The Cost of SDCC (Start Saving Now!)

Great info for those wanting to see how much one should save up for a trip to Comic-Con!

Nerdophiles

Here’s the biggest thing to remember about San Diego Comic Con: start saving now.

Trust me, it’ll save you a lot of stress in the long run. The last thing you’re going to want to be thinking about when you get to the con is how much money you can’t spend because you haven’t properly budgeted up to this point. The rest of the Nerdophiles staff drove to Comic Con this year, but I’m from Maryland and I had to fly in – making for some unique challenges and some unique considerations when budgeting. I’m breaking down my expenses, so that you can better think about and plan for your own. After all, we’re less than a year away from San Diego Comic Con 2014!

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Hasbro Brings the Deadpool Corps to Comic-Con via Taco Truck!

Hasbro - Marvel Universe - Deadpool Corps Team - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives“Any evil that threatens the universe can eat lead. For the rest of us…tacos!

The Merc with a Mouth teams up with his favorite allies — alternate universe versions of himself — in this highly collectible and unique action figure set. The 3.75-inch MARVEL UNIVERSE figures of DEADPOOL, LADY DEADPOOL and CHAMPION OF THE UNIVERSE, along with figurines of KIDPOOL, DOGPOOL and SQUIRRELPOOL come packaged in individual “taco shells,” all inside a collectible taco truck package! The Deadpool Corps Taco Truck Box Set will be $49.99 and available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego). Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.

Hasbro - Marvel Universe - Deadpool Corps Team - Packaging - Box - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusivesvia Hasbro & Marvel

More Comic-Con 2013 Exclusives from Hasbro!

Hasbro brings us four more exclusives for Comic-Con 2013. First there’s My Little Pony‘s DJ Pon-3 which will be $49.99 at the Hasbro booth. The next item is Jem from Jem and the Holograms. This is the “Glitter N’ Gold” figure priced at $140. The third exclusive is Marvel LegendsThunderbolts set priced at $89.99 for  Luke Cage, Crossbones, Ghost, Moonstone and Judith Chambers.

A limited supply of exclusives will be available at HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

My Little Pony

Hasbro - My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic - DJ Pon-3 - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC ExclusivesA fan favorite who first appeared in the first season of Friendship is Magic on the Hub Network, DJ Pon-3 ($49.99) makes her debut with a Comic-Con exclusive — and a shiny one at that. In addition to a musical note as her “cutie mark,” her sunglasses and unicorn horn are embellished with Swarovski crystal elements that tie into the year’s theme of the Crystal Empire.

Even DJ Pon-3‘s special packaging lights up, says Hasbro’s Donna Tobin, senior vice president, global brand marketing for My Little Pony. “Everything about her offering really enhances her character.”

Hasbro hosts a panel at Comic-Con featuring voice talent from the show, previews a fall line of toys at its booth and offers a poll where fans can elect their favorite pony from the “mane six” — Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash and Applejack — and record testimonials at a video booth before the vote goes live at Hubworld.com/vote4ponies on July 22.+++

Jem and the Holograms

Hasbro - Jem and the Holograms - Glitter-n-Gold - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC ExclusivesJem, the pink-haired ’80s cartoon rocker, made a “truly outrageous” return to pop culture last summer at Comic-Con with a high-end collectible figure from Hasbro and Integrity Toys. She sold out quickly, so Jem’s coming back glammed out with a special “Glitter N’ Gold” figure ($140) that’s a nod to a version from her original era. This time, though, she comes with more detail, a better and more realistic sculpt, and accessories including an extra dress and a record trophy.

Marvel Legends

Hasbro - Marvel Legends - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - Luke Cage - Crossbones - Ghost - Moonstone - Judith ChambersHasbro - Marvel Legends - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - Box - Packaging - Luke Cage - Crossbones - Ghost - Moonstone - Judith ChambersThe Hasbro team was excited by the idea of doing a Thunderbolts set ($89.99) of 6-inch figures inspired by the comic-book art of Kev Walker and based on the Marvel team of superpowered anti-heroes — Avengers member Luke Cage and the reformed super-criminals Crossbones, Ghost, Moonstone and Judith Chambers — that work for the government.

