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Nevermore
2006-09-28, 10:44 PM
Exclusives:

http://www.allspark.com/index.php?set_albumName=Botcon-Gallery-1&option=com_gallery&Itemid=4&include=view_album.php

http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=15931

http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=6587&dispsize=800&start=0

http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=8537

Panels:

"Transformers Design Decisions" panel summary and pics:
http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=6589
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v630/BlackstarRequiem/
http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showpost.php?p=841912&postcount=37

Confirmation of new cartoon show:
http://tformers.com/BotCon-2006-New-Cartoon-Series-Confirmed/6588/news.html

Furman/Figueroa panel...
http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=6591

The Hasbro booth.
http://www.tfmaster.com/images/features/botcon2006/titaniums.JPG

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=111701

http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=6593&dispsize=800&start=0

http://www.seibertron.com/events/gallery.php?event_id=45

Brief rundown on the toys on display. An asterisk* signifies that this is the first time we have seen the toy in question or gotten a name confirmation.
Classics:
Mini-Cons (all new molds): Dinobots (Knockdown, Terrorsaur, Swoop), Night Rescue Team (Stromgarm, Firebot, Divebomb), Demolition Team (Wideload, Sledge, Broadside), Clear Skies Team* (dragon, jet and another jet*), Dirt Digger Team* (motorcycle, muscle car* & monster truck*) and a third, unnamed "beast"-themed team (panther*, tiger* & gobbler*). The name "Dirt Digger Team" was incorrectly applied to the Demolition Team, which we've already seen in packaging.
Legends: Perceptor (Legends of Cybertron Red Alert repaint), Leo Prime (LoC Leobreaker repaint), Trypticon (LoC Scourge repaint), Fireflight (LoC Jetfire repaint), Autobot Whirl* (LoC Evac repaint), Bumblebee* (LoC Hot Shot repaint), Menasor (LoC Optimus Prime repaint) and Jetfire* (LoC Thrundercracker repaint). Supposedly, Hasbro used the name "Menasor" because they couldn't get the "Motormaster" trademark.
Deluxes: Grimlock, Mirage, Ramjet (Starscream remold). Ramjet has been previously seen as a resin prototype from the Japanese patent office website. This is the first time he's been seen in full color.
Voyagers: Jetfire.
Two-packs: Optimus Prime vs. Megatron (new molds, mass retail), Ultra Magnus vs. Skywarp (Voyager Optimus Prime and Deluxe Starscream repaints, Target exclusive).
Titaniums:
3" Robot Masters: Rodimus, Thundercracker (Starscream repaint), Galvatron, G1 Optimus Prime (repaint with battle damage), Soundwave, Cliffjumper (Bumblebee repaint), Sunstreaker (Side Swipe repaint) and Nemesis Prime (War Within Optimus Prime repaint). No new toys that haven't already been displayed at SDCC.
6" Cybertron Heroes: Scourge, Optimal Optimus, Rodimus Prime, Soundwave, Cheetor* (Beast Machines version), Sunstorm* (repaint of Thundercracker) and Ultra Magnus (War Within Optimus Prime repaint). RiD Optimus Prime and the Starscream repaint of Thundercracker that were on display at SDCC are nowhere to be seen, oddly.

Nevermore
2006-09-29, 07:34 AM
Attendee exclusive Tigatron:
http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=15931

Nevermore
2006-09-29, 07:43 AM
http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=111655
The Divebomb repaints are Buzzsaw and Lazerbeak, going for $45.99. Megatron and Waspinator are going for $95.99

Nevermore
2006-09-29, 07:58 AM
Exclusives gallery

http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=6587&dispsize=800&start=0

Nevermore
2006-09-29, 01:17 PM
http://www.seibertron.com/news/view.php?id=8537

RID Scourge
2006-09-29, 02:32 PM
I'm going to have to snag Megs and Waspinator and try to snag a loose Rhinox and Primal.

