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BotCon, briefly known as "The Official Transformers Collectors' Convention" (or OTFCC), was an annual convention for Transformers fans and collectors. BotCon has been held annually since 1994. BotCon is a syllabic abbreviation for "Robot Convention" but also refers to "Autobot" and "Decepticon", the protagonist and antagonist robot factions in the Transformers franchise.
Featured BotCon guests are usually involved in the creation of Transformers media in some respect, whether as voice actors from the animated series, artists or writers from the comic books, or actual Hasbro employees. Fun Publications has held the convention for a number of years, with 2016 being the final year it would do so. it will be replaced by hascon, hasbro's own convention in 2017.
- 1 History
- 2 Locations
- 3 Special guests
- 4 Transformers Hall of Fame
- 5 Exclusive toys
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The first BotCon was held in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1994. Organized by brothers Jon and Karl Hartman, the convention had 180 attendees. BotCon was organized in 1995 by Raksha, a prominent figure in the fan community, and in 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).
At BotCon 2002, Hallit announced that 3H had secured the official Transformers convention license, as well as licenses to produce comic books and start a fan club. Shortly thereafter, the Hartmans were removed from their organizational duties, leaving Glen Hallit as the sole organizer of the new company, 3H Productions, Inc.
In the winter of 2002, 3H sought to expand to Europe, holding its first ever official European convention in Cheshunt, UK. Unfortunately, the event, which was held in conjunction with the main BotCon 2002 in the USA, had much less advertising and the registration did not open until a couple of weeks before the convention. Since the attendance at the European BotCon had been much smaller than the main show that summer, 3H decided it was too much work to hold two separate conventions, and officially announced that they would never hold BotCon outside the USA again.
In 2003, the convention changed its name to "The Official Transformers Collectors' Convention", OTFCC for short, due to the Hartmans' ownership of the BotCon service mark. The fandom held dueling conventions in 2004, as 3H held OTFCC in Chicago, Illinois, while the Hartman brothers revived the BotCon name for their final convention in Pasadena, California. In the fall of that year, 3H Productions lost all of its Transformers-related licenses, leaving the convention in a state of limbo.
In early January 2005, Hasbro announced on its official Web site that Fun Publications, owned by Brian Savage, had been awarded the convention and fan club licenses. The Hartman brothers and other prominent fans Pete Sinclair, Benson Yee, and Rik Alvarez were invited to form an advisory council to help ease the transition of organizing the convention for the new owners. Once the Hartmans' service mark was transferred to Fun Publications, BotCon regained its status of being the official Transformers collectors' convention.
- 1994: Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana—July 16 
- 1995: Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, Ohio—August 5–6 
- 1996: Radisson Hotel Rosemont (formerly Clarion Resort Rosemont), Rosemont, Illinois—July 12–14 
- 1997: Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York—July 18–20 
- BotCon Japan 1997: Science and Technology Hall, Tokyo, Japan—June 8 
- 1998: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California—June 19–21 
- BotCon Japan 1998: Sevencity Hall, Tokyo, Japan—December 12–13 
- 1999: Touchstone Energy Place (formerly RiverCentre), St. Paul, Minnesota—July 16–18 
- BotCon Europe 1999: Barnabas Center, London, United Kingdom—August 13–14 
- 2000: Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana—July 28–30 
- BotCon Japan 2000: Trade and Industry Center, Tokyo, Japan—December 17 
- 2001: Durham Marriott Civic Center, Durham, North Carolina—July 13–15 
- 2002: Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana—July 26–28 
- BotCon Europe 2002: Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt, United Kingdom—November 3 
- OTFCC 2003: Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois—July 25–27
- OTFCC 2004: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois—July 31 - August 1
- BotCon 2004: Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena, California—June 19–20 
- 2005: Embassy Suites, Frisco, Texas—September 22–25 
- 2006: Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, Kentucky—September 27 - October 1 
- 2007: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, Hasbro's home state, the weekend before the live-action Transformers movie was released—June 28 - July 1 
- 2008: Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, Ohio—April 24–27 
- 2009: Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena, California—May 28–31 
- 2010: Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida—June 24–27
- 2011: Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena, California—June 2–5
- 2012: Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, Texas—April 26–29 
- 2013: Town And Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California—June 27–30 
- 2014: Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena, California—June 19–22 
- 2015: Chicago, Illinois, June 18–21
- 2016: Galt House, Louisville, Kentucky, April 7-10
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:
- 1994: Carl Fritz and Tom Bowman, Hasbro representatives.
