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Entertainment Earth has just posted that in association with Hasbro, they'll be handing out free diorama backdrops based on either Transformers or My Little Pony with a purchase from the EE booth at SDCC next month. The Transformers backdrop is based on the Autobot Command Center from the original cartoon, and measures 9.5 x 11 inches, making it suitable for use with a wide range of toys. Keep reading to see the images!

With Botcon now just a lingering memory and Team FunPub back safely at home, they've taken stock of the exclusives for this year and found leftovers of basically everything to make available for purchase on the club's online store. While naturally the attendee freebie figure is not among them, everything else is currently available for purchase. If you couldn't make Botcon itself but still want some of the exclusives, head on over and take advantage of the leftovers while they last! Keep reading for a full list.

While there were no new items added today, we did swing by Hasbro's display case one more time to get another round of high quality photos of the upcoming figures on display. With added looks at Sky Reign and Sky Lynx, the Combaticons, new Legends like Shockwave and Buzzsaw, plus RID Mini-Cons and recolors, we have almost 100 more photos to keep you in anticipation of all these releases. Click through and check them out!

UPDATED with additional photos! - Fresh from the display case we've got our first round of photos from Hasbro's Saturday update. Getting our first look at the Combaticons and Bruticus, new Legends like Buzzsaw, and Voyager Sky Lynx, the core to Sky Reign with the second wave Autobot car limbs. We'll have more a little later today, but for now get in the gallery, have a look and begin the anticipation!

We're live at Botcon 2015 right now, and getting set up to bring you minute by minute coverage of Hasbro's Product Preview Panel starting in just a few minutes at 1pm Eastern Time. Of course pictures will not be allowed during the event, but keep watching the full article page as we'll be updating throughout the run of the panel! Click the title link and get ready!

Today during the Private Sales Room Experience, we were able to visit Hasbro's display case and get a good look at Titan Class Devastator - and the SDCC exclusive version. The chrome on the SDCC example hasn't been well represented in photos, but may not satisfy the concerns of those worried about the chrome, and unfortunately they seem to share the same basic green plastic color. We also got to see the Combiner Hunters set, which comes off very well in person. Click through to check these out, and come back for much more tomorrow!

Following up from the initial posting of Radio Free Cybertron's tweeted photos from Kojin Ono's Birth of Transformers panel, we've got our gallery of over 80 photos from the event, covering virtually every slide shown. We'll have a recap in some detail a little later, but for now enjoy the look at pieces of design art, photos and other material, some of which has never been seen before!

Last for tonight in photos of the at-show exclusives from Botcon 2015, we've got the Diaclone-based recolors of Skids and Hoist. Skids, seen previously, is called Burn Out, and the newly revealed tonight Hoist recolor is called Lift-Ticket. Neither feature newly tooled parts, though Sgt Hound's "Targetmaster" figures are intended to accompany this set as "Diaclone Drivers". Thanks to Matt from RFC for lending these to us for photography - click through and check it out!

We've got in-hand photos of one of the two at-show exclusive sets featuring toys based on unreleased G2 Autorollers General Optimus Prime, recolored from Generations Roadbuster, and Sgt Hound from Generations Scoop, featuring a new head sculpt. Check out our gallery of 25+ photos showing the detail of these exclusives, kindly loaned to us for photography by Paul Agnew.

If it hasn't hit your mailbox yet, the Botcon website has posted copies of the designated pickup times for pre-registrants and exhibitors. There's little in the way of surprises, as the majority of people will be spending Thursday night getting their convention packages, while Golden Tickets and other special condition attendees will be able to do so on Wednesday instead. The documents also make sure to note repeatedly that neither phone calls nor e-mails can be answered starting yesterday, until after Botcon is over with, and any issues from now will have to be taken up in person. Keep reading for links to the PDF documents.

It's common wisdom - one might even say conventional - that the event at Botcon on any given year that we look forward to the most is the Hasbro panel where members of the brand team present us often our first look at various upcoming product, while reminding us of things that we can go buy right now as well. And so much like Toy Fair, we approach this event wondering just what they might have to surprise us with. For our own speculation on this, keep reading!

The Botcon website was updated this afternoon adding another artist to their seemingly ever-growing list. Just confirmed today was Ikumi Fukuda, though most comics readers might better know her by the name K0TTERI for the alternate covers she's been contributing over the last several months. Additionally, a Facebook update reports this year as having the most exhibitor booths ever for the convention between vendors and artists. They also recommend following on Twitter where they are seemingly once more simply @Botcon, with yesterday's change a mystery for the ages. Keep reading!

Botcon is just over a week away. While events like SDCC or TFCon Toronto may take place in the same location repeatedly making eating options easy to pin down, there's a good chance most people heading to Botcon this year may never have been to Pheasant Run before, and not know what's available, both within walking distance, and points of interest a little farther out. We've collected some options for you, so keep reading!

Just posted to their website, The Loyal Subjects have revealed two of their exclusive items to be at their booth at SDCC next month. Alongside a "Jolly Rancher"-esque clear Power Ranger, they'll be treating Transformers fans to a two pack of Buzzsaw (with yellow beak) and a translucent-clear (possibly actually meaning "colorless-translucent") Frenzy. Of course being mainly colorless, it could perhaps just as easily be taken as a Rumble for any so inclined. Keep reading for a copy of the full announcement and the photo of the two pack.

In an update posted to their website this evening, TFCon has revealed the shirt design for this year's conventions taking place in Toronto and Charlotte, NC. In a very interesting surprise, this shirt features officially licensed art of Optimus Prime! We're not sure right now who the artist is for this piece, but it's an interesting and fun blend of various toy and media design elements that cuts a very striking figure on the front of the shirt. Keep reading to check out the full size image!

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