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'''BotCon''' is an annual [[convention]] for Transformers fans and collectors. The convention has been held, in one form or another, annually since 1994.
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The name "BotCon" comes from both "ro'''bot''' '''con'''vention" and the names "Auto'''bot'''" and "Decepti'''con'''" used in the toyline.
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'''Written By:''' [[Chuck Dixon]]<br>
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'''Pencils By:''' [[Guido Guidi]]<br>
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'''Inks By:''' [[Aaron Leach]]<br>
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'''Additional Art By:''' [[Antonio Vasquez]], [[Luis Czerniawski]], and [[Sulaco Studios]]<br>
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'''Covers By:''' [[Guido Guidi]]<br>
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'''Edits By:''' [[Chris Ryall]], [[Dan Taylor]]<br>
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'''Colors By:''' [[Jay Fotos]]<br>
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'''Letters By:''' [[Robbie Robbins]]<br>
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'''Additional Colors By:''' [[Josh Burcham]]<br>
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'''Design By:''' [[Josh Burcham]]<br>
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'''Collection Edits By:''' [[Justin Eisinger]]<br>
   
Featured BotCon guests are usually involved in the creation of Transformers media in some respect, whether [[voice actor]]s from the animated series, artists or writers from the Transformers [[comics|comic books]], or actual [[Hasbro]] employees.
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* ''Series:'' The Transformers: [[Evolutions]], [[Hearts of Steel]]
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* ''Original release date:'' ???
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* ''Preceded by:'' [[Hearts of Steel, Part 3]]
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* ''Major Characters (in order of appearance):'' [[Astrotrain (G1)|Astrotrain]], [[Tobias Muldoon]], [[Mark Twain]], [[Bumblebee (G1)|Bumblebee]], [[John Henry]], [[Jacob Lee Bonaventure]], [[Mister Vanflint]], [[Scourge (G1)|Scourge]], [[Kitty Merriweather]], [[Stanford Merriweather]], [[Brawley]], [[Cletus]], [[Sideswipe (G1)|Sideswipe]], [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]], [[Prowl (G1)|Prowl]], [[Ratchet (G1)|Ratchet]].
   
==BotCon history==
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==Synopsis==
The [[BotCon 1994|first BotCon]] was held in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1994. Organized by brothers Jon and Karl Hartman, the convention had 180 attendees. [[BotCon 1995]] was organized by Raksha, a prominent figure in the fan community, and 1996 by Men In Black Productions, headed up by Dennis Barger. In 1997, the Hartmans brought Glen Hallit, a fellow fan, into the fold, forming 3H Enterprises (based upon the first letter of all three organizers' last names). During this era, the BotCon name was also licensed out for several conventions outside of the United States.
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On a railway in Arizona, the Army has set up a blockade. As [[Astrotrain (G1)|Astrotrain]] approaches, the commander gives the order to fire. However, Astrotrain is moving too fast for them, and barrels right through the blockade.
   
At BotCon 2002, it was announced that 3H had secured the official Transformers convention license, as well as licenses to produce comic books and start a fan club. However, the Hartmans were pressured by Hallit out of planning or running the convention, leaving Glen Hallit as the sole organizer. As a result, the BotCon name, which was owned by the Hartmans, ceased to exist for a time, as 3H's convention was called "[[The Official Transformers Collectors Convention]]," or OTFCC for short.
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Elsewhere, [[Tobias Muldoon]], [[Stanford Merriweather]], [[Kitty Merriweather]], and [[Mark Twain]] are driving Merriweather's private train as fast as they can, to intercept the [[Decepticons]]. They pull into a station to take on coal and water, and spot "one peculiar-looking locomotive". They confront [[Bumblebee (G1)|Bumblebee]], [[John Henry]], and the [[Autobots]], but they all quickly realize they are on the same side, and the two teams join forces. The telegraph operator at the station, seeing the mechanized giants, telegraphs his boss, [[Jacob Lee Bonaveture]], with the news. Bonaventure is aboard Astrotrain, but isn't worried, as he has faith that [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]] has plans for this eventuality. And, indeed, As Bonaventure and [[Mister Vanflint]] watch, [[Scourge (G1)|Scourge]] deploys from one of the boxcars, taking on his [[altmode]] of a armed blimp, and sets off to intercept the [[Autobots]].
   
