Hasbro is really going all out to make its first HASCON FANmily Event a success. Not only will the Sept. 8-10 event feature the figurehead of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn will be there too.
Gunn is pretty good about giving tidbits about his upcoming films at these fan events. Chances are pretty good he’ll offer some insight into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 during his panel, meet & greet and autograph sessions.
In addition to those big names, HASCON will feature a slew of Transformers royalty. Peter Cullen and Frank Welker — the voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively — will be on hand. Also Stan Bush, lead singer on ‘The Touch’ from Transformers: The Movie. Daya will also be performing.
The producer of the current Transformers films, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, will be on hand as well as Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck (vocal stars of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony: The Movie). Viral sensation Candace Payne aka ‘Chewbacca Mom’ will also be in attendance.
To make sure you don’t miss any of the fun, Hasbro has special HASCON VIP passes. One of the big perks is a VIP hour early access to the show floor to purchase exclusive HASCON products from My Little Pony, Transformers, Dungeons and Dragons and other convention exclusives from Star Wars, Marvel and Magic: The Gathering.
All VIPs also get a Hasbro goodie bag, VIP lounge access and a behind the scenes tour of Hasbro headquarters. There’s one more exclusive that could include a Transformers Hall of Fame Dinner and a My Little Pony: The Movie Sneak Peek.
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There will be activities inspired by several iconic Disney properties, including Disney Princess, Frozen, Elena of Avalor, Moana and Descendants 2, as well as Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. From movie props and costumes on display, to hands-on fun through art tutorials and more, these areas will be can’t-miss destinations during the show.
IDW Publishing’s Artist Alley will feature appearances from some of the industry’s most recognized comic illustrators, artists, and designers plus unique HASCON merchandise available for purchase. Ultra PRO, the leading brand of accessories for tabletop gaming, sports memorabilia and pop culture collectibles is the supporting provider of Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons activities, providing HASCON guests exclusive access to custom Magic: The Gathering event prizes and HASCON exclusive playmats, plush dice, deck boxes and learn-to-play participation gifts.
General Admission ticket holders will be treated to an exciting array of activities including: interactive brand experiences, panel discussions, meet and greets, musical guest performances, cosplay activities, a Hasbro passport tour and scavenger hunt, larger-than-life Hasbro games, a HASCON commemorative program and an opportunity to audition for Hasbro television commercials.
TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame Dinner – Friday 6:30 pm
Be part of the first ever HASCON Transformers Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony with a surprise guest. Enjoy a sit-down dinner and experience an exclusive live performance from Stan Bush, a welcome with Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, and a sneak preview of select 2018 Transformers toys shared by the Transformers design and brand teams.
- My Little Pony Mane Event: Hall of Our FANmily Dinner – Friday 6:30 pm
Enter the world of Equestria at the first-ever My Little Pony HOOF (Hall of Our FANmily) Dinner and Induction Ceremony. The HOOF inductees will include special guests and surprise honorees who have left their hoofprint on the brand.
- G.I. Joe Legends Dinner – Friday 6:30 pm
Join co-emcees and G.I. Joe authors Derryl DePriest and Dan Klingensmith for an intimate and entertaining evening event featuring one of the greatest gatherings of G.I. Joe Legends ever assembled! As we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the launch of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line, enjoy a sit-down dinner, meet and mingle with Legends and listen to them discuss their experiences on G.I. Joe.
- Stories with Stan – Saturday 11:30 am
This is your chance to sit down with Stan Lee, a true comic book legend! As one of this generation’s greatest storytellers, Stan will share his tales to astonish about the creation of pop culture icons including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men and many more – EXCELSIOR! Stories with Stan attendees are guaranteed to receive a pre-signed autograph poster from Stan Lee commemorating his HASCON visit and a surprise gift. Lunch will be served.
- Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Event
Join celebrities and producers, including Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from Transformers: The Last Knight to celebrate the home entertainment release and view special Bonus Footage. Enjoy light refreshments and a special video message from a surprise celebrity.
- My Little Pony: The Movie Sneak Peek – Saturday 6:15 pm
Be one of the first to catch a sneak peek of the upcoming My Little Pony: The Movie. Listen to film discussions with Head Storyteller Megan McCarthy and participate in a Q&A session with surprise celebrity talent, enjoy light refreshments, and enter a raffle for a chance to win My Little Pony merchandise.