- 1995: No special guests.
- 1996: George Boznos and Anthony Gaud, Kenner representatives.
- 1997: Peter Cullen, David Kaye and Venus Terzo, voice actors; Simon Furman, writer; Andrew Wildman, artist; Bob Forward, Beast Wars story editor; Vince DiCola and Stan Bush, musicians; Dawn Berryman, George Boznos, and Jerry Palmer, Hasbro representatives.
- 1998: Garry Chalk, Doug Parker, David Kaye, Susan Blu and Scott McNeil, voice actors; Bob Forward and Larry DiTillio, Beast Wars story editors; Vince DiCola, musician; Bryce Malek, Generation 1 cartoon story editor; Rob Tokar, Generation 1 comic story editor; Jennifer Donahoe and Andy Espenshade, Hasbro representatives.
- BotCon Japan 1998: Hirotaka Suzuoki, voice actor.
- 1999: Scott McNeil and Jim Byrnes, voice actors; Brian Chapman, Hasbro representative; Asaph Fipke, Mainframe Entertainment.
- 2000: Ian Corlett, John Moschitta, Venus Terzo and Alec Willows, voice actors; Vince DiCola; Joe Mattiko and Jamie Overbey, Hasbro representatives.
- BotCon Japan 2000: Tesshō Genda, voice actor.
- 2001: Michael Bell, Gregg Berger, Garry Chalk, Scott McNeil, and John Stephenson, voice actors; Paul Davids, Generation 1 cartoon production coordinator; Simon Furman, writer; Vince DiCola and Gary Falcone, musicians; Joe Mattiko, Hasbro representative.
- 2002: Dick Gautier, Neil Kaplan, Michael McConnohie, Peter Spellos and Wayne "Wankus" Lewis, voice actors; Tom Wyner, Richard Epcar, and Steve Kramer, Transformers: Robots in Disguise writers; Simon Furman and Bob Forward, writers; Adam Fortier, Pat Lee, Derek Choo-Wing, and Chris Sarracini, Dreamwave Productions; Aaron Archer, Michelle Field, Andrew Frankel, and Joe Mattiko, Hasbro representatives.
- BotCon Europe 2002: Neil Kaplan and Wayne "Wankus" Lewis, voice actors; Simon Furman, writer.
- OTFCC 2003: Gregg Berger, David Kaye, Garry Chalk, voice actors; Simon Furman, writer; Vince DiCola, musician; Dreamwave Productions representatives; Hasbro representatives.
- OTFCC 2004: Scott McNeil, Michael McConnohie, and Dan Gilvezan, voice actors; Bob Budiansky and Simon Furman, comic writers; Andrew Wildman; Vince DiCola, musician; Hasbro representatives; Dreamwave Productions representatives.
- BotCon 2004: Peter Cullen, Dan Gilvezan and Michael McConnohie, 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 Productions representatives.
- 2005: Michael Chain, Brian Dobson, Michael Dobson, and Paul Dobson, voice actors; Wally Burr, writer; Aaron Archer, Eric Siebenaler, Greg Lombardo, Hasbro representatives; Hideaki Yoke, Takara chief toy designer; Aaron Myers, Dan Taylor, IDW Publishing representatives.
- 2006: Peter Cullen, Scott McNeil and Blu Mankuma, voice actors; Alex Milne, comic artist; Hasbro representatives.
- 2007: David Kaye, Peter Cullen, and Daniel Ross, voice actors; Stan Bush and Ernie Petragelo, musicians; Roberto Orci  and Alex Kurtzman, film writers; Hasbro representatives.
- 2008: David Kaye, Bumper Robinson, Tara Strong, voice actors; Simon Furman, comic writer.
- 2009: Tyrese Gibson, actor; Peter Cullen, David Kaye, Michael McConnohie and Gregg Berger, voice actors; "Weird Al" Yankovic, Vince DiCola and Stan Bush, musicians, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, movie writers; Flint Dille, David Wise and Bryce Malek, Generation 1 writers; Paul Davids, Generation 1 production coordinator; Hasbro representatives.
