With just one short month until San Diego Comic-Con, hopefully your planning is well underway. Here at Nerd Bastards, we started getting ready for this year on the plane ride home from LAST year’s SDCC. This is the first in a series of columns aimed at helping you make the most of Comic-Con, whether you’re attending the event or catching the highlights online from the comfort of home. Over the next month we’ll cover getting to & around the con, surviving all 4.5 days of the show, can’t miss events/panels/ guests and of course, the precious exclusives. We’ll even get around to attending the con without a badge.
We’ll cover how to go about acquiring these treasures in a future column, but for now let’s take a look at the best exclusives that have been announced so far.
When talking about SDCC exclusives, you always start with Hasbro. The front of their line can be as elusive as that of Hall H. And if you do make it to the counter, there’s a great chance your desired items sold out for the day. For 2014, Hasbro’s top offerings stick to the usual realms of Star Wars, Marvel and Transformers (and a couple My Little Pony items).
Black Series Jabba the Hutt ($65)
With last year’s Boba Fett figure still commanding more than $200, it’s no surprise that Hasbro’s top offering in 2014 is another entry in their Black Series featuring Jabba the Hut (with Salacious Crumb, of course). The figure is already hitting way over $200 on eBay and it’s pretty clear why. The packaging recreates Jabba’s palace and they even thought to provide enough space for last year’s Carbonite Han Solo figure.
Marvel Legends “Thanos Imperative”($100) and “Infinity Gauntlet” figures ($75)
Well, there are no enormous Galactus or S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Marvel toys to lug around and somehow fit onto your plane home this year, but there are two long overdue sets of figures available.
The “Thanos Imperative” set is nearly two feet tall and features five 6-inch figures (Black Bolt, Star Lord, Medusa, Blastaar & Gladiator) and comes housed in Galactus-engine-themed packaging. The “Infinity Gauntlet” set contains only four figures (Thanos, Mistress Death, Nebula & Starfox), but comes with a wearable Infinity Gauntlet, making your wardrobe selection for the “Guardians of the Galaxy” premiere a piece of cake.
Transformers Dinobots Collection ($160), Knights of Unicron Set ($185) and Kreon Class of 1984 ($60)
Mattel’s offerings cover familiar ground, staying with reliable franchises like Monster High and Masters of the Universe, but they also give us a couple surprises with Star Wars and The Simpsons.
Monster High: Manny Taur & Iris Clops 2-pack ($40)
These two Monster High dolls look ridiculous, have even more ridiculous names and somehow go for almost $150 on eBay. Go get ‘em.
Ever After High: Cerise Wolf $30
I know even less about Ever After High than I do about Monster High (are they division rivals?), but this highly collectible doll is going for north of $100 already.
Masters of the Universe: Hordak with Imp ($30)
Now, back to familiar territory! Mattel is offering two Masters of the Universe figures this year, but the Hordak figure is the one people will be lining up for. There will be a similar mass market figure later, but the SDCC exclusive is the only edition that also comes with Imp as a treasure chest. I know what you’re thinking, and you are correct – this is the first case of a company calling a treasure chest accessory an exclusive “figure”.
Hot Wheels Darth Vader Die-Cast Car ($40)
The actual car is almost an afterthought here. With pretty outer packaging and a display case featuring a lightsaber with lights and sounds, you’ll be forgiven for forgetting that the car is even in there somewhere.
Hot Wheels: The Homer ($30)
You probably didn’t realize how much you desperately needed this car until Hasbro announced it, right? Well, now you can own Homer’s dream automobile (from episode 7F16, of course). It comes in a nice little display dome to boot.
Alien Egg Chamber Playset ($100)
As part of their ever growing RaAction figure line, Super7 is offering this SDCC-exclusive . Now you can relive the excitement of the Nostromo crew’s journey into the derelict Alien spaceship! Is the girl on the box ecstatic or horrified? Boy looks to either be reveling in her disgust/misery, or is mid tear himself. Seriously, this is a f*cked up thing to be letting kids play with. Did the photographer have them blindfolded, slipped in the playset, uncovered their eyes and snapped camera to capture their scarred for life looks?
Not every company offers quite so many items as Hasbro and Mattel. Here I will list a few of the one offs that also look intriguing.
Star Trek Battle Damaged USS Excelsior (Diamond Select Toys, $70)
This new edition of the previously available ship features an updated paint design to show battle sustained during the Battle of Khitomer. Like the original version, this features lights and sound effects and dialogue from George Takei. Limited to just 100 pieces.
Star Wars Wampa Ornament (Hallmark $??)
Hallmark offers three ornaments in 2014 (there are Batman and War Machine items as well), but none are as cool (or festive) as the bloody Wampa ornament. It comes with “velvet flocking” (which means it’s fuzzy) and it almost looks like he’s smiling here. The ornament is going for well over $100 on eBay, so rush over to the Hallmark booth if you want one of these.
Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures (Funko, $$Various)
Funko might seem nice, what with all those cute Pop! Vinyl figures, but they are planning to be very mean to your wallet. They bring EIGHTY-SIX different figures to SDCC this year, ranging from Game of Thrones to Flintstones. My favorite is the Star Wars Wampa figure with the severed arm.
Star Wars Floor Mats (My Cool Car Stuff, $50)
When you think SDCC exclusives, you think automotive accessories, right? Right. These floor mats come in five colors, but only 48 exist in each color. Beginning with Preview Night, My Cool Car Stuff will offer one color per day. Details coming soon on which colors are available on which day.
There are literally hundreds of other SDCC exclusives offered in 2014, but these are the ones that caught my eye. We’ll be sure to cover new additions as they’re announced. The big update I’m waiting for is Lego. They didn’t show their cards until just before the show last year, and their 2013 items are still incredibly valuable. Again, we’ll go over how to set yourself up for success in buying these items very soon. I’ll give my best advice on which exclusives are worth camping out for and which ones will most likely saturate eBay in the weeks following SDCC.
Well, that does it for this first entry in this series of SDCC updates. If there’s a particular topic you’d like to see covered or if you have a Comic-Con tip you’d like to share, please let us know! While you’re waiting for the next installment in this series, check out the official Nerd Bastards Guide to Surviving Comic-Con from last July!