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A  DASH  TO  DALLAS
(griffin's 2012 BotCon adventure)


FRIDAY 27TH APRIL


I woke up at about 7am, which was pretty good (about 10 hours sleep, thanks to no internet access the night before). It had me refreshed enough to make it through the rest of the weekend.

Breakfast was the cold pizza and calzones from the day before, which were still pretty good. (like I said yesterday, a great pizza is one that is just as good cold as it is hot)

I spent a couple hours editing and uploading some more photos (to post up Thursday's events on my blog & messageboard).
I ended up heading down to the convention almost 90 minutes after it had started... but that was okay because the first item was just a fan-hosted parody panel.
I'm fairly familiar with their hit-and-miss humour, so didn't plan on sitting through the entire 2 hours anyway.

Actually, friday was pretty ordinary this year, with nothing too exciting scheduled, or revealed in the Dealer Room (when it opened later in the day).
Two of the three panels were fan-related, with the third just being the Club Magazine/Comic presentation.

In the panel room, one of the new features this year was reserve seating for "Golden Ticket" holders. The front three rows on the left, and the first row on the right... amounting to 90 seats for 75 GT holders. (many of whom weren't interested in the panels to use the seats - even the most popular panel (Hasbro panel) had about 40 seats empty.

Friday 9am - MSTF Episode 13 (Comedy commentary of Transformers cartoon episodes)

Friday 11am - Film Fest

Since the Film Fest finished late, the lunch break was only about 40 minutes, which I spent in the room, doing very little.
I headed back down a few minutes before the Collector Club magazine presentation, and had to wait in a line outside the doors.

Friday 1pm - Collector Club Magazine/Comic

That took us to almost 2pm, which was the start of the 3hour session of the Dealer Room (downstairs) for pre-registrants.
Inside the Dealer Room - photos of the toys and exhibits, including Hasbro's exhibit & the Art Contest Display.

During the 3 hours, I took a heap of photos of the hall, the exhibits (not the art display - I did that Saturday morning) including Hasbro's toy display. I also watched a presentation by Activision of their new Transformers game later this year, and of course... there was the shopping!

My priorities this year were TFPrime toys (to save money on what they will cost me back home - but only found 2 though), Sth American TFs (only found one, but was on Sunday after I had spent all my cash), Motorvators (didn't see any), and anything Japanese (the regular two JP dealers were there, and as usual, I came away with some nice bits and pieces... albeit, small bits and pieces).
Probably my most exciting purchase this year, ended up being a SDCC GIJoe toy done in Starscream colours... which is kinda sad, but considering the amount of money I did spend this week, I'm not too upset.

Disappointed, but not upset.

So what did I end up buying on the Friday?


- TFPrime Ratchet & Arcee (wave 2 - I couldn't find anything other than these two and Wave 1 figures... really disappointed about that).
- SDCC GIJoe Starscream for $135 (this was sold at SDCC last year for $50... ebay prices are mostly $150-250, and other dealers were scalping theirs for $200-250 - so it was good to find one a lot cheaper, and no shipping fee, because it is a HUGE box)
- JP TFPrime Skywarp (in case Hasbro doesn't release it and the price goes way up).
- United Wheeljack (only really collecting the "early Gen1" United toys to go with my Henkei collection)
- Kero Starscream (green/yellow EZ/Legends Starscream (because it looks so dodgy and fake, I had to have it)
- JP Device Label Cheetor/Cheetus (a low priority loose end, so grabbed it cheap, while not having to worry about shipping - unfortunately, within hours of getting it, I dropped SG Optimus on it, and the jaw broke)
- WST Bumblebee on Gen1 backing card (another low priority, but something I had a fascination in - just never wanted to spend too much on it and shipping before)
- JP store bonus items (a couple Micron/Targetmasters, the Swords for Movie Optimus, and a couple translucent Optimus/Nemesis EZ/Legends toys... because I love the odd translucent toy).
- A Chase JP Armada/Micron Legend SCF figurine pre-Earth Ratchet (the dealer mustn't have realised it was a chase figure as he had it on a table of regular SCF figurines, all priced the same, so now I only have 2 of the 4 chase figures left to find).
- IDW TPB Vol 7 (the final TPB before the 2 ongoing series starts)
- JP Generations 2012 Vol1 (a welcome surprise, as it was only just released in Japan, and is often difficult to purchase online at a reasonable price)
- Dreamwave poster book (a really random item I found in a comic "bin", which archives most of the posters that Dreamwave produced during their 3 or 4 years). I also bought the BotCon 2006 comic, thinking that it was the one I'm missing, but found out when I got home that I'm missing the 2008 issue.
- The two BotCon lithos, signed, which weren't available the day before.
- Simon Furman's unreleased Dreamwave scripts (not in the photo above)
- And two freebie posters from Activision and Hasbro (TFPrime team & FOC Vortex)

Aside from a couple items on Sunday, that was pretty much it for me in the way of "BotCon Haul" for 2012.
Like I said - disappointing.
I didn't actually buy anything on the Saturday. I guess I was too busy in the panel room all day, and spent most of my money on Friday items (I didn't have a huge budget this year, and I lost a about a quarter of it because someone who owed me $330, thought it would be better to send it by paypal instead of directly into my account... so I didn't end up getting it in time to spend at BotCon).

For those wondering, the other Transformers items I got this year (which will be featured on later pages)
- Sunday (the latest 9 Kabaya model kits featuring the Protectobots, & the non-BotCon edition of the 2011 comic)
- Monday (from the Target I was at on Wednesday - a plush Movie Optimus Truck)

A better look at one of the Lithos, from the BotCon website.

The other litho appears to have something to do with the 2010 (Gen2) BotCon set, based on the characters featured... plus Jhiaxus, which is a feature character of this year's Magazine comic.

The small number of Runamucks FunPub brought to the Convention were sold out yesterday, so I couldn't buy any more (they were limiting it to one-per-person yesterday).

When the dealer room closed up at 5pm, I went back to my room to upload photos, and get myself ready for the Golden Ticket Reception at 7pm.

I was back in my room by 8.30pm, and was on the computer and watching TV until Midnight.

I also took some more photos of the building outside my window with all the fancy colours (mentioned on the first day page)...

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It was very hypnotic to watch.
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***All pictures in this convention report are mine unless noted. Any that are borrowed, 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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