Late Monday night (or very early Tuesday morning), we got a HASCON Update. I wasn’t able to put together any thoughts about it until now, since I’ve been out of town for the past couple of days. (Stupid Toronto Blue Jays…!!) This is the first chance I’ve gotten to put my opinions together on what I’ve just recently learned. The fandom has comments as well; there’s a HASCON thread on the Allspark, if you’re interested. If you want to read my thoughts, just scroll past the goofy meme.
Gotta have some humor in here somewhere…
-First of all, the guests: Who exactly is Dude Perfect and tell me why I should care? Chewbacca mom? Really? Now, these are probably perfectly lovely people but I really have no interest in meeting them. But, Stan Lee, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Cathy Weseluck? Those are a huge yes but even then, I’m not sure if I’m willing to pay extra for the chance–yes, I said chance–of meeting them and getting an autograph. Also, why is Hasbro announcing members of their teams as guests? I thought that since they were the ones holding the show, them being there would be a given or am I cracked to think so?
-Speaking of autographs: It has to be on something that was purchased at the show. You can’t bring anything from home in order to have that autographed. Seriously. So in my case, I’d have to hunt around the dealer room–yes, there will be one and we’ll get to that–in the hopes I can find an artist’s table with a decent litho of Shampoo in order to get Ms. Weseluck to sign that. But if I have an older Masterpiece Optimus Prime or Megatron that I would like to have Mr. Cullen or Mr. Welker sign? Well, I’m SOL on that one. (There is one exception to that rule: MtG cards are allowed. But then again, I guess I can sort of understand as to why? BUT DOOD STILL C’MON!)
-Food and drink: If you want any, you have to buy it there. Seriously. The only exception is baby formula. (I really hope they provide some water coolers and keep those stocked; I’m not paying three and a half dollars for a soda simply because I’m thirsty!)
-Exhibitors: Want a booth at HasCon? A basic one will set you back a grand. Yes, that is the going rate for a basic damned booth. An artist’s table is $350. Premium booth? That’s $5,000. I am very glad that I’m not a dealer. Oh and if I was, I couldn’t sell any third party toys. (Not that I would, but there are plenty of Transfans who love them some third party stuff.) I’m pretty sure that will raise some ire, even if it isn’t all that deserved in this case.
-Tickets: A three day regular pass is $165. That’s pretty okay. But the Super Fan ticket will set you back $600. You’ll have the chance(!) to do some cool things and at least you’ll get a goodie bag with it! You’ll also get the opportunity to add on things to your ticket package, but for right now, it’s limited to Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering.
So now it all boils down to this: What is this thing, anyway? Is this a fan convention or is this a trade show? The reason I ask the question is this seems to smack of being both. It feels like Hasbro is putting on a trade show that they are trying to make appealing to the masses and I’m not sure if this is going to work. The feeling I get from this is…well, mixed.
There are things that I can justify spending the money on but there are plenty of things that I can’t. Tell me again why I’d want to take a trip to Rhode Island in order to meet some YouTubers that I have never heard of, let alone subscribed to their channel. Tell me again why I’d want to meet someone who went viral simply because they were wearing a toy mask. In my case, I honestly don’t have a reason to pay the money to meet these individuals. And the individuals I want to meet? It’s going to cost me to get an autograph from them. Also, $600 for a goodie bag?! If there’s a TF in there, it better be bigger than Titans Return Fort Max!
You know, I really, really, REALLY miss Fun Pub right now. Their prices were reasonable compared to this. And at least we knew how the show would run. Right now, I feel like I’m walking around blind, with little to no directions at all.
This isn’t exactly a great feeling. I’m feeling confused and more than a little hesitant to make a commitment to this
convention trade show heckifIknow event. I don’t quite have enough information to make that commitment. Granted, we will probably get more news later, but as of right now, what little I’ve seen isn’t grabbing me.
I really don’t want this show to fail. But I honestly can’t say that it will be a success, either. And I don’t know if I like that at all.