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IDW Panel at Comic-Con 08 Announced

Transformers News: IDW Panel at Comic-Con 08 Announced
Date: Wednesday, June 18th 2008 5:46pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Chris Ryall

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IDW Publishing's Editor in Chief Chris Ryall has updated his blog with a snippet of information about an IDW themed panel that will be part of at the upcoming 2008 Comic-Con to be held in San Francisco from July 24-27.

While Ryall himself will not be taking part, Transformers editor Denton Tipton will host an all-star panel including:
- "All Hail Megatron" Writer Shane McCarthy
- "Reign of Starscream" Writer Chris Mowry
- "Transformers: Animated" Writer Marty Isenberg
- Artist Marcelo Matere (Spotlight: Grimlock, TF: Animated)
- Artist Alex Milne (Spotlight: Arcee, Reign of Starscream)

The Panel is scheduled for Friday 25th of July from 4:00-5:00pm in Room 2.

Ryall states that we should expect:
Advance art, surprise announcements and pints of Energon all around!

To check out the full blog update, please click here.

TF Classics / Universe Toys Will Be Available at TFcon

Transformers News: TF Classics / Universe Toys Will Be Available at TFcon
Date: Sunday, June 15th 2008 9:19am CDT
Categories: Event News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): BlackMagnus,

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Fans attending the Toronto Transformers Convention will have the chance to pick up the first wave of Transformers Classics/Universe figures as they will be available during the convention. The figures have been spotted at retail in Canada, but have not seen a major release elsewhere.

See the news, and more information on the convention, on the official TFCon Toronto website by clicking here

TFcon 2008 - Canada's 7th Annual Transformers Convention

Saturday June 21st, 2008

Doubletree International Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport - 655 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario

Auto Assembly 2008: Prize Draw!!!

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2008: Prize Draw!!!
Date: Thursday, June 12th 2008 1:12pm CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): First Gen

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Simon Plumbe has just informed of the newest update regarding Auto Assembly 2008. Here's what he had to share with us:

Auto Assembly 2008 Prize Draw!!

Pre-registrations are coming along really well for Auto Assembly 2008 and we're well on course to beat not only our all-time attendance record but the European attendance record as well, but there's still plenty of time to get your bookings in if you haven't already and there are plenty of reasons for you to pre-register!

Early Admission

Not only will pre-registrants get earlier access to the convention compared with on-the-door attendees, therefore giving you a better chance of grabbing the early bargains from all our dealers, but with our now infamous goodie bag, there are some items that are limited in terms of how many we have. Some have already run out but with others that we are trying to negotiate, these may be limited so the earlier you book, the better chance you have of getting more free gifts on your arrival!

A Better Convention

Next, as you know, Auto Assembly 2008 is a non-profit making event so every penny we get from registration fees goes back into the convention towards venue hire, guest expenses, equipment hire, stationery, printing, postage and producing items for the goodie bag such as our postcards. Now, the more people who pre-register, the quicker we can pay all our costs and then the more money we have left over the more we can invest to give YOU a better convention!

For example, if we break even well in advance, then not only will we have two exclusive postcards but we may be able to afford to produce a third postcard free for everyone, or book an extra UK comic guest or add extra items to the programme for the day. Who knows, but we can't do it without the money being there!

Prize Draw

Finally, EVERYONE who pre-registers will be entered into a FREE prize draw to win a selection of Transformers goodies! We're talking to some sponsors at the moment to see what items we can get but we already have some items prizes up already! We won't say what right now but keep an eye on the website for news on what they will be but remember, this is for pre-registrants ONLY and the winner/runner up will be announced on the day!!

What's Happening On The Day

It's going to be our biggest Auto Assembly yet with no less than TEN guests including all our usual comic guests and headlined by G1 voice actor Dan Gilvezan (Bumblebee). There will be a comic guest Q&A panel, a talk/Q&A session from Dan later in the day, guest signings, a charity auction and raffle, videos, a quiz, toy and art displays (including a display of rare "lucky draw" toys), plenty of dealers and much more besides!

So if you haven't already booked, head on over to the website now to book your tickets and we hope to see many of you there in August!

