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Site sponsor Robotkingdom has sent out their weekly newsletter! This week of course there's a focus on SDCC and the related exclusives. Shipping August 3rd, SDCC Fortress Maximus, the Titan Force boxset, and the Soundwave tablet are all up for preorder now along with a lot more. Keep reading for details!



Thanks to an unsourced photo posted on imgur, we have a look at the back of box for Voyager Class Megatron, seen at the Hasbro Entertainment Brands Breakfast event this morning at SDCC. The image is just slightly too small to make out the brief bio text, but what we're really interested in is the cross sell, featuring Titan Master Fangry, Deluxe Triggerhappy, Voyager Optimus Prime, and Leader Class Sixshot! Some of these had come up as leaks before, but this is our first basically official show of these upcoming toys. Keep reading for the mirrored image!



Hasbro is making its awaited return to Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. The company’s portfolio of brands will be represented in and around the convention, and will include TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MICRONAUTS, VISIONARIES, PIE FACE and WIZARDS OF THE COAST as well as partner brands including DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S TROLLS, YO-KAI WATCH, alongside STAR WARS, MARVEL’S AVENGERS, DISNEY’S MOANA, DISNEY’S ELENA OF AVALOR, DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS, and more.



Diecast from Radio Free Cybertron is at TFCon Toronto, and he's sent back photos of the display cases showing off a wealth of unofficial third-party merchandise! Among the highlights are a new IDW-inspired Optimus Prime and Megatron in Masterpiece scale, as well as our first look at the Garatron G.O.D.-01 Thunderstorm, AKA IDW Thunderwing! Keep reading to see all the photos.



Today Hasbro unveiled additional event details of the 2016 TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con, and the lineup of writers, designers, voice actors and limited edition merchandise is sure to get Transformers fans excited! Hosted at the Shanghaimart Expo in Shanghai from July 29th to 31st, the convention will be the biggest Transformers fan celebration ever held in China.



Comic-Con's official website has started filling in schedule information for the many numerous panels that will be occurring at SDCC a little later this month. Thus far Thursday is the only day showing Transformers-relevant events, for which three are currently set to take place. Of particular note is that so far none of the panels listed give any specific indication of product reveals. Will there be more panels revealed for the weekend, or might Hasbro be planning a fan media event outside the walls of SDCC to handle this? We'll find out pretty soon. Meanwhile, keep reading to see the schedule information!



Showmasters, the runners of the London Film & Comic Con, have announced today that Hasbro will be making their Comic Con Exclusives available in Europe through the show! This is an exciting opportunity for UK fans to get a hold of the upcoming Titan Wars boxset, the GI Joe And The Transformers Rattler Powerglide/Soundwave HISS set, and possibly even Fortress Maximus if rumors are true! Keep reading to see the announcement!



It looks like one of the Hasbro exclusives for San Diego Comic Con may have leaked. While it's not an image of the expected Fortress Maximus exclusive, it still holds some Transformers relevance. Posted by vincentzl on the ACToys boards, we have a number of images showing a new GI Joe crossover set! This features a Powerglide-colored Rattler, and Soundwave HISS tank for the Transformers components, paired with a Scarlett and Zartan, respectively. The Soundwave-HISS also features some character specific new parts for its missile rack. We have the photos mirrored, so keep reading to see it all!



The San Diego Comic-Con is coming in July with what we are expecting to be over the top with Titans Return Fortress Maximus exclusive and more. It just got just a whole lot more arty with work that Transformers artist extraordinate, Marcelo Matere, announcing his SDCC 2016 Sketch List is now open. He's offering ten slots so be sure get on ASAP. Read on to see the promo image with full details below. Be sure to keep it dialed to TFormers for all your SDCC 2016 Transformers news and more.



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.



