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An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Transformers News: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon
Date: Wednesday, May 26th 2010 12:40am CDT
Categories: Site News, Event News, Site Articles
Posted by: Savage | Credit(s): Savage

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Okay, so you've decided to attend BotCon, but you probably have a lot of questions. Hopefully this article can put a few of your fears to rest and answer some of those questions. There are many elements to BotCon, including Hotels, Registration Packages, Exclusive Figures, Sales Room, Panels, etc., and we are going to examine each one in some detail.


First up, Hotels and Travel:

Depending on the location, many people choose to fly to BotCon each year, others turn it into a roadtrip. If multiple collectors from your area are planning to attend, a carpool roadtrip can save everyone some money on gasoline. If flying is your preferred mode of travel, it is a wise idea to buy plane tickets early (often before BotCon Registration opens) to get the best price.

Every year, there are several hotels (2-3) that are within a block or two (or attached to) the convention center where BotCon is held. These hotels usually offer reduced prices for the convention. BotCon.com usually provides this information after the dates and location are announced. Bear in mind, however, that these are generally 4 or 5 star hotels. Even with the BotCon discount, you are looking at approximately $150 per night. Many people choose to stay at a cheaper hotel within a short driving distance. This can save you some money on hotel costs. However, you will also have to pay for parking at the convention center each day, and that can add up. Or you could take a taxi from your hotel to the convention. The major downside to an offsite hotel is that you miss out on a lot of the room-to-room trading and general hanging out that happens during the evening and nights in various hotel rooms. It's a lot easier to stay up until three am talking TransFormers if your bed is right down the hall.


Registration Packages:


Primus Package- This package generally costs about $300 (for club members. Also, prices vary slightly from year to year) and includes the following:
Full admittance to the convention, sales room, panels, and autograph lines
Admittance to the Saturday Night Awards Dinner
Five-Figure Boxed Set
One Free Attendee Figure

Minicon Package- Can only be purchased as an add-on to a Primus Package. This package ranges in price from $80-$105, depending on the year and whether or not the person is a club member. Minicon Package includes:
Full admittance to the convention, sales room, panels, and autograph lines
Admittance to the Saturday Night Awards Dinner
No figures

Protoform Package- This package generally costs between $180-200, and includes:
Full admittance to the convention, sales room, panels, and autograph lines
No figures, no Awards Dinner

Iacon Package- This package is for NON-attendees who wish to purchase a boxed set and have it shipped to their home.

General Admission- General Admission is available for walk-ins on Saturday and Sunday ONLY. Inludes admittance to sales room, autograph lines, and panels.


Picking Up Your Package:
If you are enrolled in one of the Customizing Classes, you will receive your Package on Wednesday for Early Pickup. Otherwise, you may pick up your Package (name badge, boxed set, convention comic book, etc) on Thursday evening. Times will be assigned by FunPub prior to the convention, so you will know when it is your turn to get into the first of many long lines.


Customizing Classes:

There is usually one class on Wednesday and one on Thursday. They are not included in the cost of any of the above Packages. They cost extra. You will be given one figure and the instructor will walk the class through customizing it. These classes are very small and fill up quickly. If you want to get into the class, you need to register within the first hour of Registration coming online. If you are lucky enough to get into one of these classes, you will receive your name badge, boxed set, etc, on Wednesday instead of the normal Package Pickup on Thursday night.


Exclusive Figures:

The Boxed Set- five figures in a box with certificate of authenticity. These are limited in number and available only to those who buy a Primus or Iacon Package. Primus Package holders receive them at Package Pickup along with their name badge, club comic, etc.

Loose Set- Primus and Iacon Package holders have the option to purchase an additional loose set of the figures from the boxed set. Many Primus Package holders choose to buy these to turn around and sell them to other convention goers to recoup some of the cost of their trip.

Free Attendee Figure- Each Primus Package holder receives one free figure at Package Pickup. This figure is usually a repaint of a mold used in the boxed set.

Souvenir Sets- Each year, the club provides two or three "Souvenir Sets" these are additional pairs (or trios) of exclusive figures. They usually complement the boxed set and/or a previous year's set. Souvenir Sets may be purchased from the Club Store after Package Pickup on Thursday night, or anytime throughout the convention until they sell out. If they do not sell out by the end of the con, the remainder will be sold in the Collectors' Club online store.


