BotCon 2014 Pirate Tornado Finds Facebook

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 Deadput 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 Dr 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!

[quote]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...[/quote]
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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

[quote]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...[/quote]

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

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:

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:




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
[quote]
He engaged me in conversation again at the refueling station (he calls it a "cafeteria").[/quote]

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.







[quote]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.[/quote]



[quote]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.[/quote]
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.
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 20th, 2014 @ 7:13pm CDT
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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. :-?
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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:



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
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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

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