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Post Botcon 2012 predictions and thoughts – Cybertroncon Asia exclusives not so exclusive

Transformers G1 Hoist Cybertroncon reveal

This just in from 2012 Cybertroncon - Asia-only right? I'm calling bullshit brigade on that one.

So Botcon 2012 has come and gone and with it some surprising revelations. The most important of these I am listing below in no particular order:

  • Transformers Collector Club subscription service starting soon with 6 exclusive figures available in the initial roll out.  This subscription service is expected to replace the usual 1 or 2 club exclusive figures that are available each year.  This will make for all intents and purposes a second boxed set of toys for fans and members of the TFCC.
  • Transformers Generations will induct a new voyager class starting with War for Cybertron Soundwave, later being repainted to Soundblaster.  It can be expected that this is the size class for the all but confirmed Fall of Cybertron Grimlock figure to rival the giant Bruticus.  We might even see a reinvented Megatron or Optimus Prime in this size class.
  • All the drama and fan rage over the mixmatched War for Cybertron Bruticus figures can be put to bed after the more video-game accurate paint-scheme will be available as a San Diego Comic Con exclusive set.  Also showing up at SDCC is the Zombie Cliffjumper figure that seemingly vanished after the reveal at Botcon 2011.
  • MP10 will be released at Toys R Us with all accessories and a new paint job.  The only question now is the price
  • All the Cybertroncon Asia-market-only exclusives revealed a few months ago may not be as exclusive as everyone feared, however there was no official mention of this in any panels.  More below…

So after the Hasbro panel, I visited the display box where the employees were setting up the new figures.  There is a lock box at the bottom of the display where all the toys are kept prior to being revealed.  The staff had to do this while everyone was ganged around the front of the case.  I, however, mulled around in the back and caught glimpse of something that shocked me: a small green G1 legion-class Hoist.  It was right there, plain as day.  One was in robot mode, the other in vehicle.  The female Hasbro staff then rolled it back into a sheet of bubble wrap and placed it back in the bottom of the case while the other staff member prepared Airachnid for display.  I didn’t have time to take a photograph and there were too many people in the way, but it was there.

Transformers G1 Hoist robot gun

This is what I saw, and that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it

G1 Hoist as a cyberverse or legion class figure was revealed months earlier in mock-up stage (check the image up top) and during those reveals, everyone in the USA cringed or cried at the thought of all those toys being exclusive to Asia, requiring import prices.  Well guess what guys?  It’s time to wake up and realize that some if not all of those toys will be seen in the USA at some point.  Hasbro has enough trouble producing a full toyline at all, let a lone two toylines concurrently that would be cut off from larger sales numbers by being sold in the USA.

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Fall of Cybertron Shockwave coming to life in plastic – hallelujah!

Fall of Cybertron Shockwave and Jazz announced

Fall of Cybertron Shockwave and Jazz!!! Wait a sec... that's not... oh weird

Thanks Kapow toys for blowing the lid off of what Hasbro is surly expecting to be a big reveal at this year’s Toyfair – the identities of 3 of the upcoming Fall of Cybertron toys!

We are getting Optimus Prime (duh), Jazz (already noted), and Shockwave who should’ve been in the first round of figures last year.

Can’t wait for this one!

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Transformers: War for Cybertron unboxing and gameplay videos from Collecticon.org

Unboxing of Transformers War for Cybertron

Fresh start of Transformers: War for Cybertron on xbox 360

Unlocking Shockwave – Gamestop exclusive character

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IGN gives Transformers: War for Cybertron a solid 9.0!!!

IGN.com gives Transformers a great rating!

"Cybertron is mine!"

IGN.com has given War for Cybertron a great score of 9.0! Outstanding!

GO GET THIS GAME NOW! IT’S OUT!! WHAT DO YOU THINK I’M ABOUT TO GO DO???

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War for Cybertron XBOX Live multiplayer demo available now!

Get on it! The game is available for play now!

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The results are in – Transformers War for Cybertron rules

War for Cybertron Omega Supreme

Omega Supreme is about to open a can!

I’ve been checking out some non-Transformers-centric websites and their reviews after the past week’s Transformers: War for Cybetron press event where attendees were allowed to test-run the finished version of the game.  Although I was not worried that results would be different, it is relieving that the game has recieved over-all positive praise not only from the typical Transformers community, but also the general gaming public as well.

There is a lot of discussion about War for Cybertron being ‘a fans game,’ amongst many of the video game hardcore sites that visited the demo event.

This newsarama article reports:

It’s (Transformers: War for Cybertron) clearly geared more toward those fans, but others should look twice before passing it by, too.