Speaking of the Club Store:

The Club Store opens Thursday evening after Package Pickup. Once you pick up your name badge, etc, you are free to get into the Club Store line. There is usually one line for cash and one for credit. The cash line has moved slightly faster in previous years. At the Club Store, you may purchase the Souvenir Sets, t-shirts, other TF memorabilia, other Club exclusive figures (like Astrotrain, Airrazor, Nightbeat, Punch/Counterpunch if he wasn't sold out, you get the idea). Friday evening, the Club Store booth will be dismantled and rebuilt inside the Sales Room on Saturday morning, where it will remain for the duration of the show.


The Sales Room / Dealer Room:

Primus, Minicons, and Protoforms gain admittance to the dealer room for a few hours Friday evening, and Saturday morning before General Admission opens. The dealer room usually closes at 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 3:30pm on Sunday (when the entire convention officially ends).


Panels:

Many Panels are conducted on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These generally include a Hasbro Panel (which includes sneak peeks at future figures, you do NOT want to miss this!), an IDW panel where they talk about recent and upcoming TF comics, a videogame panel to promote and discuss the latest TF videogame.

Your convention name badge will have a complete schedule of the weekend's events on the back of it. This will become your best friend.


Autographs:

Many guests will sign autographs. These are done at certain times (see the back of your name badge for times), and it is wise to get in line early, ESPECIALLY for guests such as Peter Cullen whose line will be exceptionally lengthy. Be prepared to sit in line for an hour or two. In previous years, people have been allowed to have two items signed and a quick picture taken.


Saturday Night Awards Dinner:

For Primus and Minicons only. This is the only time that food will be provided. The type of food varies from year to year. There will be food, socializing, and a small presentation that varies from year to year. For 2010, we are being treated to the induction of the first of the TransFormers Hall of Fame. 2009 was a Stan Bush concert and sneak peek at a few scenes from "Revenge of the Fallen."

The show officially ends on Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm. Of course, many people tend to mingle, say their goodbyes, grab dinner on their way out of town, etc. BotCon is an amazing experience. Despite the exclusive figures, awesome guests, huge sales room, it is the people you meet at BotCon each year that will make it worth the trip time and time again.


Well, that's all for now. I hope this guide has answered a few questions for you.

Stan Bush officially confirmed to appear at BotCon 2010

Transformers News: Stan Bush officially confirmed to appear at BotCon 2010
Date: Tuesday, May 25th 2010 5:00pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): LiKwid, BotCon.com

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First courtesy of a twitter update and now also available on BotCon.com comes the news of a special guest announcement for BotCon 2010.

That guest is none other than Stan Bush. Stan is a musician best known to Transformers fans for his work on the 1986 Transformers movie soundtrack. While he has been confirmed to both appear and to sign autogrpahs, it has yet to be announced as to whether or not he will actually perform at the convention. However, it has to be a possibility as he was seen in concert at Botcon in both 2007 and 2009.

For more information on Stan, you may click http://www.botcon.com/BotCon10/con10guests.cfm

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Transformers Collector's Club Issue #33 Cover: G2 Redux Breakdown and Generations Red Alert

Transformers News: Transformers Collector's Club Issue #33 Cover: G2 Redux Breakdown and Generations Red Alert
Date: Tuesday, May 25th 2010 1:16pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Toy News, Event News, Company News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): Transformers Collector's Club

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The Transformers Collector's Club has just updated with a peek at the cover of issue #33. On it, we see full character art for G2 Redux Breakdown as well as Generations Red Alert!

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Head on over the Club's homepage for the full story, or to site sponsor BigBadToyStore.com to preorder Generations Red Alert.

New Images of 2010 Botcon Sky-Byte

Transformers News: New Images of 2010 Botcon Sky-Byte
Date: Tuesday, May 25th 2010 12:45pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): TFW2005 member Locustreign

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bright beautiful shark
repainted from sharkticon
only at botcon

inside a big box
with four different figures
some are friends some not

his name is sky-byte
from the robots in disguise
the poetry king

new images come
straight from the transformers world
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New Images of 2010 Botcon Gnaw

Transformers News: New Images of 2010 Botcon Gnaw
Date: Tuesday, May 25th 2010 12:09pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): TFW2005 member Loustreign

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While this year's Botcon theme happens to be 'Generation Two', Fun Publications isn't shying away from including characters from other eras. The box set includes Sky-Byte, a Robots In Disguise character and remold of Energon Sharkticon. They've taken the same figure and repainted into a Generation One character, or should we say army, as the colors fit both Gnaw and the Sharkticons. Gnaw will likely be an souvenir set figure, whether he will be three-packed like the Botcon Sweeps is a question to be answered for another time. More pictures of Gnaw have been acquired by TFW2005 member Locustreign. Feel free to check some of them out below....

