Our friend and theme park enthusiast Rick Brigante with Inside the Magic dropped by to let us know about the latest promotional campaign going on in Orlando for Universal's upcoming Transformers: The Ride 3D attraction. Similar to the campaign leading up to the ride's release at Universal Studios Hollywood, the Fairwinds Credit Union building in downtown Orlando has been outfitted with an 80 foot sign made to look as though Megatron took a stroll right through the building. Universal Orlando has also uploaded a YouTube video to go along with the campaign. We've embedded images from Inside the Magic and the Universal Orlando video below.
Brigante feels a grand opening announcement is just around the corner.
BotCon 2013 to feature its largest Artist Alley ever!
San Diego, California June 27th - June 30th!
San Diego, CA - May 1st, 2013 - Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Convention, BotCon, is excited to announce that this years award-winning convention is set to feature its largest Artist Alley ever! With so many amazing artists appearing at BotCon, being held at the Town and Country Resort from June 27th thru June 30th in the beautiful city of San Diego, fans from around the world will get to meet and buy art from some of the best professional artists working on Transformers today!
Pop Culture enthusiasts and Transformers fans of all ages can still register for BotCon 2013 through the BotCon.com online registration system. Fans and Collectors’ who register for BotCon as a Primus package holder will receive the five-figure MACHINE WARS convention set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Hall of Fame Celebration party. Finally, Primus package attendees will also receive a special bonus Transformers Deluxe figure to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.
For more information on BotCon and all activities and the exclusive figure offerings, as well as daily updates on all the artists attending, please visit BotCon.com. Press inquiries; please contact Pete Sinclair email@example.com.
About Fun Publications, Inc.
For nearly 20 years, Fun Publications, Inc. has been a Hasbro licensee offering fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia news, exclusive product and family events through different print offerings, websites, collector clubs and brand specific conventions such as GIJoeCon and BotCon. Located in Fort Worth Texas, Fun Publications reaches a large audience, serving the United States and many other countries such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit TransformersClub.com, GIJoeClub.com, GIJoeCon.com, and BotCon.com. BotCon is a registered trademark of Fun Publications, Inc. (C) 2013 Fun Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
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TFcon 2013 preregistration opens May 1st at 9am and will run until July 15th at 11:55pm. This is the only way to reserve the 2013 exclusives ROSWELL and VAN GUARDIAN and to sign up for the FRIDAY and SUNDAY customizing classes (limited to 45 people each day).
TFcon 2013 admission includes the following:
-Entrance to Canada’s Largest Dealer Room for Transformers merchandise
-All access pass to all TFcon panels and events
-Free autographs from all TFcon 2013 guests
-Entrance into the hourly door prizes
We have now moved an allotment of attending BotCon sets to the non-attending Iacon category. If you have been waiting, you can now go and order your Iacon set use the registration link at BotCon!
I hate to say it but it looks like this year's membership figure won't ship until after BotCon as they are coming with the FSS figures. These have now shipped from the manufacturer and are at the packaging vendor.
Those of you in the FSS program should have received an email earlier today. We want everyone to know that the delay for both of these items has been with the manufacturer. Hopefully the process has been fixed on their side so that in future versions, they will make the agreed upon ship dates.
We apologize for for the lack of communication on our part. It has been very difficult for us to get information to pass on about both of these projects.
However, I do want to let you know that there will be carded version of Depth Charge you will be able to order once they arrive. We plan to have some available at BotCon. The bulk of the carded figures will be left in Fort Worth for the membership to order. In addition, since this is a club figure and NOT a BotCon figure, the Golden Ticket additional limits to not count for this item.
Thanks to IDW colorist Josh Burcham, we have a preview page for FunPub's upcoming BotCon 2013 in San Diego, from June 27 till June 30. This comic page features characters from our five-figure box set, Hoist, Strika, Obsidian, and Skywarp. As the lore in Beast Machines would suggest, our two characters from the Beast era are notably Autobots in this rendition of Machine Wars Transformers lore. As Josh writes, these are not the final colors in particular for this page. Enjoy!
First of all, we want to thank you for joining us at TFExpo 2012 last summer. We had a great time meeting everyone, and hope you all enjoyed getting to meet Garry Chalk and Matt Frank. You made TFExpo 2012 the success that it was, and for that we're eternally grateful.
Moving forward, we have some exciting things planned for TFExpo 2013 that we want to share with you! The convention will be Saturday, August 3rd at the same location, Holiday Inn at Kellogg and Rock in Wichita. Here's what we have to look forward to:
Our Guest of Honor this year is none other than Gregg Berger, known far and wide as the voice of Grimlock in the original Generation 1 Transformers cartoon! Gregg recently reprised the role for the Transformers: Fall of Cybertron video game, and has MANY more acting credits to his name. Gregg will be meeting fans and signing autographs throughout the day.
We will also be joined by Flint Dille, writer and story editor for the Generation 1 Transformers cartoon. Flint will be answering fans' questions about his work on G1, as well as his current comic series from IDW Publishing, "Transformers: Monstrosity".
This year, we are pleased to announce Nebula Starship, TFExpo's very first EXCLUSIVE TOY UPGRADE SET! This quality, fan-produced item will upgrade your existing toy into a different character. The only way to reserve your copy is to register at the Ultra and Premium levels. Any remaining sets will be sold at the show on a first-come, first-served basis. For images and further details about the upgrade set, stay tuned to http://www.tf-expo.com in the weeks ahead!
If you're already planning on joining us for the show, join the TFExpo Alliance by registering today! Our Ultra Registration packages sold out within two weeks of being made available, but we still have Premium and Basic levels left! Here's what's included:
Premium Registration: Admittance to all TFExpo Events during the day, EARLY admission to the autograph line and dealer room, admission to the Saturday Night Dinner and Script Reading (includes one plated dinner of your choice), one TFExpo Exclusive Toy Upgrade Set, and one TFExpo 2013 Souvenir T-Shirt. A $120 value, for only $100!
Basic Registration: Admittance to all TFExpo Events during the day, EARLY admission to the dealer room and one TFExpo 2013 Souvenir T-Shirt. Does NOT include admittance to the Saturday Night Dinner and Script Reading. A $40 value for only $30!
We'll be releasing details about the Saturday Night Dinner and Script Reading very soon. Trust us, you will NOT want to miss this event!
To register today, or for more information, go to http://www.tf-expo.com/store/. Also don't forget to "like" TFExpo on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
The people over at BotCon have an announcement to make about registration: all non-attending packages have now been sold out - but there is more below! Make sure you check back in a couple of days for confirmation, and, obviously, register now to attend the big summer event in San Diego!
Hello BotCon fans!
We have run through our allotment of Iacon (non-attending sets) and are considering moving some of the Primus attending sets over to Iacon non-attending.
However, we don't want to do this until we are confident that everyone has registered that intends on coming to San Diego. So, we will re-visit the numbers in the next few days and make a decision as how to assist those who can't come but want the figure sets.
If you are coming, make sure to register VERY soon for BotCon 2013 today!
The organisers of the Dutch Transformers convention B.O.T.S have dropped us a line to let you all know that the 2013 edition will take place once more in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands, on the first Sunday of June! Their website, as always, has a handy translation tool, so you can check it out in English, too.
B.O.T.S. 2013 wrote:On Sunday June 9th the fifth edition of the one and only Transformers convention of the Benelux, B.O.T.S., will be held! Our location will be the Can Dance Studios, in Aalsmeer (close to Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport).
Like every year, Hasbro Netherlands will be present at the convention. You also have the opportunity to expand your collection through dozens of dealer stands, and take part in various competitions so you can win great prizes!