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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!

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!

San Diego Comic Con has come and gone for another year. While this summer seems to not have been as rich with new reveals as previous years, there was still plenty of news coming our way thanks to our coverage team at the show. With updates streaming through since late Wednesday evening, there's been a lot to keep up with. In case you've missed anything along the way, we made a quick-reference list with highlights from our coverage. Keep reading to have a look, and maybe find something you haven't seen yet!

Devastator has made a big impact at SDCC this year. That is, a certain Devastator cosplayer, who today visited the demo stations and was seen engaging in a fight with his electronic counterpart. The spectacle of this appears to have drawn quite a crowd, including the attention of Hasbro's John Warden, who tweeted a photo of the event. We've mirrored the image, so click through and have a look at the entertaining scene!

Updated with some extra shots! Finally, we've got the promo shots for Victorion, the combiner voted on by fans using the Transformers app, helping to choose various details that shaped what the toys would become. Notably, it sports uniquely designed hands and feet, and a combining weapon based on the concept of the Lightning Bug weapon from the G1 episode Cosmic Rust. And these official shots should give a better idea of the intended deco, versus the photos of the hand-painted copies today. Click through to see it!

We've got the product promo photos for upcoming G1 reissues under the Platinum branding, including Trypticon, who will be released as an Amazon exclusive in the US this year. The Autobot Intel Ops set with Blaster, Perceptor and a selection of cassette characters, and the Seeker Squadron set of Ramjet, Dirge and Thrust were also shown off, and will be exclusives to other retailers this year. Keep reading to take a look!

Coming in the realm of Masterpiece, we've got the official shots of Bluestreak, available exclusively through Toy R Us, and we have our first look at Hasbro's release of Starscream using the modified Seeker body tooling released by Hasbro previously as Sunstorm and others. The release as Starscream is surely a welcome announcement for many fans of this higher end product line. Keep reading to check it out!

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