For those of you planning to attend the Toronto Transformers Convention, TFCON.com has just updated its site with info regarding early registration.
Taken from TFCON.com:
Pre-registration for TFcon 2008 will close May 31st. Advance registration is not required to attend TFcon Toronto 2008, you can purchase tickets at the door. However, if you wish to gain early admission to the dealer room you must pre-register for the convention. To pre-register email us for the necessary form. In addition the TFcon 2008 tentative event schedule is now online for viewing.
TFCON will be held in Toronto, Canada on June 21st of this year. Scheduled special guests scheduled to attend the Con include HASBRO Canada. For more information on the Convention, visit TFCON.com.
UK fans will get their chance to meet the man, the myth and the legend that is Simon Furman courtesy of the upcoming Bristol's Comic Book Expo being held on May 10th 2008 at the British Commonwealth & Empire Exhibition Hall and Ramada Plaza Hotel.
Mr. Furman has updated his blog with information on his scheduled appearances along with info on other people that will be attending the event.
For those of us that had the chance to meet Mr. Furman at this year's Botcon, we can attest that he is the most gracious, welcoming and friendliest person you could ever meet.
To view Mr. Furman's blog update and find out when your chance to meet him will be, check out Script W(R)AP.
For those of you that were unable to attend this year's Botcon, Allspark.com member Vangelus has put up a three part video of the Live Script reading on Youtube, done by David Kaye, Bumper Robinson, Tara Strong and the two winners of the TF Idol contest, Anastasia Matejka and Chris Ho (Vangelus). David Kaye is the voice of Optimus Prime in Transformer Animated as well as Megatron in Beast Wars. Bumper Robinson plays Bumblebee in TFA and I think we all know Tara Strong's role, who also comes from Ben 10 fame.
The script is "Bee in the City" by Greg Sepelak and S. Trent Troop
With the U.S. BotCon now behind us, and with less then 40 days to go, the Dutch/European Transformers convention, fully acknowledged on the sites of both the dutch and the belgian websites of Hasbro, to be held on June 8th 2008 in Nieuwegein The Netherlands, has more updates and announcements to make.
The convention now has their own YouTube page. Apart from the promo-teaser that was released earlier, the YouTube page also has the following video's which are a Trailers and four clips of the accounts of last years Transformers Convention which was held on june 10th 2007 in IJsselstein. These new clips have been put together by the newest member of the team, Niels Berndsen.
The crew also announces that they are still looking for people to sign up for the Art competition and the Kitbash competition. Anyone who enters has chance to win prizes, not just the ones that look the most professional or the most beautiful, as judging will also look at the creativity of the work and originality. Sign up for the kitbash competition and the Artwork competitionbefore may 8th. If by that time not enough people have responded, these competitions will not take place at the convention. This was decided after the weak turn out last year.
The poster competition is still on. Look for the details here on where to download the B.O.T.S. poster (which features characters from the Transformers: Animated series) and hang it up somewhere in your area and see how you can win prizes with it.
Our own Mr. Terrific had this to say about the award:
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Colin from Ottawa, Canada, and I post on the boards as Mr.Terrific (an increasingly less-than-obscure superhero from the 1940s). Following the Botcon awards ceremony, Seibertron's own Counterpunch invited me to say a few words about my diorama for the site. I'm happy to oblige in order to share my enthusiasm for vinyl toys.
I was introduced to the Munny about two years ago and it offered a truly unique and fun canvass for my efforts. For those of you who aren't familiar, a Munny is a completely blank vinyl figure produced by U.S.-based KidRobot (http://www.kidrobot.com/munny). Similar to Hasbro's Mighty Muggs, the Munny is geared toward those who want to create a new figure of their own. It's most important features are found in its exaggerated head, pronounced ears and tail. Initially released at 8" tall in three colours (black, white and glow-in-the-dark), KidRobot has subsequently created keychain, 4" and a whopping 2 foot tall variation.
Originally, I'd plan to put together the entire cast of Beast Wars. But that proved too ambitious given the timeframe, so I focussed on the Season One cast. Midway through my progress I decided on a theme and continued to plan the diorama while I finished up each figure, which took me about five months to put together. In order to get the most accurate television rendition, I relied on a variety of sources, and constaintly sought advice on the sizing issue.
For all my Beast-munnies, I opted to distinguish them without removing their inherant munny-ness. Inferno's tale, Terrorsaur's wings, and Wapinator's butt, these additions came from a combination of shaped milliput and regular plastic. The spiders' legs ended up as Transformer package ties.
