Every year at the San Diego Comic Con, thousands of fans show up to attend panels with comics professionals and buy comics and other collectibles. And if the comics at SDCC are being pushed aside more and more by Hollywood, there’s still plenty of space on the show floor for publishers and manufacturers. One of the side benefits of attending SDCC (aside from seeing a staggering amount of really impressive cosplay) is being able to pick up some cool collectibles, sometimes months before they’re available anywhere else. So with that, here’s a list of what we think are the niftiest exclusives at the show, and the ones we’re going to try and get before they’re sold out.
AT-AT from Hasbro
2010 marks the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, and so the fine folks at Hasbro are bringing us an all-new AT-AT toy as part of the Star Wars action figure line. Standing well over 2 feet tall, this bad boy is significantly bigger than the Imperial Walker from the 80s. The most iconic new vehicle from Empire also comes with a driver and a speeder bike, and has room for plenty of figures.
Sgt. Slaughter from Hasbro
After being inexplicably left out of GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the toughest NCO in professional wrestling makes his triumphant return to the GI Joe universe. And in two different costumes, no less!
Twilight Zone Bobbleheads from Entertainment Earth
Entertainment Earth has five fantastic bobbleheads based on some of the most famous, classic Twilight Zone episodes. Our favorite is the one from “The Invaders,” but we’ll also be picking up the Mystic Seer from “Nick of Time,” Talky Tina from “Living Doll,” the gremlin from “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and Kanamit from “To Serve Man.” Kanamit is definitely going to get displayed in the Rotten Tomatoes kitchen…
Venture Bros. figures at the Entertainment Earth booth
The Venture Bros. has been around for seven long glorious years, so it’s surprising the show’s only now getting its run of action figures — especially considering that, among the show’s myriad of subjects are the themes of celebrity worship and commercial merchandising. Dr. Venture, The Monarch, Brock Samson, and Dean Venture (what, no Hank?) are on the roster for Bif Bang Pow!’s initial line-up, with The Monarch’s most beloved Henchmen, #21 and #24, available exclusively at the convention.
The Art of Drew Stuzan from Titan Books
Drew Stuzan is one of the finest movie poster artists working today, and he’s created some of the most memorable posters of all time, including Blade Runner, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, and more. The list of his posters goes on and on, and so it’s somewhat surprising that no one’s put his art in one book until now. This book won’t hit stores until September, but if you’re at SDCC, you can pick up an advance copy signed by Stuzan himself. And check out the panel for the upcoming doc about Stuzan on Friday afternoon at SDCC.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Starfire Print by Trend Setters
This is a fine art piece made up of movie images, printed on 10×12 crystal. If you’re trying to prove to your friends that you’re the bigger Harry Potter fan, buying one of these prints is a good way to do it.
Hot Wheels: Ecto-1 from Mattel
Why did no one tell us that there was a Hot Wheels Ecto-1!? This one’s likely to sell out fast (the retail version did), so this is going to be one of the first things we track down. Besides, the RT office Hot Wheels track is haunted, so hopefully this will help.
Exclusive T-Shirts from Peanuts
It’s the 60th anniversary of Charles Schulz’ legendary strip, and we think these shirts are a great way to celebrate. Quantities are limited though, so you’ll want to track these down quickly.
Toy Story 3‘s Lotso from Mattel
This is a 3-3/4″ version of tyrannical toy leader of Sunnyside Daycare. And like any proper tyrant, he’s strawberry scented!
Tron Bearbrick from Diamond Comics
Sure, you’ve got Bearbricks galore, but ever wondered what one would look like if it was inside a computer? Wonder no more! Now you’ll be all set to take down the MCP (or at least a Bearbrick MCP).
Kick-Ass and Hit Girl Mez-Its from Mezco
With all the rampant vinyl-on-vinyl crime these days, these Kick-Ass and Hit Girl figures are just what we need to bring some much-needed law and order to our collections.
Vehicle Voltron Vinyl Figure from Toynami
Sure, everyone knows about the lions, but Vehicle Voltron just doesn”t get enough love these days. Fortunately, Toynami can help you give the car-boat-plane-bot some long-overdue attention.
Futurama Nibbler Plush from Toynami
As Leela says, “an adorable, unstoppable killing machine.” Dark matter poo not included.
Written by Matt Atchity and Alex Vo