Good news for all you Texas residents!! We will be hosting our very own Robot / Sci Fi themed convention here in San Antonio, TX!! We're hosting a bot themed convention set for 7 - 8 May 2016. From the folks that organized Alamo City Comic Convention (ACCC), we are holding a robot themed convention dubbed, Cyber City Con (CCC) here in the heart of Texas. .



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!



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!


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Thanks to an unsourced photo posted on imgur, we have a look at the back of box for Voyager Class Megatron, seen at the Hasbro Entertainment Brands Breakfast event this morning at SDCC. The image is just slightly too small to make out the brief bio text, but what we're really interested in is the cross sell, featuring Titan Master Fangry, Deluxe Triggerhappy, Voyager Optimus Prime, and Leader Class Sixshot! Some of these had come up as leaks before, but this is our first basically official show of these upcoming toys. Keep reading for the mirrored image!


Diecast from Radio Free Cybertron is at TFCon Toronto, and he's sent back photos of the display cases showing off a wealth of unofficial third-party merchandise! Among the highlights are a new IDW-inspired Optimus Prime and Megatron in Masterpiece scale, as well as our first look at the Garatron G.O.D.-01 Thunderstorm, AKA IDW Thunderwing! Keep reading to see all the photos.


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.


The last of our photos of the Melllvarr Collection finish off the Dawn of the Predacus Boxset. Ravage and Tarantulas are the non-red parts of the combiner Predacus, who we show off in both Red Arm and Red Leg configuration! Keep reading to see the rest of the BotCon 2016 boxset, and join us in thanking RFC's Matt for making these galleries possible!


Thanks again to Matt/Melllvarr from Radio Free Cybertron for the loan of his BotCon 2016 souvenir figures! Next on the list of still photo galleries is the first half of the Dawn of the Predacus boxset, the Tripredacus Council itself! Ramhorn, Cicadacon, and Sea Clamp are remolds and recolors of Brawl, Skydive, and Scattershot respectively. They're very, very read - keep reading to see just how red!


Just in from BotCon are the official images from Habro. Get a look at the images of all the news products now in the gallery below including the new Transformers Titan Master Wave 2, Combiner Computron, Autobot Heroes, ALT-Modes, RID Warriors, and RID Minicons. Keep checking back all weekend for more news, images, interviews and updates live from BotCon 2016.


Next up from Matt/Melllvarr's BotCon toy pile is Terrorsaur! The ill-fated Predacon features a new headsculpt on the Combiner Wars Air Raid body... but no HandFootGun. Guess it got burned up in the lava. Keep reading to see!

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Convention News & Updates


Good news for all you Texas residents!! We will be hosting our very own Robot / Sci Fi themed convention here in San Antonio, TX!! We're hosting a bot themed convention set for 7 - 8 May 2016. From the folks that organized Alamo City Comic Convention (ACCC), we are holding a robot themed convention dubbed, Cyber City Con (CCC) here in the heart of Texas. .


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!


RAC caught the first (and, by necessity, only) appearance of Judd Nelson at BotCon! The original voice of Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime had kind words for Transformers and the fandom as well as reflections on the nature of voice acting versus other formats - and some insight as to why he took the role of Hot Rod in the first place. Keep reading for highlights from the panel!


The Hall of Fame Dinner has let out at BotCon and the Hall of Fame inductees are now known! Who won the popular vote? We've got a favorite character, an underrated character, and a musical act for you, so keep reading to see!


Tickets to the Birmingham, England convention TFNation will be going on sale at none (local UK time) on Friday! The fan organized and run con will be happening August 19th-21st at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel and tickets will be sold exclusively through their site. Keep reading for details!


Calling all Transformers fans: TFNation is a new Transformers convention initiating in summer 2016 run by fans, for fans. We look forward to welcoming you to our base of operations; the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, England.


Thanks to TFW2005 we know that Marcelo Matere, the artist behind such images as the package art for SDCC Exclusive Devastator, will be at Artist Alley Table EE-03 at the con and still has a few commission slots available! If you're interested, keep reading for the details and pricing!

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