Auto Assembly 2014 Reflections

Auto Assembly 2014 Goodie Bags Are “Transformed”…

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Transformers, we wanted to go the extra mile and revamp our traditional “goodie bags” which, in honesty, had gotten a tad repetitive over the years, so we really wanted to streamline the contents and deliver some items of incredibly high quality. Simply put – it was time for them to Transform for Auto Assembly 2014!

We have therefore given a temporary retirement to our convention exclusive postcards for 2014. Instead, you will not only receive our convention exclusive lithograph by head artist Ed Pirrie – you will also receive the Auto Assembly 2014 Convention Exclusive fan comic – REFLECTIONS!  This amazing piece of work is a culmination of numerous artists’ expertise and it has been expertly co-ordinated by Ed Pirrie and head of publishing, Andrew Turnbull, to incredible effect!

To ensure these items are delivered safely and not creased, we will not be packing them into bags this year as we have found that in the past, some items have become creased in transit but we have something extra special lined up for you for Auto Assembly 2015.

To receive your exclusive lithograph, convention comic and personalised convention pass featuring more great artwork from Ed Pirrie, all you need to do is pre-register for Auto Assembly by buying your tickets online at our Ticket Bookings Page. Both the comic and lithograph are limited so we strongly recommend booking in advance – there might be some items left for on the door sales but at the rate tickets are selling, it is possible we may sell out of both of these before that time.  So book now to get your goodies!

Auto Assembly 2014 is taking place over the weekend of Friday 8th – Sunday 10th August 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, Birmingham.

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Auto Assembly 2014 Tourism Information and more…

We know a lot of you are travelling to Auto Assembly 2014 from outside of the local area and even from outside of the UK. While many of you are only joining us for the convention itself, there are some of you who will be staying in the area for a few days before and/or after the convention and may be looking for something to do before heading back home so Auto Assembly committee member Tori O’Regan has come to the rescue…

Tori has compiled a guide to some of the local attractions in and around the Birmingham area that you might be interested in and you’ll find that – as with the Transformers themselves – when it comes to England’s second city, there’s certainly more than meets the eye! So if you’re looking for something to do that doesn’t involve giant transforming robots, take a look at the Auto Assembly 2014 Tourist Guide.

While on the subject of information, we want to remind all of you attending the convention about our Attendee Information Pack. This essential guide is full of hints and tips for all of you to get the most out of the convention weekend and also contains all of the convention rules so please spare a few minutes to read this.

If you haven’t booked for the convention, which is taking place over hte weekend of 8th – 10th August 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, there’s still time so pop over to our bookings page and come and join us as we celebrate 30 years of Transformers!

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Auto Assembly 2014 Exclusives Update

If you’re still on the fence about getting the Auto Assembly 2014 convention exclusive toys that we revealed recently, they are proving to be a massive hit. Over in Canada last weekend, our friends at TFCon sold out of their allocation of the toys over the convention weekend in record time and these are now changing hands on eBay for astronomical prices.

They have proved to be such a huge hit that they are being regarded as being one of the best third party releases for a long time and certainly one of the best unofficial convention exclusives ever produced. But don’t take our word for it… here’s a review that’s on Youtube about the toys:-

Remember that these are extremely limited and after the total sell out at TFCon there are just 150 of these sets remaining and they are limited to one set per attendee. We are not offering a Non Attendee Pack for Auto Assembly 2014 so the only way you will be able to get this set now is to attend the convention and buy one in person if you don’t want to pay the heavily inflated prices on ebay with some being listed for as high as £150!

If you haven’t already booked your tickets for Auto Assembly 2014, Europe’s Largest Transformers Convention, which is taking place over the weekend of 8th – 10th August 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, this could be your best chance to grab this fantastic set along with plenty of other great toy bargains as well as joining us as we celebrate 30 years of Transformers!

