Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages

Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 9:23pm CDT

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Here is a new update for BotCon registrations and some Frank Welker news for those looking at Protoform or Mini-con packages. There are now more non-attending packages available thanks to some shuffling as well as additional loose sets.

Frank Welker VIP passes for Friday are being open to Protoform and Mini-Con packages too. Registration closes this Friday at 5 pm central time.

BotCon wrote:Hello Everyone!

We have shuffled around the inventory for attending and non-attending packages. There is now more stock for non-attending (Iacon) packages and additional loose sets.

We also have a few Frank Welker VIP passes available for Friday and we are opening these passes to Mini-Con and Protoform packages as well. If you want to add this to your registration, you will need to call the office at 817-448-9863 between now and noon Friday. These are on a first come, first served basis.

If you have not registered, these are still available through the online system for Golden Ticket and Primus packages. Primus and Golden Ticket packages can also have the Frank Welker VIP pass added to your existing registration by calling.

If you still need to do your initial registration, please use the link at BotCon.com and do it from a computer not running IE. We have seen issues with mobile registrations and IE browsers. If you need to add something to your registration, you will need to contact the office.

Registration closes on Friday at 5 pm Central Time.

See you in St. Charles!

Brian

Credit(s): BotCon 2015


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Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694246)
Posted by MartianSpyGirl1996 on June 4th, 2015 @ 12:05am CDT
Looks like they are underperforming this year... prepare for CA next year, then
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694279)
Posted by Tranzilla on June 4th, 2015 @ 4:34am CDT
Or Orlando. It did well also.
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694372)
Posted by fairplaythings on June 4th, 2015 @ 9:47am CDT
I think three factors are at play.

First, the registration fiasco must be playing havok with their numbers. Going live less than a month to go before the event doesn't give you anytime to mull over attending, and represents an immediate financial hit so very close to the event itself. And there are still a lot of people who book the event before making other arrangement, given that there is at least one GIJoe convention in the past which had to change dates very last minute. Who wants to be stuck holding the bill for a flight that is no longer the right date?

Second, the price is probably giving some people sticker shock. $409 (plus $7 "processing" charge) is a lot to swallow. I'm sure it is impacting Canadians whose dollar is no longer at par - for us, the Primus package is more than CDN$500. And the non-figure alterative is close to $200 on its own.

Third, the location is giving people grief. Shuttle service to the resort seems to be particularly awkward and it's not like there are any hotel rooms left to be had anyway. Because of the resort's isolation, folks are looking at a longish commute from alternate accomodations, driving up costs and making logistics harder.

Let me put it like this. You're a fan. You've been waiting for months for this Con. You were initially excited about Chicago but the excitement waned a bit when you realized how far from Chicago it was. Your enthusiasm perked again when you saw two words - FRANK WELKER - and increased as you saw at least one or two reveals that really wowed you. But then you saw the price for Welker and looked underwhelming at some of the other offerings, and went back to being on the fence. Hotel rooms are booked solid but maybe you have an option to bunk with 2 or 3 or 4 other fans, so you are just waiting on registration. And waiting. And, oh my god it is up and you are excited... and then it crashes... and does so again... and again...

And maybe you just shrug your shoulders after that rollercoaster and figure you'll go to TFCon who's registration for a Fall event is already up and ready to go.
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694380)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 4th, 2015 @ 9:53am CDT
Tranzilla wrote:Or Orlando. It did well also.
Oh, YES please? Bring it back to Orlando! The have a TF Ride now at Universal Studios, so there's that to attract to the BotCon goers.

The east coast is too often ignored by BotCon in recent years.
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694384)
Posted by MartianSpyGirl1996 on June 4th, 2015 @ 9:56am CDT
fairplaythings wrote:And maybe you just shrug your shoulders after that rollercoaster and figure you'll go to TFCon who's registration for a Fall event is already up and ready to go.

Several of my friends have followed this scenario right here to the tee, seriously.
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694386)
Posted by MartianSpyGirl1996 on June 4th, 2015 @ 9:58am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Tranzilla wrote:Or Orlando. It did well also.
Oh, YES please? Bring it back to Orlando! The have a TF Ride now at Universal Studios, so there's that to attract to the BotCon goers.

The east coast is to often ignored by BotCon in recent years.

And the entire Mid-West
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694506)
Posted by .... on June 4th, 2015 @ 2:35pm CDT
The Cybertron's Most Wanted set if for preorder at TFsourse.
http://tfsource.com/botcon2015/boxed-set/
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694523)
Posted by Va'al on June 4th, 2015 @ 2:58pm CDT
With one day left to register for BotCon 2015, we want to make sure that all interested parties are fully aware of what awaits at the St Charles event this July! We have rounded up some further pieces from official BotCon information that may have slipped the net below, plus a small showcase of the Artist Alley present at the convention. Once you've feasted you eyes, head here to register!

Also, for those attending as General Admission, we are happy to announce that the first 100 kids (12 and under) will receive a FREE deluxe Transformers toy with their paid admission.

For those planning on attending as a registered attendee, please note that registration ends this Friday. So if you have not signed up for an attending package make sure to do that today!


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Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694539)
Posted by HammerOfThor on June 4th, 2015 @ 3:32pm CDT
Va'al wrote:With one day left to register for BotCon 2015, we want to make sure that all interested parties are fully aware of what awaits at the St Charles event this July! We have rounded up some further pieces from official BotCon information that may have slipped the net below, plus a small showcase of the Artist Alley present at the convention. Once you've feasted you eyes, head here to register!


