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Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 10:35AM CST

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Earlier this morning, BotCon's Pete Sinclair took a few moments to answer some questions for all of us about the BotCon 2013 Machine Wars theme. Without further ado, here's our six question Q&A ...

1. Why Machine Wars?

Pete Sinclair wrote:Machine Wars is a very interesting line to those who were collecting back in the mid 90's. Hasbro had decided to completely revamp the Transformers brand with Beast Wars but then all of the sudden out of left field we get Machine Wars? We were going to get the best of BOTH worlds? How awesome was that. But then, as quick as they hit, they were gone. And while the Beast era is one of both mine and many fans favorite era's, there was always that what could have been for a "Machine Wars" story.

Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair

2. What was the inspiration for a Machine Wars theme?

Pete Sinclair wrote:The inspiration here is basically a "Machine Wars: Series 2." The 2013 BotCon offerings will work both as a stand alone AND as a continuation of the Machine Wars line. Once people read the fiction fans will see each toy from both series 1 and series 2 work as their own individual character.

Also, even if you did not grow up collecting Machine Wars, this set is going to be very appealing for many reasons and we anticipate that a wide range of collectors' will want to add these toys to their collections. They look really sharp!

Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair

3. Will you be using any of the existing 12 Machine Wars characters as one of the BotCon 2013 set or show exclusives or will you be expanding the Machine Wars character roster beyond the original 12?

Pete Sinclair wrote:This "Series 2" is not just a redux. Yes, there will be homage's to the original toys. But we take it a step further. Some characters will have NEW features/characteristics. Some that were basics will now be in a more appropriate voyager form. And yes, we have also added NEW characters to the Machine Wars line up. Ones that totally fit the MACHINE WARS concept i.e. these are WAR MACHINES!

Long story short, we approached this years offering as a true second series of Machine Wars toys.

Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair

4. BotCon's Machine Wars Optimus Prime's fictional appearances: faceplate or no faceplate?

Pete Sinclair wrote:Time will tell ...

Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair

5. The colors for Machine Wars Megaplex and Megatron were switched as toys (or the colors for their box artwork was reversed). Assuming these characters show up in BotCon's Machine Wars fiction, will Megatron by grey or blue and how about Megaplex?

Pete Sinclair wrote:There seems to be maybe two issues there. We have actually looked at that closely. We think that the colors were initially right but the dark blue of Megaplex became grey and the grey on Megatron became more of a teal. So the toys themselves are "right" in that regard. The Megaplex card art doesn't really look like either one so who knows what happened there.

Either way, we decided to base our deco's on "all" of the toy's we produced under the name they were sold as i.e. If we did do a Megaplex, he would look like the Megaplex sold at retail.

Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair

6. Have the location and dates for BotCon 2013 been determined? If so, can you tell us when we can expect to hear an announcement?

Pete Sinclair wrote:You can expect the announcement very VERY soon ...

Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair
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Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444085)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on December 4th, 2012 @ 10:41am CST
I'm torn. I was never interested in Machine Wars, but I want to go to BotCon. So, just like last year, my attendance will hinge on location and what the set looks like, along with the HoF inductees. I definitely give them props for surprising us. I was expecting an homage to Armada, due to the 10th anniversary, or maybe even Robots in Disguise.
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Posted by Seibertron on December 4th, 2012 @ 10:45am CST
Rodimus Prime wrote:I'm torn. I was never interested in Machine Wars, but I want to go to BotCon. So, just like last year, my attendance will hinge on location and what the set looks like, along with the HoF inductees. I definitely give them props for surprising us. I was expecting an homage to Armada, due to the 10th anniversary, or maybe even Robots in Disguise.


You should plan on going. There are so many of us from Seibertron.com that attend. BotCon isn't about the toys or the location to me ... it's about seeing our ever-growing group of friends year after year. Hands down that is the best part.
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Posted by Sabrblade on December 4th, 2012 @ 10:53am CST
I knew there would be more characters than the original 12 in this. So we'll finally being a Machine Wars Wave 2 out of this! :D
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444093)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on December 4th, 2012 @ 10:53am CST
I just checked the date of when Machines Wars debuted at KB toys: 1997. So they would be celebrating a 15 year anniversary, how irrelevant it would have been, a year late.

