Hasbro Botcon Product Panel Summary – Rescue Force, Bruticus, Mini-cons and Sky-Lynx, Oh My!
The crown jewel event for Botcon is the Hasbro product panels in which developers, designers and marketing get together to answer questions, share stories and talk about what’s to come. Present today were Jerry Jivoin toy marketing, Ben Montano director of marketing and licensing, John Warden design manager, Mark Weber manager of global brand development for GI Joe, Mark Baha model artist, Rob Masiello. As always, The Allspark was there to cover it live and here’s a summary of what we learned.
Although geared towards the younger crowd, the Rescue Bots segment of the Transformers brand has no shortage of fans. Here’s what was announced for the future.
- Rescue Force Recruits with new characters including High Tide Rescue Rig and Salvage and Blurr
Robots in Disguise
After moving on fairly quickly from the Rescue Bots, Hasbro dove right into Robots in Disguise. After showing the “Someone’s Back” poster featuring Optimus Prime, they showed a brief video compilation of Bumblebee failing at his catch phrase.
The downloadable App is also getting updated with new character unlocks including Night Ops Bumblebee, Gold Armor Grimlock, Ironhide and Prowl. The Robots in Disguise line summary breakdown includes Legion Class, 1-step changers, Warrior class, 3-step changers, Tiny Titans, Mini-Cons, Mega Optimus Prime, Super Bumblebee. New Legion wave 4 will include Night Ops Bumblebee and Alpine Strike Sideswipe, who is a Red Alert homage. 1-step Wave 4 has Night Ops Bumblebee. Warriors wave 4 has Night Ops Bumblebee and Gold Armor Grimlock. 3-step changers wave 4 will include Sideswipe. Tiny Titans wave 1 in blind bags has a number of new guys, including Devastator. And the Mini-cons, where were introduced in episode 12 are making a comeback to store shelves this fall.
Wave 1 of those guys will be Buzzsaw and Torpedo and for wave 2 we’ll see Velocirazor, Ratbat, Sandsting, and Beastbox. These Mini-Con waves also each include one extra part per character which will allow you to build a bonus Energon Mini-Con figure.
So much new stuff here it’s hard to process but here’s what we can expect to see. Of course we’ve told you about Transformers Devastation from Activision coming in October. In addition to what we already know it was revealed there will be more playable characters to appear and more information next month.
The game will be available in both a retail box and as a digital only download.
The all female combiner Victorion was voted on by fans and had over 225,000 votes world wide. As the first ever all-female combiner team, she’ll be bringing a lot of different things to the Autobot team. She’s not an ordinary Autobot, and has the sense of being a lone Wrecker with her own agenda, made up of 6 tough females who defy the world they’re in. They’re from the Sea of Rust and are described as a misfit team of Autobots.
Combiner Wars – Galvatronus was confirmed for this fall as well as an Autobot team that includes Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl, Sunstreaker, Legends Rodimus, and Voyager Battle Core Optimus, who is a white redeco of the Voyager Optimus Prime. The cars are repaints of the Stunticons.
Battle Core Optimus will arrive in Wave 4 and has a new had inspired by the Japanese character Star Convoy. Together they combine into Optimus Maximus.
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