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Geekology: 1985 Triple Changers Plus!

The Geekology team take a look at the united colours of G1 Astrotrain & Blitwing (and eHobby Overcharge.)

This video covers the original 1985 releases of the two Decepticon Triple Changers, and the various different coloured Takara/eHobby and Hasbro reissues from the last 10-15 years.

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Geekology: Year Of The Goat Optimus Prime

Sven attempts to educate his co-host of Geekology, David, with regard to the Generation 2 Laser Rod Optimus Prime mould. This toy form was most recently issued as the Transformers Platinum Year of The Goat Optimus Prime, which included transparent plastic parts.

Included in the video is coverage of the original Transformers: Generation 2 Laser Rod Optimus Prime, it’s later Japanese re-issue, eHobby Laser Rod Ultra Magnus and both Car Robots Dark/Black Convoy and Robots In Disguise Scourge.

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Merchandise Review: G1 Transformers Top Trumps

I’ve been a fan of Top Trumps ever since I was a kid. Despite its simplicity, it’s a fun, compelling game and the sheer diversity of licences that have been attached to the brand in recent years have made it truly collectible. Gone are the days of sports cars, military vehicles, and relatively mundane subjects… now it’s blockbuster movies, entertainment franchises, kids cartoons and everything in between. Joining the ranks of their first two movie sets and the pack based of Transformers Prime, and released with surprisingly little fanfare, came this G1 set to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Transformers…

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YOU choose the next pin-up artwork for The Cybertronian Times!

A few weeks ago we asked you to help us decide what artwork was going to appear in Issue 18 of The Cybertronian Times when our artist, Paula Griffee, wanted you to help her come up with some ideas for her next interior pin-up page for the magazine. Well, Paula had a great response online and directly via email and now it’s your turn again to help us choose the final artwork that will appear in the magazine! We’ve narrowed the choices down to the following characters and we want YOU to tell us your favourite – here, on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr – and Paula will draw the most popular for Issue 18! So the choices are:-

  • Nautica
  • Velocity
  • Tarn
  • Turmoil
  • Roadblock
  • Jazz
  • Impactor
  • Windblade, Nautica & Chromia

It’s your chance to have your say on what you’d like to see in your Transformers fanzine!

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Auto Assembly Website – The Next Phase…

We’ve been going through a lot of changes over the last few months here at Auto Assembly, not least of all the re-emergence of our parent geek organisation Infinite Frontiers and our affiliation with our sister website Vita Player. It’s time now to make some major changes to the Auto Assembly website itself as we move into our next phase of our work for 2016 and beyond…

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New Interactive Gallery For The Cybertronian Times Issue 18!

By now, many of you will have seen the fantastic cover and interior pin-up artwork for The Cybertronian Times by our artist Paula Griffee. If you haven’t yet, download your copy of Auto Assembly’s long-running fanzine The Cybertronian Times Issue 17 before Issue 18 is released at the end of February 2016! Well, now Paula is planning on doing something rather special for all of you for Issue 18 onwards and giving all of you the chance to get involved with the magazine…

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Infinite Frontiers Returns!

Infinite Frontiers is a name that most of you reading this won’t be familiar with. For the last 15 years, those in Transformers fandom across Europe will know us for our Transformers convention Auto Assembly. In fact, that’s all people know us for and what they know us as. Some only know us for our work in video games and through our website Vita Player. It’s time for a change though and 2016 is going to bring about some of the biggest changes we will have ever seen in our involvement in sci-fi fandom…

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The Cybertronian Times Issue 17 OUT NOW

Auto Assembly may have called time on its final convention back in August with Auto Assembly 2015 but contrary to what some may have heard, that certainly hasn’t marked the end of its involvement in Transformers… Since it’s parent organisation, Infinite Frontiers, was formed in 1989 we have always been active in science fiction fandom. We’ve run various fan clubs, conventions, podcasts, events, websites and been publishing fanzines – both digital and paper – since 1989 and as part of our long-term plans for Auto Assembly we’re going back to our roots.

Those who have joined us at Auto Assembly over the years will be familiar with The Cybertronian Times. The fanzine has been given away to attendees at the convention each year but it’s now being taken in a new direction. Instead of a once-a-year publication, from today The Cybertronian Times is going 100% digital as a FREE download. Available as a DRM-free PDF, the magazine can be downloaded directly from the Auto Assembly website and will be released quarterly.

