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Transformers News: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 9:18AM CDT

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It would seem that Tornado from this year's BotCon Pirates vs. Knights set has discovered Facebook. So far he's shared a selfie and and a couple of data logs, which can be found here and here. Probably worth dropping by his page and liking to get additional updates:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tornado- ... 8939844774

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Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1558473)
Posted by mirageandjazz1197 on March 18th, 2014 @ 9:29am CDT
Ummm well that's something.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1558485)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 18th, 2014 @ 10:31am CDT
That first log was taken directly from the the first 2014 issue of the TCC magazine, issue #55. It was the first piece of official word that confirmed that the pirate toys would likely all be Squadron X members in addition to Cannonball.

I'd wager a guess that the second log will be included in the next issue, so this is a surprise to see this kind of magazine content posted publicly online ahead of its magazine issue publishing.

Though, reading over the second log and then rereading the first log again, it kinda sounds like the "we" from Squadron X that Tornado mentioned Cannonball had invited to join his crew might be referring to just him and Ferak, rather than all of Squadron X. If that's the case, then...

Well, that'd leave the pirates as being almost as much an open book as the knights currently are. :|


Also, anyone remember "Apelinq's War Journals" from the 3H days? This feels a lot like that was, only in print form instead of online.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1558614)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 18th, 2014 @ 7:41pm CDT
Tornado has updated his Facebook with a third log entry:

https://docs.google.com/a/unicron.com/file/d/0B_AaAWT6x2NmaTJOekpPUzVNRm8/edit
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1558664)
Posted by Va'al on March 19th, 2014 @ 2:24am CDT
Fellow Seibertron.com user Sabrblade has pointed us once more towards the new Facebook page for one of the BotCon set characters, Tornado, who is apparently uploading datalogs about the StarSeekers leading up to show, as reported yesterday. Start reading it below, and keep on reading here or here!

Star Seeker Saboteur Tornado

Aboard the Tidal Wave

Personal Journal – Date index 284.756.13


As we all know, it’s just my nature to be...curious. Being a saboteur, I like to take things apart; I like to figure things out. The Captain speaks of this big bounty that he has planned (“The biggest heist yet!”), and that we will be informed about it when the time is right (i.e. when he’s good and ready.) While I normally don’t have any trouble distracting myself with work, this has got me more curious than usual. The Captain, while normally quite pleasant in his own sadistic way, seems almost… giddy.

I’ve been doing a little digging in the ship's computers. Too easily, really. (They're pirates, aren't they? Surely they know about guarding their loot, even if its digital.) A few nanokliks of effort, and I’ve gained access to the Captain’s Log. Hmm. Disappointing. Some rambling about transwarp that borders on the incoherent – at least for me – but nothing solid about the overall plan. He’s playing it close to the torso plate, as usual. Scrap. Oh well, might as well get something useful out of this. Let's see what he's got to say about the day that Ferak and I joined his crew. It'll be good to know what kind of impressions we made and if the Captain's welcoming smile was actually that...
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1558860)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 19th, 2014 @ 10:25pm CDT
Minor update to Tornado's Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=736152739752394&id=735228939844774&stream_ref=10

I don't think that our new navigator (Does he have a name? I've only heard him referred to as "Navigator"...) knows how to talk about anything other than star charts and gravitational currents.

He engaged me in conversation again at the refueling station (he calls it a "cafeteria"). I made the mistake of acknowledging his existence. This led to an EXTENDED explanation of...something. Blast if I could follow - CAN follow - if it isn't the dull material it's the gibbering method of his communication.

Hmm. The hum of the engines has developed a subtle chatter. One of the floric valves may be misaligned. I don't know how to fix something like that, only make it worse. I'll have to remember to tell Ferak...

By The One! The navigator is still talking! He didn't even notice I had stopped paying attention and he is still waving his scaly reptilian tongue with each passing syllable. I wonder if removing the appendage would silence his discourse...


