We’ve finally gotten another update on HASCON and this one deals strictly with Transformers. There isn’t a lot of information but at least we now know that there will be an exclusive. We know there will be reveals. If you want the rest, you can watch the video below.
Also, I found this little tidbit from Hasbro in the comments of the post in question:
HASCON Guests will sign your HASCON Program Guide and only officially licensed DVDs, comics, toys and other collectibles, but they will not sign bootleg merchandise. Please bring only one item to be signed during each autograph session and understand that the HASCON Guests may or may not pose for photographs with the fans.
Someone asked about artwork and that is considered okay, which is good to know. At least I won’t be stuck with a Rarity figure as the only option when I’m in line to get Ms. Weseluck’s autograph. I’m happy about that, at least. As for the rest, I’m still up in the air about it all.
We know there will be reveals. That’s great. But will those be worth the time and money to attend? We’ll be able to see Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Stan Bush. I’m up for that but I don’t know if other fans are. And Hasbro seems to be getting slaughtered in the comments on Facebook; not a lot of Transformer fans seem at all happy about this.
I have to be honest here: I’m not all that happy about it, either.
As of this moment, I’m going back and reading all of my previous posts about BotCon. They are filled with a sense of community, of family. For me, BotCon wasn’t simply about the toys or the reveals or any of that. It was about the people. It was about seeing my friends and making new ones. Peter Cullen said it best, “We’re all family.”
I’m not getting that feeling from this. If anything, it feels as if Hasbro is trying to make a cash grab. I’m not sure if I like that at all.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this will turn out all right. But there are those quiet, nagging doubts that are telling me otherwise.
I really hope those doubts are completely wrong.