Issue 17 is a 52 page mag containing toy reviews, fiction, artwork, comic strips (including an 11 page Frenzy story) and an exclusive 5 page preview of the upcoming Bruce Outback comic from former IDW colourist Kris Carter and his cohorts Jim Bampfield, Dan Harris and Kirsty Winskill.

The fanzine can be downloaded directly from the website at http://www.autoassembly.org.uk/Fanzines/TheCybertronianTimesIssue17DigitalEdition.pdf but for those of you looking for more reading material, we’re also releasing all of our back issues of The Cybertronian Times digitally and these – and all future issues – will also be available on the website from our downloads page at http://www.autoassembly.org.uk/the-cybertronian-times-downloads/

If that’s not enough for you, you can sign up to our free mailing list at http://eepurl.com/bxABtD and not only will we send you the latest issue of The Cybertronian Times as soon as it is released before anyone else but we’ll also be running subscriber exclusive competitions, special offers and more!

If you want to get involved with The Cybertronian Times, we’d love to hear what you think about the new look mag – both for the letters page and your comments generally – so feel free to drop us an email or pop over to our forum. If any of you want to write for the magazine or feel the urge to let your creative side out and be involved, again we’d love to hear from you as well so please get in touch! We also have a regular series, “My Favourite…” where we want readers to talk about their favourite characters, toys, shows, comic stories, TV episodes – absolutely anything to do with Transformers and this is open to anyone to get involved so we’d love to see some of your thoughts for this!

We hope that you download and enjoy the mag and it will be back in three months time and it’s already set to be another great issue so don’t miss out!

The Auto Assembly Team

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The Cybertronian Times Issue 17 Out Next Week!

Since Auto Assembly 2015 back in August our new team has been working around the clock on a number of projects and we’re really excited to announce that the latest of these is set to be unleashed upon the world next week! Our long-running fanzine, The Cybertronian Times, is getting a new lease of life on Monday 30th November when the latest issue is released in its new format as a completely FREE digital download and now being released quarterly!

First released in 1998 as a 20-page black-and-white A5 paper fanzine, it’s come a long way in its 17-year lifespan. In that time it’s gone from being a standalone publication to being adopted as the official fanzine of Auto Assembly’s long-running convention which all of you will have received when attending our events to coming full circle from Issue 17 out next week standing once again on its own two robotic feet. We all think that it’s one of our best issues yet with great cover art by our latest team member Paula Griffee, fiction, comic strips, toy and video game reviews, articles and the long-overdue return of our letters page Jazz Jives!

You’ll be able to download it from our website from the new Auto Assembly Fanzine Download Page but if you want to beat the rush and be amongst the first to get the magazine before anyone else, just sign up to our free mailing list and you’ll get the next and all future issues the instant they are released!

There’s still time for YOU to get involved though! While the content for the magazine is 99% complete and is just in the final stages of being tweaked, we’re still looking for writers and artists who want to be a part of this and future issues so feel free to get in touch with us at contact@autoassembly.org.uk to see how you can get involved. If you run a business selling Transformers or related merchandise, we do still have space for advertisers in the fanzine so if you want to have your company featured in the mag from as little as £10 per issue then email us NOW at sponsorship@autoassembly.org.uk but hurry – the ad deadline for Issue 17 is Friday 27th November 2015 and Issue 18 is early February 2016!

So stay tuned and come back to the site next week or check your inboxes for a great read!

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James Horan Cabaret Performance At Auto Assembly 2015 Live On Youtube

Adding to our newly-launched Youtube Channel, once again we’re proud to be able to bring you more footage from the weekend attendee exclusive Saturday night programme from this year’s convention for all of you to enjoy. As well as our Cosplay Competition and Script Reading, one of our guests of honour, James Horan (Wheeljack from Transformers: Prime) revealed that there was far more to his talents than met the eye…

In addition to his on-screen and voice over work, James is an accomplished singer and he took to the stage for a 30 minute cabaret set performing some of his favourite songs spanning the decades. The cabaret show was loved by those in attendance and we’re excited to be able to bring this to you in full, courtesy of James. Feel free to enjoy this and all the other videos that we will be uploading to the youtube channel in the coming months and for all the updates on it as they happen, don’t forget to subscribe!