- November – Supanova Brisbane
- November – Supanova Adelaide
- July – Nerdmania #1
- June – Supanova Perth
- June – Sydney Supanova
- May – Dezacon 1
- April – Supanova Melbourne
- April – Gold Coast Supanova
- ComiXpo Collingwood Town Hall
- Narre Warren Trade Day
November – Supanova Brisbane
For the second time in 2016 TCCA set up show at Brisbane Supanova. VP and Queensland Rep John and local member Jarrod were on hand to show off a fine range of figures, meet new members and answer questions from local Transformers fans. It was a great turnout, thank you to everyone that came down and said hi.
November – Supanova Adelaide
Hello, TCCA SA rep here to let you know that last weekend Adelaide had its first TCCA table at the Supanova convention. We were given an amazing reception from local fans from all ages and walks of life. A high point for me was the looks on the small childrens’ faces as well as a few of the older fandom as well. Many could not believe the large collection of varied bots in one place. Overall we seemed very popular in general and I hope we see the club flourish with new local members and look forward to hopefully seeing you all next year.
By Samuel Tatt, TCCA SA Rep
July – Nerdmania #1
Back again for their second year, we ventured back to Nerdmania in the rural city of Shepperton. This time we had the largest booth space ever experienced at an event, and we made good use of it. Sadly because of only having 2 hours to set up, we couldn’t have a large display of figures – the full 2 hours was taken up setting up. But I think we had a good range of figures on display and they definitely attracted the attendees’ attention.
We had a great day, met a lot of new members and again a few current members. The venue was great with plenty of space and a lot of room to grow in future years. I’d like to thank Jason Murray for traveling up from a holiday in Melbourne to help host the table. We had a great day and hope to do it all again next year.
June – Supanova Perth
A week after Sydney’s Con, Perth was next and it’s an event we didn’t get to last year. Thankfully Our WA rep was there this year with a great display. Thank you also Jason Campey for taking time out of your weekend to help with setup and club promotion. At the time of posting this we gained 15 new social members from WA which is a great first effort for the guys way out West. We will be back next year.
June – Sydney Supanova
After some issues with our table booking, most of our figures for sale were left at home. But we had a Matrix of Leadership and we put it to good use. Club members Jason Murray and Jonathan Tunhavasana joined NSW Rep Michael Adamantidis behind the table sharing all things TCCA with convention attendees and current members.
Our social member count rose by 30 in the week after, one of our best recruitment efforts. A big thank you to Michael and the guys for their efforts, and Joel Freedman at RoboToyz for teaming up with us to increase our presence.
May – Dezacon 1
May 28th 2016 we attended the first DezaCon in Narre Warren, South-East Melbourne. The venue was large and gratefully indoors as it rained most of the day. Because it was a smaller afternoon event we didn’t take a lot of figures to display, with only 1 hour to set up having a large display would have been too time consuming.
But nonetheless some of the main G1 cast of figures were taken down and set up on the table. Thanks to Pleasant Surprises we once again had some nice new bots for sale including Unite Warriors gift sets and a couple of the much sort after Junkion Matrixes of Leadership.
Crowds were good for most of the afternoon, but come 6pm there was a noticeable drop off. We had a lot of people checking out the table, and the newly completed Fans Toys Dinobot team was a crowd favourite. The team from Melbourne Transformers Entertainment Group also came down and thrilled the kiddies with their movieverse cosplay of Prime and Bee.
At the end of the day we sold some figures, met some new and old members and had a great time. Taking 10 minutes to check out the customisers tables was a big benefit, learning line art tips which I never knew was so easy. A big thank you to all the members who attended. We gave away a 25th Anniversary Prime as a prize to one lucky member who attended so thank you and see you at the next event.
April – Supanova Melbourne
This past weekend we loaded up and hit Supanova Melbourne without largest display setup to date. First up a massive thank you to TCCA Secretary Simon Chambers for the use of his personal collection and glass display. The selection of G1 and Masterpiece figures on display was impressive, and proved to be a massive draw to the table. However “Not For Sale” or “Display Only” signs really need to be printed up because I think those were the most asked questions across the weekend.
