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PASADENA... part 3
(griffin's 2011 BotCon report)


Dealer Room

The room EVERYONE goes into... The Dealer Room.

Through the archway, and the first sight to see is a Bumblebee statue and five of the TF3 cars.

A close-up of Bumblebee (photo from BotCon website)

A pasted panarama of the Dealer Room from the Club Store corner.  Along the left was the Club Store, Universe MMO exhibit and art display.
Along the back was the TF3 Game exhibit, Hall of Fame display, Hasbro's toy display and booth (including kid's play area).
Then coming back along the far side was the Kre-O display, Hasbro Studios exhibit and the TF:Prime screening area and 'spin the wheel' (where the giant Optimus statue is standing).
On the right of the photo was where the entrance was, and between that and the Optimus statue was a 'green screen' photo shoot (puts you in a TFs scene).
(that dealer table at the front of the left side of this photo had about 90% of their stuff being KOs and counterfiet Transformers... right next to the Club Store, and the first thing most people, including
day-attendees who don't know about Fakes, would see when entering the Dealer Room.  And someone from BotCon used their Twitter account a week later to complain about KOs.  Maybe they should
consider prohibiting the sale of Fakes in THEIR OWN CONVENTION before ranting about it online to solicit sympathy)

Art Contest Display, which can be seen in full here.

Activision/High Moon Dark of the Moon Game testing booth.  A small section of the 'Bumblebee' level, on the Xbox.
Game comes out end of June.

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The Poster they were giving out.

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The viewing and competition area for TF:Prime.  People could relax on the beanbags and watch various Gen1 and Prime episodes, or spin the wheel to win posters or other random Prime merchandise.

The the left was a giant Optimus head and hand for people to have their photo taken (standing between the hand and head), as if they are being held by Optimus himself. (photo from botcon website)

One of the things being given away on the spinning wheel was this Prime Poster (which Ian gave to me because it would have been too much trouble getting it back home)

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Club Store.

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On display were this year's exclusive toys.

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And their signage.
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Transformers Universe MMOG (Mass Multimedia Online Game), a worldwide (except China) browser based game.
They were giving out stickers, artwork cards and lanyards with Autobot and Decepticon symbols on them.  On the last day they were giving away t-shirts.

Stuff they were giving out (one of the picture cards were in the 2nd goody bag given out at the HoF event).

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Hasbro Studios exhibit.
I'm not too sure what they were doing or presenting here specifically (it was obviously TF:Prime related), because I forgot to come back to check it out during the weekend.

The following six photos are from the botcon website, taken from the sides of the Hasbro Studios exhibit, showing off 3 stages of the design process.

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The Hasbro display and interaction area. (when I was going through the photos, I noticed that guy sitting there, looking like he musta been dragged to the convention by his parents, and had no interest at all in the toys and 'exciting' stuff happening all around him. I kinda felt sorry for him.)

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One-time Australian Eric Siebenaler.

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Designers at play.

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The Rescue-Bots promo biocard they were giving out:

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Kids' play area. (I wouldn't mind having a few of these playsets myself)

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Product display.
Hasbro product display page 1 (DotM & exclusives)
Hasbro product display page 2 (TF:Prime, gimmick items, older lines)
Hasbro Product display page 3 (Kre-O & Rescue Bots)


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Hall of Fame display. Full gallery can be found at the end of the Event page here.

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Kre-O Display. Product display can be found here.

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And the freebie Optimus Figurine they gave out, which has an exclusive paint deco just for BotCon (not expected to be released in any of the retail sets).

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Inside was a catalogue of the first Kre-O items (scans included in the Kre-O product page mentioned above).

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The gold sticker points out to fans of Lego that these are compatible. And the Optimus Kreon Figurine, with the Exclusive Matrix-Chest deco.

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The Movie vehicles.
If you need me to tell you who they are, then maybe you're in the wrong fandom...
Okay, I'll name them for you...
Optimus Prime

Bumblebee and Sideswipe (as a convertable now).

Bumblebee (photo from botcon website)

Ironhide (photo from botcon website)

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And Ratchet, in his new TF3 deco.

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I had one of those 'Star Trek First Contact' moments... where making physical contact with them makes it more real for me.  I had come into contact with all but Sideswipe before, so I had to put my grubby hand on that one too.  There weren't any signs saying 'don't touch', but they had them roped off, prventing all but the tall/long-armed from reaching most of them.  Fortunately for me, I had the arms to reach.

IDW's booth.
This is always my first point of call, to buy up the last year's worth of TPBs at US retail.  They must have set up late, because it took me over an hour to find them, and no one knew where they were.

The 'green screen' booth.
Have your photo taken in front of one of five Movie scenes/characters. If it was the same as last year, you then have to go to the special website with your unique code, and download your photo.

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Fan artists and Freelance artists, drawing and selling stuff.

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And last, but by no means least, the very Legendary, the one and only, inspirational music maker.... Staaaaaaan Buuuush! (and the crowd goes wild... raaarr, raaarr, raaaaaaarr!)
Okay, so I'm a big fan of his... Not just for the various Transformers songs he's done over the last quarter of a Century (has it been that long already?).
One of my favourite CDs is the one he released with/for BotCon 97, called 'A Call to Action'.  It is just a positive compilation of songs, that's great to listen to at any time, especially when driving.

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And some random Dealer Room photos, to wrap up this page.

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***All pictures in this BotCon report are mine unless noted. Any that are borrowed, should have the source credited/noted.  If you want to use/borrow any of my photos, all I ask is for you to please credit the source as well. I try to take as many of my own photos as possible, and usually only resort to using others if I failed to get something, or my photo wasn't clear enough.

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