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Transformers Convention News

Some major news is on the horizon for Europe's largest Transformers convention Auto Assembly and to tease us all as to what the announcement will be the crew have posted the following message onto their Facebook page.

MAJOR Auto Assembly 2013 News coming very soon... details of our first ever Exclusive Toy plus full reveal of the 2013 Kitbash Workshop Toy Add-On Kit. If you haven't already booked for the convention, hurry so you don't miss your chance of getting this!

Limited supplies of both will be available for Non-Attendees as well when packs go on sale! Book NOW at

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 15th March 2013 at 23:32:27 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

Fun Publications have now announced that registration for this years Botcon is now available.  To register for this event simply visit

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 15th March 2013 at 08:56:45 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Fun Publications US release of the e-Hobby Shattered Glass G1 Blaster and Soundwave set, which also comes with Slugfest, Ratbat, Ramhorn, Eject and Solarbot is now starting to arrive at doors in the US.  There is no word on when the international orders will be released, but given surface mail times we should get them by May.

The E-Hobby sets have been arriving since late January / early February.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Wednesday, 6th March 2013 at 08:17:25 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

The official Botcon Twitter account brings us some more Botcon 2013 news - they have posted an image of the Botcon 2013 baseball cap. The Botcon 2013 Baseball cap features the Megaplex version of the Decepticon symbol with Fun Publication's take on Machine Wars Thundercracker in front of it. Like in the original line, their illustration of Machine Wars Thundercracker is a redeco of Skywarp - in other words, it is based upon the Revenge of the Fallen Dirge mold.

An illustration does not a toy make, however you might be interested in an exchange of tweets between one Twitter user and Botcon:

- From Twitter user Emerald Beacon - so you're basically confirming MW Thundercracker with this hat, right?

-Response from Botcon - Basically...

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Wednesday, 6th March 2013 at 08:14:24 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

TFCC have revealed the bio for their 2013 Subscription figure Depth Charge. The profile, which can be viewed below, reads as:

Strength: 9
Intelligence: 10
Speed: 8
Endurance: 9
Rank: 7
Courage: 10
Fireblast: 6
Skill: 9

"It's not revenge I'm looking for. It's justice."

Magnificently sweeping through the darkness with regal silence, a hunter trails his prey.  Defender, pursuer, and if need be, judge; DEPTH CHARGE acts swiftly and with unquestioning resolve. He holds tightly to a desire for justice, even if he despenses that justice himself.

After tracking down and incarcerating the murderous Protofom X, DEPTH CHARGE returned to a CYBERTRON torn apart by war. Aging masters forced the next generation of soldiers into battle, in the name of "The Cause".  Death haunted every street. Injustice was abound. Depth Charge was tasked with a mission to hunt down two deserters from the MAXIMAL ranks who had dispatched their commanding officer, and consorted with the enemy in an attempt to use experimental transwarp drive technology to flee the planet. Retracing their steps with his own transwarp device, the MAXIMAL soon found their escape route. It was not to another planet, but to another Universe: one which the Transtech call home

TFCC Exclusive Depth Charge

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 1st March 2013 at 09:08:07 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News was updated yesterday with the first image of Machine Wars Megaplex. The toy is a straight recolour of Transformers Prime Dreadwing in the colour scheme of the original Megaplex figure.  This means that a Megatron recolour is likey to also be a straight recolour without a new head which will be a shame and if that toy does have a new head then it will destroy the purpose of Megaplex in the first place.  You can view the image below with all of the Botcon 2013 images being available after the jump.

Botcon 2013 Megaplex

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 1st March 2013 at 08:57:38 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Fun Publications have updated the BotCon website with not only the vehicle mode of Obsidian but also the annoucement of two guests, James Horan (Transformers: Prime WHEELJACK) and David Sobolov (Transformers: Prime SHOCKWAVE and Transformers: Beast Wars DEPTHCHARGE), as well as the official BotCon Brouchure.

This is the official story for the show

Many know of the BEAST WARS, the fight which found Optimus Primal and his crew of Maximals battle against Megatron and his league of Predacons, with the fate of time itself hanging in the balance! Centuries before, though, there was another war whose story is just now being told. A war that threatened the very existence of all Cybertronians, Autobot and Decepticon. This Summer, be warned friends... For the MACHINE WARS are coming!!!

With Optimus Prime and Galvatron off-line, two legendary Generals, OBSIDIAN and STRIKA, will be tasked with saving Cybertron from the invading clone army led by MEGAPLEX and his fleet of Skywarp clones. Along with noble troops such as the maintenance expert HOIST, the Autobots will need every soldier they can find if they are to save Cybertron and win the MACHINE WARS!

