TFCON has posted a major update on its website today. The dates for the two day event have been set.
November 10th - UPDATE: The date of TFcon 2009 has been announced. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Transformers, Canada's 8th Annual Transformers Collectors Convention will return to Toronto at the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport for a 2 day event on April 25th and 26th, 2009.
Pre-registration for the event is closed, but you can get all the details on events and guests by visiting the website, TFCON.com
The 2008 Holiday Season is upon us Seibertronians, and with it comes the 61st Annual Toys 4 Tots charity drive, brought to us by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. This year, T4T’s hopes to collect thousands of toys for children near and far to bring a little cheer to those less fortunate this holiday season.
Throughout the nation, Toys R Us stores will be collecting toys for the event along with a host of other “drop off” sites. These toys that are collected will then be separated and shipped by the US Marine Reserves to local hospitals, schools and institutions for children to enjoy.
In conjunction with Toys R Us, HASBRO, Inc. and others, Toys 4 Tots is looking to make this year the biggest collection of toys ever! But they can’t do it without our help. So if you see a drop off bin at a TRU while your hunting for that exclusive, or notice that your local Fire Department is collecting toys as well, you can purchase any toy, preferably a Transformers toy, and leave it, unwrapped, with the collecting authority.
Let’s help to make this holiday season, that may be battered by rough financial times, a joyous one for some children who may only get this precious gift for the holidays.
With thanks to comicbook-art.com, we can announce that long time writer for the Generation 1 Marvel Comic series Bob Budiansky will be making an appearance at the 2009 New York Comic Con.
While the New York Comic Con runs from February 6-8 2009, Bob Budiansky will only be appearing on Saturday February the 7th.
Budiansky was responsible for writing most of the Marvel G1 Transformers comic issues from #3 to #55.
Also appearing at New York Comic Con 2009 will be Marvel G1 Transformers artist Herb Trimpe, who was responsible for the art is issues #11, #12 and #20, as well as providing numerous covers.
Herb Trimpe will be at the New York Comic Con 2009 for the duration of the event.
The that works on setting up Auto Assembly has dropped by to announce that there will be a convention next year! Here's the complete press release below:
We are pleased to announced that Auto Assembly 2009 is coming! Europe's largest Transformers convention is back for 2009 and it is going to be bigger and better than ever! This time it is going to be a two-day convention allowing us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Transformers in style and will be a weekend packed with activities, dealers, guests and so much much!
The convention will be held on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August 2009, with a bonus mini programme of activities on the evening of Friday 14th August for those who book for the full weekend. Initially only weekend passes will be available, but single day tickets will be on sale closer to the convention should spaces still be available. There will be an extra special programme of activities running on Saturday evening until the early hours of Sunday, but these will be exclusive to weekend attendees!
The convention will be held at our new venue, The Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, which is on Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, right in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, England. It is an ideal location for anyone travelling to Birmingham from anywhere in the UK and is just 2 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street Station!
We have run a number of surveys to find out exactly what you want from Auto Assembly 2009 and we will be tailoring the activities and events to suit YOU the attendees. There will be so much going on that you won't have time to rest - from guest talks to video screenings, workshops to toy and art displays, dealers and competitions, a charity auction and games area, quizzes and much more besides. And for the first time ever at Auto Assembly, a live script reading from Transformers voice actors! Talking of voice actors, we will be having not one but TWO voice actors joining us at Auto Assembly 2009 to join in the celebrations!
We already have our first three guests confirmed - first up is legendary TF artist Andrew Wildman making his sixth appearance at Auto Assembly, secondly is IDW and Titan colourist Liam Shalloo, and third we have John McCrea whose Transformers work includes Titan Magazines Transformers and Transformers Animated titles. We will be announcing more over the next few days. We are also in the final stages of discussions with our first voice actor and hope to announce them in the next 7 days and the second actor in the next few weeks!
Ticket prices will be £45 for adults and £35 for concessions with reductions to just £40 and £30 for a limited period once bookings open for early registrations! We have also managed to negotiate for reduced accommodation rates in the Holiday Inn hotel for their superb bedrooms and these will be posted on the website.
