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Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball

Transformers News: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 10:19PM CST

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Technically he was revealed almost a month ago, but now it's official! The BotCon 2014 website has been updated with official images of Cannonball from this year's Pirates vs. Knights convention boxset. The figure is a repaint of Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Deluxe Ratchet with a brand new head mold. Check out the official images below:

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Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554820)
Posted by Flashwave on March 3rd, 2014 @ 10:30pm CST
Nice! Not my cup of tea, I want to see the other boxset members though,
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 3rd, 2014 @ 10:35pm CST
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Posted by Mkall on March 3rd, 2014 @ 10:47pm CST
Not bad, not bad at all.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554835)
Posted by Manterax Prime on March 3rd, 2014 @ 11:14pm CST
I love how FunPubs definition of "official" nowadays is "let's photoshop the colors and put on a CG rendered head"

Show me the actual plastic.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554839)
Posted by Rated X on March 3rd, 2014 @ 11:26pm CST
Whats the difference between this photo and the ones already released ?
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Posted by Noideaforaname on March 3rd, 2014 @ 11:28pm CST
That's pretty cool, really feels like Cannonball owns the mold instead of just being a repaint + new head. Though I didn't realize how much the transformation cheats...
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554842)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 3rd, 2014 @ 11:30pm CST
Rated X wrote:Whats the difference between this photo and the ones already released ?
The nature of the pictures' release.

And the background, I guess.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554851)
Posted by mirageandjazz1197 on March 4th, 2014 @ 12:41am CST
Manterax Prime wrote:I love how FunPubs definition of "official" nowadays is "let's photoshop the colors and put on a CG rendered head"

Show me the actual plastic.



even though its the actual toy except touched up with Photoshop.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554857)
Posted by xyl360 on March 4th, 2014 @ 1:11am CST
I dig the vehicle mode but I hate that combination of colors on the bot mode. That gold plastic on black, aquamarine (I think :P?), yellow and purple just looks messed up.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554869)
Posted by Henry921 on March 4th, 2014 @ 5:45am CST
Does this mean the next month will reveal the next 4 members of the box set? >:oP

Not a theme I'm attached to, but I'm looking forward to some potential repurposing.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554875)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on March 4th, 2014 @ 6:27am CST
Henry921 wrote:Does this mean the next month will reveal the next 4 members of the box set?


They should do it sooner, before people actually start signing up for packages. To some fans the exclusives decide whether they go to the convention or not, just get the sets mailed to them, or pass on the set entirely. So the set should be revealed before the deadline for signing up for BotCon.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554883)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 4th, 2014 @ 8:46am CST
Henry921 wrote:Not a theme I'm attached to, but I'm looking forward to some potential repurposing.
If the other pirates all turn out to Squadron X members, then there may not need to be repurposing since they'd already be G1 characters. ;)
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Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 4th, 2014 @ 8:55am CST
Sabrblade wrote:
Henry921 wrote:Not a theme I'm attached to, but I'm looking forward to some potential repurposing.
If the other pirates all turn out to Squadron X members, then there may not need to be repurposing since they'd already be G1 characters. ;)


Collectors' Club wrote:This is more than just a homage set though, as it brings characters from across the mythos into the Fun Publications “G1 cartoon” universe, with a couple other surprises in store for you as well!


This will be interesting to say the least. We have a Cannonball from Cybertron, who'll be next?
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554928)
Posted by shajaki on March 4th, 2014 @ 12:37pm CST
im surprised how many people are genuinely interested in this set given the silly nature. especially with how picky this fandom can be. personally i have no interest yet, but theres always something in every set so ill reserve judgement.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554973)
Posted by WiseMan on March 4th, 2014 @ 3:25pm CST
FunPub had better explain in the comic why Cannonball, a pirate, would want to transform into an ambulance.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554974)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 4th, 2014 @ 3:28pm CST
WiseMan wrote:FunPub had better explain in the comic why Cannonball, a pirate, would want to transform into an ambulance.
No one questioned this about Cybertron Cannonball.

