Simon Plumbe revealed today that the 15th Auto Assembly would also be the last. Citing age, health and a variety of other various important real-life reasons, Plumbe thanked congoers for their support and explained that above and beyond Auto Assembly, he has been involved in fan clubs and cons since 1989. That's long enough for anyone to need a breather, and we salute Mr. Plumbe for his contributions to UK Transformers fandom. Keep reading for the full text of the announcement.
On the Collectors Club Twitter account today, Fun Publications made a shockingly long overdue statement. Once G2 Starscream, the second of two uses of the Classics Seeker mold in Figure Subscription 3 has been produced, they have no further plans to utilize the figure or its derivatives. While there are still many potential decos that fans of the mold would eagerly accept, it seems that they will go unfulfilled. Perhaps the Fall of Cybertron equivalent mold will find itself filling those shoes going forward? Keep reading to see the original tweet.
Over the weekend we brought you an early analysis of a screenshot from an episode of Cybercast featuring an interview with Pete Sinclair of Fun Publications where several toys could be seen that may be Botcon exclusives for this year. Since then we've continued analyzing the image and have made some updates and corrections to our original conclusions, and one may suggest a surprising move for convention exclusive toys - or we might be seeing another surprise entirely. If you're interested in toy spoilers in advance of official reveals, keep reading...
Pete Sinclair of Fun Publications was recently interviewed over video, and in the process seems to have let a bit too much fall in frame. Based on an enhanced screencap by well known fan Monzo, we've identified and highlighted the toys that are visible. The image is low-res, but with some work defining the edges the forms of the figures can be made out well enough. Of course this is likely a spoiler for some of this year's convention toys, so please keep that in mind before proceeding. For full info, keep reading!
As promised, following the requested number of retweets the Botcon Twitter posted a work-in-progress form of the first page of the 2015 comic book. Set in the catch-all world of Axiom Nexus, the comic is sure to be filled with visual references. We've learned that Matt Frank will be doing the linework (which explains something Mecha Godzillaish in one panel) which has us quite excited, as Matt Frank is one of our favorite occasional Transformers artists from the IDW books. Keep reading to check out the image and get more info!
Fun Publications have begun the process of hyping up Botcon 2015, coming to an obscure and remote suburb of Chicago near you next summer! Today they've stated that the official reveal for the box set theme will be made during the week of New Year's, with toy reveals to follow soon after. They followed this with a series of conditions to explain what the set would not
represent, launching a flurry of speculative activity for what remains. You can click through and see the original tweets and find out what's off the table this year!
Finally from the Hasbro fan media press kit images we've got a newly announced Legends Class figure. Huffer is a remold of Legends Optimus Prime featuring a new head and plenty of orange in the new deco. Like all 2015 Legends it seems Huffer will not be packed with a smaller partner figure, and unlike the new molds we can't expect the figure to have any form of integration with combiner characters. Click through and check out the photos!
Surprising everyone at Hasbro's pre-NYCC fan media event was a Leader Class Thundercracker, remolded from Generations Jetfire and made to strongly resemble the existing Legends Class Seeker mold. While we can't say how likely it will be that the entire "main" Seeker team including Starscream and Skywarp will come to exist, with this already on the way it seems anything might be possible. Keep reading to see the official images!
Continuing in to 2015 is Transformers Kre-O! Next year's product line will feature new building models that transform without disassembly, as well as more products focusing on the always popular Kreon character minifigures. We've got a gallery of photos from the Hasbro fan media event press kit and a full rundown of everything Kre-O has coming as we head in to 2015. Click through to check it out!
Moving on from RID 2015, we've got a gallery of press photos of Angry Birds Transformers, which was on full display at Hasbro's fan media night at New York Comic-Con. The latest crossover in the popular Angry Birds series is due for various styles of toys as well as a themed edition of the game, for everyone who still remembers this property started with a mobile video game! Read on to see the photos from the Hasbro press kit.
The 2015 Robots in Disguise toyline was debuted at Hasbro's fan media event just prior to the opening of New York Comic-Con. Following the in-person reveal, official press kit images have been released to give us a clear detailed look at next year's toyline. Up first we have the Warrior assortment, analogous to the long-standing Deluxe category, but coming in at a slightly lower pricepoint. Keep reading for the official information and all the photos!
On Thursday, October 9th, visitors to NYCC will be able to attend a Hasbro panel on the upcoming Robots in Disguise animated series. New details and new character reveals are promised, so it'll definitely be worth a look. Keep reading for more details!
TFCon has just announced that Robots In Disguise
artist Andrew Griffith will attend the TFCon Chicago con running from October 24th to 26th. Griffith will be on hand all weekend for commissions, prints and signings. Keep reading to see the formal announcement and a link to TFCon's site!
Auto Assembly, the UK's biggest Transformers convention, has announced that this year will mark their first third-party panel! The panel will take place on Sunday and will feature toy consultant Ceno Kibble (MMC, Mech Ideas, cute nickname) and freelance designer Cassy Sark (MMC, KFC, etc.). Keep reading for the full official announcement!
If you missed some or all of the SDCC 2014 Transformers news coverage from last week, we got you covered with our massive roundup of news and updates from the convention. Get the scoop on all the news, images, videos, panels, and more as it happenend right here in a single post that includes all our coverage from the show. Read on too see it all now.
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