You know, I just thought of something. Anybody remember the image with Machine Wars Starscream on his throne, with Galvatron's torn-off particle cannon?

the image in question

He's basically a possessed and reanimated Skyquake body if we are to believe the original artist. I wonder if that will find its way into the BotCon fiction, since Skyquake himself has appeared in Wings of Honor.
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Posted by phase on December 4th, 2012 @ 10:55am CST
Welp, I'm set. Old AND new? I feel like a lot more people will want this due to having new MW characters, and possibly new versions of old characters.
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Posted by President-prime on December 4th, 2012 @ 11:02am CST
As much as I do agree with you, I was let down last year because there weren't as many new toys I was interested in buy. The set was too expensive for a few deluxe repaints. I felt the entire and trip was ruin. Personally, I think the show is mostly about the toys. Meeting and seeing happy people sporadically does add to the experience, but at the end of the day, what I take home makes my year. And the past few years haven't been kind to me. I'm glad this year brings back machine wars. I still have my Optimus. Got rid of the rest. No articulation.
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Posted by gavinfuzzy on December 4th, 2012 @ 11:06am CST
Seibertron wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:I'm torn. I was never interested in Machine Wars, but I want to go to BotCon. So, just like last year, my attendance will hinge on location and what the set looks like, along with the HoF inductees. I definitely give them props for surprising us. I was expecting an homage to Armada, due to the 10th anniversary, or maybe even Robots in Disguise.


You should plan on going. There are so many of us from Seibertron.com that attend. BotCon isn't about the toys or the location to me ... it's about seeing our ever-growing group of friends year after year. Hands down that is the best part.


Meanwhile... I will probably never get a chance to go to botcon...

Living in Asia here, with botcon happening within the school term... Ah well, maybe in 5 years time... :lol:
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444108)
Posted by phase on December 4th, 2012 @ 11:08am CST
President-prime wrote:As much as I do agree with you, I was let down last year because there weren't as many new toys I was interested in buy. The set was too expensive for a few deluxe repaints. I felt the entire and trip was ruin. Personally, I think the show is mostly about the toys. Meeting and seeing happy people sporadically does add to the experience, but at the end of the day, what I take home makes my year. And the past few years haven't been kind to me. I'm glad this year brings back machine wars. I still have my Optimus. Got rid of the rest. No articulation.


Last year, I feel like there were some difficulties. As with Animated and the movies, the Prime toyline is very distinct, yet they had the only Voyagers by BotCon 2012. With Soundwave and hopefully some others on the way, we may get some more Voyagers for BotCon. As for previous molds, I think most people are getting a little sick of Unicron Trilogy toys being used for BotCon.
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Posted by President-prime on December 4th, 2012 @ 11:14am CST
I'm looking forward to attending this years, may it be anywhere. Doing a mini vacation. Hehe. Really glad itts machine wars. Bring back the cartoon. Yeah. 4th season prime: machine wars. And that means no kids
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444114)
Posted by SJ21 on December 4th, 2012 @ 11:19am CST
I'm not thrilled about the theme for this year. However, the theme is not going to decide whether I go or not. It really depends on the location. Come on North Eastern US!
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Posted by President-prime on December 4th, 2012 @ 11:28am CST
They may surprise you. The color s he is different, and starscream being the big guy sounds awesome. His color scheme is different enough, black and grey. Hopefully getting the silver treatment. That would be awesome. On top of that, if the use sky quakes jet mode on a voyager to bigger class, cool. They can use the dotm supreme prime with trailer. Awesome. The possibilities
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Posted by phase on December 4th, 2012 @ 11:39am CST
SJ21 wrote:I'm not thrilled about the theme for this year. However, the theme is not going to decide whether I go or not. It really depends on the location. Come on North Eastern US!


