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Update to All BotCon Attendees

Transformers News: Update to All BotCon Attendees
Date: Wednesday, June 13th 2007 1:00pm CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): BotCon

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The folks at BotCon have sent out a new email update. This recent update deals with selling BotCon Packages on Ebay. Here is a copy of the latest email:

"It has been brought to our attention that someone is trying to sell Primus Packages on Ebay. We do not allow this. Packages are not transferable. We will not transfer a package to anyone else. If you try to do this, we will consider this a package cancellation. We do allow those who can't come (who ordered a Primus package) to convert to a non-attending or Iacon package.

Please keep in mind that anything you bid for online is a non-attending set. We don't want you to bid on something that the owner does not have rights to sell.



Transformers Videobot Contest

Transformers News: Transformers Videobot Contest
Date: Wednesday, June 13th 2007 4:18am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, Store News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s):, dragons

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Do you think you have the skills to make the ultimate Transformers video? has launched a Transformers video contest.

Create your own TRANSFORMERS video. The video can have any theme as long as it involves your enthusiasm for TRANSFORMERS. It can be a comedy, drama, action, romance, whatever, just be creative and use your imagination. Maybe you want to create your own mini-episode of the original TRANSFORMERS TV show or even a stop-motion action video with TRANSFORMERS action figures.

Just make sure it is creative and "MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE". The video needs to be between thirty seconds and five minutes in length. You will also have the opportunity to remix your video with TRANSFORMERS animated footage. You can submit and upload your self-produced clips, edit that footage with TRANSFORMERS content or create a video solely using the provided TRANSFORMERS animation.

Sound and video clips from various original TRANSFORMERS episodes have been provided by Hasbro. The clips are available in the Jumpcut movie editor. Click on upload video to find out more about how to create / submit your entry to become the ultimate TRANSFORMERS Videobot!

• 1ST PLACE One of a kind collectible Vacuum Metalized (chrome) OPTIMUS PRIME
• 2ND PLACE Exclusive TRANSFORMERS movie pack
• 3RD PLACE Ultimate TRANSFORMERS movie toy collection

Click here to view the entire contest and rules:'s notes and photos from Activision's Transformers game event

Transformers News:'s notes and photos from Activision's Transformers game event
Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 9:55pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Game News, Media, Movie News
Posted by: Seibertron

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Activision invited several key Transformers related websites out to Los Angeles on June 6th, 2007, for a Q&A session and to have some hands-on demonstration with the Transformers game on each of the major platforms. As many of you know, the owner of is pretty triggerhappy with his camera so there are some repetitive pictures from the Q&A session. Nonetheless, the pictures capture the event for everyone to enjoy.

Each of us at the event were able to play each of the major 5 platforms for about 20 minutes each. Bottom line is this: if you don't own a Wii, a Nintendo DS, an Xbox 360, a Sony PSP or a Sony Playstation 3 ... you need to go out to buy one. The platforms are truly incredible and the handhelds are a lot of fun.

Below are some notes that I took while attending the Activision event. I'm not a big fan of writing reviews so hopefully you'll find some of the information that I posted from my notes and in the galleries useful as we continue to get closer to the release of the Transformers games from Activision and the worldwide release of the Transformers Movie. The notes presented below are in the order that information was provided to me at the event, so some of it is out of order.

Please let me know if you guys have some additional questions. Thanks!



Related Photo Galleries:

