BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 5:42PM CDT

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While the official BotCon website has yet to make an announcement, the IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Live Panel (which you can watch here) has confirmed the presence of both Transformers comics writers John Barber (Robots in Disguise) and Mairghread Scott (Windblade) at the event! They go to join the already announced James Roberts and a host of other big names from the franchise, all of which can be found on the Guests page of the BotCon website.

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Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567643)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 22nd, 2014 @ 5:48pm CDT
Not to step on the toes of the Barber/Scott news, but the BotCon Twitter has posted a larger version of Pete's avatar:

[quote]Flame ON! pic.twitter.com/jnkcVGxOz2

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Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567669)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 22nd, 2014 @ 6:30pm CDT
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567674)
Posted by Dr Va'al on April 22nd, 2014 @ 6:35pm CDT
In more BotCon 2014 news, this year's event's brochure has now been added to the official website, along with an email sent to all newsletter registered users. Check out the information below, and head to the site to register today!

[quote]Hello Everyone!

Sorry this has taken so long to get to you but the BotCon 2014 brochure is finally online at BotCon.com. We have been waiting on the final details for the TRANSFORMERS FAN EXPERIENCE at Universal Studios Hollywood, and we got the green light today! This will be a fantastic event at this year's 30th Anniversary Transformers Celebration! Don't miss it!

Our current plan is to let you ask question for the next couple of weeks and then we plan to start registration sometime the week of May 5th.

Please use the email links at BotCon.com and make sure you read the FAQs before we start registration.

See you in Pasadena![/quote]
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567683)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 22nd, 2014 @ 7:14pm CDT
[quote]

BotCon Figure Set


They sailed across the inky-black where the heavens can’t be found. No light could show, no wind could blow, no soul could make a sound. Yet each mech aboard, garbed for war, holding a cutlass or a gun… And from the spotter above came the sign – We’re bound for Cybertron!

But Cybertron is not defenseless. Noble, wise, and loyal to the cause, the KNIGHTS OF CYBERTRON are steadfast in their protection of their homeworld. Any villainy that dare threaten the planet will be met with valiant courage, unwavering will, and Cybertron’s greatest warriors!

The BotCon 2014 Convention set - PIRATES VS KNIGHTS! This year’s amazing five-figure set explores a whole new theme while also celebrating 30 years of the Transformers! This is more than just an homage set though, as it brings characters from across the mythos into the Fun Publications “G1 cartoon” universe, while also FINALLY bringing some long time fan favorite characters to life! And our biggest reveal? The centerpiece of our set features the FIRST HEADMASTER Transformer sold in over 20 years! Keep an eye on BotCon.com for ALL the incredible figure reveals!

DECEPTICON PIRATE CANNONBALL – A smarmy, charismatic pirate leader, who rules through charm and subterfuge, rather than force and intimidation, Cannonball is a Bot who’d sooner talk his way out of a fight or into a prize, but is more than capable when he needs to do battle. While he specializes in deception, fraud and even out-and-out impersonation, Cannonball is also skilled with blades and melee weapons – a true swashbuckler.

DECEPTICON PIRATE FERAK – Ferak is a sadist and the Pirates’ maintenance man. He keeps the ship together and can cobble Engines of Terror for casting fear on their victims. He used to be part of an elite Decepticon team called “Squadron X” during the war, but has found adapting to peacetime rather difficult. He is partnered with the diminutive TORNADO, a former member of Squadron X, whose alternate mode is a gun, but an ill-designed gun that jams and threatens to explode if a round of ammunition becomes lodged (it happens a lot – Ferak has the powder burns to prove it).

DECEPTICON PIRATE SCORPONOK – Scorponok is the fusion of machine and a Nebulan named Zarak. Last we had seen of Scorponok, he was flying through space serving as the battleship for the tattered remains of the Decepticon army. Now, however, Zarak has been forced to scuttle much of that battleship, rebuilding Scorponok into a smaller body.