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....while the rest can be seen here.

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Casting Call in Chicago for Transformers 3

Transformers News: Casting Call in Chicago for Transformers 3
Date: Tuesday, May 25th 2010 11:32am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Event News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): Serpent O - R, Chicago Craigslist

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Seibertron.com member Serpent O - R has discovered a Craigslist posting soliciting extras for Transformers 3.

TRANSFORMERS 3 EXTRAS CASTING CALL
PAID EXTRAS NEEDED FOR FILMING IN CHICAGO AREA

WHEN: Friday June 4TH, 2010: 9:30AM-4:30PM
Saturday June 5th, 2010: 9:30AM-4:30PM

WHERE: The Chicago Academy for the Arts
1010 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642-5414

- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Photos will be taken at no charge
- Please bring a pen


You can see the entire Chicago Craigslist Posting here.

BotCon 2010: Timelines #5 Talent revealed

Transformers News: BotCon 2010: Timelines #5 Talent revealed
Date: Monday, May 24th 2010 10:57am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): Pete@BotCon

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Pete@BotCon (Pete Sinclair) has just announced the artists and writers involved in Timelines #5, the comic available at BotCon 2010:

Pencils - Robby Musso
Inks - Robby Musso and Frank Milkovich
Colors - Evan Gauntt, S. Trent Troop and Jesse Wittenrich
Letters - Jesse Wittenrich
Editor - Pete Sinclair

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TFCon 2010 Update: Hasbro New Product Preview and Q&A Session

Transformers News: TFCon 2010 Update: Hasbro New Product Preview and Q&A Session
Date: Monday, May 24th 2010 8:35am CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): TFCon

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In an update on the TFCon website, the organizers have announced that Hasbro Canada will be presenting a New Product Preview display, as well as hosting a question and answer session.

If you are attending TFCon 2010 and have a question you'd like asked, head over the TFCon contact page and follow the directions there.

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TFCon 2010 Guest Update: Dan Khanna to Attend

Transformers News: TFCon 2010 Guest Update: Dan Khanna to Attend
Date: Friday, May 21st 2010 12:03am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): TFCon

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With all the hoopla and goings on surrounding the highly anticipated registration for the Official Transformers Colletor's Club's Botcon, other big conventions taking place around the globe may have been getting pushed to the side with their convention information.

TFCon, the most prominant Transformers fan convention in Canada, has posted a new guest announcement for this years event, taking place on July 17th and 18th. Here's the official announcement from TFCon:

May 20th - Dan Khanna has penciled a number of Transformers convention books dating back to 2001. He has worked on everything from statue design for Hard Hero, to Transformers T-Shirts, commemorative plates, pin-ups, and art on many of the Transformers toy boxes for Hasbro. Dan will be setup in the dealer room all weekend sketching and signing for the attendees of TFcon.

For fans to the north who may not be able to make Botcon, TFCon has always proven to be a fun time for Transformers fans just the same.

TFcon - Canada's 9th Annual Transformers Collectors Convention

July 17th and 18th, 2010

Doubletree International Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport - 655 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario

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BotCon 2010 - Official Statement on Email Confirmations

Transformers News: BotCon 2010 - Official Statement on Email Confirmations
Date: Wednesday, May 19th 2010 9:19pm CDT
Category: Event News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): Brian Savage @ Fun Publications

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As we reported earlier, individuals who have registered for BotCon 2010 have begun to receive confirmations. We've received official word on the process from Brian Savage at Fun Publications:

Brian Savage wrote:We have started approving registrations. It will take a couple of days to work through all of them, so if you have not received an email, please be patient.

If you had a problem receiving the correct pricing with your registration, you can process your registration now as we believe the issue has been solved.

For those of you who will need add ons or have invoicing issues, we will be working on these over the next week.

Thanks for your support!

Brian



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