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Botcon 2011 Hasbro Story Building Panel

Posted on 06-05-2011 at 03:00 PM by Sol Fury under Conventions
For the final panel of the weekend, live blogging is not allowed so after snagging some final deals off the dealer room floor (completed my Slugslinger!) I've done a writeup of what Aaron and Rik discussed in the final panel talking about the Hasbro Transformers IP. Keypoints include:

The 13
- Two new members revealed, Solus Prime and Nexus Prime. Another look at some of the others including Alpha Trion, Liege Maximo, Vector Prime and Megatronus aka The Fallen. Liege Maximo looks kind of like Marvel Comic's Loki with similar horns on his head, Vector Prime has a starry cape that he seems to vanish into.
- Solus Prime is female, a pinkish purple lavender color with hair and a scepter. She is the archetype of all female Transformers. She looks like she has a Greek warrior goddess look, or possibly a blacksmith look with the apron. She is also the creator of many of the artefacts of the 13.
- The 13 are not being conceived as toys.
- Nexus Prime has a very different look to what he had previously, he's also a combiner. Nexus Prime will play some kind of part in Exiles.
- The 13 will embody key elements of the Transformers mythos, so you have a combiner, a beat, a female, a hero, a dark hero, a Mini-Con...

Exiles Book
- Follows on from Exodus, and is set against the backdrop of the search for the Allspark.
- There will be some exploration of lost colonies of Transformers hinted at in Exodus. There will also be some more information on the 13 within the book.
- A new, major threat to the Transformers Universe will be introduced in Exodus. Concept art of their faction symbol is a variation on the Decepticon symbol which looks like a skull and crossbones.
- Concept artwork (Prime style) of these characters was shown and includes Brimstone, the Transformers Cybertron character reimagined, Cannonball again of Transformers Cybertron, and Axor, based on the Action Master. Axor will apparently play a major role in the conclusion of Exodus.

Vault Book
- Some material that did not make it into the Vault Book was shown including concepts of unmade Action Master versions of Mirage, Smokescreen and Cliffjumper. Artwork for what I assume would have been AM versions of Blurr and Rumble were also shown.

Transformers Prime, Exodus and War for Cybertron
- The final word was given on the aligned continuity.
- Each platform has its own story needs in order to be dynamic and successful. Therefore, not every detail will line up perfectly. Aaron talked about the "squint test" whereby everything can be seen to be one family of stories, but fans like us will see differences. The emphasis is on telling good, solid stories, not on making each version line up perfectly at the expense of the quality of the final product.

Universal Studios Ride
- Full 3D experience, it is like you are in the movie, with the robots next to you.
- It is directed by Michael Bay himself.
- Team responsible also did King Kong 3D, which I went on earlier this weekend. Imagining that with Transformers, based on the footage shown in the trailer... It's going to be an awesome ride.

Generations
- Was brought up in the Q&A. Eric joined the panel and stated that as a model, Classics is not going away, although they cannot talk about future plans too much.

Prime
- Just a short note. Prime Ironhide concept was shown, he is red and white with Generation 1 styled head, a similar build to Bulkhead and Movieverse arm cannons. He looks very good, definitively the distillation of Ironhide's best elements across the generations.

Hall of Fame
- Erector! They showed some artwork from the Hall of Fame presentation last night.
- Aaron did say he wants the Hall of Fame to be taken seriously. They enjoyed the joke and liked the laughs it gave them, but please keep it to the characters who changed the dynamic of the story. Aaron says tier C-E characters, not tier Z.
- On that note I'd like to say Sky Byte for 2012!
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Sideswipe80
Nevermind, working now.
Bgrngod
They announced a ban on recording and even texting. Could be quiet for awhile. Not sure how much that applies to the TFW2005 staff.
Mechafire
Damn.
Sammael
OK, this ban is retarded.
Sideswipe80
Why is there a ban?
Fort Max
Allsparks feed is still going, been very quiet though
Botcon 2011 Transformers Brand Panel! - The Allspark Forums
taterx
boo that noise.
Creaky
Oh wow. They're not exactly going out of their way to garner good favour this year, are they?

Looking forward to the writeup though.
muffinhunter
Um ... what the hell? Pretty lame idea.
taterx
Sweet, thx for the link
Overhaulimus
According to Allspark's live feed, the ban is only on cell phones.