This amazing five-figure Transformers MACHINE WARS:TERMINATION box set features: General OBSIDIAN, General STRIKA, Clone Army Commander MEGAPLEX, Clone Warrior SKYWARP and Autobot maintenance expert HOIST. Originally a Kay-Bee exclusive line from 1997, this 2013 BotCon box set brings fans and collectors a long-awaited and AMAZING second series of Machine Wars toys.
Probably the most intersting fact is that for the first time the Customising Figure will be available to purchase from the show, limited to 1 per registrant, assembled but unpainted, for $75.00

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Wednesday, 27th February 2013 at 18:24:34 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Auto Assembly's head, Simon Plumbe, has updated the website of Europe's largest Transformers Convention with the "Attendee Information Pack" which contains some extremely useful information for attendees of the show.  Here's Simon to tell you more:

"Regular attendees of Auto Assembly know that we produce an Information Pack every year to help everyone make the most out of the convention and to give all of you who are attending or planning on attending all of the essential information that you need before you set out on your journey to Birmingham in August. Not only does the pack contain essential travel information, but also includes details on some of the things you can expect at the convention, as well as all of our convention rules and regulations, other important information you will need, as well as plenty of tips and advice to help you make the most out of Europe’s largest Transformers convention.

Well, we have now finished producing the first edition of this year’s guide and it is now available for all of you to download as a PDF file, so whether you have already registered, or are considering booking for the event, feel free to download your copy of the Auto Assembly 2013 Attendee Information Pack right now."

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Monday, 25th February 2013 at 19:31:02 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News have updated their website with the fourth figure from this years Machine Wars themed set.  Continuing on from the Beast Machines character inclusions of Strika's, this week the reveal is of her partner Obsidian with the figure being based on the original Beast Machines Obsidian toy.  You can view the images of all of the announced figures by following the jump.

Botcon 2013 Obsidian

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 22nd February 2013 at 10:01:25 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News have updated the page for their 2013 Machine Wars Skywarp figure with an image of his jet mode. The toy plays homage to the Generation One Skywarp by transitioning to translucent purple plastic wings tips to mimic his teleportation abilities.

Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Skywarp Jet mode

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Thursday, 14th February 2013 at 08:56:13 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

We promised you more guests for Auto Assembly 2013, and we can now confirm that Regeneration One colourist John-Paul Bove is making a welcome return to Auto Assembly. As with all of our comic guests, he will be on hand all weekend in our guest area and no doubt will be on stage at some point during a Q&A Panel with some of our other guests… For more details of who else will be at the convention with him, check out the Auto Assembly 2013 Guest List.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 8th February 2013 at 13:25:28 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Hasbro Inc have issued the following press release regarding the US 2013 Toy Fair.


Hasbro Showcases Portfolio of Brands and Innovative New Play Experiences at the 110th American International Toy Fair

Premier Global Branded Play Company Highlights New Introductions from TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, PLAY-DOH, FURBY and More

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), home to many of the world's favorite entertainment and playtime brands, will celebrate new initiatives and product launches at the largest toy industry expo in the western hemisphere.

"Hasbro continues to deliver the best in branded play to consumers around the world with our unparalleled portfolio of multi-platform properties including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY and MONOPOLY," said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer, Hasbro. "In 2013 Hasbro will offer a wide variety of new ways to experience our brands across multiple formats, making them available anytime and anywhere consumers want."

Featured in Hasbro's Toy Fair showcase is the highly anticipated launch of BEAST HUNTERS, the touchstone for the TRANSFORMERS brand entertainment in 2013 driven by the award winning "Transformers Prime" animated series. Produced by Hasbro Studios and seen by kids and fans in 182 countries around the world, the third season of the series finds the AUTOBOTS facing off against both the DECEPTICONS and unprecedented new foes: the dragon-like PREDACONS. The BEAST HUNTERS multi-platform IP and new PREDACON characters come to life across programming, digital games, publishing, new toys and more. At Toy Fair, Hasbro introduces a new, highly innovative way to experience TRANSFORMERS action figures with CONSTRUCT-BOTS, the first ever line of TRANSFORMERS figures that kids can customize and convert.

For fans of the MY LITTLE PONY brand, a pop-culture phenomenon, more magical journeys of friendship and fun kick off at Toy Fair. Kids around the world will enjoy discovering the whimsical world of pony friends, watching their adventures unfold in the "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" animated series created by Hasbro Studios. Fans can immerse themselves in imaginative stories of their own with delightful MY LITTLE PONY toys inspired by the series seen in 180 countries, including a variety of ponies and playsets based on the introduction of the CRYSTAL EMPIRE and the upcoming coronation of PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE. With over 200 licensees for the brand globally, fans can also experience the MY LITTLE PONY fun across a wide variety of platforms including the MY LITTLE PONY app from Gameloft available on iTunes and Google Play as well as the new, wildly popular comic book series from IDW Publishing.

