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SDCC '15: Varner Studios Prototypes
I didn't see the Varner Studios booth until basically the last minute of SDCC. The con had ended and we were slowly making our way out of the convention center, taking any last minute photos of anything else interesting that may have been missed. Then I saw a large glass case of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles prototype figures. Then I saw all the other prototypes sitting in the other cases of Wild C.A.T.S., Batman busts and statues, disembodied Star Trek heads, Biker Mice from Mars, Earthworm Jim, some Happy Meal toys, and a few other things. This was an amazing booth and I really wish I had noticed it earlier.
- Shawn - 7/25/15
Fanime '15: Cosplay
I've already posted a lot of cosplay, but there is still a ton more. This is all the cosplay I saw at Fanime except for Danganronpa, Borderlands, and Nintendo/Super Smash Bros. If you want to see those, you'll have to go to their own posts, since none of them will be in this one. Like all years, there was a bazillion cosplayers with lots of great costumes. Some highlights are all the Space Dandys and their wacky adventures, classic Shredder and April O'Neil, Dig Dug was back again this year, Lady Dante, Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man, Far Cry 4's Pagan Min, Morrigan, Felicia, and Lillith, and Elfen Lied, even though I hated the anime. Best female this year is classic action figure Angela. Such an amazing costume. It's basically like an old action figure came to life. I'll just give Angela and her ol' pal Spawn. And maybe Groot. And maybe Shredder and April because there were too many amazing costumes.
- Shawn - 7/5/15
Fanime '15: Some Random Things
Here are some random things from Fanime 2015.
- Shawn - 6/28/15
Slaughter's Kre-O Marauders at SDCC
Hasbro had a couple Sgt. Slaughter exclusive figures at SDCC 2010, so fives years later, it's time for another one. This year, Sgt. Slaughter gets an exclusive Kre-O figure in a Slaughter's Marauders box set. This set includes Sgt. Slaughter, five "Marauders," Gold-headed Pimp Destro, Iron Grenadier figures, and the Triple 'T' tank. That's twelve figures and a tank in a box designed like a an old G.I. Joe VHS set.
- Shawn - 6/23/15
Master Chief Rides a Bronze Pelican to SDCC
Dark Horse's Bronze Pelican replica was an obvious exclusive for SDCC this year. Ever since Dark Horse announced they were going to make Halo ship replicas, much like their popular Mass Effect ships, I was waiting for the day when they would announce a bronze Halo ship for SDCC 2015. I figured it would either be the Pelican or the Infinity, but this year the Pelican gets bronzed. Both ships are important in the Halo-verse, but I'm glad they went with the Pelican since it's been around since the first game. The Pelican will be limited to 400 pieces and cost $50. Halo is about to get big again with Halo 5, so this might be a quick seller.
Check out the rest of Dark Horse's SDCC 2015 exclusives, including a slipcase edition of the complete Alien/Predator/Prometheus Fire and Stone series, Dragon Age: Inquisition playing cards, and a cat-sized Game of Thrones crown. Neat.
- Shawn - 6/19/15
Direct link: Master Chief Rides a Bronze Pelican to SDCC
Fanime '15: Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. Cosplay
There's never a shortage of Nintendo cosplayers at Fanime, be it alternate versions of Mario, Zelda and Links galore, or something. There was a Super Smash Bros. cosplay gathering and while they are all Smash characters, they are all just originally Nintendo characters. I would hate for classic Nintendo characters to be known only as Smash characters, so I'm lumping them in with the Nintendo cosplayers, because they're all Nintendo cosplayers. So, here are all the Nintendo characters I saw at Fanime this year. And yes, most of them gathered because of Super Smash Bros. Other videogame characters will be in the upcoming larger cosplay photo post.
- Shawn - 6/17/15
Final Fantasy VII Remake - E3 2015 Announcement Trailer
It's finally happening! The remake nearly everyone has been asking for is really being made. The trailer was revealed and people everywhere freaked the frak out. Minds were blown that it is actually happening. Now how long is this going to take to come out?
