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Update: Ticobot 2008 - First Transformers convention in Costa Rica

Transformers News: Update: Ticobot 2008 - First Transformers convention in Costa Rica
Date: Thursday, November 20th 2008 11:10am CST
Categories: Toy News, Event News, Site Articles, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): mdverde

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Views: 31,990 mdverde has posted an update regarding TICOBOT, the first Transformers Convention ever to be held in Costa Rica. After what we're being showed here, we can only imagine what to expect next year. Here's what was shared:

Ticobot was a huge success beyond all expectations.

Early in the morning on Saturday, November 1st, it was noted that this won’t be a normal weekend at the Children’s Museum. The crowd seemed eager to enter to the building where the first Transformers convention in Costa Rica will be held. A long queue of about 600 feet was formed out of the former stronghold and the people stream was constant during the day and even was increased during the Sunday.

At the main lounge of the Youth Complex of the Children’s Museum, named “Kaopakawe” (by its aboriginal name), several sponsors and mini-stores were located, with a lot of Transformers related products, among comics, mecha and anime stuff. In the back yard of the building, some real cars were shown, including a Shelby GT500 2008 that left with their mouths open to many people, by for its resemblance to the Camaro Bumblebee from the live action Movie. Also a classic Volskwagen Beetle was shown homage to G1 Bumblebee, and a Transformer-themed Nissan Sentra.



The display of thousands of figures from characters from all Transformers eras, from 1984 to 2008, talks, movie and cartoon projections, contests, trivias, video games, face painting for children, and even a Soundwave costume, gave a lot to talk about to attendants and the media, telling that the event was a total success, even exceeding the organizing group expectations.



The event closed with a little concert with the excellent Costa Rican band Tres16, who performed several songs from the Transformers cartoons and movies, and also from other 80s cartoons.


According to official numbers from the Children’s Museum, 7,000 people attended Ticobot 2008 during the weekend, breaking all assistance records. Long queues were made to enter the main attraction of the event, the figure display area.

Entire families came to enjoy the convention, even from the most remote cities of the country and they left very satisfied, asking why there wasn’t an event like that before, and when will be the next one.

Right now, the Ticobot group is working in the “Ticobot 2009” that will be held on July 2009, some weeks after the premiere of the film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”. See you next year!

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Projections, trivia, talks and other games:



Photo Galleries:

Ticobot 2008, day 1 by mdverde
Ticobot 2008, day 2 by mdverde
Figures by Jason Brenes
Ticobot 2008, professional gallery by Andrés Guevara, day 1
"Robots took over Costa Rica", gallery in Viva Magazine, La Nación newspaper
Gallery in


Tres16 performing "The touch"

Tres16 performing "Transformers Theme" from the 1986 motion picture

Auto Assembly 2009: First of two guests announced

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2009: First of two guests announced
Date: Monday, November 17th 2008 6:22am CST
Category: Event News
Posted by: City Commander | Credit(s): Waaaaghlord, Auto Assembly site

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With many of the year's conventions now behind us, it is time to start planning for the next set to take place in 2009.

As reported by Seibertron's own Waaaaghlord, the first of Auto Assembly's two voice actor guests has been announced.
Our European fans will be joined at AA 2009 by none other than Ian James Corlett, the voice of Cheetor in the Beast Wars and Beast Machines.

Ian will be joining fans for the festivities for the whole weekend, and will partake in a live script reading session on Saturday night, and will also be giving a talk on one of the days (actual day to be decided).

For all those fans that grew up with the Beast Wars, this is a great oppurtunity to meet one of the Axalon's crew, and not an oppurtunity that should be passed up.

IDW to have "Parking Lot Sale"

Transformers News: IDW to have "Parking Lot Sale"
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2008 1:19pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News, Company News, Store News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): PW The Beat

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IDW Publishing has announced that it will be having a special "Parking Lot Sale" in the IDW facility parking lot. Here's the scoop as reported by PW The Beat:

On Saturday, December 6, from 10 am – 3 pm IDW will be having a parking lot sale! With special guests. A number of comic book creators will be on hand offering free autographs on their work, including Ben Templesmith (Wormwood, 30 Days of Night), Chris Ryall (Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show, Zombies vs. Robots), and Chris Mowry (Transformers).

The sale will be held in IDW’s parking lot, 5080 Santa Fe St, San Diego, CA 92109.

IDW is offering new comics for $1 each (Reg. $3.99 cover). Titles include — subject to availability — 30 Days of Night, Transformers, Star Trek, Wormwood, Spike, Fallen Angel, Dr. Who, Scarface, Gene Simmons, Metal Gear Solid, Clive Barker, Zombies vs. Robots, and CSI.

And thats only half of what was reported. Prices on Trade Paper Backs and other goodies can be found by viewing the complete article here.