AUTOBOT KNIGHT GINRAI – He is the gruff, pragmatic and
downright paranoid military leader of the Autobots/Maximals. An old-school warrior “Bot of Action”, Ginrai has earned the rank of Knight Commander. A veteran of the old conflicts, he’s not entirely comfortable with the peace, constantly waiting for the “other shoe to drop”.

AUTOBOT KNIGHT DEVCON – A loner and former bounty hunter who holds the rank of Knight Sergeant, Devcon is the Batman to Ginrai’s Commissioner Gordon – the Bot willing to cross the line, bend the rules, shake down an informant. He doesn’t play well with others, but he gets the job done every time.

This offering will be hot, so don’t miss out! Order your Primus or Iacon package today![/quote] :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK:
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567685)
Posted by Midnight_Fox on April 22nd, 2014 @ 7:29pm CDT
So this does take place between A Flash Forward and Termination.
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567687)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 22nd, 2014 @ 7:44pm CDT
Midnight_Fox wrote:So this does take place between A Flash Forward and Termination.
How do you figure? It was said at last year's BotCon to take place after Termination, acting as the finale to the Wings Universe.
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Posted by ScottyP on April 22nd, 2014 @ 8:08pm CDT
I was a little ticked off at the price, but then I noticed I had misread - Friday night's Universal Studios event is included, and not another extra $75. So, more ok with it now.
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567694)
Posted by Flux Convoy on April 22nd, 2014 @ 8:17pm CDT
Wow, Devcon gets to meet his maker, so to speak! That's pretty cool. A Universal event too, can't wait! Oh, nice new avatar art too, Pete! Sneak peek! I was ready excited. These things have got me extra excited. Wonder when we see the art for the box.
:BOT:
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567719)
Posted by Midnight_Fox on April 22nd, 2014 @ 10:13pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Midnight_Fox wrote:So this does take place between A Flash Forward and Termination.
How do you figure? It was said at last year's BotCon to take place after Termination, acting as the finale to the Wings Universe.


I believe they said earlier this year that while it IS the "finale"(I believe it was actually stated to be the last story) to Wings, it takes place before. As well, Ginrai's Bio in the brochure says that Cybertron is at peace and protected by the Knights. That doesn't gel with the ending of Termination, where the Autobots were told to leave Cybertron or be exterminated. It does, however, gel with the "2nd Golden Age" that G2 and A Flash Forward take place during.
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567722)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 22nd, 2014 @ 10:22pm CDT
Midnight_Fox wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Midnight_Fox wrote:So this does take place between A Flash Forward and Termination.
How do you figure? It was said at last year's BotCon to take place after Termination, acting as the finale to the Wings Universe.


I believe they said earlier this year that while it IS the "finale"(I believe it was actually stated to be the last story) to Wings, it takes place before. As well, Ginrai's Bio in the brochure says that Cybertron is at peace and protected by the Knights. That doesn't gel with the ending of Termination, where the Autobots were told to leave Cybertron or be exterminated.
Yes, but Termination was set in 2013 AD (according to the official Wings Universe timeline). 30 years after the G1 cartoon would be roughly in 2037 AD.
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567734)
Posted by shajaki on April 22nd, 2014 @ 10:45pm CDT
so... please forgive my ignorance but i have some questions about registration:

im planning on buying this set whether its straight from the source or aftermarket. theres a non attendee package correct? based on how theyve operated in the past, its just the 5 figure set, but is it only loose bagged or can i get the actual box? what is the price like from the source? will they ship it right to me? would it actually be easier to buy it from the aftermarket?

thanks in advance!
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567735)
Posted by Midnight_Fox on April 22nd, 2014 @ 10:46pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Midnight_Fox wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Midnight_Fox wrote:So this does take place between A Flash Forward and Termination.
How do you figure? It was said at last year's BotCon to take place after Termination, acting as the finale to the Wings Universe.


I believe they said earlier this year that while it IS the "finale"(I believe it was actually stated to be the last story) to Wings, it takes place before. As well, Ginrai's Bio in the brochure says that Cybertron is at peace and protected by the Knights. That doesn't gel with the ending of Termination, where the Autobots were told to leave Cybertron or be exterminated.
Yes, but Termination was set in 2013 AD (according to the official Wings Universe timeline). 30 years after the G1 cartoon would be roughly in 2037 AD.