- Shawn - 6/15/15
Fanime '15: Gunpla Builders World Cup
This year, Fanime was one of the stopping points for the Gunpla Builders World Cup. All the San Jose regional entries were on display at the Bluefin booth. There were over twenty entries for Fanime, which I don't know if that's a lot or not, but it was plenty to fill two display cases. The custom Gunpla were a range of familiar mobile suits with added detail and weathering, dioramas, and original mobile suits. There were also mobile suits based off characters from other properties like Link and Epona from The Legend of Zelda, Nemesis Prime of Transformers, and Majin Buu from Dragon Ball Z. All of these entries were extremely well done and way better than I could do for Gunpla building.
There were three winners for this region of Best Large Scale, Best Small Scale, and Best in Show. Best Small Scale was the RX-79 Ground diorama. The Best Large Scale was the Gundam X, and Best of Show was the Zeon Outpost. Heng Wang, builder of the Zeon Outpost was the winner of the San Jose Regional Competition and will see his diorama compete for the top in the U.S. He did make a very detailed and awesome diorama, so I wish him luck in the finals.
The Gunpla Builders World Cup should be back at Fanime next year, so if you want to enter get your Gundam kit ideas going now because you're up against a lot of talented fans. Check out all the entries, with the winners at the end.
- Shawn - 6/13/15
Fanime '15: Borderlands Cosplay
The Borderlands series had some of the best new characters to come out of the last generation of consoles. Not only are these some fantastic personas, but they're also great for cosplay because the characters are so colorful. There were a variety of characters from across the games, from Vault Hunters to supporting characters, and the brand new addition of Claptraptain America. There was a full-size Claptrap prop, too, so there's a Claptrap in every photo. Take that, Claptrap haters. We got to the Borderlands gathering a little late because the Gunpla Builder World Cup results was going on at the same time, but I think we got most of the happenings. Clicking the photos makes 'em bigger! Click you some!
- Shawn - 6/12/15
Fanime '15: Bluefin Tamashii Nations
Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, Star Wars, Godzilla, Batman, Sailor Moon, Luigi, and More
Bluefin has been at each Fanime since I've been attending, but they haven't had as big of a display presence as they did this year. In 2011, my first time attending Fanime, they had custom Gundam kits on display and some other goodies. The past few years, however, have been a just a few small display cases or nothing at all with the booth just being tables filled with Gundam kits. This year they bought in their big display cases with lots of cool stuff on display. While they didn't have the epic displays they show off at SDCC, there were a lot of different goods out for fans see. It was great to see Bluefin show off their stuff. It was one of the best booths to look at and wander into at Fanime.
- Shawn - 6/10/15
Fanime '15: Danganronpa Cosplay
Danganronpa is becoming a top notch series to cosplay. At Fanime this year almost all the characters from the games were represented. There were a few notable absences, such as Mondo, Hifume, and Leon, but nearly everyone else showed up. I saw some Danganronpa cosplayers out wandering the dealers room and Fanime hallways, but most of them were at the gathering. Some cosplayers left during the gathering so you may see certain characters in some shots but not others.
Be warned, there are spoilers within some of the photos, so be careful when checking out the antics below. Let the ultimate despair begin!
- Shawn - 6/7/15
Big Wow '15: Some Random Things
It's once again time for a bunch of random things together in one place.
- Shawn - 5/26/15
Big Wow '15: Cosplay
The first time I went to Big Wow in 2012 there were not a lot of cosplayers, but since then Big Wow has grown. Lots of cosplayers now show up with many professional cosplayers featured by the convention. The increased cosplayers really make it feel like Big Wow is making it as a staple convention. First off, though, there was an amazing Gamera suit. I wouldn't be surprised if Gamera was by one of the Godzilla costumed guys last year. It was a great costume and I'm giving best cosplay this year to Gamera. For best female, Fem Beast was pretty bad-ass and it's a gender-swapped character I hadn't seen before. There was a Catwoman with her that was spot-on, too. The was an awesome Zer0 form Borderlands, an amazing Snake Eyes (I think he was one of the professionals), battle-damaged Gohan, a fantastic Beetlejuice group, Shang Tsung, Shao Khan, multiple Deathstrokes, and Spider-men everywhere. Also, the Wolfman showed up for his yearly photos with superheroes.
