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Robot Heroes Decepticon Sneak Attack Set Found in Stores

Transformers News: Robot Heroes Decepticon Sneak Attack Set Found in Stores
Date: Thursday, June 28th 2007 1:20pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Sightings, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): KidDynamite

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KidDynamite of TFW2005 has found the Decepticon Sneak Attack pack in stores at a Wal-Mart in Evansville, IN. Many have thought this set to be an online-only exclusive to Wal-Mart.com, but it now appears to be making it's way into Wal-Mart retail stores. The set includes Cliffjumper, Skywarp, Mirage (clear hologram),and Optimus Prime and Megatron, both with shiny metal finish.

See an image with receipt in the original thread here.

Pepsi Prime to be Available at Botcon and at Hasbrotoyshop.com

Transformers News: Pepsi Prime to be Available at Botcon and at Hasbrotoyshop.com
Date: Thursday, June 28th 2007 11:49am CDT
Categories: Collectables, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): GetterDragun, Sparty2304

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According to a couple of sources, the Pepsi Prime giveaway toy will also be available for purchase at Botcon, and on hasbrotoyshop.com.

So for those of us unlucky enough to win one during the Pepsi Promotion "Transform Your Summer", here is another chance to purchase one!

Click the link here to see the official hasbro.com page!

Ebay Auctions for Official Transformers Movie Props!

Transformers News: Ebay Auctions for Official Transformers Movie Props!
Date: Thursday, June 28th 2007 11:06am CDT
Categories: Collectables, Movie News
Posted by: TheMuffin | Credit(s): Ebay

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Auction site Ebay now features a new spotlight on their front page for Official Transformers Movie props!

The auctions range from Shia LaBeoufs' 'The Strokes' shirt, to posters signed by Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen. There are also signed movie toys, standees and the official novels signed by Alan Dean Foster!

Customizing Class Pictures (Custom Overkill) and CLASSICs Overkill Unofficial Bio.

Transformers News: Customizing Class Pictures (Custom Overkill) and CLASSICs Overkill Unofficial Bio.
Date: Thursday, June 28th 2007 8:44am CDT
Categories: Collectables, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): tigertracks 24, Shawn Tessman

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"Me Grimlock, no want ugly paint job!!!! Me pretty as am..."

Regardless, of Grimlock's wishes, my wife and attended the Botcon Customizing Class taught by customizing extra-ordinaire Shawn Tessman. I am fortunate enough to have this be my second Botcon customizing experience, both classes taught by Shawn and both a great time!!!

The class started at 9:00. We were each given ONE Grimlock mint on the sprues, fresh from the factory to paint and put together. This was a little different from last year, but people seemed to adapt fine.

Shawn talked to us about his choices for the mold, that he was told to make his choice, and his first choices, Starscream, and Mirage were being used in the box set (For 'seekers' and 'Translucent Mirage' respectively. He was trying to get something simple to put together, but that would make an interesting repainted character (Astrotrain--too difficult, and Rodimus--too hard to make look different than Rodimus)

Shawn took us through the process of painting the figure and showing us techniques, and offering guidance and hints on how to do this ourselves, with ordinary materials that will not cost a fortune. In fact, I believe he stated most can be found at Walmart!

Just so we would not forget, Shawn also provided us with a booklet to take with us on how to customize in general, and how to make the Overkill using a retail figure.

The class was fun as we expected it to be based on last year's experience, although we found this mold to be particularly difficult to put together after the painting. Many in the class did not end up leaving until well after 4:15 (Try about 9:00PM!).

Shawn did a fantastic job!!! He understood our frustrations, and worked hard with us to maintain our interest, and lower that level of anger that many of us now felt toward the CLASSIC's Grimlock mold.

For those wondering, yes, we were given a DECEPTICON rub sign to put on instead of an AUTOBOT that he would normally come with.

Was it worth $60 (double the price of last year, and no extra figure(s) to take with us that are uncustomized)? My wife and I thought so. Our only disappointment was that we did not get an extra set to keep sealed for our collections even though the price was increased.


Overkill's Unofficial Classics BIO written by Shawn Tessman

Function: Warrior
BIO: Once upon a time, OVERKILL served the Decepticon cause as a warrior and spy. While he had a penchant for ranting and raving on the battlefield, and showing off his abilities more than actually using them, he could still be a frighteningly effective warrior if forced to focus his energies on the task at hand. Occasionally, a glitch in his transformation protocols caused him to remain stuck in cassette size in dinosaur form. Eventually though, the problem became chronic, and then terminal. He was stuck the size of a rat, and his spark could not even be extracted, as his body was too small to safely remove and transplant it.

Overkill's leader also had a problem...a thornin his side named Grimlock. Everywhere he went, the Dinobot was sure to follow. Defeat followed defeat, as he had no soldiers capable of matching Grimlock's ferocity or physical power. Except possibly for Overkill.

The surgeons used data scans of Grimlock to construct a facsimile of his body. They inserted Overkill's cassette form into a special housing built into the chest cavity. Overkill could once again function as a member of the Decepticon military.

Now more powerful than ever, Overkill tends to fight his enemies beyond the point of defeat, but his leader is seriously considering ripping out his vocal processor...it might be the only way to shut him up.

