Don’t let the name fool you: San Diego Comic-Con is about a lot more than comic books.
As I hyperventilated my way through this year’s massive showroom floor, I noticed there may be just as many toys, games, figurines, statues and so on as there are comic books.
Some people (like me) enjoy playing with them, while others (also me) use them to decorate their desks as a way to distract from their (our) heartbreaking reality as cogs in the working machine.
Kids also like them. I guess.
I scoured the deepest corners of nerd-dom for great collectibles and found a few options from a variety of pop culture sources.
Luke’s landspeeder by Radio Flyer. Coming September 2017
Man, kids today are so lucky. Even Luke had to sell this bad boy to afford Han Solo’s prices, but your brat can have it forever (for the price of $499.99).
There was a huge crowd around this fully functioning landspeeder, and it was obviously a favorite of the younger crowd. Good luck talking your way out of buying this one once your child’s spoiled friend gets one.
‘Transformers: Beast Wars’ Megatron by Prime 1 Studios. Release date TBA
Japan’s Prime 1 Studios had a variety of great toys on display, including a life-size “Star Wars” stormtrooper, but my favorite was this emotive Megatron. The light inside his cannon really sold it for me.
The Joker Expressions Pack by DC Collectibles. Coming March 2018
I was a huge fan of “Batman: The Animated Series,” so the upcoming DC Collectibles collection piques my interest. My favorite piece was this one, which includes several emotive faces based on the Joker. It also comes with a few of the villain’s favorite props.
The collection includes other figures, vehicles and a Batcave.
These cute wooden figures aren’t exactly new, but the possibilities grow with each additional figure. The various sets allow for a mixing of mythologies sure to make any geek squirm. Darth Vader on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise? Done. Spider-Man flying Wonder Woman’s jet? No problem.
Bat Signal by Icon Heroes. Coming first quarter 2017
I mean, who doesn’t need a small, functioning Bat Signal statue in their home? You never know when you’ll have to call the Caped Crusader.
‘South Park,’ ‘Stranger Things’ and more from Todd McFarlane. Coming fall 2017
I am not crazy about the design of Eleven’s face, but the fact she comes with an Eggo and a wig makes her figure a pretty solid collectible for “Stranger Things” fans.
McFarlane also has a fine offering of “South Park” toys, including a model of the children’s classroom. And don’t sleep on his “Rick and Morty” collection, including a hilarious Ants In My Eyes Johnson figure.
Ashy Slashy puppet from National Entertainment Collectibles Association. Coming fourth quarter 2017
This 15-inch puppet, a replica of one used in the second season of “Ash vs. Evil Dead!” is pretty cute. And it’s a fully functioning puppet – though one arm is, of course, a chainsaw.
Dragon Ball Z’ Monopoly by USAopoly
As a fan of the anime and a mortal but familiar enemy of the board game, I have no idea how this would work. And I don’t care. If I ever play Monopoly, this would be the version.