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Transformers Convention News

C.O.N.S. X ! The Anniversary !

The 10 year anniversary of the German Transformers Fan Convention will be on 2nd of september 2018.

C.O.N.S. X will be opening at 11 pm and will start full speed ahead. And who wants to join us can now preorder his ticket for C.O.N.S. X at Kolpinghaus/Josefshaus in Viersen-Süchteln at Ostring 33. On our homepage www.ntf-cons.de you will find all new information as well as our ticket hotline.

Of course the popular cosplay contest will be held for the 10th anniversary of C.O.N.S. Each visitor of C.O.N.S. X can participate in our Transformers Quiz.

At our ten year anniversay of C.O.N.S. we have many dealers for you in store offering a huge variety of Transformers from old to new. Including of course our sponsors Actionfiguren24, Gerrut Camaro and TF Robots. In addition there are Bram Bossers, Thats Cult, Ying Zhu the jewellery dealer, the team of Verlsercon from the Netherlands and Transformers Universe with our announcer Philister. That is not all by far. There is still TeleToys from the Netherlands and many more Transformers Dealers.

IDW Artist Jack Lawrence will make a return to C.O.N.S. He still works on IDW's Transfomers Lost Light and surely will have lots of news about the book.

And one guest must not be missing. One man who has become like inventory of C.O.N.S. We are talking about none other than IDW Colorist John-Paul Bove!

Our sponsor Actionfiguren24 will donate the main price to our raffle of C.O.N.S. X at 2nd of September 2018. It is Planet X - PX- 11 Set A plus B.

You always wonderd how to make a cosplay? You want to know which material to use? Or which cosplay suits you best?

All these questions and many more will be answered on the 2nd of september 2018 at C.O.N.S. X. In a small workshop about cosplay "Chaoszrael" will show you how it's done and answer you questions. She will show you how to find a cosplay, first steps in creating a cosplay, which tools to use and how to make a finished cosplay.

Be there and learn how to make your own cosplay on 2nd of september 2018.

C.O.N.S. X - The Program:

10:30 am - Admittance for the participants of the Cosplay Contest

11:00 am - General admittance

11:15 am - Official welcome

11:30 am - Cosplayers model show on stage

12:00 pm - Chaozrael´s Cosplay Workshop

12:30 pm - IDW Artists John-Paul Bove & Jack Lawrence Presentation & Interview

01:30 pm - Teutonicons Podcast Live on the C.O.N.S.

02:00 pm - 1st Raffle

03:00 pm - Live Review with Reyjin on stage

04:00 pm - Transformers Quiz sheet turn-in

04:15 pm - End of voting for the Contests

04:45 pm - Announcement of the Contest Winners

05:00 pm - 2nd Raffle & Star Price raffling

06:00 pm - Thank Yous & Goodbyes

We are looking forward to greeting everyone at C.O.N.S. X and hope that our visitors will be able to make a good haul.

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Source: www.ntf-cons.de

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: - on: Wednesday, 15th August 2018 at 11:22:08 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

On 9th of october 2016 the german Transformers Fan Convention C.O.N.S. will return. For it’s eight iteration it will come to Viersen-Süchteln in 41749 at Kolpinghaus/Josefshaus on Ostring 33. This time we prepared an all new Live Quiz Show which will be held on stage for the first time ever in germany. As usual our masters of disguises can participate in our trademark Cosplay Contest. For all of the creative types we offer the chance to partake in our Fanart and Custom Contests. And to continue the tradition we will hold an on stage raffles which offer you the opportunity to win a fine selection of Transformers related Items. Ranging from DVDs to rare collectors figures.  We also invited many European Dealers, including some of europe´s finest, who will offer all sorts of Transformers Items from old to new and used to MISB. And if that’s not enough! We also invited John-Paul Bove from IDW Publishing who will hold a live stage presentation. He will be joined by Mister Lohmaier from Hasbro Germany. We will be doing a live Q&A with Mister Lohmaier containing the questions we collected on our website and every question you have to ask live at C.O.N.S. VIII.

For more information check our website here.

Tickets are on sale here.

 

The Program:

10:30 am - Admittance for the participants of the Cosplay & Contests

11:00 am - General admittance

11:15 am - Official welcome

11:30 am - Cosplayers model show on stage

12:15 pm - Live Quiz Show

01:00 pm - IDW Artist John-Paul Bove Presentation

02:00 pm - 1st Raffle

03:00 pm - Hasbro Interview - Question & Answers

04:00 pm - Transformers Quiz sheet turn-in

04:15 pm - End of voting for the Contests

04:45 pm - Announcement of the Contests Winners

05:00 pm - 2nd Raffle & Star Price raffling

06:00 pm - Thank Yous & Goodbyes

 

We are looking forward to each and every one of you and wish you a warm welcome to Germany and C.O.N.S. VIII.

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Source: C.O.N.S., C.O.N.S. on facebook, Event on facebook

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: - on: Sunday, 11th September 2016 at 12:10:35 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

It looks like the "Device Labels" are well and truely returning as TakaraTomy and Sony have announced that they are teaming up to release Transformers figures. The line-up will start with Convoy (Optimus Prime) turning into the Playstation 1 console with the figure set to battle it out against "Megadrive" Megatron. The deal is under the Tomy Arts brand with Tomy also releasing 1/6th scale PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 minatures as a part of the 20th anniversary of the Playstation.

