Luke Chueh’s custom Uglydoll – WHOA. I can’t stop cracking up at this little guy’s misfortune. He is cute and disgusting all wrapped up into one. I believe SpankyStokes likens this character to a mullet, “adorably ugly in the front, absolutely ugly in the back”. Hah! Luke’s is one of many customs for Giant Robot’s Remix Project.
When shopping for a new car most people take into consideration deciding factors like fuel efficiency, power or warranty, but they neglect what is perhaps the most important feature of all: its ability to help one survive the impending zombie apocalypse. That makes this Zombie Survival Edition of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe the hands down winner, though unfortunately it’s just a special one-off, just unveiled at San Diego’s Comic-Con. Designed by The Walking Dead TV-series’ creator/writer Robert Kirkman and fabricated by Design Craft, the vehicle has a front-end custom plow with spikes, metal plated window coverings, front and back end floodlights, spiked all terrain tires and a CB radio system. There’s also roof hatch to allow passengers to fight off attacking walkers, plus a trunk full of electric and pneumatic weapons. Check out more looks in the gallery below, plus a short film featuring an interview with Robert Kirkman. via: WCF
Now that you got the down low on attending panels at SDCC. Today we bring you some tricks to the trade to make your life easier when scrambling to get in on all those important exclusives and artist signings.
Here are the general dos and don’ts for exclusives and signings at SDCC 2012
*Above all else, it is very frowned upon to bring family members or others to buy up multitudes of releases so you can flip them later. Every year you will see this in line and it is much disliked. If you are caught, plan to be ridiculed and called out extensively.
*Every exhibitor has a different way of handling releases and signings. There may be a general line, raffle, club members, etc. Also certain items are for sale during the entire con and some are just at certain times. I suggest making a schedule.
*For Kidrobot, time-stamped wristbands will be given out each morning when hall doors open for the release that day. These will indicate the time you are to return for the scheduled release/signing. This helps in prohibiting long lines, and please do not come before or after the time on your wristband. If your wristband is removed from your wrist, you forfeit your time and release.
The wristband is NOT a guarantee that you get the toy. It merely accounts for what we have in stock and insures that we do not over sell. If you snooze you loose, because there will be 10 people hanging around waiting for you not to show up to claim your toy. The hypnotoad and Homer should be available all weekend but possibly in daily quantity. This is all subject to change fyi.
*Things change daily and even hourly with releases. This is normal since exhibitors are trying to figure out how to make things work best and smoothly. Sometimes, it isn’t up to them due to security changing how things are. What might be a first come first served situation today, might be a raffle by afternoon. Please give all exhibitors patience here because they are really trying to make this work best for everyone. So check with exhibitors often.
*When in line, listen to the exhibitors. The line might have a stoppage at one isle and continue along a far wall. Pay attention!
*Don’t be THAT GUY in line. You know the one that brags about what he/she has already gotten. Or the guy that holds up a Soto sketch displaying and flaunting it to all the tired restless con goers that have been in line for 4 hours now.
*It is very rude to bring a bag of things to get signed. Bringing one or two toys to get signed is common but there are always those that think they should bring 6 years of toys to one signing. This holds up the line, puts pressure on the artists, and is basically very rude.
*Don’t run in the halls. They will yell at you over the speakers. Also keep in mind, no matter what you do when doors open, there will already be a line if it is an early or mid day release. Many exhibitors try to stop people with exhibitor passes getting in line before the hall opens, but somehow they find a way.
*Most exhibitors take cash and credit cards, but cash typically is the best. Why? You are more likely to not get hit with tax if you pay cash.
*Bring a sketchbook. Some artists do sketches and some don’t. Please buy something from the artist if you plan to get a sketch, and don’t get multiple sketches. With this in mind, some artists are cool being confronted outside or anywhere at the con and will happily do a sketch for you, and some are not. It is hard to predict, but typically most don’t bother them outside their signing times unless they say something on their site/twitter/facebook.
*Go back to the exhibitor’s booths even when there isn’t a special release. Many will have goods for sale all during the con. Also be nice. Working a convention is stressful and tiring on the vendors. If you have a moment go and highfive the folks at kidrobot, Joanne at Dragatomi, Kriby at Roto, Dov and Sarah Jo at DKE, or the toybreak crew at October toys. Tell the guys at S7 a joke or talk art with Attaboy at Hifructose. Maybe stress your love of bacon with Andrew Bell and Dumbrella or Caro, Liz, and Patrick at MunkyKing. Just show you appreciate all the great vendors at SDCC.