In 2004, BotCon made a comeback as an unofficial convention, which was held in Pasadena, California. At the end of 2004, 3H lost all its Transformer licenses, which were soon picked up by [[Fun Publications]], owned by Brian Savage. The Hartman brothers were invited onto and accepted places in an advisory board for the new convention, along with other prominent fans Benson Yee and Rik Alvarez, and granted use of the BotCon name once again.
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Aboard Merriweather's private train, Merriweather and Twain commiserate about the joys of fatherhood while shoveling coal into the engine. Aboard Bumblebee, Henry and Muldoon talk about the difference between Autobots and Decepticons (while shoveling coal), until [[Cletus]] notices Scourge approaching. Scourge begins to drop bombs, so the two trains speed toward the protection of a tunnel. Muldoon runs back over the tops of the Autobots, concerned about Kitty on the following train, but is halted when [[Sideswipe (G1)|Sideswipe]] partially transforms out of boxcar mode, and shoots holes in Scourge. The two trains make it to the tunnel (and Tobias makes it to Kitty) just as Scourge collides with the cliff above the tunnel, and explodes. Merriweather states that he now fully approves of Tobias' interest in Kitty.
   
Since that time, BotCon has been held once again as an annual convention, run by Fun Publications.
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As Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots emerge from the tunnel, a shell strikes the cliff overhead, blocking the tunnel entrance with boulders. Merriweather's private train and its passengers are trapped inside. The Autobots set to work clearing the rubble. Some distance away, Starscream orders another salvo of artillery. [[Prowl (G1)|Prowl]] and [[Ratchet (G1)|Ratchet]] direct the debris-clearing work, mentioning that there are humans and Autobots inside. The next round strikes several of the Autobots directly, temporarily incapacitating them, and John Henry and Bumblebee set off alone to stop the Decepticons. Astrotrain resumes its progress, but Bumblebee manages to catch up on an adjoining track. He gets ahead of Astrotrain, and Henry uses his hammer to flip a switch, directing Astrotrain, the Decepticons, Bonaventure, and Vanflint over a cliff, presumably to fall to their destruction.
   
==Locations==
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Later, John Henry, [[Brawley]], and Cletus clear enough rocks to free the Merriweathers, Muldoon, and Twain. The Autobots have already left, to return to their slumber, and to resume their war in the future.
*[[BotCon 1994]]: Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana
 
*[[BotCon 1995]]: Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, Ohio
 
*[[BotCon 1996]]: Radisson Hotel Rosemont, Rosemont, Illinois
 
*[[BotCon 1997]]: Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York
 
*[[BotCon Japan 1997]]: Science and Technology Hall, Tokyo, Japan
 
*[[BotCon 1998]]: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
 
*[[BotCon Japan 1998]]: Sevencity Hall, Tokyo, Japan
 
*[[BotCon 1999]]: Touchstone Energy Place, St. Paul, Minnesota
 
*[[BotCon Europe 1999]]: Barnabas Center, London, United Kingdom
 
*[[BotCon 2000]]: Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana
 
*[[BotCon Japan 2000]]: Trade and Industry Center, Tokyo, Japan
 
*[[BotCon 2001]]: Durham Mariott Civic Center, Durham, North Carolina
 
*[[BotCon 2002]]: Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana
 
*[[BotCon Europe 2002]]: Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt, United Kingdom
 
*[[BotCon 2004]]: Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena, California
 
*[[BotCon 2005]]: Embassy Suites, Frisco, Texas
 
*[[BotCon 2006]]: Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, Kentucky
 
*[[BotCon 2007]]: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island
 
   
==Special Guests==
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==Quotes==
Over the years, BotCon has featured many individuals who have worked to bring the Transformers multiverse to life, including voice actors, animation staff, and Hasbro design team members. BotCon guests include:
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"It's a devil train outta Perdition!"<br>
*1994: Carl Fritz & Tom Bowman, Hasbro.
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:'''-Anonymous soldier,''' re: '''Astrotrain'''<br>
*1995: [[Kenner]] representatives.
 
