Botcon.com has posted the announcement today that Scott McNeil will be attending as a guest at Botcon 2016 in Louisville. While a complete listing of Scott's voice roles would occupy more space than the observable universe, naturally he's most relevant for his work on Beast Wars with four major characters to his name - and one minor role that happens to be fairly important to this year's exclusive box set: Tripredacus Council member Cicadacon. This will be Scott's seventh Botcon appearance.
Fun Publications has released the brochure for Botcon 2016, taking place in early April in Lexington, Kentucky. As such we now have the pricing info for the various convention packages, featuring a primus Package set at $399 - a reduction from the cost of 2015's box set. As well we now know what form the tour events will take, as well as some updated policy related in the brochure that everyone should make sure to be aware of. Keep reading for all the details!
The trademark-watchers over at Transformers@The Moon have posted a curious piece of news this morning: Hasbro has filed a trademark with the US Patent Office for the name "Cybertron Con," which is the name of the official Transformers convention in Asia. It's far too early to tell whether this means a name change for BotCon, a new convention, or simply a "defensive" trademark so no fan group can take it in the US, but at any rate, it's an interesting development! Keep reading for a link to the original story.
Via their social media channels, Fun Publications has revealed which of the three Combiner Wars Voyager body-types will be used for the fifth member of next year's boxset. General Sea Clamp will find himself embodied in Silverbolt - or at least, one of two variations. With no specific alt mode attributes visible in this teaser art, it's unclear if it will be Silverbolt specifically, or the retool as Scattershot. That will have to wait for the actual mockup reveal, due tomorrow. Meanwhile, click through for the art, taking us back to a better time in Transformers.
Botcon.com has been updated with the fourth reveal of the 2016 boxset's exclusives. As indicated in yesterday's art reveal, the newest figure is Cicadacon, a straight red and silver recolor of Aerialbot Skydive. With five new heads having been noted for this set of toys, that confirms the combined form will have a unique headsculpt. And this leaves us with just the torso remaining to be revealed as most likely General Sea Clamp, and so the wait begins to see which Voyager mold they've colored red and silver! Keep reading for the Cicadacon mockup image.
The Transformers Collector's Club Facebook page has revealed the next part of the Dawn Of The Predacus set: Tripredacus Council member Cicadacon! The first proper photos of the toy are to be revealed tomorrow, but from the artwork shown he appears to be a straight recolor of Combiner Wars Skydive. Keep reading to see!
On the Botcon website today we've had the third reveal from next year's boxset. Having already teased that the Tripredacus Council from Beast Wars "The Agenda, Part 1" were going to be part of it, the first of those three has been shown as Ramhorn, made from the Combiner Wars Brawl mold ...with a drill attachment. Yes, more importantly than the convention reveal, it may be that we finally see evidence of how the Technobots were planned to be executed for Combiner Wars, meaning Ramhorn seems to have inherited the body of Nosecone. Click through to have a look.
The Botcon website has updated today revealing the second of the 2016 box set exclusives. Joining Ravage in April will be Tarantulas, based on the Rook mold and sporting the character's Transmetal colors, versus the original coloring seen on this year's subscription service Tarantulas. Along with this, they've announced Alec Willows as a guest. Willows of course was the voice behind Tarantulas, and has not been to a Botcon since all the way back in 2000. Click through to see the full toy reveal image.
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: Titans Return is unveiled! At the Hasbro Event at NYCC we get firsthand looks at Galvatron, Skullcruncher, Hardhead and Blaster! Plus we talk about Transformers Devastation and how you can win a copy in celebration of our 16th Anniversary next week! All that and WAY MORE on this week's Radio Free Cybertron!
The final Auto Assembly takes place next weekend in Birmingham, England, and there's been some interesting developments! First is that, for the first time ever, the convention has official exclusives! AA and Roll Out Roll Call have partnered with the Collectors Club to offer a selection of this year's BotCon pieces at their shows. There is also going to be a very limited print by G1 and ReGeneration One artist Andrew Wildman available at the show! Read on for more details!
TFCon Charlotte has announced a new guest: Gregg Berger, voice of Grimlock in both G1 and the upcoming Transformers Devastation! Berger will be onhand all weekend for Q&A panels and autograph sessions. Read on for more details!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: We talk about the new Masterpiece Thundercracker figure coming from Takara Tomy, the Diaclone Reboot Masterpiece Toys, MakeToys Cyclonus upgrade kit, Dr Wu's NOT Mixmaster upgrade kit--er--figure, plus we sit down and chat with Colin Douglas, organizer of TFCon Charlotte about the upcoming convention.
Shockingly enough, all three of the Transformers exclusives on Hasbro Toy Shop which debuted at San Diego Comic Con this summer are still available to purchase as of this writing. While this batch isn't the first to see one piece stick around for a little while after activation, it's probably the first time the whole assortment has stayed accessible and obtainable even for those not riding their mobile devices at work hoping to beat store crashes. So what made this year different? Keep reading!
We wanted to give everyone the heads up. Hasbro revealed during the course of SDCC that their exclusives were planned to make their way on to HasbroToyShop on July 28th, which is tomorrow! If you're hoping to get yourself any of this year's offerings, be ready to join your fellow fans in monitoring the site starting tomorrow morning for stock to be activated. We were able to bring you reviews of all of these exclusives, so if you want to familiarize yourself again before the big day, click through for a list of our coverage!
Calling all Transformers fans:
TFNation is a new Transformers convention initiating in summer 2016 run by fans, for fans.
We look forward to welcoming you to our base of operations; the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, England.