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To Auto Assembly 2015’s 1064 attendees… we salute you!

Yes, you read it correctly, we’re proud to say that not only has Auto Assembly once again broken it’s own record for the number of fans attending a European Transformers convention but we well and truly smashed out old record! Last year 938 people celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Transformers with us and we hoped that we would reach the magical 1,000 figure this year but none of were prepared for what happened…

Well, at Auto Assembly 2015 we were incredibly proud to welcome through the doors our 1064th attendee to the convention. It was a monumental moment for us here at Auto Assembly. When we held our first event back in 2000 with just 31 attendees we never in our wildest dreams imagined that so many of you would come along and share your love and appreciation of Transformers with us and – more importantly – meet up with and make new friends over the course of the last 15 years. Back in 2009 we were left speechless when we had over 500 attendees – the first time a European event had that large a number, something that people thought was an impossible goal and ever since that time people had been telling us that we should aim for the “magic 1,000”!

It’s not about us though – YOU are the ones who have made it happen. You have come together from all over the world and it’s your devotion, dedication and passion that has made the convention what it has become. I can’t thank all of you enough for the atmosphere that you have created at Auto Assembly over the years, and how proud you have made me feel. At the same time, I have to extend thanks to everyone who has worked hard behind the scenes to make the event happen and run smoothly – the rest of the Auto Assembly team, the tireless volunteers who have given their all throughout the weekend, all of our dealers, those who have brought us all of our convention exclusives – not just this year but every year and last – but certainly by no means least – our incredible guests and those who joined us in our Artists Alley. I could go on forever thanking everyone personally for their input and work over the years and at Auto Assembly 2015 especially but I would be here for an eternity.

I do want to give two special mentions though… first, my long-suffering wife Trish who has had to put up with me running the convention and everything associated with it over the years. As well as all of her work behind the scenes which all of you have not only seen but worn as you’ve walked around the convention, it’s her love and support that has kept me going when things have been a struggle.

Secondly is my co-conspirator back when Auto Assembly was first conceived, Sven Harvey. If it wasn’t for Sven’s original idea and the two of us working together (and his tireless efforts into brain-washing me into becomming a Transformers fan), Auto Assembly may well never have existed!

And so to the future of Auto Assembly… well, that’s a story for another time but as Simon Furman always says – “it never ends!”.

Simon Plumbe
Auto Assembly

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Auto Assembly Reaches 1,000 Registrations Milestone!!

I want to extend a heartfelt thankyou once again to everyone who has registered for Auto Assembly, either by pre-booking or for those of you who have already come along today and purchased on-the-door tickets. Even though the convention doesn’t open its doors for another hour (at the time of writing this), I am incredibly proud to announce that we have managed to achieve what European Transformers conventions have longed for for over a decade… over 1,000 registrations!

We are still expecting many more to join us over the next couple of days so we’ll keep you posted on social media about our final total but thanks again to all of you for helping us make 2015 another record-breaking year!

Simon Plumbe
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Auto Assembly 2015 Starts Today!

Here we go folks… after a year of waiting, Auto Assembly 2015 is finally year. Fans have been gathering at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, England from all over the world for the last couple of days to join us as we celebrate all things Transformers once again. We’ve got a fantastic guest line-up headed by our three guests of honour – Sumalee Montano, James Horan and Peter Spellos, fantastic comic guests, our biggest ever range of dealers from around the UK, the first ever appearance at the convention from Hasbro UK as they conduct a special Fan Poll throughout the day on Saturday, there’s a fantastic display in our car park of no less than FOUR replica vehicles including an Optimus Prime truck and more…

That’s not forgetting our Workshops, guest panels, cosplay competition, script reading and so much more – it’s no wonder that we need the whole weekend to fit everything in! While pre-bookings closed earlier this week, we have plenty of tickets available to purchase on the door for those of you who are still undecided about coming along but if you want a teaser of what is going on, take a look at our full schedule at http://www.autoassembly.org.uk/AA2015/AutoAssembly2015Schedule.pdf

If you’ve already booked, we’re looking forward to seeing you over the next few days and if not, we hope you’ll decide to come along and join in the fun!

Simon Plumbe
Auto Assembly

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Simon Furman Surprise Limited Edition Giveaway At Auto Assembly 2015!

In a surprise announcement, Simon Furman revealed that his upcoming project To The Death – a new collaboration with Geoff Senior – will be previewed for the first time at Auto Assembly 2015 this weekend but in addition to that, he has an extra surprise in store for Auto Assembly attendees…

Simon is offering 300 copies of a FREE poster that has been produced to promote this upcoming digital graphic comic series that will be launched next year for our attendees on a first come, first served basis. To make sure that our one-day attendees don’t miss out, a third of these will be held back until Sunday so don’t worry if you can’t make the con until then!

To find out more about To The Death, visit Simon’s blog at https://simonfurman.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/free-to-the-death-posters-at-auto-assembly/

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Own A Piece Of Auto Assembly History!

