Auto Assembly 2015 - Simon Furman

Simon Furman Confirmed For Auto Assembly 2015

Bread and butter; crackers and cheese; Kirk and Spock… all classic combinations and tradition dictates that Auto Assembly has always played host to one of Transformers most well-known classic combination as well. Ever since their debut at the convention in 2003, they have been a familiar sight at the event and firm fan favourites and we announced one half of this legendary duo a few days ago as making a return to the convention. And with Andrew Wildman confirmed for Auto Assembly 2015 already it was only a matter of time before we had to confirm that his long-standing partner in crime, Simon Furman, is returning once again!

Simon Furman needs no introduction to Transformers fans having penned stories for almost every Transformers publisher imaginable – Marvel UK, Marvel US, Dreamwave, IDW, Panini, Titan as well as editing the Marvel UK comic for a brief spell. Since making his debut in 2003, Simon has appeared at every Auto Assembly event apart from one and even attended Auto Assembly Europe in 2011 making him Auto Assembly’s most prolific guest ever!

Hilton Birmingham Metropole

Auto Assembly 2015 Hotel Update – 14th April 2015

Hi everyone,

With just a few months to go, we know many of you are now busy making preparations for Auto Assembly 2015. A lot of you have already booked your tickets for the convention, some of you are checking to see if you can afford to join us for our final event, while others are still trying to talk nicely to your bosses to see if you can get time off work this August to be able to come along. No matter what your situation though, for those of you planning on coming along and attending the convention for the full weekend, the important thing on all of your minds will be that of hotel accommodation…

However, for those of you who still haven’t booked your rooms in the convention hotel, the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, time is now running out as rooms are now incredibly limited and in most cases, the rooms for nights of the convention weekend have sold out. To give you all a quick update on the current position, this is what the hotel currently has at the Auto Assembly discount rate:-
  • Wednesday 19th – Single Deluxe / Twin Deluxe – limited availability. All other Auto Assembly room types sold out.
  • Thursday 20th – Single Deluxe – limited availability.  All other Auto Assembly room types sold out.
  • Friday 21st – All Auto Assembly rooms sold out.
  • Saturday 22nd – All Auto Assembly rooms sold out.
  • Sunday 23rd – Still have some availability for  Single Deluxe / Twin Deluxe / Queen Exec / Twin Exec.

Unfortunately as a hotel the Hilton is now sold out completely for all their remaining rooms and as such they are unable to add any further rooms to the Auto Assembly block beyond the rooms that are mentioned above. So what does this mean for those of you who don’t currently have a room for Auto Assembly 2015?

First, we have a help page here on the website where we have information on a range of other hotels near to the Hilton located on the NEC or Birmingham International Airport complex that are easy to get to from the Hilton. Alternatively there is information on finding additional accommodation in Birmingham City Centre which is just a short 10-minute train ride from the Hilton. We will be updating this page regularly with more information on accommodation in Birmingham and nearby Coventry and Solihull which are also options and you can find this guide here.

Additionally, our hotel bookings team will be on hand to assist you with any queries that you may have or provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation should you need it with their expert local knowledge. Also, we are working hard to find the best possible deals as well as attempting to source a reduced rate overflow hotel for all our attendees.

Finally, for anyone who is currently booked into the Hilton in a twin room and is looking for a roommate to share with, feel free to make use of our Forum to find someone to roomshare with to help save costs or if you are travelling alone and looking for a room again this could be a good starting point to find a possible roommate.

The Auto Assembly Team

Auto Assembly 2015 - Andrew Wildman

Andrew Wildman To Attend Auto Assembly 2015

We may have been quiet for a little while with regards to guest announcements for Auto Assembly 2015 but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been planning to add to our guest line up for our final convention and we’re now pleased to bring you details of the latest addition to the guest roster for 2015…

Once again we are being joined by comic supremo Andrew Wildman. Andrew needs no introduction to Transformers fans, having provided artwork for Transformers comics for almost every publisher to have released Transformers comic books over the last 30 year starting with the original Marvel UK run right up until his most recent work on Regeneration One. His work away from Transformers has been incredibly diverse and he will be with us all weekend to chat to fans, take to the stage for a panel alongside some of our other guests, have some of his original art for sale and to sketch for many of you (for a small charge).

We’re excited to be welcoming Andrew back and we’ll be bringing you more news of our next guests shortly…

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Auto Assembly 2015 Single Day Tickets On Sale Now!

For those of you who are unable to join us at this year’s convention for the full weekend but who have still wanted to be a part of Auto Assembly 2015, we are now pleased to confirm that one day tickets are now on sale for Europe’s Largest Transformers Convention! We know many of you have been waiting patiently for these to become available but with the high demand for weekend tickets and hotel accommodation this year (far greater than ever) we have had to give priority for those wanting to book for the full weekend first.

