Thirty Five Years – Thirty Five Thoughts #10: A Small Affair

The advertisement was small, a tiny image on the page of a Lee’s Action Figure Digest. But a friend of mine spotted it and said, “You know there’s going to be a Transformers convention, right?”

I was stunned. No, I didn’t know, I admitted. He showed me the ad. I stared at the page, completely transfixed. This was real. This was actually happening.

It was 1994, the ten year anniversary of the Transformers. Generation 2 had been on shelves for the past year. Now, there was going to be a convention celebrating Transformers.


I wanted to go. Dear Primus, I wanted to go. But it was in Indiana and there was no way my mother would allow me to go on a trip of such magnitude. She didn’t like it when I went to Raleigh with my friends for the weekend; leaving the state was out of the question and I knew it.

But I wanted to be there.

There would be guests and panels and a dealer room with toys for sale. There would be an exclusive figure. There would be other people who enjoyed collecting Transformers. There would be fun. A lot of fun. I was certain that my friends and I would have enjoyed ourselves.

I could only enjoy the convention vicariously, through write-ups in Lee’s and Tomart’s, as the internet wasn’t really a thing in those days. The next year, it was the same; a fleeting hope that I could attend, and a wistful sigh as I read the resulting coverage. It would take me five years and a few false starts for me to finally realize my dream.

It would also open doors that I had no idea existed. Attending BotCon would be a life-changing experience, in more ways than one.

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 Thirty Five Years – Thirty Five Thoughts #10: A Small Affair

  1. DeviceDude says:

    “Attending BotCon would be a life-changing experience, in more ways than one.”

    I can say the same was for me as well. 🙂



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