There’s been another slight update with HasCon: there have been a few more vendors added but none of them really sell toys. There’s also a brand new bonus, if you get the VIP ticket, you’ll get a $100 gift card to Hasbro Toy Shop. Purchase access to other events and you’ll get a $50 HTS gift card.
Okay, now they are offering gift cards. To get people to buy the VIP ticket. YEAH.
Then there’s the minor Flo Rida controversy as well. On that end, I feel it’s a bit of “much ado about nothing” but then again, I could be wrong. Hasbro can invite whoever they like. It is their show. But let’s be clear here:
-The dealer room seemingly has next to no toy sellers, other than Hasbro Toy Shop.
-A good portion of the guests have nothing to do with Hasbro.
-The two Transformer VIP events have been combined into one night.
I hate to say this, but this doesn’t really sound like much of a Hasbro focused convention. I get it: they want to drive ticket sales and some of these guests might do just that. I understand that the focus of this isn’t on Transformers. It isn’t a BotCon type of show. This is meant to be a celebration of all things Hasbro.
The only problem is that this isn’t focused, at least, it isn’t focused on Hasbro. The inclusion of some of the guests pretty much solidifies that.
We have less than a month until this train wreck goes live. Maybe things will improve before then but I highly doubt it.