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Tranformers Collectors' Club Subscription Service 5.0 Registration Now Open

Transformers News: Tranformers Collectors' Club Subscription Service 5.0 Registration Now Open
Date: Friday, April 29th 2016 4:42pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): TFCC

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And with the arrival of the first Transformers Collectors' Club Subscription Service 4.0 figure, we receive news from the Club itself about the final service - now open for Club members to subscribe! Soon to be open for non-current members too, 5.0 will include the figures revealed during BotCon, as seen here. Check out more info below!

The Transformers Figure Subscription Service (TFSS) 5.0 order period is now open. As of now, the TFSS is only open to active Transformers Collectors’ Club members. In the next few weeks we will be offering an option for ANY past member of the Club to order the TFSS 5.0 as well. Stay tuned to TransformersClub.com for information on when that is available.

In the meantime, if you are an active member you can order your TFSS 5.0 now. Please note, there is no limit on the number of subscriptions you can purchase as the TFSS is built to order.

The order period will run until midnight May 26, 2016. In addition, please ignore the Join link on the log in page. It has been disabled.

You can either pay in full or by installment. Also, everyone that completes the full TFSS will also receive a BONUS 7th deluxe figure! This bonus 7th deluxe figure features a head sculpt not yet released at U.S. retail.

Thank you for your support and we hope you are as excited as we are about the TFSS 5.0!

- Brian

Titans Return Leaks: Sixshot, Getaway, Triggerhappy, Doublecross, Hot Rod, Megatron, Optimus Prime and more!

Transformers News: Titans Return Leaks: Sixshot, Getaway, Triggerhappy, Doublecross, Hot Rod, Megatron, Optimus Prime and more!
Date: Wednesday, April 27th 2016 12:42pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hellscream9999 | Credit(s): Autobase Aichi

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Fellow Seibertronians, a huge pile of Titans Return leaks have just spilled all over the internet. We've mirrored the images from Autobase Aichi's Twitter account, which include: the design specs for Deluxe Class Getaway, Triggerhappy, and Doublecross. Voyager Class Megatron, and Optimus Prime - whose robot mode seems to be based on Laser Prime. And finally the art for Sixshot, seemingly confirming that he may be closer to release than we realized, and an early mock up for a Hot Rod figure, confirming that we will be getting him.

Wolfwire and Mindwipe are also featured, though both of whom have been thoroughly covered already here and here - though, it should be noted that these design specs prove that they will look like those seen at Botcon this year (which some figures do not sometimes)

So what do you make of these? Are you excited, tired of the leaks? Let us know in the comments below.

Transformers News: Titans Return Leaks: Sixshot, Megatron, Optimus, Getaway, Triggerhappy, Doublecross, Hot Rod + more

Transformers News: Titans Return Leaks: Sixshot, Megatron, Optimus, Getaway, Triggerhappy, Doublecross, Hot Rod + more

Transformers News: Titans Return Leaks: Sixshot, Megatron, Optimus, Getaway, Triggerhappy, Doublecross, Hot Rod + more

Transformers News: Titans Return Leaks: Sixshot, Megatron, Optimus, Getaway, Triggerhappy, Doublecross, Hot Rod + more

Transformers News: Titans Return Leaks: Sixshot, Megatron, Optimus, Getaway, Triggerhappy, Doublecross, Hot Rod + more

Transformers News: Titans Return Leaks: Sixshot, Megatron, Optimus, Getaway, Triggerhappy, Doublecross, Hot Rod + more

Transformers News: Titans Return Leaks: Sixshot, Megatron, Optimus, Getaway, Triggerhappy, Doublecross, Hot Rod + more

Transformers News: Titans Return Leaks: Sixshot, Megatron, Optimus, Getaway, Triggerhappy, Doublecross, Hot Rod + more

Transformers News: Titans Return Leaks: Sixshot, Megatron, Optimus, Getaway, Triggerhappy, Doublecross, Hot Rod + more

Takara Transformers Unite Warriors Robots in Disguise Ruination Rumor

Transformers News: Takara Transformers Unite Warriors Robots in Disguise Ruination Rumor
Date: Tuesday, April 26th 2016 11:56pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: D-Maximus_Primal | Credit(s): TFYuki, Hayato Sakamoto

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Thanks to our resident Takara news bringer TFYuki and that Interview with Hayato Sakamoto, we bring to you something that really isn't a tease, but more of an interesting rumor. To date, Takara has avoided straight repaints in their Unite Warriors line, but on the 15th anniversary of the original Robots in Disguise cartoon, it has been brought to our attention that there is a possibility of a Unite Warriors Ruination to come!