Cannonball's schtick is that, like the Dread Pirate Roberts, he can be anybody, for he is only a name and reputation, with many having assumed the mantle of the role. He could turn into a cotton candy machine of all things and still work as Cannonball.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1554997)
Posted by WiseMan on March 4th, 2014 @ 4:58pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:No one questioned this about Cybertron Cannonball.

Cannonball's schtick is that, like the Dread Pirate Roberts, he can be anybody, for he is only a name and reputation, with many having assumed the mantle of the role. He could turn into a cotton candy machine of all things and still work as Cannonball.


I understand that, but there are two problems.

First, Cybertron Red Alert didn't really look like an ambulance except for the paint job. When you look at the Prime Ratchet mode from behind? Look, it's an ambulance.

And second, I don't think this Dread Pirate Roberts/Cannonball has ever fallen in love and left the pirate life. I think they're always pretty much evil and stuff.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1555000)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 4th, 2014 @ 5:02pm CST
WiseMan wrote:And second, I don't think this Dread Pirate Roberts/Cannonball has ever fallen in love and left the pirate life. I think they're always pretty much evil and stuff.
It's not the personality but the concept that he's derived from.

Kinda like what IDW Ultra Magnus is.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1555137)
Posted by Noideaforaname on March 4th, 2014 @ 11:28pm CST
It'd be kinda interesting to see a bit of Cannonball's pre-pirate history, some origin of his ambulance alt. Like if he used to be a medic but decided to pursue a more lucrative career, or was shanghaied into it, or if he's rebelling against Functionism or something. I'd also love to see the previous Cannonball title holders, and if there was any attempt by them to keep a continuity going (did they all have the Oingo Boingo skeletons? or is that the current one's signature?).
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1555141)
Posted by spongedude93 on March 4th, 2014 @ 11:55pm CST
Noideaforaname wrote:It'd be kinda interesting to see a bit of Cannonball's pre-pirate history, some origin of his ambulance alt. Like if he used to be a medic but decided to pursue a more lucrative career, or was shanghaied into it, or if he's rebelling against Functionism or something. I'd also love to see the previous Cannonball title holders, and if there was any attempt by them to keep a continuity going (did they all have the Oingo Boingo skeletons? or is that the current one's signature?).

All of the pirates in the two packs and army builders turn out to be Cannonball's of 2-3 varying molds and colour schemes. 8-}
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1555142)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 5th, 2014 @ 12:05am CST
Noideaforaname wrote:It'd be kinda interesting to see a bit of Cannonball's pre-pirate history, some origin of his ambulance alt. Like if he used to be a medic but decided to pursue a more lucrative career, or was shanghaied into it, or if he's rebelling against Functionism or something. I'd also love to see the previous Cannonball title holders, and if there was any attempt by them to keep a continuity going (did they all have the Oingo Boingo skeletons? or is that the current one's signature?).
I wouldn't expect much outside of Cannonball's toy bio since the most substantial, character exploration-based fiction the Club produces comes from the text stories, any of which they haven't published since 2011 and the next one coming up will return to focusing on the dimensionally-displaced G1 GoBots.

Not to mention how this year's convention comic story is supposed to be the concluding story of the Wing Universe, wrapping it up into its end; so Cannonball here will be starring in this continuity's final chapter.

Though, we did get a glimpse at one of the previous Cannonballs of the past, who was a Decepticon Warlord that led the Maraudicons, but not much else was touched upon him before Deathsaurus murdered him along with the other Warlords.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1555148)
Posted by bvzxa on March 5th, 2014 @ 12:27am CST
It's stupid.

This repaint is an exclusive...of a repaint, which IMO was better when it came out in 2006. And you guys are excited?

Man what will they think of next.
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1555149)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 5th, 2014 @ 12:32am CST
bvzxa wrote:It's stupid.

This repaint is an exclusive...of a repaint, which IMO was better when it came out in 2006. And you guys are excited?

Man what will they think of next.
It's no different than when e-HOBBY made that Generations Magnificus toy, which itself was an exclusive redeco/remold based on another redeco, only the one that that one was based on was also an exclusive. And yet, people wanted that Magnificus.
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Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 5th, 2014 @ 3:18pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
bvzxa wrote:It's stupid.

