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TF ConVersions Countdown / Hasbro NL update

Transformers News: TF ConVersions Countdown / Hasbro NL update
Date: Tuesday, June 2nd 2009 6:33pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Company News, Media
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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With less than 12 days still to go, the Transformers Convention based in the Netherlands under the name TF ConVersions will make its presence known for a third straight year. To be held in Nieuwegein at the Merwestein Sport Complex on June 14th, the event has given another update on their site.

But there is more news reported on their site. Hasbro has created a new dutch website to promote the new toys of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Along regular promotions for both the RotF line and the Animated line, a dutch commercial can also be found here. An extra detail about the commercial is the fact that the actor, who voices the dutch Optimus Prime in the TV Spot, is Hero Muller. The actor who dubbed Optimus Prime in the dutch version of the original cartoon in the 80's.

Go bowling with ROTF UPDATED!

Transformers News: Go bowling with ROTF UPDATED!
Date: Tuesday, June 2nd 2009 3:44pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Event News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Mark Deering, Leading Edge Promotions

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Mark Deering has informed us that the Brunswick Bowling Centers will be featuring a special even related to Transformers Revenge of The Fallen this summer. This even will be called Transformers in a Bowling Club and gives you the chance to win awesome Transformers related bowling equipment.
You can win:
A Bowling ball sporting ether graphics of Megatron or Optimus Prime or Good vs. Evil
Or if you don't want the ball you can have a pin with the same choices as the ball.
Click here to see them.

You can visit their website, which hasn't been updated with the event yet by clicking here.


The official site for the promotion is up and revealed it's true name, "Transformers Revenge of The Fallen Bowling League". See the site and the products by clicking here.

Stay tuned to for all your Transformers related news!

BotCon 2009: Hasbro's Design Panel. Drift anyone?

Transformers News: BotCon 2009: Hasbro's Design Panel. Drift anyone?
Date: Monday, June 1st 2009 3:02pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News
Posted by: Seibertron

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Hasbro's design panel was this past Sunday at BotCon 2009, which was kind of like a follow-up to the previous day's Hasbro Review and Q&A panel. Here're a few additional notes that I took.

1. Hasbro showed us Human Alliance Skids and Arcee with Mikeala. Looks nice!

2. EMP generator will attach to TFA Cybertronian Ratchet, comes with paddles for a "jump start"

3. All pieces of Wingblade Optimus fit on Voyager figure as well

4. ROTF Scout Brakedown is colored in G1 Brakedown colors in concept art

5. Deluxe Drift!!!!! Showed us some design drawings ... in very early stages

6. Leader class Starscream ... complete with hands! Gatling guns on his forearms w/ speech and TF sound, plus mech alive.

To view about Saturday's Hasbro Review and Q&A panel, click here.

BotCon 2009: Gallery of upcoming Transformers Animated toys

Transformers News: BotCon 2009: Gallery of upcoming Transformers Animated toys
Date: Monday, June 1st 2009 2:05pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News
Posted by: Seibertron

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Cybertronian Ratchet. Hydrodive Bumblebee. Rodimus Minor. Arcee. Goldfire Grimlock. Hasbro teased us at their panel on Saturday. On Sunday, they put the figures out on display during the last few hours of BotCon. Check out the pics here.

Gallery of upcoming Transformers Animated toys

Gallery of upcoming Transformers Animated toys

Gallery of upcoming Transformers Animated toys

Gallery of upcoming Transformers Animated toys

Gallery of upcoming Transformers Animated toys

BotCon 2009: interview w/ Gregg Berger

Transformers News: BotCon 2009: interview w/ Gregg Berger
Date: Monday, June 1st 2009 1:36pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Site Articles, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Delicon and Savage

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On Sunday, the final day of BotCon, mere hours before the close of the convention, our own dear Delicon had the notable opportunity of interviewing Mr. Gregg Berger, most known in our fandom as the voice of G1 Grimlock. Yours truly was honored to be called upon to transcribe the interview as it occurred. For me, it was both a joy and a learning experience, as I had no idea of the sheer number of current projects that Mr. Berger is involved in. Let me assure you, they are numerous. Because of this, we here at Seibertron.Com are truly grateful to Mr. Berger for taking the time to speak with us and provide insight into his amazing and inspiring career.