I actually find you really awesome for this. I feel like the theme of BotCon usually ruins it for people, even though if you don't get the exclusives, you can still have a fun time and pick up stuff in the dealer room. For your sake, I hope it is in the Northeast!
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444126)
Posted by El Duque on December 4th, 2012 @ 11:53am CST
I'm cautiously optimistic.
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Posted by Mkall on December 4th, 2012 @ 1:07pm CST
While I'm cautiously excited for the theme this year, I don't think I'll be able to make the trip this year unless it's somewhere really close. Time will tell.
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444161)
Posted by PaxCybertron82 on December 4th, 2012 @ 1:15pm CST
*sigh*...aw crap...I'm all in. This sounds awesome. I can't wait to see what they did with it.

I hope I can go this year, Chicago would be a great choice *ahem*.
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444170)
Posted by RiddlerJ on December 4th, 2012 @ 1:39pm CST
While there are obvious molds for some of the Machine Wars incarnations, I would like to see molds used that haven't been repainted 2 and 3 times already so no more Cybertron Red Alert or Classics Mirage molds.


The molds for Generations Warpath, Scourge, Perceptor, Megatron, Soundwave, and Optimus Prime are all due for a second go round
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Posted by PaxCybertron82 on December 4th, 2012 @ 1:56pm CST
100% agree.

Though..I'm sure we'll see some FOC Molds used. I'm fine with that, I like them, but some of the other will get out the torches and pikes I'm sure.
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Posted by RiddlerJ on December 4th, 2012 @ 2:43pm CST
ViperEye82 wrote:100% agree.

Though..I'm sure we'll see some FOC Molds used. I'm fine with that, I like them, but some of the other will get out the torches and pikes I'm sure.


I think it might be too early for FOC cybertron molds. Doesn't have to be a gap in years before FanPub is allowed certain molds?

I'm surprised they never used Classics Dinobot for Beast Wars Grimlock.
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Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on December 4th, 2012 @ 2:48pm CST
RiddlerJ wrote:
ViperEye82 wrote:100% agree.

Though..I'm sure we'll see some FOC Molds used. I'm fine with that, I like them, but some of the other will get out the torches and pikes I'm sure.


I think it might be too early for FOC cybertron molds. Doesn't have to be a gap in years before FanPub is allowed certain molds?

I'm surprised they never used Classics Dinobot for Beast Wars Grimlock.


At least one year, when Hasbro is done using the mold sets for their own lines for now.
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444189)
Posted by PaxCybertron82 on December 4th, 2012 @ 2:50pm CST
Ah. Okay, wasn't sure what the limit was on that.
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Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on December 4th, 2012 @ 2:54pm CST
Let's see... anything up to the first half of 2012 is fair game. Not Prime First Edition though, they're still in use.
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444226)
Posted by buddhaquest on December 4th, 2012 @ 4:53pm CST
Everytime I look at the Machine Wars figures, I see what should have been-

:BOT: Ultra Magnus, Springer, Hot Rod, Blurr, Kup, Wreck-Gar
:CON: Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, 3 Sweeps
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Posted by Sabrblade on December 4th, 2012 @ 4:58pm CST
buddhaquest wrote:Everytime I look at the Machine Wars figures, I see what should have been-

:BOT: Ultra Magnus, Springer, Hot Rod, Blurr, Kup, Wreck-Gar
:CON: Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, 3 Sweeps
Which mold do you see Hot Rod in?
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444234)
Posted by buddhaquest on December 4th, 2012 @ 5:09pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
buddhaquest wrote:Everytime I look at the Machine Wars figures, I see what should have been-

:BOT: Ultra Magnus, Springer, Hot Rod, Blurr, Kup, Wreck-Gar
:CON: Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, 3 Sweeps
Which mold do you see Hot Rod in?



