San Diego Comic Con has come and gone for another year. While this summer seems to not have been as rich with new reveals as previous years, there was still plenty of news coming our way thanks to our coverage team at the show. With updates streaming through since late Wednesday evening, there's been a lot to keep up with. In case you've missed anything along the way, we made a quick-reference list with highlights from our coverage. Keep reading to have a look, and maybe find something you haven't seen yet!
Through the course of the Hasbro Breakfast event, the product panel later Thursday morning, and the display cases at the Hasbro booth, we got our first looks at Victorion, the Fan Built Combiner, as well as confirmation of G2 Superion and the reveal of G2 Menasor, all to be sold as box set items. Also revealed at the panel was Scattershot, a retool of Silverbolt designed to form the core of the Betatron combiner using one of the Autobot Car limb teams. We heard later that when asked about the name, the Hasbro reps implied that the name "Betatron" was hinting at something a bit down the road. While reaction to Scattershot hasn't been outstandingly positive, the suggestion that Betatron could lead to a properly debugged Computron later may help soften opinions.
Robots In Disguise did not have a great presence. The main push was for the Toys R Us exclusive Clash of The Transformers subline, made mostly of recolors and minor retools. Eventually a few new Legion Class figures such as Windblade were added to the display case, but out of the few items shown, no surprises were delivered for the line during the course of the event.
The Robots in Disguise panel focused mostly on the second half of season 1 which is in the process of airing now in the US, though for most fans it's not a matter of new information since these episodes have long since aired in various locations around the world. Notably from the Q&A session at the end of the panel, the production team do have plans for a second season of the show, however a second season seems not to have been ordered yet, so no indication if it will actually happen.
The big surprise was the announcement that through a deal with Machinima, Combiner Wars would become the basis of a new animated web series. It's currently much too early to have any real details announced. But we have been told that it's intended to debut in 2016. This is likely a move based on the perceived popularity of Combiner Wars among fans, as part of the intent is to create a series that aims to an older fan audience than Robots in Disguise. Ideally that would mean something along the line of Transformers: Prime, and not a Transformers equivalent of GI Joe: Resolute. Only time will tell on this front. Likewise, we'll have to wait and see whether the fan response to Combiner Wars is still strong enough by the time this series will launch to give it the success expected.
And while definitely not part of the SDCC program itself, we did get some confirmation on Titan Wars being more than just an art project at Hasbro. A low res photo leak through an unknown source at the ACToys community shows a toy matching the Blaster design seen in the Titan Wars banners, giving weight to this being a real project, and something we're likely to hear about sooner rather than later. Though it may very well be that the one story of those images being added to the banners at Botcon being a printing error was true and the suspected stealth reveal wasn't meant to take place so early.
Whatever the case, this will likely be our jumping off point for speculation of what we'll get to see at our next major event this year, the Hasbro pre-NYCC party. Let's just hope the overseas leaks play nice and leave us with a couple of surprises to be had by the time October rolls around!
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