This year’s installment of Comic-Con International in San Diego is officially two weeks away, poised to hit Southern California with an impact rivaling today’s 5.4 quake. Preview night commences in 14 days, and the massive programming schedule will start to be unveiled tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. PDT. Oh yeah.
So let’s get good and ready, k? We’ll take a look here at some of the most psyched-worthy panels, exclusives and events surrounding the festivities. What better place to start than the wonderful toys only available within the convention center walls (and eBay afterwards, and probably online retailers, and maybe at a comic book shop, but mostly at Comic-Con), with plenty of cool and unique (read as bizarre) offerings this year. Let’s start with Mattel — most of these will be available in limited amounts online after the convention through MattyCollector.com, though some of them have accessories that can only be had a Comic-Con. Even the exclusives have exclusives these days, y’know?
Mo-Larr vs. Skeletor
Let’s get this one out up front. Yep, it’s Skeletor, and he’s at the dentist. It’s inspired by a Robot Chicken bit, with Mattel’s press materials calling the two-pack the “first ever [Masters of the Universe] figures featured in a Robot Chicken sketch,” implying that there might be more figures from Robot Chicken sketches in the future. Even if you’re not a fan of the Adult Swim show, consider this your long-awaited opportunity to own a really nice figure of Skeletor missing a tooth. (Plus, it’s reminiscent of this awesome painting.) The He-Man exclusives are always great, and go quickly, so this should be an interesting test to determine the drawing power of an Eternian dentist. ($40)
Masters of the Universe Classics: Color Changing Orko, with Prince Adam
For the more traditional He-Man fans out there (and don’t be misled, there is absolutely such a thing as He-Man traditionalists). An old-school Orko, part of the “Masters of the Universe Classics” line. He even comes with a full-sized, fully articulated Prince Adam “accessory,” sweetening the $25 price tag. Also he changes color.
DC Universe Classics: Plastic Man with Suitcase
The cool thing about con exclusives is that companies can really go nuts with the packaging and accessories. Case in point: this rad Plas, that comes with all sorts of extra limbs and appendages — plus the glasses there on the packaging can actually be removed and worn, thus doubling as a way to spot the coolest dudes walking the exhibit hall! ($20)
Hot Wheels: Wonder Woman Jet
Apparently, this exclusive originated as an April Fool’s joke on the Hot Wheels Facebook group (those Hot Wheels Facebook jokesters!). Though given recent changes to Wonder Woman’s continuity placing her as growing up in urban America since early childhood, it should probably now be an invisible Jetta. ($5)
DC Universe 75th Anniversary Pack: Starro with Pack of Spores
This is fun: the original Justice League, in 3 and 3/4-inch scale, tackling Starro just as they did in their first appearance back in Brave and the Bold #28. The box also includes “lights and sounds,” plus Starro is bendy (bendy Starro!), making this a wholly appealing product. It’s good there’s no pandemic threat like SARS or swine flu this summer, or the bonus “pack of spores” might scare folks off. ($50)
Polly Pocket Dressed for Justice
As the loyal legion of Polly Pocket fans reading this blog have no doubt already surmised, that’s Polly Pocket and her pals Lea and Lila dressed as, respectively, Supergirl, Batgirl and what unearthed, carbon-dated artifacts have suggested might be a primitive version of the Wonder Woman costume. ($20)
Also available: a Mego-style talking Real Ghostbusters Venkman, a Hot Wheels Ecto-1, a 3 and 3/4-inch Lotso from Toy Story 3 and a Cars “Tokyo Mater;” all 20 bucks.