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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.
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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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Two More 'Auto Assembly' Guests Announced

Transformers News: Two More 'Auto Assembly' Guests Announced
Date: Monday, May 26th 2008 4:40pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): waaaaghlord

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Waaaaghlord updates us with more 'Auto Assembly' guests. 'Auto Assembly' is a very large UK TRANSFORMERS convention that has been on hiatus as of late. Past Auto Assemblies have had guests like the great Neil Kaplan (RID Optimus Prime), Wally Wingert (RID Sideburn), Simon Furman and more!

"Two more guests for this year's UK convention Auto Assembly have been announced by event organizer Simon Plumbe on the Auto Assembly forums.

Comic colourists Jason Cardy and, Kat Nicholson will be joining the likes of G1 voice actor Dan Gilvezan, TF comics legends Simon Furman, Geoff Senior and Andrew Wildman and 'Combat Colin' and 'Robocapers' creator Lew Stringer at this year's convention at the Clarendon Suites, Birmingham on Saturday 2nd August."

Information courtesy of the Auto Assembly Forums.

Auto Assembly 2008 general information for those who are lucky enough to get a chance to attend! Thanks Waaaaghlord.

Alex Milne To Attend TFCon Toronto

Transformers News: Alex Milne To Attend TFCon Toronto
Date: Monday, May 26th 2008 3:40pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): TFcon

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June 21st the Transformers take over Toronto, and Alex Milne joins the fun.

Much like his Botcon appearance, Alex will be located in the dealer room, doing artwork, signing autographs, selling prints, and chatting it up with the fans. Some of his detailed artwork for IDW has been among the fan's favorites including Megatron Origins, and the new Reign of Starscream.

And as reported earlier, Gregg Berger of G1 Grimlock, and jetfire voice fame will also be a in attendance.

You can see the TFcon Toronto 2008 website here.

Simon Furman: Expo Exclusives

Transformers News: Simon Furman: Expo Exclusives
Date: Friday, May 23rd 2008 4:57pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Simon Furman

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Simon Furman did a "quick" update to his blog concerining his appearance at the London MCM Expo tomorrow. Here's what he had to say:

Just a quick addendum to my last post to let people know that, as well as scripts and stuff, I’ll have 50 advance copies of issue #12 of Titan’s Transformers comic/magazine for sale/signature (ahead of its official 29th May release date) at the London MCM expo. So, if you just can’t wait for part four of the post-apocalyptic Twilight’s Last Gleaming story (plus a whole bunch of other nifty stuff, not to a mention a FREE TF pinball game), make sure you track me down this Saturday (24th). I’ll be wherever the comics people are. Thanks to Titan for making this possible!

So UK fans, here's a chance to not only meet one of Transformers comics greatest writers, but also a shot to get an advanced signed copy of the Titan mag. And maybe a free pinball game! How cool is that?

To see Mr. Furman's blog entry, click here.

And the Guest of Honour at Auto Assembly 08 is...

Transformers News: And the Guest of Honour at Auto Assembly 08 is...
Date: Friday, May 23rd 2008 10:35am CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: Counterpunch | Credit(s): waaaaghlord

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G1 voice actor Dan Gilvezan, most noted for having played Bumblebee in the original 80s cartoons, along with a host of other characters. ... hread=3327

Bookings for AA are still open, so if you've been on the fence about going maybe this is the announcement that will motivate you to get registered. A little over two months to go to the con, see you there people.

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