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TheTF.Net Forum Meet 2012

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on February 25, 2012 | Conventions,Site Updates |

Here we are at our forum meet for 2012, in a Wetherspoon’s pub. We’ve had a day of visiting various comic and toy shops, and now we’re boozing it up as per usual :)

If you’re in Birmingham, let us know and we’ll meet up!

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TheTF.Net 2012 Forum Meet

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on February 24, 2012 | Conventions,Site Updates |

Our annual forum meet is taking place this weekend in Birmingham. The official thread for the meet is here on our forum, and any transfans are welcome to come along and say hi, and/or buy us beers. Some members have already geeked into Birmingham early and are enjoying the second city as we type this, whereas many more of us will arrive later tonight or tomorrow.

Assuming we’re able to, because there are no guarantees, we’ll get some photos up over the weekend so you can see what sort of stuff we’ve been doing.

If you do want to come along and meet some friendly, slightly drunk, Transformers fans in Birmingham then check out the forum thread for details – or you can comment here anytime over the weekend and, assuming I’ve not lost my phone, I’ll get the message and can let you know where we are… that is of course assuming I know where I am, which is no gimmee.

Singapore Transformers conference to be graced by Hideaki Yoke

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on February 6, 2012 | Conventions |

Transformers fans in South-east Asia will finally get a significant conference at which they can celebrate their affection for all things Transformers. The countdown to the Resorts World Sentosa Singapore Transformers Cybertron Conference is well underway. It is all set to commence on the 11th of March and will last for four days in total. Those fans who choose to attend for the whole period until the 14th of March look set to witness quite a spectacle.

Pricing is variable, but the prices excluding accommodation superficially appear reasonable. A one day ticket can be purchased for just $12. While a ticket for four days costs $68, this is a special offer that involves a different set of stuff. There was a conference in Shanghai two years ago, but for fans based in or visiting the region the event appears to be an interesting opportunity.

The event will be graced by a very, very tall statue of Optimus Prime, but many fans will also be pleased by some of the guests. Hideaki Yoke of Takara Tomy is going to be in attendance and, for those appreciative of the toys, the presence of the designer will be just brilliant. For some of them it will be much more exciting than a meeting with Michael Bay (well, we at TheTransformers.Net have already met Michael Bay).

Singapore is a great place for British people to visit. If they book flights, accommodation and tickets quickly they might be able to attend the conference. However, we do have our own conventions in the UK too, including Auto Assembly in Birmingham this summer.

Savcon Transformers Convention: an inclusive experience?

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on January 18, 2012 | Conventions |

Not everyone has attended a Transformers Convention, but they are becoming an essential part of the calendar for many Transformers fans. There is a big one happening in Savannah in Georgia in the United States later this year, called Savcon. It is taking place over the course of several summer days and will be held from the evening of Friday 22 June until a session at 5:00 pm on Sunday 24 June. The schedule is quite a busy one and there will be plenty of things to do for Transformers fans.

As with any Transformers convention, early registration is a must if you are to participate properly in the event. For example, there is a music show on the Friday night, which those who have not registered prior to May 1st will be excluded from. Attendance on the Friday night is probably the best way of getting to know other people before the con starts in earnest.

A diverse range of activities should make the Transformers convention one to remember for fans. Autograph sessions will permit fans to meet stars, get quotes and find out the insider stories on the many series. Charity events will permit fundraising for a good cause too, as is the case with most Transformers conventions. The art competitions sound fun, for those with a penchant for art (and a hankering to become comic artists themselves). There may be some fans who find the whole thing a bit expensive, but it seems that most of those lucky enough to go for the three days are in for a good time.

For UK fans, don’t forget we have our own convention here in Blighty in Birmingham. Find out more about Auto Assembly here.

Fan convention coming to in Kansas City in 2012

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on December 16, 2011 | Conventions |

There’s a new Transformers event coming to Midwest America. TFExop will take place next year in Wichita, Kansas, and will give fans Transfans the chance to meet fellow admirers of their heroes whilst enjoying the displays and activities at the event.

There will be fan panels, a video room, a dealer room and much more besides. There will also be some original artwork on display at Artist’s Alleys. All fans will have the opportunity to submit their work, whether 2D artwork or custom figures. Further, there will be a competition featuring some fantastic prizes.

