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Just before the video showing the third exclusive boxset toy went live, the Botcon website was updated with a product page for the second reveal, Battletrap. Recolored from Generations Springer with a new head sculpt, the former Duocon more or less represents its source material - not to mention telegraphing a not-altogether-unlikely Flywheels to come up somewhere along the way. Click through to check out the page and the three new images!




Fun Publications has uploaded the next Botcon boxset reveal video to their Youtube channel. The third figure is "The Loose Cannon", following Packrat as The Thief, and Battletrap as The Muscle. The newest member of "Cybertron's Most Wanted" is Shattered Glass Stepper, from the Reveal The Shield Jazz mold. Stepper features no new parts, and a deco adding a lot of orange over the standard Stepper/Ricochet colors. We've embedded the video and taken some screencaps of the figure, so click through and check them out!




Once again with Botcon drawing ever closer, it's time to nominate characters and people to be inducted in to the Hall of Fame. Hasbro has reached out and asked for our help in choosing those nominees once again, so it's time to open the polls! This year we have three categories waiting for Fans' Choice nominations, so click through now to find out what they are and get links to the individual polls, open until 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, April 19th.




This year the Hall of Fame will be inducting a lucky musician or group who have contributed to official Transformers productions, be it movies or TV, or even official music videos! A great many people have had their hands in this field, and we've selected some personal favorites and some that have had significant influence on Transformers with their work. Keep reading, review the names, and let your vote be heard!




Joining the Favorite Character category, this year we have a special sub category for the current popular flavor, combiners! Fans are invited to vote for their favorite combiner characters, with one to eventually be selected for induction to the Hall of Fame. We've looked outside the typical box and gotten together some worthy combiners, and now it's up to you to pick who gets the nomination spots, so click through and get voting!




With Botcon drawing near, it's time once again to turn to inducting a few new members to the Transformers Hallf of Fame. As always, Hasbro is turning to us to provide nominees for the fan choice slots. That means it's time to step up and let your voice be heard. We've collected names of a few deserving bots, and it'll be up to you to select who moves to the next stage. Click through and vote now!




At the Collectors Club roundtable panel today at JoeCon, it was confirmed that the crossover characters seen in card art yesterday are being produced as club exclusives. Old Snake will come with the Stealth BAT (BATs) recolor of Prime Soundwave, and a couple of energon cubes. These join the Marissa and "Afterbreaker" set announced last year. Fun Publications clarified that members of both the GI Joe and Transformers Collectors Clubs will be able to purchase both sets, and hope to have them available in time for Botcon. Keep reading for quick shots from the panel courtesy of Joe Ryan.




The official GI Joe convention JoeCon is happening right now, and something interesting has been spotted. Artwork on a sheet of uncut collector cards shows the already known Marissa Faireborn, but also numerous Stealth BAT units, recolored from Transformers Prime Soundwave. Also seen is Old Snake, the version of Cobra Commander in the far-flung future of 2005 or so. No word on if these will be products for sale, so for now enjoy the art! You can follow coverage of JoeCon 2015 by checking out the GI Joe category over at Toy News International, and click the title to see the card art!




Fun Publications has, as promised, revealed the second piece of this year's exclusive box set. Following The Thief, Packrat last week, today we were shown The Muscle - Battletrap. As speculated previously, this is the blue and grey redeco of Generations Springer - featuring a new headsculpt based on the G1 toy. The Youtube video runs through all modes of the toy and shows off the details, and we have that embedded below. Keep reading to see that, and some stills taken from the video!




Simon Plumbe revealed today that the 15th Auto Assembly would also be the last. Citing age, health and a variety of other various important real-life reasons, Plumbe thanked congoers for their support and explained that above and beyond Auto Assembly, he has been involved in fan clubs and cons since 1989. That's long enough for anyone to need a breather, and we salute Mr. Plumbe for his contributions to UK Transformers fandom. Keep reading for the full text of the announcement.




On the Collectors Club Twitter account today, Fun Publications made a shockingly long overdue statement. Once G2 Starscream, the second of two uses of the Classics Seeker mold in Figure Subscription 3 has been produced, they have no further plans to utilize the figure or its derivatives. While there are still many potential decos that fans of the mold would eagerly accept, it seems that they will go unfulfilled. Perhaps the Fall of Cybertron equivalent mold will find itself filling those shoes going forward? Keep reading to see the original tweet.




Over the weekend we brought you an early analysis of a screenshot from an episode of Cybercast featuring an interview with Pete Sinclair of Fun Publications where several toys could be seen that may be Botcon exclusives for this year. Since then we've continued analyzing the image and have made some updates and corrections to our original conclusions, and one may suggest a surprising move for convention exclusive toys - or we might be seeing another surprise entirely. If you're interested in toy spoilers in advance of official reveals, keep reading...




Pete Sinclair of Fun Publications was recently interviewed over video, and in the process seems to have let a bit too much fall in frame. Based on an enhanced screencap by well known fan Monzo, we've identified and highlighted the toys that are visible. The image is low-res, but with some work defining the edges the forms of the figures can be made out well enough. Of course this is likely a spoiler for some of this year's convention toys, so please keep that in mind before proceeding. For full info, keep reading!




As promised, following the requested number of retweets the Botcon Twitter posted a work-in-progress form of the first page of the 2015 comic book. Set in the catch-all world of Axiom Nexus, the comic is sure to be filled with visual references. We've learned that Matt Frank will be doing the linework (which explains something Mecha Godzillaish in one panel) which has us quite excited, as Matt Frank is one of our favorite occasional Transformers artists from the IDW books. Keep reading to check out the image and get more info!




Fun Publications have begun the process of hyping up Botcon 2015, coming to an obscure and remote suburb of Chicago near you next summer! Today they've stated that the official reveal for the box set theme will be made during the week of New Year's, with toy reveals to follow soon after. They followed this with a series of conditions to explain what the set would not represent, launching a flurry of speculative activity for what remains. You can click through and see the original tweets and find out what's off the table this year!



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