The Transformers Collectors' Club sent out an email updating members on Botcon 2015 registration and Hotel availability. They are working on final issues before registration can go live which will not happen before next Thursday.
We are still working on the final issues to get registration online. This will not happen before next Thursday. I will update you as we get the final issues completed.
The hotel is working on finding some more rooms for our block. I have not heard back from them yet. Currently they are searching for duplicate rooms so if you have a room you are not going to use, please release it so someone else can reserve it. Remember that you must put down a first nights deposit and if you don't cancel by the cut off you will lose the deposit.
If they don't find more rooms for us, we will get a block at a second hotel so, no worries. I'll let you know as soon as they figure out what they can do.
Slick-looking, smooth-talking, art-drawing IDW Publishing creator Andrew Griffith, current regular on The Transformers ongoing series, will be returning to the biggest European convention for its swansong: Auto Assembly 2015! Griffith will be joining an ever-growing list of guests, which you can check out here, and read more about below.
After making his debut with us back in 2013, we felt that his return to the convention was long overdue so we’re pleased to announce that popular comic artist Andrew Griffith will be joining us once again at Auto Assembly 2015! For those of you not familiar with his work (shame on you) Andrew has an extensive list of Transformers credits list to his name having worked for IDW Publications on a wide range of their titles including Robots in Disguise, Last Stand Of The Wreckers and the movie adaptations for Revenge Of The Fallen and Dark Of The Moon.
Andrew will be with us all weekend, sketching in our guests area and as with many of our artists joining us will have prints and original artwork with him for sale as well. Keep an eye out on the website as well as we will be bringing you details of how you can pre-book your exclusive sketches from Andrew to beat the queues over the convention weekend and guarantee your personalised artwork from him!
Thanks to fellow Seibertron.com user crazysteve, we have a couple more updates for Free Comic Book Day and Transformers related creators in the US!
José Delbo, artist on the original Marvel comics Transformers series, will be appearing at Past Present Future Comics in West Palm Beach, Florida. He will also be making an appearance the following weekend at ComicsFest, the convention at the Museum of Art in Coral Springs, FL - who also have a gallery of Delbo's work on show.
In more recent creators, Transformers vs G.I. Joe writer and artist Tom Scioli will be at Challengers Comics in Chicago for FCBD, and has also been announced as a guest at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC. More information on the event can be found here.
So if you're in the area this Saturday 2nd May, drop by a comic shop, grab some free comics and bring along your own to get signed!
Mairghread Scott, Transformers writer for IDW Publishing and the Robots in Disguise animated series, will be making an appearance this Saturday 2nd May at the Blastoff comics fest in Hollywood, California to celebrate this year's Free Comic Book Day! Find out more from her blog here, and below!
So this Saturday, I’ll be signing at Blastoff Comics Fest at the Federal Bar & Grill in North Hollywood, California from 10am to 4pm. This is going to be a great event with tons of comics creators signing, food, music, a beer garden, and of course free comics!
Free Comic Book Day is my second favorite day of the year, which means it didn’t beat out Yule, but it’s still super awesome! And Blastoff Comics is making it even more awesome with this blowout event.
Even if you aren’t in the North Hollywood area, you should definitely look for a Free Comic Book Day event in your area.
The release of Quickslinger and Brake-Neck in May are just the tip of the iceberg (check out their galleries). This May, TRANSFORMERS fans from around the world are invited to "Combine Together" to celebrate MAY MAYHEM! The month-long event celebrates TRANSFORMERS through fan participation, multi-platform storytelling, online promotions and the introduction of these all-new Combiner Wars action figures on May 22 through participating online retailers.
Below is an outline of what’s in store for May Mayhem:
Mid-May – The celebration kicks off with the latest round of fans’ choice voting for the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame. Who will be a part of the Class of 2015 and join the ranks of Optimus Prime, Megatron, and other legendary TRANSFORMERS? You decide!
May 13 – IDW Publishing releases TRANSFORMERS #41, the latest chapter of their epic COMBINER WARS storyline.
May 22 – AERIALBOT QUICKSLINGER and STUNTICON BRAKE-NECK will be available exclusively through participating online retailers, such as Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com, ToysRUs.com, Entertainment Earth, BigBadToyStore, Diamond Comics and Hasbro Toy Shop. With these two new figures, fans are finally able to complete their G1-accurate SUPERION and MENAOR figures! In addition to these all-new toys, several vendors will be running special promotions on TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS figures, providing fans with an ideal way to complete their collections.
Late May – TRANSFORMERS fans will come together on the official TRANSFORMERS Facebook page (Facebook.com/Transformers) for an exciting new product reveal.
May 27 – The COMBINER WARS battle comes to a head in IDW Publishing’s TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE – COMBINER WARS #3.
A Weibo user by the name of Lost-Zzl has provided images of a brand new deco on the Generations Roadbuster mold (you can see the original, in our galleries, right here) and it's a deco you'd expect on a vehicle such as this, but seems to come from a source most of us have forgotten: Generation 2!
