April 22nd, 2010

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Oh, FP, you wacky bastards.

Originally published at Shortpacked!. Please leave any comments there.

So, woo!  The BotCon 2010 site is up!  It’s beautiful.

Funny story: This morning, folks found images of one of the BotCon 2010 set’s toys, Streetwise, on the BotCon.com server.  D’oh!  But then later in the day, a second image was found on the server, this time a badly photoshopped image of Universe Tankor as Clench.

And oh, some websites thought they had an awesome scoop!  And man, were people angry.  What a terrible choice for Clench!  And why doesn’t he have a new head?  BotCon is RUINED!

Of course, it was all a joke played by Fun Publications.  (At least, the second part.)  And about half an hour after the image was “leaked,” the BotCon.com site updated to reflect the theme of the year’s set, plus an awesome new Guido Guidi illustration of Spark and the real Clench toy.

The real Clench is apparently a redecoed Universe Onslaught with a new head.  Suitably large, since he’s Decepticon leader, and the little details we can spot in this illustration make him look super rad.  The blue on his legs sparkle, which is very important for Clench, and there’s his Tron-like circuit patterns on his abdomen.  Here’s hoping for his anti-wolf deco and his Texas license plate!

Streetwise Streetstar, the other reveal, is okay.  It’s cool that we’re getting a toy of an unreleased Generation 2 character, but I really wish the toy had more detail.  I mean, it’s super-accurate to the original toy, but the original toy was kinda dull, too.  He just needs some more color somewhere.  But hey, at least it reminds folks that G2 wasn’t all dayglo playskool neon.  And the tampograph on his windshield is awesome.