With the U.S. BotCon now behind us, and with less then 40 days to go, the Dutch/European Transformers convention, fully acknowledged on the sites of both the dutch and the belgian websites of Hasbro, to be held on June 8th 2008 in Nieuwegein The Netherlands, has more updates and announcements to make.
The convention now has their own YouTube page. Apart from the promo-teaser that was released earlier, the YouTube page also has the following video's which are a Trailers and four clips of the accounts of last years Transformers Convention which was held on june 10th 2007 in IJsselstein. These new clips have been put together by the newest member of the team, Niels Berndsen.
The crew also announces that they are still looking for people to sign up for the Art competition and the Kitbash competition. Anyone who enters has chance to win prizes, not just the ones that look the most professional or the most beautiful, as judging will also look at the creativity of the work and originality. Sign up for the kitbash competition and the Artwork competitionbefore may 8th. If by that time not enough people have responded, these competitions will not take place at the convention. This was decided after the weak turn out last year.
The poster competition is still on. Look for the details here on where to download the B.O.T.S. poster (which features characters from the Transformers: Animated series) and hang it up somewhere in your area and see how you can win prizes with it.
Our own Mr. Terrific had this to say about the award:
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Colin from Ottawa, Canada, and I post on the boards as Mr.Terrific (an increasingly less-than-obscure superhero from the 1940s). Following the Botcon awards ceremony, Seibertron's own Counterpunch invited me to say a few words about my diorama for the site. I'm happy to oblige in order to share my enthusiasm for vinyl toys.
I was introduced to the Munny about two years ago and it offered a truly unique and fun canvass for my efforts. For those of you who aren't familiar, a Munny is a completely blank vinyl figure produced by U.S.-based KidRobot (http://www.kidrobot.com/munny). Similar to Hasbro's Mighty Muggs, the Munny is geared toward those who want to create a new figure of their own. It's most important features are found in its exaggerated head, pronounced ears and tail. Initially released at 8" tall in three colours (black, white and glow-in-the-dark), KidRobot has subsequently created keychain, 4" and a whopping 2 foot tall variation.
Originally, I'd plan to put together the entire cast of Beast Wars. But that proved too ambitious given the timeframe, so I focussed on the Season One cast. Midway through my progress I decided on a theme and continued to plan the diorama while I finished up each figure, which took me about five months to put together. In order to get the most accurate television rendition, I relied on a variety of sources, and constaintly sought advice on the sizing issue.
For all my Beast-munnies, I opted to distinguish them without removing their inherant munny-ness. Inferno's tale, Terrorsaur's wings, and Wapinator's butt, these additions came from a combination of shaped milliput and regular plastic. The spiders' legs ended up as Transformer package ties.
Most of the scenary was assembled in Cincinnati from pieces prepped before I left. In particular, I want to mention the chair. Because Munnies have no knees, they cannot sit, so the chair is arched at a 45 degree angle to simulate Megatron in a sitting position. The bottom of the chair is also designed to partially rest on the ground to allow the chair to balance between Scorponok and Tarantulas.
Winning the 3D Diorama "Best of Show" award for Botcon 2008 is a real honour because of the calibre of the competition and the judges involved. The praise I've received for this effort has been truly gratifying and I am very grateful for the feedback. And I want to thank my partner, Beth, and my artist-friend Teresa, both of who were excellent sounding board for ideas throughout the process. I also want to thank the transformersclub forum Beast Wars guys for their advice, particularly "Psychography" who provided a treasure trove of useful pictures, as well as Seibertron.com and Beast Wars Internation (http://www.bwint.net) for their screen captures.
Thank you for this opportunity to chat with you a bit about the diorama.
Part 1 of all the stuff that didn't involve toys...
Fear and Loathing in Cincinnati Ohio (Part 1)
(If you were there, please, post up your videos, identify yourselves in the pics that are here already, say 'hi' in general. I know a lot of you haven't posted before, this is your chance and we hope to see more of you lurkers our there!)
Hey all, here is my personal review of the first two days of the convention. If you were there and a part of these events, please put up your pictures, or at least tag yourself in them so I and everyone else can know who you are.
Yours truly and many of your fellow board members made their arrival sometime Thursday (or in some cases Wednesday) to our glorious once a year party of consumerism and excess. Most of the attendees are staying at either the Hyatt or the Millennium Hotel. Both, essentially three star hotels which while passable, aren’t going to give you any cause to seek out the creature comforts of the accommodations.
What strikes everyone who ends up at this yearly event is how many and how many different kinds of fans are around. Young, old, cool, creepy, male, female, we’re all there. With very few exceptions the atmosphere is exceptionally positive. People are willing to talk about the hobby, talk about their experiences, and are just glad to be around fellow fans. Even meeting up with someone you might have disagreed with in forum discussion is fun and a lot of good natured ribbing comes out of these situations.
What then strikes most people, especially first time goers to the convention, is the huge lines and literal hours of waiting that awaits them. One very long line, leads you to another. We spent a hour just looking to move twenty feet in order to get our box sets.
