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Transformers Convention News

Sorry about the late coverage on this, but yesterday saw the attendees registration and toy pick up. As I posted instantly on our message board the toys are

  1. Stunticon Box Set
  2. Fisitron - giveaway toy
  3. G2 Sideswipe
  4. Toxitron
  5. 3 pack of Autotroopers
  6. Shatter Glass Galvatron
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  8. Minevera (customisation class toy)
TFW2005.com have advanced access to the Exhibition hall, so they've posted up images of Hasbro's displays, including Transformers Dark of the Moon vehicles, Transformers Prime standees (showing off Prowl, Barricade and two other new characters) and the Hasbro toy display.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Friday, 3rd June 2011 at 16:47:11 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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BotCon 2011 Experience
Day 1 - Thursday 2nd of June 2011

Having set my phone to go off at 05:00 the previous night, I found myself awake at 01:30, 02:30, 03:30 and 04:30. I finally got up at 05:15, jump in the shower and got ready for the trip to the airport. Terminal 5 was 15 minutes drive away, but I had to go into work prior to heading to the airport to pick up the BotCon invoices, in order for us to pick up our exclusive toys, as Steve had forgotten to print it out. By 6:30 Clare (my girlfriend) was ready take me to work, so a quick text to Steve and I was on my way. The building at work was locked at the front door, but luckily a colleague had already arrived (it was coming up to 07:00 now). I picked the printouts up, that I had printed the previous night from home, and headed to Terminal 5 to wait for Steve. After a quick goodbye Steve turned up about 5 minutes after I had arrived.

Outgoing flight
We made our way to the baggage drop (10kilos for, Steve, 15.5 for me due to the equipment I had for work in my bag) .. we pondered what the weight would be for the return leg before heading through Customs. After that it was a nice Full English Breakfast, as neither Steve or I are that keen on aircraft food, a quick look around the shops before we decided to sit down and check the Internet for news on the work's Samsung Tablet. We soon discovered a BotCon news story Steve had worked on at 6:30 hadn't be put live, good thing I had the wireless dongle so a quick change of Sim Card and I was online on my laptop approving the story. By that time the gate was announced so we made our way to the international terminal. Within five minutes of arriving there boarding started, seats 49A and 49B .. that was us ... so we boarded pretty quick. Just before takeoff the guy next to me decided to change seats to the middle row, giving us a spare seat next to us, which was nice. Now it was the 10 and 1/2 hour flight left to go (down from 11 hours).

We flew out east, then looped around north, heading towards Cambridge before turning west towards Manchester, up through Iceland, Greenland and into Canada. We decided to take some picture during take-off, on my phone, then some in the air over Greenland and NewFoundLand. It was after this point I decided to create a diary, or log, of the trip.

The chose of movies wasn't great, and for some reason didn't actually match up with those listed in the InFlight Magazine. Steve watched an Ashton Kutcher flick and I decided to catch up and watch Mastermind ... that was pretty good. We skipped in flight lunch, eating the Mikado I had picked up for the flight - the breakfast had covered us for most of the flight.
There appeared to be a rather excessive number of Germans on the flight, and women .. which is odd, usually its American school or colleague goers coming back from a trip to Europe.

Steve decided to spend some time working on a new version of The Visionaries.net on his Samsung Net book (though not that powerful, it's light small design is good for trips. He'd actually installed Apache, MYSQL and PHP onto the machine he actually code up the site during the flights. I decided to mock up some layouts for another project, Plastic Coke, before getting on with the start of this article. Up to this point the flight had been pretty calm, with only a slight amount of turbulence, though as I write that sentence the plane starts to rock sideways and up and down .... classic me. I was trying to avoid the temptation to start working on my day job. My BotCon trip had been extended by my work so I could stay in Los Angeles allowing me to visit a customer in San Francisco. This meant that my work ended up paying for my flights, which was a great result for me .... not so much for Clare, as it meant I'd miss her birthday ... actually I was due to land on Gareth (The Great Destroyer's) birthday on the following Friday, at mid-day, and go straight into work that afternoon from the airport (as the office is just around the corner, and Gareth was off).

Landed in Los Angeles, and travelling up to Pasadena
We had decided to pre-book a return trip using the Shuttle Bus service in LAX, rather than having to worry about getting a cab. The only problem was that of all the information I had kept, I hadn't kept the time of the pickup for the return leg ... whoops.

