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Transformers Convention News

The UK based Transformers and G.I-Joe Collectors event known as Roll Out Roll Call have announced their dates for this years show as the 11th and 12th October.  The announcement, which came in the form of the flyer you can see below, has also announced that Nick Roche will be a special guest and has teased at some sort of Transformers Collectors Club / G.I-Joe Collectors club tie-in for the event. What could it be? Time will tell.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 23rd May 2014 at 08:51:46 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Fun Pub have announced, via email, that the non-attendees pack for Botcon 2014 are now sold out.  Below you will find a copy of their announcement

"Non-Attending registrations now sold out. If there are any leftover attending sets we will turn them into non-attending sets (closer to the event) as we must keep those in stock for fans that want to travel to the event.

So, if you don't get a non-attending set now, we will let you know in the future when (if any) additional sets become available."

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 16th May 2014 at 17:22:13 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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The Auto Assembly team have sent out the following important press release regarding the news that the official hotel is about to sell out of rooms.

Dear friends,

We are sorry to inform you that the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, home of Auto Assembly, is on the cusp of reaching a complete accommodation sell out with it's accommodation over this year's convention weekend. As such, please kindly spare a minute to read this message so we can advise you how best to enjoy the convention.

The Present Situation

At the time of writing this message, rooms at the Hilton for Saturday 9th August 2014 have completely sold out. However there is still some availability on the following dates;

* Wednesday 6th
* Thursday 7th
* Friday 8th
* Sunday 10th
* Monday 11th

Room availability on these dates is now exceptionally limited and we anticipate a total sell out in the following days.

Please note no further rooms shall be allocated to Auto Assembly, or any other event. The only way in which rooms may become available is if the hotel receives cancellations but should this happen, the newly freed rooms will go on general sale, as it would be unfair for any one event to be given priority.

Potentially there may be limited rooms on sale on third party websites but these cannot be recalled by the Hilton for convention use, as the Hilton must meet and pre-existing contractual requirements it may have with its affiliates which is understandable.

Wider Hotel Room Shortage Issues

In addition to the Hilton selling out under the weight of Auto Assembly and the Festival of Quilts, our chosen overspill hotel has limited availability, as do others in the nearby area.

This is not all because of Transformers and Quilt fans - this is due to a major touring event which is scheduled to take place in the LG arena, (just across the lake from the Hilton). That event was not announced until approximately 6 months after AA2014 was booked, so we sadly could not have taken it into consideration. To top things off, there is also now a major fashion trade show taking place at the NEC as Auto Assembly comes to a close, meaning we are suddenly faced with a very popular weekend around the Hilton.

Naturally, we hope you will all appreciate that this is an unprecedented event and that we are doing our best to make sure nobody misses out on finding a room so they can join us for this year's convention.

What to do next (yes, we have back up plans!)

If you don’t have anywhere to stay yet (or haven't booked for the convention and are worried about not being able to find a room) then please don’t worry – Team Auto Assembly has your back! This is what you need to do.

1. If you only require a room for any of the dates showing availability which we have listed above, then you should try to book with the Hilton first as you may still get in. Do this using the AA discount code found within your confirmation emails and on the ticket purchase confirmation page of our website that you will have been taken to when you originally booked.

2. For those who are unable to book a room at all at the Hilton, the Auto Assembly Committee have produced a list of nearby alternatives which are within walking distance. We have already spoken with these hotels and several of them still have availability. Some of them are very cheap too (especialoom at all at the Hilton, the Auto Assembly Committee have produced a list of nearby alternatives which are within walking distance. We have already spoken with these hotels and several of them still have availability. Some of them are very cheap too (especialy if you are coming in a group) so you will have extra money to spend over the weekend. Details of nearby hotels and hotel information generally can be found elsewhere on our website at http://www.autoassembly.org.uk/auto-assembly-2014-hotel-accommodation/

3. If you cannot find a room within walking distance, again there is information on the above page about further options which are slightly further afield, but still within a very short train or taxi ride.

Both Birmingham City Centre and Coventry are under 10 minutes away by train, with return tickets costing as little as £3.00. These options are especially great for people on a tight budget as there are some very cheap deals to be had in exchange for the short journey and we have managed to identify ample rooms in the immediate vicinity of the City Centre to cater for all your needs should you wish to choose there for your stay in August so we are certain that you will have no difficulty in finding anywhere to stay.

Helping hand

Please rest assured that we have no intention of leaving people out. Whilst we cannot book your rooms for you, we will help as much as we can should anybody require extra assistance; particularly our international attendees who may not be familiar with the local area.

You can contact us at roombookings@autoassembly.org.uk and we will always get back to you as soon as possible.