July?! Was there a delay?
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694854)
Posted by It Is Him on June 5th, 2015 @ 6:45am CDT
I love that this guy's first post is to ask about a typo. Welcome to Seibertron! Botcon is still in June. :D
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694970)
Posted by Va'al on June 5th, 2015 @ 11:07am CDT
Fellow Seibertronian and podcaster xRotorstormx has been keeping her optics on BotCon 2015 updates - and has notified us the Facebook update from BotCon HQ, concerning the Saturday evening festivities, which are now to include the Hall of Fame announcements along with the Awards Dinner and Auction. Read on below for more, and head here to register until 5pm Central today!

Also included below is an email from the organisers, concerning the Welker and Non-Attending packages, attempting to smooth out some further wrinkles in the online system.

We are excited to announce that at the BotCon 2015 Saturday Night Awards Dinner and Auction, the Transformers 2015 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will also be included in the nights festivities. Fans at BotCon will be first to see which character, combiner and musical act will be added to the Transformers Hall of Fame. And as a VERY special treat, Hasbro will also be inducting a human to the Hall of Fame for 2015. This legendary actor has been part of the Transformers brand since the very start. You will NOT want to miss this event! To register for BotCon 2015, please be sure to do that here: http://www.botcon.com/BotCon2015/bc15register.cfm


Today is the last day for BotCon registration for ATTENDING packages.

Registration closes at 5 pm Central Time.

If you need an ATTENDING package and you are still getting non-member pricing (limited number of accounts), go ahead and process your package and send us an email so we know to process a credit. The credits won't be processed until next week.

Some of our NON-ATTENDING members are also having an issue getting the member pricing. For you, after we close ATTENDING registration today, we will move the NON-ATTENDING packages to the club store. If you are getting non-member pricing and need a NON-ATTENDING package, check the Club store tomorrow and you can order the NON-ATTENDING sets there.

PLEASE note that the store has no way to limit the loose sets to a 1:1 (must purchase box set to get loose set), but every order will be reviewed by admin for compliance.

All remaining T-shirts, assembled unpainted class figures and hats will go to the show. If there are any left, we will put them in the store after BotCon.

Thank you for all of your support and patience as we have worked through these issues.

See you in St. Charles!
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1694976)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 5th, 2015 @ 11:19am CDT
GEE, I wonder WHO the human inductee could be?!!

You know, I bet it's Michael Bell. A surprise, unannounced appearance from Michael Bell. That's why they got him to voice High Tide in Rescue Bots, so that he could make a comeback to the brand just in time to receive this honor. It all makes sense now.

Mmhmm, it's totally Michael Bell. I can't think of anyone else who'd possibly receive such an honor at the event. I wonder if Frank Welker would get to shake Bell's hand as he heads up to the stage.

In fact, Welker should host the event. They should totally have Frank Welker host the Hall of Fame event, just so he can personally hand Michael Bell the Hall of Fame trophy once Bell makes his surprise, unannounced appearance and comes up onto stage to give his victory speech. Wouldn't that be a sight to behold.

I mean, why else would they go to such trouble to get Frank Welker to come to this year's BotCon? Surely it's so that Frank Welker could host the Hall of Fame event and present the secretly-invited Michael Bell with a Hall of Fame trophy. It will truly be a moment of beauty and emotion.

*smacks chest* Gets me right here just thinking of it. *wipes tear from his eye*












:P
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1695075)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on June 5th, 2015 @ 3:30pm CDT
If you are still in need of a room for BotCon this year, you might still have some luck. BotCon tweeted that the convention hotel which is the Pheasant Run Resort has added a limited number of room nights. Hurry up to book your room and remember that registration ends today at 5 pm Central time.

Transformers: BotCon ‏@BotCon 1h1 hour ago

Still need a room? Pheasant Run has just opened up a limited number of room nights. Book now! #botCon2015 http://www.botcon.com/BotCon2015/bc15hotel.cfm
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1695137)
Posted by MartianSpyGirl1996 on June 5th, 2015 @ 5:25pm CDT
AKA: People are canceling their reservations ;)
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1695587)
Posted by reluttr on June 7th, 2015 @ 1:47am CDT
MartianSpyGirl1996 wrote:AKA: People are canceling their reservations ;)


I don't blame them. The yelp reviews are pretty bad. XD
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1695615)
Posted by MartianSpyGirl1996 on June 7th, 2015 @ 7:50am CDT
reluttr wrote:
MartianSpyGirl1996 wrote:AKA: People are canceling their reservations ;)


I don't blame them. The yelp reviews are pretty bad. XD

Not surprising after the sh*thole they put us in in 2013 [-(
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1695654)
Posted by Pete@BotCon on June 7th, 2015 @ 11:18am CDT
Actually. No. We were able to release a few rooms we had for staff and licensing partners as we don't always need as many as we put aside.
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1695836)
Posted by MartianSpyGirl1996 on June 7th, 2015 @ 10:54pm CDT
Pete@BotCon wrote:Actually. No. We were able to release a few rooms we had for staff and licensing partners as we don't always need as many as we put aside.

People are also canceling their reservations, so actually yes.
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1696022)
Posted by Genericon #378 on June 8th, 2015 @ 1:56pm CDT
Pete@BotCon wrote:Actually. No. We were able to release a few rooms we had for staff and licensing partners as we don't always need as many as we put aside.

Pete, do you know when we could see the rest of the exclusives?
Re: Botcon 2015: More Non-Attending Packages; Frank Welker Passes Opened For Mini-Con / Protoform Packages (1696028)
Posted by ScottyP on June 8th, 2015 @ 2:30pm CDT
Genericon #378 wrote:
Pete@BotCon wrote:Actually. No. We were able to release a few rooms we had for staff and licensing partners as we don't always need as many as we put aside.

Pete, do you know when we could see the rest of the exclusives?

Trend the past several years has been that you'll see the attendee "freebie" Wednesday after folks have picked up their packages, and the rest on Thursday when the club store opens.

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