As a reminder, this Navigator is this organic lizard guy:

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Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1558870)
Posted by Caelus on March 19th, 2014 @ 11:07pm CDT
Thinking about it, I kind of hope the reptile is a transformer, some form of beast former with a saltwater crocodile alternate mode, named "Navy-Gator".
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1558871)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 19th, 2014 @ 11:11pm CDT
Caelus wrote:Thinking about it, I kind of hope the reptile is a transformer, some form of beast former with a saltwater crocodile alternate mode, named "Navy-Gator".
He's not the only fleshling among Cannonball's crew. This goblin/elf-looking guy, named Squirm, is also a crew member:

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Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1558898)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on March 20th, 2014 @ 5:38am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Caelus wrote:Thinking about it, I kind of hope the reptile is a transformer, some form of beast former with a saltwater crocodile alternate mode, named "Navy-Gator".
He's not the only fleshling among Cannonball's crew. This goblin/elf-looking guy, named Squirm, is also a crew member:

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So, uh... are these flesh-creatures going to be represented in plastic as convention exclusives?
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1558909)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 20th, 2014 @ 7:14am CDT
Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:So, uh... are these flesh-creatures going to be represented in plastic as convention exclusives?
I doubt it.

If I had to guess, this crew is probably made up a mixture of alien races, including a few transformers (at least enough to make up the number BotCon toys they'll get, which would be five main ones and some troop-builders).

Based on the third log entry Tornado wrote, it sounds to me like Cannonball recruits whoever he strikes as being useful to his cause, with no discrimination towards race of species. In a way, that's kinda smart thinking for him since it broadens his horizons and opens more options for him as a businessbot. 8)
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1558976)
Posted by Mindmaster on March 20th, 2014 @ 2:12pm CDT
He engaged me in conversation again at the refueling station (he calls it a "cafeteria").


If the Navi-Gator (get it? Navi-Gator? Geddit?!) calls it that, then he's no true sailor. It's called a "galley". [-(
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559009)
Posted by El Duque on March 20th, 2014 @ 6:35pm CDT
BotCon has announced two additional special guests for this year's event in Pasadena, Derrick J. Wyatt and Marty Isenberg. They join the previously announced Samantha Newark, Jack Angel, Susan Blu, Hal Rayle, and Michael McConnohie.

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DERRICK J. WYATT draws stuff. And everything he draws turns to gold! From his early work on iMucha Lucha! to his later work on Teen Titans, it wasn’t until Transformers Animated though that mankind truly understood what a genius it had on its hands! Running for three seasons, the Transformers Animated cartoon was the basis for a very popular toy line, an IDW comic series, a plethora of fan art and the most popular BotCon story ever: The Stunti-Con Job!

Though Derrick is not currently working on Transformers, having instead devoted all of his time to some guy named Ben and his Omniverse, he wants his fans from around the world to know that if The Transformers ever come calling again, he will take that call! (Even if it is just those guys over at the Transformers Collectors' Club offering to let him do Animated G2 Breakdown or an Animated Rosanna.)

So make sure to come see Derrick at BotCon 2014. It will be an opportunity of a lifetime! He will be happy to sign almost anything you bring him.


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MARTY ISENBERG has written and/or story edited literally hundreds of scripts for animated series far too numerous to mention. But he suspects you only care about the ones with Transformers in the title, so here we go: He’s probably best known among this crowd for developing, writing and story editing three seasons of Transformers Animated for Cartoon Network and Hasbro (and NOT writing and story editing a fourth – grr…), as well writing the Transformers Animated video game for Nintendo DS and six issues of the Transformers Animated: The Arrival comic (and its one-shot Botcon-exclusive sequel “The Stunti-Con Job”). But he also co-developed, co-wrote and co-story edited the fan-polarizing Beast Machines for Mainframe, Hasbro and Fox Kids Network. And, more recently, wrote for scripts Transformers Prime and Rescue Bots for Hasbro Studios and the Hub network. Somehow he’s managed to squeeze in some non-Transformers projects, including Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Ultimate Spider-Man for Marvel Animation Studios and Disney XD; Kaijudo and G.I. Joe Renegades for Hasbro Studios and The Hub; Ben 10 (in its various incarnations) for Cartoon Network; and Danny Phantom for Nickelodeon.

Originally from Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, Marty lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559010)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 20th, 2014 @ 6:40pm CDT
Guess we can expect another Animated legacy panel. Sounds good to me. Hopefully another chance to watch all of the shorts, including the unreleased ones.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559017)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 20th, 2014 @ 7:13pm CDT
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559019)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 20th, 2014 @ 7:19pm CDT
So Axor is not the supposed rogue, instead he's a full-on crew member? And that Autobot Bounty Hunter just screams Devcon. :-?
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559021)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 20th, 2014 @ 7:26pm CDT
https://twitter.com/BotCon/status/446690537043525632

Monday will finally have the next toy reveal, and it will be a knight!
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559032)
Posted by Mindmaster on March 20th, 2014 @ 7:50pm CDT
Devcon... or Impactor? Sounds more like the latter, to me.