The innovation doesn't stop with TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY as Hasbro prepares an exciting new introduction for its classic PLAY-DOH compound. The iconic PLAY-DOH brand has been inspiring kids' creativity for generations and in 2013 Hasbro introduces a new compound to the line: PLAY-DOH PLUS, a soft and fluffy compound that allows for a new level of creative detail in PLAY-DOH play.

Highlights from Hasbro's innovative 2013 product showcase at the American International Toy Fair include:

May the Force be with you as you battle the dark side in the new ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS JENGA RISE OF DARTH VADER GAME. Slingshot your JEDI birds from the LIGHTSABER LAUNCHER to defeat DARTH VADER and the evil SITH LORDS and win the game! Players can also unlock ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS in-app content with a special code in each pack. (Ages: 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Players: 1-2/Available: Fall 2013)

Players must master power, speed and precision to keep up with the frenetic marble shooting play in the B-DAMAN BREAK BOMBER BATTLEFIELD arena, featured prominently in the B-DAMAN Season 1 TV series. Players start on opposite sides as they shoot at the rows of blocks in the center of the arena. Blasting away yellow blocks reveal red blocks. The player that blasts three out of five red blocks into the opponents' territory wins. Set includes one deluxe target play set with 25 blocks, completely enclosed arena walls, two B-DAMAN figures, two B-DAMAN Wide Magazine Accessory pieces and 16 marbles. (Ages 6 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2013)

The adorable BABY ALIVE REAL SURPRISES BABY doll gives little kids the experience of taking care of their very own baby. Just like a real baby she can sometimes be a little picky about what she wants to eat. This baby shakes her head from side to side to let you know what she likes and what she doesn't! REAL SURPRISES BABY wets and soils and kids can use one of the included diapers for a quick change. (Ages: 3 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $56.99/Available: Fall 2013)

Hasbro's first ever figure-based battling system is inspired by the spirits in the new BEYBLADE: SHOGUN STEEL series. Insert the ripcord into the battler, rev it up, and send it spinning into action to bring the intensity of SHOGUN STEEL to life. Each BEYWARRIOR battler is made of five pieces to allow for ultimate customization, including interchangeable arms and feature different spirits from the BEYBLADE: SHOGUN STEEL show. The intricately designed OCTAGON SHOWDOWN set arena allows battlers to spin, crash, and ricochet for optimal BEYWARRIOR battling! (Ages 8 & up; BEYWARRIOR Battlers Approx. Retail Price: $9.99; OCTAGON SHOWDOWN SET: $39.99/Available: Fall 2013; Each Sold Separately)

EASY-BAKE Ultimate Oven
Chefs-in-training will love to gather with their friends to bake and decorate sweet and savory snacks in this oven which features a heating element similar to a conventional oven and that does not require a light bulb. Easy to use, the oven features a larger cooking chamber and big baking pans. This fall, to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the EASY-BAKE brand will release a new color scheme for the EASY-BAKE Ultimate Oven, a sleek silver, blue and black model. Adult participation and electricity required. (Ages: 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $54.99/Available: Spring 2013)

Funky, wild and ready to shake things up, the PARTY ROCKERS friends are lively companions for any FURBY. Rock these colorful creatures back and forth to put the FURBY PARTY ROCKERS in party mode, but be careful — the more they rock, the wilder they get! With an already formed personality, the FURBY PARTY ROCKERS will react to how they are treated, pull their tails and the FURBY PARTY ROCKERS might let out a laugh. The FURBY PARTY ROCKERS creatures will react to other PARTY ROCKERS and FURBY, by having a ‘conversation' or singing a song together. The FURBY PARTY ROCKERS friends also respond to the free FURBY app, available for iOS and Android devices. Not all functions of the app. work with PARTY ROCKERS. Each sold separately. (Ages: 6 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2013)

The FURREAL FRIENDS CUDDLES, MY GIGGLY MONKEY pet provides children the ultimate nurturing pet play experience with an animal they have always dreamed of owning! The CUDDLES, MY GIGGLY MONKEY pet will respond to many cherished play patterns, such as feeding, diaper changing, cuddling, tickling, swinging and rocking to sleep! The pet recognizes when she's being swung in the air, and will respond with lifelike laughter and silly monkey sounds. Tickle her tummy and this loveable monkey will burst into a fit of giggles. When it's bedtime for your baby monkey, rock her gently and the CUDDLES, MY GIGGLY MONKEY pet will start to snooze, and slowly close her eyes. (Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $74.99/Available: Fall 2013)