G.I. Joe/Transformers

Hasbro - G.I. Joe - Transformers - Box - Packaging - Baroness - Ravage - Snake Eyes - Autobot Blaster - Skystriker - Jetfire - Vamp - Hound - Bludgeon Samurai RobotThis year’s G.I. Joe/Transformers exclusive ($99.99) is the third and final installment in a special series of annual mash-ups.

Paying homage to a G.I. Joe/Transformers comic-book miniseries in the ’80s, the set includes a Skystriker in the colors of the Autobot Jetfire and a G.I. Joe V.A.M.P. vehicle retooled to reflect Hound, a cult favorite whose original automobile form was that of an Army Jeep.

To pair with the vehicles, the set stars the Cobra femme fatale Baroness with the Decepticon character Ravage, G.I. Joe ninja Snake Eyes with an Autobot logo on his outfit, the Autobot Blaster in his boom-box form and his tapes, and a robotic samurai warrior with a skeleton head in the colors of the Decepticon Bludgeon.

via USA Today

Hasbro is Bringing Angry Birds Star Wars to Comic-Con!

Hasbro - Angry Birds Star Wars Special Action Figure Set - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - HeaderHasbro released new information for their second Comic-Con exclusive. It’s the Angry Birds Star Wars Special Action Figure Set. The SDCC exclusive is priced at $24.99 and will be sold at the Hasbro booth. Assuming any are left over following the convention, a limited number might be available on HasbroToyShop.com.

ANGRY BIRDS™ STAR WARS®SPECIAL ACTION FIGURE SET
Approximate Retail Price: $24.99

The original 12 STAR WARS action figures are re-imagined for San Diego Comic-Con with a twist based on the mega-hit mobile game ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS from Rovio Entertainment! LUKE SKYWALKER, PRINCESS LEIA, HAN SOLO, OBI-WAN KENOBI, CHEWBACCA, R2-D2, C-3PO, DARTH VADER, STORMTROOPER, SAND PEOPLE, IMPERIAL NAVY COMMANDER and a JAWA are all re-imagined as heroic birds or evil pigs in this set, with each figure in a unique vintage-style blister card featuring ANGRY BIRDS homage to the classic Kenner artwork! The individual blister cards are all packaged together in a collectible package!

Hasbro - Angry Birds Star Wars Special Action Figure Set - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusivesvia io9

The Dark Knight Trilogy Play Arts Kai Batman Black Metallic Version SDCC 2013 Exclusive!

Square Enix - Play Arts Kai - HeaderFrom Director Christopher Nolan‘s final chapter of the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, comes Batman™ as a PLAY ARTS KAI action figure, re-imagined in a metallic black finish for our San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive! This exclusive figure is a very limited run item with only 1000 pieces created.San Diego Comic-Con 2013 EXCLUSIVE BLACK METALLIC Ver. is now available for pre-order at the SQUARE ENIX Online Store while supplies last. If you want to secure your copy, avoid long lines at the show, or simply can’t make it to San Diego Comic-Con, purchase online now for $64.99!

Square Enix - Play Arts Kai - The Dark Knight - Black Metallic Version - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - BatmanPlease note:

  • Products preordered at the SQUARE ENIX Online Store will be shipped to your provided address, and are not available for onsite pick-up at SDCC 2013.
  • Products will not be shipped until July 17th 2013 (Day 1 of SDCC 2013).
  • Batman figure comes with alternate sets of hands, various weapons, and a display stand.
  • Release: SAN DIEGO COMIC CON (JULY 2013)
    Specs: PVC Action Figure
    Package: Window Box
    Figure Size: 10.0” Tall
    Package Size: W23 cm x D13 cm x H30 cm

via Square Enix

Four Comic-Con 2013 Exclusives from DC Comics!

DC Collectibles - Comic-Con - SDCC Exclusives - DC Comics - HeaderDC Collectibles have released four San Diego Comic-Con exclusives. The first one is Aardman‘s Superman and is priced at $24.95 and is packaged with a “box of cookies”.

DC Collectibles - Aardman Superman with Box of Cookies - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - Graphitti DesignsThe next exclusive is actually three collectibles from Cartoon Network‘s DC Nation animation block. The Super Best Friends Forever three-pack (Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Girl) will be $49.95 and is designed by Lauren Faust.

DC Collectibles - Super Best Friends - Supergirl Wonder Girl Batgirl - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - Cartoon Network - DC NationThe Hugo Strange action figure will be also available for all the gamers out there for $29.95. The figure is based on the evil scientist from Batman: Arkham City.

