The Unofficial Transformers Club and Convention Exclusive Data Pages

Pre-Fun Publications Era Convention Exclusives

This page covers convention exclusives from BotCon 1994 to OTFCC 2004. 
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Although I have made an effort to be thorough, there are still a few places on each of the pages where information is less than solid, and I would greatly appreciate any information anyone is able to provide. Please send me an e-mail through my blog, Blackrock's Toybox.

Hyperlinks to sources are provided where possible, but many of my sources are simply not accessible online, and are thus referenced in notes. In many cases, there are various factors that should be taken into account with regard to how an exclusive should be assessed, and these are noted, as well. In an effort to keep this page comparatively simple and easy to navigate, I have placed notes within mouseover text that only becomes visible if you hover your cursor over the appropriate text. Places where such notes are available are marked with an asterisk (*).

(Links in this table all valid as of April 21, 2012, unless otherwise noted)

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Convention

Exclusives produced for that convention

Price of exclusive at convention

Approximate multiple of price of toy using same mold at retail

Number of exclusives produced

Number remaining at convention close, if known

Any remolding/retooling done for exclusive?

BotCon 1994

G2 Breakdown

Free to convention attendees*Source: Message in the BotCon 2009 forum of the Official Transformers Collectors Club by member "Star Saber" dated 6/9/09.

N/A

204 25 or so *Based on attendance, assuming everyone got one.

 

BotCon 1995

Nightracer

$15/$25*$15 is one-day registration, $25 is for the weekend. All pre-registrants got the toy for "free," much like the Primus packages of the Fun Publications era.

6.0/10.0 (not accounting for the fact that pre-registration is what you're really paying for)

294 78 or so *I was told that only pre-registrants got one—not walk-ins. The number 78 assumes all pre-registrants got just one, but that all did get one.

 

BotCon 1996

Onyx Primal

$35*$35 is the cost of pre-registration. All pre-registrants got the toy for "free," much like the Primus packages of the Fun Publications era. 7.0 times (not accounting for the fact that pre-registration is what you're really paying for) 1700 Roughly 1000*Based on about 400 in attendance at the convention, assuming everyone got one. 210 were specifically for dealers and VIPs, who I assume all received one.

 

BotCon 1997

Packrat

$40 for 2-pack (includes comic) Perhaps 3.7 times, depending on value of comic. 600 >30 *Although attendence was high enough that they could have sold out, the link from Dave van Domelin that verifies the $40 price implies that the Hartmans weren't yet out of stock when he wrote it, which seems to be post-convention. A Private Message from Defensis Prime on the Allspark, dated May 18, 2008, informs me that the extra 30 Packrats produced (above the 570 Fractyls) were sold post-convention as Packrat-only box sets. These were actually the same boxes as with the two-pack (even included the comic), but Fractyl wasn't included.

Fractyl

570 >0*Although attendence was high enough that they could have sold out, the link from Dave van Domelin that verifies the $40 implies that the Hartmans weren't yet out of stock when he wrote it, which seems to be post-convention.

 

BotCon 1998

Vice Grip

$8/$12*In the pre-Fun Publications era, many exclusives were sold such that the first toy could be purchased at a reduced price compared to the “regular” convention price for any extras. Source for these prices: Message in the BotCon 2009 forum of the Official Transformers Collectors Club by member "Star Saber" dated 6/9/09. However, I note that Star Saber calls these prices "pre-order" vs. "at the convention," which may not be the same thing as what I understand re: the usual "1st one at reduced price" model  1.6/2.4 times 600 0

 

Antagony

~$50 (may not be exact price)*Source: Message in the BotCon 2009 forum of the Official Transformers Collectors Club by member "Star Saber" dated 6/9/09. Note that Star Sabre says this is the "pre-order" price, by which he may or may not mean the same thing as the "1st one at reduced price" model used in other pre-FP BotCons. 3.3 times 600 0

 

BotCon Japan 1998

Barbearian/Grizzly-1

~$66.30(?)*See data for Double Punch below. Although it doesn't explicitly say Barbearian was the same price, the original toys from these molds were in the same wave and were the same retail price, so it seems reasonable that they would cost the same at the convention, as well. 4.4 times 600 *Note from Hooper X dated 2/19/2008 notes that Japanese dealers had "tons of them pretty much every year [for a time]... they actually handed out one of each to people in the hotel lobby at BC05 rather than carry them back to Japan." He also notes that one of these dealers was the person who organized BotCon Japan 1998, making it fairly certain that he was sitting on quite a few at the end of the convention.Unknown, but >0