Apparently, the big surprise is “Horde Mode” in multiplayer.  All the gamers appear to simply love it. Again and again, reviewers are questioning wheather widespread approval of this game is looming.  I’ve also repeatedly read that this game is without a doubt the best Transformers-centric game that has ever been produced.  So the reception seems to be either beaming praise or lukewarm indecision.  I could not find any reviews saying the game was horrible or a mess, so that is always a good sign.

If War For Cybetron really is made for the fans, then I think all the fanboys out there can go to bed happy this month.

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War for Cybertron Soundwave photo

Transformers War for Cybertron Soundwave

Who needs minions when you got wheels?

I found myself at a Spanish Transformers blog called blog.mdverde.com and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this image!!  As far as I know, this is the first official product shot of Soundwave for the upcoming Generations line!  He sure looks spindly but this is cool!

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Sideswipe added to War for Cybertron Autobot Roster

War for Cybertron Sideswipe

Sorry, not Cliffjumper

Apparently the guy I thought was Cliffjumper is Sideswipe! Whoops! Welcome to the fray, brother-bot.

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More War for Cybertron characters – Slipstream, Arcee, Zeta Prime, Cliffjumper, Brawl

War for Cybertron Autobots

Omega's got a ship mode! - Photo from TFW2005.com

High Moon Studios had a press event recently that many of the longest-standing Transformers sites were invited to. On display was some of the production art for the game and it is incredible! Check out posts about this at Seibertron and TFW2005.

From what I can see, we get a glimpse at a ton of the environments and most importantly, the characters themselves!

It has been recently revealed that the chracter I suspected to be Onslaught was actually Brawl.  That’s great because the chracter looks very convincingly to be that ‘other’ Combaticon.

Of particular interest to me is the female-looking jet Decepticon on the High Moon’s Decepticon roster board.  If you ask me, this looks like a dead-ringer for a War For Cybertron version of Animated’s Slipstream!  What a cool character to bring in!  Female seekers have been a part of fan fiction since it started and now it’s becoming canon.

Speaking of she-bots, it looks like the autobots’ femme fatale Arcee is on hand to do some damage.  We also see a little red bot in the forme of Cliffjumper.

And finally, we get a good look at Zeta Prime.  He has a likeness to IDW’s Sentinel Prime, but now that Sentinel has been re-cast a pompous bootlicker in Animated, it appears the Prime previous to Optimus has been ret-conned to be Zetz Prime.  I can deal with change like that.

This game is going to be epic!  I hope you have your pre-order in… I still need to do it!   I’m voting Shockwave this year!

War For Cybertron Decepticons

Slipstream and Thundercracker! Woo hoo! - Photo from TFW2005.com

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Transformers Prime has a logo – now where’s the plot?

Transformers Prime logo

Opti-Samus Metroid Prime

Today we were treated with the visuals for the next iteration of Transformers, Transformers Prime.  The logo is a very clean and crisp version of the old-school stacked Transformers logo seen from the 80’s.   Nice and classy.

So what are we going to see in Transformers Prime?  Well we know the visuals are going to be CG renders by a company by the name of Digitalscape.  We also know that Bumblebee is going to be making an appearance, and he definitely looks similar to his movie-verse self.  The writers will also be the same ones from the movie-verse, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Transformers Prime Bumblebee

Hey guys, I have a wheel for a shoulder!


If I had to take a guess from the information provided, I would say that this series will focus on the Transformers’ battle on Cybertron, very much in the same vein as War For Cybertron will be.  It could be a prequel retelling of how Optimus (in the movie universe) became a Prime and the resulting war between the Autobots and Decepticon.

Not bad, but I feel like this theme has been retold so many times at this point via comics and now the upcoming video game, that we are going to continue to have a mix-matched fiction that will just have a consistent continuity.  I know that is not necessarily Hasbro’s goal – they are probably more insterest in keeping their brand exciting and re-inventing it when they get the chance.  I think it may be a bit confusing for new fans that play the War For Cybertron video game and then watch Transformers Prime and can’t get around the fact that they are two different universes.

But then again, maybe Transformers Prime is the Transformers hanging out on Earth and Mars in the distant future, lets say 3005.  Perhaps that is why Bumblebee looks so futuristic and cool in his still shot. All I can hope for is a well-written new series that both children and adults can enjoy. Transformers Animated always made me wonder what Hasbro was thinking. I mean, wouldn’t they want to keep the movie-verse going with a tv show follow-up for kids after the movie? Star War’s Clone Wars cartoon is a perfect example of this. Perhaps now that the proper timing has come, Transformers Prime will be able to fulfill this role and keep Transformers fresh and exciting for 2010 and beyond!