This year's OTFCC event kicked off with the ever popular Dinner. This was my first time at the dinner so it was good fun all for all who were there. After getting dressed, this is a semi-formal affair where shoes, shirt and tie (optional, but requested) are required, We arrived promptly at 7:30 pm and waited in the 400 person long line that stretched from from ballroom door all the way upstairs and through hotel lobby.
The doors opened promptly at 7:30. Fellow TFormers staff member BWBM and I met up with our good Pals from Transfandom; Aerosurge, Zach and Stormrider and took our seats at a table close the center of the room where all the big wigs where sitting. We took the first table we could get and were soon joined but Lukis brothers from Unicron.com. Hey guys! Before long the likes of Simon Furman, Greg Berger, Gary Chalk, Pat Lee and the Dreamwave gang, Devil's Due, and a slew of other Trasnformers celebrities were taking their seats and the event was set to begin.
This year's dinner featured beef, chicken or veggie main courses. You had to pick one when you registered. I chose the beef. The meal began with a rolls, butter, a lovely garden salad and your choice of vinnegrette or ranch dressing. Next came the main dishes. Beef, chicken or vegetable primavera accompanied by mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. I got the roast roast beef. The serving was generous and well prepared. A good thing too because I was way hungry. The mashed potatoes were particularly good and barely survived a minute on my plane. Yummy! The main course was followed up with desert including strawberry cheese cake and coffee. Double yum! The waiter we had was fast and friendly and even went out of his way to get Zach a special fruit bowl since he was allergic to strawberries.
With the meal cleared off the table, the master of ceremonies and OTFCC organizer Glen Hallit took the microphone and kicked things off with a bang by welcoming the fans and celebrities to the 2003 convention. Unfortunately, like most year's, this one's dinner was supposed to include a sneak preview special of the Armada Unicron Battles cartoon but Hasbro was unable to make it in time and thus the preview was unavailable this year. What a bummer.Exclusive Goodies
Finally what we were here for! Glen talked about all the cool stuff we will be seeing at the show and in the coming year. Kicking things off with information about the 2003 con exclusives and gave us our first in person look at the exclusive toys we would be getting. The round up this year included a number of toys that were based on the Robots In Disguise (RID) series toy molds bringing us the most recently issued toys we've seen at the con yet. The exclusives shown included the following items below.Dinner
This year's dinner exclusives featured some really cool stuff. First we got a look at the two dinner plates designed and illustrated by Dreamwave's Don Figuroa showing Optimus Prime on one and Megatorn with Devastator on the other. Dinner attendees would get one of the two, but could order the second one online after the show if they wanted a complete set. Other dinner exclusives included the Dreamwave Arcee lithograph by Pat Lee, a cool banner type poster featuring Transformers art from the upcoming 88mph Genesis book and the Super7 Magazine 20 Years of Optimus Prime OTFCC cover edition that featured a special die-cut cover of Don Figueroa's amazing All Optimus Prime's poster. Very very nice if I do say so myself. ;)Convention
Pre-registrants got some very cool stuff this year. Hotel exclusive (for the 1st 600 to reserve a room) Sunstreaker and Pre-reg Sideswipe both based on the RID Prowl mold. Next up was the pre-reg sisters twin-pack Roulette and Shadow Striker that are both based the RID Sideswipe mold with a slight twist. Thanks to the folks at Hasbro and Takara the twin sisters set came with all-new molded heads giving both of the figures a distinctive female look. This is the first time OTFCC has had offered a custom mold and what could be cooler than two new female bots added the TF Universe. There was also some additional exclusive items available to show attendees that include an Autobots vs. Decpticons T-Shirt and a Heroes of Cybertron Six pack that came on a fancy blister card including the 3 seekers Starscream, Thundercracker, Skywarp and three Decepticon clone seekers that were referred to as reverse Sykwarp repaints.Fan Club & OTFCC 2004 Incentive
Wait there's more! Glen Hallit gave us a look at some extras that we would be seeing for the fan club and the 2004 pre-reg incentive. Being a BIG fan of the Mega PVC line, I know I was slightly blown away when it was announced that 3H would be offering their own flavor of the Mega SCF line as a series of Fan Club exclusives. With that news we were shown the Mega SCF version of Skywarp. Colored in the familiar black and purple colors, the Mega PVC figure looked fantastic. Glen also announced a special show incentive for those who signed up for next years event, the Heroes of Cybertron Sunstorm figure. A very nice yellow repaint of the HOC seeker mold.Wrap Up
Glen Hallit concluded the event by simultaneously introducing and thanking the guests and participants of this years show. Shout outs were given to the attending voice actors, the teams at Devil's Due and Dreamwave, the folks from Hasbro, Super7 for the exclusive cover, the gang at the Allspark for organizing the fandom party, the volunteers and all the great people who put together fan focused events at this year's show. After the thanks and kudos, the dinner guests were allowed to get a close-up look at the show exclusives that were set up on a table where everyone could pick them up and examine them in-hand.
Overall it was a very exciting evening and a good sign that this was going to be a very energetic show with many surprises in store for us.Check out the complete OTFCC 2003 Dinner gallery to see lots more images from the event HERE.
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