- 2010: Peter Cullen, Paul Eiding, Scott McNeil, voice actors; Stan Bush, musician; Hideaki Yoke and Kohjin Ohno, Takara Tomy toy designers; Bob Budiansky, comic writer; representatives from Hasbro, Takara Tomy and IDW Publishing.
- 2011: Gregg Berger, David Kaye, Michael McConnohie, Neil Ross, Jack Angel, Morgan Lofting, Arlene Banas, voice actors; Stan Bush, musician; Flint Dille, story consultant/writer.
- 2012: Peter Cullen, Simon Furman, Dan Gilvezan, Buster Jones, Garry Chalk, and David Kaye.
- 2013: Glenn Morshower, James Horan, David Sobolov, Wally Burr, and Jason Jansen.
- 2014: Susan Blu, Hal Rayle, Michale McConnohie, Jack Angel, James Roberts, Samantha Newark, Derrick J Wyatt, Marty Isenberg, David Kaye, Morgan Lofting, and the creative team behind Transformers: Rescue Bots.
- 2015: Frank Welker, Susan Blu, John Moschitta, Jr., Kojin Ono, and Derrick J. Wyatt.
- 2016: David Kaye, Alec Willows, Scott McNeil, Venus Turzo, Judd Nelson, Stan Bush, Frank Todaro, and Vince Dicola.
Transformers Hall of Fame
At the 2010 BotCon, Hasbro introduced a "Hall of Fame" awards ceremony to commemorate the people and characters of the franchise. Hasbro selected the first four robot inductees, while fans worldwide voted for the fifth. In the end, Dinobot from Beast Wars: Transformers won the votes. Among the human inductees were Bob Budiansky for helping create the franchise through comics and personality profiles, Peter Cullen for giving Optimus Prime his voice, Hideaki Yoke and Kohjin Ohno of Takara Tomy for creating many of the franchise's toys.
For 2011, Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay were inducted for the success of the Transformers live-action film franchise.
In 2012, the first posthumous award was given to voice actor Chris Latta, who died in 1994. Wheeljack, one of the characters he voiced in the original series, was selected as the Fan's Choice recipient.
- Robots: Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Bumblebee, Dinobot (Fan's Choice)
- Humans: Bob Budiansky, Peter Cullen, Hideaki Yoke, Kohjin Ohno
- Robots: Ironhide, Ratchet, Soundwave, Waspinator (Fan's Choice)
- Humans: Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay
- Robots: Grimlock, Jazz, Shockwave, Wheeljack (Fan's Choice)
- Humans: Chris Latta, Simon Furman
- Robots: Optimus Primal, Cosmos (Fan's Choice)
- Humans: David Kaye, Judd Nelson, "Weird Al" Yankovic
One of BotCon's most popular features is the exclusive toys made available to the attendees. The toys are different every year and are not retailed anywhere in the world. The number of exclusive toys increased significantly in 2005 after Fun Publications became the official license holder of the convention. The identities and designs of the toys were originally kept a close secret until the opening of the convention, but 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. In 2008, organizer Brian Savage ordered all eBay users selling these prototypes to return them to their rightful owners.
Although the toys are always unique, financial costs prohibit the creation of entirely new molds. As such, the toys are redecos, repaints, or retools of previously used toys given new identities, occasionally switching allegiances and even gender. Beginning in 2003, some of the exclusives were given new, retooled heads to further differentiate the new characters from previous uses of a mold. As the number of exclusives offered at each convention grew, so did the number of retooled parts. Since then, it has been standard practice to produce 3-4 newly tooled heads (or other parts such as wings in the case of 2007) for each BotCon. After the convention, exclusive toys usually become valuable collector's items in the community, particularly among fans who missed the convention.
The Transformers Collector's Club also releases exclusive figures, which are also remolds and repaints of regular Transformers figures.
- Nightracer: Decepticon,
- Onyx Primal: Predacon assassin turned Maximal, repaint of the original Optimus Primal figure with a Bat alternate mode.
- Fractyl: Predacon, repaint of Beast Wars Terrorsaur.
- Packrat: Maximal, repaint of Beast Wars Rattrap.
- Cataclysm (unproduced): Predacon, recolor of Transmetal Cheetor.
- Vice Grip: Predacon, repaint of Beast Wars Powerpinch.
- Antagony: Predacon, repaint of Beast Wars Inferno.