  • Photos from the Activision Press Event

  • Screenshots from the Microsoft XBox 360

  • Screenshots from the Playstation 3

  • Screenshots from the Nintendo Wii

  • Screenshots from the Sony PSP

  • Screenshots from the Nintendo DS

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    Notes from the Transformers Game Event:
    • The opening cinematic that Activision showed us is mind-blowingly awesome. It opens on Cybertron. The computer animation is simply beautiful. It looks like there was a fully rendered Cybertron in the style of G1, not the style that's on
    • Activision showed us a cinematic that features Bumblebee landing on Earth. Optimus Prime states Bumblebee's mission. We've seen this mission objective via radio intercom used in the past for the 2004 Transformers Armada game from Atari. Bumblebee then scans a Camaro that is alone in an empty parking lot.
    • Bumblebee battles Swindle
    • Activision demo'ed a lot of the transformations.
    • The game makes use of a radar that shows your location, a map of the area as well as any enemy targets which are marked with their faction symbol. The radar is similar to that used in other major platform games.
    • The Transformers can climb the sides of buildings.
    • There is a ton of interaction with the city and such.
    • Every 20 energon cubes you obtain unlocks a different mission/objective, unlockable characters, features, etc.
    • The game has a lot of Easter eggs throughout the game such as a building called "Seaspray's fish and chips" or "Hound's Hot Dogs".
    • Activision referred to the faction symbols as "shields" which I don't think I've heard anyone do before.
    • Next, Activision showed us a cinematic with Barricade, Mikeala and Sam.
    • "Protect and Serve" mission objective: defeat Barricade and get to Sam before him. Story: The Decepticon Barricade has posed as a human Police vehicle in an effort to harm. More ...
    • Optimus Prime announces what Bumblebee should be doing. Peter Cullen has done an incredible job with his Optimus Prime voice. It totally sounds like his G1 self.
    • Barricade and Bumblebee battle around Tranquility high school.
    • Trivia: tranquility sharks
    • The transformation sound is similar to what we hear in the movie ... there is no use of the G1 transformation sound.
    • While Bumblebee and Barricade are battling, the action moves to a cinematic with them on a highschool football field. The action is beautfil
    • One of Bumblebee's mission is called "Plight of the Bumblebee" (a nod to Marvel Comics' Transformers #16).
    • Something from the "Plight of the Bumblebee" comic book is available as an unlockable feature (not sure if it's the full comic or cover art).
    • Activision compared the interactive environment like a "ball in a china shop scenario"
    • "Unfriendly Skies" Objective: ground Starscream and defeat him. Story: Starscream is after the AllSpark. Shoot him out of the sky ...
    • Optimus Prime to Jazz: "Starscream ... take him out."
    • The game uses small Autobot or Decepticon shields on the radar to identify the enemy's location.
    • Starscream is HUGE compared to Jazz ... but in an entertaining "omigod the bad guy is so big" kind of way.
    • Jazz is voiced by an African American voice actor.
    • Activision's Dreadwind character battles Jazz.
    • Activision's Daniel talks about working with Hasbro to collaborate with Aaron Archer and crew for the movie game toys.
    • The characters in the game have shadows.
    • The police chase after Jazz while battling the Decepticons.
    • "Hound's Hot Dogs" on Main St. during Jazz's battle with Dreadwind.
    • Next cinemtatic that was showed to us: Decepticons versus Jazz (Blackout and Dreadwind ... Starscream takes off during Jazz's battle).
    • Jazz then battles Blackout, who looks phenomenal.
    • Unlockable characters ... G1!!! (Including G1 Optimus Prime plus repaints. I also wrote down Megatron but we weren't shown this and I don't remember this being mentioned), television openers
    • Their intention was to satisfy the fans.
    • G1 Optimus Prime looks beautiful ... it's incredible to see G1 Prime rendered like this!
    • The cars have weapons and nitro.
    • G1 Optimus Prime can fire missiles.
    • "Heavy Weapon" Objective: defeat Shockwave
    • Shockwave is a purple triplechanger complete with a G1 styled head.
    • Missile turret, helicopter and a robot.
    • Shockwave's transformation is awesome.
    • Jazz voices to Optimus Prime via radio transmission for his mission.
    • Optimus Prime quotes: "I can't let him get away", "You will not cause anymore destruction, Decepticon."
    • Activision wanted to create a game that plays up the movie and the fans.
    • "Transformations actually mean something in the game."
    • Amazing destruction technology ... almost fully interactive environment. Very impressive!
    • The complexity of the transformations really surprised Activision.
    • A lot of information wasn't available (i.e. voice of Megatron) so they worked with what they had at the time.
    • Activision was able to use a lot of the ILM assets, which ILM/Dreamworks/Paramount was more than happy to share.
    • Tom: "game gives a lot of backstory to the movie that was never shot."
    • Peter Cullen (re: working with welker again): "It was fantastic, has always been when I work with Frank. We work well together. Frank's kind of like a fuse ... you just kind of never know when he's going to blow up. but he never does. It's always in a good way."
    • Tom DeSanto was asked about special features for the DVD: Michael Bay is a DVD fan. Tom doesn't want to give anything away.
    • Activision views the handhelds (DS and PSP) as supplementals to the platform versions.
    • DS version takes advantage of the hardware considerably. It really pushed the limits.
    • PSP: wanted to make a game with the Transformers stuff that they themselves wanted to see in a game (they are fans).
    • There are 26 characters in the PSP.
    • A company called "Savage" worked on the PSP.
    • PSP provides a unique experience you aren't going to get anywhere else such as versus modes, capture the flag, etc.

