After that, it was down to the DC exhibition! First stop, Graphitti’s booth, to check out the new special editions!
Then I walked over to the big display… lots of movie props and costumes!
After that, I hit the show floor, hoping to get the big booths out of the way before things got really crazy on Friday. But Thursday was crazy…
If you’ve watched “The Big Bang Theory“, you
knight might be familiar with the idea of “fairy chess” where pieces are given properties outside of the normal chess pieces. Why not do the same with your HeroClix figures? Each hero is assigned a regular chess piece (rook, bishop, etc.) while the villains all have unorthodox, preassigned movements.
Then I headed upstairs, to get some aerial shots.
Bluefin Distribution had lots of cool stuff from Bandai, Tamashi Nations, and others!
Then a quick walk over to Mezco Toyz…
Kotobukiya had some interesting items…
Over at Diamond Select:
…and then, wandering back up the aisles, returning to the massive Bluefin zone!
Square Enix had some interesting figures:
Mega Bloks showcased some new franchises:
Also, they featured their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sets, which Lego announced at NYCC in 2013 (with a four-day mosaic built by attendees). Mega Bloks had the license before, so there might be three “parallel universes” of TMNT brick figures out there.
Then wandering back again to the Bluefin zone…
After that… I went to a panel on comics retailing at 1:45, and… I can’t remember the next three hours. I know I got a wristband for the WB television screenings. I ate dinner (overpriced and underwhelming) in line for the Main Stage. Maybe I went to Artist Alley?
Anyway, there were three shows featured at that panel: Supergirl, Lucifer, and Containment. I’ll have a longer review later, but I enjoyed Supergirl, recommend Lucifer, and suggest Containment for those who want to see how something like The Walking Dead got started. (Containment centers around a downtown Atlanta ward which is quarantined after a bioterror weapon is unleashed.)
…and the 7-A-J back home. I wonder how soon before companies start “wrapping” the 7 train for Comic Con? Last Fall, the “Hipster Local” (the L train) was bedecked with “American Dad” decals. (Because of its demographics, the L gets that treatment a lot.) Seriously, the MTA could make a decent profit selling off advertising inside each car. It’s not uncommon for a company to buy all of the ad space on one side of a train car. (The best dichotomy? The Homer Simpson Special! Budweiser on one side, Dunkin Donuts on the other!) ABC has done that in the past to promote their new shows. DreamWorks wrapped the outside and inside of the Times Square Shuttle to promote “Turbo” in 2013. (Yes, even the seats were completely covered!) Stations get “bedecked” as well, with Union Square featuring one sponsor every month or so, as well as the shuttle platform at Times Square. And then there are the Metrocards… “just 18¢ to 51¢ per card“.
It seems that the shuttles were not used as much this year, because of the subway. Could a subway sponsor hire a street team to ride the subway and sell to the captive audience? Probably not a good idea… the 7 was crowded.
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