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Generations Drift's repaint will be: BLURR!

Transformers News: Generations Drift's repaint will be: BLURR!
Date: Thursday, April 1st 2010 12:08pm CDT
Categories: Editorials, Media, Press Releases, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Parry Game Preserve

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Parry Game Preserve have received their Hasbro Q&A answers and one of them is a real killer!
Preserve: At Toy Fair this year, a Classics 3.0 Drift was shown. Has a redeco/retool been planned for this toy at this time?
Hasbro: Yes, we have planned a redeco for this item. So to beat you to your next question, it will be Blurr. We have tooled up a new head and weapons for him and let us say, he looks awesome!

So all Blurr fans can already look forward to a new Blurr!

To see the full Q&A just click here.

To see's ow Q&A answers just click here.

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BBTS News: Marvel, Monsters, Warbot, TF's, Statues & More

Transformers News: BBTS News: Marvel, Monsters, Warbot, TF's, Statues & More
Date: Wednesday, March 31st 2010 10:21am CDT
Categories: Sponsor News, Toy News
Posted by: Nekoman | Credit(s): BigBadToyStore

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Hi - Here is a quick update from about a
wide variety of new arrivals and many more new preorders.


This new exclusive white repaint of the Alternity Optimus Prime figure was
only a matter of time. Optimus' brother Ultra Magnus is available at
$64.99, with an expected release date of May. ... ode=retail

The upcoming waves of Marvel Universe 3.75" figures contain a number of
popular new heroes along with classic, figures, army-builders and more.
Series 4's set of 6 includes Iron Patriot, the Wrecker, Iron Spider-Man,
Winter Soldier, Mary Jane and a Skrull Soldier, and is listed at $59.99;
for $99.99 you can move up to the case assortment and get additional
figures like Modern Thor, Ultimate Captain America and Classic Iron Man.
Series 5 is listed as a set of 5 figures (Captain Britain, Team X
Wolverine, Multiple Man, Mystique and Ghost Rider) and is priced at
$59.99; the Series 5 case includes other figures like Colossus and the
Hulk as well and is listed at $99.99. Finally, most of the figures are
also listed singly - check out the menu for more information. ... egory=5226

These super-sized replicas harken back to the 1989 Batman movie, with
Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. These premium-quality pieces come with
LED lights, display bases and more, and measure from 2.5' to 3' long. We
have the Batmobile listed at $1999.99, with the Batwing at $1499.99. ... egory=6431

This new piece from One 2 One Collectibles showcases iron man in all his
shiny glory. This piece appears to have light-up eyes, chest symbol and
repulsors, and is listed at $134.99, saving you $15 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

THese new sets are colored red and blue (attach your own names) and go
with Soundwave's tape-robots. The piledrivers appear to fit over the
original arms, and it also comes with a new Waist piece and a ball-jointed
head. Pick the set for your favorite robot (or both) and get your
pre-order in, priced at $29.99 per set. ... ower+Parts

NECA's line of T2 figures continues with this wave. Included here are
Galleria and Pescadero Battle Damaged versions of the T-1000 as well as
Steel Mill and Battle Across Time versions of the T-800. This set is up
for pre-order at $59.99, saving $8 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

This 17" tall piece shows Iron Man in one of his new armors from the
upcoming movie. This piece should also have LED lighting effects in
addition to it's detailed design and sculpting, and is listed at $469.99,
saving you $30 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

The second release in Diamond Select's new line of monster movie figures
is the Mummy. This creepy ghoul will include his royal sarcophagus, and
is listed at $17.99. ... ode=retail

Two sets of minimates from the classic horror movies have been listed for
pre-order. The Creature from the Black Lagoon set includes regular and
Glow-In-The-Dark versions of the Creature plus Kay Lawrence in Swimsuit
and Dr. Reed in diving gear. The Wolfman set includes two different
versions of the Wolfman plus Larry Talbot and Gwen Conliffe. Each set is
listed at $12.99. ... egory=6421

The latest figure to coem down the pipe from Marvel Select is going to be
Magneto. The Master of Magnetism is both friend and foe to the X-Men, and
now a new version will be available to add to your collection. Priced at
$17.99, he should arrive3 this fall, along with a crushed X-Mansion base. ... ode=retail

Diamond has announced a new assortment of figures is on it's way from
ST:TOS. This set includes Kirk in green casual duty outfit, Scotty and a
Romulan. This set is listed at 37.99 and should arrive this August. ... ode=retail

THe latest G1 Bust from Diamond is Optimus Prime in his Power Master
upgraded form. This version includes shoulder cannons along with his
standard rifle, and is listed at $59.99, saving you $10 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

We've also listed a large number of T-Shirts from Ripple Junction. We've
got both men's and women's t-shirts listed, from licenses such as "The
Hangover", Futurama, Chuck Norris, King of the Hill, Resident Evil and
more. Take a peek at the available items at the link. ... 7&browse=1

This new import figure set includes a 10" version of Mazinger Z, along
with a not-to-scale figure of his pilot, Kabuto Koji. This set should
arrive in August, and we have it listed at $84.99, $5 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

