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Postby El Duque » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:02 am

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The BotCon 2014 website is up, and has confirmed next year's location and dates! As previously speculated BotCon 2014 will be held in Pasadena, CA at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 19th through the 22nd. That's about all the website has to offer at the moment, it can be found by clicking here.

We have also received an official press release from the Transformers Collectors' Club, which can be found below.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BotCon 2014 Coming to Pasadena, California June 19th – June 22nd!

Fort Worth, TX – December 24th, 2013 – Fun Publications, Inc., licensee for Hasbro’s official Transformers Collectors’ Convention, BotCon, announced today that next year’s award-winning convention will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center June 19th thru June 22nd in the beautiful city of Pasadena. Next year, fans will be able to celebrate both the 20th anniversary of BotCon and the 30th anniversary of the Transformers brand at this amazing event!

In the next few weeks, Pop Culture enthusiasts from around the world will be able to register for BotCon 2014 through the BotCon.com online registration system as well as book their hotel rooms through the BotCon website. Fans and Collectors’ who register for BotCon as a Primus package holder will receive a five-figure convention set, admission to the Friday private sales room experience, priority seating at all panels and seminars throughout the weekend and admittance to the Saturday night Casino Night and Awards party. Finally, Primus package attendees will also receive a special bonus Transformers Deluxe figure to go along with their convention box set. General Admission for non-registered guests will be available on Saturday and Sunday only.

For more information on BotCon and all the activities and the exclusive figure offerings, please visit BotCon.com. And for a sneak peek at this years Convention set theme be sure to check out Transformers Timelines Issue 8, on comic book shelves January 1st!
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About Fun Publications, Inc.
For nearly 20 years, Fun Publications, Inc. has been a Hasbro licensee offering fans and collectors of pop culture memorabilia news, exclusive product and family events through different print offerings, websites, collector clubs and brand specific conventions such as GIJoeCon and BotCon. Located in Fort Worth Texas, Fun Publications reaches a large audience, serving the United States and many other countries such as Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia and Canada. For more information visit TransformersClub.com, GIJoeClub.com, GIJoeCon.com, and BotCon.com. BotCon is a registered trademark of Fun Publications, Inc. (C) 2013 Fun Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Re: BotCon 2014 Officially Confirmed for Pasadena, CA - Website Up

Postby Mkall » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:07 am

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I'm glad I'd already reserved my room. I got a good feeling about this year.
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Postby Mindmaster » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:16 am

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So when will early-bird registration end?

Now, to speculate what the theme will be. More than likely something related to the thirtieth anniversary...
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Re: BotCon 2014 Officially Confirmed for Pasadena, CA - Website Up

Postby ScottyP » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:20 am

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Not surprised at all, see y'all there!

Mindmaster wrote:So when will early-bird registration end?


I would bet sometime around Early-mid May. Also highly depends if they sell out.
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Postby Mkall » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:51 am

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Mindmaster wrote:Now, to speculate what the theme will be. More than likely something related to the thirtieth anniversary...

I'd like to see some Diaclone homages, but not for the entire set as I think it'd be kinda boring.

Something that would cross many years of TF history is my hope.
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Re: BotCon 2014 Officially Confirmed for Pasadena, CA - Website Up

Postby Rated X » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:58 am

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Been there, done that. Ill probally just get the set off e-bay and save money towards a real vacation. NYC maybe ?
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Postby njb902 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:05 pm

Rated X wrote:Been there, done that. Ill probally just get the set off e-bay and save money towards a real vacation. NYC maybe ?


Lots to do there, or try DC, Boston, New Orleans, or maybe overseas. You can get by pretty cheap in Europe, look up Rick Steves's travel guides.
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Postby DevastaTTor » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:08 pm

Boo! So are the days of BC moving around over? Is it basically just a west coast event now?
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Postby Megatron Wolf » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:39 pm

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Postby Rated X » Tue Dec 24, 2013 3:04 pm

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njb902 wrote:
Rated X wrote:Been there, done that. Ill probally just get the set off e-bay and save money towards a real vacation. NYC maybe ?


Lots to do there, or try DC, Boston, New Orleans, or maybe overseas. You can get by pretty cheap in Europe, look up Rick Steves's travel guides.



Yeah I do want to get back up there and check out the Freedom Tower. I been to New Orleans too. Best food ever fried catfish on the river. ;)

But for me, half the fun of Botcon is seeing a new city. I already went to Pasadena at Botcon 2011. And last June I went to Botcon in San Diego. Ive seen enough of California.
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Re: BotCon 2014 Officially Confirmed for Pasadena, CA - Website Up

Postby Mindmaster » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:39 pm

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So, uh, question: what package is the cheapest route to go, but still get the box-set and the free figure? Would it still be the Primus package, or is there a slightly cheaper package that still includes those goodies?
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Postby It Is Him » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:42 pm

For me it's either this or action master scorponok, and I'm leaning toward scorponok
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Postby welcometothedarksyde » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:54 pm

3 out of the 4 last Botcon's (including 2014) have been in California. That is totally not fair for a convention that supposedly tours the country. Here's hoping to one in Michigan soon
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Postby ausbot » Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:02 pm

