News Update for Charlotte NC's first TF Fan convention, Charticon. Seibertron.com has the exclusive reveal of Charticon 2013's event schedule! Also announced is their first Door Prize for registered attendees and a limited Exclusive figure from your friendly neighborhood chop-shop, GetRightRobot! Check out the schedule below and recap on this overpowered Con!
GetRightRobot has also released full pics of the Charticon Exclusive LANDSHARK. This will be limited to 50 and only available AT THE SHOW. The figure includes new head, gun and weapon and custom paint job all made entirely in house at GRR!
Door Prize number 1: Transformers Generations METROPLEX! Register for the show and you are entered into the door prize drawings.
With convention season kicking off in just a few days, here is quick recap for those East Coast bound con goers:
Benefits of PreRegistering:
- Custom Admission Badge and Program with exclusive Comic
- One hour early access to the dealer room on both Saturday and Sunday.
- Free Charticon exclusive "energon goodies"including:
Charticon 2013 Souvenir Pin
11x17 Custom Art Print by IDW artist James Biggie
Set of four Art Cards featuring characters represented by our Voice Actor Guests
- Access to evening events not open to the public
Hotel discount(Normal rate is $99, Charticon rate is $89)
Kid and Family-friendly atmosphere
Guests Voice Actors
Paul Eiding – G1 Perceptor (as well as a large number of Video Game and TV Roles including ST:TNG)
Hal Rayle – G1 Shrapnel, Snarl, Primacron, Pipes and others (also did the Predator in Predator 2) – This will be Hal's first convention including any Botcons!
David Sobolov – BW Depth Charge, Transformers:Prime Shockwave, 2007 Video Game Brawl
Daniel Ross – Starscream from the 2007 TF Movie Video Game (also does a lot of fan projects)
Jon 3.0 – TF Prime Reviews, Ravage the Comic Insult Bot, Various Movie Voices (and generally loveable guy)
Livio Ramondelli: IDW Artist working on Autocracy, Monstrosity, RID
Casey Coller: IDW Artist working on RID
Brendan Cahill: IDW Artist working on RID/MTMTE
Ken Christiansen: IDW Artist working on TF Covers
Opening Ceremony, Friday Patio Party with DJ Spider and special guests(Paul Eiding, Hal Rayle, Daniel Ross, Jon 3.0, Livio Ramondelli, Casey Coller, Brendan Cahill and Ken Christiansen), Sunday Customizing Class hosted by Encline Designs, Speed Transforming event and Auction with proceeds to local charity A Child's Place, Friday and Sunday Trivia Tournament and Closing ceremony. Voice Actor Panels, Artist Panels, 3rd Party Transformer Panel, and other TF panels of interest.
The Trivia winner receives a Replica Matrix of Leadership
Transformersland (oh yes!), Mega Toy Fans, LostTreasures and more!
All of the artists in attendance will be on Artist Alley in the dealer room, as well as James Biggie and John Wycough (both IDW artists)
Charticon has been met with fantastic support! The convention exclusive AFTERSHOCK sold out in 5 days! The Custom class Snipenose with instruction from the legendary Encline Designs sold out with less than 10 non-attendee kits remaining! Charticon was founded to fill in gaps in the TF convention circut, both in content and geography. Putting together a show driven by fans and "less about product and money and more about content and people."
IDW PUBLISHING is hosting a VIP TOUR of the comic book publisher's offices on Thursday, June 27th—the week of Botcon—and we are pleased to announce that TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE penciler Alex Milne will be joining this can’t-miss event!
In addition, this once-in-a-lifetime experience boasts an incredible host of already-announced guests: Andrew Griffith (artist of TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE), Livio Ramondelli (artist of TRANSFORMERS: MONSTROSITY), John Barber (TF editor and TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE writer), Mairghread Scott (TRANSFORMERS PRIME: BEAST HUNTERS writer), Marcelo Matere (TRANSFORMERS packaging and comic artist), Casey W. Coller (TRANSFORMERS: IRONHIDE artist), Josh Burcham (Botcon comic artist and MTMTE colorist), Matt Frank (TF COLLECTOR'S CLUB and MARS ATTACKS TRANSFORMERS artist), and Michael Kelly (Director, Global Publishing at Hasbro)—plus fan favorite James Roberts (TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE writer) joining via videoconference!
All that and an impressive array of gifts, Q&A with editorial staff, hands-on tutorials on making comics—and many more great surprises—are in store for our attendees!
Voting is now live on Hasbro's official Transformers website for this year's Hall of Fame candidates. Click here to vote!
The nominees chosen by you the fans are:
An accomplished, street smart and powerful fighter with little patience for those who don't know their way around a battlefield, ARCEE may be the most skilled fighter among the AUTOBOTS on Earth. She works constantly to keep her edge, knowing that one mistake could cost her and her teammates everything. Her blasters might not pack the punch of the bigger AUTOBOTS, but her incredible fighting skill more than makes up for anything she lacks in firepower.
Beast Wars Megatron
An insane, hyper-intelligent criminal mastermind who led a group of renegade PREDACONS to Earth in search of the Energon they would need to conquer CYBERTRON, MEGATRON became so much more than a petty felon. When the search led to the discovery of alien artifacts, MEGATRON launched an assault on Time itself, seeking to change history to his benefit. He nearly destroyed CYBERTRON in his mad quest to exterminate the TRANSFORMERS, and was stopped only when OPTIMUS PRIMAL brought him down. He returned, determined to have his vengeance, and his battle with the MAXIMAL leader raged across the multiverse!