The figure, which will be shown at the Summer Wonder Festival this weekend in Japan, stands at 19cm tall and is due for release in early 2015

Optimus Prime Playstation

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 25th July 2014 at 13:51:02 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

TakaraTomy have unveiled the prototype for the upcoming Masterpiece Star Saber figure at the 2014 Tokyo Toy Show. The figure, which of course won the Fan's Choice Poll, will be available later in the year andhas so far only been photographed in robot mode.

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Saturday, 14th June 2014 at 09:48:20 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

e-Hobby have updated their product listings with some new, clear, official stock images of the upcoming Takara-Tomy Transformers Generations TG-19 Grimlock and TG-20 Ratbat figures.  As expected from Japanese releases, the toys have metallic paint with Grimlock also having a a more accurate red abdomen where as Ratbat has been given a new head which appears inspired by the IDW Comics Senator Ratbat which was first "leaked" via the instruction sheet which came with Transformers Generations Scourge.  The head will no doubt be reused for future recolours and we could image that these may include some of the Brestmasters.  You can view the images below.

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Thursday, 17th January 2013 at 08:20:53 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

Japanese toy blogger Alfes 2010 has posted some new images of the latest Takara-Tomy releasing including Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-27 Ultra Magnus and AM-28 Leo Prime (we get a nice picture of Micron Moon's head which is such a good homage). We have mirrored a selection of images after the jump, including the just released Transformers Masterpiece MP-14 Alert.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 14th December 2012 at 10:00:44 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

TakaraTomy have updated their official website, we now have new images of Arms Micron 'AM-14' Decepticon Vehicon with Micron partner Noji.

The toy is based on the US Vehicon figure, coming with the Arms Micron signature stickers rather than paint applications.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Thursday, 31st May 2012 at 11:02:23 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention News

TakaraTomy have issued a PDF press release called the Guide of Takara Tomy Group's "Transformers" content business expansion which you can read here (although it is in Japanese). The document talks about the Japanese release of Transformers Animated, how they are developing products to aim at the 3-8 year old category, the Blu-Ray release of Revenge of the Fallen in the autumn amongst other things

Credit goes to snakas for the original Japanese report.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Tuesday, 19th January 2010 at 09:34:56 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention NewsTakara/Tomy have updated their website with an interview with toy designer Hironori Kobayashi who was the designer on toys including Masterpiece Grimlock. They have also added new pictures of Alternity Bumblebee and Cliffjumper as well as Transformers: Revenge Buster Optimus Prime and Human Alliance Skids figures.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 20th November 2009 at 19:32:46 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Transformers Convention NewsTakara-Tomy has released several Transformers toys in Japan which include Alternity Megatron, Transformers Encore 18 Skids, Amazon Japan Exclusive Transformers Revenge Swerve, Japan Toys R Us Exclusive Transformers Revenge Scorponok

Takara Website Update: New Transformers Toys Release
Takara Website Update: New Transformers Toys Release
Takara Website Update: New Transformers Toys Release
Takara Website Update: New Transformers Toys Release


Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Thursday, 1st October 2009 at 09:53:05 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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TakaraTomy have updated their website over night with the update being to the Transformers: Revenge (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) line-up which include entries for Devastator and Ejector. Simply click the link at the start of this article to jump to the line-up page, then choose a faction.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Thursday, 3rd September 2009 at 08:52:00 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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SydenyY has posted a translation of the interview with TakaraTomy staff Takashi Kunihiro, Takio Ejima and Hisashi Yuki from the first volume of the 2009 Generation Book over on TFW2005. The interview is a great read and though is mainly discusses the Henkei line it does cover a lot of other topics including just how much of the toy designs are done by TakaraTomy and not Hasbro (as they would like fans to believe)

For those wanting to see more of the Generation Book 2009, we recommend you pick up a copy as we have, though we will scan in some pages at a later date in the future when the magazine is not in general circulation

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Sunday, 15th March 2009 at 15:48:22 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Japanese online store Maruzen toys have updated their website with some new images of Masterpiece Grimlock and Transformers Disney Label Mickey Mouse.

You can view the mirrored images below.

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Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Thursday, 6th November 2008 at 09:08:52 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Earlier today, 24th November 2007, in Japan the Dengeki 15th Anniversary (電撃15年祭) event took place and thanks once again to Yokubarion we are able to bring you images from the event. 376 images to be exact. The images include the Transformers display from Takara Tomy, featuring the Transformers Movie toys, Sky Lynx and the four Japanese exclusives (including the red Vardia Starscream). The images also include other items from TakaraTomy as well as Bandai, Kotobukiya, Konami, Medicoss Entertainment, Max Factory amongst others.

You can find the photographs in the Dengeki 15th Anniversary gallery which is part of our Transformers and Collectors Convention Photo area.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Saturday, 24th November 2007 at 11:10:11 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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CORPORATION: Trying Times for Transformers Toymaker

With the Steven Spielberg-produced Transformers a summer smash in theaters worldwide, these should be happy days for Tomy, the Japanese company that makes the shape-shifting toys on which the blockbuster film is based.