We've listed two new assortments of LPS Collectible Pets. Series A4
includes figures like Boxer & Poodle and Anteater, while B4 has animals
such as Kangaroo & Hamster and Lhasa Apso. Each Case of 6 is listed at
$29.99, with singles ranging from $6.99 to $9.99. ... egory=4967

The newest assortment of Marvel Transformers includes new figures of
Spider-Man, who changes into a helicopter, and Ghost Rider, changing into
a motorcycle. The case of six includes older favorites as well and is
listed at $104.99, and the singles are all available as well, listed at
$17.09 to $29.99 each. ... egory=4669

This case of 3.75" figures includes a variety of different Iron Man Armors
from both movies, and throws in a little War Machine for good measure.
We're waiting on exact case number confirmation, but you can get your
pre-order in now, priced at $99.99 ... ode=retail

Mezco has announced their first assortment of 6" figures from the upcoming
movie. The first wave includes Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, and we have them
listed at $14.99 each, or you can pick up the pair for $24.99. ... egory=6317

After a bit of a bumpy road, the Little Big Planet figures are back for
pre-order. This assortment includes Sackboy in regular and open-mouth
versions, as well as another character named Neon. Each figure is
available singly for $13.99, or you can save a few dollars and get the set
of three for $35.99. ... egory=5517

NECA has also announced items for the upcoming "Jonah Hex" movie. The
first series of 7" figures includes Jonah Hex, Leila Hex and Turnbull, and
is priced at $42.99 ($8 off MSRP). We've also listed prop replica
versions of the Tomahawk Axe and Turnbull's Cane, priced at $54.99 ($5 off
MSRP) and $84.99 ($15 off MSRP), respectively.

First released at C2E2, this set will now be available for the regular
collector as well. This set includes Tony Stark and Natasha Romanov in
civilian outfits, and is listed at $6.99. ... ode=retail

Kotobukiya's newest statue is a 1/6 scale Hulk from the 'Fall of the
Hulks' storyline. This dynamic piece shows the Hulk lunging forward, and
his rocky base will connect to the base of the Red Hulk figure (not yet
offered). This statue is up for pre-order at $179.99, saving you $40 off
the MSRP. ... ode=retail

This new set from NECA/Wizkids will include 25 different figures from the
Watchmen mythos, including all of your favorite heroes and anti-heroes.
This set will come in collector packaging and is listed for pre-order at
$79.99. ... ode=retail

United Cutlery is releasing a couple of replicas based on the upcoming
movie. The Dastan's Black Sword Prop Replica has a 24.25" blade and a
display stand and is listed at $139.99; the Sands of Time Dagger Prop
Replica includes a removable pommel and display stand and is listed at
$139.99 as well. ... egory=6435

This giant version of the Spongebob Bearbrick is set to measure 20" tall
and would be a great centerpiece for a Spongebob collection. He is priced
at $374.99, and should arrive in August of this year. ... ode=retail

PopCultureShock's line of 1/4 scale mixed media figures continues with
Guile, the American soldier from the Street Fighter series. This piece
has Guile combing his hair back and has him dressed in his standard green
camo outfit, made of real cloth. This piece is listed at $289.99, a
savings of $20 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

This new version is similar to the original Power Parts release, save for
the fact that the thigh segments are now colored silver instead of purple.
If this color scheme is better for your 'bot, you can pre-order this
version at $34.99. ... ode=retail

We've listed a wide variety of new and returning Wacky Wobblers, Funko
Force, Headphones, Character Lamps and more from Funko over the past
couple of weeks. From Star Wars to "The Hangover", Iron Man 2 to Jimi
Hendrix, Lord of the Rings to DC Comics, we've got many new items to
choose from - check out the menus for more information. ... 9&browse=1

Diamond third set of Minimates this month is from the Tarot: Witch of the
Black Rose comic. This set includes Tarot, Raven Hex, John 'Skeleton Man'
Webb and Crypt Chick, and is listed at $12.99. ... ode=retail

In addition to NECA's pair of figures from the upcoming remake, we've now
got the Freddy Krueger with Glove version listed singly at $14.99. ... ode=retail

We;ve listed two new Star Wars items from House of Asterix. The Star Wars
Lenticular Alarm Clock switches from a Stormtrooper to Yoda on the face
and is listed at $38.99, while the Anakin Skywalker LED Lightsaber
Flashlight looks just like the real thing and is listed at 47.99. ... ompany=771


This new Fansproject piece is a triple changing warrior that goes from
robot to helicopter to ground vehicle. This figure is done in a tan and
green color scheme with a fair amount of die-cast parts and is listed at
$78.99. ... ode=retail

This figure was originally released as an exclusive attached to the video
game release, but now we've got it in stock for our customers. He comes
with an impressively large scythe and is priced at $14.99. ... ode=retail

These new updates to the Rubik's Cube idea take it to a whole new level.
We have these items in the 5 with 25 pieces per face; the 6 with 36 pieces
per face, and the 7 with 49 pieces per face. We also have the 7 version
in an easier black and white 'Illusion' version, where only one side must
be solved for all sides to be correctly done. ... egory=6399

