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RUMOR: Botcon Exclusive Repaint #1 might be ...

Transformers News: RUMOR: Botcon Exclusive Repaint #1 might be ...
Date: Friday, March 19th 2010 9:04am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News, Rumors
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): s250

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Rapido! Rapido! We're not talking about the speed of yours truly, or the speed of our news. We're referring to an exclusive figure from the big show itself - Botcon. Earlier in the week, robust news administrator Mkall reported that Botcon would have a Generation Two theme. All the cards are pointing in that direction, as Transformers insider and Energon Pub member s250 has updated his twitter with this message:

Classics Prowl repaint as G2 Rapido....BotCon


Now what does Rapido look like? Well the fellow below happens to be him, pictures courtesy of Istaipen.

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Classics/Universe Prowl was released a year or two ago, you can check our gallery of the figure here!

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Keep it at Seibertron.com for the fastest Transformers news on the net!

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE CONFIRMATION FROM ANYONE OFFICIALLY ASSOCIATED WITH BOTCON REGARDING THIS. UNTIL IT IS ANNOUNCED BY BOTCON, THIS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A RUMOR! PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE!!!

Seibertron.com interview with Greg Gaub, organizer of CybCon 2010

Transformers News: Seibertron.com interview with Greg Gaub, organizer of CybCon 2010
Date: Monday, March 15th 2010 9:15pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Site Articles, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Greg Gaub, CybCon 2010

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If you're here visiting Seibertron.com, chances are you're a Transformers fan. Transformers fans come in all shapes and sizes and express their fandom in all sorts of unique ways. Of course, an increasingly popular form of celebrating "TF love" has been attending Transformers conventions. That's something that isn't easy for everyone to do, especially if a TF convention hasn't taken place around where you live. However, for Transfans in the Northwest US, there is a surprisingly affordable convention that has been running for several years now. We caught up with the organizer of that convention, Greg Gaub and asked him some questions about his annual event.

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Delicon: Hello, loyal Seibertronians. It is my honor today to be able to speak with Greg Gaub, the organizer of the annual Transformers convention known as CybCon. Greg, thanks so much for your time.

Greg Gaub:
Not a problem. Happy to contribute.

Delicon:
I guess it's probably best to start from the start. For those who are unfamiliar, what exactly is "CybCon" and how did it come to be?

Greg Gaub: CybCon, short for The Cybertronian Conference, is a gathering of fans of The Transformers of all kinds. It started as a mailing list, in about 1997, which was intended for local fans, but has fans from all over the world on it. A couple years after the mailing list, which was very strong at the time, I decided that I was tired of missing BotCons due to the expense of going, and so invited locals to my house for a get together on BotCon weekend. We did the BBQ and toy run thing for a couple years, which was fun, but then we decided to make it more convenient for more people by having it in a meeting room and making it more of an open invitation. It kept growing from there.

Delicon: Wow, talk about an "underground movement." So, how many years was this at your own house before you took it to a larger stage?

Greg Gaub: 3 years in total. The first two were great, but for whatever reason, the third year was a flop. Only Richard Mistron showed up that time, who had become a partner of sorts with his contact with Zobovor who made us some cool toys. Because of the poor showing that year, we decided to make it a real event for people to look forward to, rather than a "BBQ at Greg's house."

Delicon: That makes sense. So, what steps did you take to make it more of a real convention and not just a small informal gathering?

Greg Gaub: It wasn't hard. I located a rentable room in the city, Auburn, and then rented it for a good date and spread the word. I live in Auburn, WA, which is where it all started. We moved to Tacoma when we outgrew the places in Auburn.

Delicon: I noticed that you have been in Tacoma for a few years now, will that be your permanent home from here on out?

Greg Gaub: Since we moved to a large ballroom in Tacoma, we haven't exceeded its capacity. We've been there since 2006, and I don't expect, or want to grow out of it.

Delicon: Approximately how many people attended CybCon when you first started and approximately how many people do you average now?

Greg Gaub: Well, the BBQ at Greg's House version topped out at like...8 people I think. Maybe 7, I forget. We average between 60-80 people these days. I don't think we've broken 100 people at the convention, but last year I had just over 100 registered people. Some didn't show for whatever reason.

Delicon: What you mentioned earlier regarding your reasons forstarting CybCon was very interesting. A big criticism that many people have about the larger conventions is the pricing. Even when an event such as BotCon comes within reasonable distance of a Transformer
fan's hometown, many people feel that they really have to drop a lot of money to be able to fully participate in the event. CybCon, on the other hand seems incredibly affordable. Can you explain how you manage to make that happen?

Greg Gaub: CybCon is priced specifically to cover my costs. The primary cost is that of the hall for the event. Then pizza and other food items we include. My intention is only to break even on the costs and for everyone to have a good time.

