Prime and I just got some news from our friend, DA this morning and it isn’t good. Now, supposedly, the limits on the show exclusives were two a day. About that…
That’s been changed. The limits are now two per show. I’m not kidding.
Now, if you know anything about the toy collecting fandom at large, it’s this: sudden changes in the rules that prevent them from getting the toys that they or their friends want seriously pisses them off. I’m not kidding here: mess with a geek’s swaggery of any stripe and you are dealing with a pissed geek, which has repercussions.
Hey, Hasbro? The whole changing the rules whenever you effing well feel like it? Not a good idea. Sure, I get that it’s your show and you can do whatever the hell you want but let’s be honest here: keep this up and you’ll hold a convention that no one will want to attend. It really isn’t all that hard to figure out. Say what you will but we take our toys very seriously, thank you very much and something tells me you’re going to learn that salient fact very quickly.
Add to that the fact that there were 3,000 preregistrants for a con that cost them two million and we’re already looking at some trouble. Oh and the Groupon deals? They were extended through TODAY. Think about that for a second.
And I’ve heard a little reasoning behind the non-dealer dealer room that HasCon farted out: It seems that the company didn’t like the “flea market” nature of the dealer rooms we had while BotCon was still a thing, so that would explain the idea of pricing those booths so high that no one would want them.
Damn, Hasbro. Just how tone deaf can you get? Do you not understand what the fans enjoy? Wait, don’t answer that.
DA’s going to try and help us the best he can on the toy end. We appreciate the slag out of that. As for this entire HasCon thing: am I ever glad that I didn’t go. I’d have done better with my cash if I had thrown it in a toilet and flushed a few times.
One day left. We’ll see how this train wreck ends.