DC Collectibles - Hugo Strange - Batman Arkham City - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC ExclusivesThe fourth exclusive is the “Superheroes of Green Lantern” four-pack which will be $49.95. The figures are 3¾-inch in height and features the Black Hand, Red Lantern Dex-Starr, Sinestro Corps Arkillo and Green Lantern Sinestro.

DC Collectibles - Superheroes of Green Lantern - Arkillo - Black Hand - Dex-Starr - Sinestro - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - DC Comics - Black Yellow Red Green LanternThese items will be available at Graphitti’s booth at Comic-Con (and probably DC’s online store after Comic-Con).

via DC Collectibles

Matty Collector Reveals Mattel SDCC Exclusives — Day 1!

Matty Collector - Mattel - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - HeaderMatty Collector will be revealing their Comic-Con 2013 exclusives this week. Today, it’s the Masters of the Universe® Classics Rokkon™ & Stonedar™ 2-Pack and Hot Wheels® Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider. Their press release follows below.


Every weekday starting Monday April 29th and ending Friday May 3rd, we’ll reveal a new SDCC product. That’s ten total, plus we’ll add one or two surprises later in May or June just to keep it all going. Make sure you check back every day so you don’t miss a single one!

We’ve also got news about the SDCC Voucher Pre-sale, SDCC’s Most-Wanted Sale, and where you can see these products live on display. Click here for all the info.


Masters of the Universe® Classics Rokkon™ & Stonedar™ 2-Pack

The Comet Warriors have arrived! This 2-pack of vintage MOTU Rockmen figures includes the young and excitable Rokkon™ and the wise and heroic Stonedar™. Recreate the Filmation look with snap-on arm and leg armor, or go bold(er) and transform into full rock mode with the additional snap-on front piece! Each figure also comes with trademark laser gun that they can hold, or can be snapped into chest. These figures, sculpted by the Four Horsemen, come in window box packaging and are not part of Club Eternia.

This product will be available for pre-order at MattyCollector.com on June 4, 2013, to be picked up at San Diego Comic-Con (details to come). It will also be available for purchase at the show, then at MattyCollector.com on August 5, 2013.

Masters of the Universe Classics Rokkon and Stonedar - MOTU - SDCC 2013 Exclusives - Mattel - Matty CollectorMasters of the Universe Classics Rokkon and Stonedar - MOTU - SDCC 2013 Exclusives Box Front - Mattel - Matty Collector Masters of the Universe Classics Rokkon and Stonedar - MOTU - SDCC 2013 Exclusives Box Back - Mattel - Matty Collector


Hot Wheels® Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider

Destruction of the Twelve Colonies and the human race is the objective, and the Cylons will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the thrilling TV show with this 1:64 scale Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider! Featuring VUM finish and die-cast body and chassis, this detailed replica comes on a commemorative blister card recalling the look of the original packaging from 1978. A perfect addition to any vintage collection, and a must-have for Battlestar Galactica fans!

This product will be available for pre-order at MattyCollector.com on June 4, 2013, to be picked up at San Diego Comic-Con (details to come). It will also be available for purchase at the show.

Hot Wheels Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - Mattel - Matty Collector LG

Hot Toys – The Avengers: Battle Damaged Mark VII Collectible Figurine

Hot Toys - The Avengers - Battle Damaged Iron Man Mark VII Limited Edition Collectible Figurine - Movie Promo Edition - HeaderHot Toys – MMS196 – Movie Masterpiece Series
The Avengers: Battle Damaged Mark VII (Movie Promo Edition)

In view of the great response of the Mark VII Collectible Figurine launched earlier, Hot Toys is proud to present the 1/6th scale Mark VII Limited Edition Collectible Figurine in battle damaged version from the smash hit The Avengers movie. It is a movie promo edition which will be exclusively limited to WORLDWIDE only to celebrate the Iron Man 3 movie launch.

The movie-accurate Battle Damaged Mark VII Collectible Figurine is highly detailed and fully deployed, specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr. as the iconic character Mark VII in the movie, highlighting the newly developed head sculpt, light-up functions, well equipped armor, and battle damaged features.

The first 800 pieces will be firstly available for pre-order in Hong Kong. For overseas Fans, this Collectible Figurine will be available for special promotions in specific markets as limited edition items during the Iron Man 3 movie launch period. Please stay tuned with us for updates!

