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.

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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1 Response to HasConned

  1. DeviceDude says:

    So much for consistency. On Friday I was told in the HTS toy line 2 items per day while on that day Prime told me he heard 4 items per day. Now on Saturday, the HTS folks tell me 2 per show. In my view, this gave the HasCon employees a collective black eye. Now, I’m not a demanding person, but I expect that if you are employees of a company, you all should have the same consistent message. What *source* of info are you supposed to believe when you’re given different stories? Makes me wish I had filmed those employees so these antics of theirs would haunt HasBro for posterity.

    Most corporations understand that if you want steady customers, you have to cultivate loyalty. Apple Computers might be the best example. Whether you love or hate them, one cannot disregard the billions they rake in every year, mostly from fans who buy and or upgrade their devices with *the same company.* I thought Hasbro would want a long-term fanbase for Transformers and their other properties. These stunts they pull with ill-informed notices or putting up deals after people registered and payed sour an already uneasy relationship…

    Since I’ve performed this service for the SD Team in SDCCIs past, I will get these other items one way or another. I can’t blame you for feeling the way you do towards HasBro/HasCon. Me being a Transformers-lite fan, those who buy any and everything HasBro related would feel pissed. Me being at this event feels like a business trip seeing all these brands. BotCons in many respects were also business trips but were much more fun. 🙂



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