Delicon: I was amazed to see that for as little $5 someone could attend CybCon and not only have their lunch covered but also be entered in a raffle. That's pretty unheard of, honestly.

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Greg Gaub: The dealers help a lot. I also do an auction sometimes to help cover costs, but lately we've have enough attendance that it hasn't been necessary.

Delicon: Okay, so walk us through what a Transformers fan can expect to encounter when he/she attends CybCon. Other than the dealer tables and having the company of other fans, what events are going on?

Greg Gaub: It's actually a pretty crazy day of fun. From the time people enter and start perusing the dealer tables, I'm running raffles every hour on the half hour, sometimes more. I, or a helper, am also running various activities for people to enjoy, from toy transforming "races" to trivia contests and video game battles. There's also usually a display table of some kind showing cool artwork or rare and interesting toys. Sometimes people come, buy, and leave, but usually they stick around and enjoy the day. Lunch is often an interruption to get through. [laughs]

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Delicon: What is the farthest someone has traveled to come to CybCon? I know this started as a "local event" but as you have said, it has grown quite a bit over the years. Do you find that you're starting to get people coming in from all over?

Greg Gaub: The farthest was CrazySteve, hands down. He did our exclusive toys for a couple years, and finally was in the country during the time of the 'con, so he came. I believe he took a bus from somewhere in the middle of the country. Many states farther than anyone else had come. We get regulars from Oregon, Canada, and Eastern Washington, though.

Delicon: You've mentioned the magic word for a lot of fans and that's "exclusives." Do you currently offer any exclusive toys?

Greg Gaub: The toys are interesting. They are often a last minute thing. For all but one year so far, we've had something made by someone in enough numbers to call it an exclusive toy. One year we only had one figure, which went at auction. Usually the toy sales pay for the toys themselves. At this point, we do not have an exclusive
for 2010. But that doesn't mean we won't. Anyone out there who wants to have their name on a convention exclusive toy, feel free to contact me. You won't be making a profit, unfortunately but your efforts will be much appreciated.

Delicon:
Okay, so now that our viewers have a good concept of what CybCon is all about, what would they need to do if they wish to come, as either just a normal entrant or a dealer?

Greg Gaub: Easy as 1 2 3. Fill out the registration form, send in their money, and come. They can do #2 last, but they have to do #1 or they can't come.

Delicon: Fair enough. As we stated in an earlier story, you were gracious enough to offer a special discount to the viewers of Seibertron.com. Can you explain what it is and what they need to do to get it?

Greg Gaub: I've extended the Early-Bird pricing just for your readers until the end of March. They need to put the code "SEIBCON10" in the comments of the registration form and I will send them instructions on how to pay the appropriate price.

Delicon: To clarify, the early bird pricing is just $5 for regular registrants and only $25 for dealers? Also, they are not to pay until after they register if they are taking advantage of this deal?

Greg Gaub: That is correct. After Martch 31st, the price will go up for them to the current normal pre-pay prices of $10 and $30 for attendees and dealers, respectively.

Delicon:
I have to say, that's still quite a bargain. Well Greg, I think you've covered the bases pretty well here. Is there anything else that you'd like to add before we go?

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Greg Gaub: Only a reminder that CybCon is all about the fans and having fun and that I hope everyone in the area who has held off coming for some reason finally makes it a point to come. They won't be disappointed.

Delicon: Care to refresh everyone of the time and place for CybCon 10 one last time?

Greg Gaub: Sure! CybCon 2010 will take place on August 21st, from 10am to 5pm, at the King Oscar Hotel and Convention Center Tacoma, at 8820 and 8726 South Hosmer. The convention center is in the back.

Once again, on behalf of myself and the rest of the staff of Seibertron.com, I'd like to thank Greg for his time spent with us today. If anyone reading this interview has questions of their own regarding CybCon 2010, feel free to post them in our Energon Pub forums. Greg would be more than happy to answer them for you.

If you haven't yet, be sure to check out the official CybCon 2010 page at http://www.ggaub.com/tf/cybcon2010.html or by clicking here.

For more coverage of CybCon 2010 and everything else Transformers-related, stay right here at Seibertron.com, the ultimate Transformers resource!

Rumour: And the theme for Botcon 2010's toys is???

Transformers News: Rumour:  And the theme for Botcon 2010's toys is???
Date: Monday, March 15th 2010 8:31am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News, Rumors
Posted by: Mkall | Credit(s): Mkall

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A quote from Pete Sinclair of Botcon indicated that this years Botcon set will feature "A Generation Lost." Which could be taken in several different ways at the time. Tonight Seibertron.com received a tip from a source whom wishes to remain anonymous that the set for Botcon 2010 will focus on Generation 2 characters. This source was unable to name molds or characters sadly.

The source also states that there will be fewer box sets made this year. A reason was not given however, and thus can only be speculated on.

