By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005
week already! Each year we like to count down to Botcon weekend with a look back at the figures we clamor over, and see where they are on eBay
. This year is a year of anniversaries. The Transformers are 30, Botcon is turning 20, and Fun Publications is celebrating their 10th show. But today we will look back at the first 10.
The first 10 years were run by the creators of Botcon, The Hartmans (for the most part) along with 3H for a few. That's a whole other story, we're focusing on the toys here. Early on, there were only 1 or 2 a year, very simple repaints for the most part. As the brand grew, so did the toys. Eventually getting new heads and very detailed paint applications. Below is a list of 1994 - 2004. Check out the figures and see if you can fill in your collection, or just check to see where figures you have are selling!
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By Super_Megatron from TFW2005
will be joining us this year at TFcon Toronto 2014. Look for their booth in the dealer room as well as information as part of the 3rd Party Product Preview on the Saturday for all the details.TFcon Toronto – The world's largest fan-run Transformers convention
will take place July 11th to 13th, 2014. TFcon will return to the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers. You can book your discounted room now via the 2014 hotel reservation website
. TFcon Toronto preregistration is now online
. This is the only way to reserve the 2014 exclusive MASTERPIECE SHAFTER and to sign up for the customizing classes.
TFcon Toronto 2014 features Canada's largest dealer room for Transformers merchandise, question and answer panels and autograph sessions with many special guests including SUSAN BLU the voice of Generation 1 Arcee and voice director for Beast Wars, Beast Machines and Transformers Animated, GARRY CHALK the voice of Optimus Primal in Beast Wars and Beast Machines and Optimus Prime in Armada, Energon and Cybertron as well as AARON ARCHER former Creative Lead for all Transformers partnerships, NEIL KAPLAN the voice of Optimus Prime in Robots in Disguise, SARAH STONE artist for IDW’s Transformers: Windblade miniseries, Transformers: Robots in Disguise ongoing series comic book artist ANDREW GRIFFITH, Transformers colorist JOSH PEREZ, Transformers toy designer and artist MARVIN MARIANO, the man behind LilFormers MATT MOYLAN and a live performance by THE CYBERTRONIC SPREE with more TBA.Read Replies (0)
By ORIO from TFW2005
It saddens us here at TFW2005 to bring you the news that voice actor and legendary radio star, Casey Kasem, has passed away at the age of 88. If you were a fan of the original Transformers cartoon, Casey Kasem provided the voices for Cliffjumper, Bluestreak, Dr. Arkeville and Teletraan-1. He was also known for his roles as Shaggy on Scooby Doo and Robin on the Super-Friends. Outside of voice acting, he was known as the host of American Top 40 and had one of the most prolific careers in radio. Unfortunately, the last several months of Casey's life has had it's share in drama. In October of last year, he was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. A disease often confused with Parkinson's. The disease left Kasem unable to speak. On June 12th, his family took him off of life support, and he passed away earlier today.
Our condolences go out to his family, friends and fans. One last long distance dedication from us here at TFW, thanks for getting Megatron dead set in your view finder!Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
IDW and particularly writer James Roberts have been honored with nominations for the inaugural True Believer Comic Awards. James Roberts has been nominated as best writer, along with More than Meets the Eye as "Favourite American Comic Book", More than Meets the Eye #13, Cybertron Homesick Blues, as Favourite Single Story and Remain in Light as Favourite Continued Story. IDW editor Chris Ryall has also been nominated as "Favourite Editor" and IDW themselves have been nominated as "Favourite Publisher".
Full details and voting is all set out on the True Believers Awards homepage
. The True Believer Comic Awards will be held annually at the London Film and Comic Con, taking place this year on July 12th. Marvel's legendary Stan Lee will also be in attendance in his last ever European appearance.
The True Believers Awards are being organized by Mike and Cassandra Conroy, a father and daughter team who previous ran the prestigious Eagle Awards. The True Believers Awards have come from a desire to create a more up to date and relevant awards show for the 21st century - so it is a tremendous honor for IDW and Transformers to be nominated for these awards which have a strong and greatly respected pedigree behind them.Read Replies (0)
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005
Nuke The Fridge had the pleasure to talk with Scott Farrar; VFX supervisor of Transformers: Age Of Extinction.
Mr. Farrar explains that there will be more talking characters (with regards to robots) than the previous movies and the new movie is the start of a new Trilogy.
He also praises Director Michael Bay for the amazing work he did for the movie and tells that they are still working on some scenes that need tweaking. The effects on the new movie are more practical than any other movie Mr. Farrar has worked on. He says that his favorite character is Bumblebee but there are some great new characters.
Here's the best part: Mr. Farrar says that the introduction of Dinobots led them to do some cool scenes involving Flying, Running and Charging. "Instead of characters that turn into Humanoid Robots or Cars, these characters are Humanoids that turn into Dinosaurs."
Finally, he says that they are talking about Transformers 5 and 6 but need to wait and see what happens.Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
Via Previews World
we have learned of three variant covers to the upcoming Transformers VS G.I. Joe, which will be available in limited quantities through Diamond at San Diego Comic Con 2014 this July.
The first two variant covers, A and B, are each limited to 3000 printings and have artwork of the villains on cover A and the heroes on cover B. The two covers together form a larger battle scene image, which brings us to cover C, limited to 600, which features the complete battle scene on a single wraparound cover.
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By Sol Fury from TFW2005
The writer and artist behind the new Transformers VS G.I. Joe ongoing series from IDW, Tom Scioli, will be doing a signing on July 19th to celebrate the launch of the new Transformers / G.I. Joe crossover.
The signing is taking place on Saturday July 19th 2014 between 12:00pm and 5:00pm at Level Up Entertainment (inside the Hamilton Mall), 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing NJ 08330
Farpoint Toys and Level Up also currently have a Transformers / G.I. Joe diorama, so if you attend, be sure to check that out too! More information is available on the Facebook page for the event
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