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We have a few new in hand photos of the Legends wave from Titans Return. While these are not especially an amazing revelation at the moment, these do give a first clear look at Stripes - at least a first since Botcon - and some new size comparisons with more recent toys. Of note, Rewind and Wheelie seem distinctly shorter than the previous couple of years' Legends Class figures. And as a special find, it seems that the Masterpiece Daniel Witwicky minifigure manages a decent fit inside Wheelie's vehicle mode! You can see all of this in the full article below.

Following the news in April about the registration of "Hascon" by Hasbro, for what most are assuming their plans for a new officially run fan focused convention for Transformers, and other properties. We learn today from the gents at TF@Moon that the company registered the name "Hasbro-con" on May 12th along with the domain name "www.hasbro-con.com" to go with it. This all we know about Hasbro's plans following the last Transformers BotCon and GI Joe conventions this year.

From our forums, chuckdawg1999 has brought us a review for the brand new Strongarm & Sawtooth Mini-Con Weaponizer pack. We got an up close look at this during Botcon, and now we get to see some hands on with it showing the workings of the Mini-Con, the armor parts, and the new Legends scale Strongarm figure. We have the review embedded below, so go check it out!

A customizer who goes by @yasuu22 on Twitter has posted images of their take on BotCon 2016's Magnaboss figure - and you can definitely say it's an upgrade! Going well above and beyond the mere sticker sheets for the retail versions of Silverbolt, Prowl, and Ironhide, yasuu22 has given each of the three a full Beast Wars makeover! Keep reading to see the mirrored images.

Looks like it's a day for product photo updates! Brinquedos Hobby has updated their Voyager Assortment product listing with new photos of Galvatron! For anyone who couldn't attend Botcon and see the samples in the display case, this will be the best representation for you of the actual coloring of the toy. Alas, out of the three modes only the cannon was done exactly right. Are you excited for this new Galvatron toy to be released soon? Let us know below after you check out the pictures!

Not a Transformers Collectors Club member, but have been drooling over the Transformers Subscription Figure 5.0 toys? If so, today is your lucky day as our site sponsor BigBadToyStore is serving up what you are hungy for without the hassle of signing up for the Transformers Collectors Club. BBTS have just placed all six of the 5.0 figures on pre-order slated to arrive in 2017, including: Lifeline With Quickslinger, Counterpunch, Fractyl With Scorponok, Megatron With Space Warp, Optimus Prime With Hi-Q, and Toxitron.

Transformers Fans in the UK will have chance to pick up some of this year's BotCon 2016 exclusive at the Roll Out Roll Call, The UK Transformers, G.I. Joe & Action Force Show going on July 8 - 10 in London, Heathrow, UK. The event has worked a deal with the Fun Publications folks to offer the Megatron, and Airazor exclusives in addition to their Terrorsaur figure to all Energon Ticket and Crossover Ticket holders at the show. This appears to be a pre-sell offer. So you will want to read on for the full announcement with promotional images, pricing and info on where to buy tickets.

During the weekend of Botcon 2015, attendees had the opportunity to see a testshot of Pandinus, the giant unofficial Scorponok by Maketoys at an offsite third party event, so some of us already have a strong grasp on just how big this figure is. But for everyone else it might be a little hard to comprehend. Thankfully, user shiyitan on 78dm.net's forum has posted a useful side by side, showing Pandinus next to Titan Class Combiner Wars Devastator. While not quite face to face, Pandinus has a great deal more volume, showing its true hugeness. Keep reading to see for yourself!

The test shot of Titans Return Blaster that surfaced on Weibo a while back is now up for sale on eBay... and the seller has brought an interesting aspect of the figure to light: the face on the figure is not the one used on the final release of Blaster. What else could it be? Well, RAC has a theory: keep reading to see!

The TFWiki has tweeted an image and link to a new trademark filing with the US Patent Office. The trademark? "HasCon" - which of course would be a useful name for a convention dedicated to all Hasbro products, not just Transformers. The trademark was filed just 6 days ago, right after BotCon, which also amounts to some interesting timing? What does it all mean, and does this mean that the CybertronCon name is no longer in consideration? No way to tell yet, but keep reading to see the details of the filing.

While at Botcon we naturally spent as much time as we could spare down at the Hasbro booth to see all the fantastic new and upcoming toys to look forward to. Besides snapping hundreds of photos of all the displays over the course of the weekend, we did a set of display case overview videos as well. The displays were split in two groups, one featuring Titans Return and Platinum, the other Robots in Disguise and licensed merchandise, with Combiner Wars crossing between both. We've split the videos accordingly, and you can watch both embedded below right now!

This week on Radio Free Cybertron: We all have the convention crud, except for Brian. Those of who can chat about the week's news, the toys we purchased, our favorite panels, our favorite memories and all the awesome people we got to meet at the LAST Botcon! Oh, we also talk about Masterpiece Shockwave, Masterpiece Ramjet, Computron, Liokaiser and tons more!


We were on hand for "BotCon Over The Years," the last panel of the last BotCon! Pete Sinclair led the presentation, reminiscing through his personal collection of BotCon photos and asking fans to share their own stories about the 22-year history of the social core of the Transformers fandom as it came to a close. Keep reading for details! UPDATED with some more details provided by longtime BotCon attendee Tim Finn!

The third annual BotCon panel featuring artist Hayato Sakamoto was held on Sunday, where he showed off some of his recent work along with notes on his artistic process and his approach to continuity in his work for Takara. Want to know why Legends Ultra Magnus came with a tiny Alpha Trion and why recent More Than Meets The Eye monster of the week Sunder looked like he did? Keep reading to see!

This year, Botcon attendees had a chance to purchase a sticker sheet to upgrade retail Combiner Wars Silverbolt, Prowl, and Ironhide so they could form a Magnaboss combiner along with Tigatron and Unit-3. Fun Publications has announced today that another run of those stickers will be happening for anyone who missed out. Plus, the Rubber Duckie souvenir item will also be produced again, and both should be available on the club store next week. They also added a reminder that the stickers include eyes for TM3 Megatron's dragon mode and provided a picture, which you can see below!

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