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    New Hoyts Movie Contest in Australia

    Transformers News: New Hoyts Movie Contest in Australia
    Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 7:18pm CDT
    Categories: Event News, Movie News
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): i_amtrunks

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    Our own i_amtrunks has informed us about a new Transformers Movie contest in Australia. Here is what he reported:

    "Since the previous Hoyts competition ended last night, they have released details for a new competition:

    To launch this long awaited movie we're giving you the chance to WIN one of 10 Transformers prize packs, including a Hasbro Voyager Figure, Hasbro Deluxe Figure, Transformer Pen and an in-season double pass to see Transformers - all courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Hasbro.

    You have to be a ninemsn member (hotmail counts)and Quote:

    Transformers Movie Advance Screening Report (from Australia).

    Transformers News: Transformers Movie Advance Screening Report (from Australia).
    Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 12:03pm CDT
    Categories: Event News, Movie News
    Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Burn

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    Seibertron's own Burn gives a first hand breakdown and report about the special screening that happened in Australia...

    "So it's now just a bit before 10:30pm Australian time and I just got back to the hotel after seeing the movie.

    So, where to begin? Well for starters, we're not allowed to talk about the movie until the 28th.

    What we are allowed to talk about is the event it's self...

    The red carpet was actually a "camo" carpet and the announcer made the comment "we've transformed this place into a junkyard, to make the Autobots feel at home" which gave me a bit of a chuckle.

    What did get annoying though was him constantly referring to Autobots as "Autobarns", someone obviously corrected him though.

    He kept handing out free tickets until the celebrities turned up, they also had music blasting away, and Lion's Transformers theme was one of them. It was the only TF related music they played.

    They were also hyping the fact they had a Hummer there done up with the Transformers logo, nothing spiffy about that really but apparently we were suppose to be in awe.

    A bunch of celebrities attended (Mulla can provide a full list after he swangled a Media pass and scored a media press kit), Megan Fox was the first to arrive and she did over the camo carpet. Michael Bay eventually turned up which is when things got a little crazy as we were told we could begin entering the theatre, except we had no idea where.

    It was all quite a bit disorganized at that point but we eventually found our way in. There were two cinemas in use with Bay and the Rachel chick in one and Megan Fox in the other.

    Bay got up and gave a speech at the beginning and stated that he had only finished the movie 19 hours ago (complete with one big error), then the movie got started and we were treated to one hell of a fantastic movie.

    There's good points and bad points but quite frankly the good definitely outweighs the bad. I'll post more and some pics (provided they turn out) when I got home in a couple of days.

    But I'll say this. GO AND SEE THIS **** MOVIE!"

    Sounds like we will have more to report and hopefully some pictures to share from other Australian members when they start reporting in and sharing how things went. Thanks Burn!