The 1/6th scale Battle Damaged Mark VII Limited Edition Collectible Figurine (Movie Promo Edition) specially features:
  • Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Mark VII in the movie with battle damaged features
  • Head sculpt with helmet with authentic likeness of Robert Downey Jr. as Mark VII in the movie
  • Alternate helmeted head
  • Approximately 30 cm tall
  • Over 36 points of articulations
  • Special features on armor:
  • LED-lighted eyes and circle-shaped RT on chest (white light, battery operated)
  • One (1) removable battle damaged mask
  • One (1) pair of damaged shoulder armor
  • One (1) removable damaged chest armor
  • One (1) pair of detachable forearm rockets
  • Three (3) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
  • One (1) pair with improved articulations, movable fingers and light-up repulsors (white light, battery operated)
  • One (1) pair of forceful fists
  • One (1) pair of battle palms with light-up repulsor (white light, battery operated)
  • Improved articulations on waist armor which allow flexible movement
  • Fully deployed air flaps at back of the armor with built-in metal flaps
  • Articulated flaps at the back of armor on left and right legs
  • Metallic battle damaged red and gold-colored painting on armor
Accessories
  • One (1) battle damaged alien weapon
  • One (1) diorama base featuring the Alien’s corpse
Artists
  • Head Sculpted by Kojun
  • Head Painted by JC. Hong
  • Head Art Directed by JC. Hong

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**Product details could be subjected to change without further notice
**Battery included for collectible figure, button cells are required

Release date: Early Q3, 2013

Disney is RUMORED to Buy Hasbro…

Last week, Disney and George Lucas shocked everyone by announcing that Lucas had sold LucasFilm, the rights to the Star Wars films and its characters to Disney for approximately $4 billion. This week, rumors are flying that Disney may possibly buy Hasbro! Disney would then become somewhat of a monopoly of gigantic proportions to entertainment (theme parks and movies) and its merchandising of products (toys and games)!

The Lucasfilm acquisition has been reported as taking only 6 months to complete, so these discussions with Hasbro are probably pretty serious. This can definitely impact the entertainment industry in a big way. Disney would get the rights to the Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Dungeons and Dragons and several other tv/movie/game/toy franchises. It would definitely broaden their audience and also bring back some franchises back to Disney to be under one roof.

It seemed for a time that Disney was losing its grip on their audience until it acquired Pixar. There seemed to be too many “princess” movies and not enough movies that boys would like. Marvel and Star Wars have definitely changed that picture. Will prices for Disney-owned merchandise go up significantly as well? Hopefully not, but only time will tell.

If all this does come to pass, what happens to The Hub (and other shows) and the comics with IDW and Dark Horse? Do they all go away? Or will Disney incorporated everything? There are still a lot of questions to be answered here. Hopefully, most entities will stay in place in some way. Overall, it’s good for Disney, hopefully it will be good for fans as well.

Star Wars Celebration VI Exhibitor List and Floor Plan

Exhibitor

Booth #

740 The Game On Air

109

A Wrinkle in Time

116

Acme Archives Ltd

747

Action Figure Authority, AFA

308

Advanced Graphics

1014

Andrea Swabb

TAT21

Asylum

TAT02

Atomic Age Collectibles

312

Austin Browncoats

1205

B&D Star Wars

105

Barnes & Noble

129

Brass Monkey Tattoo

TAT09

Brian’s Toys

1102

Brick Envy

206

Bricks & Boards, LLC

1202

CMI Toys

1103

Camp Planner Industrial (CPI)

223

Cantina Collectibles

1223

Cartamundi USA

320

Chris 51 Tattoos

TAT29

Collectors Rebellion

1120

Comic Images

402

Completist Publications

1306

Cool Cat Collectibles

1021

Custom Art by Jeremiah

TAT10

DC Area Star Wars Collecting Club

548

DK Publishing Inc

813

Dark Horse Comics Inc

839

Diamond Select Toys

632

Digital Source Marketing, LLC

1226

Disney Theme Park Merchandise

341

Disney Theme Park Merchandise

331

Draven’s City Limits Collectibles

1140

Drew Baker

1038

eFX Inc.

