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At least 31 dead in Virginia Tech shooting rampage

Transformers News: At least 31 dead in Virginia Tech shooting rampage
Date: Monday, April 16th 2007 2:32pm CDT
Category: Site News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Cyclonus_3009

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BREAKING NEWS
NBC, MSNBC and news services
Updated: 11 minutes ago
BLACKSBURG, Va. - A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at a college in Virginia on Monday, killing at least 30 people in the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history. The gunman also was killed, and more than a dozen other people were injured.

“Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions,” said Charles Steger, president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, in southwest Virginia. “The university is shocked and indeed horrified.”

The shootings spread panic and confusion at the college, which is popularly known as Virginia Tech. Witnesses reporting students jumping out the windows of a classroom building to escape the gunfire.

Authorities said the gunman was dead after he shot nearly 50 people at two locations on campus. Twenty-one were confirmed dead, NBC News reported. At least 28 others were injured, at least four of whom were in critical condition, NBC affiliate WSLS-TV in nearby Roanoke reported, quoting local hospital officials.

The name of the gunman, whom witnesses described as a young Asian man wearing a maroon cap and a black leather jacket, was not released. It was not immediately clear whether he shot himself or was killed by police.

The man did not appear to be shooting at random, NBC News’ Pete Williams reported, quoting federal law enforcement officials. He appeared to have specifically targeted the two locations, a co-ed dormitory and a classroom in an engineering building.

Officials told Williams that they were investigating reports that the gunman may have chained the doors of the classroom closed so his victims could not escape.

No terrorism evidence
The university reported shootings at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus, beginning at 7:15 a.m. ET at West Ambler Johnston, a co-ed residence hall that houses 895 people.

The campus was under lockdown, with students asked to stay indoors and away from the windows, when authorities got word of gunfire about two hours later at Norris Hall, an engineering building.

Some but not all of the dead were students. One student was killed in the dorm, and the others were killed in the classroom, said Virginia Tech Police Chief W.R. Flinchum.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko in Washington said there was no immediate evidence to suggest it was a terrorist attack, “but all avenues will be explored.”

Law enforcement officials said the gunman carried two weapons, a 9-mm handgun and a 22-caliber gun, Williams reported.

Until Monday, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was in Killeen, Texas, in 1991, when George Hennard drove his pickup into a Luby’s Cafeteria and shot 23 people to death, then himself.


The deadliest previous campus shooting in U.S. history took place in 1966 at the University of Texas, where Charles Whitman climbed to the 28th-floor observation deck of a clock tower and opened fire. He killed 16 people before he was gunned down by police. In the Columbine High School bloodbath near Littleton, Colo., in 1999, two teenagers killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives.

After Monday’s shootings at Virginia Tech, all entrances to the campus were closed.

The university set up a meeting place for families to reunite with their children at the Inn at Virginia Tech. It also made counselors available and planned a convocation for Tuesday at the Cassell Coliseum basketball arena.

“There’s just a lot of commotion. It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on,” said Jason Anthony Smith, 19, who lives in the dorm where shooting took place.



Aimee Kanode, a freshman from Martinsville, said the shooting happened on the fourth floor of West Ambler Johnston dormitory, one floor above her room. Kanode’s resident assistant knocked on her door about 8 a.m. to notify students to stay put.

“They had us under lockdown,” Kanode said. “They temporarily lifted the lockdown; the gunman shot again.

“We’re all locked in our dorms surfing the Internet trying to figure out what’s going on,” Kanode said.

New KO / Repro Diaclone Swoop available.

Transformers News: New KO / Repro Diaclone Swoop available.
Date: Monday, April 16th 2007 12:35pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: GetterDragun | Credit(s): GetterDragun, Strata32000

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E-Bay seller Strata32000 has a Diaclone repro/KO Swoop available. While we are all aware of the G1 Swoop KO/REpro, this color scheme is new. It comes in a G1 Box with Swoop colored as a Diaclone figure. While the figure is very accurate to the originial Diaclone Swoop, the box is the giveaway, just be cautious of loose Diaclone Swoops appearing on e-bay.

To see the auction, check out the link here:
KO Diaclone Swoop Auction

Diamond Comics Shipping List For April 18th, 2007

Transformers News: Diamond Comics Shipping List For April 18th, 2007
Date: Monday, April 16th 2007 11:19am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Diamond Comics Distributors

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The products on the list(s) below from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores on the indicated date(s) below. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.


Products available this week on April 18th, 2007:

  • MAR073466 GI JOE GRAHAM CRACKERS EXCLUSIVE TRIPLE TREAT SET $8.99
  • FEB073529 TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT TARGET 2006 #1 $3.99


    Products available next week on April 25th, 2007:

  • MAR073503 TRANSFORMERS PRIME DIRECTIVE MOVIE PREQUEL #4 $3.99

    Product Codes

    (O/A) offered again
    (PI) please inquire at your store
    (MR) mature readers
    (RES) resolicited
    (Note Price) new price increase

  • TransformersCon Update! New Images of G2 Flamethrower!

