Hasbro revealed more Transformer products and toys at BotCon, including news on media projects Rescue Bots and Robots in Disguise. Fans won't be disappointed this fall.
This weekend is the annually anticipated BotCon, a convention aimed at Transformer fans. And on Saturday, June 20, Hasbro pulled out all the stops to let fans know what to expect for upcoming products. According to Allspark.com, Hasbro employees sat on a panel and revealed the latest designs.
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First up was all about the younger cartoon fans. Turns out Rescue Force Recruits will be joining the Rescue Bots at some point in the future. New characters include High Tide Rescue Rig, Salvage, and Blurr. Living on the island of Griffin Rock means a tugboats and towing vehicles will be very useful.
Moving on to older cartoon fans, the panelists moved onto Cartoon Network's Robots in Disguise. Previewing the "Someone's Back" poster featuring Optimus Prime, they showed a funny video of Bumblebee failing at saying his catch phrase. Yet also revealed the downloadable app is getting Night Ops Bumblebee, Gold Armor Grimlock, Ironhide and Prowl all unlocked.
And the line of toys will be pretty diverse with Legion Class, 1-step changers, Warrior class, 3-step changers, Tiny Titans, Mini-Cons, Mega Optimus Prime, and Super Bumblebee represented. Legion Class's fourth wave products are Night Ops Bumblebee and Alpine Strike Sideswipe, a Red Alert homage, while the forth wave of Warriors will be Night Ops Bumblebee and Gold Armor Grimlock.
For Wave 1, the Tiny Titans will be a blind bag, including the latest Combiner Devastator, whose larger class toy will be out sometime in fall. And the Mini-cons are returning, which were introduced in episode 12 of the series. First will be characters Buzzsaw and Torpedo. Then Velocirazor, Ratbat, Sandsting, and Beastbox will be released. An Energon Mini-Con figure can be built with the extra pieces provided from all the Mini-con toys.
Fans of Kre-O figures, the news is somewhat ambiguous. All the panel gave was “stay tuned.” Looks like they’ll be joining the idea of possibly more Seacons.
Victorion also earned a mention as “a misfit team of Autobots,” according to Allspark.com. In fact, she’s “a lone Wrecker with her own agenda,” and that may end up being detrimental at some point.
An all-female Combiner team, the team will debut next month in IDW’s Transformers: Combiner Hunters, written by Mairghread Scott. Speaking to USA Today on June 19, Scott announced "I don't like to give my characters a lot of breathing room, so Victorion comes into existence about a half-second before a sword flies at her head.”
Action in a Transformers product? Never! Oh, wait. As a one-shot, the comic looks to establish the fan-voted Combiner into the Transformer mythos and universe with a kill shot or two.
"Naturally, her first concern when it comes to other Transformers is not being killed by them. But IDW Transformers has always been interested in how people navigate a world of shifting alliances, imperfect heroes, and charismatic villains."
Last year’s debut Windblade, along with Chromia and Arcee, will meet Victorion and discover the six female bots who are working together to locate artifacts to help Cybertron. Exploring the unsettled area around the Sea of Rust, the team must work together among the toxic gases that corrodes armor and messes up the circuitry.
And like many of the new autobots being introduced in the Hasbro line, adaptability matters.
"They've been forced to adapt to their surroundings and have learned how to live without much. This makes them extremely resourceful," explains John Warden, Hasbro's Transformers design manager.
"They work together out of need, but they may not always like it. Life in this kind of environment can force you into some difficult choices, and these 'bots aren't afraid to make them. It makes them strong and resilient, and forges a lasting bond."
Like many of the other products, each new Victorion character will represent some element of diversity. And unlike other Combiners, Victorion is far more sophisticated thanks to what Scott believes falls back to the fact the ‘bots “accepted a difficult mission from their spiritual leader.”
Passion and zealot behavior aren't always the best characteristics when amplified. “She is a warrior dedicated to her faith, and we all know how dangerous that can be."
And danger is definitely something the Combiner Wars is all about. In the Hasbro toy line, Lord Starscream will be made up of “Vortex, Brawl, Swindle, Blastoff, Legends class Shockwave, and Voyager Onslaught.” Allspark also notes that the class sizes were from direct feedback of fans and industry comments. Given the size of the some of the revealed toys at fair in New York, fans better have a lot shelf space.
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Hasbro pays a lot of attention to feedback and looks to improve products. Have those wallets ready, fans. Hopefully, the latest Transformer figures and waves will entice new fans to join classic ones.