So the next question is: will Axor be one of the upcoming figures, or will he just make an appearance like Octane did in past year's Termination?

Sabrblade wrote:https://twitter.com/BotCon/status/446690537043525632

Monday will finally have the next toy reveal, and it will be a knight!


ABOUT FRIGGIN' TIME! :BANG_HEAD:
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559061)
Posted by ScoutBumblebee on March 20th, 2014 @ 10:46pm CDT
This is another installment from Star Seeker Saboteur Tornado's personal Facebook page. In these BotCon promotional pieces, we get pieces that lead up to the story behind this year's BotCon theme. Tornado is aboard the Tidal Wave, and writes about his fellow crew members' interactions and what they've been up to. Find the full text here and if you enjoy it, are looking forward to BotCon, or would just like to hear more from Decepticon Saboteur Tornado, head over and give his Facebook page a like.

Tell us if you're excited about BotCon and/or this theme in the Energon Pub!
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559078)
Posted by Caelus on March 21st, 2014 @ 12:31am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Caelus wrote:Thinking about it, I kind of hope the reptile is a transformer, some form of beast former with a saltwater crocodile alternate mode, named "Navy-Gator".
He's not the only fleshling among Cannonball's crew. This goblin/elf-looking guy, named Squirm, is also a crew member:

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Squirm's helmet looks familiar...
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559090)
Posted by Downbeat on March 21st, 2014 @ 4:30am CDT
OH my godddd we could get Devcon! :D
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559128)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 21st, 2014 @ 9:31am CDT
Yeah, it looks like this Facebook page is going to get updated rather frequently with more log entries and Facebook posts. So this should be something that we'll want to keep a close eye on for a while. :D
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559175)
Posted by ScottyP on March 21st, 2014 @ 12:41pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:So the next question is: will Axor be one of the upcoming figures, or will he just make an appearance like Octane did in past year's Termination?


I hope just an appearance. An Axor update already happened, I don't need another one - would much rather have a different character.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559199)
Posted by Mindmaster on March 21st, 2014 @ 2:09pm CDT
Caelus wrote:Squirm's helmet looks familiar...


...Nah, not seeing it.

ScottyP wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:So the next question is: will Axor be one of the upcoming figures, or will he just make an appearance like Octane did in past year's Termination?


I hope just an appearance. An Axor update already happened, I don't need another one - would much rather have a different character.


Yeah, that's why him being mentioned kinda threw me off.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559782)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:11pm CDT
For the ones who guessed Devcon and to the ones who made a kitbash of him from Generations Scourge:

You were all on the mark!
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559785)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:15pm CDT
I knew it would be Scourge's mold!!! :KREMZEEK:
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559786)
Posted by El Duque on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:21pm CDT
The official BotCon 2014 website has revealed the first Knight in this year's Pirates vs. Knight exclusive set, and it's a character many of us have been waiting on for years! Devcon is receiving his first ever figure in the form of a Generations Deluxe Scourge retool/repaint! Devcon made his initial appearance in the original G1 Transformers cartoon episode The Gambler, as an Autobot bounty hunter. Check out the images mirrored below:

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Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559789)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:22pm CDT
It's okay, I like it more than ferak that's for damn sure. Though It's funny his autobot symbol will be on his ass XD
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559790)
Posted by ScottyP on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:23pm CDT
Excellent choice of mold, fantastic colors, and cool head sculpt so far. Can't complain about this one, even if it isn't all that surprising.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559793)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:24pm CDT
WAHOO!!!

And now he has a cape! He's both Superman and Batman, now! :KREMZEEK:
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559794)
Posted by craggy on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:26pm CDT
this looks pretty darn good, so that's 2 out of 3 for the set so far.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559801)
Posted by El Duque on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:37pm CDT
SW's SilverHammer wrote:It's okay, I like it more than ferak that's for damn sure. Though It's funny his autobot symbol will be on his ass XD


He prefers the term "tramp stamp".
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559803)
Posted by Seibertron on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:40pm CDT
This is more like what I expect to get from the Club and BotCon. Not Ferak and not a Cannonball update to a toy from 9 years ago that was a filler character. Devcon was long overdue and this looks better than Devcon from the Energon Slugslinger mold. Hopefully this leads to a proper closer-to-show-accuracy Devcon from Hasbro at some point but in the meantime, I can't wait to put this guy next to Smokescreen at long last.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559806)
Posted by Dead Metal on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:43pm CDT
Wow, I was joking and poking fun at his fans, but it turns out I was right? :BOOM:

He looks pretty good.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559807)
Posted by Amelie on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:44pm CDT
El Duque wrote:Image


This is the first time I've seen a Botcon toy and thought "hook me up. I need some of that plastic crack".

