As many of you know, Slag-a-con was held yesterday in Chesterfield, IN. at the Mill Creek Civic Center. I personally had a wonderful time, but I can't speak for everyone. Please share your thoughts, comments, opinions, and overall personal experiences. I'll start. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I brought my wife and two of my friends with me Friday. We had made our reservations at the Hampton Inn in Anderson, IN. which is just a hop, skip, and a faceplant away from Chesterfield. We arrive there about 3 hours behind schedule, but that couldn't be helped as we were delayed leaving Terre Haute. We get there and meet up with Megamus and his crew at Megatoyfan in their room on the 3rd floor for the first ever "SLAG-A-CON PARTS PARTY". Scored a sweet haul at some awesome prices, made some trades too. Things finally shut down about 3am, lol. ~~~~~The Next Morning ~~~~~ We get up at the buttcrack of dawn (6am), and head downstairs about 6:45 for breakfast. The Hampton Inn supplied us with cereal, fruit, juice, muffins, biscuits, gravy, eggs, sausage, and waffles. Wonderful way to start the day! So about 7:15 we head out toward Chesterfield down I-69. We exit at Chesterfield and then proceed to promptly get lost. We are going down the road, we pass some gas stations, a McDonalds, but after a few minutes I begin to worry and I say to my wife, "Honey, Those are cows, WHY AM I SEEING COWS?!". (lol) So we turn around only to realize that there is a Dollar General in view on the other side of the railroad tracks. I figure that must be a business district, so we backtrack a few blocks and we find a gas station (Murray's, or Moogle's or something like that, can't remember). They tell me to continue down THIS road (I was right afterall), and it would be on my left. Sure enough, less than 5 minutes later, we were there. We pulled in next to this big white van belonging to Captured Prey (sweet ride Sidecutter). Once inside we promptly disperse outside the dealer room where I meet up with Chad. He shows me around the place, needless to say, I'm impressed. Turns out we had issues with the buzzers used in the Trivia and Combiner contests so sadly those were cancelled. I continued on into the dealer room, and took out my pride and joy, my MISB Masterpiece Grimlock, and then proceeded down to the autograph session. I waited in line not but a few short minutes before it was my turn to meet GREGG BERGER. I also happened to have my video camera on hand, and was lucky enough for him to wish my lil' nephew a Happy Birthday on video. We talked for a couple minutes whilst signing Grimlock, about him, about working with Benjamin "SCATMAN" Crothers, and then I was off. If I had more hands, I'd have brought my other stuff to be signed by the rest of the guests, but that would have to wait for the 2nd session that afternoon. I head back to the dealer room, and place my new treasure carefully into my "swag-bag". I then pull out the camera again and take a tour of the place, and of the dealers, making sure to give them a friendly plug as I go. Once that's done it's time to go shopping! Scored a sweet 2007 (G1) Jazz loose from TFMarketplace, a Kabaya G1 Prime kit and Omega Supreme Trackpiece from Captured Prey, and loads of other great stuff. Chad and his family and friends were also kind enough to supply lunch for cheap! Sloppy Joes, Chili Dogs, Chips, Soda, and more! I myself just had a plain hotdog with mustard and a diet rootbeer. Later on that afternoon it came time for the 2nd autograph session, and while going through my "swag-bag" to fetch my 2007 Brawl and 2007 Starscream ( for David Sobolov and Daniel Ross to sign ), I discovered something I completely forgot to take to Gregg Berger for him to sign, my 1986 F.H.E V.H.S. T.F.:T.M.! (That's 1986 Family Home Entertainment Cassette of The Trans Formers : The Movie). I promptly grab it up along with Brawl and Starscream and get in line (which is much longer by this point). I don't think Gregg Berger could believe his eyes when he saw my tape. He seemed taken back by it. So after that it came time for the VA panel next door. There were a few questions here and there, but most of it was the three VAs carrying a dialogue between them. Very great stuff! Heard some stories about how they got started, their favorite projects, and even some stories about how Frank Welker would prank the other VAs, or the guys in the booth. There was one question that stood out in my mind though. One guy asked Gregg Berger regarding the recent TFW2005 poll on the next TF series Shout Factory should tackle (Headmasters) and that if they got the G1 VAs back together (what ones are left), if he would be interested. He said "I'd love to". What a great way to end the day! An overall wonderful show. My wife and I had a great time, and very much look forward to next years show! I would like to send a special thanks to: Chad Williams and Family: All of this was possible thanks to you. The VAs (Gregg Berger, David Sobolov, Daniel Ross): You helped make this show a memorable one, we couldn't have done it without you. The Dealers: Capturedprey.com, Megatoyfan.com, Allspark.com, TFmarketplace.com, Vaders Attic, and more! You all definitely brought your A-game! The Fans: If you weren't there, we'd have had more Hotdogs for ourselves! *shakes fists* lol. - Nah, seriously though, you are the heart and soul of this franchise, you help to keep it alive. ONWARD TO SLAG-A-CON 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!