With the event side of Auto Assembly winding down this weekend, we were left with a bit of a dilemma… regular attendees will have seen a vast selection of large display banners used around the convention halls for the last few years but with our future plans for Auto Assembly we’re not really going to need these for our online and print-based activities and certainly we’re not going to take them along to meets or anything else. So we decided to make these incredible one-off items available to YOU, our attendees on a first come, first served basis.

These seven foot tall banners are incredibly durable and all feature original artwork, much of it specifically commissioned for Auto Assembly over the years. Some of it was just Transformers related, others related to our guests of honour for particular years at the convention but regardless, they all look stunning. Interested? So how can you get your hands on one of them? We have been asked in the past by attendees if we would consider selling them, and we have mentioned this on our Facebook page before as well, but we now want to open this up so you all know before the con.

EVERY banner that we have produced is available to buy and will be yours to keep for just £150. If you’re interested, you’ll have to be quick to come and reserve yours at the con though. Come to the Control Desk, tell us which one you want, pay by cash or credit/debit card (via PayPal) and we’ll hold onto it until the convention ends on Sunday. For those of you who are only with us for the Saturday, we may sell a limited number of banners so don’t be afraid to ask as long as you can wait until the end of the day!

It’s first come, first served and with less than 20 banners and 1,000 attendees you won’t want to miss out on this one-off opportunity!

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Hasbro To Run Special Fan Poll at Auto Assembly 2015!

If you thought we’d announced everything taking place at Auto Assembly 2015 this weekend then think again! Auto Assembly is no stranger to working with a range of companies involved in officially licensed Transformers products, and we’ve been involved in assisting many with their market research with existing and upcoming products before but for Auto Assembly 2015 we’re taking things a step further as we’re bringing all of you a special opportunity to take part in some research being undertaken at Auto Assembly 2015 by Hasbro themselves…

Hasbro is undertaking research to better understand fan behaviour and they’re coming to Auto Assembly to find out more with YOUR help! To compliment research being undertaken around the world, a representative from the Hasbro Global Consumer Insights team will be attending Auto Assembly 2015 in Birmingham this Saturday. The research consists of short 3-5 minute face to face interviews that will be completed throughout the day in two blocks 9:30-11:45 am and 1:30-3:45 pm taking place at a table set up in the Monarch Suite next to the Artists Alley.

If you’re not able to take part in these during those times, please don’t worry as your voice can still be heard as Hasbro are providing the opportunity to complete a longer online survey at your convenience. This is a great chance to have your opinions on the brand heard, and to take part in helping Hasbro better understand the UK/EU side of the Fandom.

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Auto Assembly 2015 Pre-Registrations Are CLOSED!

With Auto Assembly 2015 just a couple of days away and all of us here at Auto Assembly HQ deep in the final preparations for the convention, it’s that time again where we are now having to bring pre-registrations for the convention to a close. We want to thank all of you who have booked for the convention so far and we have not only exceeded last year’s pre-registration total by almost 100 but we have already shattered the attendance figure from Auto Assembly 2014 and we are just a few people shy of 1,000 registered for the convention so thankyou to everyone for supporting us!

However, for those of you who missed out on pre-booking for the convention, it’s not too late to be able to come along and join us as we will be selling tickets on the door. All you have to do is come along to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham this weekend and come along to our Registration Desk to buy your tickets. On-the-door tickets are the same price as those who pre-registered and get you a pass granting you admission to the convention for the day(s) you are paying for, a set of the Auto Assembly 2015 exclusive postcards and copies of the Auto Assembly 2015 convention exclusive comic and magazine although these are now limited to just a dozen copies so only the first few on-the-door attendees will get these.

On the door registrations start at 6:00 pm on Friday for weekend tickets and 9:30 am for Saturday or Sunday passes and tickets get you full admission to all of the convention’s panels, workshops, the dealers areas and everything else. There are no charges for autographs from any of our voice actors in attendance (although our comic guests will charge for sketches and artwork).

Tickets cost £38 for a single day and £60 for the full weekend for adults, £27.50 and £44 for under 18s and over 60s for single days and weekends respectively, and Under 6s go free! Family tickets (2 adults and 2 under 18s) cost £180 for the weekend and £120 for a single day. Please note that the Friday and Saturday evening programmes are restricted to full weekend ticket holders only.

For those of you who have already purchased your tickets, or for those of you coming along on the day, we’re looking forward to seeing you all in a few days and don’t forget to come up and say hi!

Simon Plumbe
Auto Assembly

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Auto Assembly 2015 – Full Dealers List

We’ve said before that Auto Assembly 2015 is set to be our biggest convention yet and that’s set to be the case in almost every way. Not only have we already had more people book for the convention than our total number of attendees from Auto Assembly 2014 but we also have a car display that’s double the size of the one from 2014 and we’ve relocated into the Hilton’s largest hall. As part of this, it’s allowed us to bring you more dealers than ever and we feel that it’s giving us the best range ever at the convention so without wasting any more time we want to introduce our final dealer line-up for Auto Assembly 2015…

  • A1 Comics
  • All The Cool Stuff
  • Beyond Technology
  • Brikabrax UK
  • Ceno’s Kibble
  • Colin Bilbow
  • Fan Sales Table
  • Geek-Station
  • Gundam Mad
  • In Demand Toys
  • Joker’s Toybox
  • Kapow Toys
  • Rasmus Hardiker
  • Tempting Toys
  • The Space-Bridge
  • Toy-Fu
  • TTPs Collectables
  • Urban Species
  • Xyber Toys

Not to mention all of the comic artists who will be in our guest area and the artists who will be taking up residence in our Artists Alley, all of whom will be selling original artwork, prints and will be sketching for attendees all weekend.