- Sandstorm: Predacon, repaint of Beast Wars Scorponok.
- Shokaract: Predacon, repaint of Beast Wars Rampage.
- Windrazor: Maximal, repaint of Beast Wars Silverbolt.
- Apelinq: Maximal, repaint of Transmetal Optimus Primal.
- Tigatron: Maximal, repaint of Japanese exclusive Metals Ravage.
- Arcee: Autobot, repaint of Transmetal 2 Blackarachnia.
- Tap-Out: Autobot, repaint of keychain Bumblebee.
- Glyph: Autobot, repaint of keychain Cliffjumper.
- Cyclonus: Decepticon, repaint of Beast Machines Jetstorm.
- CatSCAN: Maximal, repaint of Nightslash Cheetor.
- Shadow Striker and Roulette 2-pack: Retools of Robots in Disguise Sideburn.
- Sideswipe: Retool of Robots in Disguise Prowl.
- Sunstreaker: Retool of Robots in Disguise Prowl.
- Sentinel Max with Apelinq: Retools of Armada Overload.
- Megazarak with Cali-Burn: Redecos of Armada Megatron and Leader-1.
- Ricochet: Autobot, repaint of Generation 2 Hooligan.
- Flamewar: Decepticon, repaint of Energon Arcee.
- Flareup: Autobot, repaint of Energon Arcee.
- Buzzclaw: Decepticon, repaint of Beast Wars Buzzclaw.
- Ratchet: Autobot, retool of Energon Inferno.
- Virulent Clones: Decepticons, repaints of Beast Wars Buzzclaw.
- Chromia: Autobot, repaint of Energon Arcee.
- Deathsaurus: Decepticon, retool of Robots in Disguise Megatron/Galvatron.
- Fallback: Autobot, repaint of Energon Strongarm.
- Dirge: Decepticon, repaint of Beast Wars Buzzclaw.
- Ironhide: Autobot, retool of Energon Inferno/Roadblock.
- Skyfall: Nexus Prime Component, redeco of Energon Sky Shadow/Terradive.
- Optimus Primal: Maximal, retool of Cybertron Crumplezone.
- Dinobot: Predacon, retool of Armada Smokescreen.
- Rhinox: Maximal, retool of Cybertron Landmine.
- Darksyde Waspinator: Predacon, repaint of Generation 2 .
- Rattrap: Maximal, retool of Cybertron Ransack.
- Megatron: Predacon, retool of Cybertron Red Alert (Cybertron Defense Team).
- Cheetor: Maximal, retool of Cybertron Clocker.
- Buzzsaw: Predacon, repaint of Energon Divebomb.
- Tigatron: Maximal, retool of Cybertron Clocker.
- Lazerbeak: Predacon, repaint of Energon Divebomb.
- Landquake: Nexus Prime component, repaint of Energon Kickback/Blight.
- Bug Bite: Decepticon, repaint of Classics Bumblebee
- Alpha Trion with Beta Maxx: Shattered Glass Autobot, retool of Cybertron Vector Prime, and Mini-con, redeco of Cybertron Safeguard.
- Dirge: Decepticon, repaint of Classics Ramjet
- Huffer: Autobot, repaint of Cybertron Armorhide.
- Dreadwind: Decepticon,
- Mirage: Autobot, redeco of Classics Mirage.
- Thundercracker: Decepticon, repaint of Classic Skywarp/Starscream.
- Springer: Autobot, repaint of Cybertron Hot Shot (Cybertron Defense Team).
- Thrust: Decepticon, repaint of Classics Ramjet.
- Weirdwolf: Decepticon, repaint of Cybertron Snarl.
- Breakaway: Nexus Prime component, redeco of Energon Treadshot/Windrazor.
- Astrotrain: Decepticon, retool of Armada Jetfire.
- Airazor: Maximal, retool of Energon Slugslinger.
- Sideswipe: Shattered Glass Autobot turned Decepticon, repaint of Armada Wheeljack.
- Blurr and Divebomb: Shattered Glass Autobot, repaint of Cybertron Blurr, and Shattered Glass Predacon, repaint of Classics Dreadwing.
- Megatron and Rampage: Shattered Glass Decepticon, retool/repaint of Energon Megatron/Galvatron, and Shattered Glass Predacon, repaint of Classics Snarl.
