It took me a while to realize where I had seen this display before, but it was from photos of the Botcon 2011 where the Kreo figures were first shown off. The photos I saw were from www.seibertron.com and featured pretty much all of the figures that were included in this lot. Though some figures were shown in the Botcon photos that didn't seem to make it to me including Megatron, Shockwave, Skywarp and Sideswipe.
There's also a couple weapons missing; one of Thundercracker's blasters and the gun that Prowl was pictured with. I assume this came back to Hasbro after wherever it was displayed (I'll get back to why I'm now switching from saying Botcon 2011 in a moment) sat on someone's desk for a while and folks played with the figures, maybe took a couple back to their desks, and in the process caused the differences between what I saw online and what showed up in person.
Here's the group shot from Seibertron.com:
- The Optimus I received is from the box set that was available through various Hasbro promotions during 2011 and features an open-chest with the Matrix whereas the one shown from Botcon is the first release Optimus that came with the first wave of building sets. (All of the figures shown above are from that first wave of building sets.)
- The display itself is a different build. I looked at these photos quite a bit to compare my figures and this display and there's a few things that give it away. The photo from Botcon has some angled pieces on the sides that cause a sleek look, but mine has squared pieces causing "stairs" that run along the sides. But what I spotted that cinched it for me was the gray stripes under each level. If you look below Mirage in the middle of the Botcon photo the lower level of the gray line has two pieces that meet right under Mirage's feet and pretty much directly in the middle of the whole display. Mine is the opposite and the top row of the gray has two pieces that meet right in the middle. Once you notice that you can spot other differences in the gray lines.
Sometime later I was doing a bit of cataloging of my figures and came across this base with the figures which was now no longer displayed but rather now in storage. That was when I realized that one of these little dorks actually never made it to retail though shown off by Hasbro originally.
That would be the mean, green machine - Hound.
Hound did get a couple Kreo/Kreon releases one as a part of the 'Class of '84' boxset released at SDCC in 2014 and as a 'Battle Changer' in 2015. Both of these releases are far off from this design shown originally. The Class of '84 Hound is much more detailed and a darker green and the Battle Changer Hound doesn't follow the same format as the traditional Kreon minifigures with buildable/moveable arms and legs.
This whole display including the unreleased/cancelled Hound is currently up for auction here.