Anyway, single day ticket prices for Auto Assembly 2015 are:-

  • Adults (18+) – £38
  • Youth (under 18) – £27.50
  • Elderly (60+) – £27.50
  • Under 6 – FREE
  • Family (2 adult, 2 youth) – £120

These prices apply for Saturday or Sunday. Tickets can be purchased for either day of the convention but are non-transferrable and can only be used for the day they are purchased for. Single day tickets also only allow entry to the main part of the convention between 9:30 – 6:00 pm (approximate times). They do not gain admission to the evening programmes on Friday or Saturday as these are exclusive to full weekend ticket holders. All other events and activities taking place at the convention are free and open to all attendees including free autographs from all of our guests.

You can book NOW from the Auto Assembly 2015 Ticket Bookings Page.

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Third Party Panel Returns For Auto Assembly 2015

We’re proud to announce that once again Auto Assembly will be playing host to a Third Party Panel at this year’s convention, hosted by Third Party toy consultant C Z Hazzard and Cassy Sark (freelance designer for KFC, iGear and others)…

The Third Party Toy Panel – which will take place on Sunday morning at the convention – will bring you an exclusive sneak peak at some of the forthcoming items we can expect to see from the third party world over the next twelve months. For those of you interested in the fantastic range of unofficial toys out there, this is going to be an amazing event and one that’s not to be missed! Both C Z and Cassy have worked tirelessly over the last couple of years to bring us the fantastic Auto Assembly convention exclusive toys which have become much sought after items on the collectors market and if you’ve seen these toys or attended last years, then you know the panel is going to be pretty spectacular.

If you missed out on getting your hands on the exclusive toys, they will have supplies of these on sale on their stall at the convention but if you can’t wait until August to get your hands on these, you can order them through their page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sidstransformers?fref=ts

As we said, the Panel will be taking place on the Sunday morning so to see this you either need a full Weekend or Sunday ticket for the convention but don’t worry if you haven’t already pre-registered as there’s still time to guarantee your place at Europe’s Largest Transformers Convention! Single day tickets will be on sale very shortly so if you can’t make it for the full weekend, you’ll still be able to come along for the Sunday so you don’t miss out on this panel!

Auto Assembly 2015 is taking place over the weekend of Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 2015 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham so come and join us!

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Auto Assembly 2015… The Last Ever Auto Assembly

Hi everyone,

It’s with a great deal of sadness and after a lot of deliberation over the last couple of months, that we have to bring you the news that this year’s convention, Auto Assembly 2015, is going to be our last. Auto Assembly has been running for a long time – 15 years in fact – and has grown immensely since it’s humble beginnings at the Ibis Hotel in Birmingham when just 31 fans attended the first event run on 22nd October 2000 by myself and Sven Harvey.

Having been involved in running fan clubs, events and conventions for over 25 years it has now started to take its toll on me – emotionally, mentally and physically. Certainly I’m not as young as I used to be when I started out back in 1989 (before many of you attending Auto Assembly were even born!) and over the last few years I have been struggling to cope with declining health issues and the day to day pressures of family life as well as running what has grown to become Europe’s Largest Transformers Convention. In fact, several of us on the team are now starting to struggle with declining health issues including my wife Trish and our deputy head Billy Edwards is currently undergoing tests on his injured hand which is limiting the time he can spend on the convention too. All of this is adding up to make the convention a great strain physically on many of us.

Unfortunately as individuals, our lives are getting busier all the time as well making work on the convention increasingly difficult. While we don’t want to dwell on this too much, some of us on the team aren’t able to dedicate as much time to Auto Assembly as much as we have been able to in the past because of work and other personal commitments and this is making the convention harder and harder to run. The last year or two this has been made worse as we have had to say goodbye to a few team members and although this is only natural with all conventions this has increased pressure on the remaining team and with a group that works so well together the last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the convention not being able to be at our absolute best.

However, we certainly don’t want to see this decision as being as something negative for this year’s convention. Instead we hope that you’ll all come and join us one last time as we celebrate the last 15 years of Auto Assembly and how it has managed to bring Transformers fans together from all corners of the globe to share their passion for the franchise. For those of you who have never been before, this is your last chance to come and be a part of something magical as we aim to raise the bar one last time and make 2015 the best convention we have ever given to all of you…

To do this while we have already made a lot of announcements about guests and activities that will be taking place over the convention weekend, we have a lot more in store for you and we’ll be making these announcements on a regular basis over the coming weeks and months in the run-up to the convention. Here at Auto Assembly We’re all committed to making Auto Assembly 2015 something really spectacular and even though We may be bringing the event to a close, we’re certainly planning on going out with a bang!

We will be bringing you updates and information on what will be happening to Auto Assembly over the coming weeks and posting an FAQ here on the website to answer all of the questions that we know all of you are bound to have about what is happening but rest assured that this year’s convention won’t be the last you’ll see of the name Auto Assembly!

Thank you all for your support for the last 15 years – it’s been a fantastic ride!

