TFcon is proud to announce that Ian James Corlett will be a guest at the 2016 convention in Toronto. Known to Transformers fans as the voice of Cheetor in Beast Wars and Beast Machines as well as the Maximal Computer, Sentinel, and Sea Clamp. Mr. Corlett will be appearing all weekend meeting with attendees.
Operation: All Hail Guido
TFNation is delighted to welcome artist extraordinaire Guido Guidi to its inaugural convention!
An exceptionally popular comic artist who has worked with Transformers since the Dreamwave era, Guido has lent his talent to the smash hit All Hail Megatron, the fan-favourite Last Stand of the Wreckers and of course the ongoing books, The Transformers and More Than Meets The Eye.
In addition to his comic work, Guido has also provided artwork for various Transformers DVD covers, box art for toys, trading cards and publications around the world. If you’re a fan of Transformers, you have certainly enjoyed his artwork!
Guido has most recently applied his talents to the video game Transformers Devastation, where he provided not only the game’s box art, but also served as a concept artist for the game’s characters.
Outside of the Transformers franchise, Guido has worked on IDW’s Dungeons and Dragons and publications for Marvel, such as the Super Hero Squad books and short stories for Marvel Rampage Magazine.
For a glimpse of his work, take a look at Guido’s deviantART page.
Guido will be signing autographs and selling artwork from Friday 19th until Sunday 21st August 2016 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel at TFNation 2016 – we look forward to seeing you there!
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11/24/2015 - We are thrilled to announce that Scott McNeil, who did the voices of RATTRAP, DINOBOT, WASPINATOR, SILVERBOLT and Tripredacus Council member CICADACON from the Beast Wars cartoon series will be our guest at BotCon 2016.
Along with David Kaye and Alec Willows, Scott will be available for autographs and panels as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Beast Wars! For more info on Scott, be sure to click the "Guests" link to read his bio.
If you haven't seen our 20th anniversary convention boxed set celebrating the anniversary as well, be sure to click the "Con Exclusives" link to the left.
Stay tuned for more news, guest updates, and info regarding events and registration for BotCon 2016 - North America's LARGEST Transformers fan convention!
Questions & Answers
At the end of the session there was a round robin Q&A session. Here are some of the highlights of the information that came out of that session:
There are plans to bring in other generations into the 2016 line (including homages to the 1986 movie and Beast Wars).
The "Year of the Monkey" Optimus Primal is meant to celebrate the anniversary of "Beast Wars"
The Q&A confirmed Powermaster Optimus Prime is an extensive retool retaining only some of the joints, connection points and a couple parts. Even the cab has some differences.
The Battle Packs were a challenge to design due to having to turn the armor into weapons.
Fortress Maximus was very challenging to work on due to its size, costing, weight and the fact that it has to work with other bases in the "Titans Return" line. It is a retool of Metroplex, but an extensive one.
One of the hardest parts of designing the "Titans Return" line was the interaction of the "Master" figures across the line. The scales of robot heads in particular was an issue (which the "helmet sections" helped solve).
When asked why the more traditional "engine to humanoid" form wasn't used, Hasbro emphasized they wanted to keep the play pattern consistent (head to robot) instead of having too many types of "Masters" mixed up in the line.
No comment when asked about Masterpiece Decepticons.
Don't read into Decepticon Hammer have two different trees (one Autobot, one Decepticon) in the two pictures. It was a photo error.
The "Cybertron Con" trademark was positioned as a successful convention in Asia and they wanted to protect the trademark as much as possible. Botcon 2016 is happening as planned. No further information was provided.
Hasbro knows fans outside of Japan want the Deluxe Groove, but nothing specific was said other than "We love Groove".
Hasbro did not rule out more G1 reissues in 2016.
The "Stars City Neon" deal (the parent company of Victory Hill exhibitions) aims towards installments like an exhibition and not fan conventions.
Jerry Jivoin will be leaving the brand team at the end of the year for a position in marketing at Hasbro Italy.
Operation: Incoming Artists
TFNation is thrilled to announce its first two comic guests for 2016.
