Botcon 1999

      Friday night, the convention opened with the Pizza Party. Then, the exclusives were announced, and the best part, we were told we would get to see the first episode of Beast Machines. The exclusives were announced, including the special posters, and the set of five watches.

      I guess the biggest event of the Convention was the previewing of Episode One of Beast Machines. Some of this is speculation, but the Maximals get back from the Beast Wars to find a very different Cybertron than when they left. Megatron, back apparently in his original beast form (Purple T-Rex) controls the planet. Optimus Primal, Rattrap, Cheetor, and Blackarachnia, all in their original beast forms are being hunted by these really cool vehicles. They have their forms altered by something called the Oracle, but find they can not Transform. We don't know what happened to Silverbolt and Rhinox who were also on the shuttle returning from Earth. We don't know much beyond that. We'll have to wait for the series.

      Once again, Botcon was a really good time. Botcon will be in Fort Wayne, Indiana next year. Thanks to Jon, Karl, and Glenn for putting on another great show. I don't think any of us really know how much work they do to put on Botcon every year. Thanks guys.

      Well, anyway, here's my list of what I got at Botcon:

      As a footnote to the Convention, on the way home, I went to the Wisconsin Dells, and went to the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, and I found a really minor piece of Transformers history in the Museum. Here it is:

Believe It or Not!, this paratrooper was created by Leo Sewell of Philadelphia, from common kitchen utensils, plumbing supplies, auto parts, discarded toys and other garbage scavenged from city streets and garbage bins!
Can you spot the Transformers?
Swoops Wings    Above the right leg.
Percepter's Microscope    In the neck.
Believe It Or Not!