General Optimus Prime was meant to be a redeco of Autoroller Dirtbag, but was canceled towards the end of the Generation 2 line, back in the early '90s and the figure never really saw the light of day, outside of a few images and some convention displays. The reason we say this is unconfirmed is because we've yet to hear anything about this figure coming to this year's BotCon and we definitely haven't heard anything of this particular deco, but there are some things that support it's potential release.
Here's G2 General Optimus, to refresh your memory:
First of all, Lost-Zzl has this Roadbuster on hand along with several already revealed and in hand upcoming exclusive releases and second, it has what looks to be a professionally (factory) applied tampograph of the Generation 2 Autobot logo on it's backend in vehicle mode.
Since this is out of left field and the first we're hearing of this, we're telling everyone to take this with at least a grain of salt, but to hope for the best and as of right now it could be a BotCon attendee exclusive or even a part of the TCC. You know the drill: As soon as we know, you will!
Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
BotCon.com wrote:We are very pleased to announce that the 2015 BotCon Information Brochure is now available ONLINE! Check out all the package details and special events from the Information menu button along the left side of the page. Transformers fans will not want to miss this exciting official event!
Please review the information brochure and if you have any questions, please contact us by email at: email@example.com and we will create a FAQ page!
Here is a brief summary of the various packages available this year. All prices listed below are for Club members. Non-Club member prices are additional. please see brochure for further details.
Primus Package ($409)- This is the primary package if you are interested in obtaining this year's exclusives. It includes Cybertron: Most Wanted Set with Oilmaster, Megatron, Battletrap, Packrat, and Stepper, plus a bonus figure that is not available with non-attendee packages.
Mini-Con Package ($120)
Protoform Package ($195)
Iacon Package ($409) - This is the non-attendee package, excludes the bonus figure.
Golden Ticket Upgrade ($400) - for people who like to be first!
Frank Welker VIP Pass ($200) - This package upgrade allows access to Frank Welker. This cost is in addition to Primus or Golden Ticket Primus packages.
Exhibitor booths are $450. Single tables are $275. Artists Alley booths are available for $225.
Please join our discussion on our Energon Pub forums to ask questions or share your excitement about our annual pilgrimage to BotCon! See you in June my fellow Seibertronians!
BotCon has revealed the 5th and final exclusive figure from this year's BotCon 2015 "Cybertron's Most Wanted" box set. The last figure, Oilmaster "The Bounty Hunter", revives an abandoned Hasbro G1 concept of the "Double Pretender". The original Double Pretender Gorilla Pretender shell was first shown by Hasbro at BotCon 1996 alongside a Double Pretender Spider mold, the original G1 Unicron that was never released, and several other abandoned concepts that were never released at retail.
Apparently, the all-new Oilmaster Pretender mold was a joint venture between Fun Publications (the folks behind BotCon) and a company called "Boss Fight Studio". Here's a quote from their Facebook page regarding Oilmaster:
Boss Fight Studio is proud to have worked with Fun Publications on the 2015 Botcon convention exclusives - most especially the all new mech-gorilla Pretender shell for OILMASTER! This guy was a fun one!
To the best of our knowledge, the inner robots for Oilmaster were never made or never made it to the hard copy phase. To replace the inner robots, Oilmaster will utilize the Generations Swerve mold with his Mini-Con partner to simulate the two-robots-in-one-Pretender-shell concept.
Without further ado, please check out this exciting reveal that BotCon posted earlier this morning ...
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Another Generation 1 voice actor has been announced for BotCon 2015 and this guy is pretty quick. John Moschitta who voiced G1 Blurr and Animated Blurr and is also well known for being the Micro Machine man will be appearing at the convention.
BotCon wrote: We are excited to announce that John Moschitta, Jr. will be making his first BotCon appearance since 2000! Fans will recognize John as the voice of BOTH the G1 version of Autobot Blurr and also as the Blurr from Transformers: Animated. People across the world know John as the fastest talking man alive, having appeared in a wide variety of advertising campaigns, movies, talk shows and live events (including performing for eight U.S. Presidents!) Donâ€™t miss this opportunity to meet John at BotCon 2015! All autographs and pictures with John are INCLUDED as part of the Primus, Protoform and Mini-con packages!
We've seen so many exclusive figures by now, that we might forget that BotCon 2015 is not just toys! Via their official website, we now have some updated information about the Frank Welker experience prices and details, which we've mirrored below for your convenience. Check them out!
We are thrilled to offer the BotCon 2015 Frank Welker VIP PASS. This package upgrade allows you access to our very special BotCon 2015 guest, Frank Welker. The VIP PASS cost is in addition to the cost of your Primus or Golden Ticket Primus package. You must be a Transformers Collectors’ Club member to take advantage of this special event.
The Frank Welker VIP PASS includes:
• One (1) autograph signed in person by Frank Welker
• One (1) professional 5x7 photograph with Frank Welker (Saturday afternoon)
• Exclusive Megatron art print
• Exclusive Megatron Cloisonné Pin
• First seating at the Frank Welker Panel
Please note that there will be no photography permitted during the autograph session.
The cost is $200 added to your Golden Ticket or Primus Package. This VIP PASS event must be purchased in conjunction with one of the above packages.
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