BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball

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The official Transformers Facebook page have shared pages 3 and 4 of the BotCon exclusive comic, showing off charactes Ferak and Cannonball from the 2014 'Pirates vs Knights' theme! The two pages, mirrored below, are part of the 'Hoist the Flag' story, ideated by Marty Isenberg, scripted by Jesse Wittenrich, drawn by Hayato Sakamoto and coloured by Josh Burcham - check them out!

BotCon 2014 is coming to Pasadena, CA June 19th-22nd. For the full reveal of this year's 5-figure convention set and general information on the show, be sure to visit http://www.botcon.com. To see two of the exclusive characters in action (Cannonball and Ferak), we have an exclusive preview of pages 3 and 4 from this year's BotCon comic!


Transformers News: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball

Transformers News: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball
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Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570511)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on May 1st, 2014 @ 3:01pm CDT
How many cameos do you spy? I see several:

Big Rescue Force
the potential combined from of the Motorvators
Armada Tidal Wave (really, FunPub? :P)
FoC Air Raid
Meanstreak
Power Master Ironhide

The last two are really toy-accurate in the locomotion department. :lol:
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570521)
Posted by ScottyP on May 1st, 2014 @ 3:27pm CDT
If that Tidal Wave ends up being a toy AND has that mast and sail, then they could bag up RotF Tuner Mudflaps in the other sets and I wouldn't care. Pirate ship Tidal Wave would make it all ok.
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570523)
Posted by Mkall on May 1st, 2014 @ 3:35pm CDT
I'm liking the writing so far. Say what you will about The Club's lore, but it's usually well-written.
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570534)
Posted by Midnight_Fox on May 1st, 2014 @ 4:21pm CDT
That whole last page made me smile.
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570538)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 1st, 2014 @ 4:33pm CDT
Oh slag. They really did use the Armada Tidal Wave design for the ship. Though, they did give it a sail, which I wouldn't expect them to do at this point since they said that Scorponok ate up their remolding budget. So the jury's still out on whether or not they will or won't use that mold.

Anyway, something important to note is that the first of these two pages was actually already revealed in the last issue of the TCC magazine. So those who got the magazine and read are seeing it here for the second time.

JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:How many cameos do you spy? I see several:

Big Rescue Force
the potential combined from of the Motorvators
Armada Tidal Wave (really, FunPub? :P)
FoC Air Raid
Meanstreak
Power Master Ironhide

The last two are really toy-accurate in the locomotion department. :lol:
Not counting the Tidal Wave, I see 12 bots/things in that pic.
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570552)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 1st, 2014 @ 5:54pm CDT
Okay, upon closer inspection, I see (clockwise from top-right):

Scorponok in Jet Mode
An Easter-colored combiner form for the Motorvators
Big Rescue Force
Windmill
Under-3
Meanstreak
Some guy behind Meanstreak
Power Master Ironhide
A red Autoceptor
Bonaparte Tulcas
Some gray guy behind Ironhide
A redeco of FOC Fireflight (Generations Air Raid)
The Tidal Wave
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570577)
Posted by ausbot on May 1st, 2014 @ 7:29pm CDT
I would kill for a pirate Tidalwave.
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570580)
Posted by Rated X on May 1st, 2014 @ 8:06pm CDT
Sails on a spaceship is stuipd. I mean REALLY stupid. There is no wind in space. Not to mention it has rocket boosters.
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570588)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 1st, 2014 @ 8:30pm CDT
Rated X wrote:Sails on a spaceship is stuipd. I mean REALLY stupid. There is no wind in space. Not to mention it has rocket boosters.
Two words: Solar Sails.

Lots of science fiction stories use them. They usually serve the function of an additional power source that absorbs solar radiation from stars, and aesthetically resemble sails for multiple reasons depending on the author(s).
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570606)
Posted by shajaki on May 1st, 2014 @ 9:27pm CDT
tidal wave (as an attendee exclusive obviously) would be the icing on this delicious cake.
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570617)
Posted by Rated X on May 1st, 2014 @ 10:23pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Rated X wrote:Sails on a spaceship is stuipd. I mean REALLY stupid. There is no wind in space. Not to mention it has rocket boosters.
Two words: Solar Sails.

Lots of science fiction stories use them. They usually serve the function of an additional power source that absorbs solar radiation from stars, and aesthetically resemble sails for multiple reasons depending on the author(s).

While I see the logic you speak of, the fact that its only being done because they are pirates makes it too much. Just because they are space pirates doesnt mean they have to do everything human pirates do. Years of people begging for a broadside repaint of the tidalwave mold, and this is how funpub decides to use the mold ? I pray they dont do it...
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570622)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 1st, 2014 @ 10:39pm CDT
Rated X wrote:Years of people begging for a broadside repaint of the tidalwave mold, and this is how funpub decides to use the mold ? I pray they dont do it...
Well, it is still up in the air as to whether or not they will actually use that mold. Much less remold it to have sails since the Club admitted on their Twitter that, after Cannonball and Devcon, their remold budget was all used up by Scorponok's new tooling.

There's also the possibility of this mold being so old that it might not be available for them to use.

And those colors it has in that page (or what little of them that we can see since most of the ship is cast in shadow) don't look too different from the toy's original Armada colors, so it's possible that it isn't a redeco and just a repurposing of the original toy as it is (for those who already own it). Which would sensible thing to do as it would let people use that mold with the BotCon toys without the Club having to spend more money on an 11-year-old mold of that large size.