The Japanese Henkei Classics Dark Skyfire exclusive has arrived. This
figure is a purple and black redeco of the Jetfire/Skyfire Classics
release, and he is available for $94.99. ... ode=retail

Gentle Giant's 8.75" Maquette of Obi-Wan takes its design from the Clone
Wars Animated series and looks like it walked straight out of ther tv
screen. Obi-Wan stands with his lightsaber at the ready, and he is priced
at $79.99, saving you $10 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

Our first shipment of Takara's take on the Transformers Animated franchise
has arrived. We've got Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ironhide (Bulkhead),
Ratchet and Prowl for the Autobots, and Megatron, Starscream, Lockdown and
Blackarachnia for the Decepticons; these are listed individually at $27.99
- $54.99. We've also got the Optimus Prime Vs. Megatron two-pack in,
priced at $79.99. ... egory=6153

This box of 12 individually packed minimates includes an assortment of
different figures from the upcoming movie, in various quantities of one or
more each per pack. Don't miss out on this chance to pick up some bad
guys for Iron Man and War Machine to battle, priced at $49.99 for the case
of 12 ($10 off MSRP). ... ode=retail

This set includes a battle-damaged Spider-Man figure along with the Black
Cat, the Vulture and Doctor Octopus. These sets are listed at $13.99 and
fill some holes in the existing minimates line. ... ode=retail

The popular Legends-scale Devastator from 'Revenge of the Fallen' is back,
and this time he's dressed in his green and purple G1 colors. All seven
pieces come in this box set, and we have it priced at $54.99. ... ode=retail

We've managed to get a few of these exclusive translucent figures for our
customers. Originally available at the 2010 Wonderfest Con in Japan, you
can now pick one up for $134.99. ... ode=retail

The MSG Mechanical Chain Bases from Kotobukiya are perfect for displaying
Gundams and other mecha, and can connect for increased display size.
We've got a variety of bases in stock, each with different accessory
pieces and each priced at $14.99. ... egory=4184

This aftermarket accessory piece tranforms from a tanklike cobra into a
light and dark green head that can attach to any of your g1 Headmaster
figures. This new piece is listed at $17.99. ... ode=retail

Mezco's 7" Wolfman figure from the recent movie is back in stock. He
comes with a silver-headed cane accessory and is listed at $15.99. ... ode=retail

This set from Kotobukiya includes a Cross Frame core body along with
interchangeable pieces to personalize your own robot. This set is listed
at $29.99, saving you $5 off the MSRP. ... ode=retail

One of our latest shipments brought us a strange quintet of blades. We've
got the Sword of Isildur from the Lord of the Rings series, priced at
$261.99 (saving you $87 off the MSRP); Storm Shadow's sword from "GI Joe:
Rise of Cobra" at $169.99 ($30 off MSRP); Duncan's Katana from
"Highlander" at $224.99 ($75 off MSRP); the Sword of William Wallace from
"Braveheart" at $289.99 ($35 off MSRP); and finally the Kit Rae Exotath
Full Contact Foam Sword, priced at $39.99. ... 4&browse=1

We're still lamenting this fantastic line, but now we can feel a little
better since our shipment of Uncle Deadly has arrived. We have the
original, 'Steppin Out' Tuxedo and 'Flashback' versions in stock, priced
at $9.99 each - don't miss this great opportunity to own a fan-favorite
figure. ... cle+deadly

We've received a small restock of these fantastic helmets from the first
Iron Man Movie, in plenty of time for the second film to arrive. This
piece is limited to 1500 pieces and is listed at $329.99, saving you $95
off the MSRP for the helmet replica. ... ode=retail

After our initial shipment sold out, we were happy to get this timely
restock of a classic hero. You can pick up this 7" figure of Spider-man
today, priced at $17.99. ... ode=retail

DC's newest 13" Deluxe COllector figure is Catwoman in her classic
cat-eared purple costume. This figure is listed at $84.99, saving you $15
off the MSRP, and includes her signature whip accessory. ... ode=retail

The BBTS Exclusive set of Marvel Select's Red Hulk and Incredible Hulk is
back in stock at $39.99 for the pair, and we also have each figure singly,
with the Exclusive Red Hulk at $24.99 and the Incredible Hulk at $17.99. ... egory=1165

This set of 6 figures from Jun Planning includes Sally, Jack, Oogie
Boogie, Dr. Finklestein, Shock & Zero and Lock & Barrel, and is priced at
$19.99 for the entire set. ... ode=retail

SOTA's Johnny Cash figure shows the Man in Black dressed in his signature
color, guitar slung up behind him. We've got this figure priced at $9.99,
so get yours today. ... ode=retail

We've received a shipment of action figure displays from JDP Designs.
These displays measure 13.5" wide by 10.5" tall by 7.75" deep and are
perfect for displaying all kinds of figures from sports to superheroes to
anime and much more. Check out the available pieces, priced at $26.99

Thanks for your interest in and be sure to check
out some of the many new items mentioned above.


