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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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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby giantrobotlover8806 » Sat May 28, 2011 3:07 pm

I checked the BotCon website, and shockingly, Peter Cullen is not on the guest list year, so he is not showing up? and nor Frank Welker either
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby Sabrblade » Mon May 30, 2011 12:46 pm

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Registration package pick-ups and the club store both open at 6pm on Thursday. Two questions.

1. Will these two have the same line, or will there be two lines (one for the registration package pick-ups and one for just the club store)?

2. What time would be ideal for one get in line?
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby NatsumeRyu » Mon May 30, 2011 1:32 pm

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giantrobotlover8806 wrote:I checked the BotCon website, and shockingly, Peter Cullen is not on the guest list year, so he is not showing up? and nor Frank Welker either

I have a feeling both are the part of the "secret" guest signing deal. I guess they'll be there for the Prime reading, anyway, along with the rest of the cast for whatever episode they'll be doing.
Or that's what I've assumed since seeing the Prime reading announced. So that's just my own speculation.

Sabrblade wrote:Registration package pick-ups and the club store both open at 6pm on Thursday. Two questions.

1. Will these two have the same line, or will there be two lines (one for the registration package pick-ups and one for just the club store)?

2. What time would be ideal for one get in line?

You should actually have a specified time that you can get in line for package pick up - it should be in the recent confirmation email in the attached PDF it says to print out. Basically they space out letting people get in line about every hour starting at 6 (so then 6, 7, 8, 9 o'clock, and you get let in at your appointed time, though you can line up outside the room, waiting the hour before, I believe).

And I don't know about previous years, but last year you got in the Store line after pick-up, if you wanted to get in line at all. I think you *may* need your badge to get in line here. Can't recall....
So there are two (really more, they split it up in the store lines to cash/card/ and however many folks they have working there [so like 4-6 lines just for the store]), and the pick-up line, once you get close enough if the line gets too long, get split up into last name alphabetically. So, say, my last name would be Ryu. I'd go in the line for Q-R or R-S depending on how they split it. Get it? :) It's sort of you just follow the signs and the masses, and it's pretty easy to figure out once you're there. :) But there's always staff and fellow fans to ask once you're there too. :)

I arrived late last year so had to ask around...."I missed my let-in time, do I have to wait in line here? -points to line waiting for their let in next hour- "No, you can go on in" *big smiles :D*
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby giantrobotlover8806 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:50 pm

I can get tickets at the place right? because registration is no longer available online
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby NatsumeRyu » Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:12 pm

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General admission tickets are available at the door. :) There's a tab/page on the website as for what that entails (price/time/what it gets you/etc.).
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby giantrobotlover8806 » Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:45 am

is General Admission for fans getting their tickets late(I didn't get my tickets online, I have to go in person) is it only available for tomorrow(Saturday?) or is it available today too?
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby NatsumeRyu » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:07 pm

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giantrobotlover8806 wrote:is General Admission for fans getting their tickets late(I didn't get my tickets online, I have to go in person) is it only available for tomorrow(Saturday?) or is it available today too?

Sorry I couldn't respond before now. Little/no internet at the sheraton for me.

As far as I'm aware, for future reference to any questioning parties, General admission is only available saturday and sunday. for any events (panels, autographs), I believe badge holders (like primus) get first pick.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby giantrobotlover8806 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:05 pm

nevermind, I was able to get an Autograph from Peter Cullen, he signed my Encore Optimus Prime box with toy in it
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:52 pm

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Ok, I got an interesting query for you guys, and something quite unusual at that

With this year's BotCon being in Dallas and me still stuck in Europe (unless I win the lottery... :PRAY:) I'm so freakin' peeved! :BOOM: In come my angels of in-laws. Since I can't go, they've decided to try and go in my stead, and experience a slice (a REALLY big slice) of my world. Aren't they the sweetest?

