Fun Publications has released the brochure for Botcon 2016, taking place in early April in Lexington, Kentucky. As such we now have the pricing info for the various convention packages, featuring a primus Package set at $399 - a reduction from the cost of 2015's box set. As well we now know what form the tour events will take, as well as some updated policy related in the brochure that everyone should make sure to be aware of. Keep reading for all the details!
At $399, this year's Primus Package and non-attending Iacon Package are $10 less than the 2015 equivalents, certainly due in some part to not having substantial new build content like the Oilmaster Pretender Shell this time out. Loose convention sets, said to be limited to 250 units, will be available to Primus/Iacon registrants for $295, on a first come first serve basis. The Golden Ticket addon, $325 additional to a Primus Package ($724 total) gets the usual early pickup times, early dealer room access, priority panel seating, and a meet and greet session with convention guests on Friday night.
Two tours are offered. First is the Horses and Kentucky Bourbon Tour, taking place on Wednesday, which will go to The kentucky Derby at Church Hill Downs, including breakfast at the Track Kitchen, and a tour of the facilities while the horses are being led on warmup exercises. After a lunch stop at White Castle, the tour will head first to the Jim Bean Distillery, then the Evan Williams Distillery, touring both locations as well as an opportunity for a sampling of the product. From there guests can stay and shop, or go ahead and walk back to the hotel.
The Thursday tour is the Caving and Museum Tour, taking a walk through Marengo Cave and all the amazing natural beauty offered within. From there, it's a bus ride to the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, a Victorian home at which lunch will be provided in one of its dining halls. Afterward is a trip to the Louisville Slugger museum, and wrapping up with a stop at the Frazier History Museum. The brochure makes sure to alert that this tour has around 2 miles of walking over the course of the day. Each tour will cost $115 in addition to your registration package.
The Customizing Class is back once again with two sessions, one Wednesday, and one Thursday. As usual the identity of the figure won't be revealed officially until the first class begins. Seating per class is limited to 60 people, but once again an assembled, unpainted customizing class figure will also be available for purchase. The class is $120, while the assembled figure is $75.
Finally, the brochure notes a change in policy regarding unofficial products. In the first page the brochure advertises room-to-room trading specifically of Hasbro licensed products. Farther in, more detail is given. Besides potentially Hasbro IP-infringing items not being welcome in the dealer room, the brochure states that these items are not to be brought for room to room trading either, warning that violation of the policy could lead to being removed from hotel property. While the actual capability to enforce such a thing seems questionable at best, it's important for everyone to be aware of this condition so everyone in attendance can have the best time possible with the least amount of personal hassle.
The full brochure can be found here
on the Botcon website.