Yours truly will be attending the customizing class tomorrow, so we will have detailed pictures of the process, and a first hand account, but information from those attending today's is that the FunPub Exclusive Nightbeat mold (Energon Hot Shot remolded head) is being used.
No word on color scheme additions, or other details yet.
It looks as though the Hyatt and a few other hotels in Cincinnati have over-booked their rooms for the upcoming BotCon weeked....
Reports from a few board members have confirmed the situation. We'd like to encourage anyone who has not yet at this time confirmed their rooms to do so.
It's looking to be a busy weekend. Some folks may find themselves out of a room going into the convention.
If this is the case, please let us know and we will look to set you up with other board members to help you out. Already 4 people have been aided in their search for lodging and several people have proven their heroic Decepticon nature by providing rooms/floor space.
We'll keep you updated if anything else comes out of this.
'The Enquirer'--Cincinnati.com, the leading news and information Website in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, reports this weekends upcoming TRANSFORMERS event, and also about local toy distribution favors.
Tranformer fans gear up for BotCon
BY LAUREN BISHOP
"Thousands of fans won’t hide their love of robots in disguise this weekend.
For the first time, Cincinnati will host BotCon, the 14-year-old annual convention celebrating Transformers toys, TV shows and movies. The two-day event is packed full of activities to satisfy everyone from the casual to obsessive fan, including Transformer-converting challenges, drawing sessions, cartoon screenings and opportunities to talk to Transformers voice actors, designers and marketers..."
"...If you can’t make it to the convention, Cincinnati still offers something special for Transformers fans. Hasbro’s new line of toys, inspired by the new “Transformers: Animated” series on the Cartoon Network (airs 10:30 a.m. Saturday) won’t be available nationwide until August, but the company has already shipped the toys to Cincinnati-area stores to coincide with the convention."
Artist Alex Milne has posted some new works on his deviant art page, with Animated Bumblebee and Sari from TF Animated being on the feature of his deviant gallery. He's also updated a message to his fans. An excerpt taken from his message is as follows:
...anyways i'll be attending the convention (not sure where they'll have me set up?) so if you would like a signature on a book or something else, please feel free to stop by, even if its just to say hi...
Alex says he'll be doing sketches as well as selling prints and posters at the convention.
You can view Mr. Milne's deviant art page and his original post here.
Diamond Select Toys has put on their website that a super exclusive Optimus Prime bust will be available at the San Diego Comic Con this year. Limited to only 750 pieces, this bust is retailed at $60.00 USD and will only be available at the SDCC.
You can see the original listing for this exclusive bust here.
Seibertron.com has learned that new pics of San Diego Comic Con's Classics Nemesis Prime have been posted, with comparison shots next to Botcon 2008 Shattered Glass evil Optimus Prime. This figure is said to be a Hasbro Toy Shop exclusive and will be available at the Comic Con in the 19.99USD to 24.99USD range.
You can view pictures of the Comic Con exclusive here.
A press release that you can find here at the Botcon site states that Walmart, K-Mart, and Toy R' Us in the Cincinatti area would be the stores that travelers to Botcon and local folks could find the early release of many Animated toys possibly including The Animated Battle Pack, Deluxe and Voyager size toys (Wave 1 only), and others.
Of course, the major emphasis of Botcon this year was the new ANIMATED cartoon, and the guests, logo, and now this news enforce that idea.
This is should indeed be good news for the Seibetron contingent that is building and building for the trip to Botcon. Hope to see you there, Animated toys in hand or not!
If you are not quite sold on the toys yet, check out Seibertron's galleries of the toys, and then perhaps pick yourself up some next week at your excursion to Botcon!
Courtesy of ACToys yet again, we receive photos of what is rumored to be one of the Botcon souvenir sets next week. This is the Armada Wheeljack mold repainted into what some believe may be a scorned Sideswipe joining the decent, and good Decepticons.
As some of you might remember from the last couple of BotCons, I handed out a bunch of Seibertron.com t-shirts at BotCon 2006 and 2007. I made another limited batch of Seibertron.com tshirts that will be available for $10 a piece to people who regularly visit our website. There's about 75 shirts that I'm bringing with me so please make sure you find me on Thursday or Friday next week to get your hands on one.
This is the design that will be on this year's shirts:
If you received a shirt in 2006 or 2007, please bring it along to wear at the convention to show your Seibertron.com pride and to help other members of Seibertron.com find you at the convention.
If you are attending next week, please make sure you let Counterpunch know whether or not you are planning on attending the 3rd annual Seibertron.com meetup on Friday night (April 25th) next week at Botcon. Click here for more information.
You’ve heard the rumors, bought the toys, and have scheduled a vacation to Cincinnati Ohio of all places…
You’ve got some spending cash, a list of things to buy, and a mix tape of all Weird Al and Stan Bush music for the drive…
You’re going to BotCon and you think you’re SO special!
That being the case, your not-so-humble friend Counterpunch and the rest of the far more well behaved Seibertron staff members will be hosting a meet and greet at 10pm on Friday the 25th.
We need to know who is interested, how many people you’ll be bringing along, and what you’re interested in doing that night. Initial options include going out into the City, drinks in one of the hotel lobbies, or gaming in one or several of the available hotel rooms (The room containing myself, Geekee-1, and Fender Bender being volunteered first of course…)
So, send me a PM. Get me information which will aide me in contacting you. The location for meet-up is yet to be determined, unless I know you’re interested we won’t bother looking. The one thing I need for sure is your email address for this. Phone numbers and messenger names are encouraged but not required.
Ok guys and gals, get ready to call in all those beers folks have offered to buy you over the past year, shower with something other than a bottle of Axe body spray, and forget anything mean I said to you over the past 5 years (I’m tired of introductions where I get punched in the face…).
This is BotCon. It’s Transformers Christmas, Chinese New Year, Hanukah, St. Patricks Day, and Senior Skip Day all rolled up into one.
I (we) look forward to meeting you all there!
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