This repaint is an exclusive...of a repaint, which IMO was better when it came out in 2006. And you guys are excited?

Man what will they think of next.
It's no different than when e-HOBBY made that Generations Magnificus toy, which itself was an exclusive redeco/remold based on another redeco, only the one that that one was based on was also an exclusive. And yet, people wanted that Magnificus.


Eh, come again? 8-}

Given past trends, we can expect the next reveals on the 10th, 17th, 24th and the 31st of March: one for every week. I wonder who's next. :-?
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1555318)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 5th, 2014 @ 3:26pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Eh, come again? 8-}
He's mad that this exclusive Cannonball toy is just a mere redeco based on a character who was also just a mere redeco.

I compared it to the Generations Magnificus toy that was also an exclusive redeco based on an existing redeco (G1 Magnificus, whom I also noted was an exclusive itself).
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1555451)
Posted by Henry921 on March 6th, 2014 @ 1:08am CST
People are still surprised BotCon exclusives are repaints and retools of existing toys? :???:

I guess when you hear 'exclusive' you assume it's something new and special, but most Hasbro 'exclusives' are just repaints of their previous toys, but we sometimes see items from older lines that were cancelled and repurposed for a new series, thus feeling 'new' to us. Lest we forget the very first BotCon toy, G2 Breakdown, a straight redeco of his G1 toy?

FunPub doesn't have the resources to make new molds (save for four new heads at Botcon, and something like two-three new heads a year for their own member exclusives and subscription service). They're not a giant multi-national business like Hasbro.

Doesn't mean we can't love 'em and spend way too much money on them though. ;)
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1555508)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 6th, 2014 @ 8:12am CST
Henry921 wrote:People are still surprised BotCon exclusives are repaints and retools of existing toys? :???:
It's not that this Cannonball is a mere redeco that bvzxa was bothered by. It's that it's a redeco that is based on something that was already a redeco to being with, instead of a redeco with a more original deco.
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Posted by El Duque on March 6th, 2014 @ 6:22pm CST
BotCon has announced Jack Angel as the latest special guest to appear at this year's event in Pasadena, Ca. Angel joins the previously announced voice talent Susan Blu, Hal Rayle, and Michael McConnohie.

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JACK ANGEL got his first real break voicing characters for the 1970’s SuperFriends cartoon. From there he would go on to voice numerous cartoon characters of all shapes and sizes with some from a whole ‘nother world! Transformers fans know Jack for the various characters he played on the 80’s G-1 cartoon series, from Ramjet, Astrotrain and Breakdown to Smokescreen, Ultra Magnus and Omega Supreme!

In addition to his work on Transformers, Jack’s voice could be heard on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, The Real Ghostbusters, Jem, Tailspin, Darkwing Duck, The Mask, Fox’s Spiderman and many other series!

Jack has recently starred in Toy Story 3 as Chunk and in different Smurf’s features/video games as Papa Smurf. Come see Jack on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for panels, autographs and at other special events featured at BotCon 2014!
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1555676)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 6th, 2014 @ 6:25pm CST
Here's hoping nothing will interfere with his appearing this time.
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Posted by bvzxa on March 8th, 2014 @ 5:43am CST
Sabrblade wrote:
Henry921 wrote:People are still surprised BotCon exclusives are repaints and retools of existing toys? :???:
It's not that this Cannonball is a mere redeco that bvzxa was bothered by. It's that it's a redeco that is based on something that was already a redeco to being with, instead of a redeco with a more original deco.


Thanks for clarifying Sabrblade.

I wouldn't compare this to the new E-Hobby Magnificus. The history of the figure and the fact that it's an update just like Classics Perceptor is an update to G1 Perceptor, the Magnificus repaint was pretty much a done deal.

