Blog #1307: More on Hascon

More on Hascon

Hasbro has released a little more info on Hascon. Still missing is information on exclusive toys and merchandise, which is, I think, what most people want to know. There has been no update to the list of exhibitors since my last Hascon blog. That list is epically pathetic. But what they have given us is an explanation of one of the items they are offering, the “Interactive Brand Experience”.

“Get up close to an epic collection of Transformers movie props”

Okay. Seeing movie props would be cool.

“Meet and get your picture with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee costume characters”

Ummm….no. I’ve already had my picture taken with Optimus Prime.

“Photo Ops featuring statues of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Sqweeks, and more”

Okay, maybe a photo with Sqweeks would be cool, but this is far from a major selling point.

“Photo Ops with Camaro Bumblebee and the IMSA/NASCAR TRANSFORMERS: The Last Knight racing car”

Yippee. More photo ops.

“Hands-on play with the latest Transformers toys, plus previews of 2018 action figures and toys”

Since I will likely have all the toys they let you get hands on, or will be getting them later, this really does nothing for me.

“historical products from the Hasbro Vault”

This one could be interesting.

“Designer Archives featuring prototypes and imagery of never-before released toys”

Possibly interesting.

Even the few interesting items on this list would not be enough to get me to go to the convention. What Hasbro fails to realize is that they have revealed nothing that has gotten Transformers fans excited. I’m going because I’m hoping some of the free swag at the events and with the VIP package is worth it. I’m expecting disappointment.

Hasbro needs to get people excited for the convention, and thus far they haven’t done that. They need a splash. A toy revel would be nice, but it has to be a good one. If you tell us we’re getting a slightly altered Trypticon (which we probably are) no one is going to care. I’m am still hoping that there will be some big toy reveal to come, but I’m not holding my breath.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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2 Responses to Blog #1307: More on Hascon

  1. lmb3 says:

    Believe me I could be way more cynical. 🙂 I am cutting them slack more so than others I’ve seen online. I got the VIP pass mainly for the tour, TF events, and gift bags. Some of the panels look good, and I am very much for giving them a pass this year, but can’t ignore the things we know. The exhibitor room is going to be pretty much useless. They only have a handful of exhibitors listed on their site (and all exhibitors are supposed to get listed) and none are real toy dealers. Could they add them? Sure, but it’s getting late. Hascon can’t succeed without toy dealers, and at the moment, we have every reason to believe they won’t have any. I hope they fix it next year, but I can’t be optimistic. They should have realized this weeks ago and done something about it to fix it this year.

  2. Eric Meyers says:

    Can you be anymore pessimistic, or cynical? 🙂 why spend all the money on a VIP pass when you have no idea what to expect? Cut them a little slack, this is after all their first attempt. I’m sure it will improve.

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