The Botcon 2016 Information Brochure has been posted today by the Transformers Collectors' Club. Botcon 2016 is in Louisville, Kentucky from April 7 - 10, 2016, and all the information and pricing about different events and packages can be seen in the brochure, which is available by clicking this link.
The BotCon 2016 Brochure is now available for viewing online. Please take the time to read through closely so you have a clear idea of everything offered for this years show and to help you decide which registration package best suits you and any family you plan on attending with. Stay tuned as you will be able to register for BotCon 2016 in the near future. We are very excited about this years show and can not wait to see everyone in Louisville, Kentucky for the biggest and best BotCon yet!
Registration is probably around the corner soon, so be sure to keep a look out for more Botcon 2016 updates!
A brief message from the Transformers Collectors' Club, getting into the holiday spirit a little in advance of the season, with some old BotCon toys and merch - take a look at the store and see if you're missing anything from your collection!
Hello Club Members!
I hope you are all getting ready for Thanksgiving! We are getting an early jump on Black Friday!
We are offering our best deals ever on the last remaining souvenirs from BotCon 2013 and 2014 as well as some exclusive Print and Lithograph multiple item packs. In addition to these fantastic items we also have some great prices on our remaining club exclusives.
Don’t wait, at these prices these items are sure to go quickly!
As the secret is not really a secret any longer, given our news reporting over here, Seibertron.com is proud to the present the latest addition to the TFCC Subscription Service 3.0 set - mystery figure Nightracer with Shakar!
Redecoed from the Generations Legend class Tailgate figure, Nightracer sports a black and blue paint scheme, as does tiny Shakar (with some added yellow). Also included in the gallery offerings below are comparison and full looks at BotCon 1995 Nightracer, and the Whiz-Bang variant homaging the Go-Bots of old. Take a look at a preview below, and click on any of the images to view the full galleries.
For those not subscribed to the thread pertaining to the Botcon 2016's "Dawn of Predacus" figure set, Seibertron has had the privileged of asking Fun Pub's very own TF_JW a few questions pertaining to the choices behind the set this year, especially the colours. Here below are answers from the Club's representative which I hope will shed some light on some questions and issues some may have had with what was revealed so far. And once you are done reading, come join the discussion on the official Botcon forums found right here on Seibertron!
- About Tarantulas
Personal observation here (as a guy who had nothing to do with the mold choice on this one).
Transmetal Tarantulas was... well he was a bit like Bruce Lee. He wasn't bulky, but the guy was trim and toned (look at those abs!). And then he had a ginormous linebacker's shoulder pads thrown on, giving him an extremely wide chest and shoulders.
From the day Rook was revealed, that's kind of how I saw him too. His upper legs aren't all that bulky, and with the bomb disposal claw defining his job, I can interpret him as a moderate-sized guy inside of massively oversized protective shielding. And with this being Tarantulas working with the Predacon Secret before/instead of on ancient Earth getting turned into a spider, I can catch some interesting story vibes of him putting on some riot gear or a bomb disposal suit for a particularly tricky assignment.
As for the size of the head, thanks for pointing that out. But there has been a 3D printing made and correctly fitted to the body, even if the digital color/paint mock-up might appear to show something different.
- About the decision to use these versions of the characters and these alt modes.
The decision to make a Beast Wars Anniversary set came, well, years ago. However, since there is a very limited catalog of beast molds accessible (unless you go back to the original 20 year old molds... which does have some appeal, don't get me wrong) and since there was no knowledge of what Hasbro or Takara Tomy might do (again, we're talking a couple years ago) the focus has pretty much always been on making vehicular forms for the BW cast.
As far as how the Beast Wars Combiner Wars came about, I can't get too much into that. However I will say that Hasbro were very much excited by the concept of Fun Pub using current molds and branding to make the toy line and exclusives more cohesive.
