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Registration is now open for the RetCon 2017 convention -- posted by Groundsplitter on 3 October 2016, 16:23

The RetCon 2017 website is now live, and registration has opened for the convention (held in Helsingborg, Sweden, on 29 April 2017) - as well as for the limited number of exclusive toys!

The official announcement:

Great news folk!

Our website and registration are now up and running. When you pre-register for RetCon 2017 you will also be able to pre-order our exclusive figures from MasterShooter Collectibles, however remember that they are limited to only 40 sets (the figures will be fully revealed in about 3 weeks). When you pre-register you will also get a discount code that entitles you to reduced prices on rooms at the hotel.

Each registrant will be getting the following in their attandee kit:

A convention-exclusive comic magazine, featuring artwork by our artist, Thomas Sjöström
10 % voucher from Gerrut Camaro
€5 voucher from Actionfiguren24
Discount coupon from Tokyo Model Detective
A three-dimensional sticker set from Reprolabels/Toyhax
With more items to follow.

The 20 first pre-registered attendees will also receive a Hasbro/IDW comic book for free.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the website and register now!

www.retcon.se

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The NTFA Store now accepts pre-orders for the November 2016 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 29 August 2016, 17:50

The NTFA Store is now accepting pre-orders for the November 2016 comics.

This time we reach the end of Revolution, and see some new titles. To start with, we have a new Transformers comic – or more of a renamed and renumbered title, rather, as Transformers restarts as Optimus Prime #1. Still written by John Barber, and still focusing on the same Earthern scene – although it seems a new but familiar threat is introduced in the retitled book.
MTMTE returns after the hiatus last month, as it is that title's turn to have its Revolution tie-in, logically named More Than Meets The Eye: Revolution. And in addition to those two, there is the third ongoing title: Transformers: Till All Are One #5.

As I mentioned initially, we reach the end of IDWs universe-changing crossover event, with Revolution #5. And springing from that event, we have the start of a new non-Transformer series which I know that at least some veteran fans might be interested in: M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #1. Basically the same concept as back in the eighties, although with updated character looks and now with an actual origin thanks to the Revolution series and the M.A.S.K. Revolution tie-in.

Finally, to round off the order period, we also have G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #234 on the G.I. Joe side.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections from the NTFA Store is Tuesday 20 September 2016.

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The NTFA Store now accepts pre-orders for the October 2016 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 11 August 2016, 21:47

The NTFA Store's pre-orders for the October 2016 comics are open since a few days.

October's list is almost entirely about IDWs Revolution event, as the Transformers titles also become involved now. More Than Meets The Eye actually takes a short break until November, but the two other ongoings get Revolution tie-ins, with Transformers: Revolution and Till All Are One: Revolution.
But it seems the Transformers are not content with staying in their own titles - the covers and solicitation texts indicate that they also feature in the other tie-ins this time, in Action Man: Revolution and G.I. Joe: Revolution. And of course we can expect them to be present in the next two chapters of the main event as well - Revolution #3 and Revolution #4.

Outside Revolution, October also offers Transformers volume 10 on the Transformers side (the paperback collects issues #50–55), plus G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #233 and the paperback G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, volume 16 on the G.I. Joe side.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections from the NTFA Store is Tuesday 23 August 2016.

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The NTFA Store now accepts pre-orders for the September 2016 comics - including lots of Revolution titles -- posted by Groundsplitter on 7 July 2016, 02:00

The NTFA Store is now taking pre-orders for the September 2016 comics.

The assortment this month features the start of Revolution and IDWs new shared universe, in which Transformers will now exist side-by-side with G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., ROM, Micronauts, and Action Man, opening the door for characters from one title to appear in another comic. For the time being it seems the crossing over is limited to ”just” the main Revolution mini-series though, so if you want to read everything related to Transformers you shouldn't need to bother with any of the other Revolution tie-in titles … unless you want to, of course.

Here in September, the big event consists of the first two issues of the five-issue mini-series: Revolution #1 and Revolution #2, three tie-ins: M.A.S.K. Revolution, Micronauts Revolutions, and ROM Revolutions (with no crossovers from other titles?), plus a 100-page special at double the regular price, called Road to Revolution. The latter reprints a few "key" issues of Transformers and G.I. Joe, and is probably not essential reading.
I have decided to leave out the issues of three pre-existing titles (ROM #3, Micronauts #6 and Action Man #4), since even though the titles now become part of the shared universe, they don't appear to be important at the moment. Should anyone be interested in starting to buy them you can let me know – I can order them even if I haven't listed them on the order form. Once the regular M.A.S.K. title starts, I plan on adding it permanently to the order form, since I feel that M.A.S.K. is closer to Transformers and G.I. Joe than the other three titles in the shared universe are, and have a more natural connection.