Most of the scenary was assembled in Cincinnati from pieces prepped before I left. In particular, I want to mention the chair. Because Munnies have no knees, they cannot sit, so the chair is arched at a 45 degree angle to simulate Megatron in a sitting position. The bottom of the chair is also designed to partially rest on the ground to allow the chair to balance between Scorponok and Tarantulas.
Winning the 3D Diorama "Best of Show" award for Botcon 2008 is a real honour because of the calibre of the competition and the judges involved. The praise I've received for this effort has been truly gratifying and I am very grateful for the feedback. And I want to thank my partner, Beth, and my artist-friend Teresa, both of who were excellent sounding board for ideas throughout the process. I also want to thank the transformersclub forum Beast Wars guys for their advice, particularly "Psychography" who provided a treasure trove of useful pictures, as well as Seibertron.com and Beast Wars Internation (http://www.bwint.net) for their screen captures.
Thank you for this opportunity to chat with you a bit about the diorama.
Part 1 of all the stuff that didn't involve toys...
Fear and Loathing in Cincinnati Ohio (Part 1)
(If you were there, please, post up your videos, identify yourselves in the pics that are here already, say 'hi' in general. I know a lot of you haven't posted before, this is your chance and we hope to see more of you lurkers our there!)
Hey all, here is my personal review of the first two days of the convention. If you were there and a part of these events, please put up your pictures, or at least tag yourself in them so I and everyone else can know who you are.
Yours truly and many of your fellow board members made their arrival sometime Thursday (or in some cases Wednesday) to our glorious once a year party of consumerism and excess. Most of the attendees are staying at either the Hyatt or the Millennium Hotel. Both, essentially three star hotels which while passable, aren’t going to give you any cause to seek out the creature comforts of the accommodations.
What strikes everyone who ends up at this yearly event is how many and how many different kinds of fans are around. Young, old, cool, creepy, male, female, we’re all there. With very few exceptions the atmosphere is exceptionally positive. People are willing to talk about the hobby, talk about their experiences, and are just glad to be around fellow fans. Even meeting up with someone you might have disagreed with in forum discussion is fun and a lot of good natured ribbing comes out of these situations.
What then strikes most people, especially first time goers to the convention, is the huge lines and literal hours of waiting that awaits them. One very long line, leads you to another. We spent a hour just looking to move twenty feet in order to get our box sets.
So, yea after picking up those coveted box sets, we move on to the even longer line of picking up our collection exclusives. Low and behold, we’re told that there are only 30 extra sets beyond what was planned for the attendees ...No one is willing to wait until morning to get theirs
By the time that all was said and done on Thursday, people were met, and toys were bought, it was after 10PM. Do you know what closes at 10PM in Cincinnati Ohio on a Thursday night? The answer is EVERYTHING. So, we rallied the troops for some dinner followed by a small party and gathering in a few of the hotel rooms.
Friday morning was all about recovery. About 10 AM we ventured into the IDW panel, followed up by a very entertaining time with the Voice Actors panel. Not a great deal of new info came out of the IDW panel, but the entertaining nature of David Kaye, Bumper Robinson, and Tara Strong the next hour more than made up for it.
Then at 2PM, it was show time. The dealer room for package holders was to open at this time. We gathered up our filthy money and prepared for the ridiculous feeding frenzy of toys.
Finishing up and feeling damn proud of all the awesome finds we made, everyone headed back to prepare for the big events of the weekend: Battle of the Boards and the Seibertron Party.
Battle of the Boards is a trivia contest where the different message forums compete against one another to see who holds more obscure TF knowledge. Seibertron was matched up against the gentlemen of the TFWiki. While your friends on the board here went in hoping for the best, we recognized the impressive amount of knowledge those guys retain. We lost the actual contest for sure, but we had more supporters, more cheering, and an absolute dominance of the arm-wrestling portion of the competition. (funny story, ask someone who was there.)
The Seibertron party was next up at 10PM. It was fantastic. We met at the Sports Bar attached to the hotel. There were about 40 people, maybe more in attendance. We drank, cheered, and had a damn good time.
We have won the 2008 BotCon award for the best news site! A big congrats goes out to Ryan, the News Crew, and especially to all of our members who help us get the news out! We look forward to keeping you up to date on all the latest and greatest, so as they say...stay tuned to Seibertron for all of the latest Transformers news!