Transformers-themed pub could be Britain’s Best Home Bar

A Transformers-themed pub is in the running to be crowned Britain’s Best Home Bar, in a competition being run by Liberty Games. The winning bar, chosen… [more]

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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: Beast Machines – Season 2 Press Release

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on October 29, 2007 | Beast Machines,DVD,News,Press Release |

We just received this press release from Green Room PR about Transformers Beast Machines.

Available to buy on DVD
19th November 2007

The struggle for Cybertron continues as Season Two of the hit animated series Transformers: Beast Machines is released to buy on DVD from 19th November 2007, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Mysteriously transported back to their home planet of Cybertron, with no memory of how or why they are there, the Maximals find themselves pitched in a life-or-death battle with the evil Vehicons, ruthless minions of the Decepticon Megatron. With a war now being waged, the Maximals, led by the awesome Optimus Primal, must free Cybertron from Megatron and restore it to its former glory before all life is doomed.

With animals replacing the vehicular forms of the Autobots, Transformers: Beast Machines takes the age-old battle to a new level.


TITLE: Transformers: Beast Machines – Season 2
Release Date: 19th November 2007
Format: Retail DVD Box Set
RRP: £9.99
Certificate: TBC
Genre: Animation / Sci-fi
Running Time: TBC

Transformers sells Lots & Lots of DVDs in North America

Written by Big Bot on October 23, 2007 | DVD,News,Paramount,Press Release,Transformers movie (2007) |

Paramount Home Entertainment have just released a press release stating that Transformers has sold 8.3 million copies on DVD in its first week and about 190,000 on HD DVD. We here find this comment a bit ironic from Paramount given the DVD and HD DVD is only out in North America.

“The performance of the TRANSFORMERS DVD and HD DVD has demonstrated the phenomenal success of this global franchise,” said Kelley Avery, president, Worldwide Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures”

Just to remind people, North America isn’t the world. Anyway, away from world politics, here is the full press release:

DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures’ Megahit TRANSFORMERS Invades Stores to Become This Year’s Top-Selling DVD and the Best-Selling High Definition Title Day One and Week One for Either Format

From Director Michael Bay and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg, In Association With Hasbro, Record-Setting DVD and HD DVD Sales Underscore TRANSFORMERS’ Status As Franchise Of Inter-Galactic Proportions

HOLLYWOOD (BUSINESS WIRE)– The blockbuster hit from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, TRANSFORMERS, is the year’s top-selling week one DVD with North American sales reaching 8.3 million units since the title’s debut on October 16, it was announced today by Paramount Home Entertainment. The biggest original film of the year from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, in association with Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is also the best-selling DVD day one for the year with over 4.5 million units sold on Tuesday. Additionally, the smash hit has exploded into the high definition market, selling over 100,000 HD DVDs its first day of release, rocketing past previous releases to become the best-selling day one high definition title on either format since their inceptions. TRANSFORMERS has sold over 190,000 HD DVDs in its first week making it the fastest and best-selling week one release on either high definition format as well as the best selling HD DVD ever. The TRANSFORMERS DVD is also the top-selling October DVD release in the history of the home entertainment industry.

“The performance of the TRANSFORMERS DVD and HD DVD has demonstrated the phenomenal success of this global franchise,” said Kelley Avery, president, Worldwide Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures. “We’re happy to be kicking off the fourth quarter with a title that clearly shows home entertainment releases are still an event that drives consumers into stores—which is a win for both content providers and retailers.” Earning over $700 million at the global box office, the live-action feature film TRANSFORMERS is the latest success in a worldwide franchise that has emerged as one of the most successful properties in action figure history, spawning numerous television series and comic books and a wealth of toys, games and other licensed merchandise. In 2007, TRANSFORMERS has become one of the hottest properties for boys in a variety of categories, including toys, publishing, video games, apparel and back-to-school. Hasbro’s licensing arm, HPG, has signed more than 250 licensees in 70 countries around the world.

