Blog #627: Botcon Rumor: Souvenir Toys

It is being reported that the following is a list of Botcon 2014 Souvenir toys.  This is as of now mostly unconfirmed rumor, but pictures of Flamewar have surfaced, so that one seems a virtual certainty, but we won’t know for sure until Botcon.

  • Alpha Trion (Transformers: Prime Voyager Thundertron Mold)
  • Pounce (Transformers: Prime Deluxe Vehicon Mold)
  • Wingspan (Transformers: Prime Deluxe Air Vehicon Mold)
  • Flare-Up (Transformers: Prime: Beast Hunters Deluxe Arcee Mold)
  • Flamewar (Transformers: Prime: Beast Hunters Deluxe Arcee Mold)
  • Shokaract (Transformers: Prime: First Edition Deluxe Megatron mold with Club Exclusive Rampage Head Mold)
  • Apelinq (Transformers: Cybertron Deluxe Optimus Primal Mold)

I will remind you that this is all rumor, and what I am about to say is complete conjecture based on logic, so take it all with a grain of salt.

Alpha Trion – With the Pirate vs. Knights theme, a repaint of Thundertron seems like a forgone conclusion.  It’s not the greatest of toys, but was designed to be a pirate, even including a peg leg.  Way back at Botcon 2002 it was revealed that instead of the horrible Catscan toy, the other option was Beast Machines Snarl (a lion) repainted as Alpha Trion.  This almost makes too much sense not to be true.

Pounce and Wingspan – I can come up with no logic for this one, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS IDEA.  This is one of the rare moments when I am 100% behind an idea from Botcon, though the Autobot clones would make more sense and be even more awesome.  However, there are seven toys on the above list, so where then does it fit into the usual 2 2-packs, 1 3-pack, 1 freebie for 6 different toys total scenario.  More on that later.

Flare-Up and Flamewar – As this is the tenth Botcon by Fun Pub (I can’t believe we’ve been suffering that long) I can see them doing this.  The photos of Flamewar look amazing, and seemingly confirm this toy.  If they are doing Flamewar, then Flare-Up is almost certainly in the mix as well.

Shokaract and Apelinq – Again, as this is the tenth Botcon by Fun Pub this makes sense, even if they weren’t ones that they did originally.  It makes even more sense when you consider that Rampage was the club membership toy, and it has a new head.  No previous membership toy has had new molding (I don’t think) so they must be reusing it in order to recoup the costs of the new molding.  If they are doing Shokaract, then Apelinq is a virtual certainty.

That leaves one question, how exactly are these to be distributed?

Pounce and Wingspan would seem to be the most likely scenario for a troop builder.  It would be only two instead of three, but since it would be two different molds, it would make sense.

Shokaract and Apelinq would make the most sense in one 2-Pack.

Either Flamewar or Flare-Up would be the freebie with the other in a 2-Pack with Alpha Trion.

A 2-Pack troop builder instead of three would be a change and also assumes that the toy for the custom class is one of the three deluxe molds in box set.  Still it all makes logical sense, but it’s probably all wrong.

Thanks for reading!

About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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