**Please don't flame - I am asking cuz I honestly don't know, and I'm the most hard-core TF (or any other SF) fan in my personal acquaintance.** Ok, so while I've been a "fan" since G1, and always got the US comics, I foolishly sold my G1 comics & most of the toys (only had a few dozen, due to space & $$ constraints) a mere 6 mo before BW came out... ah well. Now, I'm back into rebuilding my toy collection. Comics are doing nicely, ty. And I will soon acquire clothes. That said, while the basic idea of going to BotCon appeals greatly, I'm wondering WTF I'm getting for over $300 just to get in the door?? I go to Dragon*Con in Atlanta GA every year, and aside from the hotel, spend just over $300 on everything, including getting my butt in the door! And the BotCon hotel is only a little cheaper. I know I get "exclusive" toys (Seekers this year), but for a single mom who doesn't have loads of cash to blow on G1 acquisitions, or lots of repaints (or whatever else is out there these days), what is the point? I see a few VAs appear (cool), what else do you do at the Con? (Not into kitbuilding - is that aka kitbashing?) As a comparison, I've gone to several weekend ST & SciFi cons, generally just 1 day, and had a blast - but that was $40. D*C is 4 days of multi-media programming - writing, Anime (probly dom by TF this year), Toys, AM SF TV (where I speak), XFile/Supernatural, Goth, Tolkein, SW, ST, Pern, etc.... Since I have to come up w/ $1000 for BotCon (plus fun money) if I don't room or get a roomie, then do it again 2 mo later for D*C, I'd like to have an idea what I can expect for my money. Cuz right now, the only thing I'm about is missing the advance screen of the Movie.