We are also working our traditional goodie bag of free gifts for attendees and this is going to be our most spectacular yet. As always, there will be more gifts the earlier you register but this will include keyrings, postcards, DVDs (for the first 40+) and much more!! There will also be added bonuses for pre-registrants and if that wasn't enough, we are also looking at ways of improving our pre-registration system to make things smoother and faster than ever for all of you attending.
Bookings will open soon so keep an eye on the Auto Assembly website and all the usual Transformers websites and forums for all the latest news and developments as we have them.
We hope to see many of you there next year for what we think will be the biggest and best Auto Assembly ever!
Universal Parks & Resorts have announced plans for the construction of a Transformers themed ride scheduled to open in early 2011 at their Hollywood location. Even earlier, Singapore location is scheduled to open in 2010. The ride will be comprised of advanced robotics, special effects, and 3D High Definition. To view the entire article and concept art of the ride, click here.
New information has been received concerning Auto Assembly 2009.
We had an incredible response to our first survey about Auto Assembly 2009 and it's allowed us to make a lot of key decisions for next year's Auto Assembly convention to help us make it the biggest and best Transformers convention EVER that Europe will ever see. Thanks to YOUR input, we can confirm that Auto Assembly 2009 will be a TWO-DAY Transformers-only convention to be held once again in Birmingham, England, this time in our new venue, the Holiday Inn right in the City Centre.
We are still working on the exact date but we have a lot of exciting plans for the weekend including not one but TWO voice actors and a packed weekend of activities with so much going on that you won't have much free time during the weekend and plenty of different acitivies and events each day. Full weekend passes will be available as well as the option to book for single days but once again, we want to make sure that the convention is tailored to fit what YOU all want. So we're running another more detailed survey...
This time we want to know exactly what you want to see during the weekend. It's your chance to influence the programme during the weekend - what the focus of the convention will be, what events and activities we will have and even the type of things you want to see from our dealers!! 2009 is the 25th Anniversary of Transformers so lets celebrate in style!
Even if you haven't attended Auto Assembly before we still want to hear your views, and we'd love to hear from those of you who live outside of the UK who are considering attending in the 25th anniversary year next year. Don't forget that EVERY vote counts in this survey!
We will be taking all of your responses into consideration in planning for next year, as well as all of the additional comments you may make and we've already had some wonderful ideas come forward and some VERY useful comments that we will be taking on board for next time so those of you who have already responded have started to shape Auto Assembly 2009!
The survey is only going to be open for a limited period of time as we want to confirm the date and first voice actor as soon as possible (we have one close to signing on the dotted line already!) and open bookings quickly so the closing date is Wednesday 15th October 2008.
Thanks in advance and we hope to see many of you there next year!
Variety is reporting that the Academy Awards may finally be lifting its ban on movie promotion during the Academy Awards ceremony and hints at the possibility of previews of upcoming films shown during the commercial breaks of the February '09 ceremony, with obvious choices being summer blockbuster films like G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and, of course, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Nothing in confirmed at this point, but keep checking back to seibertron.com for more information as to whether or not there could be any potential preview of the Transformers Movie sequel during the Oscars ceremony, currently scheduled for February 22nd 2009.
The showcase of never-before-seen spots for, say, next year’s tentpoles like "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "G.I. Joe" and "Terminator Salvation," could be a highly promotable element for next year’s telecast — especially as the Oscars are looking to rebound from this year’s record-low aud of 32 million viewers.
Next year’s telecast is set for Feb. 22 on ABC. The "Dreamgirls" duo of Bill Condon and Laurence Mark have been tapped as first-time Oscarcast producers.
June 8th 2008, the day of the dutch Transformers convention in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands is behind us. The second one of the current team, of which I am am proud to say that I am a part of. After the huge success of last year's convention, there was no other choice but to make this one even bigger and better. And that's exactly what we did.
After the overwhelming response and turnout last year, there was no doubt that we would give a repeat performance for 2008. For months we had been preparing and putting this event together. Along the way we have were faced with setbacks, like Hasbro in the U.S. requesting us to change our name, but Hasbro Netherlands was behind us all the way. But all the highs definitely outweighed the lows.