This leaves the floor wide open to mold and character choice at this time. There are several G2 characters that were repaints of G1 characters, such as black Sideswipe, yellow and purple "camoflague" Onslaught, grey Starscream, purple and black Ramjet and so on. Of course there are plenty of other G2 characters that could be homaged by existing molds.

Keep in mind that this is only a rumour until further evidence is aquired.

Stay tuned to Seibertron.com as we find out more information on these upcoming figures! Also be sure to check out http://www.botcon.com for all official updates for the convention.

Limited Edition "Maniacal Maroon" ASS-09 figure available via TFSource?!

Transformers News: Limited Edition "Maniacal Maroon" ASS-09 figure available via TFSource?!
Date: Monday, March 15th 2010 7:22am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News, Rumors, Collectables
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Methusalen

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-Because it's assinine that we're still doing this. Because it's assinine that we're still collecting Transformers after 25 years. Because it's assinine that it's coming out of a small Transformers convention in the middle of Wisconsin called "DAIRYCON"!
-It's Assinine! Get it? Did we hammer it home?

It appears that Dairycon’s “Donkey of the Apocalypse” is about to see his final variation! It’s been revealed that the fabled Limited Edition “Maniacal Maroon” ASS-09 figure will be available EXCLUSIVELY through our friends at TFSource.com! Word on the street is that the figure will retail for $49.99, a fraction of the price that some of the previous versions have seen on the likes of Ebay! The figure will only be available in *very* limted numbers, and it’s my understanding that once he’s gone, HE’S GONE! Keep an eye out for more news regarding this figure from TFSource!

Previously only hinted at when the other Multi-Convention exclusives were announced (in ASS-09’s Bio Page), there are 5 confirmed variants to the ASS-09 figure. Of each of these, all were only available through various TF Conventions (one for each Con: Dairycon, CybCon, Autocon, Gamer’s Reunion, DutchBotcon), with the 6th figure left mysteriously absent, with all but a hint of its existence from a photograph on the page…
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("Maniacal Maroon" ASS-09 can be seen in the upper-right corner)

The following is an excerpt featuring the "Thousand Asses of the Apocalypse" from the latest Dairycon fanfic "The Return of Convoy":
SunBeam was out of time. The lead horse was mere yards from his rear bumper. He knew he couldn't outrun them. Cursing Primus for his run of bad luck, SunBeam transformed, grabbing ahold of PinchBottom as he did so.
SunBeam: "This is it, little buddy. We had a good run. You need to get word to the others. Tell them... tell them I'm sorry, and that maybe I died a hero."
Pulling back, SunBeam threw PinchBottom as far away from the fracus as he could. He then turned, and began to lay down a covering fire. In this strange planet with its desert heat, his one saving grace was an abundance of solar energy that he could tap and turn into laser-fire.
SunBeam shot down several of the horses before sheer weight of numbers enveloped him. The horses flowed over him, around him. Several transformed and started beating him with their stunwhips. Others trampled him as they gallopped past. Enraged, SunBeam did the only thing he could. Pulling off his chestplate, and ripping the lasercore from his body, SunBeam tossed it out into the deepest part of the drones. Shooting it with the trickle of energy he had left in residual systems, SunBeam detonated his very core.
The blast was impressive, leaving a football field-sized hole in the terrain, and taking out a number of the Ass-09 drones in the process. The flow of beasts halted, as if reassessing the situation. Silence ruled the plain…
Then the flow began again, around the hole where the sparkcore had detonated. An uncounted number of hooves trampled a lifeless yellow chassis deeper into the sand.



Did you miss out on attending one of the conventions last year? Can’t live without your very own “Donkey of the Apocalypse”? -Want to add to your collection of the "Thousand Asses of the Apocalypse"? Need to add another figure to flesh out your “Cult of Unicron”? Think the phrase “Maniacal Maroon” is fun to say? Then keep an eye out for the upcoming announcement from our friends at TFSource!

Of course, more information about ASS-09 and other characters from the Dairycon Universe can be found here:
http://www.freewebs.com/dairylandtransfans/DTFdairyconfanfics.html
More information is yet to come for this year's Dairycon, so stay tuned?!

Auto Assembly 2010 Live Q&A on Twitter

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2010 Live Q&A on Twitter
Date: Thursday, March 11th 2010 10:44am CST
Categories: Event News, Press Releases
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Auto Assembly 2010

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We'd like to thank Simon Plumbe and the rest of the organizers of Auto Assembly 2010 for sending us the following update.

Auto Assembly has expanded its online coverage once again and joining its website, Facebook and Youtube presence is our new account on Twitter! We'll be updating our Twitter feed every day with all the latest news and mini-updates on the convention as well as our general thoughts and comments on Auto Assembly 2010 and past events and anything else to do with Transformers!

