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BOTCON  2016  -  THE  FINAL  CHAPTER?  (AGAIN)
(griffin's 2016 BotCon adventure from Australia)


- DEALER  ROOM -


This year, the Dealer Room was split into three rooms - one big room had all the dealers and Autographs, one mid-sized room had the Artists, Hasbro display and Club Store, while the Art Contest entries were in a third, small room.

Art Contest Display & Costumes

Hasbro toy display -
Display Case 1 (Titans Return Fortress Maximus)
Display Case 2 (Titans Return - Deluxe, Legends, Titan Masters)
Display Case 3 (CW Computron & Titans Return - Leader, Voyager)
Display Case 4 (Platinum Edition, SDCC & Combiner Wars boxsets)
Display Case 5 (CW Victorion & RID - Power Surge, new Warriors, Legion, Minicons)
Display Case 6 (CW Gen2 Bruticus & RID - Platinum Edition, old Warriors, Battle Packs)
Display Case 7 (Merchandise & Alt-Modes)
 

The Main Dealer Room (Grand Ballroom).

Over to the right in the corner was the Autograph area.

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The Exhibit Hall with the Hasbro Exhibit (left), Artists (middle), and Club Store (right).

The main dealer room.

Transformersland had this giant cardboard Jetfire at their tables.

The massive GIJoe Flagg Aircraft carrier... and it's actually a lot bigger when assembled out of the box.

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There were a couple of dealers with the very rare Cyber Commander toys.

It seems that the ban on 3rd Party stuff only related to actual toys, not accessories, as I saw a lot of dealers selling 3rd party add-on items.

On the subject of unlicensed 3rd party toys, I'm not sure how this dealer was allowed to sell their unlicensed (plush) products... so I guess the ban was only on action figures.

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The usual clothing "cage".

This was an odd thing, that I don't think did too well, as there were a lot left unsold at the end of the weekend.  It was basically a lucky dip, priced at $50, with at least 10 Transformers items in each box... most of which were merchandise items or promotional items.

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Despite the big ban on 3rd party products, it didn't stop at least one dealer selling Knock Offs (the combiner boxsets for just $80 each - real ones would be ten times as much).

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The very recently released Sky Lynx toy was being sold by several dealers, and I didn't see any that were more or less than $40. Considering its regular retail price in America is $25, and other Voyagers were being sold for that, it seemed that everyone was scalping the Sky Lynx toy for almost double its retail price... and what's worse, is that I didn't see any on the Sunday, so people were still snapping them up.

Lots of the recent Japanese Masterpiece toys, and Combiners.

The Customizer who was at last year's BotCon.

One of the Japanese dealers.

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A couple of artists were in the main dealer room, away from the rest of them who were in the other room. (I'm not sure why they weren't with the others)

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Beast Wars had a good showing this year, as Dealers were probably trying to take advantage of the anniversary.

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Another big Japanese Transformers dealer, who was doing room trading (which we visited on the Thursday night).

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This is the guy who got a bit of attention in recent years for obtaining the estate of a former Hasbro employee, which included lots of unreleased toys and prototypes.

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Next to it was Stan Bush's table, but every time I was there, he wasn't.  I finally ended up finding him at his table after the Convention was over, and everyone was packing up (including him).

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And this is one of the longest returning Japanese dealers, who is always a good place for a bargain, especially on the Sunday.

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The talk of the convention was this Japanese dealer having one of the ten green Superlink Unicrons for sale... at least, I think it was for sale, as it wasn't there on the Saturday or Sunday, so I've had to include photos from BWTF.com (with permission), for those who haven't seen one before.

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Something I don't think I've ever seen before in the Dealer Room - the STARS base.

And some more very expensive rarities.

For something that was unreleased and said to be very rare, there were several dealers in there this year selling Gen2 Protectobots and/or Stunticons.

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Pete Sinclair had a couple of tables to sell off some of his collection, but unlike the Hartmans last year, there wasn't a lot of discounting happening, and it didn't look like much was sold, as this first photo was taken just after the Convention officially closed on the Sunday.

Some of the rarities he was selling.

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The Artist area in the mid-sized room.

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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, 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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