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BOTCON  -  SORTA  NEAR  CHICAGO
(griffin's 2015 BotCon adventure)


- SATURDAY 20th JUNE - Noon - Hasbro Products -

This is the presentation that everyone comes to see, and was only beaten by the Frank Welker panel later in the day.

The Hasbro people.
From left - (someone I didn't catch the name of who is a Generations Designer), Mark (model artist/painter), Mark Weber (global brand manager and now working on GIJoe), Jon Warden (Combiners designer), Ben (Marketting and licensing), Jerry Jivoin (global brand manager I think).

For the first time in years (as far back as I can remember), we were allowed to take photos of the presentation.  So for once you get to see what we saw, and I don't have to spend as much time typing up what was said and shown.

They started off with the recent "3 pillar" strategy of the Brand.
Rescue Bots - pre-school
Robots in Disguise - core age kids
Generations - older collectors

The new toys and characters on the Rescue Bots cartoon.

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They showed a short video clip of RID Bumblebee trying to come up with a catch-phrase.  Probably not something in the cartoon, but a separate comedy short.

Alpine Strike Sideswipe was coloured to look like Gen1 Red Alert.

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Mini-Cons come in two waves of four, and each one has extra parts that combine together to form a bonus animal.  A lion from wave 1, and a shark from wave 2.

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They showed the recently released trailer for the Devastation Game, and noted that there will be more playable characters to be revealed.

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Victorion, to be made up of 6 females.

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Battle Core Optimus was given a head to resemble Star Convoy, to go with the Legends Rodimus... as the original Star Convoy toy came with a Micromaster (Hot) Rodimus.

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Note the Legends toy assigned to this group is Shockwave, to homage the Original Series cartoon.

Two versions of Onlsaught will be released, one with a green chest-piece and one with a grey chest-piece.

Note that there will be another Voyager toy in Wave 1 that is yet to be revealed.

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This was a new feature this year, with signage to let the Panel people to know when they had 15, 10 or 5 minutes left.

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This was their original proposed colours, but for some reason it was changed into the colours above.

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Q&A.

Generations toys will have a comic or a character card, but not both.

Kreo - future is unknown (but they had a whole display case of Kreo in the Dealer Room).

Has the "3rd party" toys been an influence on the direction of toys that Hasbro is releasing? - no, but it does give them an idea of what sort of quality/standards fans are wanting.

Transformers/GIJoe crossover toys? - it's always possible, but timing needs to be good.

What is the Titan Wars and Fortress Maximus on the banners at the Hasbro exhibit in the Dealer Room? - no comment at this time. (probably something to be revealed at SDCC)


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***All pictures in this convention report are mine unless noted. Any that are borrowed, have the source credited/noted.  If you want to use/borrow any of my photos, please credit the source as well. I try to take as many of my own photos as possible, and usually only resort to using others if I failed to get something, or my photo wasn't clear enough.

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