I've been thinking about this year's Botcon and the negative responses towards the set. The more and more I think about it, I don't think any theme or mold selection would have won anybody over. With Hasbro/Takara giving us characters we would never thought would have a new toy(i.e. Black Shadow & Skullgrin) and the 3rd party market filling the gaps between, i no longer see a place for the TFCC and Botcon toys. Let's take this year's Overlord(Gigatron) for example. 2 years ago this figure would have been a hit, regardless of what mold they would have used. Owning an Overlord in your classics collection would have made this worthwhile for any justification. These days, thinking that a 3rd party company will likely release a G1ish style Overlord is a high probability. Why bother with the Botcon version then? A 3rd party toy will likely be around the same dollar amount, have more figures readily available and be close enough to character model. I think Fun Pub is stuck between a rock and a hard place, even with dealing with Hasbro. They will take figures that were Botcon exclusives and release them in the mainline. I don't know how Fun Pub will be able to continue to produce figures that collectors will want. Their market is becoming smaller and smaller each day. IMO, Fun Pub has become limited in what they can offer to us. I think this is why Shattered Glass figures are still being produced. They have nothing else to offer. I hope I am wrong and next year's set will blow us away but what can they offer us?