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Auto Assembly 2014 Transformers 30th Birthday Fan Art Gallery

Just when you thought we’d ran out of things to tell you about this year’s convention, we’re pleased to announce that we are bringing a new exhibit to Auto Assembly this year… or should we say YOU are!

Fan art has played a huge part in Transformers remaining so popular over the last 30 years. So we have invited a number of talented fans to provide Birthday themed artwork for our party on Saturday night. Of course, we’re not just going to stick the artwork up on walls… no no no… believe us when we say there shall be more to this display than meets the eye  ;)

To check out this exciting new exhibit, you will need a weekend ticket which will grant you access to the Saturday night Birthday party. If you like the display, we can’t see any reason why we wouldn’t expand on it in future years – let us know! As a taster of the artwork which will be on display, check out the awesome Jazz and Cliffjumper piece below (artwork by Soraia Pereira)…

Auto Assembly 2014 is taking place over the weekend of Friday 8th – Sunday 10th August 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Order your tickets now on our Ticket Bookings Page to join us in celebrating 30 years of the Cybertronians!

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Trading Card Giveaway At Auto Assembly 2014 With In Demand Toys

It seems as if a day can’t go past right now without another announcement about something being given away to those of you making the trip to Auto Assembly 2014 to celebrate 30 years of the Transformers with us and this time, our good friends at In Demand Toys are once again feeling generous and are offering even more freebies for those attending Europe’s Largest Transformers Convention…

Doing their best to keep attendees happy over the weekend, In demand Toys (previously known as Toyz And Gamez) have announced another giveaway to their customers at Auto Assembly 2014! Anytime anyone purchases anything from their table at the convention, they will get a free pack of Transformers trading cards (while stocks last). But that’s not all… In Demand Toys have told us that the offer is not limited to one pack per person so the more times you return and buy items from In Demand Toys, the more free packs you will get! Effectively, each seperate purchase will entitles you to one free pack. Add this to their other offer of free comics and Arms Micron toys and there will be plenty of happy people walking away from their stall over the weekend…

Auto Assembly 2014 is taking place over the weekend of Friday 8th  – Sunday 10th August 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Order your tickets now on our Ticket Bookings Page to join us in celebrating 30 years of the Cybertronians!

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Livio Ramondelli Workshop

Livio Ramondelli To Host Art Workshop At Auto Assembly 2014!

We know that many of you are attending Auto Assembly 2014 to spend all your hard earned money on lots of plastic but we certainly can’t ignore all of our guests that are joining us this year as we celebrate 30 years of Transformers at Europe’s Largest Transformers Convention. All of our guests are getting into the spirit of the celebrations as well and for his long-awaited return appearance to Auto Assembly, Livio Ramondelli will be hosting a second Art Workshop at this year’s event!

He’ll be going over his process of creating art for IDW’s Transformers comics, as well as taking questions throughout the presentation. The last Art Workshop was well attended by both aspiring artists as well as casual audience member simply interested in the craft. As with all the other workshops and panels that are taking place at Auto Assembly 2014, there is NO additional charge for admission to the workshop – it’s all included in your standard ticket price folks!

We’ll confirm the exact day / time of Livio’s Workshop shortly along with the full schedule for the rest of the convention so stay tuned for more details of the weekend!

Auto Assembly 2014 is taking place over the weekend of Friday 8th  – Sunday 10th August 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Order your tickets now on our Ticket Bookings Page to join us in celebrating 30 years of the Cybertronians!

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The Fan Sales Table Returns For Auto Assembly 2014!

No matter how passionate we all are as collectors, sooner or later we find that we have Transformers merchandise or toys that we no longer want. Trying to dispose of your unwanted items on eBay may be all well and good but how often do you have to relist them before clinching that all important sale? Even selling to friends online through social media or forums doesn’t always work but once again Auto Assembly comes to the rescue with the return of our ever-popular Fan Sales Table.

