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BotCon Press Release from Hasbro

Transformers News: BotCon Press Release from Hasbro
Date: Tuesday, May 31st 2011 12:13pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News, Event News, Game News, Press Releases, Company News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Hasbro

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We just received the following BotCon press release from Hasbro:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HASBRO CELEBRATES ITS TRANSFORMERS BRAND AS “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE” INVADE PASADENA FOR 17th ANNUAL TRANSFORMERS CONVENTION

TRANSFORMERS Fans From Around the World to Experience “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE” Brand Exhibition Of The Epic Global Entertainment Franchise

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (May 31, 2011) – Thousands of fans from around the world will celebrate the enduring popularity of the iconic TRANSFORMERS brand from Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), as the 2011 TRANSFORMERS fan convention known as “BOTCON” returns to Pasadena on June 4-5. Less than a month before the highly anticipated debut of the new Paramount Pictures film TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, Hasbro, in partnership with The TRANSFORMERS Collectors’ Club, will be offering opportunities to engage in and learn about the TRANSFORMERS brand that can only be experienced at BOTCON.

Attendees will be able to preview upcoming and yet-to-be seen TRANSFORMERS toys from Hasbro’s 2011 product line, including movie toys and figures based on the TRANSFORMERS PRIME animated series as well as interact with TRANSFORMERS toy designers. BOTCON will also be fans’ first time to see, in person, Hasbro’s new KRE-O line of construction sets based on classic TRANSFORMERS characters and attendees will have the opportunity for a chance to win a limited amount of KRE-O TRANSFORMERS toys before they go on sale. Convention goers can also attend panel discussions and interactive workshops led by TRANSFORMERS experts, purchase exclusive TRANSFORMERS products sold only at this year’s convention and buy, sell or trade TRANSFORMERS toys from hundreds of dealers.

And, as previously announced on the official TRANSFORMERS Facebook page, Hasbro will be inducting film industry legends Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg—the director and executive producer of the blockbuster TRANSFORMERS film franchise—into its TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame. The second annual TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame ceremony will take place during BOTCON and TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON director, Michael Bay, will be present to accept his honor and share some special surprises with the audience.

To round out the TRANSFORMERS movie experience at BOTCON, Hasbro will be welcoming vehicles seen in the TRANSFORMERS film franchise from Paramount Pictures including OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, SIDESWIPE, IRONHIDE and AUTOBOT RATCHET. The vehicles will be on display inside the Pasadena Convention Center throughout BOTCON.

As the TRANSFORMERS brand continues its meteoric rise as a premier entertainment brand, convention attendees will be able to experience the wide breadth of TRANSFORMERS entertainment including interactive exhibits and hands-on experiences by the brand’s video game, publishing and animation partners.

Activision will offer BOTCON attendees the opportunity to experience its TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON video game. The game thrusts players directly into an original, action-packed prologue storyline to experience the epic battles on Earth between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS that will shape the events of the summer’s most anticipated blockbuster film.
Electronic Arts (EA) will offer BOTCON attendees the opportunity to be among the first to experience TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON for the iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPadTM. The App, which will be available in the iTunes App Store in the coming weeks, is based on the upcoming TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON movie, features fast-paced action and explosive robot-based combat. Featuring a dozen levels, gamers can choose to play as one of the franchise’s most popular AUTOBOT characters, OPTIMUS PRIME or BUMBLEBEE, as they fight to defeat the nefarious DECEPTICONS.
The Hub, home of the new animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME from Hasbro Studios, will offer an inside look at the popular series that just received six Daytime Emmy nominations. BOTCON will host two TRANSFORMERS PRIME panels including a live table read featuring the voice talent from the hit series as well as a Q&A with the producers. The Hub booth at BOTCON will also feature TRANSFORMERS themed photo opportunities, a prize wheel and a “larger than life” OPTIMUS PRIME statue. Members of the TRANSFORMERS PRIME creative team from Hasbro Studios will also be on hand during the convention to interact with attendees.
IDW Publishing will offer fans the opportunity to learn about the latest TRANSFORMERS comic books including exclusive TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON comics. BOTCON attendees can interact with the comics' artists and writers and get insider information about new and upcoming TRANSFORMERS series.
Jagex Games Studio will be giving convention attendees an exclusive first look at elements of its upcoming and highly anticipated browser based MMO video game for Western Markets based on the TRANSFORMERS brand. Visitors will be invited into the interactive exhibit to be some of the first to see early design and game elements of this much buzzed about online videogame.

“Interest in TRANSFORMERS is the highest it’s ever been,” said Greg Lombardo, TRANSFORMERS Senior Global Brand Director, Hasbro, Inc. “The live-action film TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON is getting a tremendous amount of advance buzz, and TRANSFORMERS PRIME is a huge hit with both longtime fans and a new generation of kids discovering the TRANSFORMERS brand for the first time. BOTCON is all about celebrating both of those groups—the lifelong fans and the new fans—and their love of the TRANSFORMERS brand.”