Now, we ask that you take this with a few grains of salt seeing as how we didn't get a teaser but more of a heavy implication from some "Happy Birthday" Robots in Disguise pictures posted by TFYuki as well as a mention in the interview with Hayato Sakamoto:

When asked to tell more about how Black Convoy got his Energon Matrix, Sakamoto said that he’s waiting for a Unite Warriors Baldigus release before saying any more about that. I didn’t get to ask if he meant that there is a Unite Warriors Baldigus coming, or if he’s just wanting there to be one.


We have also mirrored the images below for you to look at. Check them out, and let us know what you think in the comments section below. And as always stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all your latest Transformers News and Galleries!

Transformers News: Takara Transformers Unite Warriors Robots in Disguise Ruination Rumor
Transformers News: Takara Transformers Unite Warriors Robots in Disguise Ruination Rumor

#Botcon 2016 Japanese G1 Continuity Talk with Hayato Sakamoto

Transformers News: #Botcon 2016 Japanese G1 Continuity Talk with Hayato Sakamoto
Date: Tuesday, April 26th 2016 9:59pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Interviews
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Sabrblade

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One of our fellow Seibertronian Superstars, Sabrblade was at Botcon 2016 and spoke to Japanese Transformers artist/writer Hayato Sakamoto. He wrote for us a transcript of this fascinating discussion which might even elude to some upcoming Unite Warriors releases. The full transcript is below with an introduction of the context by Sabrblade:

Sabrblade wrote:On the last day of BotCon 2016, I attended the Sunday morning panel that was hosted by Japanese Transformers artist/writer Hayato Sakamoto, writer/translator Andrew “Hydra” Hall, and writer/translator Ken Rose. At this panel, Sakamoto talked about his working as an artist for IDW’s Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye comic series, as well as his working as both a writer and an artist for the TakaraTomy’s Transformers: Unite Warriors and Transformers: Legends pack-in fiction. (For those interested, you can watch a full YouTube video recording of the panel HERE).

After the panel ended, I approached the three as they were exiting the room (heading back to Sakamoto-san’s booth in the Artist Alley room) to ask Sakamoto-san some questions about his Japanese G1 works. Having an affinity for continuity and lore, Sakamoto-san was quite enthusiastic to discuss these topics with me. I joined the three on their walk back to the Artist Alley, introducing myself to Andrew Hall who recognized my screenname. Once we got to Sakamoto-san’s booth, Ken Rose graciously acted as a translation middleman between the two of us.

Most of my questions originated from what was said during the panel about the continuity placements of Unite Warriors Offshoot and Legends, which then springboarded into a wider discussion of the Japanese G1 cartoon continuity as a whole. Here is a rundown of the things we discussed and the answers I was able to get (note that Sakamoto-san’s attention eventually became divided between myself and other fans who were wanting him to sign and/or draw something for them, so some of the answers I got were less clear than others):

* As said during the panel, Unite Warriors Offshoot and the specific Legends manga chapters that have G1 Megatron, Ultra Magnus, and Springer come into the Legends Universe all take place after G2. But more specifically, they all take place after the two e-HOBBY manga that came with Masterpiece MP-1B Convoy Black Ver. And Masterpiece MP-3G Starscream Ghost Ver.

* As the Legends manga chapter that has Springer go to the Legends Universe takes place in the 2030s, with Operation Combination and United EX set in the year 2035, that era of Legends (and I think Unite Warriors Offshoot as well) takes place in the late 2030s.

* Unite Warriors Offshoot takes place even after the post-G2/post-e-HOBBY era of Legends. However, Sakamoto-san does not yet know how long or short after Legends that UWO takes place, as Legends currently has Metroplex in the Legends Universe while UWO has him in the main JG1 universe, so Sakamoto does not yet know when Metroplex gets out of the Legends Universe and goes back to the JG1 universe. But he does at least know that UWO does come after Legends.

* Unlike the rest of the Unite Warriors fiction released so far, the Grand Galvatron comic does not take place in the same post-G2/post-e-HOBBY era as UWO. Though the comic does say that it takes place ten years after Galvatron’s death in 2011 (2021), Sakamoto further revealed that it takes place after the Masterforce cartoon.