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I'd kill for a Gotbots set, (Yes I realise they said no more unicron trilogy toys but I love 'em and I think they fit the best)

Sideways/ rapid run - Cykill (New head)
Armada Demolishor - Tank with minicon Destroyer
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Postby Rodimus Prime » Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:15 pm

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welcometothedarksyde wrote:3 out of the 4 last Botcon's (including 2014) have been in California. That is totally not fair for a convention that supposedly tours the country. Here's hoping to one in Michigan soon


That's an argument that has made the rounds in recent years. It would be nice if it really was a cross-country event, but the conclusion that a lot of fans have come to is that it makes sense financially for BotCon to be out West due to production and distribution reasons. I'm not saying I agree, nor am I speaking for anyone else, I'm just touching up on what I've read here and other places. Bottom line is, Hasbro and FunPub go to California because it's most convenient for a large part of the fan base as well as their bank accounts. They have gone to other cities as well (Orlando, Dallas, etc.) but California is more frequent due to these reasons.
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Postby Rated X » Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:11 pm

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Everyone on TFW2005 seems to think it's going to be Shattered Glass Beast Wars. If so thats alot of money saved. I wont feel so bad about the thousands I spent on 3rd party stuff this year. So yeah I hope it's true.
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Postby It Is Him » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:13 pm

Really? My insider sources say its going to be a 5-piece Wheelie box set. Where do people get their information?


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Postby Rodimus Prime » Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:35 am

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It Is Him wrote:a 5-piece Wheelie box set.


=P~ =P~ =P~ =P~

As for Shattered Glass Beast Wars, that would be a cool idea for 2 years from now, the 20th anniversary of Beast Wars.

For this year, I think it will be something that's either totally G1, or something that spans 30 years, from G1 to Prime.
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Postby Cobalt Prime » Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:44 am

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welcometothedarksyde wrote:3 out of the 4 last Botcon's (including 2014) have been in California. That is totally not fair for a convention that supposedly tours the country. Here's hoping to one in Michigan soon


So you live in America's Tatooine too, huh? I also am so unfortunate.
Despite the rational reasons stated, I'm inclined to agree with you. I havent been to Bot-Con since 2004 for this very reason. They used to centralize the thing a bit more, but those days are gone like tiny, fast missiles on toys.
California. Again. Really?

Given the cost of having to fly there it might as well be in Europe. Or on Cybertron, if it were real. Oh! Oh! Hey Fun Pub, why not the freakin' center of the Earth?! I hear the Lava Monsters love TFs too!

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Postby Rated X » Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:44 am

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Maybe they will do the "30 years of Bumblebee" box set. :lol:
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Postby T-Macksimus » Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:56 am

ausbot wrote:I'd kill for a Gotbots set, (Yes I realise they said no more unicron trilogy toys but I love 'em and I think they fit the best)

Sideways/ rapid run - Cykill (New head)
Armada Demolishor - Tank with minicon Destroyer
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Armada Cyclonus and black out - Coptur (New head) and minicon treds
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Armada Starscream - Leader 1 (New head)
Minicon sureshock - Scooter
Deluxe Armada prime and over run - Staks and minicon Royal-T
Armada blurr - Turbo (New head)with minicon slicks
Armada Jetfire - spay-c

Well that's my personal wish list


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Postby El Duque » Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:38 am

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How epic of a troll move would it be if the set, including the attendee only figures, were all Bumblebee from throughout the ages.

G1 Bumblebee
Pretender Bumblebee
Classics Bumblebee
Animated Bumblebee
2007 Movie Vintage Camaro Bumblebee
2007 Movie Concept Camaro Bumblebee
Transformers Prime First Edition Bumblebee
Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Bumblebee
IDW Generations Bumblebee
Generations Transformers War for Cybertron Bumblebee

They would of course all have a special BotCon Transformers 30th Anniversary badge to make them unique. :michaelbay:
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Postby xRotorstormx » Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:05 pm

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welcometothedarksyde wrote:3 out of the 4 last Botcon's (including 2014) have been in California. That is totally not fair for a convention that supposedly tours the country. Here's hoping to one in Michigan soon


Or at least bring it back to Chicago or Ft. Wayne like it was back in the day.. I have yet to make it to Pasadena so I'm excited about next year. Would like to see it start to move around a little more instead of going back to the same places every other year but seeing that it is the 30th anniversary there is probably a good reason to have it in a location where many of the voice actors live who wouldn't normally travel for a botcon.
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Postby scottimusprime21 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:20 pm

how about a team prime idw set
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Postby ScottyP » Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:14 pm

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Mindmaster wrote:So, uh, question: what package is the cheapest route to go, but still get the box-set and the free figure? Would it still be the Primus package, or is there a slightly cheaper package that still includes those goodies?


The "Free figure" is for attendees only that have Primus packages. The Iacon package for non-attending gets you the box set but not the extra loose figure. That said, the $100 or so average aftermarket for the attendee figure is maybe 1/6 the cost of a flight from Wilmington to LAX.

Souvenirs sometimes sell out and aren't available on their site after, sometimes they don't sell out and are available on their site after. If they are, they end up being the same price as they were at the show, although shipping then comes into play.
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