Anyone need a Kidney or a Lung? :sad:
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559809)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:46pm CDT
Question to all of you who squeed like fangirls over getting Devcon. Will he be staying in the BotCon set, or will he be displayed with G1 figures or at least Generations figures, since he's a very accurate representation of the character?
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559811)
Posted by Amelie on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:47pm CDT
He'd go with my G1 toys, like Darkmount\Straxus did.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559812)
Posted by El Duque on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:47pm CDT
So far this is my first "keeper", Cannonball and Ferak are eBay bound.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559813)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:49pm CDT
El Duque wrote:
SW's SilverHammer wrote:It's okay, I like it more than ferak that's for damn sure. Though It's funny his autobot symbol will be on his ass XD


He prefers the term "tramp stamp".


Devcon's feelin' frisky this year :lol:
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559814)
Posted by El Duque on March 24th, 2014 @ 2:49pm CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:Question to all of you who squeed like fangirls over getting Devcon. Will he be staying in the BotCon set, or will he be displayed with G1 figures or at least Generations figures, since he's a very accurate representation of the character?


Definitely Classics for me.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559820)
Posted by mblase75 on March 24th, 2014 @ 3:00pm CDT
For those not familiar with the character, his original G1 appearance is written up at http://s90690880.onlinehome.us/jhiaxus/uscartoon/devcon.htm

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Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559821)
Posted by Delicon on March 24th, 2014 @ 3:02pm CDT
I had very little interest in this set until I saw this figure. I like it better than Scourge, really.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559823)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 24th, 2014 @ 3:09pm CDT
I wonder if the pirates will all be lesser known obscure dudes while the knights are all bigger name dudes like Devcon here.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559824)
Posted by It Is Him on March 24th, 2014 @ 3:09pm CDT
Amelie wrote:
El Duque wrote:


This is the first time I've seen a Botcon toy and thought "hook me up. I need some of that plastic crack".

Anyone need a Kidney or a Lung? :sad:


You want to trade a kidney or a lung for a TFCC toy? I call dibs.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559829)
Posted by LordTwann on March 24th, 2014 @ 3:13pm CDT
Amelie wrote:
El Duque wrote:Image


This is the first time I've seen a Botcon toy and thought "hook me up. I need some of that plastic crack".

Anyone need a Kidney or a Lung? :sad:


I second this. I literally had the exact same reaction. And it also has me wondering if we may see a Devcon as part of the generations line in the future, for all of us that aren't able to spend hundreds on the box.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559835)
Posted by Mkall on March 24th, 2014 @ 3:21pm CDT
Looks good to me!
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559838)
Posted by megatronus on March 24th, 2014 @ 3:24pm CDT
Delicon wrote:I had very little interest in this set until I saw this figure. I like it better than Scourge, really.

Yes to the first sentence, no way to the second sentence.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559843)
Posted by zatara1701 on March 24th, 2014 @ 3:38pm CDT
Funny... I decided to look up this character (especially since he was only in one episode) to see him for myself...

I saw at least 5-6 kitbash/customs using the same mold to make Devcon... Ironic.
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559844)
Posted by Rated X on March 24th, 2014 @ 3:39pm CDT
Ok i want this one for sure
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559847)
Posted by shajaki on March 24th, 2014 @ 4:06pm CDT
so much win.

im really clamoring for the rest of this set to be revealed. dont know if ill be ebaying seperate figures or if this is the first time i buy a full set.

(for the record im part of the ferak liking minority)
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559851)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 24th, 2014 @ 4:10pm CDT
If you guys think this one was good, according to BotCon's Twitter, we ain't seen nothing yet - https://twitter.com/BotCon/status/448192677893267457

Not to rob Devcon of any of his hype, but we haven't even gotten to the jaw dropping reveal. Something we've never done. #PVK #BotCon2014
Re: BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook (1559853)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 24th, 2014 @ 4:15pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:If you guys think this one was good, according to BotCon's Twitter, we ain't seen nothing yet - https://twitter.com/BotCon/status/448192677893267457

Not to rob Devcon of any of his hype, but we haven't even gotten to the jaw dropping reveal. Something we've never done. #PVK #BotCon2014


With only two more to go, what could they have never done before? Original characters? 2009 Landshark. Mini-Con sets? 2008 Predacons.

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