*1996: George Boznos & Anthony Gaud, Kenner.
 
*1997: [[Simon Furman]], writer; [[Andrew Wildman]], artist; [[Bob Forward]], ''Beast Wars'' story editor; [[Vince DiCola]], musician; [[Stan Bush]], musician; [[Peter Cullen]], [[David Kaye]], and [[Venus Terzo]], voice actors; Hasbro representatives.
 
*1998: Bob Forward and [[Larry DiTillio]], ''Beast Wars'' story editors; [[Gary Chalk]], [[Doug Parker]], [[David Kaye]], [[Susan Blu]] and [[Scott McNeil]], voice actors; Jennifer Donahoe and Andy Espenshade, Hasbro representatives; Vince DiCola, musician.
 
*1999: Scott McNeil and [[Jim Byrnes]], voice actors; Hasbro representatives.
 
*2000: [[Ian Corlett]], [[John Moschitta]], [[Venus Terzo]] and [[Alec Willows]], voice actors; Vince DiCola, Hasbro representatives.
 
*2001: [[Michael Bell]], [[Gregg Berger]], Garry Chalk, Scott McNeil, and [[John Stephenson]], voice actors; Simon Furman; Vince DiCola; Hasbro representatives.
 
*2002: [[Aaron Archer]], Michelle Field, Andrew Frankel and Joe Matico, Hasbro; Simon Furman; Bob Forward; [[Tom Wyner]], Rich Epcar, and Steve Kramer, [[Robots in Disguise (cartoon)|Transformers: Robots in Disguise]] writers; [[Dick Gautier]], Neil Kaplan, [[Michael McConnohie]], [[Peter Spellos]] and [[Wankus]], voice actors; Adam Fortier, Pat Lee, Derek Choo-Wing, and Chris Sarracini, [[Dreamwave Productions]].
 
*BotCon Europe 2002: Simon Furman, writer; Neil Kaplan and Wankus, voice actors.
 
*2004: [[Dan Gilzevan]], Michael McConnohie and Peter Cullen, voice actors; [[Wally Burr]], voice director; Bob Prupis and Alison Segebarth, former Hasbro employees; Paul Davids, Flint Dille, David Wise, Bryce Malek, Generation 1 script writers; Don Figueroa, Brad Mick, Pat Lee, Adam Patyk, and Joe Ng, Dreamwave.
 
*2005: Aaron Archer, Eric Siebenaler, Greg Lombardo, Hasbro; Hikeaki Yoke, Takara; Aaron Myers, Dan Taylor, [[IDW Publishing]]; [[Michael Chain]], [[Brian Dobson]], [[Michael Dobson]], and [[Paul Dobson]], voice actors; Wally Burr.
 
   
==Exclusive toys==
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"The inventiveness of these Decepticons is limitless. A never-ending ''genesis'' of gears and engines and devices."<br>
One of BotCon's most popular features is an exclusive toy (sometimes two or more toys) sold to the guests. The toys are different every year, and will not be sold at retail anywhere in the world. The identity and design of the toys were originally kept a close secret until the opening of the convention, although in the later years of the convention the organizers often chose to reveal one or more of the exclusives ahead of time, due to repeated problems with stolen prototypes being sold on eBay.
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:'''-Jacob Lee Bonaventure'''<br>
   
In the past, the toys were sold individually as part of the convention registration process, however the current convention organizers are only offering the exclusives as part of a package deal, a move that has caused some contention in the fandom.
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"Now them Decepticons is headin' for the Yampah in a hurry. An' I hope they hit ever' rock on the way down."<br>
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:'''-John Henry'''<br>
   
Although the toys are always unique, financial costs prohibit the creation of entirely new molds. As such, the toys are [[redeco]]s of previously used toys given new identities, occasionally switching allegiances and even gender. In the last few years, minor remoulds have been made to the exclusives, such as the new heads given the Deathsaurus and Ironhide in 2005. After the convention, exclusive toys usually become valuable collector's items in the community, particularly among fans who missed the convention.
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==Errors==
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* Ratchet states that there are Autobots trapped in the tunnel, but the Autobots later leave without clearing enough rubble to free anything Autobot-sized.
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* And, hey, it would have been nice if they'd helped some more with that rubble-clearing, y'know?
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* The Autobot train is shown as consisting of Bumblebee, Prowl, and ''two'' boxcars between them, which is not enough to account for the presence of Ratchet, [[Ironhide (G1)|Ironhide]], Sideswipe, and at least one other Autobot.
   
