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RUMOR/SPECULATION: New Transformers Collector's Club To Be Announced At HasCon?
RAC - Saturday, July 29, 2017


We got the startings of a new Transformers Fan Club last winter with a mailing list Hasbro was assembling... but it's been dormant since then. But it looks like the new Club could be on the horizon! To be honest, there's a lot of supposition in here. But a new piece of information from the TFWiki Twitter regarding yesterday's official Titans Return Arcee reveal has got us thinking, and there's a fair bit of circumstantial evidence that adds up. Keep reading to see where we're going with this!



This is what we know at the moment: Gizmodo/io9 have reported that Arcee is an "early access" figure to be sold via some other means later. The photos are marked "TRA HTC COLLECTOR CLUB." And we know for a fact, via Q&A sessions at SDCC, that two of the Titans Return Tech Spec boxsets have been cancelled. The presence of a diecast Titan Master with Arcee - Ultra Magnus, one of the two remaining "Ultimate" Stat Titan Masters from the cancelled boxsets - would indicate that she was originally in one of those two sets. Most likely the "Intelligence" set. Besides the diecast being a tell, we know that Ultra Magnus is the Titan Master of Ultimate Intelligence via that great Trypticon cereal box poster at SDCC.

So we've got a potential Collector's Club on the horizon, and another Deluxe/Titan Master set, a pair of Voyagers, and a pair of Leaders unaccounted for. Given that the latter two boxsets were likely cancelled before the sales of the two released were even accounted for, it seems possible the cancellations were not an indicator of lack of retailer interest but changed internal plans. If Hasbro found itself suddenly planning a convention and a collector's club and needed exclusive products, it's only logical to take remolds and repaints that were already being planned and redirect them in this way - especially with as many of the equivalent Combiner Wars sets ending up cleared out at wonderful-for-us-but-not-for-Hasbro prices. So out go the boxsets and in comes the Hasbro Toy Collectors Club.

If that's true, and the HasCon price of $24.99 for a Deluxe and a diecast Titan Master is indicative of the price range of the upcoming Collector's Club exclusives, that would be tremendous. For one, it blows the previous Club's pricing out of the water. And just in comparison to the boxsets, allowing collectors to pick and choose figures rather than going in for $100 when you may just want one or two things? Both of those sound like a great idea.

We'll likely know more in another month or so, but in our opinion this all adds up pretty well. We may have learned about Power of the Primes, but it seems HasCon could still bring us some surprises. Let's hope so!

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One more video from our Hascon VIP Dinner Event reporter, Eric Crownover. He captured the special presentation videos shown before the Hall of Fame inductions of Susan Blu and movie series producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. One was a minutes-long collection of congratulations and well wishes from celebrities and notable individuals in the world of movies, the other was 30 seconds of Arcee clips. We'll let you sort out which presentation went with which person, and then you can click through to watch the video embedded below!
Eric Crownover covered the VIP Dinner Event at Hascon this past weekend for us, and along with the panel reports and toy reveal images, he also brought us some quick video clips from presentations during the event. First up we have a tribute to the tenth anniversary of the Transformers movie series, acting as a quick retrospective of the movies - which also probably served as a decent warm-up for the Hall of Fame induction of movie producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura! You can find the video embedded in the post below.
Thanks to @preterniadotcom on Twitter for pointing this out! The HasCon 2017 exclusives, including Titans Return Arcee and Transforming Power Bank Optimus Prime, have all been added to HasbroToyShop with a sale date of September 20th. So those of us who didn't have a hookup at HasCon still have a shot! Keep reading for links to both figures.
Thanks to RFC's diecast, we've got a quick video on his RFC Reviews channel showing the Power of The Primes toys on display during Hascon. One detail visible in this video that seems to have largely been overlooked is an Enigma of Combination shown at Grimlock's feet. Like the various forms of Matrix included with Leader toys, the Engimas are the special accessory component for the Voyager figures that within the function are what permit them to combine with the Deluxes. You can find the video embedded below, and a screenshot showing the Enigma. Keep reading!


Thanks to Unicron.com, any of us that didn't make the trip to Hascon this weekend can now check out the Prime Wars Trilogy panel in video form on Facebook. This panels covers aspects of design in the toys, toy packaging, the current mobile games, and Machinima's efforts in bringing entries of this trilogy to animation, and that includes a look at the Titans Return series they'll be debuting in November. You can find the panel video embedded below!











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