- Motto: "Smashing Optimus Prime toys is the freedom of all sentient beings."
- Weapon: Fusion Cannon
I see this as a good thing and a bad thing. Personally, this is a wake up call for - ironically, not for the 3rd party companies, but for Hasbro/Takara themselves. 3rd party companies had been able to supply the fans and consumers with characters that were neglected by Hasbro/Takara (i.e. Springer, a combiner Bruticus, etc.) that fans WANT but not able to get for years.
Meanwhile, Hasbro/Takara churns out quadrillion versions of Optimus Primes and Megatrons while totally ignoring the other characters in the Transformers Universe. Sure, you can say that this is not true now that we've been getting the TF Classic/Universe/Generations line, but even within that line we're getting several versions of the same character.
It may be that the 3rd parties are borrowing ideas from Hasbro/Takara to create their version and interpretation of Transformers, but in a free market society, the consumer should have the right to chose where and to who they spend his money. If Hasbro/Takara continues to make garbage or continues to make and sell Debutante Power Optimus Prime and thinks that people will eat it up like it was the greatest thing in the world, then having the options provided by a 3rd party company is a GOOD thing because it gives the fan an alternative to not spend their money on garbage from a company that couldn't care less about the rich history of TFs so they can make a quick buck.
Then again, I am not going to say "boycott Hasbro" or "boycott Botcon" - that's a stupid thing to do, but at the same time, if you don't like this arrangement, then DON'T buy the official TFs or go to Botcon if you don't want to - voice your distaste with your dollars. Keep in mind, though, that you have to understand Hasbro/Takara has the right to protect their interests, no matter how petty their actions may seem.