Allspark.com Botcon 2012 Coverage – Hasbro Panel

{mosimage}These are the highlights of the Hasbro Panel at Botcon 2012. You can discuss them in this thread.

  • Theme park ride: one in Singapore and one in Hollywood – May 24th.
  • Evac, built like a Movie character – Legion Evac, Deluxe Evac.
  • Transformers Prime Season 1 on DVD.
  • Transformers Prime Season 2 is amazing.
  • Rescue Bots.
  • Kre-O.
  • "Quest for Energon" – make a Dark Energon weapon.
  • Transformers Prime figures:
    • Wave 4 – Deadend, Shadow Strike Bumblebee, Airachnid.
    • Deluxe Kup
    • Thundertron – Wave 3 Voyager. Pirate faction captain. Blue white dog wolf thing. Badass pirate!
    • Cyberverse – Wheeljack, Flame War. Ultra Magnus. Bumblebee Battle Suit.
    • 2013 Legion Airachnid – Propeller on arm.
  • Bot Shots:
    • Ironhide, Powerglide, Jazz.
    • New Ironhide launcher – G1 face. Black. Launcher has giant saws on the side.
    • Shockwave!
    • Player vs player online Bot Shots game next month.
  • Masterpiece Optimus Prime! With trailer, and Spike, and Roller!
  • Generations:
    • 2013 Spring.
    • FoC Kickback.
    • FoC Starscream and Sideswipe.
    • Weapons based on game.
    • Ultra Magnus Optimus Prime repaint.
    • Firefight! A Shockwave repaint.
    • Voyager class is back!
    • Voyager FoC Soundwave. Laserbeak data disc. Spring loaded. 3 data discs can be held, plunger in his back, pushes one out, and it springs open.
    • Soundblaster redeco.
    • Blue Rumble and Ravage Legends data disc!
    • Frenzy and Ratbat!
  • SDCC:
    • SDCC Bruticus is the more game-colored set.
    • Box art for SDCC set awesome! Wanted an epic looking package for SDCC Bruticus. Larger outside piece is a book, inside is package. One of the most complex boxes they've done.
    • SDCC Rust in Piece Transformers Prime (First Edition) Cliffjumper. Added more paint plus a piece of Dark Energon and a snap-on chest piece of flowing Dark Energon. Considered a zombie in stasis canister. A bunch of stuffs.
    • Final package is a giant zombie Cliff jumper head in clear purple, but painted red. Every single one is hand painted. The purple glowing through is awesome! Comes in a larger box, if you put head on top of the box, it becomes his torso.
  • Q&A:
    • With Movie 3 so popular, why were the toys cancelled? Just couldn't get them out, working on it.
    • Retail Bruticus? Yes, but in different colors.
    • Weapons and gimmicks? Transformations alone don't do it. Try to tell a story with the features.
    • Masterpiece Optimus Prime stacks? Long!
    • Reissue Jetfire? No, it's Bandai.
    • Transformers Prime Breakdown toy? We like Breakdown. You like Breakdown.
    • Original 13? Need to expand through novels and Transformers Prime so they're less niche before making toys.
    • Case assortments? A challenge, because Hasbro has to try to anticipate what sells at what pace and revising waves in the future. Challenge trying to align with demand and readjust through the year.
    • Universal Studio exclusives? For now, probably at locations with the ride, but maybe elsewhere.
    • Generations? Starting with FoC and Classic G1, then perhaps characters from the novels, maybe IDW.
    • Scout Frenzy/Rumble? Have the mold, but no plans.
    • FoC Dinobots? Can't deny Grimlock will be awesome in the game.
    • All five? That'll be harder.
    • Masterpiece Optimus Prime availability? TRU exclusive.
    • Army builders through the Club? Do not know why it has to be just the Club.
    • Arcee and Springer? Don't want to confuse people with Prime Arcee and Springer who are very much on the short list.
    • Prime Ironhide in show? Some characters aren't in show, but will be in other media.
    • Unreleased Animated? Despite best efforts, unlikely, though we have the toolings.
    • Classics Devastator planned? No, if Bruticus does well, lots of combiners they'd like to do.
    • More stuff like Classics Overkill and Drag Strip? Redecos are still hard to plan.

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