Some sad news from the UK shores of Auto Assembly headquarters and its founder Simon Plumbe: the biggest, largest, busiest convention in Europe will see its 2015 edition as the final one, at least for the foreseeable future. More announcements will be made in the coming weeks, but read on below and here to find out more about this unfortunate, but understandable and very well motivated, decision.
It’s with a great deal of sadness and after a lot of deliberation over the last couple of months, that we have to bring you the news that this year’s convention, Auto Assembly 2015, is going to be our last. Auto Assembly has been running for a long time – 15 years in fact – and has grown immensely since its humble beginnings at the Ibis Hotel in Birmingham when just 31 fans attended the first event run on 22nd October 2000 by myself and Sven Harvey.
Here at Auto Assembly We’re all committed to making Auto Assembly 2015 something really spectacular and even though We may be bringing the event to a close, we’re certainly planning on going out with a bang!
We will be bringing you updates and information on what will be happening to Auto Assembly over the coming weeks and posting an FAQ here on the website to answer all of the questions that we know all of you are bound to have about what is happening but rest assured that this year’s convention won’t be the last you’ll see of the name Auto Assembly!
The 2015 edition of TFcon USA has had its location and dates announced on TFcon's official website. This iteration of the event will take place from October 16th - 18th, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Embassy Suites Charlotte Concord. The release reads as follows:
Save the dates! In cooperation with the former staff of Charticon, TFcon USA – America’s largest fan-run Transformers convention comes to Charlotte, North Carolina the weekend of October 16th to 18th, 2015. TFcon Charlotte will take place at the Embassy Suites Charlotte Concord. Discounted hotel block information will be available shortly. Dealer bookings and registration information will also be available in the very near future.
You can view additional hotel information, including the address, at their website.
Keep it here at Seibertron for more information on TFcon USA 2015 as we receive it.
In unsurprising but nonetheless exciting news for European Transformers fans, we have an update from the official Tumblr page for Auto Assembly 2015, concerning some confirmed new guests for the August event in Birmingham. Joining the already announced voice actors Sumalee Montano and James Horan, comics professionals JP Bove, James Roberts and Nick Roche return once more to the biggest Transformers event in Europe! Check out the image below for even more details.
"Well, alright, that's not something you see every day..." is what you're thinking, believe me, I did the same thing.
Yexel's Toy Museum has created a 1:1 scale, life sized bust of Movieverse Optimus Prime (1-3, not the AoE redesign) and is hosted in a special display room that features a NEST control room design, as well as a walkway/platform allowing you to get up close and personal.
The only catch? If you want to partake in this once in a lifetime experience, you'll either need to reside in, or catch a plane to, the Philippines. It's moments like this when you wish you had a transporter!
We've mirrored the images below and you can check out their Facebook page, here, to see their other movie replicas, all life sized, of course. When you're done drooling at the overwhelming level of awesome on display, come on back to the forums and share your thoughts. If you're a fan located in the Philippines, we'd love to hear about your experience and if you have any pictures or videos to share, we'd be glad to help get them to the public, so shoot us an email at email@example.com right away!
Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
Roger Craig Smith, who voices minicons Slipstream, Jetstorm and Airazor on Robots in Disguise has tweeted that there will be a Live Tweet session this Saturday, March 14th at 3pm PT with the cast and crew of the Robots in Disguise Show. This will be during the show's premier on cartoon network and you can tweet your questions to the cast and crew while the show airs. For those who don't mind spoilers, we already have a review of the two part pilot episode here.
Our friends over at TFCon Toronto got in touch to let us know about another addition to their guest roster: Livio Ramondelli! Artist for multiple IDW series, and current main drawing person on Combiner Wars, he will be attending the 17-19th July event and offering signings, prints and commissions. Check out more info below!
We are pleased to announce that Transformers comic book artist Livio Ramondelli will be a guest at TFcon Toronto 2015. Livio is known to fans for his work on IDW’s Transformers comics including Transformers #24, #26, #28,and #30; The Transformers: Autocracy, Monstrosity, Punishment and Primacy; Transformers: Robots in Disguise #6, #10, #17, #21, #22, #24–26 as well as Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #23–27. He will be selling prints and offering commissions to attendees all weekend long.