 

Double Punch

~$66.30*Quote from ATT by Randy Para, dated January 26, 1999: "Double Punch is a much better toy than Scorponok. His colors are much more pleasing to the eye than Scorponok's, making him almost worth the price of admission alone. But as with all Botcon Exclusives he has a hefty price. He was priced at 7800 yen at the show."

The International Currency Converter gives following conversion for 12/11/1998 (closest available figure to opening date of the convention: 12/12/1998):

1 US Dollar (USD) = 116.77 Japanese Yen (JPY)
1 Japanese Yen (JPY) = 0.0085 US Dollar (USD).

Thus 7800 yen is roughly $66.30
4.4 times 600 *Note from Hooper X dated 2/19/2008 notes that Japanese dealers had "tons of them pretty much every year [for a time]... they actually handed out one of each to people in the hotel lobby at BC05 rather than carry them back to Japan." He also notes that one of these dealers was the person who organized BotCon Japan 1998, making it fairly certain that he was sitting on quite a few at the end of the convention.Unknown, but >0

 

BotCon 1999

Windrazor

$32*Source: Message in the BotCon 2009 forum of the Official Transformers Collectors Club by member "Star Saber" dated 6/9/09. 3.2 times 1200 100 or so (based on attendance, assuming everyone got one)

 

Sandstorm

$48*Source: Message in the BotCon 2009 forum of the Official Transformers Collectors Club by member "Star Saber" dated 6/9/09. 3.2 times 1200 100 or so (based on attendance, assuming everyone got one)

 

BotCon 2000

Apelinq

$45/50*In the pre-Fun Publications era, many exclusives were sold such that the first toy could be purchased at a reduced price compared to the “regular” convention price for any extras.

3.0 / 3.3 times 1200 0 (Uncertain, but attendance was high enough that they should have sold out.)

 

Shokaract

$50/56*In the pre-Fun Publications era, many exclusives were sold such that the first toy could be purchased at a reduced price compared to the “regular” convention price for any extras.

2.5 / 2.8 times 1200 0 (Uncertain, but attendance was high enough that they should have sold out.)

 

BotCon 2001

Tigatron

$41/45*In the pre-Fun Publications era, many exclusives were sold such that the first toy could be purchased at a reduced price compared to the “regular” convention price for any extras. (includes comic) Approximately 3.5 times, depending on value of comic (note that this mold was never previously available in the US) 1500 0 (especially uncertain, given the comparatively low numbers of pre-registrants, but if there were extras, there were probably not many)

 

Arcee

$54/$60*In the pre-Fun Publications era, many exclusives were sold such that the first toy could be purchased at a reduced price compared to the “regular” convention price for any extras.

3.6 / 4.0 times 1500 0 (especially uncertain, given the comparatively low numbers of pre-registrants, but if there were extras, there were probably not many) Chest retooled (holes filled in)

BotCon 2002 

Tap-Out

N/A (unannounced freebie) N/A 3000 Unknown, but there were definitely quite a few left over. Attendees at BotCon Europe MMII were given Tap-Outs for each Rook ordered.

 

Glyph

$12 (included comic)

Approximately 2 times, depending on value of comic (and noting that the original price of keychains was WAY too high at $7)

3000 Definitely quite a few left over.

 

CatSCAN

$30/$35*In the pre-Fun Publications era, many exclusives were sold such that the first toy could be purchased at a reduced price compared to the “regular” convention price for any extras.

3.0 / 3.5 times

1500 Probably sold out.

 

Cyclonus

$47/$52*In the pre-Fun Publications era, many exclusives were sold such that the first toy could be purchased at a reduced price compared to the “regular” convention price for any extras.

2.35 times / 2.6 times

1500 0*Source: E-mail from "Jeremiah," dated December 31, 2009.

 

BotCon Europe MMII

Rook*According to a post on the Allspark, dated October 22, 2006, Rook was not ready in time for BotCon Europe MMII, but was distributed to pre-registrants after the convention.

