Some extremely special pieces of Transformers Convention history have gone up on Ebay, courtesy of Jon and Karl Hartman (of Botcon founding fame). First and foremost is the original paint sample for “Chaos Armor” Defensor, the planned exclusive for OTFCC 2005 that sadly never got made due to 3H’s insolvency. Chaos Armor Defensor would have been a second version of the planned Defensor exclusive, made to offset the cost of offering a Super (Leader) Class toy as an exclusive.
Next come original paint samples for three Botcon Wreckers characters who were never intended to be offered as exclusives. Rotorbolt, Devcon, and Alpha Trion were all hand-painted by one of Hasbro’s former lead deco artists and are the exact toys pictured in the Botcon Wreckers catalog. These are true pieces of Transformers Convention history!
Next is a piece who did see a release – a pre-production paint sample of Botcon 1999 Windrazor. Unlike the released one, though, this is the test sample that has some slight variations in the paint, such as much more purple on the beast mode head.
The last item is not Botcon related but is still an item of extreme interest for any collector of Transformers, particularly for fans of Beast Wars. This hand-sculpted hardcopy prototype of the Fuzor, Torca, is made at a larger scale than the final produced toy’s Beast Mode, and was used to determine the details for the beast mode before it became a toy. This is a true one-of-a-kind piece which gives a rare insight into the creation of this Beast Wars character and the Transformers line as a whole.