BotCon 2015 has announced the theme of its convention-exclusive figures: Cybertron's Most Wanted! The teaser image promises "The Thief. The Muscle. The Loose Cannon. The Bounty Hunter. The Boss." And if we don't get a Transformer that becomes the A-Team van, I'll be extremely disappointed. BotCon 2015 happens June 18th-21st in Chicago/St. Charles, Illinois, and we'll keep you posted on all developments with the con figures. Until then, keep reading to see the teaser for yourself!
Sacramento's anime convention, SacAnime, is welcoming Peter Cullen next weekend! The con runs from January 2nd to 4th, 2015 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The voice of G1, movie, video game, Prime, Rescue Bots, and Robots In DIsguise 2015 Optimus Primes, Mr. Cullen will be on hand as both a panelist and signer of autographs. Keep reading for the official announcement and a link to the SacAnime site!
Transformers-themed holiday greetings are coming in on Twitter! From TakaraTomy we have three Christmas-themed images which feature no less than five
female characters in Santa Claus-themed minidresses, because Japan has a thing for those. But we also get pseudo-NSFW Cheetor's Drunken Naked Karaoke, and Santa Rattrap with his reindeer, Silverbolt, so there's something for everybody! Beast Wars Megatron's voice, David Kaye, has released his annual Christmas recording as well - this year it's a duet with Powerpuff Girl voice actress Tara Strong titled "Bubbles It's Cold Outside." Mind your ears, as Tara can really
hit those high notes. Keep reading to see it all!
As we reported on before,
Transformers G1 and Regeneration One penciler Andrew Wildman has organized a massive group of G1 and RG1 talents to sign copies of the final issue of that run in order to benefit G1 plotter and Rocket Raccoon creator Bill Mantlo. Mantlo has required constant care since a devastating car accident in the 90s, and freelancers like comics pros have no health care. The second round of comics is up on eBay now - keep reading to get a link, help a comics pro and fellow human being, and get a very limited comic for yourself!
Dairycon 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the show, and will be held on March 28th of 2015 at the Retlaw Plaza in Fond du Lac, WI. Pre-registration is now available, but to mark the occasion they're going to be allowing walk-in traffic for the first time! Even so, if you're attending you'll probably want to preregister to have access to the unique Dairycon exclusive figures. Keep reading for details and the announcement from the Dairycon Facebook group!
Andrew Wildman has organized a very special series of charity auctions to benefit creator Bill Mantlo. Mantlo - who plotted the first two issues of Marvel's Transformers comic and co-created Guardians of the Galaxy
's Rocket Raccoon - has required constant care since a hit-and-run accident in 1992. To help with this, Wildman has collected the signatures of a dozen different Transformers creators on 30 thrilling copies of ReGeneration One #100. The first of these is up on eBay now- keep reading for more details!
Thanks to Autobase Aichi who have posted a collection of images from the Transformers Carnival in Makuhari Shintoshin Event. Held this weekend at the AEONMALL Makuhari New City Toyosuna, Mihama-ku, Chiba City Chiba Prefecture in Japan. We get a look at a large display featuring Transformers 4 Age of Extinction movie characters along with numerous toys, large Optimus Prime statues from various series, movie Bumblebee statue and Chevy Camaro vehicle, games and more. Read on to see the images and translated report.
Book your flights now! November 29th and 30th is the "Transformers Carnival" event at Japanese ToysRUs stores. While that sounds like it could be really neat, the reality is that spending 3000 Yen at one of those stores on one of those days will net you one of six reissues of previous promotional figures. In other words, Takara has partnered with TRU Japan to be rid of unclaimed promo stock. Keep reading for all the details!
Season Three of Transformers Rescue Bots premieres on
Discovery Family Channel this Saturday, and Hasbro is planning a special Twitter event for the occasion. The cast of the show and the @HasbroNews Twitter account will be live tweeting the premiere under the hashtag #TFRescueBots. Keep an eye on that tag on Saturday for more info, but for now keep reading to see the announcement!
In one of those things that you can really only call a wacky coincidence,
FunPub has announced that BotCon 2015 will be happening in Chicago just as TFCon Chicago is getting started. Crazy, huh? The con will be held between June 18th and 21st at the Pheasant Run Resort in Chicago/St. Charles, Illinois. More info as it becomes available!
Hasbro held their quarterly earnings call where they reporting positive sales accross the board with the big push from the summer's Transformers: Age of Extinction movie success and support from other properties focused on Marvel and My Little Pony. Hasbro also used this event to announce the new relationships they have with Discovery after the demise of The Hub network and have announced their new division Allspark Pictures that will focus on the production their top brands for of Movies and Television.
Weibo user ZEUX1S has posted an image of MP-20 Wheeljack demonstrating the removeable helmet and the face
underneath. Like the deeply disturbing facial details on MP-1 Optimus Prime, this is a neat little easter egg that apparently has no real purpose except being a nifty surprise and an impressive attention to detail. Keep reading to see the images!
Marc T. Nobleman reports that G1 Voice Actor Buster Jones has passed away on September 15th at the age of 71. The cause is currently unknown. Jones was the voice of Blaster, as well as appearing as the 2006 chief of the New York PD in season 3. Among his other notable roles is that of Black Vulcan on the Super Friends
cartoon. An excerpt from Nobleman's obituary of Jones follows after the cut.
Transformers@The Moon reports that this Sunday, Hasbro will open an exhibit in the Pawtucket, Rhode Island City Hall entitled "From Sketches To Product: Development of a Transformers Figure." The event will run for 3 months and will give a look at the process behind creating the Stomp & Chomp Grimlock figure for the Age of Extinction toyline. There will also be a drawing for SDCC-exclusive Transformers at the event. Keep reading to link to the original post!
Thanks to Blu-Ray.com we have a nice round-up of the many Transformers Age of Extinction Blu-Ray Exclusive DVD sets that will be coming on September 30th. Get the break down of the nine, yes 9, different combo packs and who's offering what between Amazon, Best Buy, WalMart, Target, ToysRUs and a Creation of the Dinobots video clip about the extra-footage that will be included with the releases.
Variety reports that Universal Studios has elected to demolish the soundstage where the classic 1925 movie Phantom of the Opera
was filmed- and Transformers The Ride is involved. Keep reading for more details on how, directly or indirectly, Michael Bay ruins everything.
UK native James Roberts, writer of the ever-excellent Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye
will be attending TFCon Chicago 2014 the weekend of October 24th-26th! Keep reading for all the details!