Nevermore
2006-09-29, 04:34 PM
"Transformers Design Decisions" panel summary and pics:
http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=6589
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v630/BlackstarRequiem/

Confirmation of new cartoon show:
http://tformers.com/BotCon-2006-New-Cartoon-Series-Confirmed/6588/news.html

Nevermore
2006-09-29, 05:36 PM
Titanium 6" Cheetor (Beast Machines version), Sunstorm and War Within Ultra Magnus...

http://www.tfmaster.com/images/features/botcon2006/titaniums.JPG

Clogs
2006-09-29, 06:17 PM
I had one of those generic invites to this. Wish I had the money to actually go - wish I had the time, too!

Want Sunstorm soooo bad. Would like a Waspinator, too. Darn.

Nevermore
2006-09-29, 06:35 PM
More panel summary:
http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showpost.php?p=841912&postcount=37

Nevermore
2006-09-29, 06:52 PM
The Hasbro booth.
http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=111701

Nevermore
2006-09-29, 07:40 PM
Furman/Figueroa panel...
http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=6591

Nevermore
2006-09-29, 08:08 PM
More Hasbro booth.
http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=6593&dispsize=800&start=0

Denyer
2006-09-29, 11:47 PM
http://tformers.com/article.php?sid=6591
Writeup... more... obtuse... than Shatner...

Furman says look for an IDW Galvatron to show up down the road
Which better not be Megatron+BigOrangeThing... something original'd be nice.

When asked if there are any plans for more female characters in IDW series:
Simon: There has to be a rational for any character he uses. Like for Pretenders, the outer shell never worked for him, but now they have a rationale for it so he is happy to use it. Females never worked for him. Why are there female robots? Until he has a reason why, he won't use them.
:up::up:

+ Why was the Fallen always on fire? Furman: Cause it looked good.
Why do I get the feeling there was more context to the answer than that? i.e. That's how Pat did the design.

+ Can we get more Ratbat? Furman: No reason why we can't have a IDW version. But he wants to do a Soundwave Spotlight which we might see him in.
Nice.

Cliffjumper
2006-09-30, 12:12 AM
If IDW can steer clear of chucking in any character someone mentions to them for no better reason that they can, I'll be happy. C'mon IDW, be Cartmel to DW's Saward!

What? Dalek'll know what I'm on about.

Denyer
2006-09-30, 08:36 AM
Justice League crossover?

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=111753

Gonna wait until confirmation comes in from someone who's sober... ;)

I like the JLA -- but in a universe with so many high-powered capes, TFs would last about five seconds.

Nevermore
2006-09-30, 10:00 AM
More Hasbro booth (more of the same toys)
http://www.seibertron.com/events/gallery.php?event_id=45

Darth Zax
2006-09-30, 03:03 PM
http://tformers.com/BotCon-2006-Transformers-Creating-Cybertron-Panel/6604/news.html

+ Why does Megatron die in every series? Archer blames Takara for that cause in Car robots when Takara did the white Galvatron it sold really well. So its kind of become a pattern.

+ Were you pleased how the cartoons turned out? Archer - in a designers eye we imaged it to be a lot more elaborate, but due to time and animation and such it felt short of his imagination but he guesses he is happy with it.

+ They don't see how things are during out in the story so they have to be careful about taking liberties when doing the us version cause it could end up not matching up with how the story plays out when the people overseas finish it.

+ What didn't make it in to the scripts or that we didn't see happen? Dave - one of the things that didn't turn out the way he expected Lio Breaker originally was going to take over Jungle Planet. And wouldn't want to leave the planet. + We did the episodes as a serial instead of stand off episodes at the Japanese' request.

+ Dave is pushing for a figure of the Stoplight guy.

+ They wont go into details about the next cartoon. There will be one, but that's all they will say now.

+ In the future you will prob see more new molds for characters that get upgrades instead of flat repaints according to Aaron Archer.

+ For the new cartoon, if they partner with Takara. They are stuck doing more episdoes that connect. If they don't parntner, they would ideally like to go back to a pattern more like the way Beast Wars was done.

