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Old 2010-05-09, 11:39 AM   #1
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Cool AutoAssembly 2010 - new thread, new updates!

Hi and welcome to the first Auto Assembly 2010 news update. First, we'd like to thank all of you who have pre-registered for the convention so far. We're already on course to set a new European attendance record and if bookings continue to come in at the rate they are, we may even see this being the first ever complete sell out! What a way to celebrate Auto Assembly's 10th Anniversary!

We've got quite a few updates for all of you so without wasting any more time, we'll get on with everything...

Guests Update

2010 is certainly going to be our biggest year ever in terms of guests and we have not one, not two, but THREE guests of honour joining us for the convention!! First up, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the guys at

is the Lead Character Designer for Transformers Animated, DERRICK J WYATT. Derrick will be with us all weekend to talk about his work on the show, and how he helped shape the look and feel of the series and some of it's most popular characters.

Next up is a man who needs no introduction.... From 1996 until recently, this man has been one of the stars of Transformers for well over a decade, providing the voice of Optimus Primal in Beast Wars and Beast Machines and then the voice of Optimus Prime in Armada, Energon and Cybertron. This achievement has made GARRY CHALK the most prolific voice of Optimus EVER in Transformers voicing the character for a staggering 14 seasons!

Our final guest of honour is Garry's co-star on Beast Wars and Beast Machines and one of the most versatile voice actors in the business today, SCOTT McNEILL. The voice behind Rattrap, Silverbolt, Dinobot AND Waspinator, Scott often says that his work on Beast Wars is that which he is most proud of and his passion for the series - and the fans - is something you will all soon share in!

Joining our guests of honour will be a stunning line-up of comic guests including many Auto Assembly and fan favourites - Simon Furman, Guido Guidi, Nick Roche, Simon Williams, Liam Shalloo, Kris Carter, Jason Cardy, and Kat Nicholson!

The Programme

We're putting the finishing touches to the programme right now which will be on the website soon, and we're getting pretty excited about it. We're cramming more into the weekend than ever before to the extent that some of the main programme items are having to overflow into the Alternative Programme room!

Every aspect of the whole weekend is going to be bigger and better than ever and we don't think that there will be a single moment that you will want to miss! Saturday night will have the script reading featuring Garry Chalk and Scott McNeill performing a new script written by Simon Furman, a show by our band Next Of Kin, our costume competition and LOTS more besides, we have FOUR guest panels, quizzes, displays, and something of an upgrade to an old favourite...

The Game Zone

The Game Zone is the new name for our video games area at the convention. In the past we have had one or two consoles running throughout the convention with one or two games running... but not this year! It's the 10th Anniversary of Auto Assembly and it's been 25 years since the first Transformers game was released so we wanted to do something special...

We are aiming to have as many Transformers games running as possible spanning this 25 year history and will have games dating back 25 years to the very first TF game on the Commodore 64 right up to War For Cybertron on the Playstation 3 and everything in between. will There will be games that many of you won't have seen for years, for some of the younger attendees, may have been released before you were born, and we are also hoping to showcase some of the rarer and more unusual imported games from America and Japan that never made it to the UK. And if for some unknown reason we can't have the game running, we will have them on display in a special TF video game showcase!

It's our goal to have at least 6 consoles and 3 hand-held machines running all weekend long making this the biggest games area ever!! We are talking to sponsors to get TVs sorted for this but if anyone can help, please let us know!

Auto Assembly 2010 Convention Exclusives

Once again we are working on some convention exclusives for all of you. We are producing another edition of the convention magazine, The Cybertronian Times, more keyrings, more of our great postcards, following the success last year we will be doing another mug and we are working on another rather special exclusive or two which we will be announcing VERY soon...

Bring A Friend...

As we said earlier, we're on target to beating last year's attendance figure but we want to do it in style and set this record, and maybe even sell out, from pre-registrations alone! If you have any friends who might be interested in attending, or who are planning on coming along but who haven't booked yet, please tell them about the convention. The more people who register and the bigger the convention is, the more we will be able to offer!

Auto Assembly Shop Now Online

After a short break, the Auto Assembly Shop is back online on the Auto Assembly website. We have a selection of back issues of some of our fanzines on offer, as well as keyrings with proceeds going to Auto Assembly 2010's guest budget and the programme generally. But that's not all... we also have copies of the 2009 Exclusive Comic, Gregg Berger's CD "Think Globally, Act Vocally" and the Auto Assembly official theme song "Transform" by Next Of Kin!!

To buy any of these or see what else we have on offer, visit the shop over at

Pre-Registration Survey

When you received your confirmation email, you will have received a link to a survey that we are running for all pre-registrants. If you haven't already completed this, please spare a few minutes to do it. All of the information we get from this survey is helping to shape Auto Assembly 2010 into the sort of convention that YOU want. It is already influencing our guests, the activities and - with your input - will even help to shape the type of products that dealers bring with them to the event!

You can find the survey here:-

and if you booked for more than one person, please get all of them to complete the survey as every opinion matters! All replies will be treated in the strictest confidence but you will need your registration number to complete the survey just to validate that you have pre-registered.

Passes / Information Packs

Passes and information packs will be shipping closer to the convention date. We are still waiting for more pass artwork at the moment and making the final decisions on artwork for this year's lanyards but once all of this has been sorted, we can start preparations to send all the packs out so you will receive your admission passes for the convention in plenty of time. We will endeavour to make sure that all important information that you need about the convention will be up on the website as soon as possible though.

Auto Assembly Youtube Channel Live

For those of you who don't know, we now have an official channel on Youtube for the convention. On there you will find all the latest news and announcements from the convention including our regular news videos, highlight reels from past Auto Assembly conventions, interviews and footage from Auto Assembly 2009 and it is the ONLY place online where you can see the script reading video from Auto Assembly 2009!! You can check out the channel here -

and if you are an active Youtube user, why not subscribe and get updates as we add new videos!

Staying with our online presence and we are now also on Twitter! You can follow us at

If you have any questions about the convention, feel free to email us or pop over to our discussion forum at

where we'll be only too happy to answer any questions or comments you might have about the convention and keep checking on the website for all the latest news and guest updates as well!

Anyway, we'll be back soon with another update but until then, thanks for booking and we're looking forward to seeing you all in August!

The Auto Assembly 2010 Team

Auto Assembly 2010 - 13th - 15th August 2010.
The Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham, England

- official Auto Assembly website

- official Auto Assembly Youtube channel

- official Auto Assembly Twitter page

- official Auto Assembly forum
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