June 26th, 2010

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Is a Song Forever?, part 6

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Photos of my burn blister, by popular request
Bug Bite and Cop-Tur
Lockdown gets retooled as the Action Master "Axor."  He has a new head and a new axe!
Lockdown gets retooled as the Action Master “Axor.” He has a new head and a new axe!

Here's a shot of the dealer room.  It feels a little smaller without Big Bad Toy Store around.  (Is there a story behind that?)
Here’s a shot of the dealer room. It feels a little smaller without Big Bad Toy Store around. (Is there a story behind that?)
Sweetness.  The Fallen gets retooled to have his staff weapon and a new face... that you can rip off.  No joke!  (I hope it was no joke.)
Sweetness. The Fallen gets retooled to have his staff weapon and a new face… that you can rip off. No joke! (I hope it was no joke.)
Here we are walking across the bridge to the Boardwalk that passes in front of our hotel.  Envy our location.
Here we are walking across the bridge to the Boardwalk that passes in front of our hotel. Envy our location.

When I asked if I could grab Straxus/Darkmount from the case and keep it, they said no.  So I'll just have to do it when they're not looking.
When I asked if I could grab Straxus/Darkmount from the case and keep it, they said no. So I’ll just have to do it when they’re not looking.
This is the trophy that's being awarded to the Hall of Fame abductees tomorrow night.  Nifty!
This is the trophy that’s being awarded to the Hall of Fame abductees tomorrow night. Nifty!

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BotCon 2010: Friday

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Lockdown gets retooled as the Action Master "Axor."  He has a new head and a new axe!
Lockdown gets retooled as the Action Master “Axor.” He has a new head and a new axe!
Here's a shot of the dealer room.  It feels a little smaller without Big Bad Toy Store around.  (Is there a story behind that?)
Here’s a shot of the dealer room. It feels a little smaller without Big Bad Toy Store around. (Is there a story behind that?)
Sweetness.  The Fallen gets retooled to have his staff weapon and a new face... that you can rip off.  No joke!  (I hope it was no joke.)
Sweetness. The Fallen gets retooled to have his staff weapon and a new face… that you can rip off. No joke! (I hope it was no joke.)

Here we are walking across the bridge to the Boardwalk that passes in front of our hotel.  Envy our location.
Here we are walking across the bridge to the Boardwalk that passes in front of our hotel. Envy our location.
When I asked if I could grab Straxus/Darkmount from the case and keep it, they said no.  So I'll just have to do it when they're not looking.
When I asked if I could grab Straxus/Darkmount from the case and keep it, they said no. So I’ll just have to do it when they’re not looking.
This is the trophy that's being awarded to the Hall of Fame inductees tomorrow night.  Nifty!
This is the trophy that’s being awarded to the Hall of Fame inductees tomorrow night. Nifty!


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BotCon 2010: Saturday

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The Hall of Fame dinner is in about an hour.  I can’t wait to find out about Soundwave winning!

EDIT: Argh.  I have added captions to these photos two times already, and they’re still not showing!  Well, I’m not doing it again.  Make up your own!

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I got yer rigid grill structure right here!

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Dinobot has won. His rigid grill structure...

No, seriously, he did!  He won the Transformers Hall of Fame!  Even though there was Soundwave involved!  Holy mother of crap!  It’s insane!

I take full credit.

(Hey, Bob Forward, if you read this, you totally rule.)

EDiT: The first thing I did after writing this blog was email Beast Wars co-editor (and “Code of Hero” director) Bob Forward was email him about Dinobot’s deserved win.  I got this response from Bob Forward, which he wrote for public dissemination:

I think it’s fairly well known that Dinobot was my favorite character.  He wasn’t perfect, he had some very human failings, but he never stopped trying. He had ideals that he tried to live up to, and when he didn’t, no one could give him more grief than he gave himself.  From the very beginning, his greatest ambition was to to die nobly in battle and have a glorious funeral.  That the battle would be one of atonement for his own betrayal, and the saving of innocents that he had unwittingly helped place in harm’s way, was something he could never have anticipated and certainly would not have chosen.  But when the die was cast and his duty lay before him, he faced it without flinching and did what had to be done.  Even writing about him changed me, made me examine my own everyday choices in a new light, and I believe I became a better person because of it.  Others who watched the show have told me that they still hold themselves to a higher standard than they might have otherwise, simply because of Dinobot.  He lived a warrior, he died a hero, and to those who now honor his memory by electing him to the Transformers Hall of Fame, I’m sure he would extend his humble gratitude.

But not too humble, because as Rhinox once observed: “That dude’s got bearings of chrome steel.”  Thank you to everyone who voted, and enjoy Botcon 2010!

Yay!  Dinobot is awesome. (Btw, each inductee got a dedicated video set to music.   Dinobot’s theme is apparently “Welcome to the Jungle.”)