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After nearly a year of speculation stemming from Hasbro's termination of the BotCon license, we finally have concrete info on what happens next: HasCon, Hasbro's official convention happening between 9/8/17 and 9/10/17 in Providence, Rhode Island! Few details are available yet, but the HasCon site is live and (supposedly) accepting signups to keep posted on the details of the con. Keep reading for the official press release!

Tomorrow evening will see the doors open on Hasbro's yearly night before NYCC presentation where we get a preview of things to come in the following months. This is our last big look ahead before Toy Fair in February. Last year's presentation was the official debut of Titans Return - after an unintentional slip of some of its art assets at Botcon 2015. It was a major reveal that sparked a frenzy of excitement and interest all through our fandom, from the very first blurry images taken through a thick glass door before the event opened. So it's only natural to hope that we get something similarly big this time around. Keep reading to see our predictions!

Hasbro wrapped up their final Botcon product preview panel this year with a tease of the long-awaited Overlord. Now thanks to frequent source Mr. Chaos who has relayed more store computer info, we have confirmation of that figure and its status as a Leader Class figure! Overlord's assortment is to come after Sixshot, which should mean wave 4. More interesting is the other figure in the assortment, listed as Sky Shadow. Could this be the name for Sixshot's recolor/retool? Or might this be an all new mold? With luck, New York Comic Con may tell the tale in another month's time!

Nosecone is just Brawl with the drill we saw previously on BotCon 2016's General Ramhorn. But he fixes the problems with Brawl's execution just as Ramhorn did: namely the floppy, horrible waist. It's now just weird instead of weird and not functioning properly. Plus, if you were using Computron's leg as reference, you may have been doing vehicle mode wrong. I was! Click here to see the 52-image gallery!

Hey, it's the guy who appeared in one entire issue of the Marvel G1 comic! Scrounge was a tremendous surprise when he was revealed at BotCon 2016 as a recolor of Legends class Cosmos & Payload. But if obscure characters weren't enough for you, Scrounge is partnered with Cybaxx, an entirely new guy. And while he may no longer have his special arm (there is no other like it), Scrounge and Cybaxx combine to make Computron's Strafe arm that much more special. Click through to see a 60-photo gallery!

While we were all focusing on SDCC and Wonderfest, Hisashi Yuki managed to more or less sneak one by us! Promising many new products on display at Wonder Festival 2016, Yuki posted a new photo this past Friday of Lynxmaster, the Unite Warriors release of Combiner Wars Sky Reign that swaps out Smokescreen in favor of Ratchet. Keep reading to see!

It's the question that's been on all our minds since Liokaiser was stealthily revealed at BotCon: what will the individual robots' names be? Some got to keep their Japanese names, some got riffs on those, one got just plain left out in favor of a Mini-Con... and one got a pretty significant rename from another Japanese-only character. Keep reading to see!

So, uh, what the heck? We got a good firsthand look at all the souvenir figures the Transformers Collector's Club offered at BotCon 2016, and there was no sign of a Bluestreak. But here, off of Chinese Auction Site TaoBao, is that very figure. What's up with that? No idea, but you can get a look at the figure by clicking through to see the images!

It was revealed to us by Hasbro's Ben Montano and John Warden during our interview at Botcon that we could expect to enjoy a third season of the Robots in Disguise cartoon this fall - as "season three" was how they were internally referring to the second half of the season two production block. Now via the Instagram of Hasbro Studios' Tim Cahill we have a photo of a voice recording session described as being for a season 4 script he contributed to. It looks like the current RID series is here to stay a while, surely to the joy of its fans! Keep reading for a copy of the image and its attached comments.

Sneaking its reveal out in the display cases at Botcon, we've got another look at Hasbro's Liokaiser tonight. This seems to be the same kind of box-panel co-sell image, though at a reasonably larger size. We can see clearly the presence of what looks like an Arms Micron present, which would be a first for a retail Hasbro product. Currently it's not known what channel this may release by, but common speculation right now leans towards possibly being Platinum Edition. Keep reading and take a look!

Man, you should've seen the stacks of collector coins like these that vendors had for sale at BotCon 2016. I guess they're not for everybody! The packaging's always neat to look at, though, and the images that site sponsor Robotkingdom have put up for Unite Warriors Bruticus' collector's coin are no exception there. Keep reading to see!

It's been questioned and suspected since the reveal of the San Diego Comic Con exclusive Titan Force set. But with Hasbro's reps at Botcon being tight-lipped about it, there was just enough doubt to cause some worry. But it looks like we can rest easy as we have evidence now for the general retail release of Titans Return Brainstorm. While the SDCC version will have unique coloring, it looks like there will be a much easier - and less expensive - option forthcoming for this retool! Keep reading for more info and photo evidence!

It looks like a new wave of Robots in Disguise Warrior Class figures is starting to hit in Asia. Coming from Wilton Wong we have a few pictures showing Scorponok, one of the new mold figures in the assortment. Scorponok's toy debuted during Toy Fair this year and turned up once again in the Botcon display cases, but otherwise hasn't seen a lot of attention prior to hitting stores. You can check out these photos to get good looks at the figure in both modes - click through to see them now!

Our good friend Joe Moscone has let us know that he's once again working to raise funds for charity from the collection of toys he's built up over the years. Working a decade as PR representative for Hasbro's many toy lines such as Transformers, GI Joe and Star Wars. He's collected enough that he's able to turn his love of toys into something that can help others. Through the joys of toy collecting, you can help too. Read on about how to involved with Joe's cause, The Greg Olsen Foundation, to support hospitals and doctors helping others. 100% of all money raised goes to the cause from the auctions they have running now through June 13th! Read on for the details from, Joe.

Amiami's hobby news Twitter has posted more images from Tokyo Toy Show, including pricing and release data! Most notably the release data for the newcomers, Masterpiece Thrust and Unite Warriors Lynxmaster. Both will be released in late October, with Thrust costing 14,800 Yen and Lynymaster running an even 15,000. Keep reading to see the mirrored photos!

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