Simon Plumbe
Auto Assembly

Hilton Birmingham Metropole

Auto Assembly 2015 Hotel Accommodation Update – 10th March 2015

Hi everyone! We know that many of you already making plans for Auto Assembly 2015 both in terms of your tickets for the convention, travel arrangements and most importantly for a large number of you, sorting out accommodation for where you will be staying over the convention weekend itself. As most of you will know by now, sales of rooms at our convention hotel, the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel have been more popular than ever this time around and despite the hotel providing us with more rooms than ever as part of our block allocation at the special convention rate, not only did we sell out of this initial block but rooms continued to sell out as the Hilton added more to this for us.

Many of you have still experienced difficulties in getting a room at the Hilton but we can confirm that the hotel has been able to allocate some more rooms to our discount rate block but these are in very limited numbers and after these rooms have sold out we can’t guarantee that we will be able to get any further rooms added to the Auto Assembly 2015 block. What we would strongly advise all of you to do now is to book your hotel rooms immediately if you haven’t already done so in the Hilton and if you’re not able to get the nights / room type that you require then please bear with us. We are attempting to find a source of overflow accommodation near to the Hilton but we have also set up a help page here on the website with additional information about nearby hotels and other accommodation options that are available to those of you who are attending and you can find this page here.

If you do find yourself looking for hotel accommodation away from the Hilton, we will also be providing detailed travel guides and information to help all of you to make attending the convention as easy as possible for those who opt to stay in either Birmingham or Coventry City Centres, both of which are just a short train ride away from the Hilton.

Above all, please do not worry about finding anywhere to stay over the convention weekend as our entire team are here to help you to enjoy the convention and to make it a stress-free weekend.

The Auto Assembly Team

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Important Auto Assembly 2015 Update

Hi everyone,

We’re deep into the preparations for Auto Assembly 2015 at the moment and we have some great announcements in the pipeline about some of the events that will be taking place at this year’s convention.  However while work is progressing well, we want to bring you an important update…

Over the next few weeks there will be a few delays in us responding to email enquiries as Simon and Trish are having extensive work done on their house. This is going to make things difficult for us to access emails and our PC systems on a regular basis. We will try to respond to all of you as quickly as we can but we do ask that you try to be as patient as possible during this time. We will endeavour to respond as quickly as we can via Twitter and Facebook and if you contact us through our Tumblr page Billy and Isa will be on hand to help.

The Auto Assembly Team

Hilton Birmingham Metropole

Auto Assembly 2015 Hotel Accommodation Update – 11th February 2015

Following the opening of bookings at our convention hotel, the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel at the weekend, the demand for accommodation at the Hilton this year has been absolutely phenomenal with some rooms selling out in a matter of minutes and the overall block of rooms for the convention being close to selling out already. Our room bookings team has been working extra hard behind the scenes to try to secure additional rooms for all of you who haven’t been able to get accommodation yet in the Hilton and we’re incredibly proud to announce that the Hilton has given us some more rooms for our block at the discount rate for the convention weekend!

These extra rooms ARE limited so we’d advise all of you to book as quickly as possible (using the link sent to all of you a few days ago) but we have managed to secure the following:

Thursday 20th and Sunday 23rd August

We now have NEW deluxe singles and deluxe twins on sale.  This is a new allocation which we have managed to secure on top of our initial block.

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd August

We have also secured some additional deluxe singles and deluxe twins for the main convention days – again these are additional rooms we have managed to obtain over and above our initial block.

As these are additional rooms and not part of our original allowance, these have been supplied completely at the Hilton’s discretion, for which we cannot thank them enough. It does however mean that these new rooms are very limited in numbers so we encourage you to act quickly to avoid disappointment.

Don’t forget, if you have any queries about your booking or the convention itself, please do not hesitate to get in touch and please do not share the hotel booking link with anyone as this is for the exclusive use of Auto Assembly attendees.

Thank you and we’re looking forward to seeing you all in August!

The Auto Assembly Team

Hilton Birmingham Metropole

Auto Assembly 2015 Hotel Accommodation Update – 10th February 2015

With tickets for Auto Assembly 2015 continuing to sell at an incredible rate, rooms at our convention hotel, the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel are doing the same as always. We know that many of you are struggling to find accommodation to meet your needs in the convention hotel and we’re working as fast and hard as we can to secure additional bedrooms at the Hilton. In the meantime we want to bring you all an update on the current position with rooms availability as part of the block reserved by the Hilton at the reduced Auto Assembly convention rate…

Before we continue, we do want to stress that the information here is correct at the time of posting this update and is subject to change.

  • Wednesday 19th August 2015 – All executive rooms and deluxe Queen rooms are sold out, but Deluxe Single rooms and Deluxe Twin rooms are still available.
  • Thursday 20th August 2015 – Complete sell out, all room types. We are liaising with hotel to see if any further capacity can be allocated to our block.
  • Friday 21st August 2015 – All rooms types still available for sale.
  • Saturday 22nd August 2015 – Deluxe Queen rooms are sold out but otherwise all rooms types still available for reservation.
  • Sunday 23rd August 2015 – Only Executive Twin and Executive Queen rooms still available but we are attempting to enquire with the hotel to source additional rooms.
We’ll bring you further updates as we get them.