I'm on the fence because the Prime molds were pretty weak with the exception of the First Editions. I'm sure convention collectors will be happy with this repaint but I stand by the Cybertron repaint is still a heck of a lot better.
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 10th, 2014 @ 2:15pm CDT
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Posted by SW's SilverHammer on March 10th, 2014 @ 2:20pm CDT
Please god let it be crosscut.
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Posted by Mindmaster on March 10th, 2014 @ 2:22pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Another reveal is coming today - https://twitter.com/BotCon/status/443095022582263808


Based on the image that was attached... Yep, toys representing members of SquadronX for the first time inbound! :KREMZEEK:
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Posted by Blurrz on March 10th, 2014 @ 6:20pm CDT
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Here is our second figure reveal from the BotCon 2014 Convention set - PIRATES VS KNIGHTS! Formerly part of Squadron X, Ferak and his brother in arms, Tornado, have now joined with Cannonball's crew of PIRATES to seek glory and riches! Each contributing skills key to the success of the heist, how can the Heroic Cybertronian KNIGHTS put an end to the plunder?

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 a homage set though, as it brings characters from across the mythos into the Fun Publications "G1 cartoon" universe, with a couple more surprises still in store for you!
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Posted by El Duque on March 10th, 2014 @ 6:27pm CDT
The official BotCon 2014 website has been updated with their second Pirates vs. Knights reveal, Ferak with Tornado! The figure is redeco of Transformers Universe 2.0 Deluxe Cyclonus. Check him out below!

Here is our second figure reveal from the BotCon 2014 Convention set - PIRATES VS KNIGHTS! Formerly part of Squadron X, Ferak and his brother in arms, Tornado, have now joined with Cannonball's crew of PIRATES to seek glory and riches! Each contributing skills key to the success of the heist, how can the Heroic Cybertronian KNIGHTS put an end to the plunder?

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 a homage set though, as it brings characters from across the mythos into the Fun Publications "G1 cartoon" universe, with a couple more surprises still in store for you!


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Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1556553)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 10th, 2014 @ 6:28pm CDT
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Posted by LOST Cybertronian on March 10th, 2014 @ 6:36pm CDT
That looks kinka horrid.
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Posted by dragons on March 10th, 2014 @ 6:39pm CDT
Cyclones plus sun = sun burn face
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Posted by Seibertron on March 10th, 2014 @ 6:46pm CDT
:HEADHURTS: :BANG_HEAD: :HEADHURTS: :BANG_HEAD:
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 10th, 2014 @ 6:53pm CDT
The mold works on so many levels it is too perfect.

All he needs is to have that white replaced with pastel lavender.

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Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1556569)
Posted by Cyber Bishop on March 10th, 2014 @ 6:58pm CDT
Hmmm... Not digging those colors...
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Posted by Midnight_Fox on March 10th, 2014 @ 7:00pm CDT
I kinda like it.
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Posted by SW's SilverHammer on March 10th, 2014 @ 7:03pm CDT
So beside Sabrblade and the three other people in the entirety of the cosmos who know about this character extensively, can anyone tell me why, oh why I should care about this garish repaint that makes machine wars Skywarp look impressive?
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1556574)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 10th, 2014 @ 7:03pm CDT
Also, shouldn't this topic be merged with the main one?
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Posted by triKlops on March 10th, 2014 @ 7:04pm CDT
Not sold yet but this is getting interesting.
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Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on March 10th, 2014 @ 7:14pm CDT
It's been done before:

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8-}
Re: Official Images: BotCon 2014 Pirates vs. Knights Cannonball (1556582)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on March 10th, 2014 @ 7:29pm CDT
That's the RtS Cyclonus mold, right? Not bad. I thought I was gonna dislike this set, but so far they're 2 for 2 on figures I don't hate. I might have to get the Iacon package this year, if they keep this up.
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Posted by Mindmaster on March 10th, 2014 @ 7:30pm CDT
I dunno about you guys, but I love it. I absolutely love it. I'm really liking how it seems the Club is busting out some of the more obscure characters for these exclusives. Here's to hoping more Squadron X characters! :grin:

Calling it now, though: if Macabre is coming up soon, it's gunna be from Generations Black Shadow. Ain't no convincing with me unless the reveal says different. [-(
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Posted by Optimizzy on March 10th, 2014 @ 7:31pm CDT
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Posted by Cyber Bishop on March 10th, 2014 @ 7:32pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Also, shouldn't this topic be merged with the main one?


Technically it should, however since it is "newsed" if it is merged it will mess things up a bit.

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