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Hot on the heels of the latest delay in launching preregistration with just over three weeks left until the convention starts, the Fun Pub Video Youtube channel has posted a pair of new videos giving a walkthrough demonstration of the new registration system for both regular attendees and exhibitors. At last report, the earliest registration is expected to possibly go live is now Tuesday, May 26th, following additional complications with bringing the new system online. We have the videos embedded below, so click through to have a look.




With about 25 days remaining before the first planned activities of this year's Botcon, it looks like registration will finally go live sometime on Friday, May 22. The Botcon Twitter account posted a notice to this effect, and an update to botcon.com goes in to slightly more detail, anticipating pre-reg so long as no technical issues present themselves in the meantime. Along with this, images of this year's t-shirt and hat were also posted. Click through and check out the images and a quote from the update.




Keeping priorities well in line, Fun Publications has followed through on yesterday's promise and posted the first three pages of the at-show comic book story. Featuring Stepper, Battletrap, and Megatron out of the boxset's offerings, the preview is just enough to set up the underlying notion of the story typing the disparate toys together. The final page of the preview also featured an obscured character, who after some guesses to the identity perhaps got too close, was obscured even more. Identity speculation and preview images in the full article!




Registration is now open for TFCon Charlotte! Available online for a whopping, super-professional 149 days/5ish months/21 weeks before the event, prices range from a $264 package for the weekend and a set of convention-exclusive toys down to $22 for Sunday only. Prices are also given for the various figures as add-ons, and also T-Shirts ranging up to size 3XL. Keep reading to see, and for a link!




While we can't know for certain just yet that these Generations Waspinator recolors we reported on earlier are Botcon toys, we do have a good idea of what they're meant to be. Similar to the unknown black Skids seeming to be a Diaclone reference, these Waspinators appear to be set up as stand-ins for the line's Waruder mecha - the origins of the G1 Insecticons, based on the right-most toy sharing coloration with a Waruder toy not adapted in to Transformers. It looks like Botcon may have a Diaclone referential sideline happening this year!




With less than a month left before the doors open to Botcon 2015, Fun Publications has shared the third page of their online teaser comic starring Packrat on their Twitter account. Subsequent tweets today promised a number of additional reveals coming up covering a range of topics. We've got page three mirrored, and you can check that out along with links to the first pages as well as details on what's planned for announcement by clicking the title!




This year's Botcon brochure specified that merchandise in the dealer room that infringes upon Hasbro's intellectual property would not be permitted in the dealer room. While a specific intent was made to avoid using the term "third party" in this, it was still left very ambiguous about where the line would fall in terms of banned goods. Some were obvious, like complete figures based on real characters, but things like accessories and other upgrades remained a question mark. We now have more information on this. Keep reading!




Botcon.com has added a new set of questions to their FAQ page for this year's show. While there's a lot covered here, there are a few important highlights to call attention to. As you may have anticipated already, the general admission attendees will not be permitted any form of access to Frank Welker. Dealer table discount deadlines are going to be changed since pre-registration has been delayed, Wifi is limited to the hotel rooms, and they're still trying to work out transportation between O'Hare and the venue. Keep reading for more!




Amid other Botcon-related happenings today, this almost went unnoticed. We've got our first look at the packaging design for the convention exclusive box set, "Cybertron: Most Wanted". With the toys having been revealed over the course of the last several weeks, this was the last part of the set to be shown off, and this year the box is styled like a desk, complete with keys, pen, and a cup of Pepto Bismol energon in the corner, sure to leave unsightly rings behind. Click through to check out the art!




Following up the video reveal on Monday morning, the Botcon site has posted the official product photos of Oilmaster, the character based on an unreleased Pretender concept from G1, featuring an all-new build Pretender shell in the style of the original prototype containing a recolor of Generation Legends Swerve, and armed with reused Construct-Bots weapons. Click through to see the mirrored images!




Botcon.com has been updated with the official brochure for this year's convention. We've got details now on the tour packages being offered for those who choose to arrive a little early, and pricing for this year's attendance packages and the upgrades you can purchase, including the Frank Welker VIP Pass. For the details, keep reading!




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!




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!



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