A hit at the convention for the last few years, just bring your stuff along to the convention and let our dedicated team, headed up by Jeni Warren, sell them for you for just a small commission that goes towards the convention’s running costs. We do all the work, you get to sell your toys to give you more money to spend with our Dealers (on more toys, naturally!), and it helps the convention as well so everyone’s happy! We’ll have full details soon as well as a form you’ll need to download, fill in and bring with you to the convention along with your items that you are selling but it’s a great way to have a clearout.

With a hall full of dedicated Transformers fans eager to buy, and with over £5,000 changing hands every year on the Fan Sales Table, there’s no better way to sell your unwanted items!

Auto Assembly 2014 will take place over the weekend of Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Order your tickets NOW to join us in celebrating 30 years of the Cybertronians!

Charity Auction

Auto Assembly 2014 Charity Auction Details Unveiled

For over a decade, Auto Assembly has been supporting various charities with its fundraising efforts through various activities and events at the convention and this year is no exception and what would Auto Assembly be without a Charity Auction?

Billy Edwards has once again worked his magic and scoured the known Universe to bring you all a great range of items that we know you’ll all salivate over and want to bid generously on not only to help a great cause but to try to grab some fantastic Transformers goodies. On offer are autographs from voice actors from some of the Transformers TV shows, some of the cast of the live action movies (including Age Of Extinction!) and even original artwork – something for everyone. To see what’s on offer, visit the Auto Assembly 2014 Charity Auction page right now.

The auction will be taking place on Saturday afternoon shortly after our Opening Ceremony while we know many of you will still have some money left so there’s no reason why you can’t all bid, bid, bid and help us to raise as much money as possible for this year’s charity, Mary’s Meals!

Come and join us as we celebrate 30 years of Transformers at Europe’s Largest Transformers Convention over the weekend of Friday 8th – Sunday 10th August 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Book your tickets now and be a part of this great weekend!

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Auto Assembly Convention Exclusive Comic Giveaway!

Our friends at In Demand Toys (formerly known to most of you as Toyz And Gamez) are feeling incredibly generous this year and are having a massive clearout at Auto Assembly 2014 and want all of YOU to be a part of it!

They have decided to join in with us in the 30th Anniversary celebrations and if you head over to their table in the Dealers area at this year’s convention, to celebrate their 5th year at Auto Assembly In Demand Toys (previously called Toyz And Gamez) are giving away to their first 250 customers, either an Auto Assembly 2009 or 2010 Exclusive comic or a Takara Arms Micron Figure! Simply be one of the first 250 paying customers and you will find one of the free extras
in your carrier bag!

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The 2009 comic was a special variant cover edition of All Hail Megatron Issue #13 and featured brand new artwork by Nick Roche and Liam Shalloo and the team collaborated again on the 2010 cover, a variant cover for Transformers Issue #9. Both comics were limited to a print run of just 1,000 each!

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Finally, for those of you who can think back to Auto Assembly 2012, we produced our own comic in-house, Iacon Independent – an anthology of original short stories featuring all new cover art by Jeff Anderson and Kris Carter. We have a limited number of these still available and we’ll have them on sale at this year’s convention from our Control Desk just inside the hall for the knockdown price of just £1 each.

Don’t forget that Auto Assembly 2014 is taking place over the weekend of Friday 8th – Sunday 10th August 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Book your tickets NOW to come and join us as we celebrate 30 Years Of Transformers!

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Surprise Hasbro Giveaway At Auto Assembly 2014!

No celebration of the Transformers would be complete without a great big thank you to Hasbro – the company which keeps bringing us loveable robots year after year and Auto Assembly 2014 is no exception!

An especially big thank you is due in 2014 as, to help us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers, Hasbro UK has very graciously agreed to open up their vaults and make a special donation to Auto Assembly and it’s attendees! Full details are still under wraps, but you can be sure this will be a fantastic giveaway for a few lucky fans – more details soon.

All we can say right now is… Thank you Hasbro!

Auto Assembly 2014 will take place over the weekend of Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Order your tickets NOW to join us in celebrating 30 years of the Cybertronians!