- Rodimus: Shattered Glass Autobot, retool/repaint of Classics Rodimus.
- Optimus Prime: Shattered Glass Autobot, repaint of Classics Optimus Prime.
- Ricochet: Shattered Glass Autobot, redeco of Cybertron Crosswise and Smokescreen.
- Jazz: Shattered Glass Autobot, shares mold with Ricochet.
- Grimlock: Shattered Glass Autobot, a redeco of Classics Grimlock in the colors of G1 Trypticon.
- Goldbug: Shattered Glass Autobot, retool/redeco of Cybertron Hot Shot.
- Starscream: Shattered Glass Decepticon, a redeco of Cybertron Voyager Starscream with a color scheme similar to G1 Jetfire.
- Razorclaw: Shattered Glass Predacon, a redeco of Classics Overbite.
- Topspin: Nexus Prime Component, recolor of Energon Blackout/Storm Cloud.
- Seacons/Piranacon: redeco of Generation 1 Seacons.
- Snap Trap
- Nightbeat: Autobot, redeco of Energon Hot Shot (Customization Class Figure).
- Razorclaw: Predacon, retool/redeco of Cybertron Voyager Leobreaker.
- Elita-1: Autobot, repaint of Cybertron Thunderblast.
- Banzai-Tron: Decepticon, repaint of Energon Mirage.
- Skyquake: Decepticon, recolor of Energon Starscream.
- Sweeps Two, Six, and Seven: Decepticons, retools of Cybertron Sideways.
- Thunderclash: Autobot, redeco of Energon Rodimus.
- Flak: Autobot, redeco of Cybertron Scattorshot.
- Landshark: Autobot, redeco of Energon Landmine.
- Scourge: Decepticon, shares mold with Sweeps.
- Kup: Autobot, a retool of Cybertron Red Alert.
- Heatwave: Nexus Prime component, redeco of Energon Barricade.
- Leozack: Decepticon, repaint of Energon Starscream.
- Thunderclash: Shattered Glass Autobot, same mold as the other figure (Customization Class Figure).
- Spark: Autobot, redeco of Universe Inferno.
- Clench: Decepticon, remold of Universe Onslaught.
- Streetstar: Autobot, redeco of Universe Prowl.
- Breakdown: Decepticon, retool of Universe Sideswipe.
- Sky-Byte: Predacon, repaint of Energon Sharkticon.
- Dion with Cop-Tur: Autobot, repaint of Armada Hot Shot, and Mini-Con, repaint of Jolt.
- Punch/Counterpunch: retool of Universe Sunstreaker and Sideswipe.
- Cyclonus with Krunix: Shattered Glass Decepticon with Targetmaster, recolor of Universe Cyclonus and Nightstick.
- Double Punch: Decepticon, redeco of Energon Scorponok.
- Cindersaur: Decepticon, repaint of Beast Wars: 10th Anniversary Megatron.
- Turbomaster: Autobot, redeco of Universe Hound.
- Rapido: Autobot, redeco of Universe Prowl.
- Ravage: Shattered Glass Decepticon, redeco of Universe Ravage.
- Gnaw: Sharkticon, shares mold with Sky-Byte.
- Sideswipe: Autobot (Customization Class Figure).
- Autotroopers: Autobots, retools of Animated Cybertron Ratchet.
- Sideswipe: Autobot, redeco of Animated Rodimus.
- Toxitron: Decepticon, repaint of Animated Optimus Prime.
- Thundercracker: Shattered Glass Decepticon, repaint of Generations Thundercracker.
- Galvatron: Shattered Glass Decepticon, redeco of Cybertron Evac.
- Dead End: Decepticon, remold of Animated Jazz.
- Breakdown: Decepticon, remold of Animated Rodimus.
- Drag Strip: Decepticon, redeco of Animated Arcee.
- Wildrider: Decepticon, redeco of Animated Lockdown.
- Motormaster: Decepticon, remold of Animated Optimus Prime.
- Cheetor: Autobot, retool of Animated Blurr.
- G2 Ramjet: Decepticon, recolor of Classics Ramjet.
- Side Burn: Autobot, repaint of Classics Rodimus Prime.
- Fisitron: Autobot, shares mold with Autotroopers.
- The Bard of Darkmount: Shattered Glass Decepticon, redeco of Generations Darkmount (Straxus).