Thing is, all they've experienced of my world is buying me toys under my guidance, and my father-in-law has bought himself Ice Cream Truck Skids and Mudflap (since dairy is a major of his). With the convention the size it is, I can see them easily get overwhelmed, at least that's my fear. I know I'd be, but in a positive way :grin:

We've already decided to try the (treacherous) General Admission on either Saturday or Sunday, so no real problem there. My request is, can any of you veterans give my folks advise, pointers, even warnings? Or maybe even better: would any of you be willing to act as a tour guide of some sort? :)

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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby NatsumeRyu » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:02 pm

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Gen Admin? Hah, I might actually be able to do that, contrary to my first internal response. I say that because, while I normally get Primus, I don't really take advantage of it (I go to one to maybe four panels at most (and I only went to that many before because I was A.) tired and B.) waiting for another panel that came later, and wanted to make sure I had a good seat), and spend the MAJORITY of time costuming/spotting or in the dealer hall. And I *should* be able to roam freely with this year's costumes.

Downside is, what's a "normal" fan do? I mean....lol, really, what experience do you want them to have, is what you need to be explaining.

Like I would walk around the dealer hall, explain stuff (stuff about botcon itself, or about Transformers in general), answer questions, introduce friends/people in the fandom, etc. I could at least give them a tour for an hour or two, even if I happened to be in costume at the time (in which case I could devote even MORE time to helping them).
Do you want someone with them all day, or someone to more or less to get them comfortable being there and then let them roam free? lol. Why not have them create an account on here and ask questions? Then they can even begin to "meet" and "know" some of us, and then several of us could switch off showing them what people in the fandom do. Like, I wouldn't have the same knowledge or lifestyle as a hardcore collector, or someone like Sabrblade who could probably tell them anything they wanted to know about transformers. So several of us could meet up withthem over the day and "trade off" if they wanted to? :o)
Or have the Seibertron booth in on the hijinks and whoever's manning it can call forth a guide. ;)
Again, I don't *really* know what exactly you want for them, so: elaborate? :)
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:13 pm

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Most likely my in-laws will spend most of their time in the Dealer Room, looking for toys to buy me :lol: I've made a list of my wants, but it's like 18 pages and counting... I need to split it up and slim it down to a more manageable and, more importantly, realistic size :oops:

I'm going to send them the brochure and get back to you guys. But I do want that box set, because it has Ultra Magnus in it.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby LiKwid » Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:45 pm

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Most likely my in-laws will spend most of their time in the Dealer Room, looking for toys to buy me :lol: I've made a list of my wants, but it's like 18 pages and counting... I need to split it up and slim it down to a more manageable and, more importantly, realistic size :oops:

I'm going to send them the brochure and get back to you guys. But I do want that box set, because it has Ultra Magnus in it.


Just direct them to the crowd of Folks wearin the seibertron.com shirts..Im sure we'll make sure they know whats going on :)

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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby Emperor Galvatron » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:09 pm

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Any vets have any good advice on recouping costs from a trip like this? I had planned on buying a second set of complete figures, and either piecing it out or selling as a whole set. Not sure which way to go.

My son is 6 and I'd like to take him, I'm planning on signing him up for the club and using him to get my extras. Any Problems with this approach?

BTW, other details. Coming from FL, planning to drive and stay in off site hotel and arrive Thurs afternoon and leave Sun afternoon.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby Savage » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:42 pm

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Emperor Galvatron wrote:Any vets have any good advice on recouping costs from a trip like this? I had planned on buying a second set of complete figures, and either piecing it out or selling as a whole set. Not sure which way to go.

My son is 6 and I'd like to take him, I'm planning on signing him up for the club and using him to get my extras. Any Problems with this approach?

BTW, other details. Coming from FL, planning to drive and stay in off site hotel and arrive Thurs afternoon and leave Sun afternoon.