One of Japan’s most exciting new talents, Kei has produced a string of mesmerising incentive covers for The Transformers, Windblade and More Than Meets the Eye.
Kei has published her own sketchbook and has produced many popular fan-comics in recent years.
Be sure to check out her online portfolio to get a flavour of her talent
There is more… much more to John-Paul Bove than meets the eye!
As an artist, John-Paul is most well known for his work as the regular colourist on Transformers: ReGeneration One, and Drift: Empire of Stone. Outside of Trannsformers, John-Paul has coloured a variety of artwork on comics such as G.I.Joe, Dr Who and Judge Dredd.
As a writer he has lent his talents to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book. He has also written and coloured his own independent one-shot comic, UNEARTH.
Both of these incredible professionals will be selling artwork and signing all weekend.
Team TFNation is assembling. We look forward to meeting you from Friday 19th until Sunday 21st August 2016 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel at TFNation 2016.
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LAS VEGAS — Batman has his bat cave. Superman has his fortress of solitude. And soon the Avengers and a team of Transformers will call a corner on the Las Vegas Strip home.
Treasure Island casino-hotel has leased 28,000 square feet above a CVS drugstore to Victory Hill Exhibitions to create immersive displays dedicated to the pop-culture brands.
The 10-year lease includes $2 million in tenant improvements to the corner space on Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road.
Victory Hill ended its 18-month run at the Discovery Times Square space in New York where it offered its Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit. The Transformers exhibit is exclusive to Las Vegas and is still in development.
The exhibit is expected to open by March or April. Company officials haven't decided on an admission price.
Victory Hill Exhibitions Teams With Hasbro For New 'TRANSFORMERS' Exhibit
NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Victory Hill Exhibitions announced today plans to roll-out a new strategic initiative with Hasbro and its iconic TRANSFORMERS franchise. Set to open in 2016, The Transformers Experience will be a revolutionary new walk-through exhibit that immerses audiences in the world of the Autobots and their ongoing battle to protect Earth against the evil Decepticons.
Through the use of leading 3D stereoscopic technologies, advanced robotics, dynamic multimedia and projection mapping, intricate sets and engaging performances, audiences will be taken on a journey that will enable them to witness the sheer spectacle of these life size sentient, living robotic beings.
"The TRANSFORMERS franchise is one of the most recognizable of all time," said Nicholas Cooper, Chief Creative Officer of Victory Hill Exhibitions. "With such a rich story universe that expands across all platforms including digital, broadcast, theatrical, print and toy, this is the perfect time to debut an exhibition of this scale and magnitude. TRANFORMERS fans of all generations know the names Optimus Prime and Megatron and with this new exhibit we are going to bring those larger-than-life characters into our world in an equally larger-than-life way."
"Since its launch in 1984, TRANSFORMERS rich immersive storylines and iconic characters have entertained generations of fans through film, publishing and TV," said Tom Warner, Senior Vice President- Transformers Franchise. "We are excited to work with Victory Hill Exhibitions and see our robots brought to life through a multi-sensory interactive experience for fans around the world."
Victory Hill and Hasbro, Inc. will announce more information on The Transformers Experience in the coming days and weeks.
About Victory Hill Exhibitions
Victory Hill Exhibitions is an exhibition Production and Distribution Company focused on delivering engaging, educational and interactive exhibitions for the global market. The company is the industry leader in creating and delivering innovative and captivating content for events, exhibitions, interior architecture and experiential environmental spaces. With a focus on developing long term trusted and strategic relationships Victory Hill Exhibitions has over 25 years of combined experience delivering some of the most renowned and critically acclaimed exhibitions to the museum and entertainment industries. Using the latest technological capabilities and storytelling techniques, Victory Hill delivers impressive, visually appealing, educational content, and entertainment enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Recently acquired by Star Media Group's subsidiary, Singapore-listed Cityneon Holdings Ltd, Victory Hill Exhibitions is a 100% subsidiary of a main-board company with the Singapore Stock Exchange. For more information visit www.victoryhillexhibitions.com.
About Hasbro: Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and lifestyle licensing, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection with children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, ALLSPARK PICTURES, create entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film, digital and more. Through the Company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).
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