A DASH TO DALLAS
(griffin's 2012 BotCon adventure)
It was 15 minutes late to start (yes, there were a few late things this year, but not as bad as last year), and it looked like only 50 (two thirds) of the Golden Ticket holders were there. Which isn't surprising, as one of the features of the Golden Ticket is to have access to 3 times the exclusives... so those who bought a GT just to make extra money from the convention, had little interest in the other features (this dinner or the panels to use the reserve seating)
Waiting to get in.
I certainly wasn't expecting there to be a buffet dinner, as the event
description sounded like it was just an opportunity for this small number
of people to talk to the guests and have photos taken with them... and
maybe drinks. The spread they put out was pretty decent, and a proper
meal, as they didn't run out of anything... and more importantly, there
was quite a variety of items - a roast, some Mexican, some Japanese and
some grilled items, plus an assortment of drinks. (and a bar to buy alcoholic
The Roast table.
Mexican & Drinks
The Grilled table.
The Japanese table.
The main feature of the night though, were the guests...
From left - Peter Cullen, Gary Chalk, Simon Furman, David Kaye, Dan Gilverzan, Buster Jones, Derrick Wyatt.
And the Gen1 Voice Actors together...
Peter Cullen left after about an hour, and I left about 30 minutes after that (filling up on some food and drinks before I left), as I didn't want to tire myself before the big weekend was about to begin.
As I left, I was given my bonus items from the event - a BotShots Optimus
signed by Peter Cullen & an autograph sheet signed by everyone EXCEPT
Peter Cullen (I can understand having him signing the toy, but the autograph
card is spoiled by having everyone's name and photo, but not his signature)
For me though, being one who doesn't value or care much for autographs, this is a bonus I would otherwise not chase up... so it was a good thing for me to have someone else do all the work.
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(and Asia) Transformers Fansite for News and Interaction (started way
back in 1996 - try to find a Transfan community that's older)
BotCon website - The official Collector Club and Convention website
To contact me --> griffin @ otca.com.au