It has been said often recently that there has never been a better time to be a Transformers fan than right now. Interest in the Transformers brand does in fact appear to be at an all-time high and one indicator of this is the growing number of conventions all over the world which feature Transformers. Seibertron.com member Real Devastator just attended one of these conventions and had this to share on our Energon Pub Forums.
The 2009 Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention is presently hold at Singapore Suntec City (14-16 August 2009).
Today I have visited this big event here for the first time. Unfortunately there are nothing much about Transformers exclusive or any upcoming release figures, however Hasbro Singapore is displaying a collection of most(if not all) incarnations of Optimus Prime as well as some Megatron various generation toys.
Surely the display has been the center of attention and many digital camera memories has been reserved for the impressive collection.
I managed to take the photos of the display for your viewing.
Note: Special thanks to Singapore TF fan Stephenus Prime for providing his toys for Hasbro Singapore. Yeah what you see belongs to him.
Also in progress as we speak in the United Kingdom is Auto Assembly 2009. Seibertron.com News Crew member Dead Metal is presently attending this event and will give us all a full recap in a few days.
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Some news regarding Auto Assembly 09 has shown up. It looks like attendees of the convention will be setting their eyes on something that many have not seen before. Here is what's going down.
With Auto Assembly 2009 starting Friday evening here within the UK we thought we'd give you another incentive to come along if you have not already made up your mind. As you probably know by now at the event we will be showcasing our Lucky Draw collection the majority of which can be photographed for this website. However there are two Lucky Draw items that we own that we have not yet photographed for the website.
One of the items is the 2004 TV Magazine Colouring Contest figure Robotmaster G1 Convoy. The only images of this figure that have previously been seen were from a Yahoo Japan auction and a few images taken by Ultra Convoy who won that auction. Of the 10 figures that were produced, only Ultra Convoy's and our own are the only ones known to be in collectors hands.
The second item is even rarer and we believe only four photographs of this toy exist as well as a scan of the magazine from which it was originally offered. We have only seen this figure for sale once since it was produced. Who is the figure? None other than the second half of Black Super God Fire Convoy ... Black God Magnus!
We will not be publishing images of the toy on the internet until after Auto Assembly 2009, so if you want to see the figure you will have to come along to the event and have a look at the display. The figure will be shown on both days, but remember that only Sunday visitors will be able to see our entire Lucky Draw collection.
There are many famous voice actors in the Transformers universe. Obviously, Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime and Ironhide), Frank Welker (Megatron, Soundwave, Galvatron and the cassettes), and Chris Latta (Starscream, Sparkplug and Wheeljack) are nothing less than iconic but for many fans Gregg Berger is just as legendary. Gregg has a very extensive resume but he's best known to Transformers fans as the voice of Skyfire, Outback, Long Haul and of course GRIMLOCK from the G1 Sunbow cartoon.
Gregg has been a very busy man in 2009, headlining at not one but THREE major conventions this year. The first was at Botcon 2009 in Pasadena, CA this May. I had the honor of being granted an interview with Mr. Berger at that time and he was a true class act. The topics included the most unusual items he has ever autographed, a breakdown of some of his current projects and of course some reminiscing about the old Sunbow cartoon among other things. You may read that interview here.
Roughly 2 weeks ago, Gregg was also one of the featured guests at the world famous San Diego Comic Con. While at SDCC, Gregg again took some extra time out for an interview, this time with newsarama.com. Gregg kindly voices his opinions on the Shout Factory! G1 boxset and the live action Transformers movies, and of course a lot more. You may view the entire interview here.
Headlining at those 2 conventions would be impressive enough but Mr. Berger's appearance schedule still has one major stop ahead. This time, he will be heading to the United Kingdom for Europe's largest Transformers Convention, Auto Assembly 2009. The staff here at Seibertron.com would like to applaud Gregg for everything he has done and continues to do for the many Transformers fans all over the world. Those of us who have been lucky enough to meet him feel very honored for that opportunity. The fans attending AA2009 are in for a treat, to say the least!
For more information on Gregg Berger, you may visit his official website and his myspace page. For serious booking inquiries, you may contact his representative Emily Danyel of Tri-Booking Management at email@example.com and at 1 (310) 497-7994.
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We'd like to thank Alison Mullin of Starfish P.R. for dropping us a line today. Alison is from the group that represents Transformers actor Mark Ryan and she provided us with a press release detailing some upcoming events involving Mark. One of the items mentioned is the "Behold the glory of Jetfire!" contest, which we originally reported on here.
