC. This year's set features representations of Transformers characters Jetfire, Hound, Blaster (with tapes), Bludgeon, and Ravage with G.I.Joe characters Snake-Eyes and Baroness. The set will be sold right beside the rest of the Hasbro exclusive despite being a no-show at Bot Con and still not having having a price.
Good stuff, but nothing I'll be angry about if it all sells out.
Just like with a lot of conventions these days BotCon has that one little window of time before the official opening where attendees can get their registration swag and pickup a few souvenirs. Of course this year is no different with Thursday night seeing the con open just long enough to get many fans an early start on what is sure to be a very packed weekend schedule. As with past years there's a number of different figures that fans will be able to pickup only at the con. 14 to be exact, most hailing from the short lived Machine Wars line while others come from G1, G2, and Beast Machines. Plus there's a special Machine Wars Kre-O Kreon figure set. There's also one more exclusive that has some non-attending club membership subscribers (myself included) a little fired up.
Follow the jump to see and read about all of them.
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Last week we previewed the first three figures in the Botcon 2013 box set Machines of War based on the 1997 Kay-Bee Toys exclusive Transformers toy line Machine Wars. This week we're getting our first look at the final t...
June 27 is still a fairly long ways off, but that's not stopping Fun Publications from getting a head start on announcing some of the exclusives that will be made available in this year's Machines of War five-figure convention box set. When the set was originally announced people went wild speculating over just what characters from the original Machine Wars series would appear and what existing figure molds could be used to make them. Three figures have been announced so far and to say they're unexpected choices might be an understatement.
The first announcement was for Hoist, originally a small black tow truck he is now being reimagined as a black pickup truck thanks to the Kup mold from Generations. Back in the G1 days he was a green tow truck so going with a regular pickup is a little unexpected and tells us right away that they'll be taking some serious liberties with this set. They also fake the bot mode by painting on some details, especially the silver windows. It's nice to see a lot of paint get used, but you'd rather they just used a proper mold in the first place.
Second up is Skywarp. Rather than the black and purple jet most of recognize, back in Machine Wars he was white and yellow. The new version makes use of the mold used for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Dirge in the same white and yellow deco. What's a little confusing is they decided that updating the paint wasn't enough, they also molded him partially in translucent purple plastic and partially painted it to give the impression of him being in mid-warp. I'm not a very big fan of effect paint like this, it's a bit too specific to one instance and is hard to display 'right'.
The third figure is the biggest one to cause confusion for it's inclusion because it isn't a Machine Wars character at all. Strika is a fembot from the Beast Machines cartoon series and has no basis on Machine Wars in way. So why try to shoehorn a character like her into such a specific set? Who knows? We're simply told she's a new addition to the series which sounds more like they just wanted an excuse to make another Strika figure. She doesn't even have the slightest resemblance to the original figure now using the Generations Warpath mold. At the very least she has a new head sculpt and 'toon accurate colors. Actually all of the figures previewed this far have new head molds so they at least have that much going for them. Worst part is her partner Obsidian will probably get crammed into this series somehow as well. Honestly, I'd rather have Obsidian.
So not a very exciting start for the box set and it doesn't bode well for the rest of the exclusives. We get two rather ho-hum Machine Wars choices and one unnecessarily wedged in Beast Machines character. Only two slots remain in the box set and we still haven't seen the fan favorite and highly demanded characters like Optimus Prime, Starscream, and Soundwave yet! Additional figures are reserved for those who attend the convention, it would be nice to think that they aren't saving some of the best characters for sale only at the convention.