History of TFcon Toronto

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 13th time in the summer of 2014 in Canada and for the first time ever in the United States in October 2014.

== Description ==
TFcon is Canada’s premier Transformers collectors convention, and the second most-attended Transformers convention in the world. The event features Canada’s largest dealer room for Transformers merchandise, guest question and answer panels and autograph sessions, the 3rd party product presentation and question and answer panel, Transformers trivia contest, plus art and costume contests.

==TFcon History==
The first TFcon (at that time called TransformersCon) was held in Hamilton, Ontario in 2002. Organized by Aaron Black and Colin Douglas, 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. In 2014 TFcon expanded to two shows a year, with one in Canada and one in the United States.

==Dates and Locations==
*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 26-28 – Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
*2014: July 11-13 – Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

==Special Guests==
*2002: None
*2003: Joe Ng, Roger Lee and various members of the Dreamwave Productions team
*2004: David Kaye, Pat Lee, Joe Ng, James “Brad Mick” McDonough, Adam Patyk, Rob Ruffalo
*2005: Garry Chalk, James “Brad Mick” McDonough, Adam Patyk, Joe Ng, Alex Milne, Matt Moylan, Karl Hartman, Pete Sinclair
*2006: Don Murphy, Michael McConnohie, Joe Ng, Alex Milne, Rik Alvarez, Rob Russ, Erik Ko
*2007: Michael Bell, Joe Ng, Alex Milne, Matt Moylan, Matt Hansen
*2008: Gregg Berger, Alex Milne, Matt Moylan, Espen Grundetjern and Hasbro Canada
*2009: Dan Gilvezan, Derrick J. Wyatt, Alex Milne, Matt Moylan and Hasbro Canada
*2010: David Kaye, Mark Ryan, Derrick J. Wyatt, Marvin Mariano, Dan Khanna, Alex Milne, Matt Moylan and Hasbro Canada
*2011: Simon Furman, Paul Eiding, Garry Chalk, Marvin Mariano, Dan Khanna, Alex Milne, Joe Ng, and Hasbro Canada
*2012: Bob Budiansky, Scott McNeil, Neil Ross, Wally Burr, Derrick J. Wyatt, Andrew Griffith, Josh Perez, Silas Zee, Dan Khanna, Matt Moylan, Ben Dolle (Peaugh), Chris Ho (Vangelus) and Hasbro Canada
*2013: Jack Angel, Dick Gautier, Venus Terzo, James Roberts, Marilyn Lightstone, Livio Ramondelli, Casey Coller, Alex Milne, Andrew Griffith, John-Paul Bove, Josh Perez, Marvin Mariano, Matt Moylan, Silas Zee, Dan Khanna, Ben Dolle (Peaugh) and Chris Ho (Vangelus)
*2014: Sue Blu, Gregg Berger, Garry Chalk, Neil Kaplan, Aaron Archer, Sarah Stone, Andrew Griffith, Alex Milne, Marvin Mariano, Josh Perez, Matt Moylan, Ben Dolle (Peaugh), Chris Ho (Vangelus) and a live performance by The Cybertronic Spree.

==Exclusives==
*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, and the 2006 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt with art by Alex Milne
*2007: Exclusive WST G2 Flamethrower toy (Limited to 500), 2007 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt, and the Alternated Masterpiece Lithograph featuring art by Alex Milne
*2008: 2008 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt
*2009: POWERED COMMANDER toy (Limited to 500), 2009 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt and the Universe Divided Lithograph featuring art by Alex Milne
*2010: NIGHT-BIRD toy (Limited to 1000), and 2010 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt
*2011: STRONGHOLD (Limited to 700), TOXIN (Limited to 100) and PE-11x (Limited to 50 of 500 worldwide) toys and 2011 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt
*2012: SHAFTER (Limited to 500), GARRISON (Limited to 100) and Perfect Effect PE-10X SHADOW BAT Convention Exclusive (100 available) toys and 2012 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt
*2013: ROSWELL (Limited to 500), VAN GUARDIAN (Limited to 500), PROJECT Z (300 of 500 worldwide) and PROTOTYPE X (300 of 500 worldwide) toys and 2013 Convention Exclusive T-Shirt
*2014: MASTERPIECE SHAFTER (Limited to 500) and more TBA