BotCon 2014 - David Kaye Announced as Special Guest

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 2:15PM CDT

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The official BotCon 2014 website has just updated its guest list to include fan favourite voice actor, the one and only David Kaye! Read on below for some more information on the man behind the voice of Beast Wars Megatron, who joins a roster including Susan Blu, Jack Angel, Samantha Newark and Derrick J. Wyatt.

03/27/2014 - Joining us Saturday Night at the Golden Ticket Reception and on Sunday, 6/22 for both a panel and for autographs is the one, the only, Mr. David Kaye! The ONLY actor to have voiced BOTH Optimus Prime and Megatron, David Kaye has been a part of the Transformers franchise for nearly 20 years, having most recently appeared as Hardshell in Transformers: Prime. Don’t miss your chance to meet a true fan favorite at BotCon 2014!

Click the Guests menu link to view his full bio and keep checking back as there is so much more news, toy reveals and show information to be announced!


Transformers News: BotCon 2014 - David Kaye Announced as Special Guest


David’s biggest moment was when he was cast as Predacon Commander Megatron in 1996, in the hugely popular series Beast Wars ("Beasties" in Canada) that would go on to run for three seasons of "the most fun you could ever have!" says David. Thus began an almost twenty year relationship with the "Transformers" franchise, from his role as the Decepticon Megatron from the Armada series, crossing over in 2007 to voice the Heroic Autobot Optimus Prime in "Transformers: Animated", thus becoming the only actor in the history of the franchise to play the lead villain AND the lead hero, to his most recent role as the Insection Hardshell in the award winning series "Transformers: Prime."
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Posted by Mkall on March 27th, 2014 @ 2:21pm CDT
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Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on March 27th, 2014 @ 4:02pm CDT
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 27th, 2014 @ 4:33pm CDT
No caption for this one, but it shows the awesomeness of this news, nonetheless:

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Posted by Samsonator on March 27th, 2014 @ 6:03pm CDT
David Kaye is awesome, I love his annual Christmas greetings on Youtube, and he voiced the second greatest Megatron in Trasformers history. Sorta disappointed I'll not be at BotCon to say hi...

slight issue, though...
[quote]The ONLY actor to have voiced BOTH Optimus Prime and Megatron[/quote]
If one wants to get technical, as I do so enjoy doing from time to time, he's not the only, nor even the first, as Garry Chalk voiced G1 Megatron's message recorded on the golden disc back in Beast Wars, and voiced several iterations of Optimus (both Primal and Prime)
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Posted by YoungPrime on March 28th, 2014 @ 7:15pm CDT
There's always that one figure out of the whole Botcon lot that strikes a cord.

Strika was it last year, now this....

Well still not better looking than Senator Ratbat and he was much cheaper! #Silverlining
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 30th, 2014 @ 4:48pm CDT
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Posted by LeSamourai on March 31st, 2014 @ 1:20pm CDT
As the original creator of Devcon... I think I deserve one of these. Gratis!

Thanks in advance.

Michael Charles Hill
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Posted by El Duque on March 31st, 2014 @ 1:22pm CDT
The official BotCon Twitter feed has just released a teaser for another organic character to be featured in this year's Pirates vs. Knights story line. You'll remember they previously teased a character named Squirm. This humanoid organic is called Olin, and according to another of their tweets is very important to the story. Check out the teaser image mirrored below:

[quote]This may be our most important reveal to date for 2014... This is a question everyone who is attending BotCon should be asking.[/quote]

[quote]Who is Olin?[/quote]

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Posted by gothsaurus on March 31st, 2014 @ 1:48pm CDT
most important reveal!? I'm definitely puzzled.
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Posted by T-Macksimus on March 31st, 2014 @ 2:10pm CDT
Unless one of their lead characters is a Head Master or Power Master, I foresee a great deal of nerd-rage in the immediate future. Since they couldn't possibly construct a Pretender shell to do justice to this sketch I can't see how they could add a humanoid to this line-up without raising the ire of every single Transformer fan out there looking to collect this set.

