Collected News: June 24 – 30, 2013

Each week I’ll take a look at what toy (and related) news have been announced and share what news I’m most excited about!

BotCon 2013

This past weekend (June 27th – 30th) in San Diego, California, BotCon (the Official TRANSFORMERS Convention) was held at the Town and Country Resort. This annual convention has been running since 1994 and covers a wide range for any fan and collector of  the many incarnations of the TRANSFORMERS. Plus, Hasbro is gearing up for the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary next year! I have never been to BotCon, but I would definitely consider attending someday!

Scanning through the various news feeds about this year’s BotCon, there were a few things that caught my eye…

BotCon 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees: Beast Wars Megatron & Ultra Magnus

BotCon 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees: Beast Wars Megatron & Ultra Magnus

This year’s inductees into the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame were Beast Wars Megatron and Ultra Magnus! These characters are two of my favorites from the TRANSFORMERS universe. These characters were voted into the Hall of Fame by TF Fans online. For those who are not familiar with these characters, here is a quick bio for each:

BEAST WARS MEGATRON

An insane, hyper-intelligent criminal mastermind who led a group of renegade PREDACONS to Earth in search of the Energon they would need to conquer CYBERTRON, MEGATRON became so much more than a petty felon. When the search led to the discovery of alien artifacts, MEGATRON launched an assault on Time itself, seeking to change history to his benefit. He nearly destroyed CYBERTRON in his mad quest to exterminate the TRANSFORMERS, and was stopped only when OPTIMUS PRIMAL brought him down. He returned, determined to have his vengeance, and his battle with the MAXIMAL leader raged across the multiverse!

ULTRA MAGNUS

As the commander of the most elite AUTOBOT special forces unit ever assembled, you’d expect ULTRA MAGNUS to be just about one of the most unstoppable warriors this side of the galactic core. You’d be right. If there is any AUTOBOT the DECEPTICONS fear as much as OPTIMUS PRIME, it is ULTRA MAGNUS. His battle hammer has crushed chassis from one side of the galaxy to the other. No battlefield on which his armored feet have stepped has ever been yielded to the DECEPTICONS.

Hasbro had revealed a number of new toy products coming out later in 2013 and 2014. The items I’m interested are the TRANSFORMERS Generations Legends 2-Packs featuring Autobot Cosmos with Blast Master, TRANSFORMERS Generations Deluxe Waspinator,  TRANSFORMERS Generations Voyager Rhinox, TRANSFORMERS Platinum Edition Deception Predaking and the SDCC 2013 Exclusive TRANSFORMERS Titan Guardians Set.

TRANSFORMERS Generations Legends 2-Packs Cosmos (Robot Mode)

TRANSFORMERS Generations Legends 2-Packs Cosmos (Robot Mode)

TRANSFORMERS Generations Legends 2-Packs Cosmos (Vehicle Mode)

TRANSFORMERS Generations Legends 2-Packs Cosmos (Vehicle Mode)

TRANSFORMERS Generations Deluxe Waspinator (Robot Mode)

TRANSFORMERS Generations Deluxe Waspinator (Robot Mode)

TRANSFORMERS Generations Deluxe Waspinator (Beast Mode)

TRANSFORMERS Generations Deluxe Waspinator (Beast Mode)

TRANSFORMERS Generations Voyager Rhinox (Robot Mode)

TRANSFORMERS Generations Voyager Rhinox (Robot Mode)

TRANSFORMERS Generations Voyager Rhinox (Beast Mode)

TRANSFORMERS Generations Voyager Rhinox (Beast Mode)

Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS Platinum Edition
Deception Predaking (Package – Front View)

TRANSFORMERS Platinum Edition Deception Predaking (Package - Back View)

TRANSFORMERS Platinum Edition Deception Predaking (Package – Back View)

Hasbro’s SDCC 2013 Exclusive TRANSFORMERS Titan Guardians Set (Package)

Hasbro's SDCC 2013 Exclusive TRANSFORMERS Titan Guardians Set

Hasbro’s SDCC 2013 Exclusive TRANSFORMERS Titan Guardians Set

Lastly, check out this BotCon 2013 Transformers Fan Film Festival Exclusive: TRANSFORMERS: GENERAT1ON – “The 80’s Reunion” (Director’s Cut)! Written by Jon Bailey. Animation by kaxblastard and Gabriel Jean. Voice acting by Jon Bailey, Gabriel Jean and Realistikk.

That’s it for this week, friends! Have a good week!

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