Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Next Year's Botcon theme is Machine Wars!


Are you as excited as I am?
Now before someone asks "What is Machine Wars?", let me explain. Machine Wars was a short-lived line of Transformers released in 1997. The line was exclusive to KB Toys and lasted one wave. There has never been any fiction for the the line. There was no show to support it, and there was not even a story blurb on the package. There has never been any fiction for this line since then either, and there seems to be little nostalgia for it. As far as Transformers lines go, there's really not much to talk about here.

So why am I so excited?

Because I remember how cool it was seeing vehicular Transformers in stores again. Remember, this is 1997 we're talking about. This wasn't the only line of Transformers in stores at the time. There was another line called Beast Wars going on at the time. You may have heard of it. It was kinda big.

As cool as Beast Wars was, seeing vehicular Transformers again was even cooler. The Basic class toys (pictured above) were amazing. They took the things we liked about the Beast Wars line and applied them to something more familiar. These guys had excellent articulation and weapons that stowed away in vehicle instead of being loose pieces. What's more, these guns actually looked like guns. Machine Wars was awesome.

The location of Botcon 2013 has not yet been announced, but consider me interested.

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