BOTCON AT PASADEN-AGAIN
(griffin's 2014 BotCon adventure)
Outside the Dealer Room was the usual Info Booth, busy with people swapping
over faulty BotCon toys.
Sign near the info booth, advertising the Friday Night Fan Event, that
was open to the general public, not just BotCon attendees.
The queue ready for the Friday opening of the Dealer Room.
Out the door was regular pre-registered attendees, while the line inside
was for Golden Ticket holders. I'd never queued up for the Dealer
Room before, so never knew that GT holders got priority access to the Dealer
Room... not only on Friday, but also on the Saturday and Sunday morning
openings. Something I'll keep in mind in future, to help grab extra at-show
toys for friends on the Saturday, which is when the Club Store allows people
to buy more sets.
A "panaramic" look at the Dealer Room, inside the door just as people
were now being let in.
The Hasbro exhibit.
Hasbro Display 1 (Rescue Bots & Kreo)
Hasbro Display 2 (SDCC exclusives)
Hasbro Display 3 (Masterpiece, Generations)
Hasbro Display 4 (Generations)
Hasbro Display 5 (Movie mainline, Platinum)
Hasbro Display 6 (Movie One-step, Power Battlers, Platinum)
Hasbro Display 7 (Construct-Bots & Stomp-&-Chomp)
A number of designers and marketing people were on hand to answer questions.
Some of the questions I asked of Marketing Mark Weber...
Will we get a list released of the 30 of 30 soon to be sure what they
Yes, there should be one on the website later.
No partner weapons to the Legends class in 2015 for the same price-point?
That is corret, but they will be given character cards.
(it was also confirmed that Generations Leader Megatron was originally planned to be released with Jetfire, but got held back)
Are we likely to have Microchanger versions of all the iconic Gen1 characters
that were non-convertible Kreons in the first couple years of build sets?
Will mention it to the Kreo department when they return.
Why did we suddenly get two green Optimus Prime toys last year, when
it hasn't been a colour Hasbro have ever used for that character before?
Why a second Kreon Trailbreaker/Trailcutter?
Why was there an extended delay for the Rescue Bots Season 2 cartoon?
(you could tell that he was new to the Brand... and even commented that there should be representatives from each of the toylines that deals with Transformers characters)
I had a few other questions to ask, but didn't get a chance. (I didn't
want to be selfish while other people were gathering for questions)
One of the artists was there painting this... but not sure what it was
for, or if it was meant to be a competition prize... as there being done
in the corner, almost out of sight, and no announcement about its purpose.
This was what it looked like by the time the Dealer Room opened on Friday, so he must have been working on it for a little while already.
And this is what it looked like at the close of the Convention Sunday
Dispensor was also on hand to answer questions on behalf of his fellow
Art Contest area - The entries can be seen here.
IDW's usual outlet for Comics, Posters and other exclusive items of
On the Saturday, after buying the two Soundwave/My Little Pony comics at Toy Worth (the exclusive source), I made the mistake of scoffing at the guy in charge for trying to sell the Optimus/Pinky Pie comic from last year for 10 times the price that IDW were selling it for just 10 meters away. I thought he might drop his price a little to compete, but instead, he quickly rushed over to the IDW table (the one in yellow) and bought all their copies (about 7 that you can see on the black cash box) also asking excitedly if they had any more. They didn't, but he paid the $10 each that IDW were selling them for, and went back to his booth and put them out for sale. I later asked his attendant how much they were being sold for, and he said $100. Total scalper scum behaviour... preventing fans from paying $10 for the comic to line his own pockets.
Shout Factory's exhibit... not to sell anything, but...
...to record interviews with the guests, and probably fans (and maybe
broadcast them online, or include them on future DVDs).
Dispensore was refused an interview...
Loyal Subjects selling their items, including skateboards it seems.
Some of the guests who were selling things in the Dealer Room...
Stan Bush with his new CD.
Hal Rayle and an empty seat where Samantha Newark could be found.
Jack Angel and his assistant.
Random photos around the Dealer Room...
Someone selling Knock Off JP Dino-cassettes. Good that they were clearly noting it, but not good that they were selling them so blatently in the Dealer Room, because they could have been bought by someone with the intention to pass them off as the real things, or swap out parts to make theirs look mint.
Some nice Japanese Gen1 figures and pre-Transformers figures.
One of the regular Asian dealers.
Someone had these South American mini-vehicles, for about $300 each...
and would not negotiate.
A number of Lucky Draw figures, and you can just see the prices on most
At the Club Store, it was a shame to see the carded Depth Charge toy
from last year's BotCon at almost half price. They made the mistake
of restricting it to Club Members last year, but Club Members had already
paid for a bagged one so had little interest in buying another one... so
it should have been available to everyone at the Convention, so that non-Members
could buy them, and we'd have it done more in the future (if they don't
have a 2-pack box set-up like this year).
Also at the Club Store, a selling off of all the toys that had been
swapped over because they were faulty or missing bits. (people could use
them for junkers or customising, or fixing their own faulty/broken BotCon
The various professional artists in the Dealer Room...
The amatuer artists in a separate section...
And over at the Autographs section...
Jack Angel, Sue Blu, Hal Rayle.
Michael McConnohie, Samantha Newark (pink hair), James Robers. (out
of six photos, this was actually the best one unfortunately)
Rescue Bots cast and crew.
And the ones at the far end.
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