So if you're in the San Diego or Southern California area, this will be a perfect time to stock up on the IDW titles you've been missing.

TFCON Update: Dates have been announced

Transformers News: TFCON Update: Dates have been announced
Date: Monday, November 10th 2008 7:07pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Event News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): TFCON

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TFCON has posted a major update on its website today. The dates for the two day event have been set.

November 10th - UPDATE: The date of TFcon 2009 has been announced. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Transformers, Canada's 8th Annual Transformers Collectors Convention will return to Toronto at the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport for a 2 day event on April 25th and 26th, 2009.

Pre-registration for the event is closed, but you can get all the details on events and guests by visiting the website,

2008 Holiday Season Toys 4 Tots Charities

Transformers News: 2008 Holiday Season Toys 4 Tots Charities
Date: Monday, November 3rd 2008 1:24pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Event News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Toys For Tots

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The 2008 Holiday Season is upon us Seibertronians, and with it comes the 61st Annual Toys 4 Tots charity drive, brought to us by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. This year, T4T’s hopes to collect thousands of toys for children near and far to bring a little cheer to those less fortunate this holiday season.

Throughout the nation, Toys R Us stores will be collecting toys for the event along with a host of other “drop off” sites. These toys that are collected will then be separated and shipped by the US Marine Reserves to local hospitals, schools and institutions for children to enjoy.

In conjunction with Toys R Us, HASBRO, Inc. and others, Toys 4 Tots is looking to make this year the biggest collection of toys ever! But they can’t do it without our help. So if you see a drop off bin at a TRU while your hunting for that exclusive, or notice that your local Fire Department is collecting toys as well, you can purchase any toy, preferably a Transformers toy, and leave it, unwrapped, with the collecting authority.

Let’s help to make this holiday season, that may be battered by rough financial times, a joyous one for some children who may only get this precious gift for the holidays.

Thank you all, Staff


Bob Budiansky to make rare Convenention Appearance

Transformers News: Bob Budiansky to make rare Convenention Appearance
Date: Friday, October 24th 2008 9:10pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s):

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With thanks to, we can announce that long time writer for the Generation 1 Marvel Comic series Bob Budiansky will be making an appearance at the 2009 New York Comic Con.

While the New York Comic Con runs from February 6-8 2009, Bob Budiansky will only be appearing on Saturday February the 7th.

Budiansky was responsible for writing most of the Marvel G1 Transformers comic issues from #3 to #55.

Also appearing at New York Comic Con 2009 will be Marvel G1 Transformers artist Herb Trimpe, who was responsible for the art is issues #11, #12 and #20, as well as providing numerous covers.
Herb Trimpe will be at the New York Comic Con 2009 for the duration of the event.

Auto Assembly 2009 Announced!

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2009 Announced!
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd 2008 6:37am CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): Simes

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The that works on setting up Auto Assembly has dropped by to announce that there will be a convention next year! Here's the complete press release below:

We are pleased to announced that Auto Assembly 2009 is coming! Europe's largest Transformers convention is back for 2009 and it is going to be bigger and better than ever! This time it is going to be a two-day convention allowing us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Transformers in style and will be a weekend packed with activities, dealers, guests and so much much!

The convention will be held on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August 2009, with a bonus mini programme of activities on the evening of Friday 14th August for those who book for the full weekend. Initially only weekend passes will be available, but single day tickets will be on sale closer to the convention should spaces still be available. There will be an extra special programme of activities running on Saturday evening until the early hours of Sunday, but these will be exclusive to weekend attendees!

The convention will be held at our new venue, The Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, which is on Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, right in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, England. It is an ideal location for anyone travelling to Birmingham from anywhere in the UK and is just 2 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street Station!

We have run a number of surveys to find out exactly what you want from Auto Assembly 2009 and we will be tailoring the activities and events to suit YOU the attendees. There will be so much going on that you won't have time to rest - from guest talks to video screenings, workshops to toy and art displays, dealers and competitions, a charity auction and games area, quizzes and much more besides. And for the first time ever at Auto Assembly, a live script reading from Transformers voice actors! Talking of voice actors, we will be having not one but TWO voice actors joining us at Auto Assembly 2009 to join in the celebrations!

We already have our first three guests confirmed - first up is legendary TF artist Andrew Wildman making his sixth appearance at Auto Assembly, secondly is IDW and Titan colourist Liam Shalloo, and third we have John McCrea whose Transformers work includes Titan Magazines Transformers and Transformers Animated titles. We will be announcing more over the next few days. We are also in the final stages of discussions with our first voice actor and hope to announce them in the next 7 days and the second actor in the next few weeks!

Ticket prices will be £45 for adults and £35 for concessions with reductions to just £40 and £30 for a limited period once bookings open for early registrations! We have also managed to negotiate for reduced accommodation rates in the Holiday Inn hotel for their superb bedrooms and these will be posted on the website.

