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Auto Assembly 2015 Script Reading Online NOW!

For those of you who were able to join us for this year’s convention for the full weekend, you will have seen (and hopefully) enjoyed the script reading performed by our voice actor guests and a host of other special performers on stage on the Saturday evening. Written exclusively for Auto Assembly 2015 by none other than Simon Furman, the only way you could see the script reading was to be at the convention and to be in posession of a weekend ticket for the event… until now!

We are proud to release the script reading in its full unedited form for all of you to enjoy as we relaunch our Youtube Channel! The new channel will feature footage from Auto Assembly 2015 as well as archive footage from past years – guest panels, workshops, script readings and much more including a lot of never-before-seen footage coming your way in the next few months! Until then, we’d like to bring you the Auto Assembly 2015 Script reading, starring Sumalee Montano, James Horan, Peter Spellos, Rasmus Hardiker, Nick Roche, John-Paul Bove, Chris Finney and Alies Meerman. You can watch it below or directly on our new channel at:- https://youtu.be/mIqHJTHPY60

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Transformers – What’s YOUR Favourite…?

We’re working hard here at Auto Assembly on the next issue of our fanzine The Cybertronian Times which is set for release in November. As part of the next phase of Auto Assembly’s development, The Cybertronian Times – which you will have all been receiving as part of your attendee pack at the convention for the last few years – is undergoing some big changes and starting with the next issue it is going 100% digital!

It’s going to be released as a DRM-free title and will be available as a free download here on the website but subscribers to our free mailing list will be able to get it a few days early. Each issue will have a mix of articles, reviews, interviews, fiction, comic strips and more besides but we want your help! As well as looking for contributions from YOU, our readers for the fanzine in terms of articles, reviews, fiction, comic strips, artwork, we’re also looking for submissions to the long-overdue return of our letters page as well as an exciting new feature we’re bringing to the magazine…

The new “My Favourite…” will be a regular feature written by YOU looking at fans’ personal favourites across all aspects of Transformers. We want you to tell us what are your favourite Transformers TV shows, toys, comics, episodes, comic story-arcs… absolutely anything and why! Just write it down in no more than 600-700 words and we’ll publish as many of them as we can over the coming months!

If you want to get involved in this, or in any other part of The Cybertronian Times, just drop us an email to contact@autoassembly.org.uk

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Auto Assembly 2015 Fanzine Workshop Special Available Now!

At Auto Assembly 2015 we did something rather unique for the convention – we brought together attendees in a special workshop hosted by Andy Turnbull, editor of The Cybertronian Times, where he took them through the creative process of producing a Transformers fanzine from start to finish. Working with artist Ed Pirrie and a host of fans, over the course of the weekend we saw an incredible amount of work producing a range of artwork, stories and original content and we’re proud to be able to bring you this fanzine now as a free download!

While it may be rough around the edges, it shows wonderfully the raw creativity of our attendees and just what can be achieved in such a short space of time. We are incredibly proud of the hard work of everyone involved at the convention as well as Andy and all who were involved in the workshop. You all did us proud. You can get the fanzine directly at:- http://www.autoassembly.org.uk/Fanzines/AutoAssembly2015FanzineWorkshopSpecial.pdf

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Hasbro Modern Fan Poll Online!

At Auto Assembly 2015 we were joined by Michjael Liddle, a representative from Hasbro who was conducting interviews with attendees at the convention as part of their 2015 Modern Fan Survey. Hasbro are now actively trying to gain a greater understanding of what we – the fan community – want from Transformers and while we still only represent about 15% – 20% of the customer base for the brand, they want our voices to be heard.

Since attending the convention, a staggering 7,000 people have now completed the survey, which takes between 30-35 minutes to complete (depending on how much detail you feel like sharing) and they’ve asked us to pass on the link for all of you to complete it online and share with your friends for them to get involved as well…

To take part and share your views, just click the link below to be taken through to the online survey.


Please note that the survey closes at 10:30pm on Sunday the 13th of September and it is also advisable to take the survey on a desktop or laptop PC as the survey is not mobile optimised.

Hasbro thank all of you for your time and collaboration on this research project.

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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.