Simon and Sven
Auto Assembly 2008

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Lil' Formers Matt Moylan to attend TFCon

Transformers News: Lil' Formers Matt Moylan to attend TFCon
Date: Tuesday, June 10th 2008 7:38pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): TFCon

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TFCon is next weekend and with the event looming so close, it's nice to hear that guest attendees are still being announced. TFCon has sent and updated letting us know that Matt Moylan, creator of the most awesome Lil Formers will be attending the convention. From the update:

June 9th -We are pleased to announce that Matt Moylan from will be joining us at TFcon 2008. The former Dreamwave post production manager and current marketing manager for Udon Entertainment, will be found in the dealer room doing sketches, selling prints and talking with the fans. In other news all preregistration numbers should have been received by now, please contact us if you didn't receive yours.

So here's your chance to meet the Lil Formers master and maybe pick up a custom sketch of you with Lil Optimus or Lil Megatron.

To view the update, click here.

TFCC Update: Trouble with preorders, No location for Botcon

Transformers News: TFCC Update: Trouble with preorders, No location for Botcon
Date: Saturday, June 7th 2008 3:33pm CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News, Event News, Store News, Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): TFCC

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Brian from The Transformers Collectors Club has just sent out an email to members regarding the club exclusives preorders. Here's what he had to say:

We are still waiting on the programmer to fix the bugs in the pre-order routine. As soon as you can pre-order these, we will send out an email. No rush as it looks like from the poll in the club forum that you would prefer for us to be able to ship them together instead of separately. We anticipate these arriving in late summer as the boxes are being finalized now. We could have shipped Nightbeat earlier but now we will hold them until the SeaCons are ready. This will save you shipping.

Also, just a reminder, there was an error in China and we won't ship the free club figure TopSpin until the end of this month. Sorry for the delay, we were sad as well... ;(

Thanks for your support!


PS. No, we don't have a location for BotCon yet. Still working on it, so keep watching!

So it looks like Nightbeat and the Seacons will ship together and save Club Members some cash on shipping charges.

Keep checking back here on as we will update you with information as it comes in.

Auto Assembly Featured in BBC News

Transformers News: Auto Assembly Featured in BBC News
Date: Thursday, June 5th 2008 1:27pm CDT
Categories: Editorials, Event News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): BBC News

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The British Broadcasting Corparation's Birmingham news featured and article today on its main page regarding the upcoming Auto Assembly convention. In the feature, The BBC interviews Sven Harvey, one of the two organizers (Simon Plumbe being the other) of the largest Transformers convention in Europe.

Taken from the interview with Mr. Harvey:

"It really started back in the late 90s," explains founder, 33 year old Sven Harvey. "Simon led a team, including myself and organised a Star Trek convention that the attendees absolutely loved.

"From that came a small local Star Trek fan club but as interest in Star Trek wained, we thought we could try meeting I the same vein with Transformers. Along with Star Trek and Star Wars, Transformers is the most popular science fiction franchise on the internet."

Getting this kind of exposure on a major news outlet can only mean good things for Auto Assembly and this years attendees. Registration for the Assembly is still being taken at the Auto Assembly Website.

To view the complete article and interview, click here.

TFCON Update: Deadline for HASBRO Panel questions is June 4t

Transformers News: TFCON Update: Deadline for HASBRO Panel questions is June 4t
Date: Tuesday, June 3rd 2008 12:56pm CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s):

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TFCON has sent us an email update regarding the HASBRO question panel that will held during the convention. Here's the update:

The deadline for submitting questions to be considered for the Hasbro Transformers Question and Answer panel at TFcon Toronto 2008 will be the end of the day Wednesday, June 4th. To submit your question(s) send us an email.
Email us.

So if you plan on getting some questions answered by the HASBRO panel at the convention you should head over to the TFCON website and submit them if you haven't already.

Simon Furman: 1 to 2D and Dinobots

Transformers News: Simon Furman: 1 to 2D and Dinobots
Date: Monday, June 2nd 2008 9:30am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Simon Furman

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Writer Simon Furman has updated his blog again with information on upcoming events that he will be attending. Here's an excerpt of what Mr. Furman had to say:

No, not a confused droid, but a reminder that next weekend I’m off to Derry for the annual Derry comicon, 2D, an event growing in both stature and reach each successive year. 08’s event features, well, me, but also the estimable likes of Garry Leach, David Hine, Alan Martin, Rufus Dayglo, Jock and Nick Roche (who’s gearing up to draw the upcoming 5-issue Maximum Dinobots series). I’ll be there throughout the Saturday (June 7th), signing and so forth, and also conducting a portfolio review with Garry Leach and compeering the evening panel (The Rise and Rise of Comics) at Sandinos.