BOTCON is annually the largest annual official gathering of TRANSFORMERS fans in the world and is open to both TRANSFORMERS diehard and casual fans alike as well as families and children who enjoy the iconic “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE”. This year the convention will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center located at 300 East Green Street in Pasadena, Calif., and will be open to the public on June 4 – 5. Special activities are planned on June 3 for attendees who purchase multi-day packages.

BOTCON general admission sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5. (On Saturday, doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Sunday, doors are open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). Special multi-day packages and exclusive TRANSFORMERS products are available on a limited basis. General admission for adults (13 & up) is $20 and for children (12 & under) is $10. Children ages 4 and under will be admitted for free. Additional information can be found at http://www.BotCon.com or by calling 817-448-9863.

Fans can now find the TRANSFORMERS brand on Facebook at http://www.Transformers.com/Facebook and on Youtube at http://www.Youtube.com/Transformers.

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About the TRANSFORMERS brand

First introduced in 1984 by Hasbro and Takara Tomy, the TRANSFORMERS brand has provided kids with hours of MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE fun with their action figures that convert from robot to vehicles and back again. Legions of kids around the world grew up creating fantastic adventures and battles set on both the planet CYBERTRON and Earth that featured the “good-guy” AUTOBOTS and the “bad-guy” DECEPTICONS. Since then, more than 7500 robots have been introduced in animated TV series, comic books and two live-action feature films. A third film, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, will be released on July 1, 2011, as the first 3D film in the franchise.

About Hasbro, Inc.

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is http://www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2011 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Josh Perez Shares Botcon 2011 Prints

Transformers News: Josh Perez Shares Botcon 2011 Prints
Date: Monday, May 30th 2011 8:02am CDT
Categories: Event News, People News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Josh Perez

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We first informed you of Josh Perez being announced in the first batch of artists in Artists' Alley. Now he shares with us via his DeviantArt page a couple of prints for Botcon 2011. They have been mirrored below for easy viewing.

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Josh Perez wrote:A team of five car-themed people who also, in turn have(are) a giant robot? Not sure if the Stunticons merge in the Botcon comic, but the G1 guys did, so it works. :3

This print is an homage to three Super Sentai shows based on cars: Go-Onger (poses), Carranger (constellations), and Turboranger (tiny logo-stamp at the bottom((written in a Decepticon font script thingy)) ); this is a print I'll have with me at Botcon ASSUMING EVERYTHING GOES SMOOTHLY. :I I'm going crazy; so much to do, so little time to do it!
I still have one or two more prints I want to do (a TFA Rosanna one and an SD Bumblebee one), but right now the MAIN ones I wanted to do are out the way(only three for now; sorry- been too busy working on other people's stuffins!).
Thinking of doing 10 or 15 of this print in G2 colors(replacing the background with something else), iunno though.


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Josh Perez wrote:TFA Rosanna preforming on stage.
Intentional light trick going on if you see what's goins on with that...

Garry Chalk To Attend TFcon 2011

Transformers News: Garry Chalk To Attend TFcon 2011
Date: Sunday, May 29th 2011 10:32pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): TFcon

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Here's a bit of news for our Canadian members attending TFcon this year. Garry Chalk will be attending TFcon 2011 July 30-31 in Mississauga, Ontario according to the TFcon website.

TFcon wrote:We are very pleased to welcome back Transformers voice actor Garry Chalk to TFcon 2011 for the 15th Anniversary of Beast Wars.

The voice of the iconic Optimus Primal and G1 Megatron in Beast wars, Optimus Primal and G1 Optimus Prime in Beast Machines, plus Optimus Prime in Transformers Armada, Energon and Cybertron; Mr. Chalk will be taking part in a Q&A panel and autograph sessions with the attendees of the Canadian Transformers Collectors Convention.

Marcelo Matere Shares Botcon 2011 Animated Seekers and Wingblade Optimus Prime Prints

Transformers News: Marcelo Matere Shares Botcon 2011 Animated Seekers and Wingblade Optimus Prime Prints
Date: Sunday, May 29th 2011 12:41pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Marcelo Matere

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Brazilian artist Marcelo Matere shares with us via his DeviantART page, an Animated Seekers print for Botcon 2011. The print features Starscream and his clones including Skywarp, Thundercracker, Sunstorm, Ramjet and Slipstream. It's a great piece for Seeker fans of the Animated kind.

Marcelo Matere just added to his page another print of Wingblade Optimus Prime.

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Steven Blum to Appear At BotCon 2011 Plus Live Transformers Prime Script Reading

Transformers News: Steven Blum to Appear At BotCon 2011 Plus Live Transformers Prime Script Reading
Date: Saturday, May 28th 2011 2:14am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, People News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Action Figure News

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Add another one to growing list of special guest for this year's BotCon. Voice actor Steven Blum let the cat of the bag in this interview at Action Figure Times. He also says other members of the Transformers Prime cast will be on hand for a live script reading!

