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BotCon 2012 Custom Class Figure Revealed! Shattered Glass Longarm

Transformers News: BotCon 2012 Custom Class Figure Revealed! Shattered Glass Longarm
Date: Wednesday, April 25th 2012 9:54am CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): BotCon

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BotCon has tweeted an image of the BotCon 2012 custom class figure, Shattered Glass Longarm! The figure is a purple redeco of Reveal the Shield Special Ops Jazz. Check him out below.

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New BotCon Exclusive Galleries: 2010 Sky-Byte and Sharkticons

Transformers News: New BotCon Exclusive Galleries: 2010 Sky-Byte and Sharkticons
Date: Tuesday, April 24th 2012 1:02am CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque

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With BotCon 2012 just around the corner we thought it would be a great time to add some galleries featuring exclusives from BotCons past! Below you will find the Seibertron.com galleries for BotCon 2010's boxset exclusive Sky-Byte and convention only troop builder Sharkticon set. All make use of the Deluxe Energon Sharkticon mold with Sky-Byte receiving a brand new head mold. The troop builder Sharkticon set is a straight redeco, but each was given a unique Tech Spec and bio: Land Shark, Air Shark, and Sea Shark. Enjoy the galleries by following the links or images below.


Sky-Byte (Deluxe Class, Exclusives)
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Sharkticon: Sea Shark (Deluxe Class, Exclusives)
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Sharkticon: Land Shark (Deluxe Class, Exclusives)
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Sharkticon: Air Shark (Deluxe Class, Exclusives)
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Transformers Collectors' Club Runamuck is Now Shipping

Transformers News: Transformers Collectors' Club Runamuck is Now Shipping
Date: Thursday, April 12th 2012 10:04pm CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News, Toy News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Transformers Collectors' Club

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Soon your TFCC Over-Run (Runabout) figure will no longer be lonely.

The Transformers Collectors' Club tweeted that the freebie figure Runamuck has started shipping.

If you signed up as a member of the club before the deadline which was extended until March 21, hopefully yours will be showing up soon.

Perhaps you may even get him before BotCon.

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Texas Rangers Prepare for the Invasion with Bot Shot Promotion

Transformers News: Texas Rangers Prepare for the Invasion with Bot Shot Promotion
Date: Wednesday, April 11th 2012 4:07pm CDT
Categories: Collectables, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: GetRightRobot | Credit(s): texas.rangers.mlb.com

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The Monday before Botcon 2012, in Dallas, the Texas Rangers are going Cybertronian! A special promotion for their home game against the New York Yankees, the Rangers are giving away 10,000 Transformers Bot Shots free, to game attendees under the age of 13. If you are going to Botcon a few days early, click here to get your tickets for the Rangers VS Yankees home game and your free Transformers Bot Shots Battle Figure!

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Translated Hideaki Yoke and Koujin Oono Interview

Transformers News: Translated Hideaki Yoke and Koujin Oono Interview
Date: Sunday, April 8th 2012 10:50pm CDT
Categories: Interviews, People News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): TFW2005's SydneyY

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SydneyY of fellow Transformers fansite TFW2005 has posted a translated interview with legendary Takara designers Hideaki Yoke and Koujin Oono from Million Publishing's Transformers Generations 2011 Vol.1. We've posted a couple of excerpts below, the full translated interview can be found by clicking here.