We had previously reported an interview with IDW Publishing editor Denton J. Tipton that discussed the works of a Dinobot book, but what we didn't know was that it would be a 5 issue series!!! Dinobot lovers everywhere can look foward to this story arc with Mr. Furman at the helm and Nick Roche on art.

So here's another chance to meet Simon Furman for any of you who may be attending. To read the whole blog entry, click here.

Update: Auto Assembly 2008

Transformers News: Update: Auto Assembly 2008
Date: Sunday, June 1st 2008 6:07pm CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Simon Plumbe

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The organizers of Auto Assembly 2008 have sent us an update on things happening leading up to the Convention set to take place on August 3rd.

Here's what Simon and the crew had to say:

With only 62 days to go until Auto Assembly 2008, we thought it would be worth starting the first of our pre-convention weekly updates bringing you some of the latest major happenings in the final run up to Europe's biggest Transformers event in 2008...!

Quite a few things have happened in the last 7 days and we've been fairly busy so we'll try to cram as much in here as we can...

* Guests *

Our guest line-up for AA2008 is probably one of our biggest and best ever and we currently have TEN confirmed guests so far! Our guest of honour is Dan Gilvezan - the voice of Bumblebee from G1. Supporting Dan is a plethora of comic guests including legendary writer Simon Furman, artists Andrew Wildman, Simon Williams, Geoff Senior, Staz Johnson, Lew Stringer, and colourists Jason Cardy, Liam Shalloo and Kat Nicholson.

That's not all though, we are STILL talking to more possible guests although it's partly down to YOU whether we get more! Remember, the more people who pre-book, the greater our budget is for the convention!

* Competitions *

We've got a load of competitions taking place at the convention and in the run up to the day itself - art, fiction, model and kitbash competitions, a kids colouring competition and a quiz on the day itself. We've now got full details of all of these and information on how to enter up on the website as well as a downloadable entry form! There will be plenty of toys up for grabs so why not give it a shot!

* Charity Auction *

We started to give you all some details on this year's charity auction earlier in the week but it's already looking great. As well as a load of signed items from a lot of Transformers voice actors, we've now confirmed at least three pieces of BRAND NEW artwork from some top Transformers comic artists that have been specially commissioned for Auto Assembly 2008! Obviously, we're open to anything that anyone wants to donate to this or our charity raffle so please get in touch!

* Goodie Bag *

The infamous goodie bag is shaping up reasonably well at the moment. We've got four items confirmed right now with more in negotiations. Every attendee will get two more Auto Assembly exclusive postcards, one featuring Bumblebee illustrated by Simon Williams. The other will be drawn by another top TF artist but we're not saying who yet! Also, all attendees will receive a pack of Cards Inc G1 stickers and we have plenty of other gifts but these are going to be limited so if you want some of the other items, you'll need to register quickly. For example, we have assorted copies of the ladybird G1 storybooks, but these were limited for the first 80 or so attendees so they've all been allocated already. We do have a lot more items to sort so keep an eye on the website.

As you can see, it pays to pre-book early!

* Booking Confirmations *

We know that many of you have been asking - both directly and through various forums - about booking confirmations and when you're going to be receiving them. Well, now that we've been able to secure our guest of honour, we're now working on getting them sorted!

We're working like crazy on getting the information pack finalised, talking to hotels to chase up discounts on accommodation so we can sent out the most accurate information packs possible and these should start going out in the next 7 days to the first batch of attendees who have booked.

Obviously, as soon as we have hotel discounts sorted, details of these will also go straight on the website and we're hoping to have the first of these done by the middle of the week at the latest.

* Pre-Registrations *

One thing we can't stress enough for those of you who haven't already done it is the benefits of pre-registering for Auto Assembly 2008. Not only does it get things out of the way and means that it's one less worry for you on the day, but all pre-registrants get earlier entry than those paying on the door so you can get at all those bargains sooner!

Not only that but pre-registering helps US as convention organisers. At Auto Assembly, we have a break-even point financially. Not only do we have to pay to hire the venue and cover our guest costs, but printing, postage and numerous other expenses. However, once we have covered all of those, anything left over can be reinvested to make AA2008 a better convention either going towards bonus guests or extra gifts in the goodie bag.

