“I Am Optimus Prime” Comic Coming from IDW

Chris Ryall, IDW’s Editor in Chief, has updated his blog with a sneak peek at “I Am Optimus Prime”, a new Transformers comic book/picture book geared for 4-7 year olds.  The art is styled after the Robot Heroes line of mini figures, and it looks awfully cute. Of course, older jaded fans will see that title and think of that horrendous G2 Optimus Prime sound box…

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BotCon 09 Toy 2 – Scourge

Scourge has been revealed at BotCon.com — and he’s a remold of Cybertron Sideways. My initial reaction was “Ugh, why?”  But then I looked more closely. It… works.  It does.  The rounded nose of Sideways’ vehicle mode is reminiscent of Scourge’s G1 vehicle mode.  And while I don’t understand why his beard is now white, Scourge’s new head is an interesting varation of the G1 character’s noggin. I think I like this one better than Kup. I did FAX in my order for a set when the registration forms were put online; let’s hope I got in.

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BotCon 2009 and TFCon 2009 News

Pre-registration forms for BotCon 2009 have been up for about 48 hours, and Fun Publications says 60% of the exclusives are sold out, as well as the Thursday customizing class.  If you haven’t registered yet, head over to BotCon.com.  The convention runs May 28-31, 2009 in Pasadena, CA. Also, TFCon has opened up their pre-registration as well!  For $150 you get convention admission as well as one of the 500 exclusive Powered Master add-ons by FansProject.  Other admission options are also available.  The convention runs April 25-26 in Toronto, ON, Canada.  Get registration forms and more information at TFCon.ca

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No Ghostbusters Props from Master Replicas

According to a post from Toy News International, MasterReplicas will not be making any props from the Ghostbusters movies.  Their original plans were to make a 1:1 scale Ghost Trap and a 1:1 scale Proton Pack, but according to CSTom on MR’s Ghostbuster forums, we cannot afford to give Ghostbusters prop replicas the justice and treatment they deserve and I apologize for any frustration or disappointment this will cause any fans. A shame; anything that would put out more Ghostbusters product would have been cool.

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BotCon ’09 – Kup Revealed

So, BotCon.com revealed the first of the toys today, namely Kup. Wow.  He sure is blue, although the image looks heavily processed and probably not representative of the final product.  I hope it’s not, as it doesn’t seem to be the right shade of blue.  The orange is a nice color to go with it… not sure of the deco used, but it’ll work, I suppose. He’s using Cybertron Red Alert’s mold with a new head.  The new sculpt does make him look like a younger version of the G1 version we know.  Don’t remember liking the mold all that

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Fred Rogers – An Appreciation

“What is Essential is Invisible to the Eye” When the alarm clock went off this morning, I was instantly dropped into the middle of a conversation on the radio. For some reason, the radio team was talking about Fred Rogers, the host of the long-running Public Broadcasting Service show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” For one brief second, my still groggy mind thought, “Why are they talking about Mister Rogers?” Then it hit me — he must have died. And as I clung to a brief hope that maybe he was in the news for getting some major award, I knew that

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