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?I thought I would bring you a random Saturday afternoon update since its a warm day here in London and I've been chilling out after a 17 hour grind in the office yes?terday. As such I have uploaded only our 4th video to our YouTube ?account which consists of a random montage of footage we recorded from the dealer room at Botcon 2011. The footage is available in HD format down and is the the second video we have uploaded to YouTube from our library of convention footage that we have recorded over the past ten years. At somepoint we hope to share all of thhe videos with you which include videos from Japanese Winter Wonderfests, Botcons, Auto Assembly, Transforce as well as other conventions. We must have something like 40 or 50 hours worth of convention footage that we have never made public before but always planned to release when we found time. Anyway, you can find the video footage below.
I have added some more toy galleries this evening to complete our Botcon 2011 exclusive image galleries as well as bringing you a gallery of a figure that we purchased at the event, Beast Wars Neo Rockbuster. The image galleries this evening are of Transformers Animated Sideswipe, Transformers Animated Fisitron (Ironfist), Transformers Animated Autotroopers, Shattered Glass Galvatron, Shattered Glass Thundercracker as well as the aforementioned Beast Wars Neo Rockbuster.
Later than we were planning, but I can now bring to you our full image gallery from Botcon 2011. The gallery features 446 photographs from the convention including the dealer room, panels and outside of the convention centre itself.
Our Saturday journey started with another trip to the dealer room, and whilst we got through the day without buying anything we did take the opportunity to take some more photographs that will be uploaded upon our return to the UK due to the slow internet connection we have out here, as well had having Aaron Archer sign our custom Angry Archer Mighty Mugg that was designed and created by Hamster Customs AKA Minion. Aaron was very impressed by the Muggs as was Eric Siebenaler. We have a photo of Aaron holding the Mugg that we will share with you all
along with the other images.
The IDW panel went over their upcoming releases, pretty much everything that had already been announced though it did announce that Flint Dille would be writing a new "Digital Only" Transformers comic series with the head of World of Warcraf, called Trasformers Autocracy which will be available on the iPhone, Blackberry and Android. This story will focus on the post Megatron period of Cybertrons History and the start of the Great War. It should be stated that both Nick Roache and James Roberts names were greated with thunderous applause by the audience wheneve the panel touched on both their past and future work.
As it approached time for the Hasbro Panel, we decided to head back to the ballroom where they ran through some upcoming releases both for 2011 as wel l as some sneak peaks at 2012. First of they ran through the lines that will be released this year including Dark of the Moon, Transformers Prime, Kre-o, Transformers Generations and Rescue Bots. They began with the Rescue Bots explaining how it is aimed at 3-6 year olds and will have a supporting cartoon for pre-schoolers. The idea is that they are a specialist unit of Autobots, setup to for rescue. The figures will focus on new characters but will include also include an Optimus Prime and Bumblebee toy. The other characters are Blades, Chase, Heatwave and I believe Dozer (the bulldozer) but the mic was muffled at this time.
Kre-O was the next line they then focused on. This construction line is basically a follow-up of the Built-To-Rule concept, though each building kit will also come with some mini-figures known as Kreons.
For the Reveal The Shield figures they confirmed that the line has ended but that they are trying to find a way of mass releasing the last figures within the US as well as possible re-releasing other short-packed figures.
It was confirmed that Generations will continue throughout the year along side the Dark of the Moon line.
