Here is the announcement you have all been waiting on.While the price of the convention package(s) has not been announced yet, I'd be willing to be that the price will be similar to last year's convention (just over $250 for members of the Transformers Collectors' club, but that includes the box set of exclusive toys). That's a bit high, but I've been trying to put away money every month since last year, so it might be possible. I'll hope to be surprised with a lower package this year.
BotCon '06 will be held in Lexington, KY, September 28-Oct 1. We will be at the Hyatt Regency Lexington and the adjoining Lexington Center. Hyatt will have us loaded into their system for reservations by the end of the week.
Convention brochures will be available in a few weeks and I will email you when they are ready.
Thanks for your support and we hope to see you all in Lexington later this year.
But the location? That's actually got me excited. Lexington's only about an hour and a half away from Louisville, where I grew up and where my immediate family still lives. BotCon gives me an opportunity to go visit them, and my brother and one of his Transformers-loving friends are already starting discussions about possibly driving down together. If I can go, this could well be the most fun convention I've been to yet (the previous conventions I've gone to have been by myself, and I've been fine with that, but I always tend to be embarrased at the level of stereotypical geekiness of the didn't-take-a-shower-wears-all-black-
up-to-do-embarrasing-impersonations-of-one's-favorite-character type that seems to be on display at these things, which is sad because I know that not all Transformers fans are like that).
Plus, I may have the opportunity to bring a game show event to the convention. But that's if I can go....
See, besides the cost, which could be a problem in itself, the convention's still going to be held at a time that would be difficult for me to break free during. This is a common problem for those of us who are in academia (either as students or staff), which is a fairly large number of Transformers fans. Still, the last weekend of September/first weekend of October isn't quite so impossible as the weekend immediately previous would have been....
I'm eagerly awaiting more information.