Joel & The BBTS Crew - The ultimate Transformers resource.

Rumor: New Transformers from Wal-Mart Computers

Transformers News: Rumor: New Transformers from Wal-Mart Computers
Date: Sunday, March 28th 2010 9:20pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Rumors, Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): TFW2005

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The other rumor for today comes from member Inciteful of TFW2005, who has luckily come across several new UPCs within the Wal*Mart computer system. Several of the names are figures that were introduced to us at Toy Fair 2010, while others are likely new repaints or new figures. Surprises include Strafe and Banzai-tron! See the list for yourself below...

    UPC #: Name:
    65356955835 TRA VOYAGER STRAFE
    65356950343 TRA BB OPTIMUS PRIME
    65356950344 TRA DCPTCN BANZITRON
    65356951660 TRA TWIN BOOM FIGHTR
    65356951661 TRA VOY THE FALLEN
    65356950293 TRA VOYAGER SEASPRAY
    65356950269 TRA VOYAGER PAYLOAD
    65356955833 TRA VOYAGER LUGNUT
    65356955834 TRA VOYAGER GRAPPEL

    65356949287 TRA SCOUT HUBCAP
    65356949290 TRA SCOUT BRIMSTONE
    65356949292 TRA SCOUT CRANKSTART
    65356949293 TRA SCOUT BACKFIRE
    65356950323 TRA SCOUT OIL PAN
    65356950322 TRA SCOUT BREACHER
    65356950321 TRA SCOUT INSECTICON
    65356950329 TRA SCOUT FIRETRAP
    65356950328 TRA SCOUT SUNSPOT

    65356949294 TRA DLX IRONHIDE
    65356949300 TRA BLADE BUMBLEBEE
    65356949302 TRA SEA ATK RAVAGE
    65356949303 TRA DELUXE JETBLADE
    65356951643 TRA DELUXE AXOR
    65356951646 TRA RESCUE RATCHET
    65356950338 TRA DLX HAILSTORM
    65356950339 TRA DLX ELITA-1
    65356950337 SIDEARM SIDESWIPE
    65356951638 TRA DLX TOMAHAWK
    65356951639 TRA DLX TERRADIVE
    65356951641 TRA DLX ELEC JOLT
    65356950340 TRA DLX TURNER SKIDS

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Masterpiece Grimlock - To Be Released In Canada Soon?

Transformers News: Masterpiece Grimlock - To Be Released In Canada Soon?
Date: Sunday, March 28th 2010 9:11pm CDT
Categories: Store News, Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): Blurrz

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The month of March has been full of rumors, and it looks like we're going out with a bang. The first of two this fine evening, - the prominent Canadian Transformers Fansite has received a report stating that Masterpiece Grimlock will be at Canadian Toys'R'Us as early as late April! For those who don't know, Canada was the first to recieve Wal*Mart Exclusive Masterpiece Skywarp and it looks like it will be the same for Grimlock.


Grimlock was reported to be a Toys'R'Us Exclusive at Toy Fair 2010, and is comprised mostly using the parts from MP-O8X King Grimlock. Feel free to check out the entire story at


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Animated Optimus Prime Statue at TAF2010

Transformers News: Animated Optimus Prime Statue at TAF2010
Date: Friday, March 26th 2010 12:18am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): ACToys

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Tokyo recently hosted their annual International Anime Fair, and we've got pictures of their Transformers display case. Inside are figures we've seen quite a lot of already, Transformers Animated, Device Label and Disney Label. The one thing that caught our attention is the impressive Animated Optimus Prime statue that was present at the convention! Check out the pictures below!


Pictures are courtesy of ACToys.

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New Images of Deluxe Generations Thrust

Transformers News: New Images of Deluxe Generations Thrust
Date: Wednesday, March 24th 2010 3:06pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): TFClub

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Nothing in any Transformers collection to the present day can be controversial as Decepticon seeker Thrust. First released as an exclusive at Botcon 2007, Botcon Thrust rarely sees the light of day in the secondary market. A couple years ago, Thrust was released by Takara in their Henkei series, leaving everyday Transformers fans residing in the continent of North America without a prominent Generation One Character. Now Hasbro is set to finally release a retail Thrust in their new Generations toyline. Thanks to TFClub, we get to see more of the figure that we first saw in the 2010 Toy Fair. Check the figure out below!


Keep it at for the fastest Transformers news on the net! interview with Simon Plumbe of Auto Assembly 2010 (exclusive info inside)

Transformers News: interview with Simon Plumbe of Auto Assembly 2010 (exclusive info inside)
Date: Tuesday, March 23rd 2010 5:35pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Interviews, People News
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Simon Plumbe, Auto Assembly 2010

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If you're a frequent visitor to (as we hope you all are), you'll already know that we offer the most comprehensive coverage on the various Transformers conventions, both domsetically and abroad. While BotCon is easily the largest Transformers convention in the United States and TFCon can say the same for Canada, they are hardly the only TF conventions out there. "Across the pond" in the UK there is one annual Transformers event that has grown to the point that it has broken records and become Europe's largest Transformers convention, having pulled in just over 500 attendees last year. Recently, we caught up with Simon Plumbe, organizer of that convention which he has named Auto Assembly.