Inspired by the G.I. JOE: RETALIATION movie hitting theaters on March 29th, 2013 in 3D, The G.I. JOE NINJA COMMANDO figures are 10-inch large-scale figures that feature quick-draw BATTLE-KATA and Ninja action. With the press of a button, figures magically "grab" weapons to arm themselves for battle. Figures also feature electronic sound effects and phrases. Choose from the iconic Ninja SNAKE EYES and BATTLE-KATA skilled ROADBLOCK. Figures sold separately. (Ages: 5 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: 2/11/13)

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 8th February 2013 at 09:04:23 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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The official Transformers Facebook page has posted a preview of IDW's Spotlight: Megatron comic by Nick Roche who talks the reader through the pages both as the writer and the artist.

PAGE 1: This story starts off just after Megatron has received a new body during the TRANSFORMERS ONGOING series from a couple of years ago. Why set the tale in this time frame? And did you have to research all the old designs again?

NICK ROCHE (writer): Well, I just write the thing. It doesn’t bother me what the designs for the characters are like. I just sit back, lash any old nonsense out, and watch the accolades come cascading in.

As for the timeframe, IDW and Hasbro were looking for a Megatron SPOTLIGHT to feature the same body that the character currently sports in the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE ongoing series. Of course, he’s a little dinged-up over on that title, and has foregone more of his personal grooming routines. But it’s essentially the same character design. Now, almost every nano-second of that iteration of Ol’ Megs has been accounted for – from him coming online in TRANSFORMER ONGOING #13, to his climactic farewell in the “CHAOS” series. I had to pull a trick that Simon Furman has made his own, and find an empty story-corner to craft an idea; tell an off-panel tale, as it were. And it allowed me to address what must have been huge disappointment and frustration on Megatron’s part upon discovering the undignified and embarrassing mess Starscream had made as leader of the Decepticons.

NICK ROCHE (artist): The script was pretty loosely written, so I had to second-guess the writer’s intent a lot of the time. He’d just send a hand-scrawled note on greaseproof paper that said, “’bot 1 punches ’bot 2.” I had to do a lot of work to put any shape on the so-called story.

Piecing together the “script” did involve me having to do some research and capture the look that the ONGOING-Era Decepticons had on their Vacation Asteroid. But every comic – and every TRANSFORMERS comic especially – involves a lot of back-checking and cross-referencing on pre-existing designs. Because I had drawn Megatron and a few of the other cast members in these designs before, it wasn’t a complete slog, and didn’t slow me down too much.

PAGES 2 and 3: Did you find it difficult to write Megatron’s character at this point in time, bearing in mind everything he went through in All Hail Megatron and just after that?

NICK ROCHE (writer): Not prohibitively difficult, but it was an enjoyable challenge marrying up the Megatrons of two different writers (Shane McCarthy & Mike Costa) and have him pointing where the current writer (John Barber) has him positioned. It was interesting to read back over both eras of Megatron and reconcile the words and deeds of one with the other. I think I managed to not contradict anyone as I pulled my Megatron into place.

Barring weaving other versions of the character into this one version though, I tried to think about how Megatron would feel at having all that is sacred to him – his Decepticons; The “physical manifestation of his ideology” – absolutely driven into the ground. His star system-trouncing warriors are reduced to a whimpering mess, so let’s discover what affect this would have on him. If the Decepticons are defeated, he feels it, because to him, the Cause and The ’Bot are one and the same.

NICK ROCHE (artist): Is there a question for me? No? Oh, it’s all about the writer, yeah? That guy…

Well, let me tell you about stuff anyway. I drew these pages. Was it easy? Nothing is, working with that guy. He didn’t even specify which ones some of them were. “The Blue Cassette and a Broken Clone” was pretty much all the direction I got for this spread.

This was where some of the referring back to earlier issues paid off. Like, I tried to keep the wounds that Razorclaw suffered in his skirmish with Starscream back in ONGOING #13 consistent with the wear-and-tear shown here. And then I added little nods to the cannibalization that was rife during this period too. You can see that Sunstorm (on the left of the image) is sitting down, because someone else is probably using his lower legs…

PAGE 4- What would you say set this issue apart on terns of the challenge as apposed to the other issues that you have written and drawn yourself?