Yet with news headlines dominated by made-in-China scandals involving toymakers such as Mattel (MAT), there's no fun in Toyland. Tomy, like so many other Japanese and Western toy companies, relies on factories in China to manufacture most of its toys, and that Chinese sourcing is now causing big problems.

On the heels of Mattel's Sept. 4 announcement of a recall of Barbie accessories and other toys due to worries about dangerous levels of lead paint, the share price of Tomy, which has product-licensing agreements with Mattel, is languishing at a four-year low. Tomy shares fell 2.6% on Sept. 5 in Tokyo trading, marking their lowest level since August, 2003. The stock price is down more than 22% this year, compared to a 6.2% drop for the Nikkei index.

Quality problems associated with Chinese production are the biggest immediate concern for investors. On Aug. 17, Tomy said it would recall Chinese-made toy cars that it markets and distributes for Mattel in Japan after finding lead in the paint. That move wiped 10% off the stock price, although the company bravely insists it has no regrets. "We want to provide consumers as much proof as possible so as to guarantee the quality of our products," says Seiichiro Wasahara, a spokesman at the company.

Bringing Back Old Fans
While the China scandals dominate the headlines now, Chinese factories aren't the only problem for Tomy. Just as worrying, at least in the longer term, is that the company's main market, Japan, is shrinking as the population ages. Statistics show just how bleak the future is. By 2030, the National Institute of Population & Social Security Research predicts Japan's population of 127.7 million will fall by almost 10% and that youngsters will number fewer than one in 10, from around 13.6% now.

To fill the void, the company is targeting adults for one of its hottest toy rollouts in years. To coincide with the release of Transformers in Japan, Tomy is rereleasing dozens of the morphing robot toys that the company hopes will be a hit with generations X and Y. "The Transformers have had an image in Japan of being only for children," says Masahiko Yamazaki, who leads Tomy's marketing effort. "We'd like to bring back old fans and create a new market for adults."




The need to appeal to a broader audience is clear. In the past, Japan's toymakers had plenty of toy and game tie-ins to TV programs and movies for kids. But with Japan's youth population rapidly declining, they're being forced "to expand the market by increasing the targeted age range," says Fumiaki Ibuki, editor of Toy Journal.

Tough Competition from Astro Boy
The prized demographic in Japan: baby boomers' kids, who are now in their 20s and 30s. These consumers, known as junior boomers, have cash to burn and kids with whom they are eager to share memories of their childhood.

When Takara [later bought by Tomy] first released Transformers in the U.S. in 1984, the giant robots that could morph into cars, planes, and other vehicles were a novelty. A year later, they were introduced in Japan to rave reviews. But the toys' popularity ebbed a few years later, and only the most die-hard fans have remained loyal. What's more, Tomy's Transformers now have to hold their own against a slew of other robot characters -- from Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy to giant flying robots such as Mazinger Z and Gundam -- that have proven far more enduring.

That's likely to make it a hard slog for Tomy in Japan, where the company has exclusive rights. [Hasbro (HAS) owns the Transformers' marketing license in the U.S. and other key overseas markets.] Though 300 million Transformers toys have been sold in more than 130 countries over the years, Japan has only accounted for 10% of sales.

No Earnings Transformation Expected
But that hasn't deterred Tomy. Ahead of the film's release, the company sold 16 different robot characters from the movie, and this month another two dozen will appear in stores worldwide. There is even a collaboration with Nike (NKE), called Free 7.0, which looks like a sneaker but contains a robot inside, and an Apple (AAPL) iPod version is expected soon. Eventually, 80 different products are slated for release.

Tomy says it hopes to do more than $50 million in Transformers sales this fiscal year, through March, 2008. That might be possible, but sales in Japan so far have been disappointing, according to Mizuho Investors Securities. Says Shoji Morita, an analyst at Okasan Securities: "In the U.S., there are many success stories of a hit movie leading to a hit toy. In Japan, however, hit products are always connected to TV anime or TV programs such as Pokemon and Gundam."

In fact, few expect the Transformers to help Tomy's earnings much. Tomy produces Transformers for U.S. toymaker Hasbro, but the Japanese company's profit margins from the arrangement are miniscule, and Transformers-related sales have amounted to less than 10% of the company's total.

But even if the Transformers flop, some analysts think Tomy will still get by. In the first quarter, Tomy's operating earnings swung to a profit of $500,000 from a $2.6 million loss a year ago, and sales rose nearly 15%, to $342 million. Etsuko Tamura of Mizuho Investors Securities says Tomy's Tomica trains and Barbie-look-alike Licca-chan dolls are big enough sellers to lift the company's profits this year. For the financial year, she projects operating profits will grow 57%, to $40 million. If only Tomy's stock price could show a similar recovery. "It's disappointing as we've had healthy revenue growth," says spokesman Wasahara.

From Yahoo business news.

Category: Transformers Convention News | Submitted by: quartz - on: Wednesday, 12th September 2007 at 10:04:49 BST | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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