Delicon: On behalf of myself and the rest of the staff here at, I'd like to say how privileged we are to have a special guest today in Simon Plumbe. Simon is the founder and the organizer of Auto Assembly, Europe's largest Transformers convention. Simon, we humbly thank you for your time today.

Simon Plumbe: It's my pleasure - thanks for being interested in us and for all your support over the last few years!

Delicon: There are obviously millions of Transformers fans all over the globe, but only a select few have been involved in putting together a Tf-themed event on the scale of Auto Assembly. What inspired you to take on such a venture and did you have any idea years ago how big it would eventually become?

Simon Plumbe: Well, I've been active in science fiction fandom for 21 years now and obviously involved with Auto Assembly for the last 10 years, and Auto Assembly's origin started then. Back in 1989 I founded Infinite Frontiers, Auto Assembly's "parent" organisation which is a non-profit making sci-fi group. Originally, it started as a Doctor Who fan club, but quickly evolved into a sci-fi organisation. A Star Trek fanzine soon followed, then a Star Trek convention in 1996, followed by a Star Trek club with regular monthly meetings. It was from these meetings that former team member Sven Harvey suggested doing a one-off Transformers meeting similar to our Star Trek ones. The event was planned, publicised on a limited basis and had a fairly decent turnout of 30 people - Auto Assembly was born! Another followed about 6 months later with 61 people, a bit more elaborate and ambitious and it seemed as if we were obviously onto something.

Delicon: Was there a particular year when you got a first real glimpse of just how big Auto Assembly could actually be?

Simon Plumbe: Things really took shape in 2003 when the UK's other Transformers convention Transforce took a gap year. We expanded quite a lot, hired a large hall, invited a couple of guests and had over 230 people attend from all over the UK. Auto Assembly had arrived!! Things just grew from there really. Since then there have been some behind the scenes changes and for reasons I won't go into here, I took sole charge of the convention for Auto Assembly 2009 and I'm now driving it with a new vision and it's grown into the sort of scale that I envisioned a few years ago making it into the sort of sci-fi conventions I used to attend and I think the attendees have responded really well to it. I brought in a new committee late in the day last year and they really rallied around me and helped save the convention and they have done a fantastic job. I've pulled talent in from a lot of the major UK forums and websites and fan groups and I think it really has added a lot to the convention and we've got a great team to really take the convention forward for the next 10 years and beyond!

Delicon: Last year it was well publicized that AA broke the magical 500 attendee mark. How many attendees have registered so far this year and is there any kind of limit as to how many guests you could possibly accommodate?

Simon Plumbe: This year it has been incredible! At this point last year we had about 120 pre-registrants but so far we are already up to just under 200! Going by that number, we are well on track to not only beat 500 but shatter that total. In fact, I think we're on course to have this year being the first total sell out so we will have to turn people away so I'd seriously suggest that people don't leave it too late to book their tickets! We have set an attendance cut off point of 550 people per day for the convention to keep things comfortable and within the hotel safety limits. As we are using four function rooms in the hotel we don't think any part of the convention will get too crowded at any time and we think that 550 will keep things nice and friendly and informal for everyone, including the guests. As I said, that figure is each day though, so the total figure could be a lot higher taking into consideration that some people may only be there for a single day.


Delicon: That brings me to my next question. Although there was some speculation otherwise, is it safe to say from your last statement that you will again be offering single day passes for the convention?

Simon Plumbe: We have had people asking us for a while whether or not we are going to be offering one day tickets again for Auto Assembly 2010. Well I can now exclusively reveal that not only are we doing this, but they will be going on sale in the next couple of days! We are doing things slightly differently to last year though. Last time we set an allocation for one-day passes then released them slowly over several months. This time we are limiting it to just 75 one day tickets for Saturday and the same for Sunday and that is it. All the remaining tickets are weekend passes only so once those 75 have sold out on your chosen, the only way you will be able to attend is to book for the other day, or the full weekend. Price wise, we are freezing the ticket price from 2009 and one day tickets will be £25 for adults, £18 for children, students and senior citizens, and free for under 5s.

Delicon: Can you let our readers know the time and place for Auto Assembly 2010, as well as the rest of the pricing structure?

Simon Plumbe: It's taking place over the weekend of Friday 13th(!)-Sunday 15th August 2010 in the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre hotel, Birmingham, England. To avoid confusion, there are two Holiday Inn hotels in the centre of Birmingham but the one we are using is specifically called the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre. We've got varying ticket prices dependent on age and discounts for families.Adult (16+) full weekend tickets are £45, Children, students and senior citizens are £35 for the weekend, and under 5s are free. We also do a family pass which is £145 which covers two adults and two children All of those are rates are for the full weekend. The Friday starts from about 6:00 pm until about 10:00 pm (really just as "starter" for the weekend) and the main convention is from around 9:30-5:30 on Saturday and 9:30-6:00 on Sunday. There is also a special evening programme on the Saturday from 7:30 until around 1:00 am that is exclusive for weekend attendees only (as is the Friday evening programme)

Delicon: What can you tell us about the Friday and Saturday evening programs that might make a prospective attendee consider registering for the entire weekend?