Personally, I'm still a bit skeptical about them actually using the Tidal Wave mold and am not expecting them to (and certainly not expecting it to have newly molded sails), but I wouldn't mind them using it as it would be a pleasant surprise.
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570629)
Posted by Rated X on May 1st, 2014 @ 10:56pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Rated X wrote:Years of people begging for a broadside repaint of the tidalwave mold, and this is how funpub decides to use the mold ? I pray they dont do it...
Well, it is still up in the air as to whether or not they will actually use that mold. Much less remold it to have sails since the Club admitted on their Twitter that, after Cannonball and Devcon, their remold budget was all used up by Scorponok's new tooling.

There's also the possibility of this mold being so old that it might not be available for them to use.

And those colors it has in that page (or what little of them that we can see since most of the ship is cast in shadow) don't look too different from the toy's original Armada colors, so it's possible that it isn't a redeco and just a repurposing of the original toy as it is (for those who already own it). Which would sensible thing to do as it would let people use that mold with the BotCon toys without the Club having to spend more money on an 11-year-old mold of that large size.

Personally, I'm still a bit skeptical about them actually using the Tidal Wave mold and am not expecting them to (and certainly not expecting it to have newly molded sails), but I wouldn't mind them using it as it would be a pleasant surprise.

I have the crazy white and translucent green tidalwave. Isnt that the energon version ? I thought the armada version was black and purple ? The black in the comic drawing appears to be a shadow to me and the top is painted white. Also im so sick of hearing about funpubs retool budget. Why cant they just spend more and get more ? Or why not have someone do resin heads like they did with the custom class longarm ? Every botcon figure should have a new head. Did they not learn from megaplex ? Did they pretend those renderform megaplex heads didnt exist ?
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570634)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 1st, 2014 @ 11:15pm CDT
I can't speak for the Club about their budget since I lack the proper info regarding it, so I'll just address what I can:

Rated X wrote:I have the crazy white and translucent green tidalwave. Isnt that the energon version ? I thought the armada version was black and purple ? The black in the comic drawing appears to be a shadow to me and the top is painted white.
Yours does sound like the Energon one, yes.

And, like I said, it is difficult to tell what the ship's full colors look like, what with all that shadow we see. But what we can see are some green in the placements where green is found on both the Armada and Energon versions (green hands and green side bows), and what looks like some light gray on the ship's front (the aircraft carrier part).

Now, looking at the latter on both the Armada and Energon versions, the Armada one has a light gray aircraft carrier part, while the Energon one has a dark gray aircraft carrier part (really do wish there was a simpler term for this part, lol). Since this part is lighter on both the Armada version and the ship in this comic, that's a point in favor of the Armada deco.

Then again, pretty much everything in these images look washed out and faded, anyway. ^_^'

but, as we said, it is too tough for us to tell for sure at this point based on this single shadowed picture. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what's what.


For reference, here are the two versions of Tidal Wave we mentioned (Armada on top, Energon under it), along with the comic page. :)



Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570669)
Posted by Henry921 on May 2nd, 2014 @ 1:26am CDT
You know... assuming the mold was available for use...

Troop builder 3 pack?
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570730)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on May 2nd, 2014 @ 7:24am CDT
Yeah, I believe it would be a troop-builder 3-pack, with the 3 components in separate baggies.

Also, a remolding isn't really necessary for the figure, just a repainting. They can produce the mast-and-sail set and just find a good place to attach on/stick on the existing mold of Tidal Wave. From the positioning of the mast in the comic, it looks like it's stuck on the Mini-Con peg on his chest. So all it really needs is a hollow mast section.
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570732)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on May 2nd, 2014 @ 7:56am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:Yeah, I believe it would be a troop-builder 3-pack, with the 3 components in separate baggies.

Also, a remolding isn't really necessary for the figure, just a repainting. They can produce the mast-and-sail set and just find a good place to attach on/stick on the existing mold of Tidal Wave. From the positioning of the mast in the comic, it looks like it's stuck on the Mini-Con peg on his chest. So all it really needs is a hollow mast section.


And a new identity for Ramjet. ;)
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570733)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on May 2nd, 2014 @ 8:00am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:Yeah, I believe it would be a troop-builder 3-pack, with the 3 components in separate baggies.

Also, a remolding isn't really necessary for the figure, just a repainting. They can produce the mast-and-sail set and just find a good place to attach on/stick on the existing mold of Tidal Wave. From the positioning of the mast in the comic, it looks like it's stuck on the Mini-Con peg on his chest. So all it really needs is a hollow mast section.


And a new identity for Ramjet. ;)



Pfft, if that is what would hold up the "remolding" then FunPub has lost whatever little touch they did have...
Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570745)
Posted by shajaki on May 2nd, 2014 @ 8:52am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:For reference, here are the two versions of Tidal Wave we mentioned (Armada on top, Energon under it)

dont forget micron legend shockwave!

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Re: BotCon 2014 Official Comic 'Hoist the Flag' Preview - Ferak and Cannonball (1570772)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 2nd, 2014 @ 10:20am CDT
shajaki wrote:dont forget micron legend shockwave!

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I didn't forget him. I didn't post him because he's irrelevent because he has no green. >:oP

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