So, being local to Florida, I went as a walkin to JoeCon 2011 on Saturday and Sunday. It was a different experience from BotCon, but very fun overall. There was some big news relating to Transformers history at the event, and these are my impressions of it. First, of course, was the Cobra Commander/Starscream Skystriker on display. I took a bunch of photos of the box callouts, but I assume pics of that have gone up already. No, the real big news came on the Sunday panel hosted by TF/G.I Joe IP development manager Rik Alvarez, G.I. Joe design manager John Warden, and... a third fellow who had worked on the G. I. Joe brand on the '90s who has recently come back onto the team. David Kunitz, perhaps? The panel, "Treasures from the Hasbro Archives", served something of a dual focus: it both showcased the process of creative development on the '80s G.I. Joe toyline (with photos of two-ups, unpainted first shot/test shot figures, costing and design models, etc), and featured products that never came to fruition. The first of these items shown is, to me, the more significant. About a month ago, Rik apparently found a box in the Hasbro archives containing an assortment of artwork, concept boards, and proposals for what "could have been" in a series of Transformers/G.I. Joe crossovers. Dun dun DUN...! According to Rik, these are parts of an Omega Supreme that were redecoed and intended for release in the G.I. Joe toyline. In what manner, as a character or parts of a non-living vehicle, he didn't say; the phrasing of his following statement, where he was going to look into "an actual crossover between the G.I. Joe and Transformer toylines", makes the Joemega Supreme situation seem a bit nebulous. Still, it's astonishing to think of what might have been! The other significant TF/Joe news - which I know Toy News International has already reported, but I haven't actually looked at their coverage - was of a much more recent variety. There were plans for an arctic Rise of Cobra Baroness figure that would have come with a robot panther companion - "maybe Ravage, maybe not" said Rik, but John Warden consistently denied that it was going to be Ravage. In any case, the use of Ravage design cues was intentional, though Rik sadly noted that the G1 weapons did not work with it. They did not actually show any pictures of the Arctic Baroness, with the robot panther being photoed next to a test shot of Dial-Tone that Rik used for scale representation in every picture he took. Neither the Baroness or the robot panther were tooled, with the panther in the photo being the only one in existence. I'll see if I have any more specific notes on the robot panther later, and will also check my pictures of the Cobra Commander/Starscream Skystriker box. Yoooooo 'bot!