BotCon 2013 Coming to San Diego, California June 27th – June 30th!
Fort Worth, TX – December 7th, 2012 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Convention, BotCon, announced today that next year’s award-winning convention will take place at the Town and Country Resort from June 27th thru June 30th in the beautiful city of San Diego. You can make your hotel reservations now at BotCon.com.
In the coming weeks, Pop Culture enthusiasts from around the world will be able to register for BotCon 2013 through the BotCon.com online registration system. Fans and Collectors’ who register for BotCon as a Primus package holder will receive the five-figure MACHINE WARS convention set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Hall of Fame Celebration party. Finally, Primus package attendees will also receive a special bonus Transformers Deluxe figure to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.
For more information on BotCon and all activities and the exclusive figure offerings, please visit BotCon.com.
Earlier this morning, BotCon's Pete Sinclair took a few moments to answer some questions for all of us about the BotCon 2013 Machine Wars theme. Without further ado, here's our six question Q&A ...
1. Why Machine Wars?
Pete Sinclair wrote:Machine Wars is a very interesting line to those who were collecting back in the mid 90's. Hasbro had decided to completely revamp the Transformers brand with Beast Wars but then all of the sudden out of left field we get Machine Wars? We were going to get the best of BOTH worlds? How awesome was that. But then, as quick as they hit, they were gone. And while the Beast era is one of both mine and many fans favorite era's, there was always that what could have been for a "Machine Wars" story.
2. What was the inspiration for a Machine Wars theme?
Pete Sinclair wrote:The inspiration here is basically a "Machine Wars: Series 2." The 2013 BotCon offerings will work both as a stand alone AND as a continuation of the Machine Wars line. Once people read the fiction fans will see each toy from both series 1 and series 2 work as their own individual character.
Also, even if you did not grow up collecting Machine Wars, this set is going to be very appealing for many reasons and we anticipate that a wide range of collectors' will want to add these toys to their collections. They look really sharp!
3. Will you be using any of the existing 12 Machine Wars characters as one of the BotCon 2013 set or show exclusives or will you be expanding the Machine Wars character roster beyond the original 12?
Pete Sinclair wrote:This "Series 2" is not just a redux. Yes, there will be homage's to the original toys. But we take it a step further. Some characters will have NEW features/characteristics. Some that were basics will now be in a more appropriate voyager form. And yes, we have also added NEW characters to the Machine Wars line up. Ones that totally fit the MACHINE WARS concept i.e. these are WAR MACHINES!
Long story short, we approached this years offering as a true second series of Machine Wars toys.
4. BotCon's Machine Wars Optimus Prime's fictional appearances: faceplate or no faceplate?
Pete Sinclair wrote:Time will tell ...
5. The colors for Machine Wars Megaplex and Megatron were switched as toys (or the colors for their box artwork was reversed). Assuming these characters show up in BotCon's Machine Wars fiction, will Megatron by grey or blue and how about Megaplex?
Pete Sinclair wrote:There seems to be maybe two issues there. We have actually looked at that closely. We think that the colors were initially right but the dark blue of Megaplex became grey and the grey on Megatron became more of a teal. So the toys themselves are "right" in that regard. The Megaplex card art doesn't really look like either one so who knows what happened there.
Either way, we decided to base our deco's on "all" of the toy's we produced under the name they were sold as i.e. If we did do a Megaplex, he would look like the Megaplex sold at retail.
6. Have the location and dates for BotCon 2013 been determined? If so, can you tell us when we can expect to hear an announcement?
Pete Sinclair wrote:You can expect the announcement very VERY soon ...
As promised the TFCC Club magazine has revealed the theme for BotCon 2013, Machine Wars! An Allspark user has received their copy of the magazine and reported the theme, which is set in the "Wings of Honor" universe.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron was at Botcon in Dallas during the last weekend of April 2012. Activision has provided Seibertron.com with a behind-the-scenes trailer available for your readers. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron will hit retail stores here in the U.S. on August 21st. For more information and updates, fans can visit http://www.facebook.com/TransformersGame and http://www.TransformersGame.com. Make sure you stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all of the latest Transformers Fall of Cybertron news.