Leaving the Revolution event behind, we do of course also have the regular ongoing Transformers titles: Transformers #57, More Than Meets The Eye #57, and Till All Are One #4. The first two are actually the last issues before the titles are starting over from issue #1 again. There is also a trade paperback in September, More Than Meets The Eye, volume 10.

And on the G.I. Joe side we have G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #232, plus two different versions of the trade paperback Street Fighter × G.I. Joe.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections from the NTFA Store is Tuesday 26 July 2016.

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RetCon - a new Nordic Transformers convention, in April 2017 -- posted by Groundsplitter on 13 June 2016, 00:11

It's been a while since the last Transformers convention in the Nordic region, but soon it's finally time again!
This announcement was made a few days ago:

We are happy to announce that 2017 will be the year when we once again see a transformers convention in the Nordic countries. We hope you are as excited about this as we are.

For the moment we are not able to disclose much information but we can tell you three things:

1. Date: 29th of April, 2017
2. Place: Helsingborg, Sweden
3. Registration will go live during August

Team RetCon


Watch RetCon's Facebook channel for further information as it becomes available.
(A website is forthcoming)

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The NTFA Store now accepts pre-orders for the August 2016 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 12 June 2016, 23:54

I'm a bit late in posting this announcement again, but all the regular customers were informed a while ago, and with 9 days left until the deadline that should be sufficient for potential latecomers too. I mean to post the announcement earlier next order period -- next time we have a new mini-series/crossover event called "Revolution".

The NTFA Store is now taking pre-orders for the August 2016 comics.

August is a more ”average” month, with the continuation of the three ongoing titles, plus two trade paperbacks and one hardcover collection, so unless your subscriptions are running out or you collect the collections this month may not have much to offer to you.

The issues in the ongoing titles are of course Transformers #56, More Than Meets The Eye #56, and Till All Are One #3. As for the collections, Transformers vs G.I. Joe, volume 3 concludes Tom Scioli's crossover series; the new printing of Transformers War Within Omnibus collects Simon Furman's two mini-series from the Dreamwave years (these were originally published in 2002–2004); and then we have the hardcover Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2, volume 4, which collects the four-issue Monstrosity mini-series, plus ten issues of More Than Meets The Eye and Robots in Disguise from 2013.

The G.I. Joe side is very meager – there is in fact just G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #231 and nothing else.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections from the NTFA Store is Tuesday 21 June 2016.

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The NTFA Store now accepts pre-orders for the July 2016 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 3 May 2016, 02:06

The NTFA Store is now taking pre-orders for the July 2016 comics.

We have another one-shot in July, as IDW and Hasbro launches another event/toyline: Titans Return. It seems that this time there won't be a multi-part crossover, but the one-shot will still affect all three regular titles – the story continues in Transformers #56 and More Than Meets The Eye #56 in August, and expands to Till All Are One later this autumn.

Until then, we have the conclusions to two storylines in both Transformers #55 and More Than Meets The Eye #55, and a new chapter of the third ongoing title, Till All Are One #2. Here it can be pointed out that IDW is doing another round of themed covers this month, to celebrate the first issue of a returning toy/comics character from the 1970s/80s: ROM, spaceknight (known from Marvel Comics). This affects all three ongoing Transformers titles, where the ”subscription” cover this time features the Transformers together with ROM (Any customer not interested in these themed covers is recommended to let me know in advance that you prefer the regular cover this time).

There are also quite a few trade paperbacks, as many as three which feature Transformers entirely or partially: Transformers, volume 9, which collects issues #46-49 of that title; Sins of the Wreckers; plus Deviations, which collects the one-shots from earlier this year, with the alternate takes on Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The X-Files.

On the G.I. Joe side, apart from Deviations above, there's G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #230 (with a third cover this time, featuring ROM), Street Fighter × G.I. Joe #6 (conclusion), plus a trade paperback, Classic G.I. Joe, volume 18, which collects issues #176–185 of A Real American Hero.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections from the NTFA Store is Friday 20 May 2016.

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The NTFA Store now accepts pre-orders for the June 2016 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 24 March 2016, 01:42

The NTFA Store is now taking pre-orders for the June 2016 comics.