We'll be checking the account constantly every day so you can use it to post questions about the conventions to us at any time and to start things off we'll be holding a LIVE Q&A session this Sunday evening (14th March) at 11:00 pm GMT so you can put your questions to us and get immediate answers! If you can't make it, feel free to post questions earlier in the day and we'll answer as soon as we log on for the Q&A. Naturally, we'll answer questions at any time, but we wanted to celebrate the launch of this new service with a chance to chat to everyone in this live setting.

You can find our Twitter page at http://www.twitter.com/auto_assembly and it will only take a second to become one of our followers. If you don't already have a Twitter account, it will only take a few minutes to sign up for your own free micro-blog of your own!

We will be making some rather big, exciting announcements on our Twitter page and Youtube channel soon about Auto Assembly 2010 that you won't want to miss out on and Twitter followers will get to see all of this FIRST as every video and announcement will be linked straight away!

Auto Assembly 2010 is going to be our biggest and best Transformers convention yet. We are going to celebrate Auto Assembly's 10th Anniversary in style and run the best Transformers event that Europe has ever seen! Over the weekend of Friday 13th - Sunday 15th August 2010 we will be bringing you AT LEAST three guests of honour (Garry Chalk and Derrick J Wyatt are already confirmed), a massive Saturday evening programme with a party, live band, costume competition and loads more, toy and art displays, dealers, comic guests, free autograph sessions, video games area, workshops, dedicated childrens programming, video screenings and so much more!

All this will be taking place at the The Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham, England. Tickets for the weekend are on sale now through the website for £45 for the weekend for adults and £35 for children, students and senior citizens, with under 5s admitted free. Single day passes will be made available for sale closer to the convention.

For more details on the convention, to see a full list of all the guests and activities taking place over the weekend, or to book your tickets, visit the website at www.autoassembly.org.uk

We hope to see you all in August 2010.

The Auto Assembly 2010 Team

Web: www.autoassembly.org.uk
Youtube: www.youtube.com/autoassembly
Twitter: www.twitter.com/auto_assembly
Forum: http://autoassembly.proboards.com
Email: autoassembly@aol.com
Tel: +44 (0)7860 948296

Auto Assembly 2010 is sponsored by www.transformertoys.co.uk and www.transformersanimated.com whose generosity have made Derrick J Wyatt's appearance at the convention possible.


For more info on Auto Assembly 2010, and other great Transformers-related events from all over the globe, trust Seibertron.com, your ultimate Transformers resource!

Dairycon Confirmation Packets Arrive/ "Pretender Convoy" Inner Bot Revealed!

Transformers News: Dairycon Confirmation Packets Arrive/ "Pretender Convoy" Inner Bot Revealed!
Date: Tuesday, March 9th 2010 10:36am CST
Categories: Event News, Collectables
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Methusalen, Dairycon

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Seibertron.com member Methusalen was so kind as to pop by and drop this new Dairycon update:

First off, Pre-Registration for the event has come to a close for the 2010 event!
As of now, all properly received Dairycon PreRegs have been processed, and Confirmation Packets sent out. If you, or someone you know did not receive theirs, please contact us at dairyland-owner@yahoogroups.com

Please review your Confirmation Packet carefully for important information regarding the show.


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In big news, we have been graced with the reveal of Pretender Convoy's inner robot!
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And for a refresher, here's Convoy's Pretender Shell "Pete"...
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(Click to enlarge!)
Once again, Pretender Convoy can ONLY be won during the Raffle!

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Part Two of the Return of Convoy Dairycon fanfic has been posted, giving us more info on this year's themes ("Return of Convoy" & the "Battle for Brew City").
As the Leader of the MexiCons, Nachos BelGrande had various special weapons and abilities at his disposal. He would not need all of them to combat this new threat.
Just one.
Reaching deep into his chassis, Nachos removed the Ancient Artifact and held it aloft.

"Ahora la luz nuestra hora mas oscura!"

The Taco of Leadership glowed from within, releasing a bright, pure cleansing light. It washed over the Ass-09 drones, dispersing the dark cloud that controlled them. Optics grew dim as the drones powered down and collapsed in the sand.
It took mere moments to shut down The Thousand Asses of the Apocalypse.

The Artifact stopped glowing. Nachos BelGrande slumped to the ground; it had taken nearly all of his power to maintain the effect at the level of power needed. He smiled inwardly, relieved that he had saved most of the Dairycons, yet saddened that he could not save his two favorites.

It was all the more distressing when the dark energy reappeared, containing a new menace within.


What is this mysterious force controlling the Thousand Asses of the Apocalypse? Who were Nacho's "Two Favorites" that he couldn't save? What happened to them? Did the Dairycons stop Pretender Motormaster in time? Did your favorite Dairycon survive? Did they sacrifice their own lives for the greater good? What are you still doing here? Get over to the Dairycon Universe and check it out for yourself!