TRANSFORMERS STAR MARK RYAN IN HONG KONG TO PROMOTE FILM & ONLINE CONTEST
Ryan will Appear at Hong Kong’s Toys Open Day & Super Festival and Announce Finalists in “Behold the Glory of Jetfire Contest”
Los Angeles, CA – August 4, 2009: Actor Mark Ryan, the voice of Bumblebee in “Transformers” and Jetfire in “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen,” is on his first visit to Hong Kong to promote his role in the blockbuster at Hong Kong’s Toys Open Day & Super Festival (http://www.hitec.com.hk/tc/index.htm) taking place August 8th through August 9th. This appearance also coincides with Ryan’s “Behold the Glory of Jefire” contest where fans were invited to submit creative content demonstrating their devotion to the character up unitl August 1st. Ryan will soon post the top 5 entries on his blog (Angel in the Dark). Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite entry beginning August 10th until August 15. The two fan favorites will win collectible, SeaHope Transformers watches.
WHO: Mark Ryan (Transformers, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen)
WHAT: Toys Open Day & Super Festival
WHERE: Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre
Rotunda 3, 6/F HITEC.
1 Trademark Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
WHEN: August 8th & 9th, 2009:
WHY: “Transformers” and “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen” have excited new fans and old fans alike since 2007. Ryan, who has been involved with the production since the original “Transformers”, holds a deep appreciation for the franchise and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the film with its loyal fan base worldwide. Ryan will promote the film during his time in Hong Kong and by announcing the finalists in his “Behold the Glory of Jetfire” contest, which overwhelmed him with entries and showcased the creativity and passion of “Transformers” fans.
About Mark Ryan:
Mark Ryan worked on the original “Transformers” movie during production as the on-set voice of several robots prior to being cast in the final film as the voice of Bumblebee. He also voiced Ironhide and Hoist for the Activision video game based on the film and is currently doing more voice work for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” Ryan has been combining his acting, singing, writing and Action Direction talents in an eclectic and successful career ranging over 30 years.
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For more information and all media inquiries regarding Mark Ryan, please contact Alison Mullin at 310-560-4049 orAlison@starfish-pr.com.
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Our thanks go to SImon Plumbe for yet another update on the latest news concerning Auto Assembly 2009.
Auto Assembly 2009 is just TEN DAYS away and while the convention is within reach, there are still more developments happening all the time...
* Bookings Update *
Bookings are at an all-time high with a staggering 461 fans already pre-registered for what is now Europe's biggest ever Transformers convention. We are now certainly going to be the first ever European Transformers convention to reach the "magical 500" attendance figure, and who knows, could we possibly make it to 600 from pre-registrations and on-the-door places?
This is where we DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP!! If you have already booked, please encourage your friends who haven't done so yet so we can reach this convention milestone! If you have a youtube account, why not mention Auto Assembly in one of your pupcoming videos, or post on your Twitter, Facebook, or Myspace accounts if you have them or post about Auto Assembly on any Transformers forums that you are a member of. The more people who attend the convention the better!
We are already looking into plans right now for Auto Assembly 2010 (and we have made provisional approaches to several voice actors and other guests) and one thing that we will offer is a reduced rate registration for Auto Assembly 2009 attendees so there's another reason to book up!
Despite Auto Assembly 2009 being so close, there IS time for you to be able to pre-register! If you live in the UK, we can still process bookings for at least the next 5-6 days and get them out in plenty of time before the convention. If you live outside of the UK (or are planning on booking for the weekend), you can opt to have you packs ready for you for collection when you arrive and pick them up on the Friday so there's no reason not to miss out! Our superb non-attendee packages are also available so check the website for the latest revised deadlines.
* Activision Prize Draw *
As you know, we are running two sponsored prize draws for pre-registrants this year... 40 people chosen at random will receive a pack of the new Revenge Of The Fallen 3D Top Trumps cards and 50 people will win a copy of Issue 2.1 of Titan's Transformers comic and the winners will find a redemption voucher in their convention packs that you collect when you arrive. Well, we now have the third prize draw confirmed...
Activision have very kindly donated TEN copies of their Revenge Of The Fallen game for the Playstation 3 to us to give away. All you need to do to stand a chance of winning is to pre-register for the convention as a WEEKEND or NON-ATTENDEE package. Prior to the convention, we will select TEN attendees at random who qualify, and you will find a winning ticket in your packs. Take it along to the Registration Desk over the weekend and exchange it for your game, worth Â£40!
* Saturday Night Rock Concert *
Next Of Kin, who are responsible for Auto Assembly 2009's official theme song, are already lined up to perform a one-hour show of Transformers music as part of the Saturday night programme of activities but now, they are going to be performing TWO shows... Instead of the disco, Next Of Kin will be taking a short rest break after their Transformers show, and will return to the stage for a three hour regular concert performing some of their own material and a mix of familar rock and pop songs throughout the night!!
* Party Pass *
We know that many of you who are attending just for the Saturday are unable to join us for the full weekend because of work, personal or travel commitments. However, after looking at the capacity of the hall, we are now in a position to have a VERY LIMITED number of additional places available in the hall for the evening programme and we will make these available to Saturday attendees as an add-on to your normal one-day pass. These Party Passes will be on sale during the day at the convention on a first come, first served basis for Â£10 each and they will gain you admission to the Evening Programme of entertainment including the script reading, both shows from Next Of Kin, and Ray Curran's performance of the youtube hit, "Unknown Transforming Robot".