BotCon-exclusive toys include:
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==Items of Note==
*'''1994'''
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*This issue was available with three covers.
**'''[[Breakdown]]''' - Turquoise and lavender ''Transformers: Generation 2'' version of the [[Stunticon]] Breakdown. This toy was initially intended as a mass-release toy, but was distributed as a convention exclusive instead. A number of these toys were distributed the same year at a convention run by Whiz Bang toys.
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**Cover A, montage of Tobias Muldoon, Astrotrain in train mode, and (possibly) Astrotrain in robot mode.
*'''1995'''
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**Cover B, Ratchet sketch.
**'''[[Nightracer]]''' - Black redeco of Go-Bot [[Bumblebee (G1)|Bumblebee]]. Nightracer is the first canonical female [[Decepticon]] released in the United States. The toy itself is in the same plastic colors as Go-Bot Bumblebee without the vehicle mode's metallic gold paint deco, but with a silver faceplate in robot mode and engine in vehicle mode. The convention's organizer, [[Raksha|Jovanka "Raksha" Kink]], hand-applied Decepticon logo stickers and painted blue racing stripes on the toys. A number of these toys turned up for sale by Whiz Bang toys without the decals, painted stripes, or packaging. Possibly for their 1995 convention.
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**Retailer incentive cover, sketch of cover A.
*'''1996'''
 
**'''[[Onyx Primal]]''' - Black redeco of bat [[Optimus Primal]]. Available in regular, dealer, and VIP box variations. This toy was also used as the exclusive for Men In Black's own convention, Transcon II (they consider BotCon 1996 as Transcon I) in 1997 in a fourth package variation.
 
*'''1997'''
 
**'''[[Packrat]]''' and '''[[Fractyl]]''' - Blue and green redecos of [[Rattrap]] and [[Terrorsaur (BW)|Terrorsaur]] respectively, packaged together.
 
*'''1997 Japan'''
 
**'''[[Super Hybrid Model]] [[Galvatron (G1)|Galvatron]]''' - A non-transforming vinyl action figure. This toy was also available in a translucent orange "Lava Bath" version to the 1st 100 attendees.
 
*'''1998'''
 
**'''[[Antagony]]''' - Black redeco of ''[[Beast Wars]]'' [[Inferno (BW)|Inferno]] (ant).
 
**'''[[Vice Grip]]''' - Blue redeco of [[Powerpinch]] (earwig).
 
*'''1998 Japan'''
 
**'''[[Grizzly-1]]''' - Brown redeco of [[Polar Claw]].
 
**'''[[Double Punch (BW)|Double Punch]]''' - Translucent red redeco of ''Beast Wars'' [[Scorponok (BW)|Scorponok]].
 
*'''1999'''
 
**'''[[Sandstorm (BW)|Sandstorm]]''' - Tan redeco of ''Beast Wars'' Scorponok.
 
**'''[[Windrazor (BW)|Windrazor]]''' - White redeco of ''Beast Wars'' [[Silverbolt (Fuzor)|Silverbolt]].
 
*'''2000'''
 
**'''[[Apelinq]]''' - Silver redeco of [[Transmetal]] Optimus Primal.
 
**'''[[Shokaract]]''' - Blue and copper redeco of [[Rampage (BW)|Rampage]].
 
*'''2000 Japan'''
 
**'''Choro-Q [[Optimus Prime (G1)|Optimus Prime]]''', Generation 2 '''[[Megatron (G1)|Megatron]]''', and '''[[Mirage (G1)|Mirage]]'''. These were non-transforming miniature vehicles redecoed from Takara's Choro-Q line.
 