A new ongoing Transformers title starts in June! It is Mairghread Scott and Sara-Pitre Durocher who return with Till All Are One # 1, featuring more stories focusing on Windblade, Starscream, and the new Council of Worlds. June also treats us to another huge collection - Transformers IDW Collection Compendium, volume 1, which collects the first two volumes of the IDW Collections, now in trade paperback form. This can be quite recommended if you haven't followed IDW's take on Transformers from the beginning in 2005/2006 - it contains Infiltration #0-6, Stormbringer #1-4, Escalation #1-6, Megatron: Origin #1-4, plus twelve issues of the Transformers Spotlight (be warned that the shipping costs will be high for this collection though).

It's also time for the double-sized, final issue of Tom Scioli's series, in Transformers vs G.I. Joe # 13. The two "main" ongoings continue of course, with Transformers #54 and More Than Meets The Eye #54, and finally there's the second volume in manga-sized adaptation of the TF show, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated, volume 2: More Than Meets The Eye!

On the G.I. Joe side there's the continuations of the usual titles, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #229 and Street Fighter × G.I. Joe #5, but also a trade paperback G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, volume 15 (collecting issues #222-225 of that series).

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections is Wednesday 20 April 2016.

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The NTFA Store now accepts pre-orders for the May 2016 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 29 February 2016, 16:12

The NTFA Store is taking pre-orders for the May 2016 comics.

April is an okay month for fans of Transformers comics. We have the continuation of three titles – Transformers #53, More Than Meets The Eye #53, and Sins of the Wreckers #5 (final issue), plus two trade paperbacks: More Than Meets The Eye, volume 9 (which collects issues #45–49 of that series), and a huge collection called Transformers Classics Compendium, volume 1, which collects issues #1–50 of the old Transformers comics from the 1980s!

The G.I. Joe side also offers continuations of a couple of titles, more specifically G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #228 and Street Fighter × G.I. Joe #4.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections is Sunday 20 March 2016.

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The NTFA Store now accepts pre-orders for the April 2016 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 22 January 2016, 00:51

The NTFA Store is taking pre-orders for the April 2016 comics.

April is a quite decent month for the fans of Transformers comics. We have the continuation of four titles - Transformers #52, More Than Meets The Eye #52, Sins of the Wreckers #4 (back after a hiatus), and Transformers vs G.I. Joe #12 - plus two paperbacks, Windblade: Distant Stars (which collects issues #4-7 of her recent series, plus the Combiner Hunters one-shot), and the manga-sized collection Robots in Disguise Animated (which collects all six issues of that series).

The G.I. Joe side also offers continuations of a couple of titles. Apart from the Transformers vs G.I. Joe crossover, there's also G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #227 and Street Fighter × G.I. Joe #3.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections is Saturday 20 February 2016.

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The NTFA Store now accepts pre-orders for the March 2016 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 23 December 2015, 03:16

The NTFA Store is taking pre-orders for the March 2016 comics.

We're back to a more normal assortment of Transformers and G.I. Joe titles in March. Strangely Sins of the Wreckers continues its hiatus, but instead we have an interesting one-shot, which is part of a special theme that IDW is running this month: Transformers: Deviations is a story which explores an alternate version of the original, animated Transformers The Movie from 1986. ”One will stand, and one will fall…”, but what would have happened if Optimus Prime hadn't fallen? Would the Autobots still have stood triumphant, or would it somehow have served Unicron's purposes so he had reigned in the end? That's what this story explores.

Apart from that one-shot we have the regular titles, Transformers #51 and More Than Meets The Eye #51, plus two paperbacks. One is Transformers, volume 8 which collects issues #42–45 of the Transformers title, the other is Transformers Armada Omnibus, which reprints Dreamwave's entire Transformers: Armada comic from 2002–2003, 18 issues, in the smaller omnibus format.

On the G.I. Joe side there is a Deviations title as well, G.I. Joe: Deviations, which explores a world where Cobra rules the entire world since some time ago. Cobra Commander should be very satisfied that he's finally achieved his goal. But then again, you never know with that guy…
Then of course there are the other two titles, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #226 and Street Fighter × G.I. Joe #2, plus a trade paperback, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, volume 14.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections is Wednesday 20 January 2016.

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The NTFA Store accepts pre-orders for the February 2016 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 13 December 2015, 00:16

I just realized that I had forgot to post the news on the website as well; I only sent out the newsletters to the existing customers this time. Sorry about that. There's still 10 more days to place any orders when I write this though.

The NTFA Store is taking pre-orders for the February 2016 comics.

IDWs assortment for February 2016 is quite unusual, with several things that deviate from the usual list of Transformers and G.I. Joe titles. Most importantly, February sees the milestone issues of both Transformers #50 and More Than Meets The Eye #50 – both are 48 pages, cost twice the usual price, and come with a choice of four covers each to celebrate the occasion.

