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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!




A website specializing in questionably-obtained toys has posted images of a black recolor of Generations IDW Skids. It's unknown exactly what this figure represents or where it's intended to be sold... but given what it was listed with, we have a few clues. Keep reading for more details!




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!




Joe Moscone, formerly the PR agent that handled Hasbro's entertainment brands such as Transformers, GI Joe, etc., is auctioning off his collection of figure for charity. For the benefit of Receptions For Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation, Moscone is auctioning off a fairly impressive collection heavy on convention and SDCC exclusives. Most notably for Transformers fans, he's auctioning off the reasonably rare OTFCC Sentinel Maximus figure. Keep reading for more info!




Fun Publications' Brian Savage has sent out an email explaining that BotCon is working on getting registrations live, but "That will not happen this week." Also, the BotCon block at St. Charles' Pheasant Run Resort is full, and no further rooms are available, nor are they able to find a second hotel in close proximity. But parking, at least, will be free. Keep reading for more details.




Dealer Registration is now open for TFCon 2015! The second annual US convention from the popular TFCon and heir to the superb Charticon, the convention will take place October 16th-18th in Charlotte, North Carolina. Keep reading for more details and a link.




This week on Radio Free Cybertron: Even more Botcon news! Also, Iron Factory's Legends Scale NOT Ultra Magnus, DX9's NOT Gobots Crasher, Windblade joins Transformers Robots in Disguise, the fan-built combiner and waaaaaayyyyyy more!





BotCon originators the Hartman brothers stopped by the 2005 Forums to announce that they would be completing the liquidation of their Transformers collection at this year's BotCon! Having sold off the first half of their collection at BotCon 2006, the remaining half will cover 1998-2006 and may contain upwards of 1000 pieces. Keep reading for the announcement!




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!




Northwest Fan Ventures has announced their second annual Cybertronian Festival! Taking place August 22nd this year in Kent, Washington, the single-day event is related to CybCon, the long-running but defunct convention that ran for thirteen years. Keep reading for the full press release and a link to the site!




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!



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