QUOTE(RavageX-9 @ Oct 13 2006, 05:26 PM)
I don't think it would be so easy for them either. having twice as much work to do... not to mention the coliding of two huge crowds of people. if you thought getting around the dealer room was bad, try twice that many people. and the hotel... I have a feeling those elevators will be packed all the time. it was bad enough when the fast-food places in the food court ran out of supplies. it's just totally going to be a [email protected]
While your points about the hotel and food places are no doubt valid, Savage is quite explicit that any "combined" dealer room would be twice as large, so I wouldn't worry too much about crowds there. Twice as many people (maybe), but twice as much space, equals same crowd density! Not to mention that, although FP might have a lot more work to do for the time they're doing it, they get more time off later in the year, too!
I mentioned already in this thread I suspect they might notice a difference in pre-registration numbers VS walk-ins. attendance was boosted a lot by the walk-ins this year. anyone see that line? anyone get an idea of how many were in both lines? maybe we should ask FP if they'll disclose some numbers, even rough ones like 1/3rd to 1/4th being walk-ins. I noticed FP doesn't put the number showing how many people pre-registered before you, like 3H did. my OTFCC badges show 1206 (last minute) and 501 (early).
This is a tree we've barked up before. FP is very
firm on this. They don't release numbers. Never have, and never will. They think it's bad for business. (Afraid of competition or something. I don't understand it either. The point is, they're not gonna budge on that one.)
oh, speaking of your place in line pre-registering... what did the first 100 pre-registrants get? ah, here we go. "a special golden disk cloisonn? lapel pin". anyone get a look at those? are those just the things that came in the boxed set of exclusives?
I haven't seen the "first 100" pin, myself, but am absolutely sure that it's a distinct item from the pin that's in the boxed set.
yeah... if anything, you get 6 club magazines (what is that, 36 pages of comics?) and a free basic... thrown in for nothing. sort of as an incentive for attending the convention. of course... if you don't attend, it's totally NOT a free incentive. :> the club membership, convention, and exclusive set is NOT meant to be broken up. then again, look on eBay and you'll see it's not so bad. sell your exclusive set and what did it all cost you?
Surprisingly, other than the "attendee exclusive" Tigatron, I've not gotten my "investment" back on eBaying BotCon exclusives this year. I sold Buzzsaw for exactly
what it cost me (which means a net loss after accounting for eBay fees), and didn't even make as much as Dinobot cost (when taken as a proportion of the box set cost). As I see what the other individual exclusives are going for (roughly in the $20-30 range for most of the smaller ones), I wouldn't be breaking even, even if I sold off all
of them from the box set. (Well, I would after factoring in Tigatron, but if that's a "freebie," that really should
count separately, anyway.)
do a bit better if I sold off Megatron and/or Waspinator, but I'd really like to keep those....
My two cents,