    New Images of BotCon 2007 Dirge and Thrust

    Transformers News: New Images of BotCon 2007 Dirge and Thrust
    Date: Monday, June 11th 2007 1:41pm CDT
    Categories: Event News, Toy News
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): ebay seller paranooid

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    We reported in March that the exclusive BotCon set would include Dirge and Thrust. Since that time we have seen only a few images of the figures. Now there are more photos of the two figures thanks to ebay seller paranooid, who has posted an auction for both figures. Here are the images from the auction:

    IDW UK Signing Photos

    Transformers News: IDW UK Signing Photos
    Date: Monday, June 11th 2007 1:36pm CDT
    Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s):

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    This past Saturday, June 9th, Chris Ryall, Simon Furman, and Nick Roche all participated in a signing at Orbital Comics in London. IDW has updated their website with some photos from the event. Click here to check them out.

    New Images of SDCC Exclusive Alternator Rodimus

    Transformers News: New Images of SDCC Exclusive Alternator Rodimus
    Date: Monday, June 11th 2007 12:01pm CDT
    Categories: Event News, Toy News
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): ebay seller paranooid

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    Last mont we reported that Alternator Rodimus will be a San Diego Comic Con Exclusive. Over the past couple of months we have seen a few image of Rodimus. Now more photos have made their way onto the internet. Ebay seller paranooid has posted an auction for Rodimus that contains sven new images of the figure in package. Here are the images:

    Transformations Dutch Transformers Convention A HUGE Succes!

    Transformers News: Transformations Dutch Transformers Convention A HUGE Succes!
    Date: Sunday, June 10th 2007 5:19pm CDT
    Category: Event News
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): and the Crew of Transformations

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    Earlier today the Transformation Convention was held at the Fulcotheater in IJsselstein, the Netherlands. Overall, the convention was a huge succes. With over two hundred registered visitors (which for a small country like the Netherlands is alot), attendance greatly exceeded the expected number of people to be present. A great number of exclusive prices were to be won, including various figures that will not be sold in dutch stores, and two Robots In Disguise (Fire Convoy) Optimus Prime's signed by the voice actor of the chracter in the cartoon, Neil Kaplan. Competitions to enter ranged from a Transformers knowledge quiz, to fanart and kitbash competition to a Jumpstarter Challenge.

    There are no immediate plans for the next convention yet, but the Transformations crew does expect that there will be another Transformations in 2008. Please watch over the next view day for more pictures and news in regards to today's Transformations

    During the Transformations convention several item taken from the location without permission. Namely a fullsize standee of Movie Bumblebee and two Magnetic signs that were stuck on an actual yellow VolkWagen Beetle (To resemble G1 Bumblebee) that was parked outside of the theater. These items were on loan from Hasbro NL. Obviously, the crew of the Transformers Convention would like to see these items to be returned. If you have any leads as to where these two items might be, please be so kind as to report the whereabouts or any tips that might lead to their recovery to:

    Transformers Movie Press Kit Contest

    Transformers News: Transformers Movie Press Kit Contest
    Date: Friday, June 8th 2007 11:40pm CDT
    Categories: Collectables, Event News, Movie News, Site Articles
    Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Shoot for the Edit, nelson_michaelbay_com, mangatron

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    Shoot for the Edit has posted a new contest. Enter and you’ll have a chance to win to Transformers Press Kit.

    So, what do you have to do to win this? SImple. Answer the following two (2) questions:

    1. Who is your favorite Transformer
    2. And why is it your favorite Transformer

    E-mail your name, address, and answers to:

    Here are the contest rules:

    • You must live in one of the following countries: US, UK, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, & Switzerland.

    • You will have to pay for shipping and insurance through You have 24 hours to pay once you are contacted (if you do not respond, your prize is void).

    • The winner will be announced on this blog (Shoot for the Edit). You will be contacted with shipping and insurance rates info. If you are the winner and can't pay, the prize will be given to another contestant.

    •There are no returns, refunds and/or cash exchanges.

    •The contest ends on Friday, June 15, 2007.

    Click here to see the original contest page.

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