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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


05-18-11

Question: If I go to the late package pick up, but also need to get my art in place for the contest, which do I need to do first?
Answer: You must have a badge first.

Question: In order to meet and purchase a CD from Stan Bush and have him sign it, do I need an autograph band if I'm attending just general admission?
Answer: No, you will not need an autograph band for Stan.


05-16-11

Question: I pre-registered and was wondering if I will be getting anything in the mail prior to the
convention?

Answer: Yes, information will be EMAILED this week.

Question: Will the 2011 BotCon t-shirts be available to buy at the actual convention?
Answer: Yes, will have some extras available at the show.


04-11-11

Question: Do you have to purchase tickets for the Saturday night HOF event to be able to attend the Friday night Casino night?
Answer: In order to purchase a HOF event ticket you must have a registered attendee package. Some of them are currently sold out.

Question: Do we get our paperwork mailed or do we print out the invoice once we receive the
e-mail confirmation?

Answer: You print out the invoice when you get the confirmation email. Other instructions will come later when we are a couple of weeks out from the event.

Question: If I have separate invoices, will I have to go through the registration pick-up line twice at the show?
Answer: No, they will all be together when you go to package pick-up.


04-08-11

Question: How many helper passes can a booth or table have at the show?
Answer: 1 extra per table. 2 extra per booth.

Question: I have a Primus and Mini-Con package and need to know how add the 2nd Mini-Con
package?

Answer: You will need to contact our office and have our customer service add it to your package file.

Question: If I already registerd and want to add a Universal Studios Theme Park ticket to my package, will I be able to do that?
Answer: Yes you can by going back to Online Registration, choose the XXXX bypass on the package and then you can add tours, HOF event and hats and t-shirts and not receive the $6 processing charge.


03-28-11

We have now installed a new feature so that you can purchase Hall of Fame Event tickets, Tours and Souvenirs (or additional Souvenirs). Please follow the Instructions below:

1. Go to BotCon.com and click on the registration button. Then click on register now. Then click on use online registration system.

2. Log in with your club log in and start your registration. Choose Registrant, click continue. Then choose Attending -yes or no. If you need multiple tickets for the HOF event, tell the system you are registering that many people (ie. 2 if you need 2). Put the names of the people, ages and screen names, and phone on the next screen and continue.

3. On the package page pick (XXXX No Choice - Use for adding tours, souvenirs...) This will get you past this screen.

4. Then select the Tours, Souvenirs, or HOF event tickets you need and check out! The $6 fee will not show up on your final invoice.


03-22-11

Question: Where can I purchase the loose fiqure set on the online registration system?
Answer: As of today, these are SOLD OUT.

Question: If I still fax in my registration form, am I guaranteed a package?
Answer: No, if we do the registration manually from a fax, there is no guarantee of when we will do it and the charge is now $25.

Question: If I am able to sign up for the customizing class, would I still be allowed to enter if I'm 1-2 hours late?
Answer: No. 15 minutes is all you can come in late as this impacts the entire class.


03-21-11

Question: What if I'm having problems registering for everything on the first day?
Answer: The online traffic is murderous at the moment and we did have one system hick-up. The HOF event was not showing up during the first 30 minutes of registration.  We will be finding  a work around tomorrow of the $6 admin fee.  We think about 200 primus got through before we fixed this.  There will be enough tickets for all that want to come so if you wait until you get further instructions to add this to your package. We would appreciate it as we don't have the manpower to do 200 $6 returns this week.  If you go back and use the bypass today to add these tickets to your package, we will not be able to refund you the $6.  We hope have a solution tomorrow for getting around the fee.

Question: Is the Thursday customizong class already booked?
Answer: Yes. The classes fill up in about 15 minutes of going online.

Question: Are general admission tix only available at the door and are they allowed into the panels?
Answer: Correct, GA is at the door only. Yes, you can go to panels after the registered guests are seated.

Question: Is there a limited number of slots available for the tours or is it for as many people that want to go?
Answer: Pretty much unlimited until we get close to the cut off, then we will close the tours if the bus is full as we can't get a extra bus for 1-2 people.

Question: Is it possible to register for one of the Customization Classes with a Protoform package?
Answer: Yes, you can take the class if you have a protoform package.


03-20-11

Question: Will the souvenir figures be available to purchase at the online store if they don't sell out at the actual convention?
Answer: Yes, but they often sell through at the event.

Question: Does the Iacon (non-attending) package include shipping, or is it extra?
Answer: Yes, if you register before the cut off date which is about 2-3 weeks before the convention.

Question: For the pre-convention tours, are we being transported there as a group? Do we have the option to just drive on our own?
Answer: Yes, we will have group transportation. No, we can't coordinate multiple people driving themselves.

Question: Is there any way to purchase a Mini-Con package without having to purchase a Primus package along with it?
Answer: No. You can only purchase a Mini-Con if you have a Primus package. Only 3 Mini-Cons per Primus package. This is for families that come with the fan/collector.