921

Earloomz

811

Jedi Council Forums & FanForce

554

Fantasy Flight Games

739

Forcepowered Collectibles

202

Fox Valley Tattoo

TAT20

Full Sail University

229

Galerie, USA

933

Gentle Giant LTD

521

Star Wars Super Collector’s Wish Book

1224

Glitch Gaming Apparel

121

Glitch Gaming Apparel

1039

Hallmark Cards Inc

803

HASBRO

721

Her Universe

915

Hollywood Heroes

212

Hornby America, Inc

431

Howling Wolf Enterprises

1125

HYP Hats

433

iAM Enterprises, LLC (iAM3DStore.com)

1033

Imagez Photography

445

Imperial Class Tattoo, LLC

TAT16

Imperial Quartermaster & Dimension Decals

1111

Intergalactic Trading Co Inc

1213

J&J Collectibles

1122

Japan Star Wars Modeling Alliance

552

Jason Palmer Studios

941

Joe Corroney & Jan Duursema
Joe Corroney & Jan Duursema

1040

Jolie Rogue Tattoo

TAT17

Josh Bodwell Tattoos

TAT28

Jumpin Jammerz

1010

Juniors Comics & Cards

215

KE Toys & Games

207

KIF’S

1032

Kotobukiya

903

Krypton Comics Inc

1211

Lego Systems Inc

321

Legendary Costume Works

1106

Limited Edition Collectibles

203

Lost in a Vacuum

106

Matt Busch / Planetmatt Entertainment

220

Mega Star Wars

1203

Michael Bianco

TAT26

WeLoveFine.com

512

Mikes Comics & Collectibles

435

Mikes Comics & Collectibles

536

Mimoco

313

Mississippi Mandalorians

551

Museum Replicas

530

Nappy Artist

TAT15

Nerdist Industries

1240

Neutral Zone, LLC

113

Norwich Star Wars Club, UK

550

NVIDIA

833

Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club

453

Orlando Science Center

309

PSA, Professional Sports Authenticator

1110

Pain & Wonder

TAT04

P Novelties

122

Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society

451

Phil’s Toys

1220

Tattoos By Chris Jones

TAT27

TAT-TWIN Skin art by Piero Bockos

TAT19

Pitt Stop Cards

304

Plush Gallery Tattoo

TAT24

Rancorhill Collectibles

1204

Random House – Del Rey

910

Rebel Base Comics & Toys

1112

Red Rocket Tattoo

TAT13

Red Rocket Tattoo – Vinny Romanelli

TAT23

Reynolds Advanced Materials

441

Dave Dorman

939

Rubie’s Costume Co Inc

403

Russell Walks Illustration

408

Scholastic Book Fairs

533

Scion

1239

Scott Blair

TAT08

Scott Bohrer

TAT07

Shadows on the Wall

221

Sistine Skin – Jerry Watelski

TAT06

Sistine Skin, LLC

TAT03

tuff city

TAT01

Sorry! No Subtitles

120

Star Pix Collectibles

1127

Star Wars Vegetable Carving and Jedi Order of Japan

455

Star Wars Grand Florida Alliance

449

Starbase Atlanta

1003

Stylin Online

549

Stylin Online

541

Stylin Online

927

Suchiu Art

1041

Super7

315

SWAG 77

448

Tattoos by Brian Stringer

TAT14

Tattoos by Thomas Kersnowsky

TAT11

The Contact Lens Company

1105

The Dark Empire

650

The Force United

450

The Saber Guild

349

Maverick Arts/The Art of Monte Moore

225

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie

1141

Spencer Brinkerhoff III

1138

The Art of Tsuneo Sanda

1139

The DAVE School

1133

The Jedi Assembly

452

The Midsummer Knights Dream

110

Outer Rim Toys and Collectibles

1107

Prop Store

1026

The Toy Cave

1121

The Toy Federation

1114

ThinkGeek

303

Through and Through Tattoo

TAT18

Time Machine Collectibles

112

Times Forgotten

302

Topps, USA

413

Toy Chamber Collectibles

1322

Toy Dump

102

James Gallo Toy Heaven-Coining A Galaxy

1221

Toynk.com

1011

Tribbletoys.com / GIANTmicrobes

108

Trinity Tattoo Co – Steve Roberts

TAT22

Trinity Tattoo Company – Earl Funk

TAT12

Uptown Tattoos

TAT05

Utilikilts LLC

213

Wookieepedia

351

Workman Publishing Co

911

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

907