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MasterShooter Collectibles Exclusives: Nit-Picker & Firebrand, Pinnacle & Firebox

Transformers News: MasterShooter Collectibles Exclusives: Nit-Picker & Firebrand, Pinnacle & Firebox
Date: Thursday, January 19th 2012 5:57pm CST
Categories: 3rd Party News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Captured Prey

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Online retailer Captured Prey has listed a pre-order for MasterShooter Collectible's first wave of Shooter Masters, which includes:

  • Bolt Action, "The Hot Steel Rod"
  • BrOOMstick, "The Sweeper"
  • Minute Bot, "The Quick Shot"
  • Shot Piece, "The Old Timer"

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MasterShooter is back with their second product, dubbed the Shooter Masters! These figures are the perfect complement to your Classics collection, and would fit perfectly when displayed with Scourge, Kup, Hot Rod, and Blurr! Designed to evoke a certain collection of classic companion figures, the Shooter Masters transform from gun to robot and are colored to fit their inspirations. Each Shooter Master figure has a stepped handle, capable of fitting any figure with a 4mm or 5mm peg hole, and each also includes a 3mm clip adapter, making them compatible with any figure that uses the clip system to mount weapons!

  • 9 points of ball-jointed articulation! Neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees!
  • Perfect as replacement weapons for Targetmaster figures that who have lost their companions!
  • 4mm or 5mm peg-hole compatible, works with almost every official Transformers figure!
  • 3mm clip weapon system compatible, with included adapters, for even more compatibility with modern figures!
  • Includes an additional adapter to convert any 5mm peg, 5mm peg hole, or Mini-Con port to a 3mm clip system point!


In addition Captured Prey has listed pre-orders for two sets of store exclusive Shooter Masters based on the G1 Double Targetmasters for Spinister and Quake. You may remember the list of rumored BotCon exclusive figures included a Spinister repaint of HFTD Deluxe Tomahawk that these guys might work well with.

  • Nit-Picker, "The Splitter of Hairs"
  • Firebrand, "The Steel That Singes"

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  • Pinnacle, "The Tip-Top Target Tracker"
  • Firebox, "The Heiney Heater"

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BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Revealed

Transformers News: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Revealed
Date: Thursday, January 19th 2012 11:14am CST
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): BotCon

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BotCon has revealed the final figure in this year's convention exclusive "Invasion" boxset, Metalhawk. The figure is arepainted version of Generations Deluxe Thunderwing with a newly sculpted head. The figure's robot mode is intended to resemble Metalhawk's Pretender shell. Images mirrored below.

Here's the full list of BotCon 2012 "Invasion" figures:


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Here's a piece of Metalhawk character art from the Heroic Autobot facebook page:

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BotCon 2012 Non-Attendee Iacon Packages Now Available

Transformers News: BotCon 2012 Non-Attendee Iacon Packages Now Available
Date: Wednesday, January 18th 2012 3:50pm CST
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): BotCon

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Non-attendee Iacon packages are now avialable for all you fans who can't attend this year's BotCon in Dallas, TX April 26th - 29th, but still want to get this year's "Invasion" boxset. Click here to visit the BotCon 2012 homepage and get registered!

BotCon has also supplied us with the following press release and character art for "The Overlord" (Gigatron) courtesy of the Nick Roche and Josh Burcham.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BotCon 2012 Primus and Iacon Registration is live!

Fort Worth, TX – January 18, 2012 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Convention, BotCon, announced today that fans can now register for both the attending “Primus” package and the non-attending “Iacon” package, featuring the amazing 6-figure box set Transformers: Invasion. This year’s award-winning convention will take place at the Hyatt Regency Dallas from April 26th to April 29th. Fans and collectors who register for BotCon as a Primus package holder will receive (in addition to the 6-figure convention box set): admission to the Friday private sales room experience, all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and the Hall of Fame Celebration party held Saturday night. 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.

