In case you haven’t been following Tomopop’s SDCC coverage, I wanted to post a bit here about the toys and figures that caught my attention. As you’d imagine, SDCC isn’t really the place to go for Japanese or anime figures. There wasn’t much at the convention to appeal to fans of that particular aesthetic, and as such a lot of the figures that were on display fell outside my area of expertise. Still, I’m a sci-fi movie and TV show fan, so there was still a lot to get me salivating.
The first booth I went to was Kotobukiya’s booth because I wanted to get their exclusive Harley Quinn figure. While I was there, their representative Dan Lujan walked me through some of their upcoming figures. For Japanese and anime figure collectors, the main line of interest is the Bishoujo line. Bishoujo Psylocke (X-Force version) was in full color on display, and she’s looking good. I also saw sculpts of the armored Wonder Woman, Jun Kazama, and Chun Li. The main thing I wanted to see was Bishoujo Cammy in some form, but all they had was a teaser – no art and certainly no sculpt.
I visited a lot of booths on preview night, but NECA’s booth in particular caught my attention thanks to their assortment of Aliens and Predator action figures. The exhibit had no less than five figures for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character (Dutch Schafer) from Predator, and I really want all of them. Above you can see the magnificent 1/4-scale Dutch figure.
The other highlights from NECA’s booth were Aliens-related. I was especially tickled by their Hudson figure, making the most Hudson face imaginable. You keep on Hudsoning, Hudson!
This beautiful lady is MegaHouse’s Princess Shirahoshi, which I saw at AAA Anime’s booth. I really wish I could have bought one, but the price was steep (almost $170!). Although this isn’t a particularly new figure, she was just too super cute to not photograph. I guess a few pictures will have to do in lieu of me owning one.
Right around the corner from AAA Anime was Yamato USA. You know how in most cities you go to, there are hole-in-the-wall restaurants that people swear you should visit? Yamato USA’s booth was pretty much that for SDCC. It was tiny – just a partial chunk of wall with a few display cases in front – but I liked what was on display. Take, for example, A+’s 1/4.5-scale Branwen. Surprisingly, it’s not terrible. The design is excellent, the sculpt is accurate, the paint job is good, and she has possibly the greatest ass of all time.
Nathan Drake was on display at Sideshow Collectibles’ booth. Sideshow was a nightmare to cover because of the number of people and the number of highlight-worthy figures. Honestly I didn’t care too much about most of the comics figures, but Uncharted‘s Nathan Drake is another matter. The 1/6-scale rendition even gets his half-tuck down!
I dropped by ThreeA’s little display to check out what was on offer. As usual, ThreeA’s ability to take recognizable licensed characters and put an artistic twist on them impressed me deeply. Beyond that, I was able to talk to Good Smile Company’s Mamitan, who told me everything I’ll ever need to know about WonFes. I also talked to ThreeA’s head honcho Ashley Wood, who told me a bit about the toy making business and how they come up with their designs. ThreeA is creatively driven by Ashley himsef, and their figures all have his distinct imprint on them.
Diamond Select usually deals in western properties, but at SDCC one of their booths was showing off some Evangelion figures. Above is Medicom’s RAH Asuka from Evangelion 3.0. At 1/6-scale, she was beautiful to see in person. The display had her alongside Eva-01 and Eva-02, with the latter looking absolutely gorgeous (I’m kind of sick of seeing Eva-01 at this point).
Canadian Domo-kun? Actually, it’s a pizza cutter. You read that right, a Domo-kun pizza cutter.
Quantum Mechanix’s booth was a place of magic. Much of that magic came from this 1/6-scale Malcolm Reynolds figure. Browncoats rejoice, the, erm, hero of Serenity Valley is coming back!
The QMx booth also featured this jaw-dropping 3′ Artisan Model of the Vengeance from Star Trek Into Darkness. If they still used filming miniatures, you’d swear this was one.
Bluefin’s Evangelion display was, well, pathetic. SDCC is not the con for Eva fans. The most I saw was a small display of shokugan figures, featuring the Evas, the pilots (minus Mari), the Wunder, and Eva-02’s orbital rocket boosters.
Like Sideshow, Gentle Giant’s booth was packed with people gawking at all the amazing stuff on display. I liked the zombie Magneto bust above, but I really liked their Honey Trap line of original figures. They each feature sexy women with big guns doing who knows what.
Toymunkey Studios had their 1/6-scale Silent Hill figures on sale. Again, I really wanted to buy one, but the price was too steep. The level of detail on these is amazing, especially when you look closely at the paint job.
So SDCC isn’t the place to go for eastern figures, but it wasn’t a bust for figure/toy enthusiasts – not by a long shot. There were plenty of properties represented that I was interested in (enthusiastic about, even), and talking to some industry representatives is always a good time. Check out the gallery to see the rest of my personal highlights!