We are actively looking into other ways to try and help you including, but not limited to, taxi share advice, public transport routes, coaches and bag stores. Whilst we can’t confirm any of these things right now, we thought it was important to let you know that we are continuing to work hard for you.

For those of you who are currently planning on travelling to Auto Assembly 2014 alone, we have set up a dedicated area on the Auto Assembly Forum for those of you who may be interested in considering room sharing as an option as well. This may make finding accommodation even easier, more affordable and could help you find new friends for your latest trip to the convention or even for some of you, your first year with us at Auto Assembly and you can find this here:- http://www.autoassembly.org.uk/forum/forumdisplay.php?fid=22

Thank you

We do want to take a moment to thank all of our attendees. Your patience and understanding in this unprecedented time is most appreciated and your continued enthusiasm for YOUR convention is the force that drives us keep making it happen. We promise to carry on doing everything we can to support you, as you are supporting us.

We also wish to say thanks to the no-nonsense volunteers at roombookings@autoassembly.org.uk who, in their first year of operation, have successfully helped many families and attendees to make and modify their reservations at the Hilton.

Finally, we wish to place on record our sincere thanks to the staff of the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, especially our liaison Helen Lees, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate as many Auto Assembly attendees as possible.

When our initial block of rooms sold out within 2 hours of going live, the Hilton released another to us the very next day. And then another and another... We have been provided with literally hundreds of rooms over and above our quota even though there is another event taking place at the hotel. For this, we cannot thank the Hilton enough.

More updates and information will follow in due course. Please please please try to book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – we don’t want any of you missing out to people attending other shows. They don’t even have robots!

Finally, we know that some of you may not have had the chance to read it yet but we have attached a copy of the latest edition of the Auto Assembly 2014 Attendee Information Pack which contains a summary of the hotel arrangements, travel details for the convention, all the information you need about attending Auto Assembly, the convention rules and plenty of hints and tips to help you get the most out of this year's event so please try to spare a little time to read this before the convention.

Til all are One

The Auto Assembly Committee

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Wednesday, 7th May 2014 at 21:03:22 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Auto Assembly have announced their latest guest for the August 2014 show as Jim Sorenson. It will be Jim's 3rd Auto Assembly and his latest book with Bill Forster, Transformers Legacy: The Art of Transformers Packaging, is due out in May of this year so be sure to bring it along and Ask Jim and questions you may have regarding this ands his other work.

We are thrilled to announce that in 2014, Auto Assembly will once again be graced by renowned Transformers Author, Jim Sorenson! Jim has worked with IDW since 2006 and has been the pen behind many pieces of great Transformers literature such as, The Ark (1 and 2), The AllSpark Almanac (1 and 2), The Art of Transformers Prime and The Transformers 30th Anniversary Collection. He has also leant his talents to several projects outside of the Transformers Universe (debatably!) such as the much lauded GI:Joe Field Manuals. Jim’s latest offering, Transformers Legacy: The Art of Transformers Packaging (compiled with longtime co-creator, Bill Forster) is scheduled for a May 2014 release. Be sure to pre-order a copy and bring it with you to Auto Assembly to be signed by the man himself! We have attached the link below.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Sunday, 27th April 2014 at 12:39:29 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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The Japanese model festival known as SuperFest is taking place with weekend had has included displays of the Fewture Models product lines as well as the Unimetal Optimus Prime.  The products, which have been seen before, including the large Unicron head, though this time in full colour, the PVC G1 Grimlock, Optimus Prime and Alpha Trion figures as well as some super-deformed Convoy and Rodimus figures.

TemptingToys have posted some images from the event which you can view below with more images available over on TFW2005.com

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Sunday, 27th April 2014 at 10:11:42 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Thanks to the AmiAmi Facebook page we can bring you a selection of images from the Miyazawa Mokei Spring Exhibition. Whilst Transformers related products were limited a there were some that are worth while looking at.  First up, Kotobukiya were showing off their licensed Transformers silicone ice trays.  Artstorm showed of their G1 Alpha Trion figure whilst Prime 1 Studios displayed their expensive high-end Dark of the Moon Optimus Prime.  Finally, TakaraTomy were showing off their "TakaraArts" Mega Drive Megatron prototype figure.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Wednesday, 9th April 2014 at 08:54:18 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Thanksto TFW2004 for pointing out concept images of a 3rd party Transformers Micromaster Countdown figure, named Moonraker.