- Optimus Prime: Shattered Glass Autobot, redeco of Reveal the Shield Optimus Prime.
- Kick-Out: Autobot, retool of Reveal the Shield Special Ops Jazz.
- Octopunch: Shattered Glass Decepticon, redeco of Hunt for the Decepticons Seaspray.
- Spinister: Decepticon, redeco of Hunt for the Decepticons Tomahawk.
- Wreck-Gar, Scrapheap, and Junkheap: Shattered Glass Autobots, repaints/retools of Reveal the Shield Wreck-Gar.
- Soundwave: Shattered Glass Decepticon, retool of Universe Ironhide.
- Ultra Magnus: Shattered Glass Autobot, retool of Reveal the Shield Optimus Prime.
- Treadshot: Shattered Glass Decepticon, shares mold with Kick-Out.
- Turbo Tracks: Shattered Glass Autobot, repaint of Reveal the Shield Turbo Tracks.
- Gigatron: Decepticon, retool of Hunt for the Decepticons Bludgeon/Banzai-Tron.
- Metalhawk: Autobot, retool of Generations Thunderwing.
- Drift: Shattered Glass Autobot, recolor of Generations Drift.
- Over-Run: Decepticon, retool of Generations Wheeljack.
- Runamuck: Autobot, retool of Generations Wheeljack.
- Longarm: Shattered Glass Autobot, recolor of Jazz.
- Hoist: Autobot, retool of Generations Sergeant Kup.
- Megaplex: Decepticon, repaint of Prime Dreadwing/Skyquake.
- Obsidian: Autobot, retool of Hunt for the Decepticons Highbrow.
- Strika: Autobot, retool of Generations Warpath.
- Skywarp: Decepticon, retool of Revenge of the Fallen Dirge.
- Depth Charge: Maximal, recolor of Terradive.
- Bitstream and Hotlink: Decepticons, repaints of Classics Starscream.
- Blastcharge: Decepticon, retool of Generations Warpath.
- Cannonball: Decepticon Star Seeker, retool of Prime Ratchet.
- Ginrai: Autobot Knight of Cybertron, redeco of Generations Optimus Prime/Ultra Magnus/Nemesis Prime and Timelines Shattered Glass Optimus Prime.
- Frak with Tornado: Decepticon Star Seeker, redeco of Universe Cyclonus, and Targetmaster, redeco of Universe Nightstick.
- Devcon: Autobot Knight of Cybertron, retool of Generations Scourge.
- Scorponok with Olin Zarak: Decepticon Star Seeker, retool of Energon Scorponok, and Headmaster, retool of Headmaster Spike from Fortress Maximus.
- Alpha Trizer: Autobot Knight of Cybertron, redeco of Prime Thundertron/Leo Prime.
- The Hunter: Decepticon Star Seeker, repaint of Timelines Rampage/Protoform X, which was a retool of Prime First Edition Megatron.
- Flareup: Autobot Knight of Cybertron, redeco of Prime Arcee.
- Brimstone: Decepticon Star Seeker, retool of Generations Air Raid.
- Ape-Linq: Autobot Star Seeker, redeco of Beast Wars: 10th Anniversary Optimus Primal.
- Pounce and Wingspan: Decepticon Star Seekers, repaints of Prime Vehicons.
- Primal Prime: Autobot, shares mold with Ape-Linq; customization class exclusive figure.
- Flamewar: Decepticon Star Seeker, redeco of Prime Arcee.
- Transmutate: Maximal, redeco of Prime Arcee.
- Rampage: Maximal, retool of First Edition Prime Megatron.
- Packrat: Maximal, redeco of Generations Rattrap.
- Battletrap: Decepticon, redeco of "Thrilling 30" Springer.
- Stepper with Nebulon: Shattered Glass Autobot, redeco of Shattered Glass Jazz/Ricochet, with Targetmaster, redeco of Universe Nightstick.
- Megatron with Boombox, Heavyweight, and Scalpel: Decepticon, retool of Prime Breakdown, with Microns, redecos of Gora, B.H./Beha, and Magi.
- Oilmaster: Decepticon Double Pretender, redeco of an unreleased figure from 1996, containing redecos of Generations Flanker and Swerve.