Getting through customs took ages , first part took 15 minutes, getting bags probably 20, then there was an amazing queue, for over an hour, to get past the second part of customs.  We managed to find att small queue out the way, which took 15 mins to get through.

From there was aa 45 minute drive, roughly, to Pasadena ... with the driver of the SuperShuttle wanting money, though I'd paid onlline.  The Super Suttle website is meant to give you a reference number, which I didn't get, so that took 15 minutes to work out.  Finally we were checked in.

The BotCon check-in
BotCon 2011 was our third BotCon in the US, well technically the first was OTFCC 2003 - as it had changed names days before, after Glen Hallet had taken full control of the event. That time it was in Rosemont in Chicago, we had gone with Gareth and had thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. Out second Botcon experience in the US, we had attended BotCon Europe 1999 and then OTFCC Europe, was in Rhode Island in 2007. BotCon had an early charity screening of the first Transformers movie, where most people in attendance got to see the film for the first time before it came out in cinemas. By that time we had already seen it twice (well I had, Steve only once as he couldn't make it to the FDA screening in London earlier that week). BotCon 2011 was going to be the first BotCon that we had gone to that we hadn't attended with Gareth, which felt a little odd ... but he was busy at work ... as I'm typing this!!

We were dreading the mess that would be the BotCon check-in ... 2003 was so easy. Arrive, get pass - no real queues. Then during the event, at any time go and pick up the toys. We also had Gold Passes for that event, first 50 people to register, so we were allowed to "jump queues".

­So, we arrived at the convention centre, locatuion for BotCon 2011 just under 2 hours before the doors opened, to queue for the registration queues. By the time we had arrived there was already over 100 people queuing, and more coming all the time. We were spotted by some Moonbase2'ers, or Full Metal Hero'ers, or whatever you want to call them as we made our way to queue up. I was pimping out my Auto Assembly committe shirt, for some shameless advertisement.

It was around 18:20 by the time we could get in the hall, then another 30 minute queue for the Boxset and attendee package (Karl Hartman servered us, but couldn't find out order of toys first of all).  From there we moved to the next collection point, non-box figures (limited to 1 per badge - with attendees allowed to pick up more the following day).  Steve queued in the "convention exclusive line" to pickup or loose toys and litho.  I queued in the cash "everything" line, so I could pick up another set plus the BotCon 2009 comic we are missing and the TFCC Cheetor for Dean (Big D's Toy Chest).  It took over 40 minutes for Steve to get server, probably nearer an hour.  I was queing for over 90 miniutes.

I finally got back to the hotel at 21:00, after some 5 hours of queing.  We then went to have dinner with Jim Sorenson and Bill Forester, along with a few people they had gathered together, only to get a little lost.  The next day we found the restrauant on a map I had printed out, and yeah we'd gone no-where near it.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Friday, 3rd June 2011 at 01:03:20 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

As always Transformers At The Moon will do our best to bring you the important coverage from this years Botcon. We will be in attendance at Botcon 2011 ourselves, so we will look to update the website with galleries and news from our travels as well as bringing you live news throughout the day using our own auto-updating scripts so you can just bookmark a news story and read all of the updates as they happen.

Like our coverage of other conventions in the past, we will also look to bring you round-ups of articles from around the world, ensuring that you can read all of the coverage from the event from as many sources and views as possible. 

Our non-competitive approach to news is something we have become well known for over the last 12 years and is something we are very proud of and, as such, we would like to remind you all that you can keep up-to-date by following our exclusive In The News section of the website that brings you the very latest headlines from many official and fan sites from around the world.   You may well find those sites report different news from areas of Botcon before us as this site is maintained by two people as a hobby as oppose to the staff that run most "fan sites" these days, so we can not cover everything that will be going on at once.

If you are attending Botcon yourself and you would like to say hello, we will not be difficult to spot. During the convention just look for a pair of mirror twins, if that is not enough of a give away, at some point we will both be wearing Auto Assembly committee T-shirts, which will be even more of a clue.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Wednesday, 1st June 2011 at 22:53:52 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

­The first Botcon exclusive is now officially in the hands of attendees with the release of the Botcon 2011 Customising Class Minerva figure.  The figure is a recolour of the Arcee toy but remolded with new "ears".  You can see the images and the official design from Derrick J Wyatt below.

