BOTCON  AT  DISNEY
(griffin's 2010 BotCon report)


PRE-REGISTRATION TOYS AND CLUB STORE PURCHASES (WED & THUR EVENINGS)


WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE

The pickup time was changed to 8.30pm according to the email sent out 2 weeks ago (but still said 9.30pm on their website schedule), we wanted to be there a little before that, just to get caught up in the early excitement and inticipation of this year's new toys (and be around other excited transfans).

We queued up, and within a few minutes we were directed to the package-pick-up lines (sorted by last name).  Fellow Australian Colin showed up and lined up with me (he wasn't picking up anything, but wanted to chat and play with some of the toys I brought to America with me (that the Americans didn't have yet)).

Even though we were there about half an hour early, the FunPub people had set up already, and decided to start giving out sets just past 8pm (90 minutes before the scheduled start time still on their website - not that I'm complaining).
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When it was my turn (I was about 3rd in my line), I didn't need any proof of who I was, because Karl Hartman was one of the two serving my line.  They grabbed my boxed set, loose set, attendee figure, t-shirt and folder of paperwork (program guide, certificate, survey, door prize ticket).
Just when they thought I was done, I asked if they could check if I had another couple sets waiting for me... they looked, and sure enough, off they went to grab more toys (for the other Aussies who pre-ordered them through me).  I had a huge pile of toys, and they wouldn't give me a box, so Colin offered to help me out.
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(pics from the BOTCON website)
Boxset box - boxset figures in robot mode.
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Boxset figures in vehicle mode (a last minute photo, as I realised while doing up this page, I didn't actually have any photos of their alt-modes... and they were all sitting on my shelf in robot mode too...)
(robot mode of Slice/Slicer can be seen in my Haul photo near the end of this page)
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(pic from BOTCON website)
Front and back of this year's t-shirt (with black light printing).
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And finding out today that the Custom Class figure was Gen2 Sideswipe, some people had theirs to show off that evening to others who missed out, or were on the NASA tour.

(photo from BOTCON website)
Apparantly, this was the first Custom Class figure that was produced in the factory with its own unique colours (instead of an existing colour scheme).
For those new - the Custom Class attendees get a back of parts straight from the factory, and they have to cut out parts, paint and assemble them, to create the actual toy (like the factory workers would).
Since there are only 2 classes of 25, this is a very limited figure.
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Biocards of the Boxset and Attendee figure.

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Cover to the comic/program guide.
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And some sample shots of this year's toys in action.

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THURSDAY 24 JUNE

I came down at about 5.30pm, for a 6pm opening of the BotCon Store, and there was quite a few people already queuing up to get in early.  The BotCon website schedule ommitted to mention that the BotCon Store would be open on the Thursday in their Schedule, but it was mentioned on their email 2 weeks ago, so everyone knew (and it happens every year anyway).
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Let in just on 6pm (perhaps a sign of reliability for this year's events being on-time?), and I decided to go into the Credit Card line after how well it ran last year. (early years of FunPub's BotCons, had about 10 people in the Cash line get serviced for every one person in the Credit Card line - I'd rather not use cash if I can help it, as I had limited access to Cash for the Dealer room this year)
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The room was split up into 2 sections - the BotCon Store (in the foreground), and package pickups (in the background).

About ten past six, Brian welcomed everyone to BotCon 2010, and revealed all the exclusive toys and merchandise for this year.
(he's waaaaaay over in front of the first group of people picking up their packages (unfortunately most are just Toy Dealers), instead of being nearer to our section of 'all fans', or at the very least, in between the two groups... I guess it was just easier to do it that way, in front of the larger number of people at that time)
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The BotCon store, including some 2009 Boxsets that they must have found somewhere (they were gone pretty quickly).
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The package pickup section, with the first of four blocks of attendees.
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And at the back of the room, three people who were involved in this year's Convention Comic, set up to autograph copies.
They are long-time, 'cult' fans within the fandom, that none of the youngens these days know or seem to care about (as can be seen by the huge crowd...).
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Advertising banners for the extra figures and merchandise available this year.
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And the Display case of the items. (one of the volunteer staff helping out was rather rude with kicking me out before I could take photos, assuming that I was just loitering and getting in the way of people... FunPub should recognise the value of media coverage like this one of mine, which promotes the convention and generates interest and attendance - and give us special permission in return.)

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Cindersaur
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Doublepunch
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Scorch with Mirrorverse Ravage
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Rapido
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Sharkticon 3-pack - Air Shark, Land Shark, Sea Shark
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(image from artist Alex Milne's website)
One of two Lithos planned.  The other one (which I think was meant to be the Boxset artwork) did not arrive in time, or was cancelled.
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And the black-light poster, in a small box with a black-light on it to show the affect. (I didn't actually buy one, but even if I did, it would have been lost on the way home with the other posters I bought)
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Boxset certificate and namebadge.
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And the Autograph card, done up to give attendees something to hound the Guests with for their autographs.
Blaster would be representing Bob Budiansky, Perceptor for Paul Eiding, Optimus for Peter Cullen, Waspinator for Scott McNeil, the Guitar for Stan Bush, and I think that other robot is for Hideaki Yoki.

Roundup of the Convention toys and Merchandise this year.
The Boxset  - Clench, Spark, Streetstar, Breakdown, Skybyte (apparently a total of 1800 units, including 400 loose sets - an increase of just 50 boxsets on last year)

Attendee figure - Slicer (probably about 1200 units)

Small pair - Rapido, Cindersaur (1500 pairs)
1-per-person limit this year, and if any are left, we have to wait until tomorrow to queue up for more.

Big pair - Scorch/Ravage, Doublepunch (1500 pairs)
1-per-person limit this year, and if any are left, we have to wait until tomorrow to queue up for more.

3-pack - Sharkticon clones (1000 sets)
(called - Airshark, Seashark, Landshark)
1-per-person limit this year, and if any are left, we have to wait until tomorrow to queue up for more.

A total of 14 'regular' toys this year.

Past Convention toy details can be found here.

PLUS - Custom Class figure - Gen2 Sideswipe (only 50 units)

Prices at the Convention Store:

Rapido/Cindersaur - $72
Scorch/Doublepunch - $79
Sharkticons - $59

Black-light print (bright coloured poster of Clench) - $15
2010 Elite Guard Litho - $10, or $20 signed
Gen2 Litho (didn't arrive in time)
T-shirts (available tomorrow)
Cap - $15


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My total Haul for this year's convention, which shows the various BotCon toys on the right.


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Welcome to the first of 2 BotCon 2010 Easter Eggs.

This year, the convention was so huge, even some Transformers decided to break cover and show up to monitor the event.
Alternator Mirage.

On the way down to the pickup area just before 8pm on the Wednesday, I passed by one of the other halls in the convention centre, which was apparently for a Hot Wheels convention.
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Motormaster (a customised truck cab from the 80s - complete with decos and numberplate)
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(pics from Seibertron website)
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Cliffjumper - looks to be done up with the official Movie add-on package sold by GM/Chevy (meant for the yellow Camaro).
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(pics from Seibertron website)
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Ironhide in FAB Cannon Force colours.
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(pics from Seibertron website)
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And Universe/Henkei Sunstreaker.
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(pics from Seibertron website)