Shortly after Hasbro's Transformers brand panel on July 12th, 2012 at San Diego Comic-Con, Seibertron.com's owner Ryan Yzquierdo had an opportunity to interview Hasbro's Jerry Jivoin (Marketing Director of Global Brand Development) and Aaron Archer (VP Creative Director, Brand design IP creation). Jerry and Aaron are well known to Transformers fans around the world. The audio from this interview will be included in our next Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast early next week. In the meantime, I did my best to transcribe the audio for all of you to read. Without further ado, here's Seibertron.com's interview with Hasbro.
Seibertron.com / Ryan: "What can you tell us about Takara Tomy exclusive figures such as Unicron, Breakdown? Are they going to stay exclusive to Japan?"
Hasbro / Jerry Jivoin: "We don't have plans right now really. This is the second time this question has come up. We're definitely evaluating those and one thing that we're trying to do is that you saw with the Year of the Dragon edition Optimus Prime and the China exclusives that we're bringing over to Toys R Us is we recognize that Takara Tomy is working on great stuff that's being released and we want to bring stuff over to the fans here so rather than paying $200 on eBay ..."
Seibertron.com / Ryan: "Yeah, I just dropped $70 on those Legends class toys [from Asia]."
Hasbro / Jerry: "I'd rather us get those into a store and sell it here. All that kind of stuff we're looking at. We don't have any plans right now but not to say that we wouldn't do it."
Seibertron.com / Ryan: "Then again with the Takara Masterpieces, it seems like the smaller scale might be more appealing to American retailers such as Walmart and Target. Are you working with Takara on that or is that too far down the road?"
Hasbro / Aaron: "No we work with them on concept with "here's the next one we're thinking about", "what do you think?" so we do discuss it even though we know on the offset that it's for their market. Doing the smaller cars has helped but it's really about the market for Jerry. Do we do a non-connected high end item as an exclusive or where does it fit?"
Hasbro / Jerry: "The other thing with Sideswipe too is we have to get the Lamborghini license, which they have, which they were able to secure for the Japanese market. We have not [secured that]. If we're going to do that, we're going to need to approach Lamborghini and setup a licensing deal with them to do that. But we've seen them, we love them, we'd love to bring them to the US, there's no plans exactly yet but Masterpiece will continue. You've got Optimus Prime and Thundercracker this year, so we definitely see the value in bringing them over because fans love them."
Seibertron.com / Ryan: "The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the new pictures from Takara is basically this is Hasbro's answer to Mattel with their Masters of the Universe Classics line which has the perfect epitome of all of those characters. That's what I [thought] when I saw that. What can you tell me about the shared exclusive G2 Bruticus set? You guys really went all out with that package so much so that I don't think I've seen you guys put that much work into an Amazon.com or BigBadToyStore.com exclusive before. Was that at one point going to be a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive?"
Hasbro / Jerry: "You know the package, we wanted to make it something special because we realize "hey, you can buy Bruticus in the main line in the deluxe format, we're selling him here at Comic-Con as an exclusive, and we wanted to make it special. We didn't just want to do a redeco and put it in a general package. This was an opportunity to really do something unique with this item. And a lot of it goes to our packaging creative group and art directors. They really had a lot of fun."
Hasbro / Aaron: "They challenged themselves. They went above and beyond, not that we didn't want that. The brief was the brief but they certainly did extra work to take it to a much finer point than may have seemed necessary at the beginning."
Hasbro / Jerry: "They surprised us when they showed it. They had a lot of passion for it. They just dove into it and replicated everything."
Seibertron.com / Ryan: "Please thank whoever. That's awesome I think. Looking at the size of some of the other items that are with the Marvel or G.I. Joe brands, you've got the giant heli-carrier for Marvel, I feel like Transformers is getting the short end of the stick as far as big products. Someone mentioned about Omega Supreme, Metroplex, Fort Max ... some of those big guys ... is there a chance of getting some love for some of those guys?"
Hasbro / Aaron: "I think that we recognize that those other groups have done that and even some other companies have. You know, $300 items, $400 items, in the market place not just for collectors or [conventions]. So it makes sense for us to look at that so we're starting that process because we do have big characters."
Hasbro / Jerry: "And I think you see with Bruticus and having that ..."
