Confiscation of toys - under any circumstance - is douchebaggery - and I gotta call shenanigans. Sure, it's legal to do so. Sure, they have the right to stipulate anything under their official convention. But, this doesn't sound extreme to anyone? These are goods that have been legally bought by the dealers - most of which do not directly bootleg any official molds of Hasbro or actually cross the line of IP theft defined by the courts of our nation. But to take said goods without payment is just point. blank. wrong.
El Duque wrote:
All this really means is you'll being seeing/buying third-party items in the dealers private hotel rooms rather than the actual dealer room.
God ppl, stop backing up Hasbro b/c we all know they can do better.
Yea, I don't think their pulling their weight here. They have such a potential market for growth through good product production and their just not meeting up to their potential...period. And now to be all big and bad and c__k block 3rd party stuff like this just wreaks of desperation on their part.
Sadly, this will be my last year at Botcon. Id rather spend extra money on aftermarket e-bay prices than on a plane ticket and hotel to see a room full of Hasbro crap. I’m sure Funpub just put the nail in their own coffin. Selling dealers tickets months ago and announcing this at the last minute is a really low blow.................The good news is there will be plenty of 3rd party stuff for sale in hotel rooms and parking lots after 430 PM. If you want some of that “plastic crack” then just holla at the dope man slangin on the corner.
You took the words right out of my mouth. I was going to say that in all likleyhood that this would probobly be my last Botcon. I don't think Hasbro realizes yet just how big of a mistake this is. Alienating a huge portion of your customer base is just not logical...
And the dumbest part of all of this is this is an anouncment that should be made right AFTER a Botcon event in preparation for next year, not right BEFORE. Many of us have made plans etc under the assumption that we would have access to all types of "bot" stuff, official and otherwise. Does this mean that vendors can't sell any Ghostbuster, StarWars, or any of the other myriad of items I've seen offered at a Botcon in previous years? How do they plan on policing this policy. This was a real shitty thing to do at the last minute Hasbro. Between this and TFCC's debacle, I think I'm going to have to take a break from this hobby for a while. It's just become a huge hassle and it isn't fun anymore. And for those of you defending Hasbro's action on this thread, maybe Hasbro will bring some Stormtrooper outfits for you to wear and deputize you as official watchdogs of the Botconian Empire for a more safe and secure society. You all can go around undercover and expose all of the backroom plastic crack deals that will ensue because of this. And you call yourselves Transfans?
I know Transformers as a franchise will survive this, but this feels like the begining of some dark forshadowing times ahead.
So in recent years I've had to endure: Bayformers craptacular film franchise...TF Prime shinanigans...TFCC butt-rape...and now the arrogance of HasTak...
I tell you, it just doesn't pay to be a Generation-1 Transformers fan these days.
Thanks Hasbro, and big "F" you, right back at ya!