HasCon Report: Part 2
By Flag Points Dave
Saturday morning came early, but I was ready. I was so pumped to be around the designers in the area that was set up to pay tribute to Joe, I hardly realized that there was a showroom floor. As a matter of fact, I didn’t go there until the afternoon. The area outside of the main hall was set up beautifully. Original paintings and 2-ups were in cases. If you’ve never seen Storm Shadow painting brushstrokes, you must try to make that happen.
Creators were milling about, joking, signing autographs and discussing their creations and ideas with the fans. Hanging out with them was an incredible experience. They welcomed fans into their group almost as peers and we all had an absolute blast. Saturday was also the day I was able to tour Hasbro with a significant number of designers. It was amazing to tour the facilities, but even more so to do it with those who designed my favorite toy line. Listening to them talk to each other about their Hasbro memories was fantastic. Some pointed to specific locations and shared a thought. Many others drank in the radical changes before them. It was particularly fun to see some get excited about the capabilities technology has afforded toy makers in 2017. I’ll get back to this later. When we returned, I finally made it to the floor where I got to see the active toy line displays presented in a way that made me very envious. As I mentioned, I’m a fan of Star Wars and Transformers, so on that level, it was thoroughly enjoyable. But where was Joe? His absence was painfully obvious to me.
Saturday night brought another evening of hanging with fans and some designers. I was able to share my preproduction art portfolio with some appreciative fans, and the night concluded with a reading of an unreleased Star Brigade video script by some very spirited and funny individuals in the hotel lobby. Anyone in attendance will probably also point to that event as a HasCon highlight. I hit the sack around 2:30 again and woke up Sunday morning, ready to travel.
That morning, Dan K., the incredibly talented and generous Frank Coroneos and myself hung out and recapped all the fun we had over the weekend while sipping some coffee and having a little breakfast at the hotel. While sitting there as well as on the ride home, I had several thoughts I shared with some buds I really had hoped to see there. I talked on the phone with Dan Uthman (gijoegraphy.com,) Page Wagner (remember Page’s Ebay Pages?,) Marc White (Flag Points fan and I.T. helper) as I drove and reflected on the trip. I said some things that surprised all three of them.
They all wanted to know how my trip went, of course, and I had nothing but great things to say. Dan K. and Derryl DePriest worked so hard on this fan experience that Duke himself would have been proud!
See you tomorrow for the HasCon wrap-up!