Simon Plumbe: Friday is very much a pre-convention social gathering - the dealers will be setting up and we'll still be doing some of the pre-convention setting up, but we're opening up the Main Hall and bar to attendees. We'll have some videos running, possibly a quiz or two, most of our guests will be around and we will no doubt have another one of our live fan dubs on the big video screen but really it's a pretty informal fun night. Last year we finished the night off with a group trip to the cinema to see Revenge Of The Fallen and we are still talking to the same cinema about trying to do something again this year.

Delicon: Wow, those are just the Friday activities?

Simon Plumbe: Yeah, that's just Friday night! Saturday night is another exclusive night for weekend attendees and this is probably the highlight of the weekend for me personally, because Saturday is party night! The main convention will end at about 5:30 pm and will re-open at 7:30 pm and the night is going to be running on until around 1:00 am. We're going to have two concerts by rock band Next Of Kin (one will be a set featuring covers of songs from the 1986 animated Transformers movie and the set later in the night will be a general mix of stuff into the early hours), we'll have a cosplay fashion show/competition, our script reading featuring Garry Chalk, our second voice actor and several fans performing a brand new script written by Simon Furman (see our Youtube channel for all three parts of last year's script) and maybe a few more surprises that we're working on...all this and a bar that will be open all night long! Most importantly though, ALL of this - the Friday night, the Saturday night mparty, the workshops, autograph sessions... EVERYTHING is included in the ticket price! Apart from your travel, hotel bill, food and whatever you spend in the dealers room, you won't have to pay for anything that takes part at Auto Assembly 2010. Well, obviously, apart from the raffle and auction!


Delicon: That sounds awesome! I imagine that beyond the parties, many many other things will be going on as well. Is it possible to explain in words to someone what Auto Assembly is all about and do it justice if they have never been to one?

Simon Plumbe: I'll try. We hope that from the minute people arrive at the convention, until the time they leave they'll find plenty to do and have a weekend that they will never forget! I don't think there's any one thing that I could single out about the convention, but over the years it's definitely changed, even more so in the last 18 months with our change of committee since I took sole charge of the
convention backed up by a new team... the main thing I would say is that it is a weekend long social event, a chance to spend a few days mixing with fellow Transformers fans One way I like to think of it is that you could go to the convention alone and go home with several hundred new friends! Last year, almost everyone said that they felt that meeting friends, and the social aspect of the convention was the hightlight for them so in a way, you could look upon the convention as a three day party! Obviously, there's a lot more to Auto Assembly than just a place for people to meet though. There will be dealers from all over the UK and further afield with toys for sale ranging from G1 to RotF and beyond, video screenings, rare toy and art displays, quizzes, competitions, workshops, games, a costume competition, a live band, guest talks including 8 comic guests, and 2 voice actors, a live script performance with our voice actors on stage...and that's not even half of it!!


Delicon: You didn't mention it just now but I've heard that AA has also become a haven for video gaming. Do tell!

Simon Plumbe: Most years we've tried to have a video games area at the convention and several times we've worked closed with games publishers to have their support - thanks to Atari one year we had Playstation 2 in-store units sent along to showcase their game, along with demo discs to give away to all our attendees and one fan went home with a PS2. This year we wanted to do something a little different. It's been 25 years since the first Transformers game was released on any format and we wanted to showcase the best (and worst) of these and give people a chance to play as many of these as possible and expand our games area as we could so we're getting as many old computers and games consoles as we can and the games to go with them, and setting up a dedicated Games Zone. We're going to have everything from the Commodore 64 right up to the Playstation 3 and everything in between and while a lot of games will be familiar to those attending, we're sure most people will see games they have never played before and we're pretty excited about it.

Delicon: Something very enticing to fans at a large convention such as this is always the guest roster. You mentioned 8 comic guests as well as 2 voice actor guests. Now in past years, I know Auto Assembly has featured such "names" as Dan Gilvezan (he even mentioned Auto Assembly on the Shout! Factory Transformers cartoon DVD set), Ian James Corlett, Gregg Berger and Simon Furman. What special guests have been announced so far for Auto Assembly 2010?

Simon Plumbe: Well, we had more guests than ever last year but being honest we felt that we probably had too many and not only was the guest area too crowded but it didn't give the guests enough time on stage either, so we thought that this year we're focusing on fewer guests but choosing guests we know people want to see either returning or to see for the first time. So bearing that in mind, comic wise we have the return of Auto Assembly regulars Simon Williams, Liam Shalloo, Kat Nicholson, Jason Cardy and Kris Carter. Returning after a one year break is the legendary Simon Furman and making a welcome return after his Auto Assembly debut in 2006 is Guido Guidi. With our guests of honour, we have our first two confirmed - Garry Chalk who needs no introductions, and Transformers Animated lead character designer Derrick J Wyatt, who is being brought to the convention thanks to sponsorship from the guys over at and We are still in talks with our final guest of honour (who is our second voice actor for the convention) but we DO have another guest to announce right now and right here!!!