At Big Wow this year was the bull ride, or maybe it was called a goblin ride since it had a Green Goblin-ish looking head on it. The point was that if you rode it long enough you'd get a T-Shirt for next year's Silicon Valley Comic-Con, but it also made for some great photo-ops when cosplayers would ride it. I was able to nab a few photos of cosplayers testing their ability to hang on tight.
- Shawn - 5/19/15
The First Turtle Figure is Mondo Tubuloso
The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle was drawn by Kevin Eastman as a joke. The turtle was drawn on a napkin and had Nunchucks strapped to to it arms. At SDCC '14, Mondo showed off The First Turtle vinyl figure based on Eastman's original sketch. It was very awesome how they captured all of Eastman's lines and sketch marks on the figure. Mondo's figure has five points or articulation, which is kind of surprising because I wasn't expecting it to have any.
- Shawn - 5/17/15
Big Wow '15: Toshio Maeda Tentacle Talk Panel
Artist Toshio Maeda had his first panel ever at Big Wow 2015. Appropriately titled Tentacle Talk, Maeda-san talked about the experiences in his life that molded him into the Tentacle Master renowned across the world. His works include Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend, La Blue Girl, Demon Beast Invasion, and Adventure Kid, among others. His first convention in the U.S. was Big Wow 2012, but did not hold a panel until now. I recorded the panel for your viewing pleasure, but be warned; there is strong and inappropriate language and is only for mature audiences. It's also hilarious. Well, Maeda-san didn't think some of the tings were funny when they happened to him, but his stories are a good laugh for all of us. Enjoy parts 1 and 2 below.
- Shawn - 5/16/15
Sub-Zero Tosses his Ice Klone at SDCC
Mezco announced a Mortal Kombat X exclusive for SDCC 2015, Sub-Zero's Ice Klone. Mezco's Ice "Clone" is their already badass Sub-Zero figure in translucent blue. Now, if you have the regular Sub-Zero figure, you can set up a diorama where he's throwing his klone at his opponent... just like in the game!
- Shawn - 5/8/15
Galaga and Tekken Combo into a Crossover Game
It started as an April Fool's joke, putting Tekken characters into Galaga, but Galaga: Tekken has become a real game. This crazy combo of a game is in celebration of Tekken's 20th anniversary. It's available for mobile devices right now and is free through Google Play and the App Store. Check out this trailer to see how amazing this free game is.
All the characters are in simple bit designs, but are fairly easy to identify because most of the characters form Tekken are pretty unique. The game lets you play as Heihachi, Lili, or Tekken 7 newcomer Claudio, and you can unlock three others as you play.
- Shawn - 5/3/15
NECA Brings Endoglow Terminator from the Past to SDCC 2015
NECA isn't just re-making Kenner's old Predator figures, they're now re-making Kenner's old Terminator figures. For this year's SDCC, they now have at least two Kenner throwback figures: the Ambush Predator and the Endoglow Terminator Endoskeleton.
- Shawn - 4/29/15
Big Wow '15: Vampirella Exhibit
This year, Big Wow Comic Fest's art exhibit was celebrating 45 years of Vampirella. Also a little bit of Swamp Thing, but mostly Vampi. I didn't realize that Vampi was that old. While I think I've only read a few Vampirella comics myself, I do appreciate the character... and the outfit, obviously. There wasn't a ton of art and collectibles in the exhibit, but I don't think any future exhibit at Big Wow can top the sheer amount of stuff in last year's Batman museum. This was a great chance to see original Vampirella art in person, though, and I especially like the title and look of the "Vampi's Feary Tales" stories. There was also an art auction that focused on Vampi art and I'm sure some of the pieces sold for a lot.
- Shawn - 4/28/15
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