It’s been rumored. It’s been speculated. Now it’s been announced. Hascon, Hasbro’s combined property entertainment event, is coming to Providence Rhode, Island from September 8 – 10, 2017!
Described as a one-of-a-kind event, Hascon is slated to feature “live interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels” and much more. The event, which will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center promises to bring the company’s core brands together for an event that is targeted to both fans and families. This includes Transformers, My Little Pony, Nerf, Magic the Gathering, Play-Doh, Monopoly, and G.I. Joe all featured under one single roof.
I’ll be honest– I’ve no idea how Hascon is going to play out. It could be a fantastic event that proves to be more mass-audience friendly than some of the more focused individual property conventions. It could be more wallet-friendly as Hasbro seeks to draw in both fans and families and not just cater to the top-tiers of the adult collector market. In some ways, it could almost serve as a mini-Comic Con for Hasbro located right in their backyard as the company continues to try to expand its brand presence in the entertainment worth with the development of the Hasbro Cinematic Universe. (Are Play-Doh fans really going to travel for an event? Are there actually Play-Doh fans?)
Right now there’s not much on the official Hascon website other than a sign-up form and a press release link but I expect that to change in the coming months. Regardless, it’s nice to see G.I. Joe included in the list of properties being featured as the brand has become far more of a niche property over the past few years.
What do you think of this announcement? Are you onboard for a combined-properties event?
SDCC 2016 is fleeting memory but the hunt for the Hasbro exclusives is only just beginning for many fans. According to the updated FAQ at HasbroToyShop.com, the remaining inventory of SDCC 2016 Hasbro exclusives will be available online on August 9, 2016.
As stated in this morning’s FAQ update, all exclusives will be available under the “Exclusives” category starting on August 9, 2016. In addition, the per-person limits that were enforced at SDCC 2016 will apply to all online transactions as well.
So there you have it. Depending upon the availability and the timing, a great many fans of Hasbro properties will be frantically hitting the F5 key that day in order to try and snag the latest 2016 exclusives. (This particular fan is eyeing both the G.I. Joe vs. Transformers set as well as the Marvel Legends Collector’s Vault set. Man, I NEED more Howard the Duck in my life! Plus, MICRONAUTS!)
It’s a pretty full-slate this year with Hasbro showcasing more of their lines (and upcoming properties) than this fan can recall the Pawtucket toymaker doing in previous years.