* As stated at the panel, one of the things Sakamoto set out to do with the Legends manga was to show Ultra Magnus’s rebirth into his G2 Laser Ultra Magnus body. However, in the Legends manga that showed Ultra Magnus’s rebirth, Ultra Magnus is shown waking up from inside his coffin in his Legends toy body instead. When asked if Ultra Magnus was reborn in his G2 Laser Ultra Magnus body or his Legends toy body, Sakamoto said it was the former, and explained that manga chapter as being more of a retelling of Magnus’s rebirth than a literal depiction. He also explained that Ultra Magnus can change his physical form back and forth between his G2 Laser body and his Legends body by the power of the Reconfiguration Matrix. This explains how Magnus was able to appear in his G2 Laser body during the post-G2 e-HOBBY manga and then as his Legends body later on in the Legends manga.

* Reiterating something he said at the panel, when Alpha Trion sacrificed the last of his energy to recharge the Matrix in episode 3 of The Headmasters, he didn’t merely recharge the Matrix, he became the Matrix. A new Matrix, at that. And this Matrix being a new one is why Rodimus Prime (or rather, his animation model) looked different in The Headmasters compared to how he looked in season 3 of the G1 cartoon. And in the Legends manga, when Alpha Trion put himself into Ultra Magnus’s chest, Ultra Magnus came back to life by having the new Matrix (Alpha Trion) put into him.

* As he referred to the Grand Scourge comic to present the continuity placements of UWO and Legends during the panel, I asked him if the Grand Scourge comic is supposed to be a part of the main JG1 cartoon continuity or not, as the comic itself is rather vague on its own continuity, seemingly on purpose. Sakamoto’s answer is that he’s presently not sure if it is or not since he’s not the one writing it. As I type this answer, I suspect that Sakamoto is open to the possibility of the comic being on its own outside of the JG1 continuity, and is just taking precautions with the placements of UWO and Legends to allow the Grand Scourge comic to be slotted into the main timeline should the opportunity arise at a later date. But for right now, its placement in the main timeline (should it ever be included) remains undetermined.

* As stated at the panel, Sakamoto is among those responsible for creating the big JG1 timeline from 2007. He confirmed that he played a role in adding Car Robots to the timeline. His reasons given for including it were that RobotMasters Wrecker Hook is an amnesiac Car Robots Wrecker Hook (I did not get to ask if this was the official consensus or just his own personal consensus), Brave Maximus came back to Earth after Car Robots (and apparently so too did God Magnus, from what I was told, but didn’t get anything further about that), and that when the e-HOBBY G1 GoBots came to the Transformers universe, their technology was used to create the Spychangers.

* At the end of the Car Robots cartoon, Brave Maximus had taken all of the Destrongers back to Cybertron to stand trial before Vector Sigma. Since the characters of that cartoon were said to have come from the future, I asked if Brave Maximus took them back to the Cybertron of the cartoon’s present time or the Cybertron of future that the characters all came from. Sakamoto said it was the future.

* In the Legends manga that features Car Robots Black Convoy (RiD Scourge), he has his own Energon Matrix, as a means of explaining the molded-in Matrix on the toy. Sakamoto explains that Black Convoy was able to get an Energon Matrix of his own because the United EX fiction had the Energon Matrix technology being developed in the year 2035. And since Black Convoy had been taken back to Cybertron in the future, he was able to get his Energon Matrix during a point when Energon Matrix technology existed.

* When asked to tell more about how Black Convoy got his Energon Matrix, Sakamoto said that he’s waiting for a Unite Warriors Baldigus release before saying any more about that. I didn’t get to ask if he meant that there is a Unite Warriors Baldigus coming, or if he’s just wanting there to be one.

* Sakamoto told me an in-fiction reason for why Car Robots Ai and the human Ai Kuruma looks alike. Car Robots Ai's appearance is based on a scan made of Ai Kuruma.

* I asked Sakamoto if he could tell me what exactly a Spark Engine was, as it was only mentioned once in the Car Robots anime but never told what it was. Unfortunately, this question didn't get to be answered. I don't fully recall why it wasn't answered, but I think it was either due to the answer being tied with the Black Convoy question that he was waiting on a UW Baldigus release in order to answer, or was due to Sakamoto's attention becoming divided between my questions and other fans coming to his booth to ask for his autograph/artwork.

* When asked what future era the Car Robots characters hail from, Sakamoto said that it’s currently fuzzy on what era they came from. When I mentioned that some fans like to think that they come from the same era as the Beast Wars II and Beast Wars Neo cast, he said that that idea pretty much aligns with his own ideas (of note is that a small book of his original artwork that he had for sale at his booth contained a page of artwork that featured Big Convoy and JRX together on Cybertron, but it wasn’t official art, just one of his many personal art pieces).

