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I tried to blend in as much as possible in this tikified environment but a man is only able to remain so inconspicuous while carrying around a toy robot Lamborghini and a couple issues of Transformers Generation 2. It turns out that I ran into a couple of Transformer fans at the show! One huki dude saw the Masterpiece G2 Sideswipe I brought and recognized it as the same character he had when he was a kid. It was kind of surreal as I was able to have a toy robot conversation surrounded by hula girls and totem poles. It was pretty trippy. I didn't record that one but I did get a couple minutes of audio when I ran into Tom Croom, who is rather well known for his online review of Botcon 2010 that caused its own roboplastic apocalypse in the Transformers fandom. I didn't ask him about Beast Wars or Botcon because we all know where he stands on those by now.
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Then it all came togther when Transformers Generation 2 artist extraordinaire Derek Yaniger showed up and I got him to sign my Masterpiece G2 Sideswipe! Mr. Yaniger made an appearance at the Hukilau as a guest of the Harold Golen Gallery in Miami. Of course he wasn't there promoting his old comic work but he was instead debuting a new print he did of Bunny Yeager who recently passed away. Mr. Yaniger left his comic work behind him in pursuit of retro art and tiki culture illustration so he wasn't aware that Takara Tomy made a figure inspired by his G2 comic art. It was a real blast to show it to him. It was equally awesome to get him to sign my box, making it in effect a "Yaniger Signature Edition MP-12G" (although I'm never quite sure what those words he writes actually mean).
- The Hukilau 2014 Tiki Convention
- Derek Yaniger’s DerekArt page on Facebook
- The DragonCon episode of the Podcastalypse
- Gallery of MP-12G Masterpiece Sideswipe at Seibertron.com
- Tom Croom’s review of BotCon 2010
- Tom Croom’s blog
- Dare: The Transformers Fan Panel Ultimate
- Bayformer Optimus in G1 disguise
- Green Mustard Entertainment
- Florida Anime Expo
- Florida Comics Experience
- Wasabi Con
- Having to bake my computer to fix it like this guy.
- G2 heads for Hybrid Style Convoy
- Derek Yaniger will be at DragonCon
Image below courtesy of Harold Golen