The first live-action film based on the enduringly popular “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE”, TRANSFORMERS features the ultimate battle between good and evil, as the peace-loving AUTOBOTS seek to protect humanity from the evil forces of the DECEPTICONS. The TRANSFORMERS Special Edition two-disc DVD and HD DVD sets provide an incredible experience with an arsenal of bonus material that delivers excitement and fun for long-time fans, as well as for viewers who are new to the TRANSFORMERS universe. Further, the HD DVD includes a host of highly advanced web-enabled features that will continue to roll-out through the rest of the year.

About Paramount Pictures Entertainment

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Studios, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.

Auto Assembly 2005 Bookings Open!!

Written by admin on October 11, 2007 | Auto Assembly,Conventions,News,Press Release |

The UK/European Transformers event Auto Assembly 2005 scheduled to take place on 4th June 2005, has now confirmed it’s first few guests and has opened bookings over a year before the event is due to take place…!

The event is being held at The Clarendon Suites, Birmingham, England which is a dedicated conference centre and the hall being used for the event is capable of holding 750 people. The guests who have already confirmed are convention veterans Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman who will be attending their third Auto Assembly event.

Tickets are just £7.50 for adults or £10 on the door although we would recommend pre-booking. All those who pre-register will be entered into one or more prize draws depending on how early you pre-book and the first 150 pre-registrants will get extra free gifts in addition to the traditional “Auto Assembly Goodie Bag” that all our attendees will receive.

The event is, as with all Auto Assembly events, non-profit making, and willbe raising funds for charity through a charity auction and raffle.

Full details, including online booking facilities, guest profiles and much more can be found on the Auto Assembly website and your questions can be answered online via the Auto Assembly forum.

Simon and Sven
Auto Assembly 2005

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Dinobot Hunt Graphic Novel

Written by admin on | News,Press Release |

We received this press release today from the good folks at Titan.


Simon Furman, Barry Kitson & Will Simpson

PUBLISHED Titan Books (

WHEN? 23rd March 2004
HOW MUCH? £14.99
ISBN 1 84023 789 9


The classic comic strip collections continue with more Transformers action
starring one of the most popular Transformers teams ever � the Dinobots!

Freed after spending four million years trapped in tar, the Dinobots are mad
� literally! As they go on the rampage, spreading chaos and carnage across
the USA, heroic Autobot leader Optimus Prime dispatches a team to capture them
before innocent humans die and the Dinobots themselves fall into the hands of
the evil Decepticons, who are using them as bait in a deadly Big Game hunt of
their own!

Packed with bonus material specially created for this volume, this is a collection
of classic stories that created a legend!

� A live-action Transformers movie, produced by Tom DeSanto (X-Men), is
planned for 2005!

� 2004 is the official 20th anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS line. As part
of the celebrations, Transformers Energon will be unveiled, with a new animated
TV series and a new comics line, written by Transformers legend, Simon Furman!

can order Dinobot Hunt here

Auto Assembly Podcast Show 2 Released!

Written by admin on | Auto Assembly,Conventions,News,Press Release |

Hi Everyone!

Just to let you know that the second Auto Assembly podcast has just been uploaded to the server this monday. This time it’s a massive show running in at just under 56 minutes and we’ve got a few surprises in store this time…

Once again, the show has all the latest news and developments on Auto Assembly Target 2006 including exclusive news on our latest guest confirmed for the convention this weekend, details on a convention exclusive being produced by Wildfur, a competition to win some Transformers DVD box sets, more great music plus a special guest appearance from RiD voice actor Wally Wingert!

You can download the show, and the first one if you haven’t already heard it, from where it is available in high and low quality versions for downloading. Feel free to send us your comments and suggestions about it to us at or alternatively you can leave them on the forum at

Enjoy the show and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you in June at Auto Assembly Target 2006 and thanks to all of your for your support so far with the show and the convention!

Simon and Sven
Auto Assembly Target 2006

Ultimate Optimus and Megatron merchandise!

Written by admin on | Generation One,News,Press Release |

We just received this press release from concerning a new line of lifesize standees.

Ultimate Optimus and Megatron merchandise!