* Sakamoto also asked me if I work on the TFWiki, and I said yeah. Sakamoto told me a few things that he’d like to see on the Wiki. Specifically, he’d like to see more images overall of artwork, especially more images of full-body character artwork. I told him that, while I do contribute to the Wiki, I’m not a member of its administrative staff, and that the Wiki does have some policies regarding what images it uses and such, but which are reasonable.


I think that’s everything we got to discuss before the convention ended. If I remember any more, I’ll add more to it.

Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016
Date: Saturday, April 23rd 2016 10:33pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Transtopia
Posted by: Hellscream9999 | Credit(s): Dr Va'al

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We took a small break in rounding up during BotCon, but Transtopia did not stop in producing new creative content! Check out below the sort of regularly scheduled feature from the Seibertron.com discussion boards, featuring customs, artwork, fan fiction, comics, photos, games and more.

If you like what you see, make sure to comment on the author's thread, and let the works inspire your own creativity for future editions!

CUSTOMIZATIONS

Xeltecon - MP 10, DOTM Leader, Ironhide

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


Streetwise27 - Streetwise

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


Moonshot - CW G1 Trailbreaker

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


Gladky - G1 MP Petrorabbit

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


MarcusCole1978 - Fort Max

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


BUILDING BOTS

Mythic_Gears - LEGO Mini Models

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


Hellscream9999 - Lego Combiners

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


alanyap - Lego Breastforce Guyhawk | Lego Breastforce Drillhorn

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


SHAPEWAYS STUFF

D-Maximus_Primal - RID 2001 Megatron Replacement Parts

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


FAN ART

SillySpringer - TF Art

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


Demonology7789 - Art

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


Streetwise27 - Titans Return Digibashes

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


Cyberpath - Sunbow Alpha Bravo and Rook

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


FAN-FICTION

Verno - BotCon - Transformers: Unity



PHOTO BLITZ

The game is back on! How well do you know your movies? How well can you recreate scenes with Transformers toys? Head over to the Name That Film thread and find out both!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


leokearon - Digibashes

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


MadeusPrime - Autobots and Decepticons Living Together

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


Shauyaun - Photos and Comics

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Creative Round-Up - April 24th, 2016


jokerjester - Toy Photography

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Transformers Collectors' Club BotCon 2016 Exclusives Now Available to Purchase Online

Transformers News: Transformers Collectors' Club BotCon 2016 Exclusives Now Available to Purchase Online
Date: Wednesday, April 20th 2016 12:20pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News, Collectables, Collector's Club News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): TFCC

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We just received a message from the folks over at the Transformers Collectors' Club, who are letting everyone know that whatever leftover stock from BotCon is now available to purchase online on their store. The items include the Reflector 3 pack, the Dawn of the Predacus set (minus Terrorsaur) both boxed and loose, plus prints, t-shirts, sunglasses, shot glasses, autograph cards, pins, the comic, and some items even featuring autographs from the guests! Why not check out our own galleries of the toys to refresh your memory before heading to buy some, if you're so inclined.

Check it out...what's left is now online! Don't miss these last BotCon items! Please note that the boxed sets are a pre-order and will not arrive from the manufacturer until the end of May. If you pre-order the boxed sets along with other items, you will receive 2 shipments.

Thanks for your support!

Brian


Transformers News: Transformers Collectors' Club BotCon 2016 Exclusives Now Available to Purchase Online

Twincast / Podcast Episode #142 "Botcon 2016 Part 3: The Last One"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #142 "Botcon 2016 Part 3: The Last One"
Date: Monday, April 18th 2016 8:52pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Event News, Media, Podcast
Posted by: ScottyP

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Don't let the ominous title fool you, this episode is still all about Botcon. In the final part of our trilogy of episodes surrounding the final Botcon as we know it, we catch back up with the now Chicago-bound sisterhood of the travelling bots as they reflect on their convention experience.