Seibertron.com / Ryan: "Well then you have the 3rd party companies coming out with the big figures and I know that's a sore spot."
Hasbro / Aaron: "(sarcasm) Not familiar with that."
Seibertron.com / Ryan: "It's obvious that Transformers fans have lots of money to spend when it comes to this stuff. I'd rather give you guys the money than somebody else."
Hasbro / Jerry: "We appreciate that."
Seibertron.com / Ryan: "Alright, one more question. Recently Hasbro trademarked "Transformers Combiners". Is that for the Kre-o line or is that for another future product line that you guys have coming down the ropes?"
Hasbro / Jerry: "Probably for Kre-o. We have our combiners from like the Bruticus combiners from Generations but it's probably from the Kre-os and Kreons that we showed today with those combiners. But it's probably specifically for them."
Seibertron.com / Ryan: "Alright, one more. With the success of some of the big brands that Hasbro owns such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, ... My Little Pony apparently now, is there any discussion within Hasbro of maybe doing an equivalent of a Hasbro-Con or something to that effect?"
Hasbro / Aaron: "A lot of people bring that up, not at Hasbro, just people bring that up. And some at Hasbro. Not yet."
Hasbro / Jerry: "I think between the conventions and Toy Fair, like our collector day at Toy Fair, BotCon, JoeCon ..."
Hasbro / Aaron: "What's great about BotCon and JoeCon is that it's targetted conversation exactly about your brand to the people that care most about the brand. It's an ability to take all that information that goes out around the world."
Seibertron.com / Ryan: "Which we appreciate. I would not be a big fan of going that route just seems like a possibility as these brands keep getting bigger and bigger."
Hasbro / Aaron: "There could be risk of taking away that intimacy in doing that though the Hasbro mark is cool too though. It's not like the fans cross polinate all the time."
Thank you again to Jerry Jivoin and Aaron Archer at Hasbro for taking some time out of your very busy and hectic SDCC schedule to answer some questions for Seibertron.com. We really appreciate it!
San Diego Comic Con wrote:1:30 - 2:30 Hasbro: Transformers Brand - Aaron Archer (vice president, Hasbro Design) and Jerry Jivoin (director, Global Transformers Brand) discuss the hottest Transformers topics including the Transformers Prime and Transformers Rescue Bots TV series, action figures, video games, comics, theme park rides and more. Attendees will also get sneak peeks at upcoming action figures and brand news. Jerry and Aaron will also host some Q&A for your burning Transformers questions. Roll out! Room 24ABC
(Doing Q&A first because of technical difficulties with the power point presentation)
Hasbro is going to re-release the Transformers Prime: First Edition toys this fall, around November. Exclusive to Toys R Us.
New episodes of the emmy award winning Transformers Prime cartoon starts up in the fall for the back half of season 2. No date specified.
Still looking at ways to bring the last waves of Dark of the Moon products to retail. It's on their radar. "Stay tuned."
Someone asked about a Metroplex toy ... teased us, but no final answer. "Would you guys like to see a Metroplex toy?"
... presentation begins.
Going through the Universal Studios presentation, and now the Jagex MMO. Nothing new that hasn't been covered at previous Transformers related events such as BotCon.
Transformers Prime Season 2 presentation
2012 & 2013 toy reveals
10 products lines
112 character reveals
hundreds of incredible fans
1 amazing brand
Transformers Rescue Bots presentation
Bots & Robbers Police HQ 98643
2013 ... "Energize" theme
New 3" 2 packs with the robots with their human friends
Transformers Kre-o presentation
All new Kreon Microchangers Combiners
Transformers Prime presentation
Ultra Magnus (Voyager0
No Breakdown shown!