DECEPTICONS, beware, because PROWL is one tough AUTOBOT out to bring law and order to his enemies! He's big trouble whether he's in robot mode or police car mode. If ordinary TRANSFORMERS strength won't get the job done, he's got a heavy weapon in his Justice Hammer! The strategic genus is always cool under pressure, especially when he's hot on the trail of an enemy target.
RODIMUS is young, naïve, headstrong, and daring when it comes to his own safety in the field. Willing to push himself to the limit in order to get the job done, RODIMUS is known for conceiving highly dangerous plans to achieve his objectives. Believing that no bot should ever be left behind, RODIMUS will even put his own spark on the line to keep this promise to all who serve under him. Despite his immaturity, RODIMUS is considered an inspirational figure to many of his fellow AUTOBOTS. He would officially become their commander when chosen by the Matrix of Leadership, forging a new legacy as RODIMUS PRIME.
As the commander of the most elite AUTOBOT special forces unit ever assembled, you'd expect ULTRA MAGNUS to be just about one of the most unstoppable warriors this side of the galactic core. You’d be right. If there is any AUTOBOT the DECEPTICONS fear as much as OPTIMUS PRIME, it is ULTRA MAGNUS. His battle hammer has crushed chassis from one side of the galaxy to the other. No battlefield on which his armored feet have stepped has ever been yielded to the DECEPTICONS.
Forum member Transformermegazord (aka YouTube reviewer Benscollectables) has dropped by with a video showing off Auto Assembly's first ever official t-shirts, with exclusive artwork done by Ed Pirrie. The t-shirts are available here, and feature four different designs: Prime Starscream, G1 Bumblebee, RID Optimus Prime and the All-star, showing off a number of different characters, including the previous three.
IDW Publishing has announced not one but two more Transformers superstar artists for their VIP Tour taking place at BotCon: Marcelo Matere and Casey Coller!
The guest list just keeps on growing!
IDW PUBLISHING is hosting a VIP TOUR of the comic book publisher’s offices on Thursday, June 27th—the week of Botcon—and we are pleased to announce that TRANSFORMERS packaging and comic artist MARCELO MATERE and TRANSFORMERS: ALL HAIL MEGATRON and TRANSFORMERS: IRONHIDE cover artist CASEY COLLER will be joining this can’t-miss event!
In addition to MATERE and COLLER is the stellar host of already-announced guests: James Roberts (TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE writer, joining via videoconference), Livio Ramondelli (artist of TRANSFORMERS: MONSTROSITY), Josh Burcham (Botcon comic artist and MTMTE colorist), John Barber (TF editor and TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE writer), Mairghread Scott (TRANSFORMERS PRIME: BEAST HUNTERS writer), Matt Frank (TF COLLECTOR'S CLUB and MARS ATTACKS TRANSFORMERS artist), and Michael Kelly (Director, Global Publishing at Hasbro)—plus an impressive array of gifts, Q&A with editorial staff, and hands-on tutorials on making comics!
Thanks to the wonderful world of TaoBao we know one of the attendee only add-on figures in this year's BotCon 2013 Machine Wars: Termination set. Voyager class Transformers: Dark of the Moon Skyhammer has been repainted into Machine Wars Sandstorm! Check out the images mirrored from the auctions below.
For comparison here are images from our own galleries of the original Machine Wars Sandstorm:
The official Hasbro Transformers website has opened its fan choice poll for the Hall of Fame 2013 inductees. Just like the Fan Built Bot Poll, you can vote once a day, every day, until Friday June 21, for one of the following (two will eventually pass): Ultra Magnus, Arcee, Beast Wars Megatron, Rodimus/Hot Rod, Prowl.
Hello, TRANSFORMERS fans!
The time has come for the public at large to select two Fans’ Choice robot inductees to make up the class of 2013 for the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame! Drawn from an open nomination process as voted upon by the readers of TRANSFORMERS fan sites, the five beloved TRANSFORMERS characters who garnered the most votes are now online at TRANSFORMERS.COM for an open vote. The two characters who receive the most votes by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 21st will be inducted into the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame!
The five nominees, in alphabetical order, are:
MEGATRON (Beast Wars)
Please let your readers know that the voting period is open from now until 11:59 p.m. ET on June 21st. The two characters receiving the most fan votes in the final polling will be announced at Hasbro’s panel on Saturday, June 29th, at TRANSFORMERS BotCon in San Diego!
IDW Publishing is just churning out more and more guests for its VIP Tour at BotCon. Newly added is the main artist on Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Andrew Griffith! Check out the full guest list below.
Meet some of the biggest names in Transformers comics when you attend the IDW VIP Tour! Chat about their experiences, where Transformers are going, and more! Featured guests are:
Livio Ramondelli Artist, TRANSFORMERS: MONSTROSITY John Barber Writer, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE; Editor, TRANSFORMERS Mairghread Scott Writer, TRANSFORMERS PRIME: BEAST HUNTERS Josh Burcham Artist, BOTCON 2013 COMIC; Colorist TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE Matt Frank Artist, MARS ATTACKS THE TRANSFORMERS; SPOTLIGHT: TRAILCUTTER Michael Kelly Director, Global Publishing at Hasbro James Roberts Writer, TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE (video conference call to discuss stories and to take VIP questions) Andrew Griffith Artist, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE Just Announced!
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