Each year, BotCon strives to provide fans that attend the show a first class event while also giving those who can’t attend an opportunity to bring home part of the action. The BotCon box set has become the exclusive “standard” within the Transformers collecting community and the 2012 box set once again takes it to a whole new level, featuring the first updates of characters such as “The Overlord” Gigatron and the Pretender Metalhawk.
BotCon is in its 18th year and will once again feature a large dealer room with thousands of Transformers collectibles as well as other toys such as Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Marvel figures and many other great collectibles from the 80’s, 90’s and modern day! Also featured at the show will be some amazing special guests, IDW, Activision, comic book artists and many other events/highlights for fans of all ages to enjoy!
For more information on BotCon, the weeklong activities and the exclusive figure offerings, please visit BotCon.com.
About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is http://www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.
About Fun Publications, Inc.
For over 15 years, Fun Publications, Inc. has been a Hasbro licensee offering fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia news, exclusive product and family events through different print offerings, websites, collector clubs and brand specific conventions such as GIJoeCon and BotCon. Located in Fort Worth Texas, Fun Publications reaches a large audience, serving the United States and many other countries such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit TransformersClub.com, GIJoeClub.com, GIJoeCon.com, and BotCon.com. BotCon is a registered trademark of Fun Publications, Inc. (C) 2011 Fun Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
GIJoeClub.com, GIJoeCon.com, and BotCon.com. BotCon is a registered trademark of Fun Publications, Inc. (C) Fun Publications, Inc. All rights reserved

More BotCon 2012 Gigatron In-Hand Images (Update: Full Gallery Now Available)

Transformers News: More BotCon 2012 Gigatron In-Hand Images (Update: Full Gallery Now Available)
Date: Wednesday, January 18th 2012 8:25am CST
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): TF Galaxy HK Fans Group

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The Transformers Galaxy Hong Kong Fans Group have manged to get their hands on this year's BotCon exclusive Gigatron (Overlord) from the "Invasion" boxset. They've posted a couple of preview images of the figure in both modes, which are mirrored below. They will most likely be posting a more extensive gallery later on. Check out the images below.

Update: Full gallery now available.


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Transformers: Autocracy Review - Are These Our Autobots?

Transformers News: Transformers: Autocracy Review - Are These Our Autobots?
Date: Tuesday, January 17th 2012 1:58am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): tigertracks 24

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For review today, I have the first issue of a new series from IDW called Transformers: Autocracy. Co-Written by former G1 writer Flint Dille and by Transformers newcomer Chris Metzen (VP of Blizzard Entertainment) with art by Livio Ramondelli (of Transformers Chaos fame) this series is going to be distributed bi-weekly over the likes of 24 weeks and is IDW’s first fully DIGITAL ONLY comic.

Taking place before the actual war between Autobots and Decepticons, this issue focuses on Orion Pax before he was Optimus Prime, directly following and continuing the flashback events in issue number 23 of Ongoing.  The main events of this story follow Pax leading a group of familiar Autobots into a very downtrodden territory in Cybertron searching for civilian terrorist cells and an arms dealer who's providing them with stolen government armaments.

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The story is dark, violent, and it seems to be providing more reasons for the Cybertronian masses that return in ‘Death of Optimus Prime’ to be wary and very spiteful toward the Autobots. The story looks promising, even if it is a bit disturbing that the deep, reflective Orion Pax that made an entire meeting of senators take notice and think, seems to have turned into a nasty, unthinking warrior with a new large empty space in his chest.  Hmm... I’m sure there is a point to this Jekyll and Hyde Pax. I should probably cut the two accomplished writers a break with this and assume there’s good reason.

This first story really sets the tone for the series and as an Autobot fan, I feel like I am going to be disappointed with just how much my peace loving heroes are revealed to have done that is less than moral. Like pounding Swindle’s face in... Wha??? Sniping a terrorist cell leader.. boom, headshot! Yeah, I’m not sure, but hoping for the best for my Autobot allies. I’m also not sure how much more of this I can take without some more connection to the greater good, and more reflection from the good guys on their actions being the only option and leading to guilt or tough feelings, hindrances next time in the field. Thank Primus for Bumblebee’s vision, and heart...(can’t believe I just said that, but at least Bumblebee gets it) although he snipes one moment and then grows a conscience the next. #readingtoomuchintothisright?