So, without further delay, the interview:

Delicon: What, generally speaking, has the Botcon experience been like for you so far? Are there any aspects of fandom that surprise you?

Berger: It's more than meets the eye! You have to be here to experience it and feel it. The energy is global, maybe galactic, and accessible to all. They have set the bar so high that the biggest surprise of all is that they have exceeded all expectations! It rocks so hard!

The autograph lines have been insane, what is most unusual thing you have autographed both at this convention and overall?

Berger: Although I autographed the inside of several shoes at this con, my most unusual signing ever was an @$$ cheek, which I have been told went straight to a tattooer.

Delicon: What aspects of TransFormers, particularly G1, do you feel influence modern shows, or their creators as something that affected them?

Berger: I think it had, in its time, an enormous effect on people who have now grown into not only a devoted fanbase, but also show creators, and creatives in general. So many people in so many creative circles credit their rabid devotion to Transformers growing up as part of their wonder years, and consequently part of them. I was introduced last week by someone who said, "This is the man who made me late for school and made me rush home after school." That feels so good I can't tell you.

Delicon: You worked with so many voice actors on Transformers and other shows. Name one or two that stand out and why?

Berger: I would say, personally, Scatman Crothers made me anxious for the times that we were not recording, because he would bring a ukulele or tell stories, and he had such a magical quality about him as a person that I just wanted to sit and listen to whatever he had to say. I still worked with Frank Welker nearly every week on new episodes of "Garfield," but when "Transformers" was working I was the new kid and was awed by his, and everyone's, incredible talent, and Frank's in particular, his sense of fun and play, keeping the sessions always fresh.

Delicon: You've done mostly voice acting, but have a regular acting background as well. Do you have a preference of the two? Is there more job security in voice acting?

I don't believe there is job security for anyone who feels that they are guaranteed job security. Every opportunity stands alone and must be earned. I love the voiceover community, but I love the on-camera, onstage, and personal appearance opportunities I have been afforded as well. I'm not trying to bail on the question,
but the truth is I love whatever I'm doing at the moment.

Delicon: You're most well-known in TransFormers for your portrayal of Grimlock, but you've done a host of characters on many shows. Are there any characters you identify with on a personal level?

Berger: To some degree, all of them, which is how actors should approach their work. But strictly on the optimism level, I would have to say, Spirit from "GI Joe."

Delicon: Final question. Thank you very much for you time today, we greatly appreciate it. This is your opportunity to pitch any upcoming projects, I'm sure fans would love to know.

Berger: I am happily so busy at the moment that I need an air traffic controller! I am Captain Cutter in "Halo Wars", Kingpin in "Spiderman: Web of Shadows", Fred Dukes aka the Blob in "X-men Origins: Wolverine: The Game," two major characters in "Guild Wars 2," and I narrate "Shadow Force" for the History Channel. New "Garfield"s are in production and began airing in May on Cartoon Network UK, so hopefully other markets in the near future. Boy did you pick the right time to ask me that question!

Final Fantasy fans can look for Gregg as the voice of Jecht in Final Fantasy Dissidia. You can also find Mr. Berger by visiting and at his Myspace Page. Special thanks to Mr. Berger's representative, Emily Danyel for giving us the opportunity to interview him. Emily can be contacted at and at 1 (310) 497-7994.