Sacramento vinyl hustlers, Dragatomi will be pulling out all the stops for their booth this year at SDCC. Booth #4935 will be the place to be for various exclusive releases, artist signings and customs galore. Hit up Dragatomi’s website for tons of images as well as details for releases and artist signing schedules.
The star studded line-up of featured exclusives include Circus Posterous, A Little Stranger, Blamo, Bigfoot, Skinner, NC Winters and Plaseebo with a pre-release of a vibrant new green Sketchbot.
Dragatomi will also be housing world class customs by featured artists: Chauskoskis, Betso, Grimsheep, Drilone, J RYU, SouthernDrawl, Ryan the wheelbarrow, Squink! Jeremiah Ketner, KingQuan, Leecifer, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Jay222, 64Colors, Travis Lampe, Motorbot, Chuckboy, Rsin, Ardabus Rubber, Brent Nolasco and Mikie Graham.
Before the Kidrobot ultimate guide to SDCC exclusives, signings, and all things nerd-tacular, Kidrobot brings you some veteran tips on how to attend Comic-Con panels like an pro.
First up, San Diego Comic Con Panels.
Besides the main floor and toys, panels happen the entire time at the con. They feature everything from upcoming TV shows and movies to a general discussion on what spaceships would win in a battle. Panels are fun and exciting, and at times, stressful. So to help you along the way, here are a few tips.
You really can’t predict how early you have to line up for a panel, but it as a general rule, go early. If it is going to be a big movie or TV show, go very early. Sometimes people camp overnight and sometimes getting in line 4 hours early will do the trick.
Panels do not clear the room when they are done. Some people might stay in a room all day just to see one panel. Basically, you have to just plan. For Example, Every year I attend the 3 panels before Mythbusters to ensure I get into Mythbusters.
You may have to wait outside for a long time. Bring sunscreen, games, phones, water, and comfy shoes. Since most of the panel rooms have wifi that extends to the lines, you can blog away about interesting folks you see in the line or maybe keep up with great Kidrobot contests.
Just because they cut the line off doesn’t always mean you will not get in. People leave a lot and then security will let more in.
Movies and television typically will show pilots and new footage of their upcoming feature. This is good for getting a glimpse of a new TV show for the fall or what you can expect in the future of film. I think this is common sense, but they don’t like people videotaping things they show.
Also for film and television, the cast, producers, and writers usually attend. This is where you may get the chance to ask that hard hitting question you have longed to get answered. This is also annoying because you will always hear people ask an actor for a hug or how they liked playing a character in a film made in 1992 (which is all frowned upon). DO NOT BE THAT GUY/GIRL.
Get close to the front if you can. Why? Well they hand out tickets for free swag you obtain in the fulfillment room. The free goods can range from a shirt to a tote to a drink holder. They also typically hand out more tickets than they have free goods by the way.
Also watch out for bum rushing the stage once the panel is over. I just recently found out it is a huge fan boy thing to grab the name placard from the table of the attending celebs.
Security is just doing their job and most of the time it is a volunteer that really doesn’t know what is going on. Give them the benefit of the doubt, and they can help you know where the bathrooms are.
Toy Tokyo will drop the Tribal Killa Instinct figure by Marka27 and produced by Bic Plastics in their booth (#5237) during Marka’s signing on Saturday, July 25th (2 – 3 PM). This cross-over figure with the Tribal apparel brand is limited to 150 pieces and will be available for $95. So if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that this bad boy drops at the same time as Jesse Hernandez’s SDCC exclusive Bic Buddy.
Tim Tsui Da Sharky - Black version (and SDCC Game of Death)
You didn’t expect this Sharky, it just came right at you from nowhere. Now! Da Sharky is here! Tim Tsui puts his DaTeamBronx ape design on the Sharky. Da Sharky will go well with your collection of Da Minci’s, Da Warriors and Da Fighter!
Black version limited to 300 and “Game of Death” version, limited to 200 pieces. More pics after the jump. Continue reading →