Unlike last year where we had hired two separate conference-rooms. This year we had reserved an entire gym for the event. Which had to have been at least 4 times bigger then the two rooms of last year combined. We started building the day before the event. We needed all the time we could spare. We had the eight vitrine cabinets to build to form the "Towers of Fame". They were filled with exclusive figures that are very hard to come by, a couple of repaint-kitbashes and some of the figures of Transformers: Animated. The convention was the first place in Europe where these first toys could (officially) be seen. A true exclusive for our event.
I myself was busy with our technician building up the stage and sound system we would use. All in all we were at it from 20.00 hrs until around and about 23:00. It was past midnight when I saw my bed. Problem was,... I needed to get up again at 05:00 hrs in the morning to start building for the actual event.
The core team consisted of myself and four others. For the last two weeks or so, the jitters had been shaking for some of them. Anxiously writing E-mails and calling each other on the phone. And who wouldn't with such an event on your shoulders?
I had a couple of other things running in the back of my mind that may have calmed my nerves. But when we finally arrived at the location again around 07:00 in the morning, I have to admit that I left my everyday worries behind me, and I too was starting to feel the jitters. I was actually not at 100%, being struck with a flu. But high on adrenaline for the event ahead, I wasn't going to be beat by something as minor as the common flu.
More help troops arrived, as we started the slow "transformation" from sports arena to Transformers convention. Around an hour into it, the various dealers started to make their way into the gym. Some of them were just as anxious as we were. Some had already posted pictures on various dutch forums, showing the stuff that they would be selling at B.O.T.S.
And it wasn't just a box or two... There were pictures of a small trucks being full of Transformers related stuff! The fans had also been anticipating this day and were eager to get their wallets out and grab what they could. The mood was really set, when one dealer helped the other dealer out building their stall, working together as neighbours. For me the event was already a success watching this, and the event hadn't even started yet.
After the various obstacles we had to overcome during the weeks and months leading up to the big day, we had another problem this day. Public transportation went on strike that day. All the buses and trams that needed to lead our visitors to the Merwestein complex in Nieuwegein, they weren't running. Because of this some people had already decided not to come. But despite that setback, the turnout didn't disappoint. We easily had 400 visitors during the day, which is almost twice as much as we had last year.
There was also an international flavor to the even this year, as we didn't just have people from the Netherlands. We had Belgian and German people there. Paul Hitchens from the UK who manned one of the dealer shops. We had one guy in the crowd who came all the way from Sweden to experience the Transformers culture. Also the younger kids seemed to enjoy themselves. One of my best friends Marcel from http://www.leukemensen.nl took pictures and made balloon animals for the kids (and some of the ladies that were there), while they watched Transformers Armada, drew and coloured and played with Transformers that were donated by Hasbro NL especially for the event.
Throughout the day, the fans seemed to enjoy what we had set up for them. I have the pleasure of talking with many of them. I hardly had any time for myself. In fact. I didn't even make it half way past all the stands to see what I could add to my own collection. Heck, I didn't have time to speak to some of the people I wanted to speak at all! But it was all good. And it was all worth it.
As the day was nearing to a close, we were coming to awarding all the prizes that we had to give away. And there were a lot of prizes. From exclusive leader class movie toys to actual U.S. BotCon 2008 exclusives. All were donated to us by Hasbro NL. I tried my best to make something out of the presentation. But with the flu I had caught, my voice wasn't in the best of shape, but I think people enjoyed what we did.
The event(s) rank as some of the top things I have done in my life. There is no explaining the thrill you experience when you see so many people enjoy themselves due to something you and a bunch of your friends have put together. People have been thanking me for the event, but it really should be me thanking them.
Right now we have started to work towards the convention for next year. With a changing of the guard with the team, it will be like starting all over again, only this time taking more of the responsibilities upon me. But with the experiences I have gained over the last two event, it will definitely be worth it. We have some nice surprises in mind for next year, but we will reveal them all in due time.
Dutch Transformers Conventions, Where all are one!
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