- General Optimus Prime: Autobot, redeco of Generations Roadbuster in homage to an unreleased Generation 2 figure.
- Sgt. Hound: Autobot, redeco of Generations Scoop in homage to another unreleased Generation 2 figure.
- Waruders with Pilots: redecos of Generations Deluxe Waspinator and the Micron Waspinator figures.
- Lift-Ticket: Autobot, recolor of Generations Hoist.
- Burn Out: redeco of Generations Skidz.
- Leo Prime: Maximal, retool of Generations Orion Pax.
- Nova Prime: Shattered Glass Autobot, shares mold with Leo Prime.
- Galva Convoy: redeco of Timelines Leo Prime/Nova Prime, retooled from Generations Orion Pax; customization class exclusive figure.
Revolving around the storyline "Dawn of Predacus," these toys celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Beast Wars.
- Ravage: Predacon, retool of Combiner Wars Breakdown.
- Tarantulas: Predacon, retool of Combiner Wars Rook.
- Ramhorn: Predacon, retool of Combiner Wars Brawl.
- Cicadacon: Predacon, retool of Combiner Wars Skydive.
- Sea Clamp: Predacon, retool of Combiner Wars Silverbolt.
- Ramjet: Decepticon, retool of Generations Armada Starscream.
- Skywarp: Decepticon, shares mold with Ramjet.
- Megatron: Predacon, retool of Robots in Disguise (2001) Megatron/Galvatron and BotCon Deathsaurus as the Beast Wars character; toy was originally intended for release with the Universe line.
- Airazor: Maximal, retool of Combiner Wars Windblade/Slipstream.
- Terrorsaur: Predacon, retool of Combiner Wars Air Raid.
- Magnaboss: a Maximal combiner created with an accessory pack that modifies three existing Combiner Wars figures-Silverbolt, Ironhide, and Prowl-into Maximals as well as two convention souvenir figures.
- Unit-3: Maximal, retool of Combiner Wars Streetwise meant as an homage to a McDonalds Beast Wars figure.
- Tigatron: Maximal, recolor of the Ravage figure.
- Reflector: Decepticons, retools of Generations Shockwave.
- Medix/Ratchet/Shattered Glass Ratchet: Autobots, retool of Combiner Wars First Aid; customization class exclusive figures.
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- Ultra Mammoth: Maximal, redeco of Beast Wars Neo Big Convoy.
- Slipstream: Decepticon, retool of Prime Starscream.
- Circuit: Autobot, redeco of Hunt for the Decepticons Lockdown.
- Breakdown: Decepticon, redeco of Botcon G2 Breakdown.
- Jackpot: Autobot, retool of Animated Jazz.
- Scourge: Decepticon, recolor of Reveal the Shield Optimus Prime in homage to the Robots in Disguise 2001 character.
- Treadshot: Decepticon, retool of Botcon Strika.
- Barricade: Decepticon, retool of Prime Prowl.
- Fisitron/Ironfist: Autobot, recolor of Generations Roadbuster.
- Rewind and Eject: Autobots, retools of Transformers: United Frenzy and Rumble.
- Chromedome: Autobot, retool of Prime Wheeljack.
- Thrustinator: Predacon, redeco of Beast Wars II Dirgegun.
- Krok with Gatoraider: retool of Generations Megatron with
- Nacelle: Decepticon, redeco of Classics Starscream.
- Serpent O.R.: remold of Generations Scourge.
- Tarantulas: Predacon, remold/redeco of Reveal the Shield Wreck-Gar.
- Carzap: Autobot, redeco of Classics Bumblebee.
- G2 Starscream: Decepticon, redeco of Classics Starscream.
- Nightracer with Shakar: Decepticons, redeco of Generations Tailgate with .
- 2016 (TFSS 4.0)
- Thunder Mayhem
- Bludgeon: Decepticon, retool of Combiner Wars Onslaught.
- Windsweeper: Decepticon, redeco of Combiner Wars Skydive.
- Spinister: Decepticon, redeco of Combiner Wars Alpha Bravo.
- Ruckus: Decepticon, redeco of Combiner Wars Offroad.
- Needlenose: Decepticon, redeco of Combiner Wars Air Raid.
- Impactor: Autobot, retool of Combiner Wars Rook.
- Bluestreak: Autobot, repaint of Combiner Wars Prowl.
