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Botcon 2010 Skybyte official images

Botcon 2010 Skybyte Decepticon

"What I have to do with Generation 2, nobody knows!"

Botcon has posted images of the final figure in the Botcon 2010 giftset. Check them all out at once at Botcon.com!

The attendee figures known so far are Rapido in the form of Classics Bluestreak and G1 Gnaw or Sharkticon has a redeco of Energon Sharkticon.  Big hopefuls for the set include G2 Ramjet and/or G2 Sideswipe.  Here’s hoping!

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Botcon 2010 Generation 2 Voyager Clench

Botcon 2010 Generation 2 Clench in vehicle mode

Utterly scrumptious!

Amidst all the clouds surrounding this year’s Botcon festivities, we have been given an official look at the magnificent second voyager figure that shall appear in the Botcon 2010 Generation 2 Redux boxset – Clench in the form of Universe Onslaught! It includes a brand new head mold and some bright pink and green accents.

You can all buy beers for TFW’s Whitemocha as he called this one long ago with his Generation 2 mock ups. A fabulous piece to round out this year’s boxset.

Botcon 2010 Clench compared to White Mocha's digibash

Wow, Whitemocha really nailed this one! - original photo from Seibertron.com

Botcon 2010 Generation 2 Clench in robot mode

It might be tough to get a 'clench' on this guy after the 'con!

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Belated Botcon 2010 online registration to cost $10 EXTRA

Botcon 2010 scoorge disney-label Donald

Botcon 2010 Disney-Label exclusive Scoorge McDuck remold! - additional illustrative help from Professor Smooth

Before you dig into this post, I find it necessary to make a few things clear. I am not attending Botcon 2010 this year, I never planned to. However, as an active overseer and participant in the Transformers collecting community, I have been paying close attention to the events and issues surrounding our once-a-year convention. I completely realize that the Transformers Collector Club is an entity created for the entertainment and benefit of those that are willing to participate, and no one is forcing anyone to participate. However, being that Botcon is the only officially sanctioned Hasbro convention, they have a bit of a monopoly on the market and as such, have a responsibility to the fans it consists of. That being said, the following is a completely editorial commentary and should be considered as such. I have no inside knowledge of how Fun Publications or the Transformers Collector Club operates on a day to day basis, and my assertions are made purely from observation.

Botcon 2010 Registration ot yet available

I stood by and watched the clock tick down to less than 60 days before the June 24th convention date without the typical registration announcement.

I stood by, amused, when the announcement that the belated online registration system required voluntary user-testing from the very people it is intended to placate. Very classy.

But I will not just stand by and let Fun Publications suck more and more money from the very people it is exists to placate to without speaking my mind a bit.

Anyone that signed up for the “mock registration” at Botcon may have noticed a registration fee that will be added to any registration conducted via the online system.

I’m sorry, was that $10 more to cover the club’s own additional operating costs? Don’t we already pay processing fees in the form of our $40 per year membership?

As a business owner, I am appalled. If I were to implement new procedures and processes to conduct my business in a more efficient manner, it would be the responsibility of myself and my business to pay the overhead involved with said additions, not the responsibility of my customers.

Essentially, the Botcon folks are having us, the members of the club, cover the club’s own expenses to get the online system running, which is late, unfinished, and a complete mess. Not only that, so far we have not yet been offered the chance to even apply via the fax forms. Any sort of stream-lining addition to workflow will increase productivity and efficiency for the people running it. If this is going to save a lot of time for the Botcon registration workers, why is this costing the attendees more money? If anything, Botcon should be eating the cost themselves as it should make their staff’s workload a little lighter.

And while we’re at it, the Primus Package is even more expensive this year at $305 for club members versus $275 last year. So now it’s going to cost Primus Package attendees $315 + travel + hotel + attendee packages. All you ‘scalpers’ better hope the market for fluorescent plastic goes through the roof this summer…

The Botcon people should be ashamed of themselves for the way the registration process has been handled thus far. Whomever was hired to create this online registration system is taking the club for a ride, and in turn, the fans as well. I am incredibly grateful to not be attending the convention this year because it would just leave an even nastier taste in my mouth. Had your online registration fee been more acceptable, say $1, this rant may have been avoided.