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I'd like to make note of an updated interview with Fred, which should be an interesting read for anyone interested in getting into the head of the person who created the Dairycon Universe...
We were lucky to have again caught up with Fred of Freds Workshop, the VariQuest, and one of the secret members behind the Dairycon convention. After baiting a trap with organic wheat crackers and another new Huffer variant, we managed to convince him to take the time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about Transformers, Conventions, and the state of the world in general.

First of all, thank you for taking the time to sit down for an interview. I understand you usually try to avoid interviews?

You're welcome, and yes; I usually claim shyness.

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So why did you agree to sit down and talk with us?

You wouldn't leave (as he munches on a wheat cracker).

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OK, so ignoring my methods... what was your first introduction to the world of the Transformers? How did they take ahold of a place in your heart and manage to stay there for so long?

Like most of my 'generation', I grew up watching the Transformers on television... no small feat back in the day, when you have two channels, neither of which comes in clearly. I wonder if there are videophiles who prefer their television transmission thru an antenna, much the way audiophiles prefer their records full of noise over a clear compact disk?

As to why they have remained in my heart for so long, I imagine it was the excellent storyline and the unique 'fiddle factor' that Transformers provided my young mind.

Or else it was the insidious corporate marketing strategy. Either way.

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The 2010 Dairycon convention brings back the character of "Uncle Whiskey Breath" to the Dairycon Universe. What was the impetus behind bringing back such a perennial favorite?

Uncle Whiskey Breath was our first convention exclusive. He is by far one of our most popular characters, and really set the tone for future shows. Over the years, many people have asked us if we would ever consider reissuing him - for the 10th Anniversary, it seemed a home run. We're giving fans one more chance to own the figure that started it all.

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The original Uncle Whiskey Breath came with his signature Cloak of Cow and the Blizzard Shotgun. What can we expect with the reissue?



The 2010 Uncle Whiskey Breath will come packaged with a number of his original accessories, plus a few surprises. In the storyline, Uncle was usually accompanied by a small friend, a partner. No-one has commented yet, but on the website, the 10th Anniversary version of him is listed as 'Uncle Whiskey Breath with Stormsword Jet'. If you recall, the 2005 Stormsword set was the first 'Multicon Shared Exclusive' (for 2009, it was Ass-09, of course). That's just one of the surprises you can expect with this figure. There will be more revealed at the show.

I think the update to this figure and his weapons will please fans of the original.

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The information listed recently has fans VERY excited. There's the Battle for Brew City assortment, which seems to contain a number of characters specific to Dairycon. You've recently introduced the Return of Convoy assortment, which contains Minerva, a Japanese character from the series. Can we assume, by the name of this second series, that something 'Big' is in store for fans?

No comment.

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Oh come on! Nothing?!

Well, I will say this: The Battle for Brew City assortment does contain Dairycon-specific characters; the ones that likely won't be done in any other format. However, with the magnitude of what's coming next, we decided to give it an entirely different theme, that still tied fully into the Dairycon universe (and to celebrate our 10 years in the fandom).

When it's all finally revealed, I can promise that fans won't be disappointed.

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There have been allusions, hints really, over the last few years that the 2010 show may be your last. Is there any truth to these rumors?

Hints? What hints? You mean in 2008 when we first introduced, 'The Last Dairycon' in the comic? In the 2009 interview where we said that, 'you'll want to get to the 2010 show, because you won't get another chance'? Or could it be on the website, where the last storyline is titled, 'The true and final End of the Dairycon Universe'?

Or could it be that there are no longer any listings on the site for 'Future/Unproduced Dairycon Exclusives'?

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Well?

*Ahem* No comment…

More precisely, this question will be answered properly the day of the show. There needs to be a certain... context, I think, that being there, at the time of the announcement, will provide. We spoke of this a bit last year, and I think it might best help to explain: When people start taking the parody too-seriously, it's time to bow out.

I kid you not, we've found knockoffs of the Dairycon exclusives, there's a kid who wants to make some kind of yu-gi-oh game cards of the characters, several attendees have made their own t-shirts... heck, someone at Hassenfeld Brothers inadvertently 'borrowed' a couple of our parodies (FlatFoot and Checkers), and made them into characters. I often wonder who at corporate was so straining for an idea, that they had to slip in some of ours ;-) Funny when you think about it. They're in the Kmart Minicon packs. Get-it- MiniCon? Small convention?

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It's a good plug... "At least Dairycon doesn't 'OverCharge' for their show!" ;)

It's as we said before: You don't make money off of something like this. Just ask Jon and Karl. We're a pro-deficit organization :-) We do this for fun, not to make money. How do you make money off something you love, and essentially give away?

I believe that when you start to try to make money off this kind of thing, then you've completely missed the point. And *that* is my answer.

