TFcon

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TFcon
StatusActive
GenreTransformers
VenueHilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
Location(s)Toronto, Los Angeles, Virginia
CountryCanada, USA
InauguratedNovember 10, 2002
Most recentMarch 15-17, 2019
Attendance3000+
Organized byColin Douglas
Websitehttp://www.tfcon.com

TFcon is a Transformers fan convention held annually since 2002 in the Greater Toronto Area. The convention was created to give Canadians the opportunity to celebrate their love for the Transformers franchise. Now the largest fan-run Transformers convention in the world, TFcon will be held for the 18th consecutive year in 2019 with events occurring in Los Angeles, California in March, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in July and Reston, Virginia in October with 3 events to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Transformers.

Description[edit]

TFcon is the world's largest fan-run Transformers collectors convention. The event features world's largest dealer room for specifically Transformers merchandise, guest question and answer panels and autograph sessions, a 3rd party product presentation and question and answer panel, Transformers trivia and costume contests.

History[edit]

The first TFcon was held in Hamilton, Ontario in 2002. Organized by Aaron Black and Colin Douglas in less than a month, the convention had a modest 190 attendees. In 2003, TFcon got its first special guests in the form of Joe Ng and 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 2 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 at the request of Hasbro. In 2009 TFcon expanded to a 2-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 2nd day was to be added. Starting in 2012 TFcon has been hosting a charity auction for the Make-A-Wish Foundation each summer.[1] In 2014 TFcon expanded to two shows a year, with one in Canada and one in the United States. In spring of 2019 TFcon hosted the first ever Transformers Generation 1 cast reunion in Los Angeles featuring the largest reunion of talent from the original cartoon series ever assembled.

Dates and locations[edit]

  • 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
  • 2015: July 17–19 – Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 2015: October 16–18 – Embassy Suites Charlotte Concord, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2016: July 15–17 – Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 2016: October 21–23 – Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2017: July 14–16 – Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 2017: September 29-October 1 – Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, Virginia
  • 2018: July 13–15 - Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 2018: October 26–28 - Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center, Rosemont, IL
  • 2019: March 13–15 - Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, Burbank, California
  • 2019: July 12–14 - Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 2019: October 25–27 - Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, Virginia

Special guests[edit]

Exclusives[edit]

  • 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
  • 2007: Justitoys G2 Flamethrower and the Alternated Masterpiece Lithograph featuring art by Alex Milne
  • 2008: No toy exclusive
  • 2009: FansProject Powered Commander and the Universe Divided Lithograph featuring art by Alex Milne
  • 2010: Impossible Toys Night-bird
  • 2011: Headrobots Stronghold, Headrobots Toxin, the Perfect Effect PE-11 Night Ops Version
  • 2012: iGear Shafter, Headrobots Garrison and Perfect Effect Shadow Bat
  • 2013: iGear Roswell, Mech IDeas [Project Z, Mech IDeas Prototype X and iGear Van Guardian
  • 2004 (Toronto)
  • 2014 (Chicago) Toyworld Transformers TW-H04G Grant
  • 2015 (Toronto)
  • 2015 (Charlotte)
  • 2016 (Toronto)
  • 2016 (Chicago)
  • 2017 (Toronto)
  • 2017 (DC)
  • 2018 (Toronto): Maketoys MTRM-09GII Maestro, Ocularmax Remix Enmitus and Ocularmax Catcall and Uproar
  • 2018 (Chicago): X-Transbots Crackup B1. Mastermind Creations R-29AM Aero Alpha Asterisk Mode and Fans Project Warbot WB011 Constructo Core
  • 2019 (LA): Make Toys MTCD-01D Delta Manus, Make Toys MTRM-11G2 Screamer, Make Toys G2 Ceasefire
  • 2019 (Toronto): TBA
  • 2019 (DC): TBA

References and media reports[edit]

TransformersCon 2004 documentary appears on Metrodome's 2004 release of Transformers season one DVD set, as well interviews with voice actors David Kaye & Garry Chalk from TransformersCon appear on the Madman Beast Wars 2006 Season 2 DVD sets. TFcon was featured in the Shout Factory Season 3&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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