Tailgate (Cliffjumper white repaint) shown
and a couple of other Cyberverse figures that I missed
Jetwing Optimus Prime - November A1616
Masterpiece Thundercracker - October, new Starscream mold
G2 FOC Bruticus in G2 packaging ... looks awesome!, commissioned one of the G2 artists, looks like a 1990s package
Transformers Prime First Edition (TRU exclusive)
Deluxes: Arcee, Terrorcon Cliffjumper, Vehicon, and Starscream
Deluxes: Bulkhead and Optimus Prime
Will be at TRU 4th quarter
Bluestreak, Motorbreath, Hoist, Thundercracker
Sandstorm, Dead End, Brawl, and Laserbeak
Deluxes: Wheelie, Cliffjumper, Swerve, Springer
Voyagers: Hot Spot, Powerdive, G2 Megatron
DOTM Ultimate Optimus Prime (Year of the Dragon)
Transformers Dark Energon exclusive series (BBTS exclusives)
Bumblebee,Wheeljack, Knockout, Starscream (all clear)
Voyager scale Optimus and Megatron
Combaticons remolded/repainted into Wreckers
Impactor (Onslaught), Twintwist (Brawl), Topspin (Blast Off), Roadbuster (Swindle), and Whirl (Vortex)
Wreckers combine into Ruination
Generations Legends Eject, Ramhorn, Rewind, and Sundor
Blaster remold from Soundwave, comes with Steeljaw, will have out at booth
Linkin Park loves Transformers
"What's a rock star Transformer look like?"
Linkin Park gold G1 Soundwave in special packaging
Thanks to FullMetalHero we have the first images of upcoming Transformers figures that are on display at the Tokyo Toy Show; albeit small and fuzzy, better pictures will undoubtedly show up over time. In the pictures we can see several new figures. What can be seen are
--Black Optimus Prime (unknown if he's bearing Autobot or Decepticon logos at this time
--Voyager Ultra Magnus
--Voyager Thundertron, the lion prototype figure first shown during Hasbro's BotCon 2012 Presentation
--Breakdown in M.E.C.H. colours
and many more. Keep checking this news story as it will be updated over time when better images are taken.
Auto Assembly 2012 Kitbash Workshop Details Released
We have had a kitbash workshop at Auto Assembly for the last few years but as we are moving the convention to a new home for 2012, we wanted to do something special this year and bring all of you a brand new, improved workshop as part of Europe's Largest Transformers Convention so we've teamed up with Calloway Customs to do something brand new which we think you'll all love...
This “Blue Peter” style presentation will last approximately one hour, and will focus on how to change a stock Hasbro toy into a different character, using all the tools and tricks of the trade available. Discussing paint removal, disassembly and cleaning, spray / paint preparation and application, wheel removal, head replacement, decal application and much more.
Presented by Nick Calloway, the designer behind the popular Calloway Customs Shapeway store, and Botcon award winner Sid Beckett. This workshop will be backed up by a full “how to...” bullet-point refresher guide on the Auto Assembly website and a video of the presentation so you can follow along at home.
“We wanted to do something similar to the custom workshops other conventions offer,” said Nick Calloway, “without the practical difficulties of sixty people fighting over two soldering irons, against the clock. In this workshop you will learn all the skills you need so you can attempt a true custom in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.”
The limited edition convention exclusive upgrade kits themselves will be available to purchase at the convention and will be available to pre-order shortly from Calloway Custom Designs exclusively for convention attendees!
For more details on Auto Assembly 2012 which is taking place over the weekend of 3rd - 5th August 2012 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel or to book your tickets or find out information about booking dealers tables, visit the website at http://www.autoassembly.org.uk
As the fever from BotCon 2012 begins to break, we take one last look after our massive coverage on the last show. We collect our missing crew, Tigertracks and Jon 3.0, who round out host Counterpunch, Seibertron and Razorclaw. The episode is available directly, from our RSS feed, and from iTunes.
Botcon 2012 wrap up, including the Voice Actor Panels and Fan Film Contest
The massive set of new galleries for the BotCon 2012 figures
TFCC Free Figure Depth Charge Artwork
Arms Micron Bulkhead and Arcee
Arms Micron Campaign Shadow Microns
Hasbro Toy Shop Prime Cases and Case Assortment Fatigue
Redecoed Marvel Crossovers for "The Avengers"
Free Comic Book Day Regeneration 80.5
Transformers Prime wins a Daytime Emmy
Transformers Prime episode discussion: Armada, Flying Mind, Tunnel Vision, Triangulation
Deltabot asks, "Other than the podcast and toy collecting forums, what is your favorite part of Seibertron.com?"
Stormrider asks, "If you could kill off any Transformers character who would it be?"