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The art is at as it has been with Livio on Transformers Chaos; you like it, love it, or you at least put up with it--which is the camp I’m in.  His style hasn't really changed since we last saw his work, it’s still very realistically stylized and takes some liberties assuming we know what is happening in panels, but it is still very original and sure to make those who wondered where Botcon’s 1st announced guest would turn up again satisfied.

Being IDW's first digital comic, this prequel is worth picking up and at only $.99 I say go for it. Although it’s only 8 pages of story, it packs a lot into 8 pages...an interesting new format for presenting to us. With the way this issue is continuing to give us more background on things that were established during Chaos Theory, IDW TF followers, it seems this is a must buy for you. To repeat myself, it is certainly giving us more historical aspects that drive current story, so it to me is a must read, not just a meaningless mini which honestly IDW has not done much of with their G1 universe.

Short and sweet.. spend a buck, get an exciting story, and a piece of history.

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*Pardon my edits please, typing with a broken finger in my hand. Thanks, good bots.*

BotCon 2012 Octopunch Pictorial Review

Transformers News: BotCon 2012 Octopunch Pictorial Review
Date: Monday, January 16th 2012 10:02pm CST
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): FMH's Stripe

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Full Metal Hero's Stripe has gotten his hands on the BotCon exclusive HFTD Voyager Sea Spray repaint, Shattered Glass Otcopunch, and posted a pictorial review. Click here to view the rest of Stripe's images and read his review of the figure.


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BotCon 2012 Gigatron In-Hand Image

Transformers News: BotCon 2012 Gigatron In-Hand Image
Date: Monday, January 16th 2012 4:47pm CST
Categories: Auctions, Collector's Club News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): TaoBao

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Just like almost every year in the past, the BotCon exclusive figures are starting to slip out of factories and onto auction sites prior to the event. Thanks to this TaoBao auction we get our first in-hand image of Gigatron (Overlord). This "Invasion" boxset figure makes use of the HFTD Voyager Bludgeon mold with a new head, which unfortunately cannot be seen in the is auction since the figure is only shown in tank mode. Take a look at the non photoshopped figure in vehicle mode below.

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BotCon 2012 Registration For Non-attending Moved to Next Week

Transformers News: BotCon 2012 Registration For Non-attending Moved to Next Week
Date: Friday, January 13th 2012 5:39pm CST
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): BotCon

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If you were hoping to register for Iacon non-attending packages for BotCon 2012 this week then you are out of luck. The TFCC sent out an email to members saying that they were working on a minor software update. Hopefully they will have non-attending registration middle of next week.



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A Closer Look at the BotCon 2012 Shattered Glass Ultra Magnus Head Sculpt

Transformers News: A Closer Look at the BotCon 2012 Shattered Glass Ultra Magnus Head Sculpt
Date: Friday, January 13th 2012 1:18pm CST
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): BotCon, Mkall

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The Evil Autobot facebook account has posted a headshot of BotCon 2012's "Invasion" boxset exclusive Shattered Glass Ultra Magnus. Take a look at the mirrored image below.

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BotCon 2012 Shattered Glass Ultra Magnus Revealed

Transformers News: BotCon 2012 Shattered Glass Ultra Magnus Revealed
Date: Thursday, January 12th 2012 6:32pm CST
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): BotCon, bionic_radical

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BotCon has officially revealed Shattered Glass Ultra Magnus from this year's convention exclusive "Invasion" boxset. The figure is a Diaclone Powered Convoy colored repaint of Reveal the Shield Deluxe G2 Optimus Prime with a new head sculpt. The head appears to be the alternate head that was featured on Reveal the Shield G2 Optimus Prime's instruction sheet. Take a look the figure in both modes below.


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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #98 - Combiner Wars
Twincast / Podcast #98:
"Combiner Wars"
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Posted: Thursday, August 14th, 2014