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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby Savage » Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:50 am

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NatsumeRyu wrote:...I read the OP when it first came out. I definitely found it useful, and hope it can stick around a bit longer, or at least have some sort of annual renewal for anybody new to Botcon. It answers a lot of questions.


There will be a thorough update/revision later this year when BotCon season hits. My general goal is for the article to continue growing/evolving, making it more informative each time, to help out all the BotCon virgins each year.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby LiKwid » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:47 pm

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I remember when this threa dstarted ..Helped me out alot and made my first Botcon last year a total blast main reason why Im gonna try to go again this year. It is getting alost time isn't it? I mean were getting updates for auto assembly 2012 for pete's sake :P

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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby giantrobotlover8806 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:11 pm

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what about Alan Oppenheimer?

If I go I would so have to bring a MOTU dvd along to get signed. Skeletor rules.


I hope I get to meet Alan Oppenheimer while I still can, he's not getting any younger, he is in his early 80's now
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby Skywarp64 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:25 pm

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There's one thing I still don't get. So..... you need a registration package to get in at all, or you don't need one?
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:24 pm

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Skywarp64 wrote:There's one thing I still don't get. So..... you need a registration package to get in at all, or you don't need one?


If you register, you get in quicker, and get at least the boxset and Attendee figure if you ordered the right package. They do allow Walk-Ins as far as I know, but no perks for them.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby giantrobotlover8806 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:57 am

I just hope I can meet Alan Oppenheimer while he is still alive, he is in his 80's now.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby #Sideways# » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:17 pm

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Hey!

Quick question, are the boxed figures sealed in the box with tape etc.? Or is it simply a lid over a box with the figures in a foam insert? I want to know if I should get a Primus package and keep the boxed ones boxed, and the not sealed out for play and display.

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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby giantrobotlover8806 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:55 pm

is Bot-Con sold out yet? or can I still get tickets?
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby TheBigToyAuction » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:25 am

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Skywarp64 wrote:There's one thing I still don't get. So..... you need a registration package to get in at all, or you don't need one?


If you register, you get in quicker, and get at least the boxset and Attendee figure if you ordered the right package. They do allow Walk-Ins as far as I know, but no perks for them.


If I remember correctly, though, Walk-Ins don't start until Saturday Morning. So if you want to do any of the Thursday or Friday stuff, including the dinner and sales floor you would need to register.

At least that's how it's been in the past. They should have a FAQ page up on Botcon.com site to double check if you'd like.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby TheBigToyAuction » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:36 am

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#Sideways# wrote:Hey!

Quick question, are the boxed figures sealed in the box with tape etc.? Or is it simply a lid over a box with the figures in a foam insert? I want to know if I should get a Primus package and keep the boxed ones boxed, and the not sealed out for play and display.

All help is appreciated!


All of the Fun Pub Boxes to date (2005-2010) have come in Telescoping boxes to open and display or use figures, then put them back without destroying the packaging. So far, they haven't been sealed with tape, and the same will probably be the case this year.

You can also buy a "loose" set of figures without the box (but only if you've also bought a Boxed set). In a weird sort of twist, in recent years these have come in clear plastic bags that are sealed, making the "loose" sets the only version of the figures that are "sealed" in anything other than the display box.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby TheBigToyAuction » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:41 am

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giantrobotlover8806 wrote:is Bot-Con sold out yet? or can I still get tickets?


Looking at the Botcon.com site, it doesn't look like registration has gone live yet. So you still have time.

It sounds like brochures should be going up shortly, though, and once it does go live it tends to sell out kind of quickly.

Your best bet might be to sign up for their twitter feed on the site to receive an update when registration goes live. That way you're less likely to miss out.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby Stormer » Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:26 pm

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The brochure is up on the BotCon site, buy I can't seem to get it to open for me...Is anyone else having the same problem?
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby NatsumeRyu » Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:08 pm

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Oh, good catch! It is up! :)

I'm having no problems with it, however, beyond my regular PDF issues. Make sure your adobe acrobat reader is up to date to open the pdf.
If that doesn't help - what exactly are the issues you are encountering?
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby Stormer » Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:40 pm

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Well, the first time I tried it, it locked up my computer. So then I thought maybe I should update my Acrobat Reader - which I did. It acts like it wants to open, but it just locks up the page, but not the computer now. So, now I've opened it on a different computer. I just have to e-mail to my computer. Or something. Eeesh. How frustrating.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby Stormer » Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:59 am

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My new paranoid concern is this: How soon will registration be sold out? Are we talking, like, within hours of it going live, or a day or two? I've got Twitter just so I can keep an eye on it, but I may not be able to do anything about it unless I'm close to home. I've already bought airfare and hotel, so I would be extremely bummed if I missed out on registration because it sold out before I could get to a computer...Any educated guesses out there?
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby giantrobotlover8806 » Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:04 pm

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giantrobotlover8806 wrote:is Bot-Con sold out yet? or can I still get tickets?


