On Friday, we got some new details about HASCON via the AllSpark. If you want to read the entire schedule, you can head over here and see it all. (I admit: seeing a GI Joe panel does have me intrigued. I could see myself catching that.) These are what I feel are the more relevant, since Prime and I will only be going for the Transformers events.
Friday, September 8
12:30pm – IDW – Transformers Comics: How Artists and Writers Bring Stories to Life
Have you ever wanted to know how a comic book comes to life? Hear from the artists and writers that create the Transformers comics. Learn how story ideas are developed and brought to life by the amazing team of writers and artists at IDW.
2:30pm – From Unicron to Megatron – Explore the Villains of Transformers
It feels good to be bad. Dive into the history of some of the most evil bots in the Transformers universe. Hosted by the Transformers brand team.
5:30pm – More than Meets the Eye
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the Transformers toy line, sneak a peek at never-released development process imagery, meet the team behind the magic, and be the first to get a glimpse of the future toy range. Hosted by the Transformers brand team.
Saturday, September 9
12:00pm – PETER AND FRANK SOUND OFF: The Voices of Optimus Prime & Megatron!
The powerful voices behind two of the most iconic adversaries – the heroic Autobot Optimus Prime and villainous Decepticon Megatron – come together as friends and share stories around the legacy they have helped create. With more than 30 years of Transformers voice acting history and decades of friendship, these two will fill the air with untold stories and glimpses behind the microphones of some of the most memorable recording sessions.
1:00pm – IDW – Transformers Comics: How Artists and Writers Bring Stories to Life (repeat)
2:00pm-3:45pm – Peter Cullen and Frank Welker – Autograph session
Get autographs from two of the powerful voices behind two of the most iconic adversaries, the heroic Autobot Optimus Prime and villainous Decepticon Megatron.
4:00pm – TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT in the Making
Discuss the making of Transformers: The Last Knight with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and special guests.
Sunday, September 10
11:00am – THE PRIME WARS TRILOGY: See the story come to life!
Machinima and Hasbro continue the story universe with the upcoming chapters of the Prime Wars Trilogy. Enjoy unseen footage and designs behind the celebrated Combiner Wars season and soon-to-be-released Titans Return. See the animated series come alive from the animation studio. Learn about how Hasbro enlisted the fan universe to expand their story world and the beloved characters that will make their way to the screen in the next chapter of the story.
12:00pm – PETER AND FRANK SOUND OFF: The Voices of Optimus Prime & Megatron! (repeat)
2:00pm – More than Meets the Eye (repeat)
2:00pm-3:45pm – Peter Cullen and Frank Welker – Autograph session (repeat)
These are the general admission events. The next ones are the VIP events:
Transformers Hall of Fame Dinner – Friday 6:30 pm
Be part of the first ever HASCON Transformers Hall of Fame dinner, complete with an induction ceremony and a surprise guest, as well as a special appearance from past inductee Yoke-san, famed Transformers toy designer from Takara Tomy. Enjoy a sit-down dinner and experience an exclusive live performance from Stan Bush, a welcome with Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, and a sneak preview of select 2018 Transformers toys shared by the Transformers design and brand teams. Plus, participate in a raffle for special prizes including signed posters from Mark Wahlberg, Transformers merchandise, and more. Each VIP attendee will receive a special Transformers Super Fan gift bag including a pre-signed autograph from Peter and Frank, Special Comic reprints for HASCON, and a VIP HASCON-exclusive pin set.
Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Event – Saturday 6:15 pm
Join celebrities and producers, including Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, from Transformers: The Last Knight to celebrate the DVD release and view special Bonus Footage. Enjoy light refreshments and a special video message from a surprise celebrity. Each VIP attendee will receive a special Transformers gift bag including a pre-signed autograph from Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, Special Comic reprints for HASCON, and a VIP HASCON-exclusive pin set. Plus, participate in a raffle for special prizes including signed posters from Mark Wahlberg, Transformers merchandise, and more. Additional Special Guests to be announced.
Here’s the thing: you can buy tickets to both for $200 each. Or you can get the VIP ticket and attend one of them, while coughing up another $200 to take in the other.
Seriously. I’m not even kidding here.
Wow. Just wow. Hasbro, you are not inspiring confidence here. In fact, I have to be completely honest: I don’t see myself staying through the whole weekend! I can see Prime and myself leaving out on Sunday morning and not missing anything. Most of the good panels and events will have either already happened or they will be repeats. The Machinima thing? Well, that’s just skippable. Combiner Wars wasn’t very good–that’s being very kind, trust me–and the fans weren’t too enthralled with it.
It’s really hard to justify this. Really hard.
With BotCon and the Golden Ticket, you knew what you were getting. You didn’t have to pick and choose; there were cool things that you could do and that was that. There was no “Pick one and then pay more money to enjoy another one” crap. We were told what we were getting with the Golden Ticket or the Primus package or whatever. But what I’ve read with HASCON just feels like a damned cash grab. It feels like an over-glorified trade show that’s trying to be somewhat fan friendly. The up-front cost is so insane that it’s damned hard to justify, since I’m walking into a virtual unknown here.
I miss BotCon. Sweet holy Primus, I MISS BotCon. Hasbro decided to kill our convention for this?!
I have this feeling that this will be biting them on the skidplate hard, or they will be facing some sort of fallout from this. In either case, it won’t be pretty.