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.
After the pre-Toy Fair 2016 preview, the Hasbro design team for Transformers was kind enough as to answer some questions for us! RAC was there to ask questions of Jerry Jivoin, John Warden, Sean C. Isabella, and Ben Montano, and we've got all the answers here! Click through to see it all!
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 trademark-watchers over at Transformers@The Moon have posted a curious piece of news this morning: Hasbro has filed a trademark with the US Patent Office for the name "Cybertron Con," which is the name of the official Transformers convention in Asia. It's far too early to tell whether this means a name change for BotCon, a new convention, or simply a "defensive" trademark so no fan group can take it in the US, but at any rate, it's an interesting development! Keep reading for a link to the original story.
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: We discuss lots of awesome stuff including the new Hot Toys Asian Exclusive G1 Optimus Prime, Combiner Wars G2 Menasor and Superion Boxsets, Unite Warriors Blastoff, Botcon Beast Wars boxset, the upcoming MakeToys ReMaster Masterpiece NOT Hardhead and more!
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!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: We're back after a week off celebrating our 16th Anniversary and TFCon Charlotte Adventure! We discuss our TFCon purchases which included lots and lots of FansProject toys. We also discuss the Botcon Beast Wars combiner set, upcoming exlusives from Japan as well as the fate of Robots in Disguise. All that and more on this week's Radio Free Cybertron!
The Transformers Collectors' Club has revealed the last figure from the Dawn Of The Predacus boxset: Sea Clamp. As the center of the combiner, Sea Clamp uses the Scattershot variation of the Combiner Wars Voyager Class Silverbolt mold in some very Scattershot-like colors. The only thing left to reveal is the very red combiner form itself, which is said to have a new head mold as well. Keep reading to see Sea Clamp!
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.
Via sponsor BigBadToyStore, we've now got first looks at the product photography for the Deluxe Combaticons, previously seen in packaged shots only for non-US markets. These images give us a good look at these Deluxes in their production plastic colors and paint decos. Joining them is Leader Class Skywarp, looking very close to the sample displayed at the Hasbro booth at this year's Botcon. Click through to check out all the new images!
Radio Free Cybertron's John DeLuna is almost always in the lead when it comes to receiving new figures from the Collector's Club, and today is no exception. John has gotten the final TFSS shipment for this cycle, known already to be Krok. Shipped together with it is the "mystery bonus" figure, this time a Generations Legends mold. Thanks to John we have lots of photos of both. We won't disclose the identity of the extra figure here, but you can of course keep reading to see both figures and find out who Krok is bundled with!
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.
The Transformers Collector's Club Facebook page has revealed the next part of the Dawn Of The Predacus set: Tripredacus Council member Cicadacon! The first proper photos of the toy are to be revealed tomorrow, but from the artwork shown he appears to be a straight recolor of Combiner Wars Skydive. Keep reading to see!
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.
Amazon.ca has added a range of new Legends Class listings for Combiner Wars, including giving us our first real stock photos for Shockwave, Chop Shop and Buzzsaw. Yes, surprisingly Buzzsaw is debuting under the Combiner Wars branding despite being following part of the Titans Return play pattern. Amazon also has listings for even more figures, but without pictures currently. These listings do seem to serve to firm up some early reports we brought you a while back. Keep reading for a run down and to see the pictures!