BotCon 2006 - Kickback's Wrap Up, Thoughts, Etc.

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  1. Kickback

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    WARNING: If the discussion of consuming massive amounts of alcohol is disturbing or upsetting to you, do not read this article. While TRANSFORMERS are a kids toy, one can argue these conventions and the activities given to us are more for the adult collectors, and thus, adult activities took place over the weekend.




    Hey guys.

    Well, it's been nearly a week since BotCon officially came to a close, but I had yet to write up a full "report" so to speak on my thoughts of the show. It's important to note that this is my first "official" show since OTFCC 2003 in Chicago, IL. I had attended BotCon 2004 in Pasadena, which was the last unofficial BotCon, as well as CyberCon NYC in 2005. So in a lot of ways this was a home-coming for me, especially with so many friends planning to attend.

    Flying out to Kentucky was easy. Flights on time (if not early). I did the smart thing and didn't pack any toilatries, as I didn't want to have to lose my deoderant or my toothpaste because they weren't in 3oz. containers. What, did they discover the right mixture of sports drink and flammable agent takes 4oz.? Seriously.

    Landed in Kentucky around 2pm local time and MY BOYS (Elvin, Jose, and crew) showed up in their rented van complete with DVD player and GPS System. Watching JackAss the Movie was great, though Derrick/Darren(???) is a pussy for not being able to stand watching people get paper cuts :) 

    Pulled in to the hotel, went up and checked out Elvin's room, got a phone call from TrickyDisco (my roommate for the weekend) and ran down with Elvin to say hello! Met up with alphie and the others while in there, called up Joe Moore, and we all went downstairs and figured out what we wanted to do for dinner. And I completely forget what we did. In the end, we waited for the bar scene to start up and that's where we went.

    I met up with Don Figueroa and took a seat with Simon Furman. Probably sat there having drinks with those two gents for 3 hours? Eventually joined by Aaron Archer and Joe Moore, many a fun stories were told and Simon was a truly awesome guy for picking up a rather large tab for all of us. I take back anything negative I said about this guy, he made the first two days at the show unbelivabley amazing. Simon FTW! Special thanks to Alvarez for the Jaeger shots. Still laughing at Don's and Simon's reaction to Jaeger. Glad I didn't take his offered Tequila shots. Annoyed Eric (Hasbro Designer) to come join us at the bar, he finally did, I was given a keyword that would be used in the panel in the morning that I would then stand up and cheer like an idiot to.

    Went upstairs, apparently cuddled Boardwise, apparently pissed in the corner of the room, apparently humped Draven and TrickyDisco's bed, whatever. I DO NOT REMEMBER.

    Went downstairs early in the morning on Friday to help set up the dealer room. Got in line with Jeff Englert (Primus, former Palisades Designer), took a seat, AND TOTALLY MISSED MY KEYWORD! It was "shabadoo" for those curious, Eric said it during one of his explanations to something. "...and all that shabadoo." Non-Sequitor was another, but it never got worked in for the weekend. Boo. I felt bad. So next year I'll plan NOT to be hungover as hell.

    Did the Board Wars. Lost the Board Wars. But had one hell of a great time losing. Kudos to the AllSpark for having a team that knew their stuff. And kudos to my team for half of us being hungover and the other half (Colin) just not paying enough attention to TF lore over the years :) 

    Went back to the Dealer Room, met up with Tony B and DESTRO, and just chilled. The dealer room opened, I managed the Hartman line for a couple of hours before I was literally dead tired and had to go relax. Talked with Paul Hitchens for a bit, Raymond and Preto from Tempting Toys, and waited for the room to close.

    And then we got some food.

    And then we wanted to get drunk BEFORE going to the screening of the movie. So we went to some bar across the street and had some expensive but good burgers, a few beers, got KidDynamite SMASHED, and kept him SMASHED, called up a few of the guys. Went down to YESTERDAY'S, Ryan from Seibertron was an awesome guy (yes I said it) and bought us a round so we returned the favor, drank with our crew, and decided at about 11pm to start heading up to the theater.

    Yeah. Jesus balls Christ it was a huge line. Luckily, we had our VIP tickets, so we went in through the side entrance and got up to the refreshment counter and ordered a ton of drinks. Ariana from Sony BGM is a doll and got us upstairs to the balcony. Apparently you can't bring up couches from the lobby, but we tried anyways.