To those of you that are now at the mercy of the club, I hope all of this back and forth ends up being worth it and you have a delightful Botcon experience. Let’s hope for better in 2011, Fun Pub… Oh, the toys look great, I’ll at least give you that.

Scrooge McDuck enjoys Botcon 2010 in Disney World

Could it be that Scoorge McDuck is really pulling the strings at Botcon in Disney World this year?

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Botcon 2010 Skybyte IS Energon Sharkticon

Botcon 2010 Skybyte and Gnaw?

"Greetings pagans!"

Oh yes, it was true. Botcon 2010 Skybyte is made from the as-until-now un-redecoed Energon Sharkticon mold, but that’s not all! It looks like we’re getting a REAL G1 Sharkticon repaint as well!! COOL!!!!

Check out these two listings at Taobao for more photos
Botcon 2010 Skybyte
Botocn 2010 G1 Sharkticon

Botcon 2010 Gnaw Sharkticon

Not sure how this is Generation 2 but anyone that has a qualm can jump off a bridge.

Thanks for the tip Deceptigtar!

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Botcon 2010 Breakdown makes a mad dash for the States

Botcon 2010 Breakdown

Pink and teal never looked so menacing

KOtoys.com has gotten their hands on some hot plastic – Botcon 2010 Breakdown! This figure is going to be one of the gems of the set so prepare to be forkin’ over the big bucks!

See all the photos at this gallery on photobucket.

Looks like for those of us with the means, we’ll be able to get one of the most alluring figures from the set thus far well before the convention itself. Are you ready to get your ‘con ‘Con?

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Lazy Saturday



Lazy Saturday, originally uploaded by Collecticon.

Spark, deceptigtar and splitnine drinking a brew

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Botcon 2010 pyro (Spark) in the wild

Botcon 2010 pyro in the wild, originally uploaded by Collecticon.

Lookie who stopped by for a visit

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Botcon 2010 Clench

Transformers Botcon 2010 Convention exclusive deluxe Clench

Well, he wasn't ever repainted before...

THIS IS NOT REAL!

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Botcon 2010 Black G2 Streetstar revealed

Botcon 2010 Black Generation 2 Streetwise

Think I'll be worth as much as my predecessor?

As discovered in the Botcon 2010 brochure, the autobot Streetwise would be returning for Generation 2 redux.  As I predicted earlier, the mold is a black version of Prowl based on his ultra-rare Generation 2 black redeco as part of the Protectobot combiner team.

Although not the most impressive of redecos, the concept behind this and Stunticon Breakdown should make the high-end collector warm and fuzzy inside.  Although most of us will never own these hideous repaints of G1 combiners, we can now get ahold of far better articulated classics versions.  Which would you prefer to have anyway?  Now all we have to wait for are Clench and Skybyte…

To see what the original G2 Streetwise looked like, check this image.

Transformers Botcon 2010 Generation 2 Streetwise

Dark Prowl or Happy Barricade?

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Botcon 2010 brochure posted – G2 Clench, G2 Streetwise & Skybyte confirmed

Generation 2 Clench by WhiteMocha

Generation 2 Clench by WhiteMocha - original photo from Seibertron.com

Botcon 2010 Skybyte???

Could this be close to Botcon 2010 Skybyte? digibash by Whitemocha photo from Seibertron.com

Well they have given up the ghost – the characters in the upcoming Botcon 2010 set have been revealed – G2 Pyro, G2 Breakdown, G2 Streetwise, G2 Clench, and… SKYBYTE?

Apparently we’ve been thrown a curve ball and Predacon Skybyte will be entering the fray this year.  Most are making guesses at Energon Sharkticon as the Skybyte mold and Onslaught as Clench.  Streetwise is also expected to be Prowl, especially since we already know that mold will be used as Rapido.

My guess is that Streetwise will be his G2 incarnation, which is a jet black police car.  It would be a good counterpart to G2 Breakdown.

If you want to see the brochure for yourself, visit botcon.com and you can see it all for yourself.

With the brochure finally revealed, is registration right around the corner?  This little Collecticon definitely thinks so…  Let’s hope that online registration doesn’t go down in the opening moments, and get your trigger fingers ready!