The Winter Wonderfest 2016 is over, but it certainly didn't go without some good stuff to show. In the time since we reported last night, more photos have been posted from the event showing more detail on Masterpiece Optimus Primal, such as the furry appearance derived entirely through paint apps. We also have more detail shots of Blast Off and the Combaticons, including another look at their color promo poster, and new tonight we have showings from Prime 1 Studios with an array of movie-inspired statues, and another appearance of Heroes of Steel Optimus. Click through to see it all, along with a full list of photo credits!
In the David Kaye-voiced promo video we reported on a short time ago, between the series of slides of character art for the Botcon 2016 box set exclusives and the date and location slide for Botcon, an interesting bit of art was briefly seen. This quick image depicted Megatron, but with features of the visible portion of the body matching original RID Megatron/Car Robots Gigatron. In a recent interview, Pete Sinclair revealed that the "centerpiece" of the souvenir assortment would be something everyone would want to get their hands on. So does this tell us why? See the image and more details below!
That special time of year is quickly approaching again. Toy Fair 2016 is happening as always in New York, beginning with Hasbro's fan media event on Saturday, February 13th. But with everything Hasbro has already shown us via NYCC and a special conference call in November, what is there to be revealed next month? How much more could there be for us to see that hasn't already been shown to us, especially since Combiner Wars is now shifting to the sidelines and Titans Return hasn't even begun yet? Keep reading to find out some of what we think we might see newly revealed!
Yesterday we got a look at packaging art for the box set. Today via Twitter came the reveal of the individual character art for the Predacon combiner team. As with the box itself, this art is by Marcelo Matere and hews very closely to the style of retail Combiner Wars merchandise. Along with this is a new image of Ravage, depicting the current production sample, which should be a good indicator of the final actual colors of the toy. Finally, another e-mail went out today with a few more updates, including the reveal of an exclusive toy only for Golden Ticket registrants. Read on for details!
Coinciding with the reveal of the combined form of the 2016 exclusive box set figures today, Fun Publications has sent out an e-mail to let people know that registration for Botcon 2016 is planned to start next week. While a specific day is not indicated, the message does promise alerts by e-mail and social media when everything is ready to go. But for anyone who's been around for a pre-reg cycle, you'll know it's pretty hard to miss once it gets going. You can click through to read the text of the update message, quoted below in the full article.
The official Botcon Facebook page has posted an update just a short time ago relating the news that Alec Willows will no longer be attending Botcon this year, citing a conflicting engagement. Known to Transformers fans as the voice of Tarantulas in Beast Wars, had he been able to attend, it would have been his first appearance at Botcon since the year 2000. Click through if you'd like to read the original announcement, which we've quoted below.
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 Botcon 2016 boxset reveals have stirred up some disagreements, as the Tripredacus Council members among the assortment are all colored in primarily red - based on what they looked like in their single cartoon appearance. While the details of the arguments aren't important, the situation led Verno from TFW's board to inquire directly to the director of The Agenda, Part 1 - and amazingly he got an answer! Keep reading for some behind the scenes of Beast Wars!
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.
Besides bringing us great coverage of the Preview Panel this afternoon, Radio Free Cybertron has been going around through the day grabbing pictures of new and upcoming items being displayed at exhibitor and vendor booths in the dealer room. We've collected them here from the RFC Twitter for easy viewing, so you can keep reading to see lots of items from Fansproject, KFC, MakeToys, MMC, Play With This Too and more!
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.
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!
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