Another big thank you needs to go out to Eugene and Pearce from Pleasant Surprises in Diamond Creek. They supplied us with a massive selection of new figures from MP10 to MP seekers and even some G1 and Takara Combiner Wars gift sets. We sold a lot of it, with very little TF related available on the Con floor it was good to supply fans with some of their childhood favourites or new must have bots. Some even sold before the doors even opened.
Friday night I was delayed leaving home so didn’t arrive at the Showgrounds until 7:50pm. We had a great location on the floor, and even were able to drive into the building to unload stock and Simon’s large display case. There were some setup issues: the power supply for one hadn’t been set up, but that was fixed quickly and they even gave us two more tables so we could position all the stock behind us. We didn’t stay for long, with a podcast to record and a motel to check into we soon left to set up in the morning.
We left setup too late, arriving at 8am the Con floor was loud with the sound setup. Unpacking figures and preparing the display case was time consuming, and ate up most of the prep time. With half an hour to go until doors open, we finally got around to the cable displays, laying out club merchandise and some of the small figures donated by club members son and out to the kids, and they all left with smiles on their faces so thank you to those that sent us unwanted figures, they do go to a great cause.
Saturday flew by, going for a more G1 theme on display was proven in the Gold Coast to be a big draw. But in Melbourne we went to a whole new level. Fathers showing their sons or daughters the figures they played with when they were young, and even mothers seeing figures they had, still have or sold not knowing what they had done. A big thank you to all the club members that attended and came around to say hi. It’s always great to meet members first hand and put a face to a Facebook account. By closing we had sold over $700 in figures and made a small percentage for the club.
Sunday I call Family Day, with sports and other events done, families came down for a look around and we had a lot of kids come past the table. With some spare time we did a small rework of the display, loading the front tables up with small loose figures for the kids. We also had a returning visit from Cliffjumper, Soundwave and Shockwave. A big thank you to Melbourne Transformers Cosplay Page and the lovely lady who overheats just to share her Cliffjumper love. It’s always great to see returning visitors.
As the day progressed so did the sales, nostalgic trips to the past and meeting of club members. When 3pm hit I needed to pack up and head for home. It’s always sad packing up and saying goodbye to friends. It was drawn out for an hour and a half. But the boys still had figures to sell so the table stayed set up until closing time.
In summary a big thank you needs to go out to VIC rep Jordan Trevorah, Benny Broughton and Pop Curio owner Chris Bell for helping man the tables over the weekend. A big thank you again to Simon Chambers for the use of his display and G1 collection and Pleasant Surprises for supplying us with figures to sell. Hopefully by the next event we will have Hasbro retail stock to sell also.
Time will tell whether the member count will jump because of last two Cons, But it’s been a great experience and the countdown is now on to e next line up of Conventions.
So stay tuned.
April – Gold Coast Supanova
This was our first table on the Gold Coast, and it was a great weekend. We met a lot of new and current members and talked Transformers to those reliving childhood memories. Thank you to all those that came down and said hi – it was great to meet you all in person.
This time we went for a more G1 nostalgia display. While Masterpiece figures were in plentiful supply, having the G1 figures on display was a first and come Sunday it was very noticeable with attendees’ reactions to the display.
After Con drinks with some of the South-East Queensland members. It was a great night of food and drink and transformers discussion on the hole. A big thank you to those that attended. We hope to do it again in the future.
ComiXpo Collingwood Town Hall
February 28th saw our first official Con attendance for 2016 at ComiXpo in Collingwood Town Hall, Melbourne. It was a great venue, and we were made welcome by the organisers and some table and early exit requests were met with understanding. Once again it was great to meet past and present club members, some even took up the opportunity of a free ticket to enter. We also got to talk to a lot of new members and the day was a great success.
Narre Warren Trade Day
On February 27th TCCA attended a local trade day in Narre Warren, South-East Melbourne. Hosted by Roy Condeza and the team behind the Melbourne toys, games and comic book Facebook group, it was a great day with some lovely weather. We met a lot of franchise fans and sold some figures as well. It was great once again to meet club members face to face and talk Transformers.