BotCon 2008 - Universe News Roundup

Transformers: Universe is pulling an about face and making a roaring comeback with some brand-new toys.

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CLASSICS 2.0 | Classics 2.0 Display

  • Universe is not a storyline unto itself. It is a compilation of stories.
  • Universe ultra Silverbolt coming August 2008. Will have sounds in robot and jet including the transformation sound. Gun sounds and Jet sounds too.
  • Ultra Storm Cloud is a redeco Powerglide coming in September 2008. The "MM-89" on him stands for Micro Master 89, the year he was made.
  • Both Powerglide and Storm Cloud will have a feature where the figure's chest can be opened to reveal a heart. It is really for Powerglide, but Storm Cloud has it because it was molded in.
  • Galvatron was so small because the designer was told that they already had so many tanks in the larger scale.
  • Universe ultra Silverbolt coming August 2008. Will have sounds in robot and jet including the transformation sound. Gun sounds and Jet sounds too.
  • Deluxes Ironhide and Sideswipe are coming October 2008.
  • Ironhide's license plate says Oregon and looks like a modern SUV/Van-type vehicle. He will have a mid-level transformers difficulty
  • Sideswipe is the same mold as Sunstreaker with new hands. However, the image that is shown on the presentation is the wrong head and the chest plate is not turned around.
  • Universe deluxe Hound w/ Ravage will be a G1-type mold. The clips on the back of Hound fit Ravage. Shoulder cannon on Hound comes off.
  • Universe deluxe Cyclonus w/ Nightstick Targetmaster will also be a G1-type mold. Nightstick may be held by Cyclonus. The figure almost looks black and is very nice.

GENERAL
  • Universe deluxe Acid Storm was originally named Rainmaker, then Acid Rain, until the name of Acid Storm was finally settled upon.
  • Universe deluxe Beast Wars Cheetor and has eyes that turn from green to red. However, that may be changed.
LEGENDS
  • Universe Legends coming August 2008.
  • Legends Brawn and Beachcomber will be making an appearance.
  • G2 Megatron and Jazz are coming in October 2008.

ROBOT HEROES | Robot Heroes Display
  • Robot Heroes Kickback vs. Ironhide, Thrust vs. Blaster, Megatron vs. Silverbolt will arrive in October 2008.
  • Robot Heroes Cheetor vs Tankor, and Optimus vs Megatron will be making an appearance.
  • Cheetor and Tankor are based on the Beast Machines-era, while Optimus and Megatron are from Robots In Disguise-era.
EXCLUSIVES
  • Target Universe comic packs are coming in November 2008 and will be Dirge and Roadbuster (Cybertron Hot Shot 2 repaint / Cybertron Starscream) and Springer and Ratbat (Cybertron Evac vs Cybertron Sideways). These sets are each packaged with a deluxe figures and a voyager figure as well as a comic - Gallery
  • A K-Mart store exclusive Mini-Con 12 pack is coming in September 2008 - Gallery
FUTURE
  • We will probably see a Ratchet repaint of Ironhide in the Universe line.
  • Universe Cosmos is in the works and they are trying to get him done. They want to have something to show for next year.
  • No plans for a Universe Six Shot right now.
  • No combiners are planned for the Universe line right now.
  • No Ultra Magnus figures for the Universe line right now.





News Story Comments

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Helghast 2008-05-03 @ 3:03 am
Dammit Hasbro, why are the autobots outnumbering the Decepticons in this line?

Botcon 2007? I keed, I keed :abrofl

Satan's Camaro 2008-05-03 @ 12:48 am

I give this thread an F

nortagem 2008-05-02 @ 11:09 pm
Dammit Hasbro, why are the autobots outnumbering the Decepticons in this line?

Gotta agree...where the "F" are the Decepticons!?!?

prowlclone85 2008-05-02 @ 5:30 pm

You forgot to mention Silverbolt in the Universe line up

AoiJuuni 2008-05-02 @ 4:32 pm
Anyway, Cyclonus, is this a entire remold or a reissue of the G1 targetmaster?

Hell Hasbro I've got idea for new Decepticons as repaints-

Overkill- repainted Grimlock.

Well, it's based off Don's artwork, so I'd imagine Cyclonus is a new mold. I like the idea of Overkill as a repainted Grimlock, but I think they did that for 2007's Botcon repaint/customization class.

Aoi

bwbm 2008-05-02 @ 2:45 pm

ROBOT HEROES | Robot Heroes Display

* Robot Heroes Kickback vs. Ironhide, Thrust vs. Blaster, Megatron vs. Silverbolt will arrive in October 2008.

* Robot Heroes Cheetor vs Tankor, and Optimus vs Megatron will be making an appearance.

* Cheetor and Tankor are based on the Beast Machines-era, while Optimus and Megatron are from Robots In Disguise-era.

Sularias 2008-05-02 @ 2:42 pm

I'll be glad to see this stuff on the shelves. I've reconciled the unpopular fact that my love of Transformers is 95% based off G1 Characters (but not necessarily G1 Toys)

I loe the movie, but the toys really weren't something I wanted. The animated stuff well its cool but I'm not dying to buy it. the Classics stuff now thats just super awesome sweetness.

Drewbie 2008-05-02 @ 2:24 pm

was a release schedule for the new RH ever mentioned? I WANT THEM NOW.

TMan978 2008-05-02 @ 2:09 pm
Dammit Hasbro, why are the autobots outnumbering the Decepticons in this line?

Tradition?

In that case they could also make sure the Cons are bigger than the Bots.

So far, animated is Gonna have alot of Voyager Cons. I wonder if Tcracker and SWarp are gonna sell at the same time?

Lord Madhammer 2008-05-02 @ 1:47 pm
Dammit Hasbro, why are the autobots outnumbering the Decepticons in this line?

Tradition?

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