As you know–or even if you didn’t–Pete’s Robot Convention was held this past weekend. There was a dealer room and panels, the usual sorts of things that one might find at an average Transformers convention, sans the guests. From what I hear, it was rather small and intimate, reminiscent of early BotCons past. That in and of itself is enough to make me nostalgic.
Then I was treated to some pictures from one of the panels, one that dealt with BotCon exclusives. There was a mock-up of the box art for the set we would have gotten for this year; the art included a mock-up of the pin. Emblazoned on the pin was the name of city that would have been our home for the convention this year: Pasadena, California.
We would have been back in Cali. It made sense, as this is a movie year. However, seeing that is like rubbing salt in an open wound.
Now, I can already hear Prime groaning out loud, as he’s not fond of the heat, but to me, there is no better area to hold a BotCon than California. Most of the first Generation voice actors live in the area, so it isn’t difficult to get them in as guests. After multiple visits to the area, I have a handle of the city and know my way around, more or less. After so many visits, hearing that we’ll be “Going Back to Cali” was like hearing the words “We’re going home”.
And I’m forced to wonder: what would we have done? Where would we have gone on tour? Would we have headed back to Universal Studios again and had another chance to take in the Transformers attraction? Would we have wandered down Rodeo Drive as part of a tour group? Would we have ventured perhaps into the Griffith Observatory for a look around? Would we have wandered aimlessly or with purpose on the backlots of Paramount Studios, either alone or as a group of tourists? Would we have an exclusive showing of the entire film or just a few scenes from Transformers: The Last Knight? Would the Hall of Fame dinner be an open air affair, with a concert of some stripe? For each question, a dozen others pop into my head.
The depressing thing? I will never have the answers to any of these. Although Pete’s RoboCon gave us a taste of what we might have gotten in the way of toys, other aspects of the BotCon that could have been will never see the light of day: the guests and tours, among others.
That upsets me on a level I can’t even begin to describe.
Again, we have HASCON coming in September. It’s not as if we are completely bereft of a convention. However, HASCON is an unknown and such an unknown that I’ve seen only tepid responses from a couple of my friends; it is doubtful that they will attend. Although Prime and I are set on going, there are still doubts.
I might enjoy HASCON, but I will always ache for BotCon. A part of me will always miss it, just like that part of me will wonder what we could have had, what could have been in those resulting future years.
We can’t go back again
There’s no use giving in
And there’s no way to know
What might have been…