Preview Night seems so different from just a few years ago when it comes to San Diego and its online coverage. In past years, the night before SDCC wasn’t really the place for reveals and the technology wasn’t ready to beam back anything quickly. This year’s Preview Night is almost unrecognizable.
Looking at all the Coverage roll in, I’m honestly thinking of retiring these Armchair Coverage pieces. The information certainly seems less scattered than in years past, but I’ve been told by more than a few folks in recent days that this Armchair Coverage is appreciated and that if I’m not going to do it, I should’ve warned everyone. I don’t know about that, but I do find myself sitting here in front of IAT tonight (this morning?) and I feel like posting something. I may not be able to be as comprehensive as in year’s past (sometime I’ll have to tell you guys about the epic ordeal that was July 20th…), but I will offer some links and thoughts on what I found cool…
While I was surprised overall by the amount of merchandise that was just sitting out tonight, it was the MOTU Classics line that shocked me most with what they were willing to display: the Wind Raider (via ToyArk). The funny thing is that we knew a vehicle was going to be there (which actually makes it great for a Preview Night reveal), we knew that the Four Horsemen were going to do a kick ass job on whatever the vehicle was, and many of us even suspected that it would indeed be the Wind Raider. And yet, it still manages to elicit a jaw-dropping reaction. It features a firing weapon, what looks like plenty of moving pieces (including what appear to be access hatches for Duncan to get the engines… sweet), there’s a cool flight stand for it (and wheels for rolling along), it’s huge, and it’s only $40. Screw you, Tytus.
While that dominates, that wasn’t it for MOTU. We also got our first look at She-Ra 2.0. She features plenty of added details, better articulation, and it sounds as if the interchangeable clothes are confirmed. The best pic I’ve seen of her so far is in this thread at He-Man.Org.
There were some other tidbits like the Mission Patch for Captain Glenn (via Pixel Dan’s Twitter) featuring the Fearless Photog Logo and including the name of his creator (Nathan Bitner) on the patch as well as another famous Mattel astronaut, Matt Mason. Finally, filed under the you can’t buy this category is this awesome Three Towers environment (photo from SDComics of AFI/CriticalMess). They’ll be more MOTUCs to reveal on Friday Afternoon when Mattel holds their Mattypalooza Panel.
The next big thing that caught my attention was for Ghostbusters. I’ve just started getting back into this line and while I’m not one to buy props… this one really tempts me. Courtesy of Pixel Dan’s Twitter, we have a sneak peek at the replica Ghost Trap! It’s a thing of beauty (and god help my Dog if the pedal can open it remotely…). Heck, it even makes me regret not trying to grab a PKE Meter – and remember, I don’t buy props! To round out the Preview Night showings for Ghostbusters, Mattel also tossed a little guy named Vigo into the case and Diamond Select showed off some new Real Ghostbusters Minimates based on the Citizen Ghost episode. It amuses me that Kenner made crazy, interesting repaints for years without making these versions that modern day toy companies seem to relish…
While the DC Universe had plenty of figure representation with Young Justice (via ToyArk), Action League (via TNI), the JLU 7pk (via AFI), Lego Minifigs (via ToyArk), Lego Heroes (via ToyArk), some cool DC Direct offerings (via TNI), some cooler Hot Toys and Sideshow offerings, and a good look at the Legion pack and some other already announced DC Classics (via TNI)… there didn’t seem to be any surprises. Wait… there was the Play Arts Arkham City figures (via TNI). Those might just make your other DC toys feel bad about themselves. Still, DCUC19 (via ToyArk) does look great (and lo! the the GA Hawkman cowl head (via Fwoosh) the Q&A’s said wasn’t coming! I think I have hopes for Mattel’s Friday DC Panel (yes, even with those Relaunch costumes looming…).
But, comic toy needs were definitely fulfilled on the other side of the spectrum tonight. Marvel & Hasbro didn’t pull any punches on Preview Night and had plenty of Marvel Universe (both via ToyArk) figures to display. As I sat there and gawked at Adam Warlock, Rocket Raccoon, Starlord, Patriot, Beta Ray Bill, etc., it was almost easy to forget that SDCC 2011 heralds the return of Marvel Legends. I mean, I was going to buy that lil’ Steve Rogers Super Soldier figure, but now there’s an awesome 6″ one too (via AFP – links to all of Marvel Legends 3.0 Wave 1). I’m not in love with some of the base bodies, but the figures all look pretty good and I can easily see a lot of those wanting to come home with me (that’s how that works right? they want to come home with us?).
AFP also scored some shots of other 6″ Marvel toys. Some movie-based and some comic-based in the movie lines. I’m looking forward to that Loki and the Neo-Classics Iron Man seems pretty sweet in the pics.
Now, I’m going to take an interlude from those heavy hitting licenses to show something awesome! Courtesy of Michael Crawford, we’ve got a quick photo tour of the Four Horsemen’s OSM and Raven displays. Michael takes great, big pictures, but the Gothitropolis Raven is guaranteed to make you stop scrolling them. He’s not even painted yet and he’s jaw-dropping. I’m ready to get him in a few different colors… and I’m not above begging the Four Horsemen to do one with white feathers and armor done in the Vampire Lady’s colors. Really, he’s gorgeous folks. Check him out.
And for good measure, some new Outer Space Men goodness. Some great shots of the Alpha Exclusives for Waves 3 and 4 and our very first look at Colossus Rex & Orbitron! Rex looks amazing, and I’m stoked for a scale shot of him with the others. Again, thanks to Michael Crawford for those great pictures.
There was literally a ton more stuff, but it’s 5am and I’m at a thousand words already. Do check out OAFE! They’ve got a few pics up including a great Earthworm Jim, some Gremlins figures, and a nice shot of Universal Monsters series three. Speaking of DST, somewhere in TNI’s DST Coverage I remember seeing a minimate K.I.T.T. that I simply have to own. Knightrider, baby! LOL And can’t Sony/Mattel just pretty please let DST make an Ecto-1?.
Seriously, I’m off to sleep! I know there’s plenty I didn’t cover, so here’s links to the sites I either pulled from or wanted to and forgot! A big thanks to each and every one of them for attending and/or spreading the love back to us: ActionFigureInsider, ActionFigurePics, Cool Toy Review, Critical Mess, Hiss Tank, OAFE, Michael Crawford, Pixel Dan, Raving Toy Maniac, TFW2005, Toynewsi, & ToyArk.