For example, we are producing two exclusive postcards this year but once we have covered all of our costs, all it needs is an extra 15 adult attendees to give us the extra funds to produce a THIRD card for everyone but we can't do that if people leave booking until the last minute or pay on the door and it's the same when it comes to finding extra funds towards bonus UK comic guests!

Put simply, if you want a bigger and better Auto Assembly 2008, it's in YOUR hands...!

* Volunteering *

Finally, as always, we're looking for volunteers to help out with the convention on the day and in the run up to the event and in helping us to promote it. For more information, see the volunteering page on the website and download a form!

Well, that's it for now, but we should have a few more announcements over the next few days so keep an eye out on all the major TF websites and forums and look out for our next update next weekend and we hope to see a lot of you all on 2nd August!

As always, for all the latest information on Auto Assembly 2008, to book online or to download booking forms or for more information on anything in this weekly update, visit the website at

Simon and Sven
Auto Assembly 2008

To learn more about Auto Assembly, click here.

Auto Assembly 2008 to have Charity Auction

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2008 to have Charity Auction
Date: Thursday, May 29th 2008 8:57am CDT
Categories: Event News, People News, Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Simon Plumbe

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Simon Plumbe has sent us another update regarding Auto Assembly 2008 to be held in August 2008 in the UK. In the update he gives us more info on events and announces a charity auction that will be held. Here's the email that received:

Auto Assembly 2008 Charity Auction

As usual, Auto Assembly 2008 is holding one of it's now traditional charity auctions to raise money for it's nominated charity, Help A Local Child, and this year we're hoping that it will be our best yet!

Help a Local Child was launched in 1994 with a commitment to helping the children and young people of the West Midlands, who experience the negative effects of poverty, abuse, neglect, homelessness, violence, crime, illness and disability. There are many children in and around the Birmingham area who are carers for their own parents or who are indirect victims of domestic violence or suffer daily pain due to illness. In this world of glamour and gain, these are the children that BRMB want to help. Their focus is local fundraising, with all money raised being awarded locally and really benefiting our community. With the help and support of their listeners, local celebrities, corporate partners, volunteers, and their employees, the fundraising year on year will help more and more children in the area, enabling them to achieve dreams and ambitions they would never have thought possible.

Last time we managed to raise just over £1,000 (almost $2,000) for our nominated charity from our auction and raffle thanks to many generous donations and support from those attending and we are hoping to beat this figure from Auto Assembly 2008 and we are already off to a flying start with donated and pledged items including the following:-

Auto Assembly 2004 RiD Sideburn/Mirage postcard - signed by Wally Wingert
Auto Assembly 2005 RiD Optimus Prime postcard - signed by Neil Kaplan
Auto Assembly 2006 Beast Wars Megatron postcard - signed by David Kaye
Signed photo of Neil Ross (G1 - Slag, Springer, Hook, Bonecrusher...)
Auto Assembly 2008 postcard original artwork - Simon Williams
Auto Assembly 2008 original artwork - Mike Collins
Auto Assembly 2008 original artwork - artist TBC
Signed photo - Wankus (RiD - Prowl)
Signed "something" - David Sobolov (Beast Wars - Depth Charge)

We are waiting for a lot more items as well so it's shaping up to be a great auction this time around but we want more and this time we're asking for YOUR help! If any of you have any items that you would like to donate we'd love to hear from you!

The sort of things we are looking for are items that are a little bit different, rare, more collectible or unique, so we're not looking for more modern items really. The convention itself is going to have more of a focus on G1 although we are still going to be open to donations of almost anything. If you can send items to us in advance that would be great but if not, if you can let us know in advance (and ideally send us a photo or two) and then make sure we have them on the night before the convention then that will be fine!

The best things we are looking for would be signed items, original comic artwork, convention exclusive toys, old mint boxed G1 toys, toy prototypes, limited edition comics, toys and similar items that are hard to find - that sort of thing. If in doubt, get in touch!

If any of you can help, it would be greatly appreciated and we're sure it would help us to smash our previous fundraising efforts. If you could help, our postal address for all donations is:-

Auto Assembly 2008 Charity Auction
PO Box 8966
Great Barr
B43 5ST

As well as the auction, we will be holding a raffle so if you have any regular items you may wish to donate as prizes for this, please feel free to send anything or bring these along on the Friday evening and again, funds raised from this will go to Help A Local Child.

Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you all on 2nd August!

Simon and Sven
Auto Assembly 2008

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