* Charity Auction *
Our charity auction is now looking pretty astonishing with about 25-30 items confirmed and are either with us or in transit including a vast amount of original comic artwork, autographed toys and photos and much more besides. Highlights include a signed photo of Peter Cullen (G1 Optimus Prime), an original page of art from IDW's live action movie adaptation by Alex Milne, the Ato Assembly 2009 postcard artwork by Andrew Wildman, a Beast Wars Transmetal Optimus Primal toy signed by Garry Chalk and much more besides. For a full list, keep checking the website. Remember, the auction is open to attendees (it takes place on Saturday afternoon) and non-attendees by way of proxy bidding.
Those of you who saw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen are sure to remember the scene in which Agent Simmons, Sam, Mikaela, Leo and Wheelie discovered Jetfire in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
There is now a special Transformers ROTF exhibit on display that features many of the props from the movie. It is located at Udvar Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum right outside of Washington, DC at Dulles Airport.
TFW2005's curlup recently visited this display and recounted his experiences here.
We have mirrored these images for your convenience.
Also of note is an Air and Space Museum presentation later this month. On August 27th, there will be a special lecture entitled Transformers: Cold War Toys for Boys from 12:30 TO 12:45 PM. For more information, click here.
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We'd like to thank Simon Plumbe of Auto Assembly 2009 for dropping us a line today with all the latest info on this great event.
Auto Assembly 2009 is now just two weeks to go and is already Europe's biggest ever Transformers convention with almost 450 people pre-registered to-date, beating the previous European attendance record of 423 set by Auto Assembly 2008 and we're still getting bookings coming in all the time... We are now convinced that we will hit the magical figure of 500 attendees that European events have wanted to reach for so long...
Booking Deadlines Updated
Even though the convention is incredibly close now, there is STILL time for you to pre-register! As we have said, the cut-off dates for pre-registrations were set a few weeks ago and are:-
Standard online bookings for weekend and one-day passes (UK):- 10th August 2009
Standard online bookings for weekend and one-day passes (International):- 3rd August 2009
Standard postal bookings for weekend and one-day passes (UK):- 5th August 2009
Standard postal bookings for weekend and one-day passes (International):- 3rd August 2009
Non-Attendee package purchases (worldwide):- 9:00 pm, 12th August 2009
So obviously for those of you living outside of the UK you need to get your bookings in VERY QUICKLY. However, for those of you who are booking for the FULL WEEKEND ONLY, we can offer you the chance to collect your passes on the Friday evening and we will send out your info packs and confirmation details electronically. This will ONLY apply to weekend pre-registrants and you must email us at the same time as booking to take advantage of this and colection of passes MUST be made on Friday 14th August. Bookings made for collection can only be taken online and must be made by no later than 9:00 pm on 12th August 2009 to allow us to produce your passes ready for collection.
Please note that these are the ABSOLUTE latest date that we can accept bookings and guarantee that your passes will reach you in time for the convention. If you book after these dates, we will do everything possible to get your passes to you before the convention takes place but please bear in mind the time taken for delivery and that we will have work pressures and we will be preparing, dismantling and packing all of our equipment for the convention on Wednesday 12th August so NO bookings will be able to be processed after 9:00 pm on that date.
We do anticipate that we will have on-the-door places available but at the moment we do not know how many of these there will be and tickets are selling very quickly at the moment. These will be announced on the website once pre-bookings close but to ensure your place pre-registration is recommended.
Hasbro Make A Return!
Yes, Hasbro are returning to Auto Assembly! Once again there will be a display from Hasbro and this time they will be sending a display along to the convention showcasing the 2009 toy range with twice as much space as they had last year! Once again, they will also be donating a huge amount of toys to the Charity Auction and Raffle...
Next Of Kins Performs Auto Assembly Official Theme Song
If you haven't read it on the website, Auto Assembly 2009 now has it's own official theme song for the convention. Written and performed by Next Of Kin who are appearing in concert at the convention on the Saturday evening doing a show of covers from the Animated movie, their song "Transform" has been chosen as the convention anthem for 2009. "Transform" was originally submitted to Paramount for inclusion in the soundtrack for Revenge Of The Fallen. To take a listen to the song, watch a music video they put together here:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RuB-E1ofKQ
Copies of the song will be available to buy at the convention on CD.
More convention updates very soon... For full details on Auto Assembly 2009 and to book your tickets, visit the website at http://www.autoassembly.org.uk
Auto Assembly 2009
Auto Assembly 2009 is a non-profit making convention for fans of Transformers and is being held on 15th - 16th August 2009 at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham, England.
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