Many thanks to my friend, Dai Atlas, for attending this event and nabbing the exclusives for us. The SilverDefense team appreciates all you do! I just wish I could be there to commiserate.
HasCon started today. I don’t know if we could call it successful. Here’s what I’ve heard so far:
-There have been three thousand preregistrants. Now, that sounds like a lot, but remember: we’re dealing with multiple franchises so that number should have been a bit higher.
-The Transformers panel was moved from 5:30 pm to 11:30 am. The change was not reflected in the program guide. Instead, fliers were handed out to the attendees.
-Some of the exclusives actually have sold out, namely the GI Joe set and the Primitive skateboarding Optimus Prime. There are Arcees, as well as the Magic: the Gathering card sets.
-There seem to be plenty of kids there and they are having fun. But there doesn’t seem to be a lot for the adults. That may bite Hasbro in the back end but we’ll see.
-That VIP lounge? It’s a joke. A few couches, some food and drink and that’s about it.
-Most people who are there are claiming that Hasbro took their SDCC displays and simply spread them around the convention center. They may be right.
-Yes, Hasbro has the entire convention center, which means a lot of walking. As in, from one end of the building to another.
-There are movie vehicles. They are from the first Transformers live action film. Bumblebee–in his 1976 Camaro form–and Barricade. There’s also an Optimus Prime statue, along with movie props. Sure, you can get pictures taken with them but that’s it. Some were thinking that Hasbro was going to have a bit more interactivity with these displays. That would have been nice, I do admit.
As of right now, it really does seem that I’m not missing much. Sure, I’d love to have my picture taken with Bumblebee but I was hoping that it would be the Camaro from the latest film. I was rather hoping that one of the Optimus Prime trucks would have made an appearance but that seems like a wash. Again, this wasn’t strictly for Transformers; I know that. But what’s going on right now doesn’t sound fun.
Here’s hoping 2018 will offer us something better.