So, yea after picking up those coveted box sets, we move on to the even longer line of picking up our collection exclusives. Low and behold, we’re told that there are only 30 extra sets beyond what was planned for the attendees ...No one is willing to wait until morning to get theirs
By the time that all was said and done on Thursday, people were met, and toys were bought, it was after 10PM. Do you know what closes at 10PM in Cincinnati Ohio on a Thursday night? The answer is EVERYTHING. So, we rallied the troops for some dinner followed by a small party and gathering in a few of the hotel rooms.
Friday morning was all about recovery. About 10 AM we ventured into the IDW panel, followed up by a very entertaining time with the Voice Actors panel. Not a great deal of new info came out of the IDW panel, but the entertaining nature of David Kaye, Bumper Robinson, and Tara Strong the next hour more than made up for it.
Then at 2PM, it was show time. The dealer room for package holders was to open at this time. We gathered up our filthy money and prepared for the ridiculous feeding frenzy of toys.
Finishing up and feeling damn proud of all the awesome finds we made, everyone headed back to prepare for the big events of the weekend: Battle of the Boards and the Seibertron Party.
Battle of the Boards is a trivia contest where the different message forums compete against one another to see who holds more obscure TF knowledge. Seibertron was matched up against the gentlemen of the TFWiki. While your friends on the board here went in hoping for the best, we recognized the impressive amount of knowledge those guys retain. We lost the actual contest for sure, but we had more supporters, more cheering, and an absolute dominance of the arm-wrestling portion of the competition. (funny story, ask someone who was there.)
The Seibertron party was next up at 10PM. It was fantastic. We met at the Sports Bar attached to the hotel. There were about 40 people, maybe more in attendance. We drank, cheered, and had a damn good time.
We have won the 2008 BotCon award for the best news site! A big congrats goes out to Ryan, the News Crew, and especially to all of our members who help us get the news out! We look forward to keeping you up to date on all the latest and greatest, so as they say...stay tuned to Seibertron for all of the latest Transformers news!
Hasbro announced a slew of goodies for all of us Transformers fans. If you have some questions, please ask in this thread and I'll do my best to answer the questions with what I heard.
Over $700 million box office worldwide
#1 DVD in the USA in 2007
TRANSFORMERS TOY LINE
#1 action figure toy brand (npd data)
Movie Deluxe - action toy of the year
2008 Product Update
Toy Launch - June 22nd
Deluxe Sentinel Prime - Sept 08 street date
Deluxe Elite Guard Bumblebee - Sept 08 street date (going to be doing more themed repaints due to the equity that they have in some of the main characters)
Leader Class Ultra Magnus - Sept 08 (HUGE round of applause)
Deluxe Ironhide (turns into a red SUV) looks so much better than Botcon version) has a license plate that says Oregon on it)
Deluxe Sideswipe (had wrong head in photo which was a black Sunstreaker head) - August 2008
Ultra Class Silverbolt - everyone laughed that they had his name wrong as "Sliverbolt", 1/2 was through transformation has transformation sound, other sound effects in robot mode such as gun firing
Ultra Storm Cloud - repaint of Powerglide (Numbers on jet say "MM-88" ... guess what that stands for? Basically an updated color scheme for Micromaster Storm Cloud)
Deluxe Hound with Ravage (new mold ... Hound transforms into a green jeep like vehicle, Ravage transforms into a cassette who will fit in Soundwave and also attaches to Hound, Ravage does not have weapons, hound's cannon will fit on shoulder or in hand)
Deluxe Cyclonus w/ Nightstick Targetmaster (new mold) ... looks frikkin' badass! Attaches to vehicle mode or in his hand, also "plugs" into his hand like the Japanese Headmasters series
Deluxe Cheetor (looks pretty cool, new mold, tail is his weapon, no spots on tail due to the type of plastic, will have two throwing star weapons like animated Prowl, little switch on back of cheetah mode that opens jaw and switches eyes from blue to green)
TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE LEGENDS (NEW MOLDS!!!)
Tank Megatron (looks similar to G2 version, realistic dark green)
Brawn (looks awesome!)
Beachcomber (looks awesome!)
Kickback vs. Ironhide
BW Megatron vs BW Silverbolt
Thrust vs Blaster
BM Cheetor vs BM Tankor
RID Optimus Prime vs RID Megatron
Nemesis Prime (Japanese version will have red windows) (Comic-Con / HTS exclusive)
6" War Within Skywarp (Comic-Con / HTS exclusive)
Breakaway (Cybertron Hot Shot repaint) - Walmart
Fracture (Classics Mirage repaint) - Walmart
Crankcase (Cybertron Red Alert repaint) - Walmart
Mini-Con 12 pack (Kmart)
WW Prowl and WW Grimlock as TRU exclusives (Sept 2008) - have no plans to release Cosmos, Arcee, WW Bumblebee/Cliffjumper or Shockwave. Too expensive to tool up for these molds and they're not profitable enough.