If you’re comfortable enough, you can enter the Cosplay Contest where you get the chance to don your best Transformers costume.

Every hour, there will be door prizes meaning the longer you stay, the more chances you have to win.

For those who are experts in Transformers trivia, and you know who you are, there will be a quiz show where attendees will be randomly selected before the competition starts so everyone has the chance to win.

There will be more fun in store once the Expo has closed with the Green Mill Pizza Party. Tickets for the party, which will be held at the Holiday Inn, must be purchased before the show begins.

For information on registration, please visit www.tf-expo.com. The site will have updated information on the event, which you can also get by becoming a fan of TFExpo on Facebook or by following them on Twitter.

You will also be able to purchase an artist or dealer table through. Tables have already begun to sell.

If you have any ideas for a fan panel, you can let them know on their Facebook page.

WIN Masterpiece Rodimus with TheTransformers.Net

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on August 8, 2011 | Auto Assembly,News |

In conjunction with Auto Assembly 2011, we here at TheTransformers.Net are giving away a fabulous prize to your UK Transformers fans. We have a Masterpiece Rodimus to offer up to the lucky winner of our competition, details of which were advertised on our flyers at Auto Assembly 2011.

If you’ve come here from seeing one of our flyers at AA, then welcome – we love you one and all. If however you’ve come here from another source, such as a link, Google or the kind words of a friend, we love you too (possibly not quite as much, we’ll decide later).

Anyhow – onto the competition. In order to stand a chance of winning this great (and it is a thing of beauty) prize then all you have to do is sign up to our new forum and post in the competition thread. After the competition end date (September 2nd) we’ll randomly select one of the posters as the winner of this great prize.

Regulars to our site may notice that this is a new forum, as our old one (TheTF.Net) has been closed down and moved over to TheTransformers.Net. TheTF.Net will remain live for all eternity as a homage to the greatness that it was, but this new forum on our main website will grow and grow as members migrate and new members find us – hence the competition to help promote it ;)

We should point out at this stage that staff members of our forum, and staff members of AA, are not allowed to enter… sorry chaps.

Once the lucky winner has been selected, we’ll contact them to get their UK based address and will order the toy for them to be sent out as soon as it’s available (release dates pending of course).

How cool does that sound? All you need to do is sign up to a forum and post in a thread – and if you’re already a member of the forum then half the work’s done for you!

You can find the forum thread here – just post once in the thread and that will register your entry into the competition; you don’t need to post again in that thread, but you can post in other parts of the forum and chat to our friendly, if not slightly inebriated, forum members.

Here, for your perusal, are the terms and conditions of the competition – or the boring bit, as we like to call it.

Terms & Conditions

  1. No purchase necessary. No third party or bulk entries will be accepted.
  2. Under 16s need parental/guardian’s consent. This promotion is open to residents of the UK only, excluding employees and their immediate families of Sheer Media Ltd, TheTransformers.Net and Auto Assembly, its agents and anyone professionally associated with it.
  3. To enter the prize draw you must register on the forum and post in the competition thread
  4. Within a week of the closing date, the winner will be selected from all entries into the competition
  5. The prize consists of the Masterpiece Rodimus (pictured)
  6. All entries into the draw must be received by 23.59 September 2nd 2011
  7. The winner will be selected at random under independent supervision and notified through the forum’s messaging system within 14 days of the closing date. In the event that the winner cannot be contacted within a further 28 days, the promoter reserves the right to withdraw prize entitlement and award the prize to a reserve selected at the same time as the original.
  8. No cash or other alternative prizes are available, except that in the event of circumstances outside its control the promoter reserves the right to substitute similar alternatives of equal or greater value.
  9. By entering this Promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
  10. Prize receivers will be required to take part in publicity. The winners’ name and county will be published on TheTransformers.net website.
  11. The promoter’s decisions regarding all promotional matters will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. Promoter: Sheer Media Limited, Unit D4, Stanlaw Abbey Business Centre, Ellesmere Port CH65 9BF

Hasbro to attend Auto Assembly 2011

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on August 2, 2011 | Auto Assembly,Hasbro,News |

Last night Auto Assembly made yet another announcement about this year’s Transformers convention, taking place in Birmingham in just ten days time. The latest announcement is that Hasbro will be attending, and will have a Transformers display of some of the latest toys. Here is the official announcement from Auto Assembly:

We’re just 11 days away from Auto Assembly 2011 but we’re not finished with our big announcements yet…!