    Anyone in the movie that heard massive cheering/applause when Kickback's head got crushed? Yeah. That was a TFW2005 started cheer from the balcony. It was supposed to just be clapping, but when you have 10 to 15 drunk guys up top ... yeah, it doesn't stay that way. Eventually we bailed to the bars, I got an ugly chick dumped on me (I didn't know she was ugly, I was pretty drunk), and we all ran away and passed out.

    Saturday ... Saturday ... the one part about that day that I remember more than anything else is seeing a bunch of kids with their dads. I thought that was great. I saw dads at the ATM's getting money to buy their kids that one toy they wanted. As stupid as it sounds, I seriously got teary eyed. THIS IS WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT! Yeah, we're all big nerds in to this crap, but the kids ... that's what this is supposed to be about. That's what Transformers are made to do, is to give kids something cool to play with. I just took it all in, seeing the line for getting in to the dealer room/buying tickets so long with tons of kids in line.

    Saturday night's festivities were great. We drained the hotel bar of all it's alcohol. No joke! The hard stuff was there, some non-alcoholic drinks, and some of the stuff on tap. So we bailed. Our crew consisted of some VIP's and ... well actually, it was just me, Tony, Jose, Elvin, Paul, and Maz I think. Oh well! I realized there that "drunk girl from last night" was actually "not so good looking girl" and the decision was made to leave that behind.

    After spending 15 minutes in the street shouting "WHERE ARE THE TITTIES!!??!" some of us chose to leave and head back while the others continued to do that for another 10 minutes or so.

    Sunday was special for me because my nephew made it to the show. He got a lot of free stuff (thank you Elvin, Colin, DON) and had a great time. I only see him once a year, if I'm lucky, so this was just perfect. This was the only day of the show that disappointed me, and it wasn't because of anything related to the show! It just finally felt like that "nerd" presence that wasn't there all weekend slowly seaped in. Like others have complained, we had a table of people in the small hotel bar not DRINKING, but PLAYING NINTENDO DS. Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying there's anything necessarily wrong with that, I just didn't think a bar was the place to do that. I don't connect "bar" to "video games" ... but that's just me.

    Sunday night in the hotel room was hilarious, thank you so much Al, Bimma, Dan, and Pete for being some of the best friends I could have during this show. You were okay with me deficating on your stuff, coming in at 5am drunk, and even, at times, not even seeing you for 24 hours straight. Yet you still had time for me and that means a lot.

    To Brian Savage, the Hartmans, Alvarez, Pete Sinclair, Lenny ... thank you. I can say that this has been the best Transformers convention I have ever attended. There was nothing that stood out during the show that I said "That could be done better" or "That's not right". Thank you for taking the time to put together an incredible show. I enjoyed myself immensley, and you have my full support for your future shows.

    And special thanks to Karl Hartman for the 4 loose Seacons from your collection. I was shocked as hell to still see them there near the end of Friday, and you were kind enough to let me buy them.

    Great show. Really, really great show. I encourage people who are on the fence on whether or not to go to definitely attend next year in Rhode Island. Everyone will have a crowd, whether you're the person that gets really in to the fiction side of things, or the person that's there just to drink and hang out with some cool people. There's a little bit of something for everyone, so give it a chance.

    The end!
     
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    Wow! Sounded like a blast! Wish I could've gone....
     
  3. TSFC

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    As fun as that all sounded, I still couldn't part with that kind of cash for a convention about toys. I could use that money to buy all the TFs I need and that would be after all my bills for the month are paid.

    As much as I'd like to justify a 'Con...I just can't.

    Sensibility kicks in.
     
  4. Brandon

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    Sounds like it was some good times. I really look forward to trying to go to next year's in Providence.
     
  5. ProfessorSmooth

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    This was the best BotCon yet. Worth every penny.
     
  6. Deefuzz

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    Great recap man. I was glad to see you again, it had been like...3 years or something.

    I can't wait until next year
     
  7. CdnShockwave

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    Word bro. Your sig says it all!
     
  8. KidDynamite

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    I agree. If Botcon were exclusively about toys, I wouldn't go. But here's the thing...Botcon is only tangentelly a "convention about toys". How much of Kickback's wrap up above was about toys at all?