    Date: Sunday, April 15th 2007 11:26pm CDT
    Categories: Toy News, Event News
    Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): TransformersCon.com

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    TransformersCon.com has once again posted another update on their website.

    According to the site, the exclusive WST G2 Flamethrower is already 50% sold out on the pre-orders!

    If you have been holding off ordering yours, you may want to get your pre-order in today!

    Go to TFSource.com to get your order in now!

    Convention Season Starts for Simon Furman

    Transformers News: Convention Season Starts for Simon Furman
    Date: Sunday, April 15th 2007 7:07pm CDT
    Categories: Event News, People News
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): simonfurman.wordpress.com

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    Simon Furman has updated his blog page once again. The following has been taken from his most recent entry.

    "It's building up to be a very busy spring/summer season for me this year, with several personal appearances lined up both here (in the UK) and in the US. It all kicks off this coming week in Derry, Northern Ireland, at 2D: The Northern Ireland Comics Festival (April 19th-21st). I'll be appearing at the event, on assorted panels and workshops, along with an amazing line-up of artists and writer/artists, including John McCrea, Charlie Adlard, Garry Leach and Rufus Dayglo. The guest list also includes former Transformers artists Will Simpson ('In the National Interest', 'Target: 2006' and many others) and Mike Collins ('Crisis of Command', 'Man of Iron'). The 'open to the public day' is Saturday 21st. The main venue is The Verbal Arts Centre (at Bishop's Gate). For more details and scheduling check out http://www.2dfestival.com, and please note that all guests are subject to possible last minute changes. If you're in the area, do try and come along. I'll be re-running a presentation I put together with TF artist Nick Roche (for a previous convention), which shows the evolution of a page of Transformers Spotlight: Shockwave (from plot/script to finished art). Next up is the (UK) Bristol Comicon on Saturday May 12th. More on that (here) soon!".

    Revoltech G1 Megatron Out Now in Japan

    Transformers News: Revoltech G1 Megatron Out Now in Japan
    Date: Sunday, April 15th 2007 6:12pm CDT
    Categories: Toy News, Sightings
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): PrimeTime of TFans.com

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    We have some good news for fans of the Transformers Revoltech line. PrimeTime of TFans.com has reported that Revoltech G1 Megatron has been released in Japan. PrimeTime has also posted new images of the figure that you can view here.

    Two New Japanese Beast Wars Reissues Announced

    Transformers News: Two New Japanese Beast Wars Reissues Announced
    Date: Sunday, April 15th 2007 6:03pm CDT
    Category: Toy News
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): UltraPrimal, Rakuten.co.jp and Transformers @ The Moon

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    It looks like Takara/Tomy will be releasing more Beast Wars reissues. Rakuten.co.jp has posted an announcement that Takara/Tomy will be releasing two more Beast Wars reissues. The reissues will be TM-12 Gimlet, known in the U.S. as Sea Clamp, and TM-13 Motor Arm, know in the U.S. as, Ramhorn. The figures will be released this summer in August.

    Dairycon '07 Gallery Now On-line!

    Transformers News: Dairycon '07 Gallery Now On-line!
    Date: Sunday, April 15th 2007 4:04pm CDT
    Categories: Site News, Toy News, Event News, Site Articles
    Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): Fender Bender

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    Greetings fellow Seibertronians! Just letting everyone across the world know about a little convention in Fond du Lac, WI called Dairycon which happened yesterday on April 14, 2007. Your's truly had the opportunity to attend Dairycon and take some pictures for your viewing enjoyment.

    If you live in the Great Lakes region, you should definately try to attend in 2008! Anway, without further delay, click here to see my first ever photo gallery!

    For those wondering what the Dairycon exclusives were, they are as follows:

    Checkers - Repaint of Spychanger Prowl (Attendee Exclusive)
    Nachos BelGrande -G1 Brawn repaint (Raffle Prize)
    Washout - Beast Machines Tankor repaint (VERY Limited Raffle Prize)

    New Images of Movie Deluxe Jazz Figure

    Transformers News: New Images of Movie Deluxe Jazz Figure
    Date: Sunday, April 15th 2007 2:22pm CDT
    Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Sightings
    Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Airraid of TFW2005.com

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    Hot on the heels of this sighting of Transformers Movie Deluxe Bonecrusher released at retail stores, other users are also sighting some movie figures being released early.

    Airraid of TFW2005 found the Deluxe-class Brawl, Bumblebee and Jazz, and reported seeing Bonecrusher and Swindle at a Toys R Us store in Ohio. Airraid also took some photos of what are now the very first pics the fandom has seen of the actual robot mode for the movie Jazz deluxe figure. you can see the photos here.

    New Images of Movie Scorponok Toy

    Transformers News: New Images of Movie Scorponok Toy
    Date: Sunday, April 15th 2007 10:35am CDT
    Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
    Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): ACToys

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    ACToys has posted images of several Transformers movie figures. Most we've seen plenty of already, but there are some clear, close-up images of the deluxe-class Scorponok, a figure we haven't seen many images of so far, in both modes. You can check out the pics here.

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