*'''2001'''
 
**'''[[Arcee (G1)|Arcee]]''' - White and pink redeco of [[Transmetal 2]] [[Blackarachnia (BW)|Blackarachnia]]. This was the first BotCon exclusive to feature remolded parts, as the figure's chest was modified to look more robotic. A number of these also had a light activated voice chip installed in the package containing dialogue by Susan Blu, the original voice actress for Arcee.
 
**'''[[Tigatron]]''' - Blue and white redeco of the Japanese-exclusive ''[[Beast Wars Metals]]'' X-9 [[Ravage]] figure.
 
*'''2002'''
 
**'''[[CatSCAN]]''' - White and translucent red redeco of [[Cheetor (BW)|Night Slash Cheetor]].
 
**'''[[Cyclonus (G1)|Cyclonus]]''' - Purple redeco of ''[[Beast Machines]]'' Ultra Jetstorm.
 
**'''[[Glyph]]''' - Blue redeco of [[Bumblebee (G1)|Bumblebee]].
 
**'''[[Tap-Out]]''' - Green redeco of [[Cliffjumper (G1)|Cliffjumper]]. Given away free as part of registration package.
 
*'''2002 Europe'''
 
**'''[[Rook (Universe)|Rook]]''' - Grey redeco of [[Windcharger (G1)|Windcharger]], originally a European exclusive, later given away in the United States as well.
 
*'''2004'''
 
**'''Action Master G2 [[Breakdown]]''' - While OTFCC was held this year, the Hartman Brothers held their own "BotCon" convention, at which this toy was available. An [[Action Master]] likeness of the original BotCon exclusive, Generation 2 Breakdown, the figure is a redeco of the previously European-exclusive Action Master [[Sideswipe (G1)|Sideswipe]] (as both Sideswipe and Breakdown transformed into Lamborghinis). This fan-produced toy is not a Hasbro-sanctioned product, and as such is not official ''per se''. In fact, convention organizers had to very carefully check the packaging of this figure to ensure that no Hasbro trademarks were used.
 
*'''2005'''
 
**'''"Descent into Evil"''', a seven-figure box set, including:
 
***'''[[Deathsaurus]]''' - Blue redeco of '''Robots in Disguise''' Megatron with a new head sculpt.
 
***'''[[Buzzclaw (Timelines)|Buzzclaw]]''' and '''[[Dirge (Timelines)|Dirge]]''' - Purple, black and yellow redecos (in different schemes for each figure) of '''Beast Wars''' [[Buzzclaw (BW)|Buzzclaw]].
 
***'''[[Outback|Fallback]]''' - Brown, tan, and silver redeco of [[Strongarm (Energon)|Strongarm]], intended as a renamed version of the G1 character Outback.
 
***'''[[Ironhide (G1)|Ironhide]]''' - Red and grey redeco of '''Energon''' [[Tow-Line (Energon)|Tow-Line]] with a new head sculpt.
 
***'''[[Ricochet (Timelines)|Ricochet]]''' - Black and red redeco of the ''Generation 2'' Cyberjet [[Hooligan]] mold, a new character.
 
***'''[[Chromia]]''' - White and green redeco of ''Energon'' [[Arcee (UT)|Arcee]] with a new head sculpt. Chromia was one of the female Autobots from the Generation One series. However, many fans have pointed out that Chromia's color scheme, headsculpt, and personality profile all resemble [[Moonracer (G1)|Moonracer]], a different character entirely. According to convention representatives, they could not secure the Moonracer name, so they simply dubbed the character Chromia instead.
 
**'''[[Flareup]]''' an orange redeco of Chromia, and '''[[Ratchet (G1)|Ratchet]]''' a white redeco of the ''Energon'' Tow-Line mold with the new Ironhide headsculpt and a new Energon weapon, sold together in a pack.
 
**'''[[Virulent Clone]]'''s - A pack of two blue redecos of ''Beast Wars'' Buzzclaw.
 
**'''[[Flamewar]]''' - Black redeco of ''Energon'' Arcee, given free to pre-registered attendees. Flamewar does not have the new headsculpt found on Chromia and Flareup.
 
**'''''Legends of Cybertron'' [[Ramjet (Universe)|Ramjet]]''' - White and blue redeco of Legends of Cybertron Starscream given away at the Hasbro booth.
 