Question: Do the Hall of Fame tickets have to be purchased at the same time as the registration packages?
Answer: No, but it makes it much easier on us to keep your info in one place. Also, they could sell out if you wait.


03-19-11

Question: I know I can add my brother as a Mini-con package to my own Primus package. Can I also do the same for his wife (my sister-in-law)? If so, can I pay member prices for her package?
Answer: That actually would be a non-member price for her.

Question: What does the 3-D Custom Figure category partake? Does it have to be a repainted Transformer figure or can it be something else? If it something else, what is allowed and what's not allowed?
Answer: The contest is anything that is 3-D.

Question: I noticed that the registration info stated "assigned pick up time". What if you miss your assigned pick up time?
Answer: You can come anytime after your assigned time through the whole weekend as long as the Exhibit Hall is open or the registration booth is open.

Question: Will Iacon package buyers be able to purchase t-shirts?
Answer: Yes.

Question: If I bought a Primus package, am I able to buy a Mini-Con package at a later date?
Answer: Yes, if we still have availability. Mini-Cons really don't have a limit this year as to total number but, the HOF event does have a finite number of tickets.

Question: Is it possible to buy an extra ticket for my spouse to go to the casino night and awards party events?
Answer: Yes, you want a Mini-Con package for your spouse and can purchase another HOF ticket. You use the online reservation system when it goes live.

Question: Does the Iacon package - Botcon Box Set 2011 consist of tech specs & instructions for all the five exclusive figures?
Answer: Yes. It is the same boxed set as the Primus for non-attendees.

Question: I am traveling with my girlfriend and in the event of con wide events with different time slots (like movie related screenings), how do we assure that we get into the same time slots with the online registration system?
Answer: You register on the same registration day. Then they are together. Or just try to do it at about the same time. For this year, the only difference it will make from the first one to the last one is registration pick-up time. The HOF event is in the Civic Auditorium and all seating is on the main floor.

Question: I'm wanting to enter one of the art contests but I'm afraid I may not make it in time to get it in place. Would I be able mail it to the TCC office?
Answer: You have to bring it with you. We do not accept entries for the art contest by mail. It is too much to keep up with and they could get damaged.

Question: I need to know if it would be appropriate to bring a young child to the Hall of Fame Celebration or the Friday Casino Night Awards party?
Answer: No. Neither event is proper for anyone under I'd say about six-years old.

Question: Will we be given a heads up about when the BotCon registration will go live, or will we just get an E-mail when it's ready?
Answer: No heads up. You will get an e-mail and a tweet when it goes live.

Question: Do we need to read any instructions on how to use the online registration system?
Answer: There won't be any "instructions" about using the online registration system as it is a step-by-step process and most everyone used it last year. What you need to understand is what you are registering for and not pick the wrong items or try to register people under your membership that do not qualify for your discount (only immediate family - spouse, parents, siblings, children).

Also, if you are a TCC member you MUST log in with your member log and password BEFORE you start. If you create a non-member log-in and process your registration, in order to change and correct you over to the member pricing, there will be a administrative fee.


03-10-11

Question: Will the Primus and Mini-con packages be the same price as last year?
Answer: Still TBD. Will be around that number.

Question: For the free attendee figure that Primus package holders pick up at registration, is it one per package or one per person?
Answer: Primus package holders will receive one free attendee figure for every Primus package they order. So, if an individual buys two Primus packages, they will receive two free attendee figures.


02-17-11

Question: Do I need to bring something for the Special Guests to autograph or will there be pictures, etc. at the show?
Answer: Either you can purchase something at the show or bring your one item for autographs.

Question: I will be going as General Admission and wanted to know if you have ever run out of General Admin. tickets?
Answer: No...but there could always be capacity issues and the registered guests get access first.

Question: Is there a way to get my home AND work email addresses on the notification list for BotCon registration?
Answer: Unfortunately not. We can only have one email per person. But if you register for the tweets you will get an update when registration goes up as well.

Question: Does the General Admission allow you to go see the Special Guests and get autographs or do you have to buy a package to do so?
Answer: You can see the panels but for General Admission you have to purchase an autograph band (cost is still TBD).


Question: What Transformers products and price ranges should I expect from the BotCon sales room?
Answer: The sales room will have items in all prices ranges. Literally thousands of items.

Question: Will the vendors in the sales room only accept cash or will they accept credit/debt cards as well?
Answer: Some take both, some only cash, hard to know since each vendor is different.

Question: Can you still register for BotCon even if you’re not staying in a hotel?
Answer: Yes.

Question: Will there be a daily General Admission at the show?
Answer: General Admission is only available on Saturday 10-5pm, and Sunday 9:30-3:30pm.

Question: Do I need to purchase a package to attend panels, access to dealer rooms, and Saturday night events or could I just walk-in?
Answer: General Admission is only for Saturday or Sunday "day" events. This would include the Exhibit Room (Sales Room) and the panels. To attend any other time or event you must have a registered package.