TRANSFORMERS are bigger than ever and, under license from Hasbro Properties Group, will add Generation One Optimus Prime and Megatron to their range of life-size stars.

Due to launch before Christmas, these cardboard cutouts will stand at over six feet high and will feature exclusive artwork by Simon Williams, and coloured by Jason Cardy.

Helen Simm from comments on the range;  “When considering the first range to produce as a license-holder, we chose TRANSFORMERS as it has a massively broad appeal fans and collectors, as well as 80s nostalgists � not to mention the new generations discovering the massively popular toy range!”

An official launch of the products is due soon, but were keen to announce they will be unveiling how the cutouts will look at this weekend’s Auto Assembly (4th & 5th June ’05), where you’ll also be able to register your interest.

“The range will be a Limited Edition” says Helen. “If this run goes as well as we anticipate we will be looking to extend the range. Dinobots, anybody?” is the UK’s only specialists in life-size cardboard cutouts and you can find out more about them at  You can email them for more information, or to have your say, at

About the Hasbro Properties Group
The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc., (NYSE HAS), translates one of the industry’s richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun and excitement for children and adults globally. Through a host of publishing, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPS is able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expand Hasbro’s
core brands, such as TRANSFORMERS, DUEL MASTERS, MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY and CANDYLAND, beyond the toy and game aisle, creating rich lifestyle experiences.

Auto Assembly 2005 Teams With Store4DVD For Cheap Online DVDs!

Written by admin on | Auto Assembly,Conventions,News,Press Release |

To help with fundraising for Auto Assembly 2005 to try and bring more voice
actors over for next years event, we have teamed up with online DVD retailer
Store4DVD to bring you a great source of cheap Region 1 DVDs…

We will be featuring adverts on the Auto Assembly website for Store4DVD and
when you click on these banner adverts and make ANY DVD or CD purchase from
them after following that link, Auto Assembly will receive a commission of 4%
on any sale. All of the money raised this way will go towards our guest fund
to try to help bring Wally Wingert back for next year’s event and possibly other
voice actors as well…!

Store4DVD have a massive range of over 30,000 Region 1 DVDs in stock as well
as Region 2 discs and CDs and they ship these FREE to anywhere within Europe.
They currently have almost 50 Transformers discs in stock including 30 Region
1 titles and as they are all shipped from within the UK, there are no worried
about customs charges. All the latest box sets are available and they even have
the Transformers The Movie soundtrack CD available!

Obviously, we know people are interested in other DVDs as well and they’ve
got a massive range of other titles including WWE, other animated titles and
a vast range of other sci-fi/fantasy shows so it’s worth checking them out and
if it’s not in stock you can pre-order anything in their list.

Sorry about the blantant plug, but if you do buy a lot of Region 1 DVDs anyway,
this could be a way of getting your discs, avoiding the risk of customs charges
AND helping us to get voice actors for next years Auto Assembly at the same

The adverts will be on the Auto Assembly website from about 6 00 pm on Friday
18th June 2004 at to raise money for the event on 4th
June 2005. If you want more info or have questions about the event and we’ll
be posting updates and answering questions on the Transformers@TheMoon, Transformers.Net
and Auto Assembly forums. Alternatively, email us for more details.

Simon and Sven
Auto Assembly 2005

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Written by admin on | Comics,Dreamwave,News,Press Release |

Matt Moylan from Dreamwave sent us this press release

The TRANSFORMERS universe is about to unravel before your very eyes! TF masters Simon Furman and Don Figueroa (The War Within) reunite for Worlds Collide, a generation-spanning saga that starts this summer in TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #14.

It begins here…the ARMADA storyline that ALL TRANSFORMERS fans have been demanding! The MINI-CON OVER-RUN arrives with a dire warning for the ARMADA TRANSFORMERS Chaos is coming! And he’s right…big time! The walls between realities are starting to crumble, and from beyond come agents of darkness, all-too familiar faces bent on destruction and mayhem. But they serve an even greater power…one that even now has ARMADA OPTIMUS PRIME squarely in its sights!