*each with G1 color schemes

Optimus Prime - Ultra Magnus
Sandstorm - Springer
Mirage/Prowl - Hot Rod/Blurr
Hubcap/Hoist - Kup/Wreck-Gar

Soundwave - Galvatron
Starscream - Cyclonus
Megatron/Megaplex - Scourge
Skywarp/Thundercracker - (3)Sweeps

Anyway, I've always been curious if these would have sold a little better if they had been these characters.
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Posted by Sabrblade on December 4th, 2012 @ 5:13pm CST
buddhaquest wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
buddhaquest wrote:Everytime I look at the Machine Wars figures, I see what should have been-

:BOT: Ultra Magnus, Springer, Hot Rod, Blurr, Kup, Wreck-Gar
:CON: Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, 3 Sweeps
Which mold do you see Hot Rod in?



*each with G1 color schemes

Optimus Prime - Ultra Magnus
Sandstorm - Springer
Hot Rod/Blurr - Mirage/Prowl
Hubcap/Hoist - Kup/Wreck-Gar

Soundwave - Galvatron
Starscream - Cyclonus
Megatron/Megaplex - Scourge
Skywarp/Thundercracker - (3)Sweeps

Anyway, I've always been curious if these would have sold a little better if they had been these characters.
Considering that the Mirage/Prowl, Megatron/Megaplex, and Stalker molds actually bear visual resemblances to Mirage, Megatron, and Soundwave, respectively, in those cases, I doubt it.
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444238)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on December 4th, 2012 @ 5:16pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
buddhaquest wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
buddhaquest wrote:Everytime I look at the Machine Wars figures, I see what should have been-

:BOT: Ultra Magnus, Springer, Hot Rod, Blurr, Kup, Wreck-Gar
:CON: Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, 3 Sweeps
Which mold do you see Hot Rod in?



*each with G1 color schemes

Optimus Prime - Ultra Magnus
Sandstorm - Springer
Hot Rod/Blurr - Mirage/Prowl
Hubcap/Hoist - Kup/Wreck-Gar

Soundwave - Galvatron
Starscream - Cyclonus
Megatron/Megaplex - Scourge
Skywarp/Thundercracker - (3)Sweeps

Anyway, I've always been curious if these would have sold a little better if they had been these characters.
Considering that the Mirage/Prowl, Megatron/Megaplex, and Stalker molds actually bear visual resemblances to Mirage, Megatron, and Soundwave, respectively, in those cases, I doubt it.


Even if Stalker resembling Soundwave was a pure happy accident.
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444239)
Posted by buddhaquest on December 4th, 2012 @ 5:17pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
buddhaquest wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
buddhaquest wrote:Everytime I look at the Machine Wars figures, I see what should have been-

:BOT: Ultra Magnus, Springer, Hot Rod, Blurr, Kup, Wreck-Gar
:CON: Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, 3 Sweeps
Which mold do you see Hot Rod in?



*each with G1 color schemes

Optimus Prime - Ultra Magnus
Sandstorm - Springer
Hot Rod/Blurr - Mirage/Prowl
Hubcap/Hoist - Kup/Wreck-Gar

Soundwave - Galvatron
Starscream - Cyclonus
Megatron/Megaplex - Scourge
Skywarp/Thundercracker - (3)Sweeps

Anyway, I've always been curious if these would have sold a little better if they had been these characters.
Considering that the Mirage/Prowl, Megatron/Megaplex, and Stalker molds actually bear visual resemblances to Mirage, Megatron, and Soundwave, respectively, in those cases, I doubt it.



...and the other molds look nothing like Prowl, Starscream, or Hubcap. They could have named them "Cliffjumper", "Thunderwing", and "Grimlock" and no one would have questioned it.
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444244)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 4th, 2012 @ 5:29pm CST
buddhaquest wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
buddhaquest wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
buddhaquest wrote:Everytime I look at the Machine Wars figures, I see what should have been-

:BOT: Ultra Magnus, Springer, Hot Rod, Blurr, Kup, Wreck-Gar
:CON: Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, 3 Sweeps
Which mold do you see Hot Rod in?