We are also working our traditional goodie bag of free gifts for attendees and this is going to be our most spectacular yet. As always, there will be more gifts the earlier you register but this will include keyrings, postcards, DVDs (for the first 40+) and much more!! There will also be added bonuses for pre-registrants and if that wasn't enough, we are also looking at ways of improving our pre-registration system to make things smoother and faster than ever for all of you attending.

Bookings will open soon so keep an eye on the Auto Assembly website and all the usual Transformers websites and forums for all the latest news and developments as we have them.

We hope to see many of you there next year for what we think will be the biggest and best Auto Assembly ever!

Simon and Sven
Auto Assembly

tel: +44 (0)7860 948296

Ticobot 2008 - First Transformers convention in Costa Rica

Transformers News: Ticobot 2008 - First Transformers convention in Costa Rica
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd 2008 12:05am CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): mdverde

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A new convention destination has arisen in the world, this time in Costa Rica. An official press release regarding the event is included below from member, mdverde.


Hi guys.

Thanks to a Transformers fan group, on November 1st and 2nd 2008, Costa Rica will have the first Transformers convention event ever.

This event is called "Ticobot", because we costaricans are called "Ticos".

There will be a lot of activities including:

  • Transformers toys exhibition (more than 1,000 of toys together)[/*:m">
  • Movies and animated series projections[/*:m">
  • Draw contest[/*:m">
  • Build your transformers and robots with legos (for children)[/*:m">
  • Mud masks workshop[/*:m">
  • Trivias [/*:m">
  • Real transformers-related cars exhibition[/*:m">
  • Talks[/*:m">
  • A show with the rock band Tres16, playing Transformers-related songs and 80s cartoon themes.[/*:m">
  • Styrofoam models[/*:m">
  • Dealers area[/*:m">

The event will take place in at the Museo de los Niños, a place with a lot of space and facilities.

We already have the support from Hasbro for the event and some others local sponsors.

The web page for the event is [url">, but it’s in spanish.

Thanks for reading this.

- mdverde
- Ticobot organization group

Transformers: The Ride at Universal to open in 2011

Transformers News: Transformers: The Ride at Universal to open in 2011
Date: Monday, October 20th 2008 6:02pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Event News
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s):

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Universal Parks & Resorts have announced plans for the construction of a Transformers themed ride scheduled to open in early 2011 at their Hollywood location. Even earlier, Singapore location is scheduled to open in 2010. The ride will be comprised of advanced robotics, special effects, and 3D High Definition. To view the entire article and concept art of the ride, click here.

AutoAssembly 2009 update!

Transformers News: AutoAssembly 2009 update!
Date: Sunday, October 12th 2008 11:01am CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: City Commander | Credit(s): Dead Metal, Simon Plumbe

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New information has been received concerning Auto Assembly 2009.

Hi everyone,

We had an incredible response to our first survey about Auto Assembly 2009 and it's allowed us to make a lot of key decisions for next year's Auto Assembly convention to help us make it the biggest and best Transformers convention EVER that Europe will ever see. Thanks to YOUR input, we can confirm that Auto Assembly 2009 will be a TWO-DAY Transformers-only convention to be held once again in Birmingham, England, this time in our new venue, the Holiday Inn right in the City Centre.

We are still working on the exact date but we have a lot of exciting plans for the weekend including not one but TWO voice actors and a packed weekend of activities with so much going on that you won't have much free time during the weekend and plenty of different acitivies and events each day. Full weekend passes will be available as well as the option to book for single days but once again, we want to make sure that the convention is tailored to fit what YOU all want. So we're running another more detailed survey...

This time we want to know exactly what you want to see during the weekend. It's your chance to influence the programme during the weekend - what the focus of the convention will be, what events and activities we will have and even the type of things you want to see from our dealers!! 2009 is the 25th Anniversary of Transformers so lets celebrate in style!

Even if you haven't attended Auto Assembly before we still want to hear your views, and we'd love to hear from those of you who live outside of the UK who are considering attending in the 25th anniversary year next year. Don't forget that EVERY vote counts in this survey!

We will be taking all of your responses into consideration in planning for next year, as well as all of the additional comments you may make and we've already had some wonderful ideas come forward and some VERY useful comments that we will be taking on board for next time so those of you who have already responded have started to shape Auto Assembly 2009!

You can find the survey here:- ... lHMQ_3d_3d

The survey is only going to be open for a limited period of time as we want to confirm the date and first voice actor as soon as possible (we have one close to signing on the dotted line already!) and open bookings quickly so the closing date is Wednesday 15th October 2008.

Thanks in advance and we hope to see many of you there next year!

Simon and Sven
Auto Assembly

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