Yes, friends: It’s that magical time of year once again….Comic-Con season! Comic book conventions have spread like the bacteria carried by many an unsanitary fanboy, but say “Comic-Con” and everybody automatically knows you’re referring to the San Diego Comic-Con. It is Nerd Mecca, and all of us hope to make the pilgrimage at least ONCE in our lives.
Some go for the panels where they hope to get autographs from, or even ask questions of their idols. Others go to view, and/or participate in the cosplay scene–but today, we focus on those who go to bankrupt themselves on the various exclusives SDCC offers attendees every year.
Here’s a fairly good cross-section of the delights that will be available for purchase at the San Diego Convention Center from July 18-22nd…and then never again (except when their buyers put them on eBay).
*Note: Listed are not all of SDCC’s exclusives (too goddamn many), but rather a collection of what we think are the best and most in-demand.
He-man belt of power. Fanny Pack/Loincloth ($25.00) and Masters of the Universe Faces of He-Man 4-pack ($40.00). Can you imagine a cosplayer walking around in these and only these. *shudder* – Pre-Order Page
DC Comics™ Multiverse Aquaman™ Between Two Dooms™ Figures 3-Pack. This three pack re-creates the vintage 1962 Aquaman #35 cover where Aquaman battled Black Manta and Ocean Master. If you haven’t been keeping up with the news, the Aquaman movie starring Jason Momoa, prominently features those two main villains. – ($60.00) – Pre-Order Page
Hot Wheels Thanos Helicopter. The die-cast helicopter, featuring Thanos at the controls (in a helicopter for some reason….) and comes packaged in its own Cosmic Cube – ($15) Pre-Order Page
NECA has announced another one of their San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, and it’s a four-pack of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($125) , sculpted and styled exactly how they appeared in the 1990s live-action movie. They even come inside of a package that looks like the original VHS slip case for the video tape. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michaelangelo each come with their signature weapons, interchangeable hands, their own slice of pizza, and a can of the ooze that made them the heroes in a half shell they are today. They also come with a second bandana sculpt. But wait… there’s more! As a plus, NECA is also offering a diorama backdrop ($250) that measures over 2 feet wide, over 18 inches tall.
Groot Chia Pet. Grow a Groot and save the galaxy! – ($30).
Guillermo del Toro is a famed film director, known for Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Blade II to more acclaimed works such as The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth and the Best Picture-winning The Shape of Water. And now you’ll be able to bring Guillermo del Toro home to direct the rest of your collectibles, because the filmmaker is being turned into his own action figure by NECA. The filmmaker comes with his signature glasses, but the best accessory by far is a tiny version of del Toro’s notebook that he carries around with him everywhere – ($40.00)
Hasbro is bringing a 3.75″-scale “The Vintage Collection” three-pack featuring Aphra, 0-0-0 the protocol droid, and BT-1 the astromech to San Diego, as one of its Star Wars Comic-Con exclusives – ($50.00)
Star Wars The Black Series – Kylo vs. Rey. The more recent Black Series Centerpiece line takes iconic scenes from the Star Wars saga and turns them into statue-esque scenes with incredible details and enhanced diorama setpieces. In this case, the lightsaber battle on Starkiller Base from The Force Awakens includes a water mister for steam effects and an acrylic light-up backdrop. – ($110)
Han vs. Mynock ($35)
Also from Hasbro is a 6″ action figure box set Marvel Legends Netflix’s The Defenders. Ha, even the Defenders hate Iron Fist. Look at him far away like the group reject. – $125.00 available at Hasbro Booth
Masters of the Universe Laughing Prince Adam inspired by the classic singing He-Man meme($25.00). The figure comes with laughing head sculpt, new pink sword, and rainbow glitter packaging. According to ToyArk, the figure will only be available during Super7’s Hordak’s Lair pop-up event at SDCC, which will only be open on July 18th and 19th.
Gentle Giant Gwennpool statue. This convention exclusive is one of Gentle Giant Ltd’s long-running line of Marvel statues based on the illustrations of best-selling Comic artist Skottie. The statue depicts an adorable version of Gwen Poole in her costumed identity, inspired by Young’s art for the variant cover for THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #1– ($35)
For their next San Diego Comic-Con 2018 exclusive, Factory Entertainment presents the Jurassic Park Fossil Raptor Claw Bottle Opener. Based on the original prop, this 1:1 scale, 5.5 inch heavy duty bottle opener is cast in zinc-alloy, which means it’s sure to last and open your favorite beverages for the next 65 million years, or until an extinction level event happens. ($20.00)
And of course, Funko Pop will be onsite with a large number of convention exclusives. Here’s a gallery of but a few of the many limited edition figurines making their way to the conventions. – available for Funimation’s booth.