NICK ROCHE (writer): Oddly, this page represents the real departure from previous solo excursions, in that there is some Editorially-mandated content. The through-line between this current batch of Spotlights is a connection to Metroplex and the Space Bridge technology he possesses. We know that this new body Megatron inhabits has the ability to traverse vast interstellar distances. Where did his restoration crew gain that technology from? Well, now we know. And as a dutiful Megatron nerd, I couldn’t bypass the opportunity to refer to the character’s oft-cited ability to access a Black Hole in deep space. What potential side effects could those powers unleash with this new Space Bridge ability? It’s all touched on slightly here. In dinner terms, this page is the Science Starter, the rest of the issue is Red Raw Main Course. Things…get messy. Bring a bib.

Though you have no idea how giddy a writer can get when they realize, “Wow! I’m writing a conversation between MEGATRON and SHOCKWAVE!” Workdays don’t come any better than that.

NICK ROCHE (artist): “Make the One-Eyed One argue with the Bucket-Head One.” That’s literally all he wrote.

It was hugely enjoyable to realize that I was drawing two of the heaviest-hitters (maybe THE heaviest?) in the Decepticon army having a typically terse one-to-one. It was massive fun to draw a similar scene between Shockwave and Overlord in LAST STAND OF THE WRECKERS, but as popular as Overlord is now, he didn’t have the same weight of responsibility to draw then. Whereas this scene – which has a sulky, skulky Soundwave too, for flip’s sake! – made me regress to seven-year-old status. (I usually operate at full-on nine-year-old.)

PAGE 5- Megatron sets his sights on Starscream for the first time since he’s seen just what Starscream did as leader in his stead. This is one of Transformers classic relationships. Had you always in your mind wanted to do these scenes, and did you always know how you wanted them to be?

NICK ROCHE (writer): I didn’t think I had a burning desire to explore this relationship, but that’s sometimes the best way to be. A part of me worries I’ll choke or wobble (or both at once – a “chobble”) when the day comes to write some dialogue for Optimus Prime. But because of when this story was set, and because of the events that lead us here, this confrontation was unavoidable. I had no choice but to just write it, and I think that can often be for the best. Out of all the iterations of TRANSFORMERS lore over the decades, this relationship between Megatron and Starscream is by far the most constant and enduring. Prime has different lieutenants or right-hand-guys in different shows, but Starscream is eternally cursed to be the thorn in Megatron’s side.

For me, the question at the heart of this relationship is as fundamental as “Why DOESN’T Batman just kill the Joker?” Why does Megatron keep Starscream around? What possible thought-process could allow a liability like him to linger and lurk, constantly undermining and unraveling your progress? It became apparent very quickly that this was what the story had to be about. And I think I’ve managed, in the pages that follow, to explore – and even explain to some degree – what this relationship is really all about.

NICK ROCHE (artist): My thinking here (because ONE of us had to do a bit of that) was that upon discovering Megatron’s resurrection in ONGOING #14, Starscream fronted it out a little with the returning boss, and then retreated to his rinky-dink throne room, where he’d squandered three years piffling about with the Autobot Matrix. So, I wanted to show a Starscream that’s beaten before Megatron even makes a start. The heft of his own fear of Megatron has literally crushed him, and where better to reflect on his potentially final moments than at the foot of the seat of his power. Interesting though that he doesn’t flea; he stays to face the music. The rest of this issue gets down to the nitty-gritty of the odd and dark relationship that these two share. I think. I dunno, I just draw the pictures.

IDW Spotlight: Megatron by Nick RocheIDW Spotlight: Megatron by Nick Roche

IDW Spotlight: Megatron by Nick Roche IDW Spotlight: Megatron by Nick Roche

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Thursday, 7th February 2013 at 08:08:49 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Yesterday TFCC tweeted that they would release the first image of Botcon 2013 Hoist in vehicle mode, you may have noticed us report this across various social network channels, well they did and the images, along with the original robot mode form, can be seen below.  You can compare them to the original toy by checking out our image gallery of Machine Wars Hoist.

Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Hoist
Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Hoist

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Thursday, 7th February 2013 at 07:59:25 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Auto Assembly have announced their first Bot Shot Tournament will take place at this years Auto Assembly event.

"We wanted to do something a little different this year, so as part of our range of games and competitions that will be running throughout the weekend in our re-vamped Games Room, we will be running a Bot Shots Tournament at the convention all weekend! It is open to all attendees and we will be offering prizes at the end of the convention for the top three competitors!" says committee head Simon "Simes" Plumbe.

You can find out the rules and details of how the tournament will work by reading the Auto Assembly 2013 Bot Shot Tournament Details.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Wednesday, 6th February 2013 at 09:36:57 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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