Ok so this is my 8th Botcon - Here is my review of Botcon 2011. The Good Stuff: - Location - This was my first Botcon in Pasadena. I really loved Pasadena. A lot of the places we discovered within a mile of the Sheraton had great food for dinner out and the weather was beautiful. The convention center itself was also big enough to house all of the madness... The panels were able to be enjoyed by everyone that deemed them a priority. The $139 price at the Sheraton was reasonable and worth mentioning. There of couse was also the bad stuff for us... see the bad section for more on that. - Fun Pub - These guys keep putting on a good show. This years Animated Stunitcon toys and souvenirs were absolutely top notch freaking awesome with a cherry energon cube on top. I enjoyed the script readings. I loved that we got a script reading of the actual animated themed comic this year with some juicy add on scenes! This is something they should do every year if possible. The fact that Fun Pub works with people who have contributed to the TF brand in big ways - Derrick Wyatt for example - just shows they care about the details... The box graphics for the exclusives and the logo for the stunticons were talked about at length by Lanney Lathem and Eric Siebenaler. Also - I loved the autograph cards they did for this year... The cards made it more fun to hunt for everyone while attending. There were tons of voice actors this year and I enjoyed that a lot... not nearly enough time to get all the autographs... I think I got maybe 60% of them? There are tons of other reasons why Fun Pub made it a great year - More Shattered Glass characters to add on to our Expanding Universe of Figures!!! I would say the figures overall this year are some of the best we have ever seen. The TF Prime script reading was also very enjoyable and I'm glad we got to see the exclsuive first airing of the next episode... Next years club toys look amazing already... Shattered Glass Drift! - GREAT REVEAL! Great Job Fun Pub! I have very little to complain about but see the bad section for more on that. - Hasbro - First of all... The guys who have been there for 6-10 years such as Eric, Aaron, Greg... All of them are the nicest people you will ever meet... I talked to them a few times throughout the weekend and they always make time to discuss the brand. Eric did a sketch of Animated Lockdown for me on the sketch card from the Fun Pub set and he did a bigger TF Prime Arcee drawing for me while talking about his departure from the TF brand for the SW Clone Wars World... I enjoyed Aaron's panel on the mythos of Transformers and how that is all coming along... as well as the news on Transformers The Ride at Universal Studios. The only bad stuff from Hasbro was lack of product reveals - see my bad section for more. - Hall of Fame Awards - The videos that Hasbro put together were top notch... better than last years? Hmmm... not sure. I loved that they acknowledged Eric and Greg leaving after contributing so much to the brand... I do think it was in good form that Michael Bay showed up... We also got Peanut M & Ms... This is where the good ends for me on this particular item... See the bad section. - The Dealer Room and Convention Floor - I loved having the majority of the movie vehicles on the floor as you walked in. nice touch. I think the dealer room was one of the best I have seen in the more recent years... There was a little bit of everything for folks this year... Nothing to complain about here. The Bad Stuff: - Location - Pasadena - It cost us about $1500.00 just for flights and a shuttle and baggage to attend... even booking four months out... Needless to say this is crazy, but I managed to make it work somehow. - Fun Pub - One improvement I would like - I like the option of being able to buy two different event t-shirts. I would have loved to have one graphic type shirt and one illustrative character themed shirt. I do like the idea of one of the shirts having the year on it... it amkes it more of a collectible... just keep the runs down on it and when you run out you run out. The only other complaint I have is the fact that I have been to 8 botcons and I have never been able to get into a custom class. Obviously there are quite a few of us who would like to participate in this... but there have been no big changes to this aspect of the convention to accomodate more of us. I have no problem having a non - attending custom class figure kit and instructions... If they want to do the class on youtube and we can watch it when we return home and assemble our figure... That is fine with me... There have to be ways to accomodate more of us hardcore fans into the classes or at least do a figure kit with instructions and we can assemble it for fun on our own time... Minerva was a great figure and character... Abby Collins did a GREAT job in the script reading bringing her to life and it would have been a much better decision to have Toxitron be the custom class figure in my opinion... These are small gripes compared to the overall great job Fun Pub did this year... but I think opinions matter... so I leave it at that. - Hall of Fame Awards - For $45 I wanted to see the whole movie... Even TF Prime epsiodes or animated epiosdes... something... End of Story... overpriced. - Hasbro - This is the first year where I felt the Toy Reveals sucked. Fun Pub outdid Hasbro on toy reveals... Everyone has been saying it since Saturday... I'm just agreeing. Anyway - this is my good and bad review of Botcon 2011... This year's animated theme and toys, script readings and voice actors kept it overall worth my time... but not quite my money on flight fees... If two simple things had fallen into place it would have been my favorite Botcon... We should have watched a rough cut of the movie... and the custom class should have been open to more fans. What did everyone else think about Botcon this year?