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Bothcon 2011 Wrap Up

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Bothcon 2011 Wrap Up

Postby Staff » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:16 am

Bothcon 2011 came and went and a good time was had by all.

Bothcon got off to good start slightly behind schedule due to the massive crowd at the park preventing one attendee from entering the park in a timely manner. But not a big deal as I picked up the stragglers while making my way to our event area.

After a very brief introduction, the attendees were each given their set: a copy of 8095 General Greivous' Starfighter.

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The first part of the competition was a Speed Build. Forum member Hye (Hao Ye) came in with an impressive 29 minute build and won a copy of 10215 Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter for his efforts. Much better than the 2 hours that it took Solo to build the master copy. Congratulations, Hye!

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Next up was the Creative Build. Taking the same Greivous Starfighter set, build an alternate model of a starfighter in the shape of a letter. An impromptu Alphabet Fighter contest. The attendees were given 45 minutes to build. While there were some really impressive entries, there was one outstanding model built by Trooper10 (Chris White). Inspired by the V-19 Torrent set, it was a transforming Y-wing that was fully functional, solidly built, and just blew us away. We were told by one of his table mates that he had actually finished the model in 30 minutes and spent the rest of the time adding greeblies and fine tuning the ship. Solo shot a video of his model transforming, above. His prize consisted of a copy of 10198 Tantive IV. Congratulations, Trooper10!

There was a third prize, of which I regrettably did not take pictures of. After the Creative Build, I instructed the attendees to reach inside their goody bag and retrieve their M-wing kit. Every goody bag had an M-wing kit but there was one kit that was extra special. The elements in that kit were all white. We even made an all white Bothcon commemorative minifigure Ace to go with it. Whoever was lucky enough to get the all-white M-wing kit won a prize package consisting of Chrome Darth Vader, Chrome Stormtrooper, Chrome C-3PO, White Boba Fett, San Diego Comic Con Cube Dude set, and Star Wars Celebration V Cube Dude set. That winner was Datoth (Jason Daubert).

I've emailed Jason and asked him to send me some pics of his special M-wing, pilot and prize package. Congratulations, Datoth!

Finally, it was a real treat to meet with each and every one of the attendees. We learned a lot about running this event and despite some of the hiccups, I hope that everyone had a good time. My favorite moment of the event was when announcing the winner of the Creative Build, everyone applauded Trooper10. My least favorite moment was forgetting to take a picture with all the attendees. I might need to hire someone to just take pictures and record the minutes of Bothcon for next year.

I'd like to give a big thanks to LEGO for providing the sets, prize packages and more free stuff for the epic goody bags. I'd also like to thank LEGOLAND CA for providing the venue and hosting our mini convention.
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Re: Bothcon 2011 Wrap Up

Postby Trooper10 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:12 am

Congratulations and well done on Bothcon 2011 - it was great fun. It was a bit of a surprise to get such a nice kit for the speed/creative build comp, it was a big surprise to see the huge prizes but of course I was very surprised (and very thankful) to win the creative build. Thanks so much for the awesome prize! to get bacK to worK on my main Alphabet Fighter entry :) ThanKs again guys.
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Re: Bothcon 2011 Wrap Up

Postby Solo » Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:28 pm

I'm still surprised at how fast everyone was at the speed build. Way to crush my ego guys. ;)
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Re: Bothcon 2011 Wrap Up

Postby etcknight » Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:31 pm

Wow! Now I'm really sad I didn't attend. Did everyone who registered for Bothcon get to keep the Grievous set from the building?
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Re: Bothcon 2011 Wrap Up

Postby Solo » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:25 pm

Yep. And a bag of other goodies.
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Re: Bothcon 2011 Wrap Up

Postby sparkart » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:20 pm

Bothcon was definitely the AMPM of the day, you know, "Too Much Good Stuff."
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Re: Bothcon 2011 Wrap Up

Postby King » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:09 pm

Great event even though I couldn't build a starfighter if my life depended on it! Vingette next year?

Thanks to Ace, Solo, and Chief for putting it on.

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