Many people purchase a second set and sell it to recoup some of their costs. As for piecing it out versus selling it whole, it really depends on you and your potential purchasers. There are usually at least a figure or two that are less desirable than others, so if you sell it piece by piece, you may end up with a figure or two left over that nobody wants to buy. Personally, I would lean towards trying to sell the entire set and only resort to piecing it out of you can't find a buyer for the whole thing.

Any Primus or Minicon or Protoform Package holder can purchase the Add-On figures from the Club Store, so if you get your son a package as well, you will have a chance to buy more of the add-ons. There is usually a limit for how many of each one person can buy initially.

Also, I strongly recommend making your Club Store Add-On purchases Thursday evening immediately following Registration. The line may be horrendous, but many times the more popular Add-On Sets sell out sometime Friday. Shattered Glass 2008 is a great example.
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Postby LiKwid » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:13 pm

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Savage wrote:
Emperor Galvatron wrote:Any vets have any good advice on recouping costs from a trip like this? I had planned on buying a second set of complete figures, and either piecing it out or selling as a whole set. Not sure which way to go.

My son is 6 and I'd like to take him, I'm planning on signing him up for the club and using him to get my extras. Any Problems with this approach?

BTW, other details. Coming from FL, planning to drive and stay in off site hotel and arrive Thurs afternoon and leave Sun afternoon.



Many people purchase a second set and sell it to recoup some of their costs. As for piecing it out versus selling it whole, it really depends on you and your potential purchasers. There are usually at least a figure or two that are less desirable than others, so if you sell it piece by piece, you may end up with a figure or two left over that nobody wants to buy. Personally, I would lean towards trying to sell the entire set and only resort to piecing it out of you can't find a buyer for the whole thing.

Any Primus or Minicon or Protoform Package holder can purchase the Add-On figures from the Club Store, so if you get your son a package as well, you will have a chance to buy more of the add-ons. There is usually a limit for how many of each one person can buy initially.

Also, I strongly recommend making your Club Store Add-On purchases Thursday evening immediately following Registration. The line may be horrendous, but many times the more popular Add-On Sets sell out sometime Friday. Shattered Glass 2008 is a great example.


That last statement is soooooo true...Tigertracks and I maybe spent 20 minutes in the souvenier line for 2010, I reccomend the cash line, it moves amazingly faster. Also if the rumor of the SG junkions is true and they are the 3 pack, I HIGHLY advise picking them up right after package pick up..Those things( if true) are going to FLY.

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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon - Updated for 2012

Postby Savage » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:49 pm

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Original article updated to reflect recent years' price increases, six-figure boxed set as opposed to five, added information on Golden Ticket Packages, added mention of Seibertron.com Meet-up. Which reminds me, do we have a planned time/location for the Meet-up this year?
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Re: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon - Updated for 2012

Postby LiKwid » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:07 am

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As soon as I get my hotel situation squared away I'll look into it. There are a BUNCH of bars and resturants with in a few blocks of the con and thr west end is close as well. Clubs, bars etc etc ..Lots to choose from..
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Re: Seibertron.com's Comprehensive Unofficial Guide to BotCon 2012

Postby mattwhite924 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:36 pm

For those of you have have used the non-attending packages before, how long does it normally take for them to ship out?
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Re: Seibertron.com's Comprehensive Unofficial Guide to BotCon 2012

Postby LiKwid » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:00 pm

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mattwhite924 wrote:For those of you have have used the non-attending packages before, how long does it normally take for them to ship out?


Depends but most of the time its not too long after the con. I know BBTs starts selling them a week or two after the con.

One bit of advice I can give for those who are making this their first con, prepare yourself for sensory overload! There will be so much going on it will be easy to get overwhelmed. Good job on the guide savage!
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Re: Seibertron.com's Comprehensive Unofficial Guide to BotCon 2012

Postby Hip-Hoptimus Rime » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:25 pm

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Reminds me of the car club events I used to go to, looks like a great time.
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