-Please tell us how "Transformers" began.
Yoke: As Diaclone Car Robot series was quite successful, we presented the products at New York Toy Fair through our American subsidiary. Our booth was small, but we received enough positive responses. However, in order to to market our product we needed a popular media tie in to introduce the background (of the characters), also we did not have the means to compete in the large American market nor the budget to spend on advertising which was much more expensive than in Japan. We weren't confident enough to take that much risk, and concluded that finding a partner would be a smarter move. We began our partnership with Hasbro by chance, and they wanted other products as well as Diaclones! (*laughs) Our strategy then was the same as now; make a comic 1st, and if it's successful, produce a cartoon, then a movie. However, when we were working on the story setting for a Transformers comic, we decided it would be best to be made into a TV cartoon right away. According to the time line, the storylines for the comic and cartoon were combined to create a story for the comic, and the cartoon was made next, though the process was almost simultaneous.
Oono: To be honest, I was shocked when I was told Diaclones and Microman series were to be merged. We had been working on those two lines with distinct ideas of how each should be and differentiated the two. Even the scales were different in 1/1 (Microman) and 1/60 (Diaclones). Every member of the team was complaining. (*laughs) But once we saw the new series, it was quite interesting. I thought, "This is awesome!".
Yoke: Mr. Bob Budiansky put together Transformers' early character setting and fundamental worldview. I had a chance to meet him for the first time in Botcon last year. We talked about our contributions to Transformers in the waiting room of 2010 Hall of Fame ceremony. He has been active as a writer mainly in Los Angeles, which is the center of the movie industry, but according to him, he majored in architecture. The magnificent story of Transformers he constructed - beginning from where they come from and why they are here, to each character's distinct personality and role - was written skillfully and consistently because of his architectural way of construction. Considering his age at that time, the amount of work he accomplished is marvelous. He said he was only given 1 week to work on Transformers, and he finished it off without stopping - he told me all this without stopping, too!
Oono: What I was especially impressed was how the enemies were depicted. We designed enemies for Diaclones and Microman, but I admired that the enemies were described in a much cooler way. It was different from Japanese point of view - both sides were equal and even the bad guys were made into products that would be in demand. I really thought it was the most wonderful aspect of the series.


Tell us about how The "Headmasters" series was born.
Oono: The combination of transformation with another gimmick was a new concept. In fact, Hasbro wanted us to provide them with something new at every meeting, but it was difficult to add more multiple modes than a triple changer, and there was a limit as to how many different combiner variations we could come up with on a regular basis.
Yoke: The idea for Headmasters happened when we had a meeting regarding product development with Hasbro in Tokyo - we had spent many days preparing, and we presented an enormous number of projects. However, it happened that after we had already used up all these ideas, none of the projects we presented was good enough be considered a breakthrough. We eventually ran out of material that day, and some of our superiors told us to gather more ideas by the next day before leaving for dinner. Many of us toughed it out all night, and one of the result was Oono's Headmasters.
Oono: I was inspired by "Koutetsu Jeeg" ("Steel Jeeg"). The head was always the most noticeable part, and I thought of using that fact. I feared the detachable head might not be a popular characteristic, and suggested a gimmick that a head could turn into an independent figure. Then....
Yoke: The reaction was, "This is amazing!" - he got an instant approval. That was the moment Koujin Oono became legendary. (laughs) I was impressed with his ability as well. Thanks to him, the whole team was spared.
Oono: The indicator gimmick on the chest also worked well. I went as far as making a test mould using our own factory, and when I saw the prototype, I was convinced it was going to be good. Since then, we always name a project that we really want to push "~master", and that was the case for 10 years or so. (laughs) Targetmasters followed, and a "key" was the motif in its successor, Godmasters (Powermasters) - the problem of the concept was that you couldn't transform the toy without the Godmaster figure, but I made it unlockable with the release button. The "key" feature was more a part of the background story.

BotCon 2012 Invasion Box Set Image

Transformers News: BotCon 2012 Invasion Box Set Image
Date: Wednesday, April 4th 2012 3:37pm CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): TFCC

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The Official Transformers Collectors' Club has updated their facebook page with an image of this year's BotCon "Invasion" Box set. The set includes:




Check out the 2012 BotCon boxed figure set... in the box!
There are still sets available and registration will be re-opening in the near future. BotCon is just about three weeks away! We'll see YOU in Dallas!


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First Look: Botcon 2012 Metalhawk In-hand

Transformers News: First Look: Botcon 2012 Metalhawk In-hand
Date: Thursday, March 29th 2012 11:22am CDT
Categories: Event News, Toy News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): BotCon twitter

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As a follow-up to the Botcon 2012 Invasion comic panel that the BotCon twitter feed revealed today, they also tweeted an image of what may be a test shot and might not be the final product. The figure is seen with two right arms. The final product hopefully will be assembled correctly.