So maybe someone could let our guys know if they don't already.
S250
what actionmaster?new actionmaster?
Sammael
I think they're talking about old unreleased toys that were not shown in the Vault book.
hupla
Guys dont expect to see toys here!
taterx
exiles, sequel to exodus
Chris McFeely
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Originally Posted by hupla View Post
Guys dont expect to see toys here!
You can hardly say that for sure, this was the panel we learned about all the awesome Generations stuff in last year.
Wheeljack_Prime
Prime Ironhide is red
Sideswipe80
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Prime Ironhide is red
Where??? What does he look like?
Wheeljack_Prime
According to the Allspark feed, Movie-ish. G1 head.
Mechafire
I wanna see the art of the thirteen so badly.
Creaky
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Originally Posted by Wheeljack_Prime View Post
According to the Allspark feed, Movie-ish. G1 head.
I'd imagine similar to the unused Animated Ironhide earth form from the Almanac. Guess I'll have to wait and see. Love that design though.
Sideswipe80
Thanks Wheeljack and yeah I need to see the 13, they sound epic!
S250
allspark mentiond Megatronus,Vector Prime,Leige Maximo,Solus Prime,Alpha Trion
Sideswipe80
I wish they gave descriptions. They said Vector looks like his Cybertron version. But no details on Liege or Megatronus or Solus.
Mechafire
Solus Prime is the female member of the thirteen. Cool.
Sammael
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Originally Posted by Sideswipe80 View Post
I wish they gave descriptions. They said Vector looks like his Cybertron version. But no details on Liege or Megatronus or Solus.
Vector Prime is more like the Cybertron version, but gold with a red cape, beard, and even more knightly armor elements.
Sideswipe80
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Originally Posted by Sammael View Post
Vector Prime is more like the Cybertron version, but gold with a red cape, beard, and even more knightly armor elements.
Oh okay cool. I had asked if Liege looked like the version from Simon's Alignment comic but they weren't familiar with it I think.
Wheeljack_Prime
And the Breakdown look-alike we saw at the beginning of BotCon is jsut a custom character for the game.
Mechafire
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And the Breakdown look-alike we saw at the beginning of BotCon is jsut a custom character for the game.
Meh. As long as Prowl and Barricade eventually make it into the show and get toys, I'll be happy.
Sammael
No new toys shown, it's Q&A now. Boo. Worst BotCon ever.
taterx
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Originally Posted by Sammael View Post
No new toys shown, it's Q&A now. Boo. Worst BotCon ever.
lol
Ravenxl7
TFP Ironhide is sounding really cool. Can't wait to see how he looks in the show, and find out who voices him.

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Originally Posted by Wheeljack_Prime View Post
And the Breakdown look-alike we saw at the beginning of BotCon is jsut a custom character for the game.
Looks like my guess was right. Still a really cool looking bot, and there's always the chance that Prowl and Barricade might end-up in the show at some point.
S250
agree with worst BotCon
Mechafire
That's it? :/
Wheeljack_Prime
LOL. TFPrime Arcee is blue because Hasbro's trying to break away from the girl colors stereotype, yet Solus is pink/purple.
Sammael
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q: toys that are almost there but not quite [classic enough?]
a: we're not doing toys
No, seriously, this BotCon is a gigantic Hasbro failure. They failed to advertise new Movie figures (beyond what was already known), only showed a handful of new Prime toys, and gave no solid info on Generations.

3rd parties stole the show from Hasbro this time. And with reason.
hupla
Knew it! Im still super glad that we got to know about all those prime toys yesterday! Classics can take the year off
yami4ct
Sounds like someone's trying to tell the TF guys how to do their job in regards to story. They really need to start screening questions for efficiency and so they can actually answer some.
hupla
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Originally Posted by Sammael View Post
No, seriously, this BotCon is a gigantic Hasbro failure. They failed to advertise new Movie figures (beyond what was already known), only showed a handful of new Prime toys, and gave no solid info on Generations.

3rd parties stole the show from Hasbro this time. And with reason.
You...you do know hasbro doesnt organize botcon right? They just show what they have if they have it? Paramount put an embargo on movie stuff. Sucks but you have to Deal with it.
Mechafire
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q: toys that are almost there but not quite [classic enough?]
a: we're not doing toys
What does this even mean? Not doing toys of what? Classic enough?

I am confuse.
hupla
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Originally Posted by Mechafire View Post
What does this even mean?
This is the hasbro story team, not the toy team. Seriously dont know why people excpected toys here :S
chaingunsofdoom
Wow, "Dark Energon Question" guy really burned up with his uber-fan question. In two different panels!
Galvanitro
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Originally Posted by Sammael View Post
No, seriously, this BotCon is a gigantic Hasbro failure. They failed to advertise new Movie figures (beyond what was already known), only showed a handful of new Prime toys, and gave no solid info on Generations.

3rd parties stole the show from Hasbro this time. And with reason.
We wouldn't know about a lot of them if they wern't leaked. It's not Hasbro's fault if a lot of their stuff gets leaked in various forms before we see them at Botcon.
Sideswipe80
Got this from Seibertron:

ART OF THE 13
---------------------------------------
All 13 are "prototypes"
13 are representative of all types of Transformers
Showed art of Megatronus who becomes the Fallen
Alpha Trion (mentioned Covenant of Primus)
Liege Maximo (plays a key role in the story of the 13)
Nexus Prime (need to pick up Exiles to learn more about him)
Vector Prime (Watcher like character)
Soulus Prime (sp? - female, looks awesome, very different than other female Transformers)
Timelord Megs
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Originally Posted by Mechafire View Post
What does this even mean? Not doing toys of what? Classic enough?

I am confuse.
It means they're not there to talk about toys. It's a fiction panel.
Mechafire
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Originally Posted by hupla View Post
This is the hasbro story team, not the toy team. Seriously dont know why people excpected toys here :S
Oh, okay. I completely misread that post.
Sammael
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Originally Posted by hupla View Post
You...you do know hasbro doesnt organize botcon right? They just show what they have if they have it? Paramount put an embargo on movie stuff. Sucks but you have to Deal with it.
Of course I know it. However, BotCon is Hasbro's biggest chance of the year to interact with fans, and they failed miserably.

I don't give a damn about movie stuff, really, but I very much doubt that Paramount has that sort of veto power (since it is Hasbro's damn license to begin with). Furthermore, Hasbro could have provided a lot more info on Generations and Prime toys (which must be WAY past prototype stage at this point in order to be ready for release in December).
Ash from Carolina
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Originally Posted by Sammael View Post
No new toys shown, it's Q&A now. Boo. Worst BotCon ever.
It does seem like the news and pictures have been on the thin side this year.

Maybe Comic Con will show off things to get excited about and provide some news.
deathsheadx
what the hell? seperating Sunstreaker and Sideswipe was deliberate?

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