Episode #142 “Botcon 2016 Part 3: The Last One“ is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

Did you think it was over? It ain't over until Dr. Va'al, Seibertron, and Starscream return to say it's over! More post-BotCon thoughts from this crew await, are you in for the long haul? The three randomly assorted hard candies discuss, in spite of the elements and the sore throats, the various BotCon souvenirs, from the Dawn of the Predacus box set to the single toys - Megatron, Unit-3, Tigatron, Airazor, the Reflector 3-pack - the highlights, the surprises, the disappointments.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #142 "Botcon 2016 Part 3: The Last One"
Can'tmera


They touch upon the various hauls, including comics and comics art as well as toys, and the differences between conventions, running by the gigantonormous dealer room (can you tell who's typing this section, by now?). Spending some good time on the artist alley population, from Hayato Sakamoto to Alex Milne, Sara Pitre-Durocher to Robby Musso, and more.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #142 "Botcon 2016 Part 3: The Last One"
Also, Energon Spaghetti is canon


Other topics discussed, of course, were the various panels that included reveals for the coming part of the year, from the Hasbro Brand panel, with Scrounge (!) and Overlord (!!) in the pipes, to the TFCC roundtable, featuring MP Ratbat, GI Joe crossovers, and Counterpunch taking over (much to our own Counterpunch's joy).

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #142 "Botcon 2016 Part 3: The Last One"
..there is only ME


They start speculating on the future of the Club, now that FunPub is DonePub, and it would actually be really interesting to hear what listeners think Hasbro should do with the concept - and with any possible incarnation of BotCon. Make sure to drop your suggestions in the comments!

Before the segment is over, though, they also make sure to note the highest points of the event: the people who attend, year after year or for the very first time, what really makes the whole experience what it is.

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The show ends with a short editorial segment from yours truly. If this is the end of Botcon, let's remember it fondly, and find hope in the possibilities of the future.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #142 "Botcon 2016 Part 3: The Last One"
Counterpunch reminds us who is in charge of the Twincast - and of ScottyP


If you made it all the way through that one, your prizes are waiting at the pay window. Which, hilariously, we had planned to setup at Botcon 2017. Oh well!

Don't forget, the show only gets better if you tell us how. Drop us a review on iTunes and be sure to tell us what you love, what you hate, and what you want to hear!

Not on the show to give your take? Probably not, so don't forget to keep the discussion going on the Seibertron.com Energon Pub Forums by simply replying to this post!

Got a question for the Twincast? We take all of them, we just don't take them all seriously! Leave a question in the Ask the Twincast thread and, if it makes the cut, it may get read and answered on the show.

Twincast / Podcast Episode #141 "Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #141 "Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers"
Date: Monday, April 18th 2016 8:51pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Event News, Media, Podcast
Posted by: Tigertrack

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Welcome to part two of the Seibertron.com Twincast/Podcast's coverage of Botcon 2016. This episode stars 'the Michiganders who stayed at home', RodimusConvoy13 and Tigertrack. We discuss our reactions to the images of the Botcon attendee exclusives and the reveals at the annual big Botcon Hasbro panel. Speaking of Hasbro, this interview also features an on-site interview with members of the Hasbro Transfomers brand team!

Episode #141 “Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers“ is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

Our discussion agenda was simple... it went a little like this...BOTCON BOTCON BOTCON...botcon, botcon, BOTCON.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #141 "Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #141 "Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers"

From the early displays on Friday, to the new reveals on Saturday, we discuss Titan Returns, the Platinum set exclusives-- especially the new Autobot Warriors Pack--, the new set of club subscription figures, and we spend a heavy dose of time comparing the HASBRO vs. UNITE WARRIORS COMPUTRON sets with the real winner being, us, the fans (unless you wanted individual releases then well...)!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #141 "Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #141 "Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #141 "Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers"
"It is indeed, just a repaint of that G1 pretender shell that so few people have..."

A couple of other topics that are also touched on are what we wanted to see, or wanted to see more of, and didn't, including those little teasers that we we were given: once at the end of the slide show presentation (prior to 'see you in 2017') and once on the cross-sell of a new package (Lio Kaiser combined).

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #141 "Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers""Aren't you too excited that we are getting Flywheel's body to go with his TR head..wait what Todd? Who? C'mon no way..."

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #141 "Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers"


Having both been Botcon veterans we too reminisce about Botcons and exclusives past, and where and what the future might hold, with no real answers, but plenty of questions.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #141 "Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers"
Where's Waldo?--both of us happen to appear in this picture.

After we wrap up those proceedings, there's more! This epic show continues with an interview, featuring special guests from Hasbro, Brand Marketing Manager Ben Montano and Product Designer Ed Masielo. Counterpunch, Scotty P, and more of the charming accent of Dr. Va'al ask some burning questions to members of the Transformers brand team. A big thanks to Hasbro, as well as our friends at Rogers & Cowan for making this happen!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #141 "Botcon 2016 Part 2: Homers"
Hasbro talks with us about Titans, fiction, and much more!