Personally, I think the "Knights vs Pirates" theme is about the lamest possible idea they could have come up with for a BotCon set. That's just my own opinion and we all know that I have a low opinion of just about everything these days so this comes as no surprise to anyone. I'm an ass so what do you expect?

Many of you like the idea and that's cool. Whatever floats your boat.
I'm just saying that unless it's a GI JOE crossover or a nod to a G1 Nebulan or Spike, adding a "fleshling" to the line-up, especially a new one, is a recipe for disaster. The fans on here are death towards anything organic being introduced into the world of "Giant f'ing robots!"
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Posted by gothsaurus on March 31st, 2014 @ 2:43pm CDT
Yeah, while I do like pirates ... (I think it's ripe for some rich story telling and character development — which is what convention sets are all about.) ... I'm really skeptical about human figures. Headmaster (and/or Target/Powermaster) seems like the best case scenario.

On the notion of a GIJoe crossover... I don't think they need to TOUCH that unless it's done 100%. FULL set ... preferably an on-the-shelf line. Joe Autobot vehicles and Cobra Decep vehicles with human figures that fit inside. I wouldn't mind smaller humans (like MASK) to maintain a decent scale. Major characters for each faction matched up with bots and joes.

If there's anything BAPE Prime showed me, it's the fact that a realistically painted camo/navy colored army series of Transformers would be awesome. I'd buy the crap out of that.

But i Digress. (a lot)

My point is — I really don't want a TINY nod to GI Joe.
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Posted by Mindmaster on March 31st, 2014 @ 4:15pm CDT
I sense an Orlando Bloom/William Turner-type character coming out of Olin. Like seriously, that pose just screams "confident, dashing hero". :roll:
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Posted by craggy on March 31st, 2014 @ 4:30pm CDT
such shoulder pads, very Season 3
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Posted by #Sideways# on March 31st, 2014 @ 5:18pm CDT
He's clearly Fabio.

Seriously. That hair, though.
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Posted by xyl360 on March 31st, 2014 @ 5:41pm CDT
[quote]Who is Olin?[/quote]Who the **** cares :P?

Seriously though, if there's a reason everyone should be interested in this character, I don't see it yet. I'm sure he's central to the plot somehow, but I think most of us are more interested in seeing the rest of the bot reveals at this point (or at any point, really).
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 31st, 2014 @ 5:45pm CDT
Okay, are people seriously thinking that these organics are gonna get toys of them made? Come on! That's ridiculous.

We know that the box set consists of three pirates and two knights. Two of those pirate toys and one of those knight toys have all already been revealed to be Cannonball, Ferak w/ Tornado, and Devcon, leaving only two empty spots remaining.

And of the in-story organics that have been revealed thus far are Squirm, Cannonball's navigator, and now this Olin guy. That's three organics right there, which is one too many to be in the remaining boxed set slots.

And we know that the Club doesn't make a habit of revealing anything to be included in the convention souvenir sets prior to the con, so these probably aren't going to be souvenir toys either.

What's more is that all three of these guys are completely original designs based on no existing toys, meaning that they are likely planned without having any toys in mind for them, since Fun Pub can't produce all new molds on their own.

So quit worrying or start hating every single non-toy organic character we've gotten for the past 30 years, since it's only fair that they receive the same unjust disdain that these guys are getting. >:oP
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Posted by shajaki on March 31st, 2014 @ 9:11pm CDT
*agrees*
they probably just posted that olin thing... to post something.

"what can we show them today sir?"

"no figures. but check out this doodle! i call him olin!"
:lol:
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 31st, 2014 @ 9:15pm CDT
The question that remains is, in addition to his identity, who's side is he on?

Is he with the pirates or the knights? Or neither? :-?
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Posted by Mkall on March 31st, 2014 @ 9:45pm CDT
I don't care about Olin. I care about toys.

Make with the toy previews FunPub!
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Posted by Mindmaster on March 31st, 2014 @ 10:18pm CDT
Mkall wrote:I don't care about Olin. I care about toys.

Make with the toy previews FunPub!


A sentiment I wholeheartedly agree on.

Make with the reveals, FunPub! It's the only thing that actualkt brings me joy on Mondays. :sad:

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