We've just received a notification from music performers The Cybertronic Spree of yet another screening of Transformers: The Movie (1986) - this time in Toronto's Bloor Cinema, and featuring a live performance from the robotic band! Find out more from the official website here, and head below for the official press release.
Bloor Takeover: The Cybertronic Spree
Journey beyond good, beyond evil, and beyond your wildest imagination as local robots in disguise The Cybertronic Spree take over the cinema! We kick off the evening with a screening of the 1986 animated feature The Transformers: The Movie. Following the film, Hot Rod, Arcee, Rumble, Unicron, Spike, and a Quintesson take the stage to bust some Deciptichops with the power of rock. Yes, including the classic "The Touch."
8:30 PM: Doors Open
9:00 PM: Screening
Tickets: $15 ($12/$10/FREE for members)
Co-presented by Toronto ComiCon.
THE CYBERTRONIC SPREE TO TAKE OVER HISTORIC BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA
Rare screening of The Transformers: The Movie (1986) to be followed by performance of entire soundtrack.
Toronto, ON - (March 10, 2015) - The Cybertronic Spree, the worldâ€™s premiere Transformers-themed party band, is set to take over Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto on March 21 at 9 p.m. in an event that includes a rare screening of the cult classic 1986 animated film, The Transformers: The Movie.
"As far I know, this has never been done before," says Hotrod, bassist and leader of The Cybertronic Spree. "And I should know, dammit. I'm in the band and have an impeccable memory." He went on to add, "I'm also quite handsome, by Cybertronian standards."
Hotrod is right. A massive cull of Earth's online databases as well as the memory banks of all living humans has indeed shown that not only have theatrical screenings of The Transformers: The Movie been exceptionally rare, but also that they have never been followed by a live performance of the film's soundtrack by any band, let alone The Cybertronic Spree.
"This screening is due to popular demand," adds Rumble, drummer and sarcastic know-it-all of The Cybertronic Spree. "I kept demanding to the band that we should do this! Mostly I just wanna see that scene where Frenzy and I take down Devastator. Not sure how the Constructicons managed to merge while we were inside Astrotrain's cargo compartment, but that doesn't matter."
What does matter, however, is that attendees are guaranteed an experience they will never forget, and one that they can retell their children and their children's children, much like Autobot Kup regales the Dinobots with his war stories in The Transformers: The Movie.
The takeover coincides with that weekend's Toronto Comicon, with convention pass holders receiving a $5 discount on admission to the takeover event. In addition to the screening and the live music performance, there will be an audience Q&A and fans will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with the band.
A piece of potentially actual news from the Transformers exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis concerns the bot within the bot that is Ultra Magnus, according to the IDW characterisation: Minimus Ambus! Site owner Seibertron was able to take a couple of images of the tiny loadbearer's prototype shots in both robot and vehicle mode, plus the transformation sequence - check them out below!
Curious about the Transformers: Robots in Disguise exhibit at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, but cannot make it yourself, and the gallery we posted earlier is just not enough? Check out the embedded video below, then, and bask in almost 40 minutes of walkthrough to the whole thing as site owner Seibertron shows us around the place, and gives his thoughts live as he explores the museum with his family!
A we've been mentioning through today, site owner Seibertron was able to make the trip the Children's Museum on Indianapolis, in order to visit the new, Hasbro licensed, Transformers: Robots in Disguise exhibit we reported on a while ago!
If you head below and click on the images provided, you can take a look at a fairly extensive gallery covering the various parts of the history of the Transformers showcased, from interactive features, the prototypes and models on show (from unused toys to BotShots and more), the Soundwave through the ages collection, the vehicles of Movie Optimus Prime and Bumblebee on display, a Beast Wars diorama, a "design a Transformer" area, cartoons running in a room where kids can play with simplified 3 Step Transformers, an area where you can "become a Transformer" by motion-capture controlling a screen Bumblebee, and much much more than meets the eye!
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