Look out for Episode 142, which wraps up our Botcon coverage.

Don't forget, the show only gets better if you tell us how. Drop us a review on iTunes and be sure to tell us what you love, what you hate, and what you want to hear! Don't be too hard on us this time, there were only two of us!

Keep the discussion going on the Seibertron.com Energon Pub Forums by simply replying to this post!

Got a question for the Twincast? We take all of them, we just don't take them all seriously! Leave a question in the Ask the Twincast thread and, if it makes the cut, it may get read and answered on the show.

Twincast / Podcast Episode #140 "Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #140 "Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down"
Date: Monday, April 18th 2016 8:50pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Event News, Media, Podcast
Posted by: Seibertron

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Botcon 2016 weekend has come and gone, and the Seibertron.com Twincast is proud to present the first of three episodes of material recorded during our convention adventures. Part 1 is all about the road trip, with recordings from the Twincast crew while driving to Louisville.

Episode #140 “Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down“ is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

Your Botcon recap show starts with none other than the journey to the show itself! Seibertron, Starscream, and Dr. Va'al himself hit the road from Chicago to Louisville and recap the history of the show. But first, comics talk.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #140 "Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down"
Managed to be relevant to the Botcon set after all!


How much comics talk? Well, it all starts out with Megatron: Origin. Dr. Va'al leads a deep dive through how that foundation has led to the current events with Megatron in More Than Meets The Eye.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #140 "Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down"
Hot Rod's just ready for Botcon.


Road trip conversations can, and do, go anywhere. Even Pretenders come up along the way, with thoughts about what could happen if they mastered all the things. Ultra-Ultra Pretenders? That's right, they'll frame up the ongoing conversation about the Titan Master gimmick.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #140 "Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down"
No hiding this head.


The Botcon set itself then takes over the focus, including the Dawn of the Predacus boxed set and attendee freebie Terrorsaur.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #140 "Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down"
Red Dawn


A look back at Botcons of the past continues the conversation. Relive memories of the past with all your Botcon pals like Deathsaurus, Tyrese, Clench, and more.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #140 "Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down"
From figures to the red carpet and back again.


That wasn't the only crew headed out on the open road. Scotty P and Razorclaw0000 wearily pass the last hour of their road trip from Raleigh by recording thoughts just for you. You'll have to excuse the quality on this one, as the rough road and some otherworldly environments took their toll on the recorder's mic.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #140 "Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down"
Artist's interpretation of totally real events from the road trip.


After the brief origin story, current events are back in focus as we speculate on toys seen but not yet owned, those being this year's Botcon souvenir figures. Listen to what we're thinking about them mere hours before they're in our possession.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #140 "Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down"
I mean, at least this mode is cool, right?


A big part of Botcon is the dealer and exhibitor room. ScottyP and Razorclaw go through their wishlists, with some items that are painful to hear about now that the convention has passed. When will Black Mach appear? What big ticket things were targets? How many Mini-cons will not be found? All this, and a cow pooping on the highway.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #140 "Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down"
MORE Seekers!?


After a slightly boring look at the populations of Louisville as compared to our hometowns, we think about what we'd do differently for the future of Transformers conventions. After listening to this, you'll probably be glad we're leaving these things to the experts!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #140 "Botcon 2016 Part 1: Eastbound and Down"
We just want to keep rock alive.


Stay tuned very soon for Episode 141, which will feature some of our more traditional convention news reactions and coverage.

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New Hasbro Trademark Filed: HASCON

Transformers News: New Hasbro Trademark Filed: HASCON
Date: Monday, April 18th 2016 9:39am CDT
Categories: Event News, Rumors, Company News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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We know that Hasbro definitely has plans for its various brands and franchises, even now that some of its clubs (e.g. FunPub/TFCC) or lines (e.g. GI Joe) are no longer active in their current incarnation. The fandom(s) has/have been speculating about what the future of events such as BotCon might be - and it looks like there might be a hint, courtesy of Twincaster xRotorstormx, in HASCON.

Hasbro has just registered the trademark, and has included the following in its description.

Organizing and conducting conventions, exhibitions, fan clubs and gatherings for entertainment purposes and in the fields of toys, animation, comic books, fantasy, gaming, popular culture, science fiction, television and film


What do make of this? Is it related to the future of brand events? Might we be seeing a crossover event for the bigger entertainment brands? Let us know in the Energon Pub!

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