The focus of the panel then shifted to Dark of the Moon. First they explained the story behind MechTech. The wanted to remove the gimmicks from the toys themselves so tahat they would not hinde the transformations, but they still needed a gimmick for marketing, so they decided on having an external weapon. The initial concepts were to have the weapons combine which is why they have the plugs. The following toys were shown:
Air Raid (32365), Armour Topspin (36106), Dark Iron (36107) who is a stingray car whose colour scheme is based off of Beast Wars Quicksrike, Cannon Force Ironhide (36871) who is a red recolour of the voyager Ironhide, Leader Class Ironhide (29698) whom they have given multiple weapons to help highlight his standing within the Autobots as the weapons specialist. Next up was Ultimate Optimus Prime (28748) who is the Optimus Prime with trailer. They wanted to make the toy as big as possible to that he would look impressive standing on people's shelves. The SDCC exclusive figure was shown next, this toy is simply a repackaged Ultimate Optimus Prime, but comes packaged in vehicle mode witin foild packaging and with a set of G1 inspired stickers for the trailer. Following on from the Optimus Prime's, the Human Alliance figures were then shown. First up was Roadbuster (292621) who was then followed with a couple of slides on the new Cyberverse subline. This line will run throughout 2011 and 2012 and is focused on playsets. The line stars with a Shockwave (29738), Ratchet and The Ark, which comes with a Roller mini-figure. Moving away from Cyberverse, the presentation then began to look at the store exclusives. First up were the Toys R Us Transscan series. These start with Sideswipe and Ironhide and then move onto Ratchet and Bumblebee. Elita-1 was shown alogn with Spacecase, Bumblebee and Jazz. The Target exclusives are going to a Human Alliance Leadfoot who is deco'ed out with the Target logo and then a deluxe 2-pack of Leadfoot (in the target colours) and Twintwist. The WalMart exclusives are another Bumblebee and a Sideswipe. Sideswipe has the numbers 04 painting on the side in reference to his original Japanese release where he was the 4th figure to be released.
The 25th Anniversary Unicron was shown as an Amazon exclusive. The figure is recoloured from the recent Japanese release to be cartoon accurate. We have taken plenty of images that you will be able to use as a reference in the future but basically the toy has a lot of paint-apps but I am not convinced that it is more accurate than the Japanese release. The shade of orange on the figure didn't quite look right to me.
After Unicron the Transformers Prime toys were shown. There release date is the 1st December 2011 and not the date that was shown on the cards in the Hasbro display the previous days. The 2nd series of te cartoon show will debut a few days earlier on the 28th November. The first wave of figures include a deluxe Arcee, dexlue Starscream, deluxe Bumblebee and an double-pack of Optimus Prime and Megatron that come with a DVD as well as mini-figures of the human companions.
Wave 2 of Transformers Prime was also shown either as grey prototypes or concept ar. The releasd of the figures could change but the toys shown were Cliff Jumper, Vehicon, Terrorcon Cliffjumper, Voyager class Optimus Prime (36492) and Voyager Bulkhead (36491).
The SDCC exlusive Matrix was shown that holds an Optimus Prime within the center.
For 2012, he following figures were also shown. Transformers Prime Cyberverse Ratchet, Transformers Prime Cyberverse Wheeljack, Transformers Prime Legion Bumblebee, Transformers Prime Legion Arcee, Transformers Prime Commander Optimus Prime, Transformers Prime deluxe Soundwave with Laserbeak, deluxe Ratchet, deluxe Wheeljack, Voyager Starscream.
They then breifly touched on the design process, that being Sketch -> CG Render -> Handbuilt model -> Machine Made.
They then started taking questions. They confirmed that there will be toys for Wars For Cybertron 2. The alternative heads that were shown on various instructions may be used for future exclusives but at the same time, may not be used. They have no plans to release more Transformers Animated figures, as they do not fit into any other lines, but they will keep looking for a way to release Hydro-dive Bumblebee and Wingblade Optimus Prime.
When asked about future Mighty Muggs the reply was that they would only really be exclusives (so basically SDCC is the only place that may ever get more).
They would like to see a release of the third season of Transformers Animated, but stated that the most likely scenario would be for Shout Factory to released it much further down the line.
When asked about if they had any plans for articulated Transformers Prime human figures, they took a quick poll of the audience and then said they will consider it. So basically they had no plans but might do in the future.
When asked if they would release a Generations Arcee they said they can't say anything only that they have something big they are working on for later in the year.
They were asked why the re-colours were released before new molds and not at the end of the lines, to which they simply stated that this was due to budgetary reasons.
