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New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set

Transformers News: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set

Sunday, April 8th, 2007 1:26AM CDT

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Posted by: Bed Bugs   Views: 18,891

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Pete@Botcon has confirmed on the Transformers Collectors Club forums that the new character, Bug-byte, is indeed the mysterious leader referred to in the Botcon brochure.

So with that in mind, this may change people's guesses as to which characters will be used in the souvenier sets as well as the free attendee exclusive.

Keep watching Seibertron.com as more details about the Botcon figures are released!
Credit(s): Pete@Botcon of TFClub.com

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Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77801)
Posted by Down_Shift on April 8th, 2007 @ 1:32am CDT
Good job postin this bombshell buddy. I wonder if they'll have the ballziny to make a deluxe the leader of the pack :???:
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77815)
Posted by Roboto750 on April 8th, 2007 @ 2:05am CDT
I'm still betting that one of the other "secret exclusives" will be a Nemesis Prime repaint of classics Optimus (a la pre-BW Megatron last year). Of course, I thought that this "leader" of the 2007 exclusives would be Nemesis Prime... go figure.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77818)
Posted by Lapse Of Reason on April 8th, 2007 @ 2:08am CDT
Roboto750 wrote:I'm still betting that one of the other "secret exclusives" will be a Nemesis Prime repaint of classics Optimus (a la pre-BW Megatron last year). Of course, I thought that this "leader" of the 2007 exclusives would be Nemesis Prime... go figure.


Interesting news, but not totally unexpected.

A repaint of Prime as Nemesis Prime is still probable. Maybe BugByte has control over Nemesis's spark (ala BW Megatron and Rampage). Either way, I am looking forward to how the set and storyline for it turns out.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77823)
Posted by Roboto750 on April 8th, 2007 @ 2:11am CDT
Lapse Of Reason wrote:
Roboto750 wrote:I'm still betting that one of the other "secret exclusives" will be a Nemesis Prime repaint of classics Optimus (a la pre-BW Megatron last year). Of course, I thought that this "leader" of the 2007 exclusives would be Nemesis Prime... go figure.


Interesting news, but not totally unexpected.

A repaint of Prime as Nemesis Prime is still probable. Maybe BugByte has control over Nemesis's spark (ala BW Megatron and Rampage). Either way, I am looking forward to how the set and storyline for it turns out.


Hmmm... now that would make for an interesting convention comic! 8)
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77827)
Posted by emeraldbeacon on April 8th, 2007 @ 2:17am CDT
My guess? A repaint of Movie-Starscream. The face is already very insect-like, and it would make sense to have another jet to lead the team. Would this go against the 'rules,' in using a current sculpt as an exclusive? Sure. Would I put Hasbro past that? Never. ;)
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77838)
Posted by shortround on April 8th, 2007 @ 2:30am CDT
I bet he will be a soilded white repaint of megatron with some sort of dark blue high lights on him.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77888)
Posted by justynnbailey on April 8th, 2007 @ 6:01am CDT
I figured Bug Byte to be a repaint of Bumblebee....
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77891)
Posted by cellshock on April 8th, 2007 @ 6:41am CDT
So what's this mean, that Bugbyte will be the Voyager class figure in the boxset? Would that mean Dreadwing or whoever he is will just be another Seeker then?

Man it would be nice if they just put pics of these things online. People might like to see what they paid an arm & leg for.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77928)
Posted by --B-- on April 8th, 2007 @ 8:08am CDT
I didn't see the brochure, but does it say "Leader" or "Leader Class"? It could still be a white BB that is in command of this set, just not the leader sized figure?

Or I've had way to much Easter candy already!
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77958)
Posted by Psychout on April 8th, 2007 @ 8:43am CDT
Go! go! gobots!!
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77960)
Posted by Mulla on April 8th, 2007 @ 8:54am CDT
So what's the current speculation on the other molds? Thundercracker, Thrust and Dirge are no-brainers, but I was thinking Dreadwing will be a repaint of Jetfire with a remolded head. Seems to fit his G1 form. Bug-byte has me stumped.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77975)
Posted by Kaijubot on April 8th, 2007 @ 9:20am CDT
Mullaâ„¢ wrote:So what's the current speculation on the other molds? Thundercracker, Thrust and Dirge are no-brainers, but I was thinking Dreadwing will be a repaint of Jetfire with a remolded head. Seems to fit his G1 form. Bug-byte has me stumped.


The last version of Bug-bite was an e-hobby repaint of Bumblebee in white, so conventional wisdom says that the new version will be a repaint of Classics Bumblebee
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (77996)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on April 8th, 2007 @ 9:52am CDT
well, it could always be the old beastwars transmetal waspinator mold too.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (78080)
Posted by UltraPrimal on April 8th, 2007 @ 11:56am CDT
I'm still going with the majority and saying it's BugBite(BumbleBee), Dreadwind(Skyfire), Thrust(Ramjet), Dirge(Ramjet), and Thundercracker(Starscream). I'm also hoping for Nemesis Prime(Optimus Prime) and Darkwing(Starscream) as the convention exclusives, like most people. I just hope they remold both Dreadwind and Darkwing so that they can combine like their G1 counterparts. If not, then I'll take Sunstorm instead. But I'm hoping for all them anyways.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (78105)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on April 8th, 2007 @ 12:28pm CDT
Ok now I'm curious about this figure.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (78197)
Posted by Retardicon on April 8th, 2007 @ 2:41pm CDT
Immortal Starscream wrote:well, it could always be the old beastwars transmetal waspinator mold too.