*'''2006'''
 
**'''"Dawn of Futures Past,"''' a five-figure box set showcasing ''Beast Wars'' characters in their "original" pre-beast modes. All figures are from ''[[Cybertron]]'', and are equipped with a new version of the Planet X Cyber Planet Key, redecoed to resemble the [[Golden Disk]]. The set includes:
 
***'''[[Optimus Primal]]''' - A redeco of [[Crumplezone (Cybertron)|Crumplezone]] designed to resemble Primal's original body, with a new headsculpt in his likeness.
 
***'''[[Rattrap]]''' - A redeco of [[Ransack (UT)|Ransack]] designed to resemble Rattrap's original body.
 
***'''[[Dinobot (BW)|Dinobot]]''' - A redeco of [[Longrack (Cybertron)|Longrack]] designed to resemble Dinobot's original body, with the head of ''Transformers: Armada'' [[Smokescreen (Armada)|Hoist]], whom Longrack was a remold of. Hoist's head is highly evocative of Dinobot. Also bears a Predacon sigil.
 
***'''[[Cheetor (BW)|Cheetor]]''' - A remold of [[Clocker (Cybertron)|Clocker]]. Colored to resemble the original Beast Wars Cheetor.
 
***'''[[Rhinox (BW)|Rhinox]]''' - A redeco of [[Landmine (Energon)|Landmine]]. Colored to resemble the original Beast Wars Rhinox.
 
**'''[[Megatron (BW)|Megatron]]''' and '''[[Waspinator]]''' - Respectively, a remold of [[Red Alert (Armada)|Cybertron Defense Red Alert]] and a redeco of [[Machine Wars]] [[Skywarp]]/[[Thundercracker]].
 
**'''[[Unit 2]]''' - A redeco of the Cheetor exclusive as pre-BW Tigatron.
 
**'''[[Buzzsaw (G1)|Buzzsaw]]''' and '''[[Laserbeak (G1)|Laserbeak]]''' - Redecos of [[Energon (franchise)|Energon]] [[Divebomb (Energon)|Divebomb]], colored to resemble the G1 cassettes.
 
*'''2007'''
 
**'''"Games of Deception!"''', a five-figure box set set in the fictional universe of the ''[[Classics]]'' comic strip published in the club's newsletter. The characters included are as follows.
 
***'''[[Bugbite]]''' - Redeco of ''Classics'' Bumblebee
 
***'''[[Dirge (G1)|Dirge]]''' - Redeco of ''Classics'' [[Ramjet (G1)|Ramjet]]
 
***'''[[Dreadwind (G1)|Dreadwind]]''' - Redeco and new head mold of ''Classics'' Jetfire
 
***'''[[Thrust (G1)|Thrust]]''' - Redeco and remold of ''Classics'' Ramjet
 
***'''[[Thundercracker (G1)|Thundercracker]]''' - Redeco of ''Classics'' [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]]
 
**'''Clear/Invisible [[Mirage (G1)|Mirage]]''' - Redeco of ''Classics'' Mirage in transluscent blue. This toy was a "freebie" available only to preregistrants.
 
**'''[[Alpha Trion]]''' and '''[[Weirdwolf]]''', respectively a remold/deco of [[Vector Prime]] and a redeco of [[Snarl (Cybertron)|Snarl]]
 
**'''[[Springer]]''' and '''[[Huffer]]''', respectively redecos of [[Hot Shot (Armada)|Cybertron Defense Hot Shot]] and [[Armorhide (Cybertron)|Armorhide]].
 
**'''[[Vector Sigma]]''', a display accessory made by Unicron.com for sale at Botcon. Comes complete with removable key and display base.
 
   
===Proposed/Unreleased Exclusives===
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A number of toys were planned over the years but never produced, for various reasons. Note that some of these entries are essentially jokes from the organizers' brainstorming sessions, which they then later mentioned to other fans:
 
*[[Cataclysm]], a green and purple redeco of Transmetal [[Cheetor (BW)|Cheetor]]. This character actually appeared in the convention storyline and was thought to be the lower priced exclusive in 2000 until Apelinq was revealed instead. It is unclear whether or not Cataclysm was ever truly intended to be released, however.
 
