Tuesday, July 16, 2013

San Diego ComicCon - figs, new set, sculptures

ComicCon is starting up in a couple of days. There are similar events around the country, but the four day con in San Diego is always the biggest show of the year, and LEGO always has a big presence. I'm sure we'll see some sets revealed (yes, I actually know we will see at least one, I'm not sure if the picture I've seen has been officially released so I'll wait a few days to feature them here), and large sculptures in the LEGO booth. -Edit- Okay, they've officially released these, see below. And, as in the last couple of ComicCons, they will give out exclusive figures. This year it will be Spider-Woman, the Green Arrow, and alternate versions of Superman and Spider-Man. Let me be clear. I HATE exclusive giveaways. Sure, these are cool figs, and I find myself posting them here for their coolness. But I, and most likely you, are never going to get our hands on these. Now if they were just alternate versions of characters we could get in regular sets, that might be annoying, but ultimately no big deal. When they're fairly minor characters, well, I'm pretty annoyed. But when they are mainstay characters, I'm really bothered by this. Last year they gave away the Green Lantern, for pete's sake. He's one of the big four of the DC universe. And, since the movie was so horrid and the promised Justice League movie is so elusive, I don't know when LEGO is ever going to give us a fig version of Hal (yes, I know, they can give us anything from the universe, but they seem set on giving us either Batman sets or sets related to movies). Over on the Marvel side, they had a Jean Grey fig last year that we've not seen in official sets. Actually, we've seen precious little of the X-Men so far. Hopefully we'll get more as Wolverine and Days of Future Past hit the theaters. This year is not quite as bad. As I said, I'm less concerned about alternate costumes (to me Superman will always wear his red underwear on the outside of his blue tights), and I've never really connected to Spider-Woman, but I have always had a liking for the Green Arrow, so that annoys me. Anyway, here are the figs you'll never get (unless you're one of the lucky few who is there, or you're willing to shell out ridiculous amounts of money on Ebay).

Okay, as I noted above, they have officially released this information. At Comic-Con LEGO will officially reveal the set Batman: The Riddler Chase, featuring the Flash. This set will come out next January and will cost US$29.99. Also, the LEGO booth will feature life-size sculptures of Superman and Iron Man.

IMO, the fans are far more fun than corporate-driven displays and giveaways. I'm sure we'll see some MOCs, and I know there's going to be a panel on LEGO art sponsored by BrickJournal (I'll cover this on ArtisticBricks), and you always see lots of different costumes. Here are a couple of fan costumes from Philly Comic Con and Niagra Falls Comic Con earlier this year.

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