- Thunder Mayhem
- 2016 (TFSS 5.0)
- Double Pretender Optimus Prime with Hi-Q: Autobots, redeco of Botcon Oilmaster.
- Double Pretender Megatron with Spacewarp: Decepticon, redeco of Japan-exclusive Grand Maximus Pretender shell.
- Paradron Medic: Lifeline with Quickslinger: Autobot, redeco of Generations Arcee, and Micromaster.
- Wreckage: Combiner formed from the following 5.0 figures and Impactor.
- Toxitron: Decepticon, retool of Combiner Wars Motormaster.
- Fractyl with Scorponok: Predacons, redecos of BotCon 2016 Terrorsaur and Legends Scamper.
- Counterpunch: Decepticon, retool of Combiner Wars Wheeljack.
G.I. Joe Crossover Figures
- Old Snake with Stealth B.A.T.S.: G.I. Joe figure with redecos of Prime Soundwave.
- Marissa Faireborn with Afterbreaker: Human figure with non-transforming motorcycle.
- Ninja Force Scarlet, Cobra Commander, Dr. Biggles-Jones, Megatron, and Ratbat: G.I. Joe figures with Generation 2 redecos of Legends Megatron and Masterpiece Ratbat.
Various toys for Botcon and the Transformers Collector's Club have been considered but gone unproduced, including the following:
- Rodimus Primal-a retool of Optimal Optimus as a version of Rodimus Prime.
- Hardshell/Bombshell-made from Classics Straxus.
- Megabolt/Overlord-made from Hunt for the Decepticons Mindwipe.
- Animated Hubcap-from Animated Soundwave.
- Predaking-from Beast Wars Tigerhawk.
- Marlboro-from Animated Lockdown.
- Femme Fatale/Female Cy-Kill-from Prime Arcee.
- Shattered Glass Stranglehold-from Animated or Hunt for the Decepticons Lockdown.
- Scrash, Skyquake, Dai Atlas, and King Atlas-from Universe 2008 Silverbolt.
- Turbomasters Boxset: Scorch, Boss, Hurricane, Flash and Thunderclash-from Prime Ironhide, Wheeljack, Smokescreen, Bumblebee, and Ultra Magnus.
- Twilight Sparkle Prime-a homage to the My Little Pony character using the Beast Machines Battle Unicorn mold.
- Ransack-from Fall of Cybertron Kickback.
- Cannonball-from Prime Wheeljack.
- Megabolt-from Prime Skyquake.
- Bumper-from Prime Rumble.
- Crosshairs with Pinpointer-from Generations Kup with Micron.
- Strika-from Animated Voyager Bulkhead.
- Bruton of the Destructons-from Fall of Cybertron Voyager Grimlock or Prime Bulkhead.
- Machine Wars Prowl-from Classics Mirage.
- Machine Wars Hubcap-from Classics Kup.
- Several versions of the 2011 box set proceeding the Animated Stunticons:
- Shattered Glass Beast Wars
- Classics Stunticons
- Various Animated figures: Sideswipe, Jackpot, a white Megatron mold, and a Ratchet mold among them.
- Bugbite-from "Hydrodive" Bumblebee.
- Toxitron-from "Wingblade" Optimus.
- Armada Wheeljack-from Energon Rodimus.
- Tigatron-from Energon Rodimus
- Shokaract-from Voyager Blackout.
- Springer-from Swindle
- Flamewar, Antagony, and Nightracer-from Arcee.
- Alternators: Galvatron, Ultra Magnus, Cyclonus, and Rodimus-from Wheeljack, Optimus Prime, and Mirage among others.
- Rodimouse/Rodimus Primal-Transmetal Rattrap in Rodimus Prime's colors.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-08-19. Retrieved 2005-07-28.
- Ceply, Michael,(May 29 2009), New York Times
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- Roberto Orci at IMDb
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- Hasbro.com - Hall of Fame Robots
- Hasbro.com - Hall of Fame Humans Archived July 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- TFW2005.com - Waspinator Wins BotCon 2011 Hall of Fame Fan's Choice
- TFW2004.com - Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg to Be Inducted into Transformers Hall of Fame
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- Hall of Fame with Judd Nelson and David Kaye plus Stan Bush and Vince DiCola in Concert Photogallery
- BotCon Threatens Legal Action Over Stolen Toys
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