TCC Magazine #67! Issue 67 of the TCC Magazine is starting to arrive. What will you get? ALL KINDS of great content including never before seen Transformers "Battle Beasts" designs from the 80's, the start of the new TCC comic story arc "Of Masters and Mayhem", the Back page feature with a comic by the very talented Josh Perez and first looks at the TFSS 5.0 figures Double Pretender Optimus Prime w/ HI-Q and Paradron Medic w/ Quickslinger.
As promised some while back, the newest TFCC magazine issue contains a preview for the fifth iteration of the Transformers Figure Subscription Service, which was announced even before the fourth had all its production samples revealed. Radio Free Cybertron's John DeLuna has tweeted out a photo of the preview page, showing two of the upcoming figures. Unsurprisingly there's a reuse of the Oilmaster Pretender shell created for Botcon 2015's boxset, and a not-so outside the box reuse of Generations Arcee. Keep reading to see what they are!
In the David Kaye-voiced promo video we reported on a short time ago, between the series of slides of character art for the Botcon 2016 box set exclusives and the date and location slide for Botcon, an interesting bit of art was briefly seen. This quick image depicted Megatron, but with features of the visible portion of the body matching original RID Megatron/Car Robots Gigatron. In a recent interview, Pete Sinclair revealed that the "centerpiece" of the souvenir assortment would be something everyone would want to get their hands on. So does this tell us why? See the image and more details below!
The official BotCon 2016 channel on YouTube have posted a new promo video Featuring Beast Wars Megatron, Yeeeesssss! And your ears do not decieve you, that is none other than the original Megatron voice actor from the series, David Kaye. Read on to watch the clip now that offers a flashback to the Predacon Council.
As it was last year, a fan going by "Marvelous" has attended the Hasbro exhibit at the Toy Fair event getting ready to wrap up in Germany. She has collected information and shared it with TFW2005, and although security was reportedly tighter this year than last - hopefully including keeping well away from windows this time - there is some interesting info presented. This should serve as at least a partial preview of what's to be seen in New York in two weeks, so keep reading to find out more!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: We're G2 crazy this week, as we talk about having G2 Superion in-hand, as well as the new artwork that has appeared for G2 Menasor. Aside from our early 90s nostalgia, we talk quite a bit about Botcon 2016, Toy Fair 2016 and upcoming Combiner Wars figures. Don't forget to tune into our live Toy Fair 2016 coverage on Saturday February 13, and make sure to leave us a review on iTunes or your podcast app of choice!
Yesterday we got a look at packaging art for the box set. Today via Twitter came the reveal of the individual character art for the Predacon combiner team. As with the box itself, this art is by Marcelo Matere and hews very closely to the style of retail Combiner Wars merchandise. Along with this is a new image of Ravage, depicting the current production sample, which should be a good indicator of the final actual colors of the toy. Finally, another e-mail went out today with a few more updates, including the reveal of an exclusive toy only for Golden Ticket registrants. Read on for details!
The BotCon Twitter has posted an image of the Predacus package art! It's very much in keeping with the rest of the boxart for the Combiner Wars giftsets, both because of its matching trade dress and also because Combiner Wars artist Marcelo Matere provided the artwork. IDW's Josh Perez provided color for the piece - keep reading to check it out!
Cybercast host G1 Hexatron has posted a couple new images from the BotCon 2016 figure set to Facebook! Today we have new looks at Ravage, Cicadacon, and Ramhorn in their vehicle modes, and our first look at the official art for Ram Horn. Looks pretty good! Keep reading to have a look for yourself.
Coinciding with the reveal of the combined form of the 2016 exclusive box set figures today, Fun Publications has sent out an e-mail to let people know that registration for Botcon 2016 is planned to start next week. While a specific day is not indicated, the message does promise alerts by e-mail and social media when everything is ready to go. But for anyone who's been around for a pre-reg cycle, you'll know it's pretty hard to miss once it gets going. You can click through to read the text of the update message, quoted below in the full article.
BotCon's official representative to Seibertron has posted there the first image of Predacus, the combined form of Tripredacus Council members Cicadacon, Seaclamp, and Ramhorn plus their agents Tarantulas and Ravage. The deco shown does a nice job of both breaking up the red and silver and tying in Tarantulas and Ravage to Predacus' color scheme. Keep reading to see!
The official Botcon Facebook page has posted an update just a short time ago relating the news that Alec Willows will no longer be attending Botcon this year, citing a conflicting engagement. Known to Transformers fans as the voice of Tarantulas in Beast Wars, had he been able to attend, it would have been his first appearance at Botcon since the year 2000. Click through if you'd like to read the original announcement, which we've quoted below.
Of course no look back at the year in fandom would be complete without the news. Through 2015 we did our best to keep you up to date with the latest news items, and we've tried to select a few that most stood out to us. As a toy-based fandom, it's not surprising most of what we picked relates to toy news, but that certainly isn't everything that caught our attention this year. Keep reading to see our picks, and stay tuned for one more important announcement as part of our Year In Review!
Currently in Japan, Comic Market (Comiket) 89 has just wrapped up. Among the many fan produced items for all sorts of properties being sold at the event was a Transformers artbook, called More Than Just A Geek Spark. Masabon1980 obtained a copy of this book and has shared many images from it on his Photobucket account. We've mirrored a few lower resolution copies of the images, but there's lots more to see, so keep reading for the previews and a link back to the originals, plus some info about a few of the artists represented in this book!
Today on the Transformers Collectors Club Store it was discovered that the descriptions for club memberships has been changed slightly, indicating that any memberships purchased starting now will expire in December of 2016. This has led to speculation that the Club may be ceasing operations after that point. Another indicator to that outcome is similar language appearing in Joe Club membership descriptions today. With the recent announcement of a TFSS 5 in the planning, this comes as a great surprise, and raises questions about the future of the Club and Botcon itself. We reached out to Fun Publications' Pete Sinclair for comment, keep reading to find out what we learned.