*each with G1 color schemes

Optimus Prime - Ultra Magnus
Sandstorm - Springer
Hot Rod/Blurr - Mirage/Prowl
Hubcap/Hoist - Kup/Wreck-Gar

Soundwave - Galvatron
Starscream - Cyclonus
Megatron/Megaplex - Scourge
Skywarp/Thundercracker - (3)Sweeps

Anyway, I've always been curious if these would have sold a little better if they had been these characters.
Considering that the Mirage/Prowl, Megatron/Megaplex, and Stalker molds actually bear visual resemblances to Mirage, Megatron, and Soundwave, respectively, in those cases, I doubt it.



...and the other molds look nothing like Prowl, Starscream, or Hubcap. They could have named them "Cliffjumper", "Thunderwing", and "Grimlock" and no one would have questioned it.
Hence my specific use of what's in bold.
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Posted by buddhaquest on December 4th, 2012 @ 5:39pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
buddhaquest wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
buddhaquest wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
buddhaquest wrote:Everytime I look at the Machine Wars figures, I see what should have been-

:BOT: Ultra Magnus, Springer, Hot Rod, Blurr, Kup, Wreck-Gar
:CON: Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, 3 Sweeps
Which mold do you see Hot Rod in?



*each with G1 color schemes

Optimus Prime - Ultra Magnus
Sandstorm - Springer
Hot Rod/Blurr - Mirage/Prowl
Hubcap/Hoist - Kup/Wreck-Gar

Soundwave - Galvatron
Starscream - Cyclonus
Megatron/Megaplex - Scourge
Skywarp/Thundercracker - (3)Sweeps

Anyway, I've always been curious if these would have sold a little better if they had been these characters.
Considering that the Mirage/Prowl, Megatron/Megaplex, and Stalker molds actually bear visual resemblances to Mirage, Megatron, and Soundwave, respectively, in those cases, I doubt it.



...and the other molds look nothing like Prowl, Starscream, or Hubcap. They could have named them "Cliffjumper", "Thunderwing", and "Grimlock" and no one would have questioned it.
Hence my specific use of what's in bold.



I understand that. You are saying they should be these characters because they "resemble" the originals in some way. I'm saying - Why can't they be these other characters just because they don't resemble the originals? Just because someone's head looks like Soundwave's doesn't mean they couldn't be Optimus Prime... I need to stop drinking before noon.
:D

Also, having these figures be characters from the '86 movie may have had a stronger impact on nostalgic collectors at the time... most of which were living in a world where the only new Transformers were Beast Wars figures. I was one of them... doing awful things in college.
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Posted by KNM2012 on December 4th, 2012 @ 11:06pm CST
It makes me wonder if the decision to bring back Machine Wars in 2013 has to do with any decisions made by TOMY for their own revival stuff. :-? Because if Hasbro is reviving this very obscure line, then it can mean TOMY is going to be doing something interesting when it comes to Generation 1. Hmmm... :-?

In all cases, unless I face some kind of financial issues, I may have to attend this year. I'll just hope it is closer to California this year. :PRAY:
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Posted by Heckfire on December 5th, 2012 @ 8:40am CST
...dude abuses ellipses more than I do.
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Posted by Rated X on December 5th, 2012 @ 9:13am CST
I really hope the location is in Atlanta, Chicago, or NYC and not some hole in the wall city in middle ammerica. That is the only way Ill be going this year. I can do without Machine wars. If anything is cool enough, I get it on e-bay.
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Posted by Deathsanras on December 6th, 2012 @ 6:59am CST
So..... what happens when Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Optimus Prime meets Timelines Thunderclash?
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Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on December 6th, 2012 @ 8:01am CST
Deathsanras wrote:So..... what happens when Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Optimus Prime meets Timelines Thunderclash?
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The Multiverse would implode.
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Posted by Mkall on December 6th, 2012 @ 10:14am CST
KUMA-NIN Maximus wrote:It makes me wonder if the decision to bring back Machine Wars in 2013 has to do with any decisions made by TOMY for their own revival stuff. :-? Because if Hasbro is reviving this very obscure line, then it can mean TOMY is going to be doing something interesting when it comes to Generation 1. Hmmm... :-?

