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!
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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
The following Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Commander figures were just announced at BotCon
The fifth toy in the box set for BotCon 2012 has been revealed, and it’s Shattered Glass Ultra Magnus.
Based on the Generation 2 Optimus Prime mold from the “Reveal the Shield” line in 2011, Magnus — wow. He’s got a face only his mother could love…
But let’s get to the vehicle mode first.
Sporting the colors of the original Diaclone “Powered Convoy” toy (which was homaged by the Japanese redeco of the Generation 1 toy as “Movie Preview” Ultra Magnus), Magnus here is a blue truck with a silver stripe and red highlights.
The deco is… plain. I appreciate the red deco on the hood to break up the blue, but there’s no disguising the fact that the Powered Convoy deco is extremely plain. That being said, it’s a nice color scheme. It’s a very nice blue color they’ve chosen.
That is one ugggggly head there, Maggy. If you don’t like this face, though, don’t blame Fun Publications; this is the actual head that Hasbro created when they molded the original G2 Optimus Prime RTS toy, as confirmed by BotCon’s Twitter feed. They also went on to say that the face is molded out of translucent plastic with blue eyes. That, to me, means that it’ll look very skull-like.
Interesting, to say the least. It’s an interesting deco choice, and I’m glad they went with something different to distinguish him from just another Optimus Prime.
As for the robot color scheme, wow, this is pretty. Once again taking a look at the homage to the Powered Convoy toy, everything maps out. Red head and arms, black shoulders, blue chest and feet, with grey thighs. They even tampographed his leg decals! Nice touch!
So, Magnus is ugly, but he’s supposed to be ugly by design. I approve. It’s definitely unique. It’s not my favorite toy of the bunch (that title still belongs to Treadshot), but it’s pretty good.
Now… how long till we see Metalhawk? Next week? Drat.
The fourth toy revealed in the BotCon 2012 box set is the Heroic Decepticon Treadshot. Treadshot is a remold of Reveal the Shield Special Ops Jazz, with a different head (possibly the alternate head created by Hasbro itself). Treadshot is primarily blue and yellow (the same colors as Armada Side Swipe).
And he’s GORGEOUS.
Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow!
This is what I want to see from the convention! This is an absolutely gorgeous toy. The blue body, the yellow windows and lights, the grey spoiler — this is not only a great homage to Side Swipe, but it’s also just a fantastic deco. I admit that blue and gold is one of my favorite color schemes (thanks to being a Marquette Universe alumnus), but this isn’t alma mater bias speaking here. This is just pretty.
And if the car mode is pretty, then the robot mode is just pure sexy. Blue, yellow, black and grey (with a tad of red)… wow. I can’t say anything bad about this toy. The head is fantastic, the deco spot on, the color scheme drool-worth.
This makes up for any flaws in Gigatron and Soundwave. Home run, man. This is the home run I wanted for Metalhawk, and I got it with Treadshot. Well done, Fun Publications.
Now, can I get a grand slam for Metalhawk?
The third toy revealed in the BotCon 2012 box set is the Heroic Decepticon Soundwave. Featuring a remolded head, this toy uses the 2008 Universe Ratchet/Ironhide mold in white, with blue and yellow/green highlights. And it’s… well, let’s get the good stuff out of the way.
If you remember the minicomic “Desert Heat” that the Transformers Collectors’ Club released (see here and here if you don’t), then this should look awfully familiar. Soundwave was reformatted into this mode from his old Device Label MP3 player mode.
This toy accurately reflects the art, down to the Cold Slither logo on the side. Sure, the side panel is a mess of seams that prevents a larger logo, but nothing can be done about that. While we’ve been told that Shattered Glass Cold Slither is a Lynard Skynard type band, I want to think of them as singing songs in the style of Pat Boone covering Black Sabbath. Crazy, but that’s how it goes.
Kudos for them on picking a color of blue paint that matches the translucent plastic blue. Ratchet and Ironhide had problems with this, so it’s nice to see a better deco here.
Oy. Here’s where we got problems. Okay, yes, thanks for the remold to make Soundwave able to look up in ways that Ratchet and Ironhide couldn’t… but what in the Wild World of Sports happened to that face? Something did not make it in translation from designer sketches to actual production. I refuse to believe that this longer face was meant to happen.
My initial reaction was “Holy crap, that’s bad!” I’ve softened a bit since the initial reaction, but it’s still not a good head. Soundwave’s faces usually have better proportions than this, so it’s heartbreaking to see this one be so disproportionate.
Added to this is the bad news that the toy does not come with a bandanna. It could not be molded as part of the toy. However, in a bright spot, a bandanna accessory will be for sale at the con — technically, you buy a print and get the accessory — but it’s a shame that fans will have to jump through extra hoops for this. If it were up to me, I’d just include the accessory in the registration packet; they can match up names to times to see who gets the first-day pins, so this seems like it would be something along the same lines, albeit a greater number. However, there’s probably some other reason that the convention organizers are going the route of selling the print and free accessory in the club store. It’s mildly annoying, but what can you do? Hope the non-attendees can get their hands on the bandanna easily.
I really wanted to love Soundwave, I really did. But the head is just really off-putting. I can’t even enjoy the Cold Slither reference as much because I know that long face is lurking. Perhaps the accessory will liven up the figure; it could stand to use a bit more color.
We’ve got three reveals left for the box set, and since we know what mold Ultra Magnus will use (based on the preview art, it would be surprising if it wasn’t Generations Laser Optimus Prime), the suspense lays with Treadshot and Metalhawk. I’m really eager to see Metalhawk, and I’m hoping for a home run hit with him.