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TFcon
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TFcon logo
Status Active
Genre Transformers
Venue Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre
Location Toronto, Ontario/Chicago, IL
Country Canada
First held November 10, 2002
Last held July 26 – 28th, 2013
Organizer Action Figure Collectors Association
Attendance 2500 (2010)
Official website http://www.tfcon.ca/

TFcon, formerly known as TransformersCon, is a Transformers fan convention held annually since 2002 in the Greater Toronto Area. The convention was created to give Canadians that were unable to travel to the American based BotCon a place to celebrate their love for the Transformers franchise. TFcon was held for the 10th time on July 29th to 31st, 2011 in a new location for the first time in 6 years. It will be held next on July 11th to 13th, 2014.

Description

TFcon is Canada's annual Transformers collectors convention, the second most-attended Transformers convention in the world. The event features Hasbro Canada's Transformers new product presentation and question and answer panel, Canada's largest dealer room for Transformers merchandise, guest question and answer panels and autograph sessions, Transformers trivia contest, plus art and costume contests. Toys "R" Us Canada supports the convention through various means including the distribution of TFcon promotional material in Toys "R" Us stores to increase awareness of the Canadian Transformers Collectors Convention.

History

The first TransformersCon was held in Hamilton, Ontario in 2002. Organized by Aaron Black and Colin Douglas, the convention had 190 attendees.

In 2003, TransformersCon got its first special guests in the form of Joe Ng and the Dreamwave Productions team.

In 2004, it got its first convention exclusive in the form of a variant convention exclusive cover of Transformers #1 Vol. 3 published by Dreamwave Productions.

In 2006, the first 3D merchandise exclusive was released, a "stealth" recolor of the Cyclonus Hard Hero Bust.

In 2007, TransformersCon finally got its first transforming toy exclusive, an unlicensed and downsized version of the Dinobot Slag in his green Generation 2 colors dubbed "Flamethrower". In its first two years the convention was moved around Ontario, but now finds a regular home in Toronto, Ontario.

As of 2008, this convention formerly named TransformersCon is now officially called TFcon.

In 2009 TFcon expanded to a two day convention by merging with the 80s Toy Expo on the Sunday of the event. This was necessary due to many dealers completely selling out of merchandise on the Saturday requiring a dealer room restock if a second day was to be added.

Each year since its conception TFcon has increased in attendance with 2010 ballooning to 2500 people over the course of the weekend. TFcon 2012 hosted a charity event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[1]

In 2014 TFcon expanded to two shows a year, one is Canada and one is the United States.

Dates and locations

  • 2002: November 10 – Lawfield Arena, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 2003: June 22 – Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2004: March 12–13 – Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2005: March 25–26 – Doubletree International Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2006: April 28–29 – Doubletree International Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2007: April 27–28 – Doubletree International Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2008: June 20–21 – Doubletree International Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2009: April 24–26 – Doubletree International Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2010: July 16–18 – Doubletree International Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2011: July 29–31 – Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 2012: July 27–29 – Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 2013: July 25-28 - Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 2014: July 11–13 – Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 2014: October 24–26 – Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, Illinois

Special guests

Exclusives

  • 2002: 2002 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt with artwork by Derek Douglas
  • 2004: Variant cover of Transformers #1 Volume 3 published by Dreamwave Productions with artwork by Don Figueroa
  • 2005: Convention Exclusive Dinobots Poster and 2005 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt with artwork by Joe Ng
  • 2006: Stealth Cyclonus Hard Hero Bust, Alternate Cover to Transformers vs. G.I.Joe #1 with art by Joe Ng, and the 2006 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt with art by Alex Milne
  • 2007: Exclusive WST G2 Flamethrower toy, 2007 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt, and the Alternated Masterpiece Lithograph featuring art by Alex Milne
  • 2008: 2008 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt
  • 2009: Exclusive FansProject Powered Commander toy, 2009 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt and the Universe Divided Lithograph featuring art by Alex Milne
  • 2010: Impossible Toys Night-bird toy and 2010 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt
  • 2011: Headrobots Stronghold & Toxin, the Perfect Effect PE-11 Night Ops Version and 2011 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt
  • 2012: iGear Shafter, Headrobots Garrison and Perfect Effect Shadow Bat. Leftover Stronghold pieces were also sold.
  • 2013: iGear Roswell, Mech IDeas Project Z, Mech IDeas Prototype X and iGear Van Guardian.
  • 2014 (Toronto): X-Transbots Masterpiece Shafter, Keith's Fantasy Club Pestilence.
  • 2014 (Chicago): X-Transbots Axis.

Third-party panel

TFcon has become a central hub for the promotion and reveals of new third-party Transformers.

  • 2011: The 2011 panel started with a brief history of third-party Transformer products.[2]
  • 2012: In 2012 toy company FansProject displayed a number of its upcoming releases, including its original design, Steel Core.[3]
  • 2013: Featured upcoming products from BTS Toys, FansProject, Keith's Fantasy Club, Maketoys, Mastermind Creations, Perfect Effect, Renderform, X-Transbots and others.[4]
  • 2014 (Toronto): Announced new products from Keith's Fantasy Club.

Gallery

References and media reports

TransformersCon 2004 documentary appears on Metrodome's 2004 release of Transformers season one DVD set, as well interviews with voice actors David Kaye and Garry Chalk from TransformersCon appear on the Madman Beast Wars 2006 season 2 DVD sets. TFcon was featured in the Shout Factory season 3 and 4 DVD in the special features featurette "The Autobots, The Decepticons & The Fans", including mention in the "Special Thanks" section of the special feature credits.

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