TFcon, Canada’s Transformers Convention, Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary in 2012

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Canada’s Transformers Convention Celebrates Milestone 10th Anniversary

TFConTFcon – Canada’s Transformers Collectors Convention returns July 27-29, 2012 for their 10th anniversary and is happy to announce they will be holding their first ever charity auction July 28th for Make-A-Wish Canada.  The charity auction will feature many great unique items and we hope our community will help raise as much as possible for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

TFcon is Canada’s annual Transformers collectors convention, and the second greatest attended Transformers convention in the world. TFcon 2012 will be held for the 11th time from July 27th to 29th. This year’s attractions include Transformers Creator Bob Budiansky, Transformers voice actors Scott McNeil and Neil Ross, along with Hasbro Canada. We are pleased to have them as part of our 2012 events. Please see http://www.tfcon.ca for more details.

Canadian Scott McNeil is a veteran animation actor who has voiced a variety of characters in various Transformers television series, including Waspinator, Rattrap, Dinobot, and Silverbolt in the Canadian produced series Beast Wars. He is also known for his voice work on ReBoot, Storm Hawks, Dragon Ball Z, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, InuYasha, Ranma 1/2, Fullmetal Alchemist, and X-Men: Evolution.  At TFcon, Mr. McNeil will be participating in a live script reading with fans, question and answer panels, and autograph and photograph sessions. For more information on his career, check out http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0573926/

Bob Budiansky is a comic book writer and editor whose name is synonymous with Transformers fiction.  Mr. Budiansky is responsible for much of the writing of the original Marvel Transformers comic, and conceived the names of most of the original Transformers including Megatron. He also wrote the vast majority of the descriptive tech spec biographies printed on the Transformers toy packages that Hasbro produced in the 1980s, giving each character it’s own unique personality. Aside from Transformers, Budiansky has worked on various Marvel comicbook properties including The Avengers, Spider-man, and Ghost Rider.  At TFcon Mr. Budiansky will be taking part in question and answer panels, and autograph and photograph sessions in his first ever Canadian convention appearance. For more information on his career check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Budiansky

Neil Ross’ work on Transformers goes all the way back to the original 1984 television series where he voiced the popular characters Springer, Slag, and Bonecrusher among others. Aside from Transformers, Ross’ voice can be heard as Han Solo in the Star Wars video games, in addition to the TV series G.I. Joe, Voltron, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and Batman: The Animated Series.  At TFcon Mr. Ross will be taking part in a live script reading with fans, question and answer panels, and autograph and photograph sessions. For more information on his career, check out http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0743719/

This year TFcon features Canada’s largest dealer room for Transformers merchandise, guest question and answer panels and autograph sessions, Transformers trivia contest, plus art and costume contests. Visit http://www.tfcon.ca for up-to-the-minute details on the convention.

BotCon Transformers Convention 2010 in Orlando

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The Official TRANSFORMERS Fan & Collectors’ Convention Comes to Orlando for the First Time Ever

Interactive “HUNT FOR THE DECEPTICONS” Experience and Many More Activities Await Fans and Families at 16th Annual Event
June 24, 2010 08:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

ORLANDO, Fla.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Fans of AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS will “ROLL OUT” and head to Orlando for the 16th annual TRANSFORMERS Collectors’ Convention, hosted by the TRANSFORMERS Collectors’ Club and Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS). Thousands of TRANSFORMERS fans from around the world will converge at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort on June 26th and 27th to celebrate more than 25 years of “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE” action and excitement at what is widely known as “BOTCON.”

“The TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame celebrates Hasbro’s global entertainment property that has sparked the imagination of millions of kids over the past 26 years and remains one of the world’s most iconic brands”

At this year’s BOTCON, Hasbro is launching the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame to honor those influential in creating and building this iconic entertainment brand as well as actual “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE.”

“The TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame celebrates Hasbro’s global entertainment property that has sparked the imagination of millions of kids over the past 26 years and remains one of the world’s most iconic brands,” said Greg Lombardo, senior global marketing director for TRANSFORMERS. “We are excited to induct the first TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame class during the convention’s visit to Orlando.”

In addition to TRANSFORMERS influentials Bob Budiansky, Peter Cullen, Hideaki Yoke and Kohjin Ohno being inducted, favorite robot characters OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, MEGATRON and STARSCREAM are members of the inaugural class. Hasbro will also announce and induct the “fan’s choice” robot character, voted on by the TRANSFORMERS fan community, at a special TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame induction ceremony event at BOTCON on Saturday, June 26 in the evening.

This year’s convention will feature, for the first time ever, an interactive experience celebrating the launch of the global “HUNT FOR THE DECEPTICONS” online gaming promotion. In this experience, convention attendees can help the heroic AUTOBOTS locate and thwart the evil DECEPTICONS. BOTCON 2010 is the only place fans can partake in this physical interpretation of the online gaming experience.

BotCon will also feature appearances by iconic voice actors from the recent TRANSFORMERS global blockbuster movies and animated television series, as well as the Hasbro TRANSFORMERS brand team members and other industry guests. Guests will also have the opportunity to buy and sell merchandise, check out the new TRANSFORMERS: War for Cybertron video game, attend panel discussions led by TRANSFORMERS experts, view the fan-created diorama and customized figure contest, and win hourly door prizes.

The convention is being held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort located at 1500 Epcot Resort Boulevard, Buena Vista, Florida. General admission tickets are available at the door, $18 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. As always, admission is free for those 5 years old and under. General Admission tickets are available day of visit and provide access to the showroom on Saturday, June 26th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or on Sunday, June 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Additional details and pre-registration information can be found at botcon.com, or by calling (817) 448-9863.

About HASBRO

Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com.