Question: How can International attendees purchase tickets for the event?
Answer: There will be an email that will go out when the registration system is online. This will go to all members of the Transformers Collectors' Club. If you want to get the discount for being a member, you need to sign up before you register.

Question: Is it possible to select the Primus/Protoform Package beforehand and pay for it at the show?
Answer: No. You can come to late registration but you run the risk that we are sold out before you get there.

Question: Will there be a limited amount of Primus packages this year?
Answer: Yes...there is always a limited number and we will sell out.

Question: Are we allowed to buy more than one primus package per membership or is there a limit of one per person?
Answer: Yes...you can purchase more than one as well as purchase one loose set per boxed set you buy. You only get one name badge at the convention even if you have multiple sets.

Question: If my child has a Primus package and I have a Mini-con package, do I need to be with them at all times - or can I go my own way?
Answer: If they are under 18, you need to be with them at all times. Otherwise, you can come and go as you please.

Question: Will any BotCon convention sets be available for general admission at the show?
Answer: Possibly. Though most times Convention sets do sell out before the show so it is best to purchase beforehand. However, there will be souvenirs that will not be announced until at the show available for purchase at the Club store.

Question: What other BotCon exclusives will there be to buy at the show?
Answer: It's a surprise. These Souvenir figures will be revealed at BotCon.

Question: Will the exclusive “at show souvenir figures” only be available to the Primus and Protoform people?
Answer: Not necessarily. They will have the first purchase option starting Thursday night and all day Friday. If there are any left by Saturday morning for General Admission, they go on sale to anyone at the show.

Question: What figures are included in the Primus package, are the extra add-ons loose or boxed?
Answer: The boxed set includes the box of five figures. The add-on is for a set of the figures loose. You can only get one loose set per boxed set you order.

Question: Can I send a child (17 years old or younger) to pick up the packages, if I give him my drivers license?
Answer: No. Adults only for the package pick up please.

Question: Do both members of our party need to be present to pick up packages or can one member pick up both?
Answer: You can only pick up someone else's package if they are your spouse or child and you have the spouse's drivers license. This is so entire families don't have to wait in line.

Question: If I purchase a Primus package and cannot attend, would it be possible for a family member to pick up my package as well as the attending figure?
Answer: No. You must be there in person.

Question: If we buy a package, can a family member follow us free of charge? Or do they need to buy a general admission pass?
Answer: No. Not on Thursday, Friday. You need a Mini-Con package for the family member to attend these events. General Admission only provides regular hour convention access on Saturday and Sunday to the Exhibit Hall and panels.

Question: How should I register extended family members?
Answer: They would register as non-member pricing.  Your membership discount only covers immediate family: spouse, child, sibling, parent.

Question: Can I purchase a Primus package and convert it later to an Iacon package?
Answer: No. Anyone who orders an attending (Primus) and wants to convert it later will lose their package as we will refund their money minus a $25 cancellation fee and we will put the package back into inventory. In addition, the online service fee is non-refundable. This will also be the policy if you "no-show" at BotCon. Do not order a Primus package and try to skirt the system we have put in place.

Question: Is it possible to purchase the Mini-Con package at a later time after you have purchased the Primus Package?
Answer: Yes. Unless we are a sell out for some of the events.

Question: Can we customize our packages? Like if we pick a Primus package but we do not want the dinner - is it possible to remove that and get a lower price?
Answer: No. It is a complete package, everything but tours and travel is included.

Question: Can a Mini-Con package be ordered for a friend with no familial relationship?
Answer: No. This is for family members who are coming with you, not other collectors/fans.

Question: Is it possible to order a mini-con package without purchasing a Primus package?
Answer: No. It does not work that way.

Question: If I buy the Primus package but can't make the show until Saturday, will my toys be held for me?
Answer: Yes we hold toys the whole weekend. If you are a "no show" at BotCon, your package is cancelled; money is refunded less $25 cancellation fee and the admin fee. This package will not ship to you.

Question: Is it a problem that I’m not a TCC member and want to purchase the Primus package?
Answer: You can purchase as a non-member, however you can also join at the same time as registration and get the member discounts.

Question: If I purchased a TCC membership after March 16th, do I still qualify for the discounted convention package prices?
Answer: To get the discounted price, you must be a member in good standing BEFORE you complete your registration for BotCon.

Question: If I have a Club membership, do I need to also purchase memberships for my children to take advantage of the discounted convention rate?
Answer: No. Your membership covers your kids, spouse, parents, and your siblings.

Question: Is there any fee for children under five to attend this show or go on the family tours?
Answer: Children four and under are free for the show, but they are a lap child for all events. If you want them to have a seat at any dinner events (not really designed for young children) they would need a package of some kind.

Question: In the art contests, are we allowed two entries per category or for the entire contest?
Answer: Two entries for each contest is the limit.

Question: Can I enter a Custom Figure in your contest with General Admission?
Answer: You must be a registered attendee to be in the contests as they are judged on Friday.


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