+ Archer seemed to be hinting the new series will be done with fewer charcters and more like Beast Wars.

Nevermore
2006-09-30, 06:38 PM
Hasbro new product unveiling panel

http://tformers.com/BotCon-2006-Hasbro-New-Product-Unveiling/6609/news.html

Hasbro booth day 2 gallery
http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=album&album=6610&dispsize=800&start=0

Darth Zax
2006-09-30, 07:11 PM
WOW :eek: :eek: :eek:

Denyer
2006-09-30, 07:15 PM
http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=6610&pic=IMG_3832.jpg&dispsize=800&start=0

Yeesh, that's a niche market.

Jaynz
2006-09-30, 08:07 PM
So, Ravage, Buzzsaw, and Soundwave are.. classics.. sort of?

Some interesting and quite good stuff for the next year, but does anyone ELSE get the impression that they really didn't think the 2006-2007 out very much?

Sir Auros
2006-09-30, 10:18 PM
I knew the Alternators line was going to end and be replaced with the **** designs from the movie.

Cliffjumper
2006-09-30, 10:34 PM
I'm always mildly surprised when anyone mentions that Alternators is still anywhere near going... is it really a like-for-like replacement, though? *DANGER WILL PEDANT! ROUGH GUESS! DANGER!* Bi-monthly niche figure for wider-appeal range? Alternators was all out of steam anyway... They've resorted to releasing one that turns into a car on legs...

Denyer
2006-09-30, 10:46 PM
Originally posted by TFVanguard
So, Ravage, Buzzsaw, and Soundwave are.. classics.. sort of? Standard packaging style now.

http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=6610&pic=IMG_3870.jpg&dispsize=800&start=40
http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=6610&pic=IMG_3858.jpg&dispsize=800&start=20

Going to be very sought-after, at a guess. Is a retail price mentioned anywhere?

Jaynz
2006-09-30, 10:53 PM
Soundwave's one of the more expensive G1 designs, with LOTS of little parts on him. He'll be pricey at retail, and likely insane on EBay. I would hazard that he's going to be on par with Starscream, et al, in price - maybe as much as Optimus was, considering he's got two tapes with him as well.

What got me is the wording of his release. Is he being treated as a 'classics line' exclusive? It's not like there are other commemoratives left...

Nevermore
2006-09-30, 11:14 PM
Another recount of the Hasbro panel.
http://www.allspark.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=72&Itemid=20

More galleries.
http://www.allspark.com/index.php?set_albumName=Dealer-Room-Gallery-2&option=com_gallery&Itemid=4&include=view_album.php

Denyer
2006-10-01, 12:08 AM
Originally posted by TFVanguard
maybe as much as Optimus was, considering he's got two tapes with him as well. What price was reissue Op in the States? They were twenty quid here, the same as Alts, and sold out very quickly.

I imagine these will also clear quickly, whether to legit customers or scalpers. As long as Hasbro/ToysRUs keep them coming, they'll shift for a decent while.

He's being treated as a store exclusive, which means the current "main line" packaging is used to unify the brand and shave costs.

Nevermore
2006-10-01, 12:09 AM
Reissue Soundwave is $29.99 last I heard.

Nevermore
2006-10-01, 12:52 AM
http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=111781

Jaynz
2006-10-01, 01:07 AM
What price was reissue Op in the States? They were twenty quid here, the same as Alts, and sold out very quickly.

If I remember right, he was $39.99 , the jets were $29.99, and the cars were a whopping $19.99 . The high prices were a major factor in the line not doing well.

Soundwave at $29.99 puts him at the same level as the jets, which makes sense. Odd that they didn't go for a simpler design for classics. They could do a lot now as a deluxe figure...

He's being treated as a store exclusive, which means the current "main line" packaging is used to unify the brand and shave costs.

Ah, then I'll just copy his, Buzzsaw, and Ravage's icons into the Classics line tommorow then. That's all the difference it makes for ME at the moment. :)