Battle & Brew hosted an event to lighten the passing of Dragon Con this year by holding a cosplay party and contest. Battle & Brew surprised me yet again by making more additions and improvements that included a Dance Fever-esque light up dance floor what was the shining centerpiece of the party! I was a little disappointed that they did away with their open-faced Prime Rib sandwich platter, but I finally got the chance to enjoy their Tri-Force Nachos and Dragon Talons. Battle & Brew has gone from a hit or miss place to an all-around good time!
‘Not to sound like a downer, but I was disappointed this AWA. I’m not going to go into too much detail right now, but I’m about 70% sure that this is going to be my last AWA for a while.
It wasn’t because of the top brass. I personally met with some of them, and they are still the very attentive and caring group of individuals, despite change in ownership and some management.
I think that it is a matter of something getting too big to control in its present place, and just a few people; we can’t avoid some people being assholes.
I was finally able to attend the AWA Ball, and I wasn’t impressed. I could have definitely found a better way to spend my VIP Ball ticket money. (Next time you offer a meal for the VIPs at a certain time, at least list it on the bloody schedule on the program and in the app!)
On the positive tip, there were plenty of great cosplayers and very helpful staff to point us in the right directions. There were theatre rooms set up for all hours of the night for anime lurkers. There were also all of the vendor and artist goodness you expect to find at a con.
I didn’t see as many photographers roaming around this time, but I think it might have been because of the highly planned scheduled photo shoots that were listed in the app greatly ahead of time. (I suppose that is a good thing, but I enjoy the chance meetings of conventions.)
Much to my delight, being an adult gives me the spending money and right to buy many things that I could not have as a little boy. This is something that many geeks enjoy as adults. It has turned many of us into collectors to correct what we saw as mistakes of the past by fulfilling decades old wishlists. Saying this, you can possibly imagine my surprise and joy in finding out that not only had old Transformers been rereleased nearly identical to their previious editions, but Hasbro and Tomy/Takara (the Japanese company that owns the rights to the original molds and toys that Transformers were based on) also released re-engineered Masterpiece Transformers that were superior in every way to the old G1 Transformers.
But…many things have changed since then. Third parties started making their own Masterpiece quality versions of Transformers, that were at tiimes better engineered for more realistic bot modes, but also much cheaper than the first party Hasbro/Tomy/Takara Transformers. Also compainies started making knockoff (KO) that were for the most part perhaps slightly less well made, but much less expensive. Basically, more choices meant more competition so that even official Hasbro/Tomy/Takara Transformers had to not only sell for cheaper, but revise how they were made.
Along with the price decreace of recent years, KO companies started their own innovations such as making their own more “official” KOs by making replicas of official pieces, but giving them their own names and making slight differences. Sometimes those changes even made the KOs better than the offical Masterpieces.
“Okay, great. Thanks for the…history lesson,” you might say. Why did I choose to say all of this in an article? The reason is that I intend to make review articles for different Masterpiece Transformer collectibles, but it won’t be like most others. In fact, they probably won’t be like any others.
Thank you for reading our Masterpiece Transformers primer article. I hope to write many more articles for you about specific Transformers in the future.