Delicon: By all means, don't you let me hold you up! I'm sure our loyal viewers are eager to know!

Simon Plumbe: Well, he was such a hit last year that we couldn't resist inviting him back. We are proud to announce that once again we are going to be joined by IDW Publishing's artist/writer Nick Roche!


Delicon: That sounds like a pretty star-packed lineup to me. I understand that many of your guests will have items such as prints, original comic art, commissions, pre-signed comic issues and more for sale. Is it also true that they will sign all of these items for free?

Simon Plumbe: We always insist that our guests don't charge for autographs. If they bring things along with them to sell then that's fine with us, but if fans bring their own things then we don't allow guests to charge for these things to be signed. Artists will be selling prints and charging for sketches, and all our attendees will have postcards in their goodie bags with characters that the actors will have played so they have something that they can get signed, but
if they want to buy a photo from the actors then they can. Obviously, we want people to be sensible and not abuse it though. If people take a pile of comics to Simon Furman and ask him to sign all of them, then they have to expect him to say no at some point as it's not fair to expect our guests to sign hundreds of items for every attendee! However, our autograph and guest system is handled VERY informally so all attendees have the chance for autographs all weekend and our guests have plenty of time for themselves too!

Delicon: That's a really nice thing that you are able to do. Speaking of "doing nice things," I've heard that Auto Assembly has in the past used a portion of the proceeds to raise money for charity. Can you elaborate on that and will that continue this year?

Simon Plumbe: Yeah, that's something that we've always tried to do. We're a non-profit making event (ever since I set up Auto Assembly's "parent" organisation, Infinite Frontiers, back in 1989 it's been non-profit making) but for conventions at least, we've had some form of charity fund-raising element added to it. We tend to have a charity auction and raffle as part of the programme and - if we are in the position to afterwards - put some of the excess funds from the convention to charity as well. This year's auction is already looking quite impressive with a lot of signed photos of various voice actors from G1 onwards, original comic artwork, signed comics, and lots more besides! Last year Gregg Berger got involved in the auction and became a guest auctioneer for part of it, which really helped raise more money but really made it an entertaining part of the weekend as well and we hope to get one of our guests to do the same again this year.


Delicon: Earlier on, you mentioned that Auto Assembly now has its own Youtube channel. What sort of content is provided there and roughly how often is it updated?

Simon Plumbe: We're trying to use the channel in two ways - first as a news/information channel to give people as many updates on the convention as possible and all the breaking news and developments and go into the sort of detail that we couldn't go into anywhere else. Secondly, we have a massive archive of material that we have recorded since the first event back in 2000 and we wanted to share it with everyone so we're slowly going to be editing it and releasing it on there. Originally, we were looking into releasing a DVD from Auto Assembly 2009 and we had about 14 hours worth of footage to use, but as this plan has been shelved, a lot of this will be uploaded to Youtube in time but we decided to start with the interviews with Gregg Berger, Ian Corlett and Andrew Wildman along with the script reading. In terms of updates, we'll aim to upload at least one video a week, possibly more including our news bulletins.

Delicon: A lot of colletcors attending conventions are more and more interested in collecting exclusive items that are either only given away or put up for sale there. However, I understand it's a pretty difficult process to get exclusives produced. Where does AA stand when it comes to offering exclusives and where do you WANT to stand?

Simon Plumbe: We have been trying to arrange for an exclusive toy for a LONG time but it's difficult. Not being an official convention takes away a lot of power from us to be able to do something like that, and even if we were, the cost would be astronomical and we would need a business partner to take on the cost risk. We have been approached several times now by companies who manufacture the
unlicensed accessories such as Powered Commander, but that's not a route I want to go down - either we get something official, or not at all. That's why I was so excited last year when we had the convention exclusive cover variant of All Hail Megatron #13 and I'd like to do something similar again this year.

Delicon: Well, while it may not be a special edition figure, Auto Assembly does still give out something called "goodie bags." Can you explain the kinds of items that are included in those?

Simon Plumbe: The goodie bags are something we have been doing since 2003 and it's just something we wanted to do as a "thank you" to all our attendees for coming along to the convention. We know that for some people, the cost of attending the convention can be quite high so even if someone doesn't have enough money to buy a lot, we wanted EVERYONE to be able to go home with something so the goodie bag was born. We don't know exactly what will be in this years yet apart from 2-3 postcards, a keyring, comics, stickers, pin badges, but what you get will vary depending on when you register - the earlier you book, the more you get! We're also going to have some more exclusive postcards in our goodie bag - we're looking at either two or three new postcards and a keyring in the bag for everyone, and we may have more keyring designs on sale. As always, I am constantly going to be talking to companies to get more items donated right up until the last possible minute to give everyone the best bag of gifts we can!