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Wednesday, 1st June 2011 at 21:56:30 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

BotCon have tweeted that their coverage of BotCon 2011 will start tonight wth sneak peaks at the event.

coverage starts today! Sneak peaks and updates will begin this evening. What an event!!! BotCon add ons are TOP NOTCH!

We'll be at BotCon this year, so if you see us say hi.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Tuesday, 31st May 2011 at 15:46:40 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

The latest edition of the Transformers Collectors Club Magazine has started arriving in US mail boxes, ours will take a long time to come via seafreight.

The magazine includes a picture of a Transformers Animated version of a popular Transformers character, from a popular Transformers range.

I won't say anymore, other than The Great Destroyer may want another Transformers Animated toy.

Or you could highlight this ....oh and we have some original artwork of the Transformers Animated character which we won in the Auto Assembly 2010 auction

Sideswipe

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Friday, 27th May 2011 at 08:51:11 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention NewsBotCon have tweeted that Hasbro will be making some tickets for the Transformers Hall of Fame 2011 available to the general public.  What does this mean .. well basically the event hasn't sold that well through BotCon.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Thursday, 26th May 2011 at 16:42:32 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

Botcon have posted some more updated over on Twitter.  First up they announced that in ad­dition to the eight artists announced on 29th April, five more have now been announced. Those are Ken Christiansen, Sara Lopez, David Wong, Tyla Sprouse and Livio Ramondelli

In a 2nd Tweet, they announced that the Exhibitor Hall has now completely sold out!!

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Tuesday, 24th May 2011 at 23:32:48 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

Transformers Collectors Club members will get to see who is on tap for 2012. The incentive figure and the next two club toys... Club Roundtable. 3pm Sat.

That's the latest twitter update from BotCon, who are now looking ahead to BotCon 2012

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Sunday, 22nd May 2011 at 10:35:10 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

Many of you will have seen our teaser video released on Youtube last week hinting at some major news coming from us here at Auto Assembly that was going to change the shape of the convention forever. Well, we can now reveal some exciting new developments that we have been working on behind the scenes for the last few months that are going to affect Auto Assembly in ways that not even we can begin to imagine!

Want to know more? Well, watch the full announcement video


If you want to contact us to talk about this more or interview any of our team for your podcast or website, we would be only too happy to arrange this so feel free to drop us a line at the address below.

Don't forget that Auto Assembly 2011 tickets are still available from our website. The convention is taking place over the weekend of 12th - 14th August 2011 at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham, England. Tickets for Auto Assembly 2012 will go on sale later this year.

For more details on the convention, to see a full list of all the guests and activities taking place over the weekend, or to book your tickets, visit the website at www.autoassembly.org.uk

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Saturday, 21st May 2011 at 09:17:17 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

Botcon.com have updated their website with the full schedule of events which you can find by visiting Botcon.com

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 20th May 2011 at 00:19:16 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention NewsThe 9th guest for BotCon 2011 has been annouced as Arlene Banas, the voice of Carly in the original Transformers Cartoon Series.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Tuesday, 17th May 2011 at 20:17:59 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

Dutch Transformers Convetion B.O.T.S has posted a little spiel on this years Dutch Transformers Convention.

On Sunday, May 22nd the one and only Transformers convention of the Benelux, B.O.T.S., will take place once again!

The location will be the Can Dance Studios, part of the Crown Business Studios in Aalsmeer (close to Amsterdam).

Hasbro Netherlands will once again be present at the convention, you will have the opportunity to expand your collection through dozens of dealer stands, and take part in various competitions so you can win great prizes!

Best of all, the new Transformers toy line: Dark of the Moon, will be presented at the convention!

Check out our website:
http://www.bots-nl.net for all the information you need.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Tuesday, 17th May 2011 at 08:39:49 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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BotCon have annouced their 8th guest, Michael McConnohie, the voice of Tracks and Cosmos from the original Transformers Cartoon.

We are a little suprised that there is a lack of Transformers Prime guests at BotCon this year.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Tuesday, 17th May 2011 at 08:38:32 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News­And now a brief message from Auto Assembly.

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Monday, 16th May 2011 at 18:13:02 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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