Another change in February is that Sins of the Wreckers is taking a (month-long?) hiatus – probably to spare the customers' wallets when the two titles above cost extra. Tom Scioli returns with Transformers vs G.I. Joe #11 though, and then there's another volume in IDWs hardcover collection series, Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase Two, volume 3.

On the G.I. Joe side the Cobra World Order story arc concludes in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #225, and here we have a choice of three covers, when IDW is doing a special Valentine's Day Card theme on many of their titles in February (it is a bit surprising that they excluded Transformers and MTMTE, now that those titles get four covers this time). G.I. Joe and Cobra square off against videogame characters in a five-issue mini-series called Street Fighter × G.I. Joe. This might look as an odd pairing considering that they have never crossed over in any videogames or anything, but "Street Fighter" was actually a subline to the G.I. Joe toys back in 1993, so there is some connection between them. :-p If you think IDW runs wild with covers on the other titles in February, this one is actually worse – the first issue comes with a choice of five covers.
And finally there's a hardcover collection volume here as well: G.I. Joe: The IDW Collection, volume 6.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections is Tuesday 22 December 2015.

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The NTFA Store accepts pre-orders for the January 2016 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 23 October 2015, 00:29

The NTFA Store is taking pre-orders for the January 2016 comics.

January's list of Transformers titles is considerably smaller than December's assortment - we're back to more usual quantities, with three regular titles plus one annual title. Part of this is due to the somewhat unexpected cancellation of the Robots in Disguise Animated series. But now we're told that at the start it apparently was only actually planned as a four-issue series, so with six issues it still got a longer run than expected. I will arrange with refunds/credit to the few customers who had ordered issues beyond #6, naturally.

This month's biggest spotlight is on this year's instalment of Fun Publications' convention comic, Transformers Timelines #11: Cybertron's Most Wanted, originally available at BotCon 2015. It seems this time we'll see a multiversal story featuring multiple Optimus Primes and multiple Megatrons.
Other than that we do of course have the continuation of the three current titles, with Transformers #49, More Than Meets The Eye #49, and Sins of the Wreckers #3. (Transformers vs G.I. Joe is taking a break again, but I guess that comes as a surprise to no-one).

The G.I. Joe side also gets four titles this month. There is of course an annual issue of Fun Publications' convention comic here as well, with G.I. Joe vs Cobra #8: Welcome Springfield Island, then we have two new instalments of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, #223 and #224, plus a paperback, Classic G.I. Joe, volume 17, which collects issues #166-175 of A Real American Hero.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections is Friday 20 November 2015.

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The NTFA Store accepts pre-orders for the December 2015 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 23 September 2015, 21:52

The NTFA Store is taking pre-orders for the December 2015 comics.

December offers a bountiful assortment of Transformers titles - I can't remember seeing this many titles since 2011, I think. One title that deserves a special mention this time is the 48-page Transformers Holiday Special, which features three holidays, one for each of the three main casts. Written by John Barber, James Roberts and Mairghread Scott, of course.

Tom Scioli's Transformers vs G.I. Joe makes one of its irreglar appearances with issue #10, and there's more Transformers/G.I. Joe action in a paperback reprinting Dreamwave's dark crossover series set in the 1940's. Now under the name Transformers vs G.I. Joe: Tyrants rise, Heroes are born. There's also the first in a new series(?) of manga-sized cartoon adaptations, in Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated: A New Mission.

And of course, in addition to these titles we also have the continuation of the four other series, with Transformers #48, More Than Meets The Eye #48, Sins of the Wreckers #2 and Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #6.

The G.I. Joe side is also bigger than it has been in quite a while. Apart from the two crossovers with Transformers above, there are also two new instalments of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, #221 and #222, plus a paperback, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, volume 13, plus a hardcover, G.I. Joe: The Complete Collection, volume 8.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections is Tuesday 20 October 2015.

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The NTFA Store accepts pre-orders for the November 2015 comics -- posted by Groundsplitter on 1 September 2015, 19:42

The NTFA Store is now taking pre-orders for the November 2015 comics.

There is one new mini-series this time: Nick Roche returns with a new series called Sins of the Wreckers, in five parts. Prowl has kidnapped, and with hardly anyone wanting him back he has to rely on the Wreckers to rescue him.

In addition to that we also have the continuation of three ongoing titles plus one trade paperback. The ongoings are Transformers #47, More Than Meets The Eye #47, and Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #5, and the trade paperback is Transformers vs G.I. Joe, volume 2, which collects issues #5-9 of that series.

The G.I. Joe side switches to a bi-weekly schedule for a few months, so in November there are two issues of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, #219 and #220.

The last day to pre-order these comics and collections is Tuesday 22 September 2015.

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