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How do you think that Dairycon compares to the larger Transformer Conventions, and its role in the ‘big picture’ of the current state of the fandom?

Well, obviously, there needs to be a large organization, such as McBotcon, to do the heavy lifting. And frankly, their business model proves that there's money to be made, or else they wouldn't be doing it. At the same time, I believe there is an obligation to prove the opposite is true; to set out to prove that it's not about the money :-) Quite a tough row to hoe, when you consider it's based on, essentially, one slick and ancient toy-based marketing strategy. I'd like to think we made our point.

That's the essential function of fancons, the one thing they can do that the big shows can't. Fancons aren't about the money. They can't be; if they were, they'd be gobbled up by the big boys. Or morph into a Big Boy themselves. Again, just ask Jon and Karl, and look at what Botcon has become. Can *you* afford to go to Disneyworld? I sure can't. That show is no longer about you, or I. They've lost something essential, something primal, if you'll pardon the pun. They've left the old fandom behind.

Then again, Transformers are about change...

This small 'niche' market, where disillusioned fans and Fancons themselves reside, is where I think the past (and the future) will be. Those that cannot honestly afford (or cannot justify) the high cost of large conventions or toys will always go to the smaller shows, to interact with like-minded people. They make smaller purchases that are more in-line with their budget. It keeps their interest alive, which actually helps to keep the brand alive. These are the folks that the Big Boys have left behind.

That's ok; we still love you :-)

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Speaking of the bigger shows, what are your opinions about the current state of affairs of the Fandom itself?

The World of the Transformers is a very different place from when I was a kid. And you know? That's OK. Let another Generation of fans take up the struggle, to find out for themselves.

The perceived sickness that grips our society is mirrored by the fandom. It's very noticeable these days. Every Age has its Laments, and now that we're no longer an agrarian society, fighting just to survive (ie, not starve)... we've gone too-far the other way. We have too-much. Too-much food, too-many toys, too-much stimulus.

The thought that material goods are somehow the way to happiness? They're not. Life, Love, and Family... these are the things that truly matter. But in our increasingly isolated society, we're losing touch with that. Both parents working, folks are talking thru their e-mail... does anyone sit at the dinner table anymore and just talk? What about a phone call to grandmother? What about just taking a walk, and admiring the way your neighbor has landscaped his yard?

This new generation is missing out. I worry about them. -Just as the generation before no-doubt worried about us. You'll see.

Sorry, again, if that was wordy.

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The Dairycon Universe is always full of interesting characters and storylines. Do you write these yourself? How do you come up with the ideas for the stories/character bios?



The Dairycon Universe could not exist without the assistance and dedication of the members of the DTF. There are many people who contribute thoughts, ideas, and sometimes characters to the mythos. All are welcome. Obviously, as a parody of an actual show, we're aiming for your funny bone, not your pocketbook. We end up with characters that probably wouldn't be done anywhere else, in any format. Having said that, I'm always waiting for some large nameless corporation to decide that funny is the way to go, steal a couple of our characters, and put them into a minicon 12-pk at Kmart :-) That would make the Dairycon Universe canon, wouldn't it? Or at least, it would make us as legitimate as JaAm....

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What can you tell us about the Dairycon characters themselves? Are any based on any “real-life” personalites?

I'm always interested in hearing what Dairycon characters are the fandom's favorite, although there is a bit of a freestanding notion in the core group that each Dairycon character represents a particular fan... There are a number of characters that represent a very real archetype, a personality type that isn't normally seen in the Transformers Universe, yet exists in real life. We find this supremely entertaining, which is why so many of our characters are, literally, oxymorons and alcoholics :-)

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Coming up with the characters *could* be considered the easy part. How do you come up with the design for the figures themselves? What kind of work and effort goes into each figure? What is the time frame for developing & creating each years' exclusives?

That information is now available in the Dairycon: 10 Years hardcover that will be available at this year’s convention. All I can tell you is that there's no easy part :-)

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What can we expect to see at future Dairycons?

Nothing.

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Any more hints you'd like to give out regarding this year? A passing mention of which character we'll see in figure form? Any hints as to what we'll see in the upcoming story arc?

2010 will be the best year ever, with the greatest figures ever. And you'd better attend, because you're not going to get another chance.

*That* is my final answer! :-)

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Thank you again for the chance to ask you a few questions. I hope we might be able to shed some light on the Dairycon convention, Life, the Universe, and Everything...

Happy to help! If we've not helped, hopefully we've at least muddied the waters a bit further.

-And Remember, "Freedom is the RIGHT of All Sentient Beings."


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Word has it there's still more to be revealed before the big day, which is only a month away now! Be sure to stay tuned in for more!

