The TCC are currently doing their annual Botcon roundtable presentation, and our team are sitting in with the presentation. This presentation includes word on upcoming exclusives, including a G.I. Joe Vs Transformers set which gives us an individual release of Masterpiece Ratbat, and the full reveal of the TCC Figure Subscription Service 5.0. Spoiler warning – they’re releasing the Grand Maximus Pretender shell in this series.
The panel kicks off with the usual explanation of the design process, focusing on the current round of exclusives. There’s a moment of reflection on the 11 Fun Publications Botcons – looking back in particular at Shattered Glass, Elite Guard, G2 Redux, and the 2012 Invasion set.
There’s news on the Club Skywarp and Ramjet figures – they were delayed as the new heads did not fit into the space correctly when the toy transformed. So if you’re wondering where those two got to, that is your answer.
Getting on to the good stuff, now. There’s a new G.I. Joe Vs Transformers set, which has a G2 colored version of the Legends class tank Megatron, the aforementioned Masterpiece Ratbat (redecoed in comic colors), and three G.I. Joe figures – versions of Scarlett and Dr Biggles-Jones from the Transformers / G.I. Joe crossover that kicked off Transformers Generation 2, and a version of Cobra Commander based on his design from the comics in the same period.
This was followed with the reveal of the Figure Subscription Service Series 5.0. The figures in the final subscription services are:
- Pretender Optimus Primal from Botcon Oilmaster
- Paradron Medic from Generations Arcee
- Pretender Megatron, shell is a redeco of the one included with Grand Maximus. Inner robot is based on the unreleased Generation 1 Combat Hero redeco, and is another redeco of the Legends tank mold. Comes with a Targetmaster, redeco of the one that comes with Legends Cosmos, done up to look like the club’s Astrotrain exclusive. Really cool.
- Combiner Wars Toxitron, a redeco of Combiner Wars Motormaster, using the Optimus Prime head.
- Combiner Wars Counterpunch, a redeco of Combiner Wars Wheeljack.
- Pre-Beast Wars Fractyl and Scorponok. Fractyl is a redeco of the Botcon 2016 Terrorsaur. Scorponok is a redeco of Generations Scamper, who was included with Metroplex.
All in, a cool six-figure set that nicely caps off the Figure Subscription Service. Preorders for this series are set to go live in two weeks time.
Images of the seven new reveals are attached to this post. Paradron Medic is courtesy of @ThatJohnD on Twitter, the rest come via our own Bruticon!