They are starting a subscription service in conjunction with Fun Publications for G.I-Joe to release figures to collectors at a higher price that stores do not want, if that works then they will consider something similar for Transformers.
After the Hasbro panel eveyone was asked to leave the hall whilst they prepared for the live Transformers Prime script reading. We went to collect our Press Passes that we were suppose to have got having been invited to attend the panel and the post-panel round table interviews with te cast. Unfortunately whilst the press agency that contacted us had claimed that they had put our names down, we were not on any of the lists that Hasbro had. Thankfully being full atendees we could still get into the live reading but we could not attend the press interviews afterwards. The script reading went down really well, as was filmed and streamed live on the Internet via The Hub and Facebook.
We headed off for some lunch and then another quick walk around the dealer room to catch up with a few people so we missed most of the Activision / High Moon Studios panel, but we did catch the end where they confirmed that there would be lots of DLC content but that they could not comment on which characters it would be. They also could not coment on Soundwaves modes in the game (at the request of Michael Bay) nor on what they would do with a Generation One license.
This panel was followed by the Collectors Club panel. The panel revealed that te next collectors club exclusives will be Runamuck and Roundabout (using the RTS Wheeljack and Tracks molds) followed by a Shattered Glass Drift.
The final panel of the day was the 25th Anniversary of Transformers The Movie. This was fun panel that included some advise for would-be voice actors, some tales from the past and comedy sketches.
Unfortunatley the internets connetion in our hotel is poor, so uploading our pictures from BotCon is scheduled to take 5 hours +, so you'll have to hold off for our image unfortunatley.
What I can tell you is that Saturday BotCon features the IDW Panel, Hasbro Toy Panel (expect images and information to come flooding out about Dark of the Moon, Transformers Prime, Masterpiece Rodimus and probably some more Generations toys. Following that is the Transformers Collectors Club panel, which we're not expecting much from, then the 1986 voice actors panel.
So BotCon for Friday has finished, other than the Awards dinner (TFW2005 and Seibertron to battle it out for the prizes) and the Casino night.
Today's events saw a Cosplay competition, with some fantastic, and a few not to fantastic costumes (personal the Baroness and Crimson Twins, Tomax and Xamot would get my vote).
Next up was the live script reading, which was great fun Auto Assembly 2011 attendees have a lot to look forward to as David Kaye and Greg Berger player odd each other really well (both are really lookinrg forward to the event).
After that the hall opened and sigings from David and the daughter of the late Chris Latter. Steve queued for ages, so I went into the hall and spent too much money on old BotCon toys. After filling up I went out, grabbed the comic from Steve, who was still queuing, and got Derrick and Marty to sign it.
After that it was Greg, Neil, Morgan's turn to sign (Neil Ross signed our Visionaries Marketing Book).
Then it was back into the dealer room to pick up more old BotCon exclusives.
The dealer hall had an amazing amount of Japanese Transformers, though comments were the prices on toys was far too expensive ($4300 for a boxed Menasor)!!
Hasbro had a great display of Dark of the Moon, Transformers Prime and Generations toys. The vehicles for the Transformers Movie were there, and far more dealers then we had seen previously.
There were so many non-official toys for sale, probably 1/4 of all toys, and lots of toys from other ranges, He-Man, GI Joe, Anime ... it was quiet funny.
The biggest disapointment was the queues, again. We spent over an hour in a queue for the script reading, only for the number of people in front of us to tripple, with people jumping in or joining thier friends. One group went from 2 to over 20! Then as the doors opened 10 more people jumped in right at the doors, yet all of this was possible as there was no staff of volenteers looking after things - poor Fun Publications, very very poor.
The queues for signings was far better maintained, with them cutting them off and making sure it was a neat and orderly line.