Detailed info on CybCon 2010, special offer for Seibertron.com viewers

Transformers News: Detailed info on CybCon 2010, special offer for Seibertron.com viewers
Date: Tuesday, March 9th 2010 1:29am CST
Category: Event News
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Cybcon 2010

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As we are now well into March, many Transformers fans are already thinking ahead to the warmer weather and the upcoming Transformers conventions they plan on attending this year. Most TF fans already know all about BotCon, and a good portion of the fanbase has now heard of events such as TFCon and Auto Assembly. However, there is also an annual Transformers convention that has been running for quite a few years now in Tacoma, Washington that may have flown under the radar for some.

For those of you who might be interested, here is some info on CybCon 2010, courtesy of organizer Greg Gaub.

Greg Gaub of CybCon wrote:CybCon 2010 is hereby officially announced!
It will take place this year on Saturday, August 21st from 10am to 5pm. The location is the same as the last few years, the King Oscar Convention Center in Tacoma, WA off of Hosmer next to I-5.All the information you could possibly need is available right here:
http://www.ggaub.com/tf/cybcon2010.html

Note that PRE-Registration, as always, is required. You can pay at the door if you want to spend more than you have to to get in, but if you're sure you're coming, PLEASE pre-pay during the early-bird pricing as well as registering.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reply and ask.

If you know anyone who might be interested in coming to CybCon, don't assume they already know. Forward this message or send them the link to the info page.
I will not be personally doing any advertising of this event. It will only be as big as it is through this announcement and what anyone else does with this information.

I hope to see lots of you there this summer!
Thanks!
-Greg


While discounted early bird registration (just $5 for regular admission and just $25 for a dealer's table) closed at the end of February, Greg has been gracious enough to extend that deadline for Seibertron.com viewers who may be learning of this event for the first time. For those who register between March 1st and March 31st, all you will need to do is include "SEIBCON10" in the comment section of the form.

Greg wishes to remind you that if you are using the promo code and wish to pay via paypal, do not pay with the site's regular paypal buttons. Greg will send you an email with a link to the special discount paypal options once he's received your email.

Still on the fence?

Here are the activites planned, courtesy of the official site.

Fun! When was the last time you hung out in a room full of people who loved TFs as much as you do? And you don't have to fly or drive for days to get there!
Dealer Tables! Come and see what local dealers have to offer TransFans!
Art Table! Got some TF related art? Show it off, and see what others have made!
TF Rarities! Got a truly rare or interesting toy or TF related product? Show it off and see some obscure things you never knew about!
Video Screening! Watch some rare and favorite Transformers episodes on the toob!
Video Games! Play some PS2 with other fans, including the BW:Transmetals match-ups!
Contests! We will have the BW:TM video game tournament, trivia tournament, and toy transforming tournaments of previous years for both kids and adults.
More Games! We'll have a table up just for playing games on including the Armada board game, TF chess and Stratego, and TF Slot Cars!
Food! Your registration fee includes the cost of Pizza or sandwiches and Beverages!
Silent Auction! Some rare and/or unique Transformers products will be auctioned off in silent auction format.
Raffle! Each attendee will receive two raffle tickets in their packet. Raffles will take place throughout the day.

For further info on CybCon 2010 and everything else TF related, be sure to keep visiting "The Ultimate Transformers Resource," Seiberton.com!

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen wins 3 awards (of the Razzie variety)

Transformers News: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen wins 3 awards (of the Razzie variety)
Date: Sunday, March 7th 2010 4:27pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Event News, People News, Media
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Golden Raspberry Awards, AP, Burn

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The Hollywood award season is in full swing with the Academy Awards taking place tonight. Despite being the biggest box office grossing movie in recent years this side of Avatar, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is only up for one Oscar, in the less than exciting "Sound Mixing" category. However, ROTF already "won" a few other awards this weekend. Of course, the awards are not Oscars, but instead "Razzies", courtesy of last night's Golden Raspberry Awards. Here's the scoop, as told by the AP.

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" was picked as last year's worst picture and won two other Razzies, worst director for Michael Bay and worst screenplay for Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Bay and his team probably will not lose any asleep over it. Though reviled by critics, "Transformers" took in $402.1 million domestically, No. 2 on the 2009 box-office chart behind "Avatar."


In case you were wondering, here's the full list of winners.

