I had the amazing opportunity to head down to San Diego for Comic-Con this year! There was so much to do. While I spent a lot of time checking out panels this year, including one for The Toys That Made Us on Netflix, I of course had to head out on the show floor to see what toys were being announced. The first booth to catch my eye was NECA.
NECA's booth was full of display cases featuring SDCC exclusives, figures coming soon to all retailers, and figures that were already available but I hadn't seen in person yet. If you're an Alien or Predator fan you'll want to keep an eye out for their new lineups.
I love how NECA goes that extra step and adds dioramas to the display. I'm not sure if this one will be available along with the figures but I hope so!
One of the most popular displays I heard fans talking about and saw people taking pictures of was full of Gremlins! Everyone was excited to see these, myself included. NECA just keeps outdoing themselves in terms of quality and price. These Ultimate Stripe and Gremlin figures will go for about $28 each. If they look this good on a Pixel camera when they're behind glass imagine how much better they'll look when you actually have them in hand.
Displaying your Gremlins might be difficult because it will be hard to choose from all of these awesome accessories. The cigarette and beer combo pictured below is classic but look at the alternate head in the second picture. It comes with popcorn bags on its ears!
Next I saw the Friday the 13th display. These figures, including the Camp Crystal Lake accessory set, have been out for a little while but like I mentioned earlier I hadn't seen them yet. A lot of people liked that figure from Part 2 best but I'm a bigger fan of Jason from Part 4. I prefer the hockey mask and the accessories, although the addition of Pamela Voorhees' severed head in that Part 2 set is a nice touch.
I can't wait for the new Halloween movie later this year and it looks like the folks at NECA can't either. This Michael Myers sculpt was amazing! It's big, like a 1/4 scale figure, but there was a sign next to it saying it was a prototype and the final model hadn't been decided yet. I hope we get one of each like the Friday the 13th figures. Those Jason figures pictured above are 7" and go for about $30. I would love to collect a Myers figure in that smaller range. The 1/4 scale figures are more like $110 or $120 and they're fantastic but I'm low on space and I'm on a budget.
The next shelf featured Chucky, Tiffany, and to round out the slasher classic trilogy, we're getting a new Freddy! I haven't picked up a Freddy figure since the second McFarlane Movie Maniacs figure so it might just be time for an upgrade. Especially when you see the Nightmare accessory kit.
Last but not least from NECA, one of the exclusives this year was a figure of a master of horror, Guillermo del Toro. This would look perfect on your shelf next to your Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth Blu-Rays. If you weren't at Con to get one of these, happy eBaying!
I then went to the Mondo booth to check out the Jurassic Park board game they'll be selling later this year. I was impressed but what stood out even more than the game were the Batman: The Animated Series figures on display. When I heard Mondo announce these I was unsure how they'd do, considering the DC collectables lineup is killing it. Seeing them in person I get that there's room for both. These are big, about 12" tall. As good as the detail on the DC collectables figures is, these are even better. Batman ships soon and you can preorder Mr. Fries here.
I walked through the show floor browsing the rest of the upcoming toys and was impressed by the Stranger Things lineup. As far as I know McFarlane started the super detailed figure for the adult collector and I'm glad they're still cranking out such articulate work. The boys look awesome in their halloween costumes and that Demogorgon is perfectly creepy.
McFarlane also gets points for making this clever yet simple twist on the Will figure for one of its exclusives.
Do you have room in your house for a museum quality display case? If so, and if you're a fan of Spider-Man, Sideshow has a statue coming out that will have you drooling! Yes, it's a statue, not a toy, but it was one of my favorite things on the show floor so I had to include it. This legendary scale statue is so impressive!
I love when the sight of a toy takes me right back to childhood memories. If you can make me laugh and smile in addition to making me think the display is cool then you did the best job. With that in mind, I think Mattel won me over this year. At their booth, behind a life-size statue of Andre the Giant, I found this.
Like most guys my age I was obsessed with the WWE (at that point WWF) Attitude era. I liked wrestling prior to that but my mom never wanted me watching it. I could really only catch the Golden/New Generation eras when I was visiting my cousins, who practically got to watch whatever they wanted. Mattel brought back all those memories of watching and going to RAW and Smackdown events ,once I was old enough, by creating this dream of a Royal Rumble. I know it's impossible but this sight instantly made me want a giant event where Stone Cold and Mankind could be seen along with Ultimate Warrior and Macho Man (RIP, sirs).
They set up my all-time favorite, The Rock, outside the ring talking smack on the mic. The greatest trash talker from the Attitude era was one of the only wrestlers I liked both as a babyface and a heel (Undertaker's the other). Well done, Mattel. The toys are awesome and thanks for bringing back the memories.
Were you at SDCC? If not, were you following along online? What were some of your favorite announcements or displays? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading. I'll be back with another article soon.