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TFNation 2019 Transformers Convention Review

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Annual Transformers Forum Meet Tour

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Our 2019 Forum Meet took place this weekend, in Cardiff

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Video Footage from Transforce in 2001

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Transformers birthday cakes

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on October 10, 2011 | Merchandise |

I don’t like to rant on TheTransformers.Net too often, I use other websites for that, but as an adult of increasing age (I was 35 when I last checked, I’m not going to confirm nor deny this age right now) I have tried for many years, probably since I was about 9, to convince someone to make me a Transformers birthday cake one year.

At least 25 birthdays have been and gone since then and, without fail, I have been disappointed. Having just had a search around the Internet I can see countless examples of Transformers birthday cakes, and here is just a sample of some of the Optimus Prime cakes I have found – any one of these would be sufficient for what I’m after.

Some of these cakes look better than others of course, and the quality of the photos helps too, as some look as though they’ve been snapped by a professional food photographer and have come right out of a magazine or cook book, while others are a bit fuzzy. The best one for me is the one with the prime toy sat next to it in cab mode – as this cake is exactly what I want.

My next birthday is next August, where I will be, well, older than I am now shall we say. I trust someone I know is reading this as my birthday always falls around the time of Auto Assembly… so, people from TheTF.Net, you know what you must do.

I shall expect nothing less than an Optimus Prime birthday cake, one which I will no doubt refrain from cutting and attempt to seal it in a box for 20 odd years. Come on Billy, pull yer finger out!

Inflatable Transformers Advertising

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on July 4, 2011 | Merchandise |

If you’ve ever been to a slightly tacky used car lot, or to a summer fete, or to anywhere where kitsch is the name of the game, then you’ll have seen those jiggling, wobbling, dancing figures that stand seemingly hundreds of feet tall and bounce around in the wind. We’re talking about the dancing inflatable advertising figures, you know the ones.

Anyhow – we wondered if there were ever any Transformers versions of these because, let’s face it, when it comes to figures standing a few hundred feet tall Transformers were made for this. Thankfully, and perhaps surprisingly, there are Transformers inflatable advertising figures – or at least there’s one, that we found anyway.

We found this giant Optimus Prime on a Chinese products website, and he can be made to order – as large as eight metres in height (if you so desire). There’s no pricing information on the website, as you have to enquire about the inflatable Optimus, but he comes with his own pump and a protective crate.

Perhaps the guys at Auto Assembly might consider commissioning a giant, inflatable, Optimus Prime to help promote AA this year?


Transformers bikes for children

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on June 14, 2011 | Merchandise |

Before I got distracted by the custom bike and the bikini girls earlier, I was looking for pictures of Transformers branded bikes more for the child’s market. I have now found the sorts of Transformers bikes that I was looking for, although they’re not as visually pleasing as the custom bike earlier.

The reason for this dalliance into kids bikes? This last weekend I found an old picture of myself as a child, about the time that Transformers first came out (early 80s shall we say) sat on a bike, a chopper to be precise. I thought, while I looked at this and, remembering my fondness for Transformers at the time, why didn’t I have a Transformers bike? Why did I have a chopper instead?

The reason? Because there wasn’t a Transformers bike available at the time.

This made me realise just how lucky kids are today that you can get branded bikes for any licence, and Transformers is no exception. I found a few pictures of kids bikes branded with Transformers, including some Transformers quad bikes (just how cool are quad bikes?) and even a set of wheel badges for adult bikes if the desire takes me to get back on two wheels.

Of course, the real problem with Transformers bikes is that they don’t actually transform, unless of course you count the self-assembly aspect to them.

This all makes me wish I was a child again, a feeling that Transformers often invokes within me.

Life-size Optimus Prime made from recycled steel

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on March 12, 2010 | Merchandise |

Ask any Transformers fan what they want for Christmas and they’ll all say the same thing ‘a real life size Transformer’ – if they had time to think about it of course. Sadly, there aren’t many opportunities to own a giant hulk of metal that looks cool as hell stood in your garden, scares the neighbours’ pets and answers to the name of Optimus Prime – until now.

A company based in Ireland no less, called RoboSteel, makes 2.5 metre tall versions of Optimus Prime to order! Now you can have the Christmas present of your dreams, so long as you have the €5,500.00 to pay for it.

Optimus Prime is made from totally 100% recycled materials, so you can even persuade your parents, wife or girlfriend that you’re doing your bit for the environment by purchasing a huge chunk of baddass metal for your garden, or front room – if your ceiling is high enough.

As you can see by the photos, Optimus doesn’t just cast an awesome shadow, he even attracts the best looking women around – so he would also be good for your social life. Although, we don’t think RoboSteel guarantee that you’ll attract women who look like this if you bought one, we’re checking their terms and conditions later.