Worst Picture of 2009:
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen


Worst Actress of 2009:
Sandra Bullock
All About Steve

Worst Actor(s) of 2009:
All Three Jonas Brothers
JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3-D CONCERT EXPERIENCE

Worst Screen Couple:
Sandra Bullock & Bradley Cooper
ALL ABOUT STEVE

Worst Supporting Actress:
Sienna Miller
G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

Worst Supporting Actor:
Billy Ray Cyrus
HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
(Combined Category for 2009):
Land of The Lost
(UNIVERSAL PICTURES)

Worst Director:
Michael Bay
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN


Worst Screenplay:
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
WRITTEN BY EHREN KRUGER & ROBERTO ORCI & ALEX KURTZMAN,
BASED ON HASBRO’S TRANSFORMERS ACTION FIGURES


Special 30th RAZZIE®-versary Awardz
Worst Picture of the Decade:
Battlefield Earth
NOMINATED FOR 10 RAZZIES® / “WINNER” OF 8
(INCLUDING WORST DRAMA OF OUR FIRST 25 YRS)

Worst Actor of the Decade:
Eddie Murphy
NOMINATED FOR 12 “ACHIEVEMENTS” / “WINNER” OF 3 RAZZIES®
ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH, I SPY, IMAGINE THAT, MEET DAVE, NORBIT, SHOWTIME

Worst Actress of the Decade:
Paris Hilton
NOMINATED FOR 5 “ACHIEVEMENTS,” “WINNER” OF 4 RAZZIES®
THE HOTTIE & THE NOTTIE, HOUSE OF WHACKS, REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA


To say Transformers fans have some pretty strong opinions about ROTF would be an understatement. Want to make your voice heard? Why not join the discussion in our Energon Pub forums?

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Auto Assembly 2009 script reading coming to Youtube / AA 2010 update

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2009 script reading coming to Youtube / AA 2010 update
Date: Tuesday, March 2nd 2010 6:40am CST
Categories: Event News, Press Releases
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Auto Assembly 2010

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We'd like to thank Simon Plumbe of Auto Assembly for sending us this extensive update.

For those of you who attended Auto Assembly 2009, you've been waitng for months for the chance to see it again, and for those of you who couldn't make it, you've been wondering what all the fuss was about, but we are now proud to announce that we are releasing the footage of our live script reading from Auto Assembly 2009 on the official Auto Assembly channel on Youtube!

For those of you who don't know, the script reading took place on the Saturday evening of the convention and featured a brand new 25 minute Beast Wars script written exclusively for the convention and was performed by Gregg Berger, Ian James Corlett, comic artists Simon Williams, Nick Roche, and a number of fans who auditioned for additional roles.

Over the coming weeks we will be uploading the Script Reading and a whole host of other clips from Auto Assembly 2009 - interviews, general footage, guest panels and much much more. As well as this, we be be uploading Highlight Reels from our archives from past events dating back to the very first Auto Assembly event in 2000!

The first videos from this archive are online NOW and new videos will be added every day or two so keep coming back to see all the latest updates. Footage from Auto Assembly 2000, 2001 and the first interview from Auto Assembly 2009 are online NOW and Part One of the Script Reading will be available by the time most of you read this! To see these, just visit the channel at http://www.youtube.com/autoassembly and if you want to know about the videos as they become available, why not subscribe to us?!

The channel will also bring you the latest news and developments on Auto Assembly 2010 which is going to be our biggest and best yet. We want to celebrate Auto Assembly's 10th Anniversary in style and give you the best Transformers convention that Europe has ever seen. Over the weekend of Friday 13th - Sunday 15th August 2010 we will be bringing you AT LEAST three guests of honour (Garry Chalk and Derrick J Wyatt are already confirmed), a massive Saturday evening programme with a party, live band, costume competition and loads more, toy and art displays, dealers, comic guests, free autograph sessions, video games area, workshops, dedicated childrens programming, video screenings and so much more!

All this will be taking place at the The Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham, England. Tickets for the weekend are on sale now through the website for for the weekend for adults and for children, students and senior citizens, with under 5s admitted free. Single day passes will be made available for sale closer to the convention.

For more details on the convention, to see a full list of all the guests and activities taking place over the weekend, or to book your tickets, visit the website at http://www.autoassembly.org.uk

We hope to see you all in August 2010.

The Auto Assembly 2010 Team


For more news on Auto Assembly 2010 and many other exciting upcoming Transformers conventions, stay right here at Seibertron.com, your ultimate Transformers resource!

Dairycon 2010: Pre-Reg Ends March 1st!

Transformers News: Dairycon 2010: Pre-Reg Ends March 1st!
Date: Monday, March 1st 2010 1:42am CST
Category: Event News
Posted by: Savage | Credit(s): Methusalen

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If you have any interest in attending the premier Transformers Fancon in the state of Wisconsin on April 9th & 10th, *NOW* is the time to act!!!
Preregistration forms are available:http://www.freewebs.com/dairylandtransfans/DTFdairycon10form.html
While you can attend the show for free, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! NO WALK-INS ALLOWED!!!!!

So, if you want a shot at any of the activites, games, contests, vendors, or to get your hands on one/all of the previously revealed Dairycon exclusive figures, you had better hurry!!!!
Uncle Whiskey Breath & Ticker:
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Minerva:
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Pretender Convoy:
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So hurry, pre-reg today!
http://www.freewebs.com/dairylandtransfans/DTFdairycon10form.html

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