He is seen here pictured with G1 Scoop who is also seen in the comic panel.

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TFCC News: Club Magazine #44 Preview Panels & 2013 Incentive Figure to be Announced at BotCon

Transformers News: TFCC News: Club Magazine #44 Preview Panels & 2013 Incentive Figure to be Announced at BotCon
Date: Wednesday, March 21st 2012 8:06pm CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News, Comic Book News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): TFCC

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TFCC have tweeted a couple of preview panels from next issue of the Transformers Collectors' Club magazine, check them out below.

They have also tweeted that they will be revealing the 2013 membership incentive figure at next month's BotCon!

The 2013 Membership Figure will be revealed at BotCon 2012!


Now, a couple quick panel sneak peeks from next issue courtesy of the amazing Matt Frank and Thomas Deer!


First up - Sky-Byte and Jhiaxus

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CJ and the new recruits!

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New Galleries: TCC G2 Ramjet and Animated Cheetor + BotCon 2011 Shattered Glass Thundercracker and Galvatron

Transformers News: New Galleries: TCC G2 Ramjet and Animated Cheetor + BotCon 2011 Shattered Glass Thundercracker and Galvatron
Date: Tuesday, March 20th 2012 3:42am CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous.

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With BotCon '12 rearing it's head, and many of the members of the TCC receiving their version of this year's toys, we're certainly in for some fancy exclusives. Speaking of which, Seibertron.com has been updated with the four remaining figures to complete the galleries of the 2011 TCC/BotCon exclusives. The first of TCC's 2011 non-freebie figures was (G2) Ramjet, a repaint of Classics Ramjet in appropriate technicolors. The second figure was Animated Cheetor, who is a repaint of Animated Blurr. The character was also one of the stars of the 2011 BotCon comic, 'The Stunti-Con Job'.

Moving on to the 2011 BotCon figures, the Stunticons, and the Animated attendance figures were previously added to the galleries quickly after their release. Finally joining them are two figures that were bagged together, SG Thundercracker, and SG Galvatron. SG Thundercracker was a repaint of Timelines Thundercracker, decked out in Actionmaster/G2 colors. Meanwhile SG Galvatron used the Cybertron Evac mold.

Also attached to the galleries of G2 Ramjet, SG Thundercracker and the upcoming Ghost Starscream, are pictures of the fleet of twenty official seeker figures! Enjoy!

Ramjet (G2) (Deluxe Class, Exclusives)
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Thundercracker (Shattered Glass) (Deluxe Class, Exclusives)
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Galvatron (Shattered Glass) (Exclusives, Voyager Class)
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Cheetor (Animated) (Deluxe Class, Exclusives)
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TFCC Over-Run and Shattered Glass Drift Shipping Update

Transformers News: TFCC Over-Run and Shattered Glass Drift Shipping Update
Date: Monday, March 19th 2012 4:01pm CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): TFCC

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The official Transformers Collectors' Club has sent out the following update regarding the shipping status of the 2012 exclusives Over-Run and Shatter Glass Drift. See below:


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This email is going out to all members.

If you did not have an order or have received your order for Over-Run and Drift, please disregard this email.

Here is the latest update on Over-Run and Drift's shipping schedules. Our original order was split into two shipments in China. The first shipment came in the early part of February. The remaining items are coming with the BotCon sets and is on the water now.

We anticipate that the second shipment will arrive here around the first/second week of April. At that time we will finish shipping the remaining orders. The shipments have gone out in the sequence that they were ordered. If your invoice number is higher than 62851 your items will come in a few weeks. We appreciate your patience. If your invoice number is 62851 or lower, your shipment is on its way.

We could have held all the orders until the entire shipment was here, but we felt that it was important to get as many orders out the door as possible and into your hands.

Thanks for your support!

Brian

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