2002 BotCon Exclusives Report


One of the things that makes BotCon more than just a convergence of Transformers fans and celebrities is the exclusive merchandise that the guys at 3H develop every year just for the show. BotCon certainly serves up enough varied and unique items to satisfy even the most ardent fans and collectors. The 2002 BotCon is no exception to this trend that makes fans come running from all over the USA, as well as many corners of the globe, for those oh so hard to get exclusives.
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Pre-Registrant's Toy

Tap-Out, a G1 Cliffjumper (the recent keychain version) done in a slightly sparkly turquoise for the body and dark grey for the undercarraige and windows. He comes in a plastic bag which says "BotCon 2002" and also "This bag is not a toy", etc.. His tech specs on a mock up of an old Transformers Action Card from Milton Bradley. He is characterized as a courageous and self-sacrificial leader who spent many years as a Decepticon captive, fighting in gladatorial combat to survive, often fighting in place of the Bots under his command to protect them.

Small Toy

Glyph, a G1 Bumblebee (keychain) done with a blue body and just barely off-white undercarraige/windows. She is packaged the same way as Tap-Out, including an action card. She is a scientist/historian/linguist without a lot of physical capabilities.

Medium Toy

CatSCAN, a BM Night Slash Cheetor done with mostly white body and red/pink for the highlights and translucent chest panel. On his chest panel there is an etched/tamographed Autobot insignia (at least, I think it is... it doesn't feel like a sticker; don't take this as gospel without hearing it from an independant source). He comes in an interesting box which is designed to look like a little portable computer (a medical computer, specifically). The top flap of the box features a lenticular motion card which depits CatSCAN being sort of scanned/materialized. He is created when Apelinq uses his transfer interlink to "download" a medical computer and an old friend's persona into reality simultaneously, creating a sparkless AI to serve as the Wrecker's doctor.

Large Toy

Cyclonus, as everyone already knows, is the ultra-size BM Jetstorm toy done in a scheme similar to that of G1 Cyclonus.

Beast Wars Postcards

Featuring the entire cast, plus Ravage. Each character (and each body for characters with more than one) gets a postcard which features a newly-rendered portrait and a text profile on the picture side. The postage/message side has nothing special, and is identical for each card.

Wreckers #2

This year's BotCon comic book continues the Wreckers story from last year. Story by Glen Hallit and Rob Gerbracht (Tengu), script by Rob Gerbracht, art by Dan Khanna. 40 pages.


A pale yellowish lollipop in a thick disk shape, in the middle is a graphic of Optimus Prime and the original TF logo. It's actually two disks on top of each other, with the picture inbetween them, probably as a layer of dyed sugar. 3H thinks the flavor is supposed to be "white grape", although they also joked (as had others) that they are Prime flavored. The lollis were provided by Rhino Video, of all the strange people to give us candy.


Two shirts were available this year, featuring either Primes or Megatrons. All shirts had black fabric. On the back, either MEGATRON or OPTIMUS is spelled out. Each letter lies in a tall colored panel which features a portrait of a character with that name. The front of the shirt has the RID character of that name and "BotCon 2002" in a smaller tall panel.

For Megatron: orig. G1 Megs, G2 Tank Megs, ARM Megs, G2 Hero Megs, G2 Go-Bot Megs, G1 AM Megs, RID Megs, MW Megs. Artist is unknown to me.

For Prime: orig. G1 Prime, G2 Laser Prime, G1 Powermaster Prime, Armada Prime, G2 Hero Prime with G2 Go-Bot Prime, RID Prime, and G1 AM Prime with MW Prime. Art for the Prime shirt is by Dan Khanna.

TF Genesis Prints

In the pre-reg box everyone got one of three prints on cardstock from the TF Genesis art book: 1) Optimus and Rodimus Primes from G1, drawn by Makotron, 2) G1 Skywarp drawn by Dan Khanna, 3) BotCon Tigatron drawn by Dan Khanna. The Khanna pictures are the previously-seen portraits of those characters by Dan. Also, at the 3H panel at the end of the convention, another print was given out. It is a CG render of Primal Prime and Cryotek locked in battle in outer space; it's not labelled with the artist.

Convention Program Booklet

This is pretty typical of BotCon programs. It has an intro from 3H, then a convention schedule, pages with profiles of the year's guests, a map of the convention center. The back cover shows an ad for BotCon 2003 with a great photoshop job of a CG Cryotek looming behind the Chicago skyline, encasing the entire city in ice. Also in the booklet are ads from various Transformers websites and stores. This is new since last year.

Collector's Plate

Artwork by Andy Wildman showing a Robots In Disguise series Optimus Prime strangling one of Robots In Disguise Megatron's dragon heads.

Arcee Lithograph

Produced by Dreamwave, this is a painted portrait of Arcee sitting on Cybertron. Looked like a decent picture. I don't know who the artist is.

Photos by Jack and Jason.

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