*Optimal Rodimus Primal, mentioned by the Hartmans at the organizer's panel at Botcon 2000, this would have been an updated version of Rodimus Prime made from the Optimal Optimus mold. Plans were nixed very early on as Primal Prime was going into its limited production run and Hasbro didn't give licensees the leeway they now enjoy. Optimal Rodimus Primal's events in the Wreckers storyline were revised for Primal Prime and Rodimus instead
 
*Lickme, a redeco of Spittor as a Poison Arrow Frog. Function: Psychological Warfare. Mentioned at the BotCon '99 Organizers Panel.
 
*Jai-Alai, a black redeco of Manterror. Function: Ninja. Mentioned at the BotCon '99 Organizers Panel.
 
*[[Hot Spot (Last Autobot)|Hot Spot]], a blue redeco of [[Optimus Prime (RID)|Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime]] as a new Autobot leader modelled after the Generation One character. The toy would have featured a new headsculpt for the robot's larger "[[Defensor (G1)|Defensor]]" mode. This toy was originally solicited for OTFCC 2004, then pushed back for OTFCC 2005. When the license was removed from Hallit, this figure was cancelled.
 
*[[Megatron (BW)|Megatron]], a red redeco of [[Megatron (RID)|Robots in Disguise Megatron]] as an upgraded (and resurrected) Beast Wars Megatron. This toy would have featured a new headsculpt. Designs of this toy were part of 3H's OTFCC 2005 proposal, which never happened.
 
*[[Devcon]], a blue redeco of [[Slugslinger (Energon)|Energon Slugslinger]] as the Generation One character. This toy would have featured a new headsculpt. Designs of this toy were part of 3H's OTFCC 2005 proposal, which never happened.
 
*[[Brawn]], a green redeco of [[Strongarm (Energon)|Energon Strongarm]] as the Generation One character. This toy would have featured a new headsculpt and snap on Energon gauntlets. Designs of this toy were part of 3H's OTFCC 2005 proposal, which never happened.
 
*[[Roadbuster]], an orange and green redeco of Energon Strongarm as the Generation One character. This toy would have featured a new headsculpt and Energon rifle. Designs of this toy were part of 3H's OTFCC 2005 proposal, which never happened.
 
*Blue Balls Attack Team, from an anecdote shared by Karl Hartman on the now defunct Botcon Beyond message board, a planning session for Botcon had run much later than anticipated and an exhausted Hartman proposed a pair of blue repaints of Beast Wars Retrax. Obviously not a serious proposal.
 
*[[Sentinel Prime]], originally conceived as the Cybertron Defense Hot Shot redeco for 2007. He was dropped in favor of Springer, who fit the mold and the story/theme better.
 
 
==Exclusive fiction==
 
*'''1997'''
 
:*'''Tales from the Beast Wars: Critical Mass''' - Comic book
 
 
*'''1998'''
 
:*'''Visitations''' - Script reading
 
 
*'''1999'''
 
:*'''Reaching the Omega Point''' - Short story
 
 
*'''2000'''
 
:*'''Tales from the Beast Wars: Reaching the Omega Point''' - Comic book
 
 
*'''2001'''
 
:*'''The Wreckers #1: Enter the Wreckers''' - Comic book
 
 
*'''2002'''
 
:*'''The Wreckers #2: Betrayal!''' - Comic book
 
 
*'''2005'''
 
:*'''Timelines Vol. 1, #1:Descent into Evil''' - Comic book
 
 
*'''2006'''
 
:*'''Timelines Vol. 2, #1: Dawn of Future's Past''' - Comic book
 
 
*'''2007'''
 
:*'''Timelines Vol. 2, #2: Games of Deception''' - Comic book
 
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.botcon.com Official site]
 
*[http://www.transformersclub.com/ Hasbro Transformers Collectors' Club]
 
*[http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~sstoneb/tf/faq/fandom/conventions.php Convention info from the Transformers FAQ]
 
 
 
[[Category:Fandom]]
 

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Written By: Chuck Dixon
Pencils By: Guido Guidi
Inks By: Aaron Leach
Additional Art By: Antonio Vasquez, Luis Czerniawski, and Sulaco Studios
Covers By: Guido Guidi
Edits By: Chris Ryall, Dan Taylor
Colors By: Jay Fotos
Letters By: Robbie Robbins
Additional Colors By: Josh Burcham
Design By: Josh Burcham
Collection Edits By: Justin Eisinger

Synopsis

On a railway in Arizona, the Army has set up a blockade. As Astrotrain approaches, the commander gives the order to fire. However, Astrotrain is moving too fast for them, and barrels right through the blockade.

