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A  DASH  TO  DALLAS
(griffin's 2012 BotCon adventure)


SATURDAY 2PM - COLLECTOR CLUB

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From left - Pete, Lanny, Brian
(don't they look like a happy bunch)

They showed their usual creation process for this year's convention exclusives and packaging.
The box mock-up with the leg of Optimus removed (to prevent people from guessing one of the at-show figures)

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The initial concept ideas being thrown around.

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Details getting finer on the characters.

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Close up on Gigatron.

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The finished pencils image with 30-40 characters in the end.

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Turning Jazz into Treadshot.
Treadshot was the character from the Armada "Battle in a Box", but colours are of Armada Sideswipe.

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Colour charts, noting that soft plastics can't be painted, and to match up colours of plastic to painted clear plastic.

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Mould tree colour groupings.

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Designs for their original heads - Kickoff, Runabout/Runamuck, Metalhawk, Soundwave, Gigatron.

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The boxset.

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Kick Off & Optimus photoshoped images.

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Octopunch & Spinister photoshop images. (Brian emphasised that those are tenticles on the chest, NOT ducks... which was not an intentional dual-image)

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And the Junkions, with their three different heads.

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Junkions were originally planned to be Sharkticon colours, but story later prompted them to go with an Insecticon theme.
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Plus Straxus.

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A quick poll was taken - which do fans prefer if they had to choose - colours true to robot mode or colours true to the alt mode. Support went to the more accurate robot modes.
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Figure Subscription Service

A new system to replace the 2-per-year exclusives that sell out within hours at odd hours...
This one guarantees the figures, as they will produce toys to meet demand.
Need to be a member though.

No price-points known yet, but will start up within a month or two, as soon as they sort out their online store issues. (and roll it out with the GIJoe club first).
People can either pay in full or in installments - toys would be shipped in blocks to save on shipping costs. So, one may be released each month, but would only be shipped out every 3- 6 months (if selected).
No boxes, just bagged, to save cost & shipping.

The first six were shown, but the order of release will be a surprise.
(first five on the list are Deluxe size, last one is Ultra size)

(Gen1) Breakdown - using Classics Sideswipe mould
(Actionmaster) Jackpot - using Animated Jazz mould
(RiD) Scourge - using Classics Gen2 Optimus mould
(Animated) Slipstream - using TFPrime FE Starscream mould & new head
(Actionmaster) Circuit - using Movie Lockdown mould
(Beast Wars) Ultra Mammoth - using JP BW Big Convoy mould
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Also shown was the 2013 Membership figure.

Depth Charge - using the Dlx Movie Terrordive mould

Date & Location of BC13 has not been decided yet, so can't say.



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