Delicon: What can you tell us about the workshops that will be held this year?

Simon Plumbe: Last year we ran a number of workshops over the course of the weekend and we know they were all a hit with the attendees and we are hoping to run all of these again. We have already confirmed that we will be runing a comic colouring workshop with IDW colourists Liam Shalloo and Kris Carter, we are hoping to have another children's art workshop as part of our dedicated children's programme of activities and if we can persuade him again(!), we would hope that Nick Roche will do another art workshop. As well as that, we are hoping to run another kitbash workshop over the weekend so there will be plenty of hands-on activities for people to get involved in. If anyone else wants to run workshops, activities or events of their own over the weekend, we do have our Alternative Programme Room that is bookable by attendees so it's completely open-ended. Right up until the convention itself, we have no idea what extra programme items could be taking place!!

Delicon: In the past, UK transformers fansite Transformers @ The Moon has been on hand to show off some ultra rare figures, notably their massive Lucky Draw display last year. Will TFTM be participating in a similar fashion this year?

Simon Plumbe: Well, Steve and Dave Mapes from Transformers @ The Moon are now official sponsors of the convention - they're bringing Derrick Wyatt over - but they are also members of my new committee and they are in charge of the toy display! They do have an idea for something special this year. It won't be lucky draws this time as they wouldn't be able to top last year when they showcased their entire collection, but they have got some pretty good ideas lined up, some of which are still in the works.


Delicon: We're just about out of time today. Simon, is there anything you'd like to say in closing, either to returning AA attendees or those who are reading this and possibly still on the fence?

Simon Plumbe: I just want to thank everyone who has registered so far for AutoAssmbly 2010 and to thank everyone for their support last year in helping make Auto Assembly 2009 the biggest Transformers convention in Europe and smashing the 500 barrier that we've wanted to break for so long, especially after the problems I had in the run-up to the convention making sure it actually still went ahead. If you are planning on coming this year, all I will say is hurry and book up while we do still have places available as you won't regret it, especially as we make more announcements over the coming weeks and if you're not sure about coming just check out the videos on Youtube -
ours and ones other people have recorded - and see what you missed last time and maybe that will change your mind!

Delicon: Can you give everyone one last quick reminder of the time and place of Auto Assembly 2010?

Simon Plumbe: Yeah, it's 13th - 15th August 2010 at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham, England. Auto Assembly will start at around 6:00 pm on Friday for weekend attendees only and at around 9:30 am on Saturday / Sunday for single day attendees.

Delicon: Thanks so much, Simon! For more information on Auto Assemby 2010 and further updates as they become available, please visit You can also find AA2010 on Twitter ( and Youtube
( Of course, will continue to have extensive AA2010 updates, also. Simon is also a registered member of our Energon Pub forums so he is accessible there
as well.

ToyFair 2010 Australia Review - Biographies of Hubcap, Brimstone, WFC Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and more!

Transformers News: ToyFair 2010 Australia Review - Biographies of Hubcap, Brimstone, WFC Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and more!
Date: Tuesday, March 23rd 2010 3:46pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Media, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Ozformers, Blurrz

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The good people at Ozformers have posted a nice summary of what went down at the 2010 Toy Fair in Australia. From their excellent lens we get to see a handful of newly released products up close and personal. For the first time we see biographies of Huffer, Brimstone, War For Cybertron Prime and Bumblebee, as well as biographies for Power Core Combiners 5-Packs - Skyburst and Bombshock. There's also something quite interesting, a Bearbots in Disguise figure for an amalgamation called 'Hot Rod'. Check out the products below!


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New Looks at Power Core Combiners - Combaticons, Smolder and Searchlight!

Transformers News: New Looks at Power Core Combiners - Combaticons, Smolder and Searchlight!
Date: Sunday, March 21st 2010 10:53pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): TFW2005 member Terrorcon_King

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With a brand new toy line set for release this year, the pictures keep on rolling in! The latest figures we can feast our eyes on are the 5 Pack Combaticons, as well as Smolder with Chopster, and Searchlight with Backwind. Courtesy of TFW2005 member Terrorcon_King, we get more in-depth images compared to the shots at Toy Fair 2010.

The 5 Pack Combaticons, much like other 5 Pack combiners in this toyline, have a central figure which is the only one that has a robot mode. The rest merely have alternate modes and act as limbs in the combined mode. We've previously seen images of the two 2-packs, however these are also more up close. Check out the pictures below!

5-Pack Combaticons

Smolder with Chopster

Searchlight with Backwind

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In-Package Images of Legends Ravage and Rampage

Transformers News: In-Package Images of Legends Ravage and Rampage
Date: Sunday, March 21st 2010 3:06am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Toy News
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Amidst the Legends news, The-Arker also shares with us in package images of two new Legends figures first revealed at Toy Fair 2010. Rampage is a brand new figure, with no relations to the EZ Devastator figure and comes in a red paint scheme. Ravage is our favourite feline making his first appearance in this small scale class size. Check out the packaging below!


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