We are proud to announce that we are continuing to develop our relationship with Hasbro UK and once again they will be having a display at the convention this year showcasing some of the latest Transformers available. They are also going to be donating some prizes for us to give away at the convention but we’re going to be leaving details of that as a surprise for the weekend itself.

We still have more big announcements to come and the clock is ticking away now for you to hurry and pre-register to guarantee your place at Europe’s Largest Transformers Convention! Pre-booking will get you earlier admission to the event, a better chance for more free gifts in your goodie bag, and you’ll be automatically entered into two free prize draws, one of which is to win autographs from various Transformers actors including Peter Cullen and Shia La Boeuf!

If you’re not able to join us this year, don’t forget that bookings are open now for Auto Assembly 2012 taking place over the weekend of 3rd – 5th August 2012. Tickets are selling at an astonishing rate with almost 40 sold in the first week!

Auto Assembly 2011 is taking place over the weekend of 12th – 14th August 2011 at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham, England and tickets are available from the website now. 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

Masterpiece Rodimus Prime competition at AA 2011

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on July 12, 2011 | Auto Assembly,News,Toys |

There’s not long to go now until Auto Assembly 2011, the biggest Transformers convention Europe (and excuse for a good nerd drinkathon in Birmingham). To make this year’s AA extra special, at TheTransformers.Net we’re giving away a Masterpiece Rodimus Prime – the Hasbro version.

While this spectacular and, dare we say it, sexy beast isn’t yet released – the lucky winner of our competition will have one shipped out to them as soon as he’s available, and we can get our hands on him.

To promote this competition we’re inserting flyers into the goody bags at AA, with all of the details you’ll need to enter the competition – so you’ll just have to wait for Auto Assembly itself before you can enter our competition and be in with a chance of getting your sticky fingers on Rodimus.

Right now though – here’s a sneak peak at the leaflet we’ve designed to promote the contest – though of course you can’t see it all, because it would reveal just what you have to do to win!

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Over the next week we’ll be looking for a leaflet printing company to get these little beauties printed, and sent over to the boys at AA ready to be stuffed, lovingly, into the goody bags. You’ll notice from the cross section of the leaflet that it features a photo or two of the chaps from our forum – what handsome devils they are. Why not head over there now and chat to some of them – but don’t offer them any food, whatever you do.

Auto Assembly 2004: The Video

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on June 17, 2011 | Auto Assembly,Conventions,News |

Back in 2004, the UK Transformers convention known as Auto Assembly was filmed by Crazy Dog Media for Metrodome Distribution and their series of Transformers DVD releases. The short film appeared as a special feature on the DVDs. The host for the video was TheTransformers.Net’s own Overlord, and some well known faces from the Transformers world crop up in the film.

Just look at how young some of them look!

Watch the short film of the 2004 AA convention right here; and then go and book your tickets for AA 2011!

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Bot con convention 2011 details

Written by Tom Potts on May 14, 2011 | BotCon |

The annual Transformers convention known as Botcon, in America, is around 3 weeks away and Fun Publications have started to reveal to fans which celebrity guests are going to appear there. Flint Dille was the first person confirmed as a guest.

Flint Dille has been hugely successful in the world of films and games. He has designed games with Gary Gygax and written movies for Steven Spielberg. He has many successful franchises and projects, which include Transformers, and worked as a writer on Transformers: The Movie, G.I. Joe, James Bond, Batman, Superman, Dungeons & Dragons, American Tail, Teen Titans and Scooby Doo.

Mr Dille is set to appear as one of the many guests of a special panel, and will also be on hand to sign autographs for fans.

The legend that is Greg Berger, who is the voice of the Generation1 Grimlock, is also set to feature at the convention. He will be there all weekend, which will start on June the 2nd and will finish on June the 5th.

David Kaye, the voice for Optimus Prime in Transformers Animated, is also going to be making an appearance. David Kaye will be at the convention on Friday June 3rd and he will also participate in an as yet unrevealed “special event”. David will of course also be signing autographs.

David Kaye has been very successful as a voice over artist and has worked on many projects, including cartoon characters on series like G.I. Joe, he voiced ‘Clank’, in the hugely popular PlayStation 2 game, ‘Ratchet and Clank’ and of course he was Megatron from Beast Wars.

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