Don’t worry about transport either as you don’t have to try and strap Optimus to the roof of your car. RoboSteel can deliver, even to the USA.

Check out the Optimus Prime here.

HTC HD2 to come bundled with Transformers movies

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on March 9, 2010 | Merchandise,News,Transformers movie (2007),Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen |

According to reports, a press event has been scheduled in New York on March 16th to announce the new HTC HD2 on T-Mobile. The HTC HD2 is the latest smartphone from HTC and looks set to compete with the latest iPhone in every possible way.

The best part is, according to sources, the phone will come bundled with both Transformers movies, Transformers and Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.

The press event is expected to announce a release date for the new phone of March 24th in the US.

The HTC HD2, when it launches on T-Mobile, will have extra features to the regular versions of the phone. Features will include access to eBooks from Barnes and Noble, access to Blockbuster movies and of course the pre-loaded Transformers films on its SD Card.

Windows fans can rejoice too because the HTC HD2 will use Windows Mobile 6.5.

Transformers Decepticon Car Badges

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on August 13, 2009 | Auto Assembly,Merchandise |

It’s the Transformers convention in Birmingham this weekend and my car is now blinged up and ready to go. I just received my eBay order of 4 Decepticon car badges, which cost me just £1.20 (plus some postage) from China.

The badges look awesome and fit nicely next the Z3 badge on the back of my car. I’m now driving a Decepticon!

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Downloadable content

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on July 15, 2009 | Generation One,Merchandise,News,Press Release,Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,Video Games |

We just received this press release from Activision concerning exclusive downloadable content for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. The downloadable content pack includes new playable characters, including a Generation One version of Starscream.

Now that you’ve had the opportunity to experience the single-player campaigns and multiplayer modes of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, we wanted to let you know about an exciting downloadable content pack that Luxoflux has been hard at work on to support the growing TF: RotF community.

Set to launch later this summer for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, the robust DLC offering will appeal to fans of both the original Transformers animated series and the blockbuster films.

We are pleased to announce that the pack will include the following:

  • Over TEN new multiplayer characters including ultimate fan favorites such as G1 Starscream and movie favorites like Sideswipe.
  • Three all-new multiplayer maps.
  • Play new characters in both the Autobot and Decepticon single player campaigns.
  • New Expert difficulty mode with a fresh set of leaderboards to challenge more experienced gamers in the single-player campaigns.
  • New Achievements and Trophies to earn.

Optimus Prime truck for sale on eBay

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on July 7, 2009 | Merchandise,News,Transformers movie (2007),Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen |

PrimeThis has to be the greatest eBay auction ever as someone is selling a perfect replica of Optimus Prime from Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. It’s a 1997 Peterbilt 379 Semi, it’s currentlt just over $20,000 and the auction ends on July 16th. Click Here to view the auction and bid on Optimus Prime.

Shipping would be quite expensive on this one, so you probably should only bid if you can collect yourself. The item’s description reads:

1997 Peterbilt 379 Extended hood Custom Show Truck Optimus Prime Movie Truck Replica . 475 HP Cat Power 10 spd Fuller Jake brake .This truck is fully functional and like new .Painted with all High Quality PPG Paint Materials . These colors are custom one of a kind , topped with PPG 2021 Clear , Over 6 Gallons ! All Flames are hand pinstripped to add that last touch ! Will not bore you with more teck stuff the pics speak for themselves . More pics comming soon will add a link to more pics from photobucket stay tunned !SOLD AS IS , WHERE IS . BUYER IS RESOPNSIBLE FOR SHIPPING . Please bid only if you plan to purchase have all your finances ready and keep in mind he does not fit in all backyards !


Transformers T-Shirts and merchandise

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on June 25, 2009 | Merchandise,News,Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen |

Transformers_Megatron_Black_ShirtAs someone who is heavily into his Transformers merchandise (I have several T-Shirts, boxer shorts, Hawaiian shirts and a metal belt buckle for example) I was please to find this website that features Transformers shirts and other types of merchandise.

One of the shirts is this Megatron shirt from Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, but if you’re more into your G1 you’ll be interested to know they also have a G1 Hot Rod T-Shirt.

Contentious perhaps, but I’ve always liked Hot Rod, I don’t care what anybody else says.

As well as T-Shirts they have baseball caps and both Autobot and Decepticon belt buckles.

Transformers Audition Tapes from Paramount UK

After the success of the first film, every robot wanted to be in the sequel. Many, however, forgot that transforming is a crucial part of being a Transformer. Continuing their Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen promotions, Paramount UK have uploaded 5 audition tapes for robots that unfortunately didn’t quite make the final cut.

Look out for Drill Sargent Power, Freddy The Flame Grill, Mario The Espresso Machine, Vicki & Danielle The Styling Appliances and Hiro The Toy Robot.

Beware, there are some clips from the actual film during each video.

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