WEAPONS/ABILITIES
Overkill's new body, while not quite the equal of Grimlock, is nevertheless extremely powerful. He carries his original body within the chest housing, and can still utilize it's recording capabilities. His new body has eight speakers that can project various recorded sounds at an excess of 1500 decibels. He is also armed with a combination missile launcher/sword that fires "motion missiles" which home in on the movement of any object larger than a baseball. His new body is quite strong, and he is capable of crushing cars in his jaws and demolishing buildings with the swipe of his tail. Since the spark is encased in his original body, his new form can be beaten to the point of deactivation without actually harming him.

WEAKNESSES
Overkill isn't used to using a bipedal robot mode, and so he usually only transforms when explicitly ordered to do so. He will often try to accomplish tasks in his beast mode that it is simply not designed for. His body is not as strong or resilient as Grimlock's, being constructed from Earth alloys instead of Cybertronian ones. If his chest cavity were to be infiltrated, the connection between robot body and cassette form could be easily interrupted, leaving him helpless. Since his "motion missiles" home in on movement, the best way to defeat him is to stand completely still.

STR: 8
SPEED: 2
RANK: 5
FIREBLAST: 6
INT: 5
END: 8
COURAGE: 6
SKILL: 5


NOTE: These images consist of Shawn's customs, and my wife Laura's (full white chest) that we put together.












Target's Exclusive 'Welcome to Botcon' Package (Updated Pics 6-28-07)

Transformers News: Target's Exclusive 'Welcome to Botcon' Package (Updated Pics 6-28-07)
Date: Thursday, June 28th 2007 12:38am CDT
Categories: Collectables, Event News, Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Fun Publications, Target

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Lots of Botcon logos showing up in the news lately. Hmmm...wonder why?

Down to business. Each Primus, or minicon package holder received a free Target Pack packaged in a folder. The folder has the Autobot symbol on the cover, and when you push a button the eyes light up!

Inside are the goodies.

Included are:

*The Target Exclusive Transformers Movie Prequel Comic with art by Andrew Wildman (seen earlier on his site).
-The comic also included a robo vision decoder, and a coupon for $5 off the Transformers Video Game (when bought from Target).

*The Transforming Optimus Prime Gift Card. This happens to be a luck of the draw game. Your game card needs to be checked to see if it is loaded with $5, $25, or $500! You can check the website, call, or take it to a local Target to see just how much your card is worth.

Pictures are soon to follow, as soon as the image upload starts working for me again!



Exclusives Revealed in Convention Exclusive Comic Book (Updated!)

Transformers News: Exclusives Revealed in Convention Exclusive Comic Book (Updated!)
Date: Wednesday, June 27th 2007 10:45pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Botcon Exclusive Comic Book

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It has been confirmed...

In the back of the club exclusive comic the add on figure packs are listed...

The two packs are:

*Alpha Trion (Cyb-Vector Prime) and Weirdwolf (Cyb-Snarl)
*Springer (Cyb-Cybertron Defense Hot Shot) and Huffer (Cyb-Armorhide)


Keep checking back tomorrow for updates with pictures!

Update: Each add-on set is limited to 1,400 pieces!

And there will also be an exclusive Vector Sigma Display Set (Limited to 1,500 pieces), and Don Figueroa 'CLASSICs' lithograph (Limited to 1,000 pieces).

BotCon News: Pics of Boxset!

Transformers News: BotCon News: Pics of Boxset!
Date: Wednesday, June 27th 2007 9:51pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: GetterDragun | Credit(s): GetterDragun

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Here are some photos fresh from BotCon of the "Games of Deception" Boxset!



BotCon News: Pics of Tranformers Room Key for the Westin Hotel.

Transformers News: BotCon News: Pics of Tranformers Room Key for the Westin Hotel.
Date: Tuesday, June 26th 2007 8:48pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Company News, Event News
Posted by: GetterDragun | Credit(s): GetterDragun

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Upon check in a the Westin, I received a room key featuring BumbleBee from the movie. The Room Key is sponsored by Target as well. When checking in make sure they know you are with the convention and you will receive one as well.


First Look at Transformers Movie Robot Heroes (4 packs of 2)

Transformers News: First Look at Transformers Movie Robot Heroes (4 packs of 2)
Date: Tuesday, June 26th 2007 5:48pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Megatroptimus

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User Megatroptimus has posted an image giving Transformers fans a first look at the Robot Heroes incarnations of the characters from the upcoming Transformers Movie, the figures include 4 sets of 2 : Bumblebee vs. Barricade, Jazz vs. Frenzy, Ratchet vs. Megatron, and Optimus Prime vs. Blackout.

See the image here.

Super Walmart Bakery has Optimus Prime Cupcakes

Transformers News: Super Walmart Bakery has Optimus Prime Cupcakes
Date: Monday, June 25th 2007 12:20am CDT
Categories: Collectables, Movie News, Rumors, Store News
Posted by: Fender Bender | Credit(s): Fender Bender

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It is widely known that everybody loves Transformers, and everybody loves cupcakes, so putting both of them together is a match made in heaven.

That is what I found this weekend at the Super Walmart in Marshfield, WI. The bakery inside the store had a 24 pack of chocolate cupcakes with buttercreme icing and they were arranged with an Optimus Prime mask to form a Transformers themed design.

Sorry for the poor pictures, but these were originally taken with my camera phone. The phone itself lacks the ability to transfer photos to my computer, so I took pictures of the cell phone display with my digital camera.

It is not known if this item will be available nationwide, but make sure to stop by the bakery section of your local Super Walmart to check it out in person!




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