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Old 2005-09-23, 08:17 AM   #1
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Default That big BotCon 2005 news, updates & information thread

The exclusives:

Aside from the seven figure set (Deathsaurus [RiD Megatron remold], Chromia [Energon Arcee remold], Ironhide [Energon Tow-Line remold], Fallback [Energon Strongarm repaint], Ricochet [G2 Hooligan repaint], Buzzclaw [BW Buzzclaw repaint] and Dirge [another BW Buzzclaw repaint]), the following exclusives exist:

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Flareup (Energon Arcee remold)
Ratchet (Energon Tow-Line remold)

Available loose, but must be purchased as a two-pack for $65.00.

Pics of Flareup and Ratchet

Virulent Clones (2x BW Buzzclaw repaint)

Available loose, but must be purchased as a two-pack for $35.00.

Additionally, for buyers of the "Primus package", there is an eighth figure they will get additionally to the seven-figure set:

Flamewar (another Energon Arcee remold).

TFormers gallery of the BotCon 2005 exclusives

More TFormers pics of exclusives

TFormers gallery of Hasbro giveaway LoC Ramjet

TFW 2005 gallery of Hasbro giveaway LoC Ramjet

The BotCon 2005 exclusive comic "Descent into Evil" has been reviewed by Ben Yee... who wrote the comic.

http://www.bwtf.com/cbreviews/botcon/descent/

Galleries & News:

Cybertron:

Scouts:
NEW: Swindle is a redeco of Hardtop. Slated for a January 2006 release.
NEW: Swerve is a redeco of Clocker. Slated for a January 2006 release.
Road Storm's US name confirmed as Lugnutz. Slated for a March 2006 release.

Deluxes:
Downshift confirmed. Slated for a February 2006 release.
Exigeyser's US name is given as Cybertron Defense Hot Shot. Slated for a February 2006 release.

Voyagers:
Dark Liger Jack will come to the US as Nemesis Breaker. Slated for a June 2006 release.

Ultras:
First Gunner's US name is given as Cybertron Defense Red Alert. Slated for a November 2005 release.

Legends of Cybertron:
A third wave confirmed, consisting of Vector Prime, Red Alert (upgrade), Galvatron (Megatron repaint) and Soundwave.

Similar to the Skywarp repaint of LoC Starscream given out at San Diego Comic-Con, Hasbro were handing out a Ramjet repaint of LoC Starscream this time.

Universe:

The Overbite & Repugnus, Bonecrusher & Scavenger and Long Haul & Hightower two-packs are confirmed to be Target exclusives now. Slated for a March 2006 release.

Reissues:

Commemorative Seriex IX Astrotrain is confirmed too. But will be the last Hasbro reissue for the time being, because he was already halfway done when TRU decided to abandon the reissues.

Dealer room setup

Alternators:
Optimus Prime (Dodge Ram SRT-10) - slated for a May 2006 release.
Mirage (Ford GT) - slated for a June 2006 release.
Ricochet (black Subaru Impreza redeco with gold flames)
Rollbar (orange Jeep Wrangler redeco)

Official pictures "live" from BotCon:

Thursday night registration

Thursday night MSTF with M Sipher and Doug Dlin

More pics of the Friday preview.

TFormers gallery of Hasbro display

TFW2005 gallery of the Hasbro display

TFormers gallery of Cybertron Swindle & Swerve

Allspark gallery

TFW2005 gallery of Hasbro new product unveiling

Transtopia's gallery

Botcon.com's gallery of Hasbro's products

Panels:

TFW2005 recap of Alvarez' "Rare Toys" panel

TFormers recap of Alvarez' "Rare Toys" panel

TFW2005 recap of "Hasbro & Takara working together" panel

TFormers recap of "Hasbro & Takara working together" panel

TFormers recap of voice actors panel

TFW2005 recap of IDW "Transformers Return to Comic Books" panel

TFW2005 recap of Hasbro new product unveiling

TFormers recap of Hasbro new product unveiling

Transfandom's recap of Hasbro new product unveiling

Tformer's IDW Comics panel

Tformer's recap of Hasbro's filler/new series

TFW2005's recap of Hasbro's filler/new series
 

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Old 2005-09-23, 10:19 AM   #2
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Wow. Even more Arcees, Tow-lines and Buzzclaws. I'd kill for that Deathsaurus though.
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 11:04 AM   #3
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Wow. Even more Arcees, Tow-lines and Buzzclaws. I'd kill for that Deathsaurus though.
We've seen test shots of all these exclusives except for Deathsaurus...
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 02:54 PM   #4
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The first image gallery:

Dealer room setup

First bit of news: Cybertron Swindle & Swerve!

