We're live at Botcon 2015 right now, and getting set up to bring you minute by minute coverage of Hasbro's Product Preview Panel starting in just a few minutes at 1pm Eastern Time. Of course pictures will not be allowed during the event, but keep watching the full article page as we'll be updating throughout the run of the panel! Click the title link and get ready!
On the panel: John Warden, Mark Weber, Jerry Jivoin, Ben Montano, Mark Maha(?), didn't get last panelist name.
Presentation starting now.
Three pillars of product: Rescue Bots for youngest, RID for core age kid audience, and Generations for us.
+ High Tide Rescue Rig
Robots in Disguise"Someone's back" (Optimus Prime, of course)
Going to video presentation for RID, from the Youtube channel.
Hasbro's having fun with the show, looking to the future fandom too.
Showing Ironhide, Prowl, coming with an update soon.
Legion wave 4
+ Night Ops Bumblebee
+ Alpine Strike Sideswipe
Sideswipe made to reference Red Alert
One-Step wave 4
+ Night Mode Bee
+ Ninja Sideswipe
Warriors wave 4
+ Night Ops Bee
+ Gold Armmor Grimlock
Tried doing chrome for Grimlock, but changed to copper
John Warden worked on Mini-Cons, considers them his baby. Sprue style based on talking to fans and the hobbyist mentality of making model kits but fun for all ages.
Wave 1 bonus parts make extra energon Mini-Con, cat for wave 1, shark for wave 2.
GenerationsCombiner Wars story spreading out, talking about working with IDW, and now Activision connecting with Devastation.
Devastation said to have unrevealed playable characters.
Andy Schmidt helped co-write the game to reinforce the Combiner Wars story.
Running game trailer.
Fan Built Combiner
+ 255,000 global votes.
+ Showing Victorion art.
+ First female combiner.
Recapping the USA Today reveal. Warden's comparing Victorion and her team to Wreckers as independent operatives. Jerry was rooting for this.
+ Optimus Maximus
+ Battle Core Optimus - Voyager, White cab, grey rear/legs, gold stripe along cab.
Head based on Star Convoy. Enigma of Combination integrated to armor.
All wave 4 has unique head scullpts.
+ Mirage - from Drag Strip
+ Prowl - from Streetwise
+ Ironhide - from Offroad
+ Sunstreaker - from Breakdown.
Legends wave 4
Weber claims credit for Skywarp.
Leader wave 4
+ Starscream with crown - Really tried to color match the G1 toy's colors.
+ Bruticus - Remolded Aerialbot limbs, new molds Brawl and Swindle
+ Legends Shockwave - running change from cartoon to toy colors.
+ Onslaught - heavy remold from Hot Spot, vehicle oriented backwards.
+ Vortex - new head only.
+ Brawl - new mold. Shogo Hasui contributed.
+ Blast Off - is Firefly mold.
+ Swindle - may be heavy heavy Rook remold
+ Buzzsaw - has "tape" and tank modes plus bird.
+ Shockwave - gun and jetpack.
+ Chop Shop - is Skrapnel recolor
+ Pipes - Huffer retool.
Weber says this is following through on last year's statement of completing teams.
Voyager wave 2, shuttle and pumagrifffinthing mode
+ Wheeljack - from Breakdown
+ Hound - from Swindle
+ Smokescreen - from Prowl
+ Trailbreaker - from Offroad, with gun hand
New combiner is Sky Reign, Sky-Lynx is torso.
+ Sky-Reing - has a lynx head, and Sky-Lynx can turn in to lynx mode too.
+ SDCC booth posters, Devastator, and Combiner Hunters.
+ SDCC Devastator packaging.
+ SDCC Devastator has foil labels.
Showing concept art for Constructicons.
+ Loyal Subjects Devastator - Yellow G2 colors, going by the design art.
Wanted war paint to unify the team visually.
+ Windblade - used to be an all-gold version. Went back to original colors because the character is new.
+ Arcee - originally had a rainbow sword.
+ Originals, Chromia looked like Jazz.
+ Arcee concept art with alternate deco, asked for fan feedback.
Q&A now- Asking about missing cards from Deluxe figures.
Aware of the comic/card assortment mismatch. No answer really.
- Is Kre-O dead in the US?
"Stay tuned for more news in the future"
- Has third party influenced product improvements?
(long sigh) No influence, they see a wide fanbase and Hasbro wants to deliver the best product, so that pushes the improvements. "We follow our hearts, we follow the spark of the fans"
- GI Joe/TF crossover?
Mark Weber asks how fans would like that, and without committing, references both are Hasbro properties and is in to the idea.
- Titan Wars backdrop questions?
"I didn't see anything, I don't know what you're talking about?"
End of Panel
Thanks to John DeLuna for the slide images.