Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Botcon 2016

This last weekend the last official Botcon occurred in Louisville, Kentucky. This doesn't necessarily mean it will be the last Botcon. Earlier this year Hasbro made the decision to withdraw its official support from Fun Productions, the owner of Botcon and the Transformers' Collectors Club (which ends it subscription service at the end of the year). No replacement plans have been announced by Hasbro nor has Fun Productions indicated what its future plans are. Considering Botcon, since its founding in 1994, went a decade without Hasbro's official stamp (but also without it siccing their lawyers on it causing it to die an early death), I do not see why losing the "official" status would prevent it from being held next year.

All it means is that Hasbro is unlikely to participate or send representatives but that is normal for most fan conventions, TF focused or otherwise. On the bright side, it means that 3rd party companies can participate once again after Hasbro had them officially banned from the convention a few years ago (and thus why no news or images below). Of course this speculation assumes Botcon is profitable enough with enough convention goers to continue it (I have never been so no clue on actual numbers). So next year's unknowns aside, below is a summation of news and galleries of Titan Wars toys that Hasbro revealed for release sometime last in 2016.

Hasbro Transformers Panels
Transformers Collector's Club Panel - Final panel ever since can no longer exist without Hasbro's support. Result is no news but just a look back and reveal of what releases remain this year.

Hasbro Transformers Brand Panel (video below) - No major announcements. The TF Machinima series is in production, no release date. Titan Returns line starts in Fall 2016. Showed off Titan Wars first couple of waves, official galleries below along with display case images of the toys.


Titan Wars Deluxe: Official look at Wolfwire and Highbrow along with Titan Masters for Clobber, Apeface, Skytread, and Brawn.

Titans Return Voyager: Official look at Alpha Trion and Astrotrain (who will be a triple-changer)

Computron - Official images of the Combiner Wars figure that is made up of Scattershot, Nosecone, Afterbreaker, Lightsteed, Strafe, and Scrounge.

Platinum Edition - 30th Anniversary set with Generations version of Ultra Magnus, Kup, Blurr, Arcee, and Springer

Robots in Disguise: Mini-Cons | Warriors - Official images of these upcoming toys.

Display Cases: Computron | Titan Return 1 | Titans Return 2 | Titans Return 3 | Platinum Edition | Robots in Disguise 1 | Robots in Disguise 2 | Hasbro 1 | Hasbro 2 | Hasbro 3


Misc
Transformers Hall of Fame - New inductees for 2016 are Optimus Primal (Favorite Character), Cosmos (Favorite Underrated Character), and Weird Al Yankovic (Best Music Act).

Alt Modes - New Hasbro line of transforming over-sized head toys that will be blind-packed. The initial wave will include Prime, Ultra Magnus, Prowl, Megatron, Starscream, Thundercracker, Skywarp and Nemesis Prime.
Display Cases: Apparel

Stan Bush and Vince Dicola Performance
From Seibertron.com, here is a video of the pair performing "The Touch" and "Dare" from Transformers: The Movie.

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