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Botcon 2013 Exclusive Obsidian revealed

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Due to a scheduling error, we are running a little behind in our week of Botcon reveals, so here is another! Obsidian!
Obsidian, like Strika, is another character from Beast Machines ported back to Machine Wars in his former Autobot glory. Obsidian uses the Hunt for the Decepticons Highbrow mold with a newly tooled head. He looks pretty great in robot mode, especially with those rotors on his arms like his Beast Machines design. The alternate mode is a bit more of a departure considering Obsidian was a helicopter in Beast Machines.

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Here is a side by side by of the toys for Strika and Obsidian from Beast Machines.

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Botcon 2013 Exclusive Strika revealed

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Continuing our week of Botcon 2013 convention exclusive reveals, our third figure in the set is Strika. A bit of a surprise that this character was chosen since she was actually from Beast Machines, but I guess they are making some sort of connection because they both have ‘Machines’ in the title. Whatever works, I guess. She is shown here as an Autobot so this would take place before Beast Machines. She uses the Generations Warpath mold with a great deal of deco and a newly sculpted head.

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Botcon 2013 Exclusive Skywarp revealed

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Due to all the craziness of Toy Fair and the news streaming out of it, we fell a little behind posting the Botcon reveals for this year’s convention box set. Kicking off with Saturday’s Top 5 Machine Wars themed article, we are having ourselves a bit of a Botcon 2013 themed week. We’ll continue posting the reveals as the week goes on until we get caught up. Today, we take a look at Botcon 2013 Skywarp.

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Skywarp was a pretty plainly deco’d basic figure in the original Machine Wars line. He was mostly white with little other than the faction symbol to break up the color. The new Botcon figure uses the Revenge of the Fallen Dirge mold with a retooled head.

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Botcon 2013 Exclusive Hoist revealed

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It’s that time of year again where we patiently wait for the unveiling of each of the Botcon box set exclusives to be revealed until registration goes on sale before we see all of them and quickly sells out. The theme this year for the box set is Machine Wars. This was a very short lived line from 1997 that was really only available at Kay-Bee Toys stores.

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Today we get a look at Hoist. Hoist was a basic figure in the line. He was a tow truck that looked a little more like a dump track with a hook on the back of it. Fun Publications has chosen to use the Generations Kup mold with a retooled head for this figure. The image seen is just a mock-up and not the actual figure, so our mileage is likely to vary, but as far as robot mode goes, it looks pretty good. The head is pretty spot on and I’m pleased with the translation from the original figure. The color scheme is very basic, so it matches pretty well. I imagine they saved some money on paint apps for this figure so they can lavish some other figure in the line. I don’t think the vehicle mode is a good match. Kup is a pickup, whereas Hoist is supposed to be a tow truck. He’s not really hoisting anything, though. He’s more hauling than anything else.

What do you think of Hoist? Tell us in the comments and help us speculate what other figures could be coming in this set!

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The Powet Top 5 – Transformers Shattered Glass Characters

Welcome to the Powet Top 5, where we explore the top (and bottom) 5 items we think are relevant to any of a variety of topics that span the imagination. Sit back, read, and respond.

This year, the Tranformers Club Comic takes a trip back into the strange world of Shattered Glass. Before jumping back in, let’s take a look at some of the best Shattered Glass characters we’ve seen in toy form so far!  

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Transformers Club 2012 Figure Subscription Service now up for orders

It was first revealed in the Transformers Collector Club Roundtable panel at Botcon 2012, that the Club would be putting together a Figure Subscription Service (FSS). Largely seen as a shot across the bow of MattyCollector.com, the subscription will feature six figures shipped out over the course of a year.

To order you can visit this link.

Here are some of the details:
You have to be a member to subscribe.
This is built to order. No limits on quantities. However much is ordered will be made.
The ordering period will end on September 10th at midnight.
You can pay in full ($282) or in three installments ($94) plus shipping and service fee.
Items will be shipped in random order. Everyone will receive the same figure each month.
If credit card or address changes, you change it on your club account only. Change will effect everything else.
Some extra figures may go up in the club store after shipment at a higher price point. Availability not guaranteed.

  

The figures included in the subscription are:
Transformers Animated Jackpot
Transformers Prime Slipstream
Transformers Generations Circuit
Transformers Generations G1 Breakdown
Transformers Generations RID Scourge
Transformers Beast Wars Neo Ultra Mammoth

  

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Powet Top 5 – Transformers Club Exclusives

Welcome to the Powet Top 5, where we explore the top (and bottom) 5 items we think are relevant to any of a variety of topics that span the imagination. Sit back, read, and respond.

We’ve listed the Top 5 Botcon Sets here at Powet, but Fun Publications does more than just Botcon. They also run the Official Transformers Collectors’ Club, and with that comes it’s own rich assortment of exclusive toys. With the impending commencement of the new Club Subscription Service, we thought we’d look back at the last few years of Transformers Club Exclusives.

Here are 5 of the best exclusives Fun Publications has released through the Transformers Club. This is sure to be a contentious list, so be sure to let me know what you think of it!
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Botcon 2012: Transformers Collector Club Roundtable panel


The Transformers Collectors’ Club Roundtable panel happened at 3PM EST on Saturday April 28th, 2012 at Botcon. Among the announcements were the free club exclusive membership figure for next year, the figure subscription service (FSS) for Transformers, and some narrative behind the creation of this year’s exclusive set and box artwork.

Join us after the jump for all the details, pictures and even a little video.

[UPDATE – Crazy: The Club has posted an official version of the Depth Charge artwork. I have included it in the banner]
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