You will not want to miss this celebration. This will be the most family oriented, fun-filled, collecting event you have ever attended. If you have never been to an international convention, now is your chance. San Antonio, Texas is one of the top vacation spots in the country. There are hundreds of things to see and do within blocks of the hotel. The Hyatt Regency is located in the center of San Antonio's famous Riverwalk. There are over 100 restaurants and shops on the river level. In addition, the hotel is just across the street from the Alamo. With so much to see and do, you might just be late to the show!
The week will begin with two pre-convention tours. Both tours are great vacation opportunities that will be enjoyed by the whole family. On Wednesday, we will be traveling to historic Fredricksburg in the Texas Hill Country visiting the Admiral Nimitz State Historical Park, the Museum of the Pacific War, and the History Walk of the Pacific War. After lunch on your own, we will visit the LBJ ranch. On Wednesday night, you will have the opportunity to join us for one of San Antonio's famous riverboat dinner cruises. On Thursday, we visit the sites in San Antonio including the Mission San Jose, Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, and the Alamo - "the cradle of Texas liberty." For lunch we will visit Market Square and El Mercado featuring the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico. On Thursday evening we will have a kickoff reception with registration back at the hotel.
Friday morning will be the official start of the convention with registration, dealer set-up, display set-up and seminars by well known G.I. Joe enthusiasts like Charles Griffith, Jeff Kilian and others. Don't miss the special Hasbro Roundtable discussion! On Friday afternoon we will open the sales floor to registered guests. On Friday evening there will be a Casino Night with all proceeds benefiting the Admiral Nimitz Museum.
For those non-enthusiasts (spouses, etc.) there are hundreds of things to see and do within blocks of the hotel. The Rivercenter Mall, which contains over 100 stores, is just three blocks away.
On Saturday morning the sales floor will open early to registered attendees with the general public being admitted at 10 AM. Collecting seminars will also be available all day. Hourly door prizes will be awarded and you must be present to win. Saturday night promises to be a big event complete with cocktail party,
mariachi band, and awards dinner.
Sunday will provide you with the opportunity to attend additional seminars, spend more time in the sales room, along with the chance to win more prizes including a 1/6th scale vehicle (valued at over $1,000). At 3:00 we will draw for two trips to the 1999 convention and you must be present to win. Don't leave early and miss out on all the great prizes!
Other special services include: in-room child care, package shipping, and a central courtesy room. While there, be sure to ask where the room-to-room trading will be held. The hotel also has a pool with a view (on the hotel roof).
Contests will include a custom figure (all sizes), a photography, and a diorama contest. Prizes for the contests will be in show dollars which allow you to choose your own prize.
Registered Attendee Packages
There are four different convention packages available:
The General's Package will consist of the convention
figure set with certificate of authenticity, convention medal, convention hat, convention bag, luggage tags and admittance to the sales room including a private preview on Friday and Early Bird privileges on Saturday, admittance to Casino Night w/charity auction including $160 in GI Joe bucks good for the games and auction, admittance to the cocktail party and Awards Dinner on Saturday evening and admission to all convention seminars. Cost for registrations postmarked before March 1, 1998: $315 for non-members or $295 for club members. After March 1, 1998 cost is: $335 for non-members, or $315 for club members. You will receive your convention items upon check-in at the convention. Pre-convention tours are available for an additional charge.
The General's Aide Package includes: Saturday's dinner, name badge and admittance to all show events (not including tours). This package can only be purchased in conjunction with a General's package and is offered so that accompanying family members can join in the fun. Cost is $50.
Sergeant's package includes: convention medal, convention hat, convention bag, luggage tags and admittance to the sales room including a private preview of the sales room on Friday and Early Bird privileges on Saturday, admittance to Casino Night with a charity auction including $160 in GI Joe bucks good for the games and the auction, and admission to all convention seminars. Cost is $130 for non-members and $115 for club members.
The Base Commander's package includes: everything the General gets (except dinner & admittance) with all items being shipped three to four weeks after the show to your home base of operations. This package is for those who cannot attend the show. Cost for registrations postmarked before March 1, 1998: $315 for non-members or $295 for club members. After March 1, 1998 the cost is: $335 for non-members, or $315 for club members.
As a special incentive, the first 125 registrants (General's or Base Commander's Packages) will also receive a World War II (G.I. Joe size) pilot jacket complete with the convention logo as nose art on the back of the jacket and a free raffle entry for the 1/6th scale vehicle drawing (vehicle value over $1,000).
There is a limited number of each package available so register early. Texas state law requires 7 3/4% sales tax be collected on all convention packages.
Dealer booths in the Main Ballroom, consisting of two 8' tables and one 6' table, cost $210, with single 8' tables going for $105. After March 1, 1998 booth costs will go to $250 with tables going for $125. Each dealer booth will be approximately 11' wide by 8' deep. We also have 18 booths available in the Main Ballroom Foyer. These 18 booths are by the show entrance in front of the Main Ballroom and will be the first booths attendees visit. These booths consist of two 8' tables and one 6' table and cost $375 and include manned all night security. Standard electrical hookups for all booths are $25 per booth. Direct dial telephone service can be provided at a cost of $170. There will be one central courtesy phone provided (at the headquarters booth) if you need to validate credit card orders. Booths and tables are limited and placement will be handled on a first come, first served basis. The entire facility is air-conditioned and carpeted. Dealers will also be admitted to the Casino Night w/charity auction and will receive $100 in G.I. Joe bucks good for the auction and games. Any dealer who donates an item for the charity auction will receive additional G.I. Joe bucks. Dealer booths and table rentals are non-taxable. Load in on Friday