Elsewhere, Tobias Muldoon, Stanford Merriweather, Kitty Merriweather, and Mark Twain are driving Merriweather's private train as fast as they can, to intercept the Decepticons. They pull into a station to take on coal and water, and spot "one peculiar-looking locomotive". They confront Bumblebee, John Henry, and the Autobots, but they all quickly realize they are on the same side, and the two teams join forces. The telegraph operator at the station, seeing the mechanized giants, telegraphs his boss, Jacob Lee Bonaveture, with the news. Bonaventure is aboard Astrotrain, but isn't worried, as he has faith that Starscream has plans for this eventuality. And, indeed, As Bonaventure and Mister Vanflint watch, Scourge deploys from one of the boxcars, taking on his altmode of a armed blimp, and sets off to intercept the Autobots.

Aboard Merriweather's private train, Merriweather and Twain commiserate about the joys of fatherhood while shoveling coal into the engine. Aboard Bumblebee, Henry and Muldoon talk about the difference between Autobots and Decepticons (while shoveling coal), until Cletus notices Scourge approaching. Scourge begins to drop bombs, so the two trains speed toward the protection of a tunnel. Muldoon runs back over the tops of the Autobots, concerned about Kitty on the following train, but is halted when Sideswipe partially transforms out of boxcar mode, and shoots holes in Scourge. The two trains make it to the tunnel (and Tobias makes it to Kitty) just as Scourge collides with the cliff above the tunnel, and explodes. Merriweather states that he now fully approves of Tobias' interest in Kitty.

As Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots emerge from the tunnel, a shell strikes the cliff overhead, blocking the tunnel entrance with boulders. Merriweather's private train and its passengers are trapped inside. The Autobots set to work clearing the rubble. Some distance away, Starscream orders another salvo of artillery. Prowl and Ratchet direct the debris-clearing work, mentioning that there are humans and Autobots inside. The next round strikes several of the Autobots directly, temporarily incapacitating them, and John Henry and Bumblebee set off alone to stop the Decepticons. Astrotrain resumes its progress, but Bumblebee manages to catch up on an adjoining track. He gets ahead of Astrotrain, and Henry uses his hammer to flip a switch, directing Astrotrain, the Decepticons, Bonaventure, and Vanflint over a cliff, presumably to fall to their destruction.

Later, John Henry, Brawley, and Cletus clear enough rocks to free the Merriweathers, Muldoon, and Twain. The Autobots have already left, to return to their slumber, and to resume their war in the future.

Quotes

"It's a devil train outta Perdition!"

-Anonymous soldier, re: Astrotrain

"The inventiveness of these Decepticons is limitless. A never-ending genesis of gears and engines and devices."

-Jacob Lee Bonaventure

"Now them Decepticons is headin' for the Yampah in a hurry. An' I hope they hit ever' rock on the way down."

-John Henry

Errors

  • Ratchet states that there are Autobots trapped in the tunnel, but the Autobots later leave without clearing enough rubble to free anything Autobot-sized.
  • And, hey, it would have been nice if they'd helped some more with that rubble-clearing, y'know?
  • The Autobot train is shown as consisting of Bumblebee, Prowl, and two boxcars between them, which is not enough to account for the presence of Ratchet, Ironhide, Sideswipe, and at least one other Autobot.

Items of Note

  • This issue was available with three covers.
    • Cover A, montage of Tobias Muldoon, Astrotrain in train mode, and (possibly) Astrotrain in robot mode.
    • Cover B, Ratchet sketch.
    • Retailer incentive cover, sketch of cover A.
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