Sorry about the late coverage on this, but yesterday saw the attendees registration and toy pick up. As I posted instantly on our message board the toys are
Stunticon Box Set
Fisitron - giveaway toy
3 pack of Autotroopers
Shatter Glass Galvatron
Shattered Glass Thundercracker (in Action Master colours)
Minevera (customisation class toy)
TFW2005.com have advanced access to the Exhibition hall, so they've posted up images of Hasbro's displays, including Transformers Dark of the Moon vehicles, Transformers Prime standees (showing off Prowl, Barricade and two other new characters) and the Hasbro toy display.
BotCon 2011 Experience Day 1 - Thursday 2nd of June 2011
Having set my phone to go off at 05:00 the previous night, I found myself awake at 01:30, 02:30, 03:30 and 04:30. I finally got up at 05:15,
jump in the shower and got ready for the trip to the airport. Terminal 5 was 15 minutes drive away, but I had to go into work prior to heading
to the airport to pick up the BotCon invoices, in order for us to pick up our exclusive toys, as Steve had forgotten to print it out. By 6:30
Clare (my girlfriend) was ready take me to work, so a quick text to Steve and I was on my way. The building at work was locked at the front door,
but luckily a colleague had already arrived (it was coming up to 07:00 now). I picked the printouts up, that I had printed the previous night
from home, and headed to Terminal 5 to wait for Steve. After a quick goodbye Steve turned up about 5 minutes after I had arrived.
We made our way to the baggage drop (10kilos for, Steve, 15.5 for me due to the equipment I had for work in my bag) .. we pondered what the weight
would be for the return leg before heading through Customs. After that it was a nice Full English Breakfast, as neither Steve or I are that keen
on aircraft food, a quick look around the shops before we decided to sit down and check the Internet for news on the work's Samsung Tablet.
We soon discovered a BotCon news story Steve had worked on at 6:30 hadn't be put live, good thing I had the wireless dongle so a quick change
of Sim Card and I was online on my laptop approving the story. By that time the gate was announced so we made our way to the international terminal.
Within five minutes of arriving there boarding started, seats 49A and 49B .. that was us ... so we boarded pretty quick. Just before takeoff
the guy next to me decided to change seats to the middle row, giving us a spare seat next to us, which was nice. Now it was the 10 and 1/2 hour
flight left to go (down from 11 hours).
We flew out east, then looped around north, heading towards Cambridge before turning west towards Manchester, up through Iceland, Greenland and into Canada.
We decided to take some picture during take-off, on my phone, then some in the air over Greenland and NewFoundLand. It was after this point I
decided to create a diary, or log, of the trip.
The chose of movies wasn't great, and for some reason didn't actually match up with those listed in the InFlight Magazine. Steve watched an
Ashton Kutcher flick and I decided to catch up and watch Mastermind ... that was pretty good. We skipped in flight lunch, eating the Mikado I had
picked up for the flight - the breakfast had covered us for most of the flight.
There appeared to be a rather excessive number of Germans on the flight, and women .. which is odd, usually its American school or colleague goers
coming back from a trip to Europe.
Steve decided to spend some time working on a new version of The Visionaries.net
on his Samsung Net book (though not that powerful, it's light small design is good for trips. He'd actually installed Apache, MYSQL and PHP onto
the machine he actually code up the site during the flights. I decided to mock up some layouts for another project, Plastic Coke, before getting
on with the start of this article. Up to this point the flight had been pretty calm, with only a slight amount of turbulence, though as I write
that sentence the plane starts to rock sideways and up and down .... classic me. I was trying to avoid the temptation to start working on my day
job. My BotCon trip had been extended by my work so I could stay in Los Angeles allowing me to visit a customer in San Francisco. This meant that
my work ended up paying for my flights, which was a great result for me .... not so much for Clare, as it meant I'd miss her birthday ... actually
I was due to land on Gareth (The Great Destroyer's) birthday on the following Friday, at mid-day, and go straight into work that afternoon from
the airport (as the office is just around the corner, and Gareth was off).
Landed in Los Angeles, and travelling up to Pasadena
We had decided to pre-book a return trip using the Shuttle Bus service in LAX, rather than having to worry about getting a cab. The only problem
was that of all the information I had kept, I hadn't kept the time of the pickup for the return leg ... whoops.
