Yes, I know this is late, but my annual travel to America for BotCon is often full of other things I do, so my write-up of the entire adventure can take a while, because I have other things to do when I get back home. It was actually finished a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to wait until after the focus on TFCon had passed first. Those who attended this year can use my archive of info and images to reflect on and re-live the event, as well as see things you missed. And those who haven't yet been to a BotCon, maybe it can inspire you to attend... that is, if you haven't had any issues with FunPub yet. (I'm not a fan of FunPub after they were proven to have defrauded hundreds of dollars in Shipping from me and then two of their senior staff refused to respond to it, but I am still a fan of BotCon after 16 years of attending them, so I ask that people please distinguish between the two entities for this topic, and leave any "FunPub-bashing for fun" to other applicable discussion topics.) The main index & intro for this year is here - My archive of past BotCons can be found here. The 2015 page has a list of links to the BotCon events and panels for this year, plus significant things I did while I was in America, which is written up to allow you to start on page One and work your way through chronologically to the end (if you really wanted to do that). To give people here something to look at without forcing you to go through my 42 pages and 1,891 images, these are some of the interesting bits and pieces to look at and comment on (here). Most of the BotCon events were already detailed in the TFW News section by other people, so there shouldn't be any "news" in here. (to view an image full-size, right click on it and select View Image) For those in America who are curious of how far some people travel, this was my total trip this year from Brisbane to Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago and back again. It is worth noting that there was also someone at BotCon this year from Perth, which is even further distance... quite possibly the furthest traveled attendee this year. The Major guests were light this year, with just three Voice Actors and two or three other Major Guests. Frank Welker - VA (first BotCon) Susan Blu - VA (third BotCon) John Moschitta - VA (second BotCon) Derrick Wyatt - Animated Writer (fifth BotCon) Kojin Ono - Designer (first BotCon) Jim Sorenson - Book writer (sixth BotCon as a guest on Panels, but not noted as a guest this year, despite being on more panels than any of the other five Major guests this year). Tally of the most frequent American BotCon attendees (ones in brackets don't count as "BotCon", but were guests at a non-American BotCon, or at an Annual American Transformers convention recognized & authorized by Hasbro) 8 - Peter Cullen - 97, 04, 06, 07, 09, 10, 11, 12 8 - David Kaye - 97, 98, (03), 07, 08, 09, 11, 12, 14 7 - Simon Furman - 97, 98, (99e), 01, 02, (02e), (03), (04o), 06, 08, 12 6 - Jim Sorenson - 08, 09, 10, 12, 13, 15 5 - Stan Bush - 97, 07, 09, 10, 11 5 - Vince DiCola - 97, 98, 00, 01, (03), (04o), 09 5 - Michael McConnohie - 02, 04, (04o), 09, 11, 14 5 - Scott McNeil - 98, 99, 01, (04o), 06, 10 5 - Derrick Wyatt - 08, 09, 11, 12, 14, 15 4 - Marty Isenberg - 08, 09, 11, 14 3 - Gregg Berger - 01, (03), 09, 11 3 - Susan Blu - 98, 14, 15 3 - Steve Blum - 11, 13, 14 3 - Wally Burr - 04, 05, 13 3 - Garry Chalk - 98, 01, (03), 12 3 - Paul Davids - 01, 04, 09 3 - Flint Dille - 04, 09, 11 3 - Bob Forward - 97, 98, 02 3 - Bryce Malek - 98, 04, 09 3 - Robert Orci - 07, 09, 11 3 - David Wise - 98, 04, 09 The Location of the Convention this year. A little out of the way... There are three factors to the Location this year that are worth noting... Location within America - great, for being "central" and near a major city. Proximity to major cities or transportation - bad, for being distant, and difficult to easily get to with public transport (taxi, train, etc) Proximity to stores - great, with two major chain stores within 5 minutes which is a first for BotCon, plus a heap of restaurants. Chicago from the air. The Resort. I think I would have loved this place as a 10 year old kid, as it was a mass of a maze to explore, but as an adult, it was old, spread out, and smelled bad. Below was a concern when I saw it on the first day, because it was expected to rain all week, and the main convention hall where all the toys were, was not joined to the main Resort. If the heavy rain on the Monday hit during the Convention weekend, people would have to make sure that they wrapped up their items in plastic when heading back to the Resort or the Panel Room. . Pre-registration Package (Wednesday) . The new Pretender shell fits in well with the aesthetic of the existing Pretenders. . An example of in-room trading. Club Store Toys (Thursday) . . Group shot of this year's BotCon toys.