So then with Combiner Wars in mind, Tripredacus seemed the most compelling choice for Beast Wars. Two Deluxe beasts and a Mega beast forming one of the first combiners since G1 getting turned into two Deluxe vehicles and a Voyager. And then to finish off the team of 5, Ravage and Tarantulas fit that theme quite well as being agents of the Council in the show.
The decision of show versus toys... well the Tripredacus toys already exist. And quite honestly they still hold up quite well 20 years later. The show models, however, have never had any sort of physical representation, so it became incredibly tempting to give them one finally. (Not to mention the show models where non-beasts, so that was an interesting point as well.)
Lastly, having seen and held the 3D printed heads, and seeing all of the design work and digital sculpts that led up to them, I think they fit the bodies much better than the mock-ups make it seem. I think that once samples start rolling in, some minds might be changed.
- About choice of colour, what impact Combiner Wars had, prices and souvenir figures.
The Tripredacus Council are red, silver, and black while Ravage is black, silver, and red. So I don't think he stands out as much as some are expecting. And Predacus will pull some of Tarantulas' colors into the combined mode.
I'm not sure I would agree with the Combiner Wars molds being called a "roadbump". They affected the course of the design and concept process, sure, but their hurdle isn't any higher than any other repaints really.
For the rest of your post, all I can say about the souvenirs right now is that I'm quite excited about them. And that it's too early to talk costs just yet.
- All about what went into the colours chosen and how it represents the most show accurate scheme possible, according to the Transformers Club.
The lighting after the little red disc lights are ignited makes it fairly clear that they are red and silver. The red reflects brighter on them where the red lamps shine on them, but as has been pointed out they are red where the white lamp shines on them too.
My personal interpretation of the scene is that the trick of the light/light source cheat is actually the part where they appear solid gray. More than likely the animators wanted to make their reveal a little more dramatic and therefore cut the saturation to nil so that the characters could blend in with the shadows more. This is done quite a lot in live-action filming when a scene is shot in the day time but then edited to look like night time - the saturation is cut and a blue filter applied.
Then when the lamps are activated we get bright red characters against a blue backdrop. Very contrast-y, very dramatic.
The Transformers Collectors Club just revealed via their official Botcon site, that Predacon General Seaclamp will be a repaint of the yet to be released Scattershot retooling of Silverbolt! Check out the final digital mock-up mirrored below and remember keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates!
TFCC's TF_JW has posted once again in the Energon Pub, revealing the art for the third member of the Tripredacus council, part of the BotCon 2016 'Dawn of the Predacus' box set - Sea Clamp! The figure reuses the Combiner Wars Silverbolt mold with a new headsculpt, and will be full revealed tomorrow, so keep your optics tuned for more.
All three lamps are lit... Sea Clamp's teaser art has now been revealed!
The Transformers Collectors' Club envoy TF_JW, with some help by fellow Seibertronian Sabrblade, has confirmed the shipping and arrival of the last known figure for the Subscription Service 3.0, along with the mystery figures for this year - if you want to keep yours under wraps, skip this post, and don't scroll too far down! Images are mirrored from John DeLuna on Twitter.
You got to give it to the Club, they keep their promises. As they said they'd reveal today, in yesterday's preview, here is Predacon General Cicadacon's toy. It is a straight redeco of Combiner Wars Sky Dive, leaving new heads for both Sea Clamp and the combined form.
The 3rd reveal in the BotCon 2016 "Dawn of the Predacus" set is a member of the Tripredacus Council. General Ramhorn utilizes the upcoming Combiner Wars Brawl mold and includes a new head as well as an alternative weapon which is a drill. There are only two more figure reveals left. Could this also be a hint at a possible release of an upcoming member of the Technobots? Nosecone would sure go great with Scattershot.
We have received notice from Seibertronians grimdragon2001 and Sabrblade that the 5th figure in the Transformers Subscription Service 3.0 is now arriving in mailboxes. The figure in question is none other that G2 Starscream which just leave Krok as the final figure along with the mystery bonus figure. Grimdragon2001 was kind enough to provide images of his figure which you can see below.
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