Expect some very familiar faces to be popping up in ‘Worlds Collide’, says Furman, as an old enemy (or five) starts mixing it up on ARMADA Earth and CYBERTRON. We’re really going to be shaking up the ARMADA-verse over the next few issues, and all the safety catches are off. Expect big, epic, world-shattering stuff. Chaos is coming… and nothing will ever be the same again.?

But don’t forget about those elusive MINI-CONS, as the current lead-in storyline will give some hints about the role these tiny titans will have in Worlds Collide. In issue #13, we start to get a very clear indication that these guys have been holding back…in a big way. When ARMADA OPTIMUS PRIME disappears, and MINI-CON OVER-RUN appears, things escalate in a very big and bad way.

Worlds Collide starts in TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #14, on sale August 2002.

For more info on the upcoming story arc head to


Written by admin on | News,Press Release,Video Games |

This Press release was made a while back, but we’ve only just discovered
it. It concerns Transformers Armada for PS2 in the UK.


London, July 17, 2003 – Atari today announced plans to bring Hasbro Inc.’s
(NYSE HAS) TRANSFORMERS ARMADA, the enormously popular male action property to PlayStation�2 computer entertainment system with TRANSFORMERS ARMADA PRELUDE TO ENERGON. All the rage in the ’80’s, the TRANSFORMERS brand is as popular as ever with the top-selling TRANSFORMERS ARMADA toy line and comic book series, and Cartoon Network television series.

Exclusively for the PlayStation 2, TRANSFORMERS ARMADA PRELUDE TO ENERGON is a revolutionary 3rd person 3-D action/adventure game. Players enter the world of TRANSFORMERS as they become one of three AUTOBOT robots and control their character’s every move and decision. The massive robots can explore numerous rich 3-D environments on foot or convert to vehicle mode for high-speed maneuvering. Players will battle DECEPTICON forces with an arsenal of weapons including cluster rockets, homing missiles and vortex cannons.

“We’re working diligently to develop a game that expands upon the TRANSFORMERS
ARMADA brand to deliver a truly unique experience with intense gameplay, vast
environments and an emphasis on combat,” said Andrew Carter, vice president
of product development for Atari’s Melbourne House. “Every massive environment
and character model will be delivered with an unprecedented level of visual
realism by harnessing PlayStation 2 system’s powerful graphics technology
and techniques – resulting in incredible rendering effects and absolute immersion
for players.”

“TRANSFORMERS ARMADA PRELUDE TO ENERGON for PlayStation 2 is being developed
to deliver a deep interactive experience that will immerse players into a
rich, bold new TRANSFORMERS world,” said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of
marketing for Atari USA. “TRANSFORMERS is a successful brand that continues
to thrive nearly twenty years after it was introduced and we are excited to
offer this highly anticipated title.”

“Atari is a leader in interactive gaming and has the talent to bring the
world of TRANSFORMERS to life through a dynamic and engaging game that will
captivate fans of all ages,” said Tom Klusaritz, Vice President of Publishing
for Hasbro Consumer Products Worldwide, the licensing and promotions arm of

TRANSFORMERS characters are now armed with the ability to evolve as players
collect different types of MINI-CON robots that power-up character’s abilities.
MINI-CON characters possess a unique ability to make ordinary Transformers
characters extremely powerful and are desired by both the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS.
The ultimate goal is to free the MINI-CON race, battle to defeat MEGATRON
warrior and his evil army of DECEPTICLONES to save the Earth from destruction.


Written by admin on | Armada,News,Press Release,Video Games |

Atari’s TRANSFORMERS Video Game Hits Cross-Promotional Road with ReAlign/Universal New Band, DROPBOXBEVERLY, MA – April 12, 2004 – Highlighting the entertainment industry relationships that have become its hallmark, Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq ATAR) today announced an ongoing cross promotional collaboration with Universal Motown Records Group, which will tie-in ReAlign/Universal’s hot new band, DROPBOX, with Atari’s highly anticipated TRANSFORMERS video game for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system, based on Hasbro, Inc.’s popular TRANSFORMERS brand.