That would be cool.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (78431)
Posted by Black Bumblebee on April 8th, 2007 @ 7:19pm CDT
I'm holding out for an Alternator Volks :-)

...but considering the source, it'll probably be a key chain repaint
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (78500)
Posted by Roboto750 on April 8th, 2007 @ 8:57pm CDT
UltraPrimal wrote:I'm still going with the majority and saying it's BugBite(BumbleBee), Dreadwind(Skyfire), Thrust(Ramjet), Dirge(Ramjet), and Thundercracker(Starscream). I'm also hoping for Nemesis Prime(Optimus Prime) and Darkwing(Starscream) as the convention exclusives, like most people. I just hope they remold both Dreadwind and Darkwing so that they can combine like their G1 counterparts. If not, then I'll take Sunstorm instead. But I'm hoping for all them anyways.


Having them combine would be wicked cool! Though, I don't see it happening this time around.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (78843)
Posted by Down_Shift on April 9th, 2007 @ 9:15am CDT
While Movie Starscream getting a repaint so soon after it's release would be interesting for a club exlcusive, I was under the impression that all the repaints this year were of classic moulds. Don't be surprised if we see some of those awful Classics mini-cons as club exclusives.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (78894)
Posted by Maldroth on April 9th, 2007 @ 10:11am CDT
pretty sure it will be a white Bumblebee to match the E-hobby version.

Honestly a different change up.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (78912)
Posted by Roboto750 on April 9th, 2007 @ 10:34am CDT
Maldroth wrote:pretty sure it will be a white Bumblebee to match the E-hobby version.

Honestly a different change up.


I agree, I couldn't see it being anything else. I just hope that they have a new head sculpt. Maybe a homage to the original Bumblebee figure with the face plate? Afterall, he did look a little "buggish" (besides his alt mode, of course)!
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (78925)
Posted by Maldroth on April 9th, 2007 @ 10:43am CDT
Yeah a face plate headsculpt would be really cool and set the figure apart enough that it wouldn't seem like another repaint.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (78938)
Posted by Swerve on April 9th, 2007 @ 10:51am CDT
I know everyone keeps bringing up Dreadwing but I already thought there was a classics Dreadwing. He's a minicon in the Predator Attack Team with Snarl and Overbite.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (79062)
Posted by Roboto750 on April 9th, 2007 @ 12:37pm CDT
Swerve wrote:I know everyone keeps bringing up Dreadwing but I already thought there was a classics Dreadwing. He's a minicon in the Predator Attack Team with Snarl and Overbite.


Hmmm.... Well, I guess he's only a mini-con, so the character must be fair game! After all, since when do mini-cons count? :)

Okay, maybe that was a bit harsh toward the mini-guys, but in all honesty, I don't think it matters too much. It's happened before. Plus, we could always say its a namesake type backstory if we need one (such as BW Megs and Primal).
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (79079)
Posted by Bed Bugs on April 9th, 2007 @ 12:57pm CDT
Swerve wrote:I know everyone keeps bringing up Dreadwing but I already thought there was a classics Dreadwing. He's a minicon in the Predator Attack Team with Snarl and Overbite.


Thunderblast was a Minicon and Female Boat in Cybertron.....
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (79115)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on April 9th, 2007 @ 1:34pm CDT
Swerve wrote:I know everyone keeps bringing up Dreadwing but I already thought there was a classics Dreadwing. He's a minicon in the Predator Attack Team with Snarl and Overbite.


Look closer: it's BotCon Dreadwind, and Mini-Con Dreadwing. ;) By the way, I wouldn't count on Darkwing making an appearance because of Hasbro's worst nightmare: trademarks.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (79118)
Posted by Exulted Unicron on April 9th, 2007 @ 1:39pm CDT
Maybe this whole Bug Byte thing will be a repaint of Bumblebee/Cliffy
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (79263)
Posted by Tigertrack on April 9th, 2007 @ 4:45pm CDT
In the same thread, it was stated...no black repaints (Nemesis 'Anyone').

Nice job Fender.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (79577)
Posted by Mulla on April 9th, 2007 @ 11:43pm CDT
As a convention exclusive I'd like to see G1 Scorponok. Voyager class Optimus with a remolded head and some slight additions ot the arm kibble. Put the weathervane rifle in its holder and have it curling over the head. Would look sweet. Considering G1 Fasttrack had a Prime-ish look about, I reckon it would work.
Re: New Character Bug-byte Confirmed to be Leader in Botcon Box Set (79609)
Posted by Roboto750 on April 10th, 2007 @ 12:48am CDT
tigertracks 24 wrote:In the same thread, it was stated...no black repaints (Nemesis 'Anyone').

Nice job Fender.


Interesting... very interesting! :-?

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