Something that many non-Botconners may not realise is that most actors who sign autographs at BotCon do so at a small table at some assigned location for a specified amount of time. However, Mr. Berger had his own booth in the Sales Room at the convention, where he signed autographs for anyone who came by during the day. No lines, just come by the booth, bring an item, or buy one of a variety of photos of Gregg and/or Grimlock (as well as some other characters he's voiced). Now, keep in mind that even Big Bad Toy Store has to pay to have a booth in the Sales Room. There's no confirmed proof that Mr. Berger actually paid money to make himself available to the fans for a far longer time, but it certainly seems that way.

In closing, I'd like to once again express how much I, and I'm sure we as a fan community, appreciate Mr. Berger and all of his hard work. It's because of his work, and that of many others, that we enjoy the vast array of Transformers fiction that we do.

Botcon 2009 Poster Art

Transformers News: Botcon 2009 Poster Art
Date: Sunday, May 31st 2009 6:11pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News, Collectables
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Alex Milne

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Artist extraordinaire Alex Milne has updated his DeviantArt page with the art from his Botcon 2009 poster.

The poster features characters that fall within the 25th Anniversary line, including Classics, Robot Heroes and Botcon Exclusive figures.

Check out Alex's poster art by clicking here.

BotCon 2009: Saturday Night's Paramount Party

Transformers News: BotCon 2009: Saturday Night's Paramount Party
Date: Sunday, May 31st 2009 11:35am CDT
Categories: Site News, Movie News, Event News
Posted by: Seibertron

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The annual Saturday night party at Botcon was at Paramount this year. Dinner was eaten, drinks were enjoyed, ROTF preview clips were presented by Michael Bay, and awards were handed out. Fans listened to Vince DiCola and Stan Bush perform throughout the night while Weird Al signed autographs. Tyrese Gibson made a surprise appearance earlier in the night and Peter Cullen had a few moments at the microphone as well. Check out all the pics here.

BotCon 2009: wins "Best News Site"

Transformers News: BotCon 2009: wins "Best News Site"
Date: Sunday, May 31st 2009 3:53am CDT
Categories: Site News, Event News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): The Members and Fans

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The staff at is proud to announce that for the second consecutive year, we were honored as the best "News Website" during the awards ceremony at BotCon 2009.

The award was presented tonight during the special "Party at Paramount." Accepting the award was site owner Ryan Yzquierdo. is now a 5-time award-winning website.

Ryan and the entire staff at would like to thank Brian Savage, Fun Publications and the loyal visitors of this site for their continued support and their role in bringing us this great honor.

BotCon 2009: Bay presents special ROTF footage - SPOILERS!!!

Transformers News: BotCon 2009: Bay presents special ROTF footage - SPOILERS!!!
Date: Sunday, May 31st 2009 2:42am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Event News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Michael Bay, BotCon

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Botcon attendees were treated to a very special preview of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen by Director Michael Bay. He talked with us about the making of the film and how it still isn't completed. He also made note that the footage we were about to be shown was not complete graphics wise but featured some MAJOR SPOILERS!!!

Warning!!! Do not read on if you want to avoid spoilers.

With our anticipation at its highest level, the attendees of Botcon roared into cheer as the first clip of the movie started. The footage started with John Turturro and Sam's roomate in the middle of a construction zone looking on to a group of construction vehicles surround them. The constructicons were revealed when Mixmasters Decepticon symbol is shown and Scavenger begins to transform. At the same time the other constructicons move closer to form Devastator!!!

Scavenger literally forces all the other constructicons into the gestalt ala Scorpion in Mortal Kombat. Tuturro then runs with Sam's roomate when the scene cuts to Sam and Mikaela running from Rampage.

Rampage begins chasing Sam's father when Sam jumps in front of him to draw his attention. Sam then says "Wait, it's not them you want. It's this, the MATRIX! He then holds up an item and continues to coax Rampage when Bumblebee arrives. The battle begins.

Rampage and Bumblebee fight ferociously with Bumblebee getting the better of Rampage when Ravage enters the fray. Using his hip cannons he blasts Bee and jumps on his back. Bumblebee then forces Rampage to the ground when Rampage lunges for Sam and takes Ravage and terrors him apart piece by piece.