Swindle is a redeco of Hardtop.

Swerve is a redeco of Clocker.

Commemorative Seriex IX Astrotrain is confirmed too.
 

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Old 2005-09-23, 03:29 PM   #5
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Official pictures "live" from BotCon:

Thursday night registration

Thursday night MSTF with M Sipher and Doug Dlin
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 03:33 PM   #6
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I am guessing that Flareout and Ratchet both have the remolded heads

and dang! those extra exclusives are expensive! this will put even more fuel on the fire about Master Collector's pricing...
 

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Old 2005-09-23, 03:45 PM   #7
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Review of this Year's BotCon comic "Descent into Evil" by Ben Yee... who wrote the comic.

http://www.bwtf.com/cbreviews/botcon/descent/

For those wondering:

Bumblebee is based on the unused Alternators design.
 

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Old 2005-09-23, 03:50 PM   #8
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"Descent into Evil"
"Or how we're getting you to pay hundreds of dollars for sub-par repaints of figures you can still get in stores."
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 04:12 PM   #9
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Morbo is surprised and pleased at the return of Swindle, even as a Hardtop repaint. For this, Hasbro has earned a small place of honor for when they are ultimately destroyed!

Swerve is a good repaint, though not a must-have for Morbo.
Flamewar is a name just begging for trouble. What, Firestar (even Autobot Firestar) too much work? I WILL DESTROY YOU!

Lastly, puny human Ben Yee reviewing is own work stinks rotten human feces.
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 04:36 PM   #10
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Talk Like A Pirate Day was on Monday...
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 04:43 PM   #11
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Recap of Alvarez' "Rare Toys" panel:

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showpost1140763-p35.html
 
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What, Firestar (even Autobot Firestar) too much work? I WILL DESTROY YOU!
Pretty sure Toy Biz has Firestar tied up for Marvel. Of course, could probably confirm and search that on TARR but I'm lazy.

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Lastly, puny human Ben Yee reviewing is own work stinks rotten human feces.
Eh, he's hyping his own work. What writer wouldn't pitch their own work?

It's kind of interesting the way he's doing it, and I'm sure other people will review it.
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 05:38 PM   #13
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Confirmation: Nemesis Leobreaker coming to the US.

http://www.allspark.com/forums/index...howtopic=82858
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 05:45 PM   #14
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Talk Like A Pirate Day was on Monday...
Morbo is not a pirate! Morbo is a television news announcer!

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Pretty sure Toy Biz has Firestar tied up for Marvel. Of course, could probably confirm and search that on TARR but I'm lazy.
Yeah, but since she's not a robot, and the marketing is different.. trademark restrictions SHOULDN'T apply. Of course, in our lawsuit-happy world...

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Eh, he's hyping his own work. What writer wouldn't pitch their own work?
Yeah, but he should stick to the pitch. I wouldn't review my own work like that - but I would have someone ELSE review it an post the review if its favorable.
 
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"Hasbro & Takara working together" panel recap

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/thread82669.html
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 07:00 PM   #16
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Interesting, that 'year down time' looks like it may be more than just a rumor after all.

2006 - the year of no Transformers! AIEEEE!
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 07:06 PM   #17
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Well, there was a rumor about rebroadcasting Beast Wars . . .
 
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2006 - the year of no Transformers! AIEEEE!
so far, if nothing has changed, it will still be the year of Cybertron, as Primus is sheduled for autumn 2006
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 08:01 PM   #19
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Walky's recap of BotCon so far...

http://www.livejournal.com/users/sho...ed/2005/09/23/
 
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Old 2005-09-23, 08:15 PM   #20
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No comment on the Takara/Tomy situation? So for all we know 2006 could also be the last year of Transformers...
 
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