Looking at the Botcon.com site, it doesn't look like registration has gone live yet. So you still have time.

It sounds like brochures should be going up shortly, though, and once it does go live it tends to sell out kind of quickly.

Your best bet might be to sign up for their twitter feed on the site to receive an update when registration goes live. That way you're less likely to miss out.


I heard that Frank Welker does not show up at Conventions because of anxiety issues, is that true?
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby LiKwid » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:13 pm

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Stormer wrote:My new paranoid concern is this: How soon will registration be sold out? Are we talking, like, within hours of it going live, or a day or two? I've got Twitter just so I can keep an eye on it, but I may not be able to do anything about it unless I'm close to home. I've already bought airfare and hotel, so I would be extremely bummed if I missed out on registration because it sold out before I could get to a computer...Any educated guesses out there?


once registration goes live you have an hour maybe 2 to get in the custom class, a day or so for the non attendee and bag sets to be sold out and 2 days for the primus sets to be spoken for. This it seems like it sold out realy fast, the animated theme seems to have made alot of HC ani fans happy.

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giantrobotlover8806 wrote:is Bot-Con sold out yet? or can I still get tickets?


Looking at the Botcon.com site, it doesn't look like registration has gone live yet. So you still have time.

It sounds like brochures should be going up shortly, though, and once it does go live it tends to sell out kind of quickly.

Your best bet might be to sign up for their twitter feed on the site to receive an update when registration goes live. That way you're less likely to miss out.


I heard that Frank Welker does not show up at Conventions because of anxiety issues, is that true?


Not that I know of.. All I got to say is that if you want Franks or Peter's autograph get there EARLY....The line for both will be hours upon hours long..I didnt even bother last year, Our table was right next to the line and it was brutal ..
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby Elita One » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:44 pm

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I think I still have time to get to this. With the very high Aussie dollar I can afford to go. Any other Australians here going PM me. Might be able to arrange something.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby #Sideways# » Mon May 09, 2011 1:23 pm

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Wait, does the general admission only apply for the weekend? Or does it apply for every day?

And can Protoform packages run out? Or can you get unlimited Protoforms for everyone you know?
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby giantrobotlover8806 » Mon May 09, 2011 1:40 pm

I know Peter Cullen will be there, any word if Frank Welker will be there?
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby NatsumeRyu » Thu May 12, 2011 12:44 pm

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#Sideways# wrote:Wait, does the general admission only apply for the weekend? Or does it apply for every day?

And can Protoform packages run out? Or can you get unlimited Protoforms for everyone you know?

General admission is only available Saturday and Sunday. The specific hours the dealer room is open to the gen.ad. is on the site somewhere (FAQ I bet).

Protoform packages are *supposed* to only be available to immediate family members, I think. Don't quote me on that. The details are in the brochure, though, I'm pretty sure.

giantrobotlover8806 wrote:I know Peter Cullen will be there, any word if Frank Welker will be there?

No word yet. But they've been releasing guests just about every day this week, so I'd keep my eyes peeled on the front page or botcon's homepage/twitter/facebook.


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Also, was this suggestion already in the guide?
For some Botcon locations (like the one on Disney property in 2010), food can be overall expensive, especially if you don't leave the property. My friend recommended bringing some dry foods with me on that trip. I took muffins and ramen last year, and didn't regret it. I plan on taking ramen and snack bars this year. :)
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby TheBigToyAuction » Tue May 24, 2011 7:22 am

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NatsumeRyu wrote:
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Also, was this suggestion already in the guide?
For some Botcon locations (like the one on Disney property in 2010), food can be overall expensive, especially if you don't leave the property. My friend recommended bringing some dry foods with me on that trip. I took muffins and ramen last year, and didn't regret it. I plan on taking ramen and snack bars this year. :)


Yes, this is great advice. The wife and I always make it a point to stop by whatever grocery store is nearby or if we take a cab from the airport have them drop us off there quickly to pick up a loaf of bread, peanut butter, jelly, cereal bars and some other things to eat in for the week.

In California in particular, even the grocery stores are expensive, but it saves us quite a bit of money in the long run rather than eating out every meal.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby Sabrblade » Tue May 24, 2011 11:47 pm

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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby TheBigToyAuction » Wed May 25, 2011 4:47 am

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Sabrblade wrote:Question.

How much do the souvenir sets usually cost?


Usually they wait until the convention itself to release the prices, so I don't think they've officially been announced yet.

However, G.B. Blackrock has been keeping a fantastic Data Sheet of all the Exclusives and Prices since 1994 here, so it should give you some idea of what to expect.
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