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The fifth figure for the Botcon 2015 boxset has proven to be what many have speculated, the Pretender Oilmaster. The inner robot is represented by a recolor of Generations Legends Swerve with its partner Targetmaster figure. The Pretender shell based on a canceled G1 concept appears to be a fully new piece made for this set which can hold both robots. Keep reading for screencaps, the embedded video and more!




Northwest Fan Ventures has announced their second annual Cybertronian Festival! Taking place August 22nd this year in Kent, Washington, the single-day event is related to CybCon, the long-running but defunct convention that ran for thirteen years. Keep reading for the full press release and a link to the site!




The Botcon website has been updated with details about the special package add-on that will allow pre-registrants the opportunity to meet Frank Welker. The VIP Pass will cost $200, in addition to a required Primus Package or Golden Ticket. Those who purchase the pass will be allowed one autograph, a professional photo with Mr. Welker on Saturday afternoon, and exclusive art print and pin, and priority seating at his panel. This may partly be to offset his appearance costs, but probably provokes some sticker shock anyway. Keep reading and tell us what you think!




Not long after the reveal video was posted and word spread around about the contents of egg number 4, the Botcon Twitter was updated with a two panel preview from this year's convention comic book. Featuring Packrat along with the freshly premiered Megatron, we may not be able to gather any story from this isolated sample, but we can at least enjoy the robot lineart stylings of Matt Frank. Click through and check it out!




Fun Publications has just posted their latest video reveal, showing off the fourth of five boxset toys for this year's Botcon. As basically everyone had figured out already, "The Boss" is a Dark of The Moon inspired Megatron using the Arms Micron Silas Breakdown mold. While the video shows a new head sculpt fusing movie and G1 styles, and three included Arms Microns, no mention is made of the panel with Silas himself sculpted in to it. We have screencaps and the video embedded, so keep reading!




With the polls now closed, we have our nominees for the 2015 Transformers Hall of Fame. The top three results from each category will be sent on to Hasbro to take part in official selection for this year's inductees, the winners of which will be announced at Botcon. To find out who took the top spots in each category, keep reading!




Product photos of the third items from the 2015 exclusive boxset have gone up on the Botcon site. Revealed a bit late this past week, Shattered Glass Stepper is the orange, black, and white redeco of Reveal The Shield Jazz which includes the Nightstick Targetmaster mold first seen on this mold with Million Publishing's exclusive Stepper. We're still trying to work out how orange relates to Stepper, but at least Nightstick carries on the blue theme of the exclusives so far. Click through to see the mirrored photos!




Just before the video showing the third exclusive boxset toy went live, the Botcon website was updated with a product page for the second reveal, Battletrap. Recolored from Generations Springer with a new head sculpt, the former Duocon more or less represents its source material - not to mention telegraphing a not-altogether-unlikely Flywheels to come up somewhere along the way. Click through to check out the page and the three new images!




Fun Publications has uploaded the next Botcon boxset reveal video to their Youtube channel. The third figure is "The Loose Cannon", following Packrat as The Thief, and Battletrap as The Muscle. The newest member of "Cybertron's Most Wanted" is Shattered Glass Stepper, from the Reveal The Shield Jazz mold. Stepper features no new parts, and a deco adding a lot of orange over the standard Stepper/Ricochet colors. We've embedded the video and taken some screencaps of the figure, so click through and check them out!




Once again with Botcon drawing ever closer, it's time to nominate characters and people to be inducted in to the Hall of Fame. Hasbro has reached out and asked for our help in choosing those nominees once again, so it's time to open the polls! This year we have three categories waiting for Fans' Choice nominations, so click through now to find out what they are and get links to the individual polls, open until 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, April 19th.




This year the Hall of Fame will be inducting a lucky musician or group who have contributed to official Transformers productions, be it movies or TV, or even official music videos! A great many people have had their hands in this field, and we've selected some personal favorites and some that have had significant influence on Transformers with their work. Voting is now closed!




Joining the Favorite Character category, this year we have a special sub category for the current popular flavor, combiners! Fans are invited to vote for their favorite combiner characters, with one to eventually be selected for induction to the Hall of Fame. We've looked outside the typical box and gotten together some worthy combiners, and now it's up to you to pick who gets the nomination spots! Voting is now closed!




With Botcon drawing near, it's time once again to turn to inducting a few new members to the Transformers Hallf of Fame. As always, Hasbro is turning to us to provide nominees for the fan choice slots. That means it's time to step up and let your voice be heard. We've collected names of a few deserving bots, and it'll be up to you to select who moves to the next stage. Voting is now closed!




At the Collectors Club roundtable panel today at JoeCon, it was confirmed that the crossover characters seen in card art yesterday are being produced as club exclusives. Old Snake will come with the Stealth BAT (BATs) recolor of Prime Soundwave, and a couple of energon cubes. These join the Marissa and "Afterbreaker" set announced last year. Fun Publications clarified that members of both the GI Joe and Transformers Collectors Clubs will be able to purchase both sets, and hope to have them available in time for Botcon. Keep reading for quick shots from the panel courtesy of Joe Ryan.




The official GI Joe convention JoeCon is happening right now, and something interesting has been spotted. Artwork on a sheet of uncut collector cards shows the already known Marissa Faireborn, but also numerous Stealth BAT units, recolored from Transformers Prime Soundwave. Also seen is Old Snake, the version of Cobra Commander in the far-flung future of 2005 or so. No word on if these will be products for sale, so for now enjoy the art! You can follow coverage of JoeCon 2015 by checking out the GI Joe category over at Toy News International, and click the title to see the card art!



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