Are you attending Botcon this year? (If not, please tell us when you will be appearing at a future event)

Yes! My first one! Very excited – and right near my home town!! I’ll be there at 12pm on Saturday, June 4th at the Pasadena Convention Center for a very special event. Members of the Prime cast will be performing a live script reading of a current episode of Transformers Prime! It’ll be a fun, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the recording process from some of the main actors on the show! For more information about the venue, directions or Botcon itself, you can go to Botcon.com.

1986 Transformers The Movie Showing Near Botcon With Special Guests

Transformers News: 1986 Transformers The Movie Showing Near Botcon With Special Guests
Date: Friday, May 27th 2011 3:36pm CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Aero Theater, Fender Bender

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After spending a weekend knee deep in Transformers at Botcon, what do you do then? If you got some time to kill how about going to a showing of the 1986 Transformers: The Movie. That's right, near Botcon at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, CA.

There will be a discussion after the movie featuring Dan Gilvezan (Bumblebee), Paul Eiding (Perceptor) and Gregg Berger (Grimlock). You can find out all the details here.

Transformers: The Movie
Aero Theater
1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
Sun June, 5
7:30 pm

New Details of SDCC Exclusive "Matrix of Leadership" and Ultimate Optimus Primes

Transformers News: New Details of SDCC Exclusive "Matrix of Leadership" and Ultimate Optimus Primes
Date: Friday, May 27th 2011 12:41pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): Transformers Collector's Club

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Hot on the heals of yesterday's reveal of this year's SDCC Exclusive "Matrix of Leadership" Optimus Prime, we get new details of the exclusives courtesy of the The Transformers Collector's Club.

Transformers Collector's Club wrote:This month's issue features an interview with the Transformers brand team in which they reveal the two SDCC exclusives for 2011, including pictures, as well as providing the following info for TCC members: "The San Diego Comic Con exclusive Matrix Prime will of course come in the premium Matrix of Leadership packaging which you will be able to wear and hang your new figure on your chest. This will be the first Transformers Prime Figure released in anticipation to the upcoming releases in December with Transformers Prime First Edition.

The San Diego Comic Con exclusive Ultimate Optimus Prime is packed out in premium packaging which will help to show off the super cool (and large) truck mode with trailer. A decal sheet has been added in this version which will allows fans to add decals and customize trailer. This will be the ONLY version released of Optimus Prime packed out in Truck and Trailer mode in this Limited Edition Package."

Issue 39 is shipping to club members now!


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Botcon 2011 - Limited Number Of Hall Of Fame Tickets Available To The General Public

Transformers News: Botcon 2011 - Limited Number Of Hall Of Fame Tickets Available To The General Public
Date: Thursday, May 26th 2011 10:48am CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Pete Sinclair

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Pete Sinclair from Botcon dropped us a note about general public tickets to the Hall Of Fame event.

05/26/2011 - A limited number of Transformers: Hall of Fame tickets are
now available to the General Public! If you are interested in attending
this exciting evening you can purchase tickets at the Pasadena
Convention Center portable box office on Saturday, June 4th, from
9am-5pm (while supplies last). Tickets are $45 per peson.

As previously announced, all attendees will receive a goody bag with
movie snacks and a 3D Cinemask which you'll need for a SNEAK PEAK of the
new Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie! Trust us - you do not want to
miss this event! The goody bag will also include a Hall of Fame souvenir
ticket, movie poster and some other great items from Hasbro partners!
Dress for the evening is business casual (no t-shirts, please).

For more info

http://www.botcon.com/BotCon2011/

New BotCon 2011 Promo Commercial

Transformers News: New BotCon 2011 Promo Commercial
Date: Wednesday, May 25th 2011 5:45pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): BotCon

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Take a look at the latest BotCon 2011 promo commercial embedded below!



Convention exclusive repaint of Perfect Effect PE-11 SFX Scouting Force X Camera Set

Transformers News: Convention exclusive repaint of Perfect Effect PE-11 SFX Scouting Force X Camera Set
Date: Wednesday, May 25th 2011 5:44am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News, Sponsor News, Unlicensed Products News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): robotkingdom.com

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Valued site-sponsor robotkingdom.com has sent us the following e-mail:

Perfect Effect PE-11 SFX SCOUTING FORCE X Camera Set Convention Exclusive.


Robotkingdom is happy to announce that we will offer convention exclusive of PE-11 repaint on bot.con, available for 250pcs only. It is limited by one per each paypal ID: $89.9(including shipping to anywhere in the world, sending from hongkong during June), simply registered during the show and robotkingdom crew will send invoice thru paypal later. May limit number of entry daily between 2June to 5June.

Total production is 500pcs, remaining 250pcs may use for another 2 upcoming conventions outside usa, not confirmed yet. Information may change and will update if necessary, but make sure to come to check out the acutal item on the booth! There may be some samples for upcoming release items too!

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