It’s officially July. And that means San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner. SDCC means different things to many people. For some, it’s a way to stay on the cutting edge of the entertainment industry. For others, it offers a chance to get up close and personal with the creators who have had a profound impact on their lives. And for a great many brave souls, it means EXCLUSIVE MERCH. SDCC is a collector’s heaven. And this year’s crop of collectibles is bound to turn heads and fetch exorbitant prices on eBay. Below, you’ll find some of the stops on the floor I would make. You can check out the full list of folks peddling their wares here.
Alex Ross Art
Alex Ross is a living legend. And he has earned every bit of his stature. Ross’ art is gorgeous and his ability to make anyone look like an iconic hero is unparalleled. Every SDCC, Ross brings a plethora of goodies to get into the hands of adoring fans. This year’s crop features twelve pieces of varying types. There’s the 2017 Alex Ross sketchbook and its provocative variant, a recreation of a Steve Ditko Merrier Marvel Marching Society poster featuring Spider-Man, and a gorgeous Wonder Woman mini-canvas. As you know, it’s hard to go wrong when it comes to Ross’ artwork. But the two standout pieces for me are the Jack Kirby 100th birthday print, and the Yellow Submarine lithograph portfolio. Ross captures icons like nobody’s business, and he’s at his peak with these two towering cultural presences.
Entertainment Earth‘s comic-con exclusives boasts a whopping twenty-one items. The pop-culture purveyor’s catalog features something for everyone this year. DC, Marvel, KISS, and even Twin Peaks make appearances on their roster. The 8-bit Mario and Peach mini figure set is incredibly charming. I mean, look at that packaging! Also, their Big Bang Theory/Star Trek: The Next Generation mash-up set is inspired by an episode of the show wherein the main characters venture to the comic-con in Bakersfield, CA. Bakersfield is my hometown. So, seeing a toy set directly reference my birthplace is great and weird.
Genre film lovers are familiar with Shout Factory‘s meticulously restored Blu-rays of cult classic films. The boutique home video distributor is responsible for MST3K’s wonderful DVD collections, and the Blu-ray of the overlooked “Weird Al” Yankovic film, UHF. Their Comic-Con exclusives feature a list price of $0.00. But don’t get too excited. They come free with the purchase of the film’s corresponding Blu-ray. The good news is that many of the Blu-rays available at the booth are available ahead of their release date. So, pick-up a copy of the Fargo Steelbook and receive a free poster of the cover art. That’s a pretty good deal!
Wizkids Games is the premier name in licensed tabletop games. Their Heroclix games pits teams of heroes against teams of villains in Ultimate mash-ups. And fans of the game should be chomping at the bit to get their hands on some of these exclusives. First off, there’s the colossal Sinestro figure. Heroclix figures are relatively affordable and surprisingly elaborate. But their premium colossal figures are in a league of their own. However, the standout for me is the Muhammad Ali vs. Superman Heroclix set. The packaging features a simple Heroclix grid map surrounded by a rope with the two main players facing each other in the dead center of the square. It’s a simple, evocative image. Also, that means Muhammad Ali could potentially face other Marvel or DC heroes in the squared circle.
SDCC’s Plethora of Collectibles
Well, that wraps up this minuscule trip through some of SDCC’s exclusive collectibles. But, this list barely scratches the surface. We didn’t even get to talk about NECA‘s wonderful Death figure from Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Beyond that, the official list of vendors isn’t final. Many sellers didn’t provide Comic-Con with an official list. Funko’s booth is a guaranteed madhouse. And Mondo announced an incredible black and white Jaws poster available at their booth this year. Hopefully, your pocketbook makes it out alive!