You've been asking us for years, and we're finally able to reply with a resounding 'Yes!'.

We're thrilled to announce that in 2020, TFNation will be joined by the actor behind legendary Autobot leader, Optimus Prime; the one and only Mr Peter Cullen!

Mr Cullen’s first ever appearance at a UK Transformers fan convention comes shortly after the 35th anniversary of the original Sunbow cartoon series. This special appearance will help us to truly celebrate the 10th anniversary of Transformers Prime and the fifth anniversary of TFNation, in style!

Since being cast as the now famous Autobot leader during the 1980s, Mr Cullen has brought the heroic Optimus Prime to life in everything from cartoon series, to video games, to the silver screen itself. If you know Transformers, you almost certainly know his voice! Most recently Mr Cullen stepped back into the cab of everybody's favourite red truck to reprise the iconic role during 2018's blockbuster movie, "Bumblebee".

You may also, of course, know him and his charismatic voice from further roles in the Transformers, such as fan-favourite, Ironhide. Mr Cullen's wider resume includes other well-known 1980s properties, the likes of G.I. Joe, Visionaries, Knight Rider, and more. From Winnie-The-Pooh’s sad friend Eeyore, to the vicious alien hunter Predator in the 1987 live-action movie, there is something for everyone in Mr Cullen's portfolio!

We appreciate this appearance will truly be a once in a lifetime experience for many fans, and it is one we are so happy to be able to bring to you!

As you might expect, though Mr Cullen wishes to spend as much time as possible speaking with fans, it will not be feasible for him to individually meet every attendee at Europe's largest Transformers fan convention. Accordingly, this amazing experience will be a separately ticketed event. We are keen to ensure TFNation remains a welcoming and inclusive event for all fans, and with this in mind, we have worked closely with Mr Cullen's fantastic team and our amazing event planner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, to offer the following packages for our attendees.

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The ultimate experience! This package entitles you to;

  • Attend an in-person autograph signing with the voice of Optimus Prime. Your ticket entitles you to one autograph, on any one item you wish to bring.
  • Attend a separate photography session, where our professional photographer will take your portrait alongside Mr Cullen.
  • Exclusive Souvenir Pack, including items such as exclusive artwork and commemorative Prime pass & lanyard.
  • Early seating at Mr Cullen’s panels.
  • Early access to the TFNation 2020 trader hall on Saturday morning.
  • This package also includes your full access to TFNation's events for the entire weekend. (TFNation ticket terms & conditions apply)
  • The LEADER package, which will be available in limited numbers, will be priced at £220.00.


Our longstanding array of weekend and day tickets. In addition to our usual offerings, TFNation 2020 tickets will entitle you to;

  • The opportunity to see Mr Cullen on stage on four occasions (two panels, and our opening and closing ceremonies) across the weekend.**
  • Access to our other guests, outside of this special event, will remain included within your ticket price.


In addition you will be able to purchase a limited-edition piece of artwork, created by TFNation’s official artist Ed Pirrie, and signed by Peter Cullen. You will be able to collect your artwork when you arrive at the convention. This will be available to purchase for £50.00 and can be selected when tickets go on sale in February 2020.

** Please note: panel seating, as is the case with all panels at TFNation, is subject to venue capacity.

For weekend and day ticket rates, please refer to our full list of prices. TFNation 2020 Ticket Information

The LEADER package will be available in limited numbers and will go on sale with regular convention tickets in February 2020. You do not need to buy a separate convention ticket if you purchase this package.

All ticket options will direct you to the hotel booking microsite. Whilst the venue is working hard with us to cater for as many fans as possible, please note equal priority will be afforded to all attendees when it comes to booking hotel rooms.

We’ve created a guide to give you some extra information about this special event, which you can find here. We’ll update this as new questions arise.

We look forward to welcoming the one and only Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime, and all of you to TFNation 2020. Stay tuned for more updates!

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(Peter Cullen, like all guests, appears at TFNation strictly subject to professional commitments, and all advertised guest lists are subject to change without notice)

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