This marketing relationship will utilize both traditional and non-traditional marketing vehicles to support both the May 11 launch of the TRANSFORMERS game and the DROPBOX album release on April 13. The campaign will include the utilization of DROPBOX performance footage and the TRANSFORMERS game footage in the band’s forthcoming new video and Atari’s TV advertising spot; radio advertising, in addition to TV; online street teams; and live performances.

“The high level of collaboration between Atari and Universal Motown Records Group enables both companies to significantly extend the effectiveness and reach of their marketing efforts,” said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing for Atari. “DROPBOX and the TRANSFORMERS game are already generating significant buzz with their respective core audiences, and this partnership should serve to attract new fans to both.”


Atari / Universal Motown Records /Page 2
Elements expected to be included in this joint campaign include

  • DROPBOX’s debut single, “Wishbone,” as well as the band’s recording of its version of the TRANSFORMERS theme song will be available in the game as un-lockable bonus tracks;
  • DROPBOX’s new music video for “Wishbone,” shot by award-winning director, Nigel Dick, and produced by Quentin Tarantino’s production company, A Band Apart, will feature TRANSFORMERS game footage;
  • A TRANSFORMERS brochure will be included in 1 million Universal Records music CDs;
  • Atari’s TRANSFORMERS TV commercial will highlight the “Wishbone” sound track and portions of the band’s music video;
  • DROPBOX will be included in Atari’s national print advertising campaign for the TRANSFORMERS game;
  • The DROPBOX multi-city promotional radio tour will include mention of its tie-in with Atari’s TRANSFORMERS video game;
  • Atari’s in-store TRANSFORMERS videos will feature DROPBOX’s “Wishbone” single and its version of the TRANSFORMERS theme song;
  • Universal will develop and produce key account radio commercials which will include a TRANSFORMERS tag;
  • A fully integrated on-air and online promotion with the FUSE music video network will include
    o A live appearance by DROPBOX on the live daily show “IMX” that will also feature behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of the music video;
    o An online campaign including the IMX “Daily Download” and a promotional contest;
  • Atari will include DROPBOX content on its TRANSFORMERS website located at and Universal will utilize online street teams and other online vehicles in support of the Transformers game and DROPBOX;

To kick off this relationship, DROPBOX celebrated with video game media at Atari’s TRANSFORMERS preview event in February. In anticipation of the formal agreement, public relations and promotional initiatives for the making of the DROPBOX music video featuring Transformers video game footage are moving forward as well as additional retail and consumer outreach.

“Atari and Universal Motown Records Group are respected industry leaders and it is fitting that such a collaborative effort comes from two such vanguards,” said Kojo Bentel, SVP of Strategic Marketing and Business
Development, Universal Motown Records Group. “Music has become a crucial element of the video game experience and DROPBOX’s raw, rock sound is a perfect fit for Atari’s TRANSFORMERS game.”

Developed by Atari’s Melbourne House studio, the TRANSFORMERS game will be available worldwide on May 11, 2004. More information can be found online at


Atari / Universal Motown Records Partnership /Page 3

About Universal Motown Records Group

Universal Motown Records Group is a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company,
Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records,
Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury
Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Music Latino,
Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a
multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company
subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most
extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through
two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and
Strategic Marketing and Commercial Affairs (outside the U.S.). Universal
Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technology division.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and
communications company.

About Atari
New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company’s 1,000+ titles include hardcore, genre-defining games such as Driver(tm), Enter the Matrix(tm), Neverwinter Nights(tm), Stuntman(tm), Test Drive(r), Unreal(r) Tournament 2003, and Unreal(r) Championship; and mass-market and children’s games such as Backyard Sports(tm), Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues(tm) and Dora the Explorer(tm), Civilization(r), Dragon Ball Z(r) and RollerCoaster Tycoon(r). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary
of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit

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(c) 2004 Atari, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
TRANSFORMERS is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. Used with permission. (c)2004 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Universal Motown Records Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company. “PlayStation” and the “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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