~$7.81*Post on ATT says the toy was 5 pounds, and itself gives $7.81 as the then-current dollar equivalent. The Wayback Machine Archive for the web page referenced there, sadly, only leads to the Non-Attendee Pre-Registration Form now. Such non-attendees could get Rook and other souvenirs for $70, but besides being an inflated price for non-attendees, it's not just for the figure itself. On the other hand, because the Rook toy was not ready in time for the convention itself, attendees were also given a Tap-Out for each Rook ordered, so one could make a case that the cost of Rook was actually around $3.90!

Roughly retail price*This claim needs explanation. Original retail price of the keychains was roughly $7, but I consider this WAY overpriced. Also, if one takes into account that attendees ended up getting a Tap-Out for each Rook ordered (as evidenced in the ATT link here), folks who attended BotCon Europe MMII really got a bargain!

3000 *According to an Allspark Private Message from "The Phazer" dated November 1, 2006, pre-registrants could get up to 4 Rooks apiece. A later e-mail from The Phazer, dated April 25, 2007, suggested non-attendee package numbers could be as high as the "low hundreds." With only 240 pre-registrants, allowing up to 4 Rooks each and allowing for non-attendee packages, there would still be lots of Rooks left over.Apparently somewhere around 2000 left over.

 

OTFCC 2003

Sideswipe

$30/36*In the pre-Fun Publications era, many exclusives were sold such that the first toy could be purchased at a reduced price compared to the “regular” convention price for any extras.

3.0 / 3.6 times ? ? Police lights removed and holes covered with sticker

Sunstreaker

N/A (free with hotel registration) N/A ? N/A Police lights removed and holes covered with sticker

Roulette

$60/65*In the pre-Fun Publications era, many exclusives were sold such that the first toy could be purchased at a reduced price compared to the “regular” convention price for any extras. (2-pack) 3.0 / 3.25 times ? ? New head

Shadow Striker

? ? New head

BotCon 2004

Action Master G2 Breakdown

$55 for Saturday morning breakfast (figure free to breakfast attendees) N/A (Action Masters did cost $4-5 when originally released, but hadn’t been on shelves in nearly 15 years by this point) 204 N/A*These were distributed to attendees at the convention breakfast, and never sold. Presumably, any left over were given to either dealers or friends of the people running the convention. New head
OTFCC 2004

Megazarak

$40 1.6 times*Note that electronics present in the retail version of this mold (Armada Megatron) are not present in Megazarak. <1400*This Pre-Registration form was found via the Wayback Machine on October 21, 2006, reflecting the form as it existed on May 29, 2004. It lists Megazarak as "LE 1400." An Allspark post from Glen Hallit himself suggests that both toys were produced at less than 1400 units, and that "Sentinel Maximus' numbers were less than Megazarak." *But to judge from the numbers of Megazarak available on the secondary market for fairly low prices, I'd say that there were quite a few left over.Uncertain

 

Sentinel Maximus*Sentinel Maximus was not ready in time for the OTFCC 2004 and was eventually shipped at Hasbro’s own cost to those who pre-purchased it, with labeling calling it a "club exclusive" and without reference to the convention. However, it is still considered a convention exclusive here, due to the convention being the means of purchase of the figure.

$45/$50*According to the OTFCC 2004 pre-registration form, $45 was for the first Sentinel Maximus to be purchased, but pre-registrants were given the option of a second Sentinel Maximus for $50. Note that the pre-registration form says that Sentinel Maximus was to come with a comic book, and so it is presumed that not all of this cost was originally intended to be for Sentinel Maximus, per se. However, the comic book, Wreckers #4, was never produced. 2.25 / 2.5 times*Note that electronics present in the retail version of this mold (Armada Overload) are not present in Sentinel Maximus.
<1400*This Pre-Registration form was found via the Wayback Machine on October 21, 2006, reflecting the form as it existed on May 29, 2004. It lists Sentinel Maximus as "LE <1400." An Allspark post from Glen Hallit himself suggests that both toys were produced at less than 1400 units, and that "Sentinel Maximus' numbers were less than Megazarak." N/A Both Sentinel Maximus and Apelinq have new heads.

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