According to Mr. Hazard, prototype pictures will be available next week. This figure will be produced by an as of yet unnamed 3rd party group. Moonraker will be scout sized and come with a small turret to operate, which is compatible with the recentlty released Transformers Generations Metroplex

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Saturday, 5th April 2014 at 11:34:16 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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BotCon has shared with us the following about the guest announcement:

Joining us at BotCon 2014 is the writer behind what has quickly become one of the most celebrated ongoing Transformers comic series of all-time, IDW’s Transformers MTMTE. With that, we are thrilled to announce that British writer JAMES ROBERTS will be our guest this year in Pasadena. He will be on hand all weekend for autographs, panels and hanging with fans from around the world! You won’t want to miss this rare opporutunity to meet James and to discuss his amazing work which has brought a new level of excitement to Transformers comic fiction!

Click the Guests menu link to view his bio and keep checking back as there is so much more news, toy reveals and show information to be announced!

 

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Saturday, 5th April 2014 at 11:23:45 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Fun Publications have posted the image of their latest Botcon 2014 figure to be revealed and it is Scorponok!  The toy is a recolour of the Energon Scorponok, decoed up to look like the Generation One figure but with sa special suprise in the form of a brand new Headmaster head! That's right the head is Olin Zarak who is made from the Encore Spike figure that was, of course, released with Fortress Maximus in Japan but with a new face plate to look like Scorponok.  As big fans of G1 Scorponok this toy is now a must buy for us as the colour scheme alone makes it an awesome homage but the new head just finishes it off.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Thursday, 3rd April 2014 at 18:53:30 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Botcon have revealed their third exclusive figure from the 2014 convention boxset as Devcon.  Devcon is a retool of the Generations Scourage figure and will be relased as another member of the "Knight" faction.  Devcon is based on the character from the Generation One cartoon episode "The Gambler" and has been a planned exclusive at two previous Botcons, the most recent being in 2005 when he was going to be released as a recolour of Energon Slugslinger when 3H still held the license.  They lost their license and so that incarnation of the toy was never released.  The original Botcon figure was going to be a recolour of the Machine Wars Mirage toy. They toy was also not released but a handpainted mockup, painted by a former Hasbro lead deco painter, was made and photographed for the Botcon website. It use to be owned by the Hartmans but they sold the figure to us back in December 2008 where it has been featured in a toy gallery ever since.

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Tuesday, 25th March 2014 at 09:16:25 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Fub Publication have updated the Botcon website with the second reveal for this years exclusive set. The character is called Ferak, a recolour of the Transformers Universe Cyclonus figure, who comes with his partner Tornada, a recolour of Nightstick. Both are members of the Decepticon Squadron X and join Cannonball as the reveals thus far for the Botcon exclusive.

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Tuesday, 11th March 2014 at 09:15:10 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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The Botcon 2014 website has been updated with a placeholder page where the official images of this year set will be revealed confirming that the set will contain 3 "pirates" and 2 "knights".

Botcon 2014 Box set figure preview

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Sunday, 2nd March 2014 at 10:26:53 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Whilst new TakaraTomy released products were limited at the Winter Wonderfest, some new licensed products were being shown off from Ultimetal and CMCorp.  CM Corp showed all of the figures they have released thus far along with a teaser for their next product ... Deathsaurus.  Meanwhile Ultimetal, who make the extremely detailed but very expensive metal models, showed of a new line-up of figures including Alphatrion, Rodimus Prime and an huge Unicron head!! You can view the images after the jump.

Edit

The CM Corp figure has been revealed to be Acrobunch and NOT DeathSaurus as previously reported.  Acrobunch stared in the 1982 anime series Acrobunch: The Legend of the Demon Lands.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Sunday, 9th February 2014 at 11:16:15 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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As we reported yesterday, the Winter Wonderfest has been taking place in Tokyo over the weekend. During the event TakaraTomy showed of a prototype of a Megatron toy from their upcoming "TakaraTomy Arts" toyline which features a licensed Sega Megadrive which changes into Megatron!!  The figure was originally teased back on the Takara Tomy's website though it looks like the "device-label" style toyline is still underwork.

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Sunday, 9th February 2014 at 11:10:50 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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TakaraTomy's Official Transformers Twitter account, @TF_pr have been tweeting out images from the set-up for the Winter Wonderfest that is taking place in Tokyo.  It's quite appropriate that Tokyo has just been hit by their worst winter storm in 20 years, so expect to see lots of snowy images from outside of the event.

The first tweet shows the Transformers Lost Age First Edition Optimus Prime who is, of course, TakaraTomy's version of the recently release Age of Extinction First Edition Prime figure.

The second tweet gives an idea of the conditions outside

The third tweet sent by @TF_pr includes a photograph of the "Transformers Museum" that is being shown at the event including some items they describe as rare pieces.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Saturday, 8th February 2014 at 10:23:23 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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