Getting through customs took ages , first part took 15 minutes, getting bags probably 20, then there was an amazing queue, for over an hour, to get past the second part of customs. We managed to find att small queue out the way, which took 15 mins to get through.
From there was aa 45 minute drive, roughly, to Pasadena ... with the driver of the SuperShuttle wanting money, though I'd paid onlline. The Super Suttle website is meant to give you a reference number, which I didn't get, so that took 15 minutes to work out. Finally we were checked in.
The BotCon check-in
BotCon 2011 was our third BotCon in the US, well technically the first was OTFCC 2003 - as it had changed names days before, after Glen Hallet
had taken full control of the event. That time it was in Rosemont in Chicago, we had gone with Gareth and had thoroughly enjoyed the weekend.
Out second Botcon experience in the US, we had attended BotCon Europe 1999 and then OTFCC Europe, was in Rhode Island in 2007. BotCon had an early
charity screening of the first Transformers movie, where most people in attendance got to see the film for the first time before it came out in
cinemas. By that time we had already seen it twice (well I had, Steve only once as he couldn't make it to the FDA screening in London earlier
that week). BotCon 2011 was going to be the first BotCon that we had gone to that we hadn't attended with Gareth, which felt a little odd ... but
he was busy at work ... as I'm typing this!!
We were dreading the mess that would be the BotCon check-in ... 2003 was so easy. Arrive, get pass - no real queues. Then during the event, at
any time go and pick up the toys. We also had Gold Passes for that event, first 50 people to register, so we were allowed to "jump queues".
So, we arrived at the convention centre, locatuion for BotCon 2011 just under 2 hours before the doors opened, to queue for the registration queues.
By the time we had arrived there was already over 100 people queuing, and more coming all the time.
We were spotted by some Moonbase2'ers, or Full Metal Hero'ers, or whatever you want to call them as we made our way to queue up.
I was pimping out my Auto Assembly committe shirt, for some shameless advertisement.
It was around 18:20 by the time we could get in the hall, then another 30 minute queue for the Boxset and attendee package (Karl Hartman servered us, but couldn't find out order of toys first of all). From there we moved to the next collection point, non-box figures (limited to 1 per badge - with attendees allowed to pick up more the following day). Steve queued in the "convention exclusive line" to pickup or loose toys and litho. I queued in the cash "everything" line, so I could pick up another set plus the BotCon 2009 comic we are missing and the TFCC Cheetor for Dean (Big D's Toy Chest). It took over 40 minutes for Steve to get server, probably nearer an hour. I was queing for over 90 miniutes.
I finally got back to the hotel at 21:00, after some 5 hours of queing. We then went to have dinner with Jim Sorenson and Bill Forester, along with a few people they had gathered together, only to get a little lost. The next day we found the restrauant on a map I had printed out, and yeah we'd gone no-where near it.
The first Botcon exclusive is now officially in the hands of attendees with the release of the Botcon 2011 Customising Class Minerva figure. The figure is a recolour of the Arcee toy but remolded with new "ears". You can see the images and the official design from Derrick J Wyatt below.
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Choose Your Fate
We loved the Transformers Choose Your Fate books as kids, and even wrote a text adventure in their style for an old version of Transformers At The Moon. Here you can find images from these puzzle-books, both UK and US ....
Ep 1-3: Starscream Transscan
Starscream takes on his Earthern vehicle mode by scanning the form of Earthern jet fighters, in order to blend in. ....
OTFCC 2003 (USA)
We loved the Transformers Choose Your Fate books as kids, and even wrote a text adventure in their style for an old version of Transformers At The Moon. Here you can find images from these puzzle-books, both UK and US ....
US Sheet 1
The scans contained within this gallery are taken from our own Transformers toysheet collection. This is the first US Transformers toysheet. ....
The instruction scans contained within this gallery with the TF08.net watermark were originally from the Chinese TF08 website. They have been added here as a mirror. ....
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