    Sure, I could spend the money I spend going to Botcon on a bunch of Transformers, or a new car, or whatever else. But when I'm old, those toys would be rotting and that car would be long gone. In their place, I will have memories of visiting new places I wouldn't have traveled to otherwise, meeting new people, making new friends, and spending great times with old friends. THAT's what Botcon is about. I'm by no means rich, in fact compared to most people I'm quite poor. But I would honestly pay twice as much as I already do to go to Botcon if I had to. I just can't justify NOT having those experiences, sensibility be damned.
     
  9. Shaun_C

    Shaun_C The REAL One True fan Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    QFT

    It's like I said to Kickback when he asked me if I was enjoying the Convention and hanging with him and his crew and such. BotCon isn't simply about toys, it's also a great social event. Where people get together and socialize, it's more about the people then it is about toys.

    It's too bad I didn't get to shoot the breeze with you KD. But oh well, there's always the possibility of next year :) 
     
  10. Motor_Master

    Motor_Master Lets the balls touch TFW2005 Supporter

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    The poets couldn't have said it better KD.

    This was my 4th convention (third official) and every year is a totally unique experience. Oh sure there's lots of toy shopping, but that's only a small part of the Botcon experience.
     
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    Yup, there's

    1)Getting hit on by "ugly chicks"
    2)Dropping one's pants in the dealer room
    3)Reach arounds
    4)Tinkling on laptops
    5)Trying to sleep while someone in the next room's gettin' his groove on
    6)Gratuitous use of "EYYYYYY"

    Yup BotCon has it all :lol 
     
  12. Motor_Master

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    And don't forget the Hammer of Doom!
     
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    ....hammer of doom?
     
  14. KidDynamite

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    See? If you went, you'd know. :)  :p 
     
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    I think the cool thing about the 'con is that it accommodates everyone's purpose for attending, regardless of what that might be. If I were ever to go, it would be exclusively about the toys - hoping I could track down those last few uber-rare pieces I need. I finished my partying back in college, so the other stuff wouldn't be for me.

    I'm delighted to hear that so many people enjoyed themselves - that can only be a good thing for the franchise, and for the future success of the club/con.
     
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    I now feel somewhat satisfied that I was not the only one who thought taking up a table at the bar and playing games was inappropriate.

    You didn't mention the dinner/casino thing Kickback. Did you guys go to that?
     
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    And this is exactly why BotCon doesn't appeal to me.

    Like you, I got through the party/drinking phase a long while ago.

    I buy what I like in TFs or what I think I absolutely need, and beyond that...I'm content with life pretty much. Going to a convention is okay, but it's not super duper in my book. So yeah, it covers everything, but I just don't feel a need to be a part of it.

    I don't need a convention to enjoy my TFs. To those of you who do, great. I hope you do.
     
  18. Vangelus

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    Feeling the need to clarify, in my case.

    I don't need Botcon to enjoy 'em, it just magnifies the enjoyment far beyond what anything store-bought or delivered can hope to offer.

    There are parts of my collection that are cool on their own, and cooler for reasons surrounding their acquisition.

    SoC-but-not Gaiking is a frigging awesome toy. However, it's -more- awesome due to the fact that it was part of a reflex buy brought on by Boardwise finally seeming to cave in to 2 days of focused pressure in regards to his buying a damn Primus. :D 

    Anyway, it's all about whatever floats one's boat. Key thing to remember is that nobody's boat is better than anyone else's. Granted, some are more fun.
     
  19. Motor_Master

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    Beautifully stated Vang.

    I had a blast hangin' out with everyone and I had only two drinks the whole weekend... someone had to balance out Kicky, Tricky and the rest ;)  If your merely going for the toys, Botcon is an expensive route to go for your TF fix, unless its relatively close by. However Botcon is not merely about the toys... and hopefully it never will be.











    Its about toys and playing your DS in the bar :p 
     
  20. flux convoy

    flux convoy RIP Botcon.

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    Kickback has another name besides Tinkles as well. He's also Sidekick so named by Bill who is also a Hasbro designer. We picked on each other all damn weekend. Hehe. You know, this was my first Botcon and no one really knew me that well besides a couple locals I knew who came. It was really nice to meet and put faces to alot of the names I've grown familiar with and everyone was very open and welcoming. Even the guests roaming downstairs and just being very personable made it all very nice. As cheesy as it sounds I wanted to just say a big thanks to all the 2005 members who were so cool to me and for being a part of what made my experience so great. So thanks. I hope to be able to see you all again for the next one.
     

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