In all cases, unless I face some kind of financial issues, I may have to attend this year. I'll just hope it is closer to California this year. :PRAY:

What FunPub decides to release has nothing to do with what Hasbro is planning so I doubt this has anything to do with TakaraTomy's plans.

FunPub's only restriction is they cannot use molds that Hasbro is currently using.
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Posted by KNM2012 on December 6th, 2012 @ 7:04pm CST
Mkall wrote:
KUMA-NIN Maximus wrote:It makes me wonder if the decision to bring back Machine Wars in 2013 has to do with any decisions made by TOMY for their own revival stuff. :-? Because if Hasbro is reviving this very obscure line, then it can mean TOMY is going to be doing something interesting when it comes to Generation 1. Hmmm... :-?

In all cases, unless I face some kind of financial issues, I may have to attend this year. I'll just hope it is closer to California this year. :PRAY:

What FunPub decides to release has nothing to do with what Hasbro is planning so I doubt this has anything to do with TakaraTomy's plans.

FunPub's only restriction is they cannot use molds that Hasbro is currently using.


Actually, it is more complicated than that. Fun Pub only has access to anything that they license from Hasbro, and any collaborations tied to TOMY. And so on. Lets just say that TOMY is technically on the top of the chain and Fun Pub is only there is a licensee.

Which leads to my speculation. You did know that 10 years prior to Machine Wars (which are primarily altered pieces based on the European Generations 2 line), Headmasters and Targetmasters debuted... Right? However, TOMY made it clear that Fortress Maximus (Encore 23) is the 25th anniversary piece for their series. Which could have caused an issue, even though Fun Pub could have done a "Generation 2" take on portions of Hasbro's line. And 2013 is also the anniversary of the Pretenders line, but it appears that TOMY may have possible plans with that as well (i.e. Generations 2013).

So what do you do when other anniversaries are popping up, and may conflict with any possible plans that either Hasbro or TOMY have in store? You take something that neither will touch and give it a proper anniversary revival. Hence the speculation. ;)
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Posted by Mkall on December 7th, 2012 @ 12:26am CST
KUMA-NIN Maximus wrote:
Mkall wrote:
KUMA-NIN Maximus wrote:It makes me wonder if the decision to bring back Machine Wars in 2013 has to do with any decisions made by TOMY for their own revival stuff. :-? Because if Hasbro is reviving this very obscure line, then it can mean TOMY is going to be doing something interesting when it comes to Generation 1. Hmmm... :-?

In all cases, unless I face some kind of financial issues, I may have to attend this year. I'll just hope it is closer to California this year. :PRAY:

What FunPub decides to release has nothing to do with what Hasbro is planning so I doubt this has anything to do with TakaraTomy's plans.

FunPub's only restriction is they cannot use molds that Hasbro is currently using.


Actually, it is more complicated than that. Fun Pub only has access to anything that they license from Hasbro, and any collaborations tied to TOMY. And so on. Lets just say that TOMY is technically on the top of the chain and Fun Pub is only there is a licensee.

Which leads to my speculation. You did know that 10 years prior to Machine Wars (which are primarily altered pieces based on the European Generations 2 line), Headmasters and Targetmasters debuted... Right? However, TOMY made it clear that Fortress Maximus (Encore 23) is the 25th anniversary piece for their series. Which could have caused an issue, even though Fun Pub could have done a "Generation 2" take on portions of Hasbro's line. And 2013 is also the anniversary of the Pretenders line, but it appears that TOMY may have possible plans with that as well (i.e. Generations 2013).