Comic Artists / Colourists

  • John-Paul Bove
  • Andrew Griffith
  • Alex Milne
  • Nick Roche
  • Andrew Wildman
  • Kei Zama

Artists Alley

  • Lee Bradley
  • Jason Cardy
  • Kris Carter
  • Alies Meerman
  • Kat Nicholson
  • Liam Shalloo
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Auto Assembly 2015 Pre-Registrations Close Today!

If you haven’t already booked your tickets for Auto Assembly 2015 then time is running out! With the convention just a matter of days away, we’re now having to bring pre-registrations to a close within the next 24 hours. We’re getting ready to pack up for the con which means that we’re now finishing off production of all of the passes for all of you so they’ll be ready for collection next weekend so if you want to ensure that you get a personalised pass for the weekend and quicker access to the convention without having to complete any forms on the day then you’ll need to pre-book your tickets NOW!

What does pre-registration get you? Everyone attending Auto Assembly 2015 will get a pass with a custom Auto Assembly 2015 lanyard but only those who have pre-registered get personalised ones with their names but that’s not the important part. When you pre-register you’ll be able to pick your passes up from 10:00 am on Friday if you have purchased a weekend pass or 8:30 am on Saturday or Sunday if you have a one day ticket. When it comes to getting into the convention itself, you’ll be able to walk right in when the doors open with everyone else.

If you decide to come along and pay on the door, you won’t be able buy your tickets until doors open at 6:00 pm on Friday for weekend attendees or 9:30 am on Saturday or Sunday after all our pre-registrants have been admitted and if you’re looking for that elusive toy to add to your collection, that fast-track admission could be the difference between finding your holy grail or seeing it slip through your fingers to some other eager collector…

At the same time, our convention comic – Fire And Iron – and our convention magazine – The Cybertronian Times – are both being produced in limited quantities this year and only the first 1,000 registered attendees will get these. We are now very close to this number of people being booked for Auto Assembly 2015 so if you take a chance and come along on the day you risk missing out on getting these. Certainly if our on-the-door ticket sales match last year then some of you will miss out on a copy of both of these.

So if you want to join us at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, Birmingham for Auto Assembly 2015 taking place from Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August visit the Auto Assembly 2015 Ticket Bookings Page now! Full weekend and single day tickets are available from £38 for adults with concessions available! All panels, workshops and all other convention activities are included in the ticket price as standard and there are no additional charges for autographs (although artists will charge for sketches).

Hope to see you there!

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Official Exclusives at AA2015 thanks to Roll Out Roll Call!

We’ve had some fantastic exclusive toys over the last few years including the superb Bluster and Trench set from Auto Assembly 2014 but ever since the convention started back in 2000 people have asked whether it would be possible for us to have officially-licensed exclusives from Hasbro. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why many fans from across the globe travel to Botcon every year to pick up the varied range of convention exclusives that are on offer to all of the attendees. However, thanks to our good friends at Roll Out Roll Call, for those of you who were unable to go to Botcon this year, the exclusives are coming to you!

Roll Out Roll Call have struck an exclusive deal with Fun Publications and Hasbro to bring a selection of the Botcon and Official Transformers Collectors Club toys across to the UK to be available to purchase exclusively both at Auto Assembly and at their own event, Roll Out Roll Call which is taking place on 3rd – 4th October 2015 in Southampton. There are four sets of toys up for grabs at the convention and for exclusive collectors they all work out a lot cheaper than a flight to the USA or eBay prices!

  • Diaclone 2-Pack – Lift-Ticket and Burnout – £60
  • Generation 2 2-Pack – Sgt Hound and General Optimus Prime – £65
  • Kre-o Earth’s Most Wanted 5 Figure Set – £22
  • Waruders – 4 different figures, £32 each

There’s plenty of variety so there should be something for everyone with toys to suit all pockets!

That’s not all though… for lovers of exclusives, here at Auto Assembly we love to thank all of you who support the convention through purchasing weekend tickets and this year is no exception. On Friday night we will be running a special one hour limited trading session in the convention’s Main Hall just for convention exclusive items only. During this hour (20:00 – 21:00 on Friday night), you’ll be able to buy any of these, our exclusive t-shirts from Urban Species, or any of the exclusive toys produced over the last few years for us by Ceno’s Kibble in a specially designated Exclusives Sales area!

Not got your tickets yet and don’t want to miss out on any of these? Hurry over to the Auto Assembly 2015 ticket bookings page! We’re looking forward to seeing you next weekend!