Bumblebee then rips Rampages arm off and decapitates him.

More info to come.

Botcon 2009: Weird Al Yankovic and David Kaye TF Animated Panel

Transformers News: Botcon 2009: Weird Al Yankovic and David Kaye TF Animated Panel
Date: Saturday, May 30th 2009 6:13pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Botcon

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Continuing coverage of the Botcon 2009 Panels brings us David Kaye and Weird Al Yankovich doing a question and answer session for attendees. We were treated to a host of impressions from the duo along with some comedic answers to questions posed by Botcon goers. Here’s a portion of the Q & A session for your reading pleasure:

The duo started off explaining how it was when they first worked with each other and how they prepared for it.

David Kaye: When we get a script or breakdown of characters we see whos playing who and when I saw that it was Weird Al playing Wreck Gar it was surreal.

Weird Al: Its was fun developing Wreck Gar cause my character voice is really just my regular voice but a lot more obnoxious.

Q and A

For Al, have you ever thought about doing a parody of the Touch?

I was thinking of doing a speed metal version of it but it got a little outdated.

What was your favorite part of TFA?

We loved every time we worked together.

For Al, can you describe the process of choosing parody songs?

There’s no real set of parameters for choosing a song, but I browse the billboards top songs, which ones are the most popular and pick candidates and come up with a whacky idea for it then go about getting permission to do the parody.

For Al, what was your initial reaction when asked to come back to Transformers?

I was for it, like sure, I’m a big fan of Transformers and it was a great way to complete the circle.

If they were to do another Animated movie would you…?

YES! (from both).

For David, is there any other character you’d like to do?
Oh God how many toys are there. 12? I’d do 12 other voices. Al does “Hi I’m Megatron” in Wreck Gars voice.

How much did you improvise when working together? Was it encouraged?

Al: Well my involvement was pretty limited and I just followed the script. I did add in laughing and such to add to the character. David: Every once and a while we try to do things a little different but most of the time we just stuck to the script.

For Al, Since you’ve met so many people in the voice acting industry have you wanted to bring any on your albums?

I’ve met people and done it on a couple of occasions starting back in 1983. I’ve been fortunate work with some of the greatest voice actors in the world and had the opportunity to work with some on my albums.

What is the strangest thing you’d have to autograph at a convention?

Weird Al, sometimes its somebody’s body part and the next time I see them its tattooed on them. David: I autographed a baby this morning.

For David, which Transformers series did you enjoy working on the most?

Animated because of the people I was with, but I liked them all.

For David, which character did you like the most?

I had a lot of fun with Megatron, he was great to do as opposed to when I play a good guy I’m limited to what I can do.

Weird Al, if ever you were asked to work on the live action movie would you consider it? (Jokingly) I’d think about it. David, Yes.

For Weird Al, what was your reaction when you saw your song, Dare to be Stupid, on a movie with a bunch of robots break dancing to it?

[b]Well, when I wrote this song I thought someday it’d be great to see a bunch of robots break dancing to it.

For Weird Al, would Wreck Gar hire himself to the Detroit Garbage Collection?

Boy, I have to really peel back the layers of my character to give you a definite answer on that…..Yes.

For Weird Al, how did you come up with the idea of Wreck Gar just repeating everything he hears?
This is a fascinating story, really…. I read the script.

What do you guys do when your not working?

Weird Al, well I try to spend as much time with my family as I can, I have a six year old daughter who’s very imaginative and is into Star Wars but sometimes ask me to do Wreck Gar around the house. David, well it’s the same for me, my family is actually here in the crowd.

With all the voice acting and changing in pitch, do you have to do voice exercises to tune into characters?

Weird Al, I eat nothing but boiled squash all day. David, I do do certain voice training techniques to help with certain characters.

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