So what do you do when other anniversaries are popping up, and may conflict with any possible plans that either Hasbro or TOMY have in store? You take something that neither will touch and give it a proper anniversary revival. Hence the speculation. ;)


My understanding is that Hasbro is pretty much king since they hold the license of Transformers and lead the mold design process and their relationship with TakaraTomy is that TT can do whatever they want with the molds and Hasbro uses their manufacturing facilities and gets their assistance on some of the design work. Hasbro gets first crack, then TakaraTomy or is it TomyTakara? I never remember the order off the top of my head. Hence why, except for rare circumstances, there hasn't been a unique mold to appear in Japan until after its seen release in North America, the biggest exception being the Microns accompnying the Japanese TF: Prime figures, and I have my own hypothesis on that which have no impact on this discussion at this time.

Your speculation about anniversaries I think may be grasping at straws. We're at the point now where every year is going to be an anniversary for something. 2013 is Pretenders, 2014 may be Micromasters, the 30th year for the original G1 cast, or the 10th year for Energon and so on and so forth. Every fan will hope that their preferred anniversary will somehow get special treatment over all the others.

I'm following Occam's Razor on this: There is no supporting fiction for Machine Wars and it's a small toyline that only collectors will follow which made it a perfect target for The Club to make a set around. After some back and forth, Hasbro agreed on their mold choice and away they go.

I'm not saying you're wrong. I fully accept that I could be wrong, you could be right, or we both could be way off. I just think that we as fans tend to overcomplicate things.
Re: Machine Wars Q&A with BotCon's Pete Sinclair (1444942)
Posted by KNM2012 on December 7th, 2012 @ 5:04pm CST
Mkall wrote:My understanding is that Hasbro is pretty much king since they hold the license of Transformers and lead the mold design process and their relationship with TakaraTomy is that TT can do whatever they want with the molds and Hasbro uses their manufacturing facilities and gets their assistance on some of the design work. Hasbro gets first crack, then TakaraTomy or is it TomyTakara? I never remember the order off the top of my head. Hence why, except for rare circumstances, there hasn't been a unique mold to appear in Japan until after its seen release in North America, the biggest exception being the Microns accompnying the Japanese TF: Prime figures, and I have my own hypothesis on that which have no impact on this discussion at this time.

Your speculation about anniversaries I think may be grasping at straws. We're at the point now where every year is going to be an anniversary for something. 2013 is Pretenders, 2014 may be Micromasters, the 30th year for the original G1 cast, or the 10th year for Energon and so on and so forth. Every fan will hope that their preferred anniversary will somehow get special treatment over all the others.

I'm following Occam's Razor on this: There is no supporting fiction for Machine Wars and it's a small toyline that only collectors will follow which made it a perfect target for The Club to make a set around. After some back and forth, Hasbro agreed on their mold choice and away they go.

I'm not saying you're wrong. I fully accept that I could be wrong, you could be right, or we both could be way off. I just think that we as fans tend to overcomplicate things.


Not complicating, dissecting. It is how I generate interest in non-TOMY pieces. ;)

Actually, you will be surprised. If you go with pre-merger Takara, you will find that a majority of the licensed figures come from their own pre-Transformers and Transformers (Car Robots, Micron Dentsu trilogy, etc.) lines. And that they also did a good chunk of the figures after that point. Adding those two elements, and the two pieces from ToyBox (Omega Supreme and Sky Lynx), TOMY is the top banana of sorts.

Plus, I was talking about the important anniversaries. Namely Transformers, Headmasters, Pretenders, and Beast Wars. Headmasters and Pretenders helped redefine the toyline, and Beast Wars (created by Kenner) helped reinvent it. Which is why I find them choosing a toyline that initially failed because fans (including myself) hoped it was a revival of the original. That, and from my understanding, this line is based on European Generation 2 pieces (mostly retooled).

Besides... For all we know, Admiral Ackbar is wishing to tell the Machine Wars fans that "It's a trap!" But, then again, I know that there is an Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist) joke within this toyline. :lol:
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