Hasbro just finished their presentation at BotCon 2014, and now we have pictures courtesy Hasbro/Hunter PR. Coming in 2015 we have two Leader Megatrons, one a remold of the other. Both are tanks, but only one is freakin’ Armada Megatron! Nice!
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Wow. Is he ORANGE. Holy cow, my eyes are going to be seeing the afterimage for days. Normally I like the blue and orange combination (such as in Huffer) but in smaller doses. Holy crap, this is going to take some getting used to. He’s obviously decoed like Fire Guts God Ginrai, but with some blue accents for his windows and shield logo. Speaking of the shield, that does make him seem more like a knight as we know, and BotCon did tweet out that we’ll get swords in a souvenir pack, so I’m looking forward to that.
Man. That’s… wow. The amount of red and orange is crazy. I never did get Fire Guts God Ginrai, so it’s going to be interesting to see this color scheme in person. I love the mold… going to have to warm (pun intended) to this color.
Well, to quote a spinach-eating sailor man, blow me down. Or as I tweeted,
— ASM (@ASMzine) April 3, 2014
I’ve lamented that we weren’t getting Nightbeat as a Headmaster later this year. I’ve wondered if we’d ever get a Headmaster figure again. Looks like BotCon has answered my mostly-unheard request, because lo and behold, they just showed off Decepticon Pirate Scorponok with Headmaster Olin Zarak.
We'll clarify… "Classic" Headmaster. Scorponok utilizes an original 1987 Headmaster mold. WITH a new sculpted cartoon accurate face.
— Transformers: BotCon (@BotCon) April 3, 2014
So, we’ve got a Energon Scorponok in a near perfect G1 deco and
an original 1987 a classic Headmaster mold? Damn. Home run for G1 fans.
EDIT: BotCon says it’s they used Encore Spike mold and gave it the Scorponok face.
— Transformers: BotCon (@BotCon) April 3, 2014
So, although I haven’t talked about the previous two exclusives (but I will soon), I figure that should change with the third reveal for BotCon 2014 – Devcon, the Cybertronian Knight!
Some fans have been waiting for a Devcon toy for almost 30 years. We almost had him twice — he was a potential toy for BotCon 2002 (a race car)and if 3H had kept the BotCon license, we might have had him for BotCon 2005 or later (a remold of Energon Slugslinger).
They say anticipation makes the heart grow fonder. I don’t know about that, but at least in this case, anticipation allows us to get a mold that seems better suited for old Devvy, namely that of Generations Scourge. I mean, look at that body — it’s a great updated robot mode for Devcon. And the alt mode is no sloucher either:
Scourge himself was a pretty good update to the 1986 mold, and while the jet/space cruiser/flying thingy here doesn’t quite match up with Devcon’s alt mode as seen in “The Gambler”, it’s a pretty good substitution.
Going back to the robot mode – love the head gun, love the arm gun, love the paint masks. Yeah. Devcon’s a keeper. Not sure I’d call Devcon a Knight, but hey, stranger things have happened.
Thumbs up, Fun Pub. Gimme.
In a nice bit of pre-BotCon hype, the organizers of the 20th annual Transformers Convention have introduced us to Tornado, the Decepticon Saboteur, one the characters who will feature in this year’s “Pirates vs. Knights” set. And they’ve done this not on their own website, but via a new Facebook Page. By following Tornado, you’ll learn more about this saboteur via status updates as well as links to his personal logs (which are very handily stored as PDFs on Google Drive. The Big G even gets used by Transformers. Who knew?)
Tornado also helpfully posted this artwork of himself.
Very nice. Next, let’s see a selfie on Instagram.
I kid, but I’m really digging this new approach to pre-convention fiction. This reminds me a lot of the old Apelinq War Journals that were on BotConBeyond.com in the 3H era, written by Rob “Tengu” Gerbracht. It provided some nice fiction updates every so often, and it helped fans deal with the wait for the convention itself. I see this doing the same thing, and I applaud Fun Publications for doing something different with their fiction this year. Kudos, good people.
BotCon 2010′s theme was “Generation 2: Redux”, a reimagining and extention of the nearly 20-year old (at the time) toy line. One of the souvenirs was “Turbomaster”, which was a new version of the toy once known as “Scorch”. A redeco of the Classics/Universe Hound mold, Turbomaster is yellow, orange and grey and comes with the nicest transforming jaguar you’ll ever meet. But how good is Turbomaster? Read on!
The following Transformers Construct-Bots Elite were just revealed at BotCon 2013:
Just moments ago, Hasbro revealed the 2013 entrees to the Transformers Hall of Fame.
An insane, hyper-intelligent criminal mastermind who led a group of renegade PREDACONS to Earth in search of the Energon they would need to conquer CYBERTRON, MEGATRON became so much more than a petty felon. When the search led to the discovery of alien artifacts, MEGATRON launched an assault on Time itself, seeking to change history to his benefit. He nearly destroyed CYBERTRON in his mad quest to exterminate the TRANSFORMERS, and was stopped only when OPTIMUS PRIMAL brought him down. He returned, determined to have his vengeance, and his battle with the MAXIMAL leader raged across the multiverse!
As the commander of the most elite AUTOBOT special forces unit ever assembled, you’d expect ULTRA MAGNUS to be just about one of the most unstoppable warriors this side of the galactic core. You’d be right. If there is any AUTOBOT the DECEPTICONS fear as much as OPTIMUS PRIME, it is ULTRA MAGNUS. His battle hammer has crushed chassis from one side of the galaxy to the other. No battlefield on which his armored feet have stepped has ever been yielded to the DECEPTICONS.
The following Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Voyager figures were just revealed at BotCon 2013:
- A6212 Beast Hunter Optimus
- A6213 Predaking
Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Deluxe were just announced at BotCon
- A4689 Prowl
- A6214 Bumblebee
- A6215 Twinstrike
- A6216 Smokescreen
- A6217 Windrazor