UNIVERSE COMIC 2 PACKS
Target exclusives - include a Voyager and a Deluxe
Deluxe Roadbuster versus Voyager Dirge (Cybertron Hot Shot II repaint / Cybertron Starscream repaint)
Deluxe Ratbat versus Voyager Springer (Cybertron Evac repaint vs Cybertron Sideways repaint)
25 YEARS (1984 - 2009) SNEAK PEEK
Continue with Animated (might show some more stuff tomorrow)
Reissue of Optimus Prime with silver roller (launch November 2008) with reprint of Comic and digitally remastered DVD of More Than Meets The Eye), autobot logo sound box (like GiJoe sound boxes) with some of Peter Cullen's quotes
Flip open packaging looks awesome for 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime
25th Anniversary line will be celebrating all years of Transformers (showed logos for all series from Beast Machines to G2)
(Gearing up for 25th anniversary)
Put out an official G1 Counterfeit toys statement
Here are some off the answers given to the questions Fans asked.
Gestalts – Very hard to design and produce, not for a typical series. There will be a return for Gestalts when the time is right. MAYBE 25th Anni but they don’t want to make any promises. Definitely not the end of them though.
Robot Heroes. Our very own Fender Bender asked the question if the Transformer Robot Heroes would get “more love” like the Star Wars and Marvek guys are. Hasbro said there will be “more love” like possible bigger sizes.
Hasbro wants the new Universe line to expand, so more classics can be made. It will have to take a back seat when TF2 comes out since that will be upfront, along with the continuation of Animated. But the series will return.
TF G.I.Joe. This issue is talked about every year. It is a possibility but the time isn’t right, there is no business sense in bringing the 2 together when both lines are standing strong by themselves. Could be in the future, but not time yet.
Tonight 5 members of Seiberton.com engaged in glorious battle in the Battle of the Boards tournament. Team Seibertron was made up of Fender Bender, Counterpunch, FirstGen, Sgt. Grumbles and Savage . We engaged last years winner Transformers Wiki, but in the end Wiki came out on top. In round 2 TFW lost to Team Canada, but in the end it was Wiki and TFCC fighting for 1st place. Wiki managed to come out ontop and win their second straight tournament.
Team Seibertron had a lot of fun and we look forward to next years Battle. Congrats to Transformers Wiki!
Here are the bio specs for the 2 additional figure sets that you could purches at Botcon. Megatron, Rodimus and Divebomb came in a pack for $112 and Sideswipe, Blurr and Rampage came in a pack for $73. To view the images please visit the front page news story.
As a young mathematician, Megatron lectured at one of Cyberton's most prestigious universities. During the course of his studies, he had developed a set of equations that could predict social trends in a given society. He was alarmed when these trends pointed to a Civil War on Cybertron. His colleagues dismissed his work as the paranoid ranting of a lunatic. He saw them as simply misguided and he retreated underground to prepare for the coming war. When Optimus Prime began his march across Cybertron, Megatron was ready. He had developed the art of transformation, refashioning his own body into one capable of converting to an aerial vehicle of tremendous power. While Optimus spread the gospel of destruction and conquest, Megatron championed compassion, courage and freedom. His Charisma and humor in the face of a war helped him form a united front against the Autobots. Though Megatron is a pacifist at heart, he has the soul of a warrior as many have discovered time and again.
Once part of Prime's elite seeker unit, sideswipe was feared as the most ruthless of the trio. French, the teams leader, believed that there should be a balance between a stern hand and compassion. Though there was a difference in philosophy between the two, there was also a mutual respect. However, for Optimus, these were not traits he found appealing in his sub-commander and when the opportunity arse, he had drenched killed. Sideswipe, though ruthless, was loyal and did not agree with the fate that had been dealt to his fallen leader. Sensing a conflict in Sideswipe's "loyalties," Prime let Sideswipe walk into a staged ambush in which he and a fellow Autobot were left to die. Though the companion, who was there by mistake, was killed, Sideswipe survived and ended up being accepted into the ranks of the Decepticons. While Sideswipe fights for different reasons than his his new comrades, he fights nonetheless. As a tribute to his former commander, Sideswipe has taken the colors Drench once bore as a constant reminder to Prime that vengeance is coming.
Divebomb was a daydreamer who would often come up with brilliant theories as he stared happily as the sky. When the war came, his only escape from it's horrors would be to dream of a better time, both in his past and future, when destruction would not be a part of his every day existence. There is a deep sadness inside Divebomb's Ember that he masks with a cheerful exterior. He understands his importance in the Decepticon/Autobot conflict and never wants his personal sorrow to a affect anyone else. The only time he will let his true feelings show are when he is alone, soaring above the world in the sky that he could one dream about touching.
Rampage's mind is always working furiously. During his time as one of Razorclaw's students, he would often begin on a new assignment before finishing the previous one. The war did not diminish his enthusiasm; it allowed him to simply reorient his focus on warfare. He would often destroy twice as many Autobots as Razorclaw or Divebomb by constantly trying out new and more efficient ways of dispatching with his enemies. Watching alien transmissions tends to clam him down. It was Rampage who presented Razorclaw with transmissions showing Predators that became the basis for the alternate mode designs for the Predacons when they joined the Decepticon Army.
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