Huh, look at that. I thought Termination took place in the future. I even looked for a time line earlier today to check that.
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Posted by Sabrblade on April 22nd, 2014 @ 10:57pm CDT
shajaki wrote:so... please forgive my ignorance but i have some questions about registration:

im planning on buying this set whether its straight from the source or aftermarket. theres a non attendee package correct? based on how theyve operated in the past, its just the 5 figure set, but is it only loose bagged or can i get the actual box? what is the price like from the source? will they ship it right to me? would it actually be easier to buy it from the aftermarket?

thanks in advance!
If you're not attending, the Iacon Package is the one you'll want. It costs as much as the Primus Package (this year being $395.00 for Club members) and does contain the five figures in their boxed packaging (loose bagged sets are only available to those who purchase the boxed sets in the Primus or Iacon Packages first).

Full info from the brochure:[quote]The Iacon Package ($395 for club members or $495 for non-members)
is for those who cannot attend the show and consists of:
Transformers: Pirates vs. Knights Convention Set: A five-figure boxed
set which includes Decepticon Pirates: Cannonball, Ferak, Scorponok,
and Autobot Knights: Ginrai and Devcon, all presented in an illustrated
display box. Also included with the set is a certificate of authenticity,
tech specs and figure weapons.
• Convention pin.
• Convention program with comic.
• Does not include the bonus attendee figure.
• Items will be shipped three to four weeks after the show to your home
address. (Use the BotCon.com registration link to order this package.)[/quote]
'Course, this doesn't include the souvenirs, which we know next to nothing about and can only be purchased at the event (any leftovers get put on the Club's online store).
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567753)
Posted by shajaki on April 22nd, 2014 @ 11:23pm CDT
thanks for the info!

but uhhh... holy... 100 dollar difference between member and non member? thats kinda gross. i think ill be going aftermarket on this..
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567754)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 22nd, 2014 @ 11:29pm CDT
shajaki wrote:thanks for the info!

but uhhh... holy... 100 dollar difference between member and non member? thats kinda gross. i think ill be going aftermarket on this..
Well, it only costs 40 bucks to become a member, so get the membership and then the membership pricing to equal $435 instead. ;)
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Posted by craggy on April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:17am CDT
and if you do sign up to be a member to get the Iacon package, you'll get the free club figure this year as well (which is Protoform X, am I right?) right? :???:

gotta say I am tempted. I'm worried that demand for Scorponok is going to result in attendees being able to fun their 2nd set or all the souvenir figures off reselling one Scorpy, and that he'll be harder to get than an intact Black Zarak. then again, I'm not keen on what I've heard about the club's practices or service regarding international customers, so... :BOOM:
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567797)
Posted by Henry921 on April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:23am CDT
craggy wrote:and if you do sign up to be a member to get the Iacon package, you'll get the free club figure this year as well (which is Protoform X, am I right?) right?


Sorry, the deadline for that figure was back in March. You'll get whatever the 2015 figure is instead if you join the Club right now.
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567800)
Posted by craggy on April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:39am CDT
I see. Fair enough. But basically, if you're wanting the box-set/Iacon package, it definitely seems worthwhile to sign up to the club and save a bit off the cost AND get a free figure.
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Posted by ScottyP on April 23rd, 2014 @ 8:52am CDT
shajaki wrote:thanks for the info!

but uhhh... holy... 100 dollar difference between member and non member? thats kinda gross. i think ill be going aftermarket on this..


Aftermarket will run you much more than that. Even at cost plus shipping, you'd barely be saving over the cost of Iacon package + membership. And as mentioned before, you'll get the 2015 club freebie figure, which you could sell to offset cost even more.
Re: BotCon 2014 Guest Announcement - IDW Transformers Writers John Barber and Mairghread Scott (1567866)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on April 23rd, 2014 @ 10:29am CDT
The price for as non attendee box set is ridiculous. No way should it be the same price as an attendee package.

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