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SDCC Toy Shopping Bag

A Quick List of Must Have Toys from Comic-Con

By Robert T. Trate     July 10, 2009

The SDCCc Exclusive Captain America is "frozen" in time and packaged on a single card with art work by Joe Quesada.
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The San Diego Comic Con is twelve days away. If you are able to make the trek to Nerdvana and celebrate an event that is better than Christmas and Hanukah rolled into one consider yourself lucky. Next week I will be talking about Comic Con Karma but this week is, of course, all about the toys. I have featured tons of SDCC toys already and will provide links for those exclusives as well. This is the latest crop and by no means a final or definitive list. The following are some of the bigger big name properties. As any collector knows these items have the potential to retain their value. Last year was my first trip to the pop culture super bowl which is the San Diego Comic Con and I learned a few things. Hopefully by sharing some of my experiences with you, you can make the correct investment. Hey, if you love toys and don’t plan on selling them at least open them up and put them on display.
Ghostbusters Angry Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Bank

“From the finale of the first Ghostbusters film, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man reacts in hostile fashion to being hit with the laser-powered force of the Ghostbusters’ proton packs! Tasty flavor meets mass destruction in the form of this eight-inch bank, dedicated to the sailor-suited confection of terror. Available from Diamond retailers throughout the show floor. For a complete list, visit the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth (# 2401)”- Diamond Select. The Price: $19.99 Production Run: 1,000
The Toy Maniac’s Take: Last year there were thirty-three Ghostbusters running around on the floor. I know this because the makers of the new game counted them (they had only brought six of their own). If the game would have arrived on time it would have been the return of the Ghostbusters. This year with the awesome game finally out, new figures and a movie in the works this is the year of the Ghostbusters. Picking up Mr. Stay Puft is a no brainer. He is also a perfect addition to the new Ghostbusters action figures which will be released this year (see here). If you plan on picking up the SDCC Exclusive Egon and Slimer (see here) then he is a must. The price is right and the production run is very low, which will make him an instant collectible.
DC Direct Blackest Night Action Figures

“Fully-articulated DC Direct action figures featuring Hal Jordan not only as a Green Lantern, but as a member of the Red, Orange, Blue and Yellow Corps as well, will be made available exclusively at this year's Comic-Con. Each figure comes with its own lantern and a wearable power ring customized to specifications of each Corps. Each figure also comes in its own four-color, clam-shell styled box.

Sales of the figures will be limited to a maximum of two each of each of the five different figures that'll be made available. Tickets will be handed-out twice each day that will allow recipients to purchase the exclusive figure designated for that day. The HAL JORDAN GREEN LANTERN Figure will be available beginning Wednesday until quantities are sold out. Each of the other four (4) figures will made available only on the days listed below” – DC Direct.
Price: $20.00 each Production Run As Follows:

HAL JORDAN GREEN LANTERN (limited to 3000 pieces), sales to begin on Wednesday   07/22.
HAL JORDAN YELLOW LANTERN (limited to 1500 pieces), available for sale on Thursday   07/23.
HAL JORDAN BLUE LANTERN (limited to 1500 pieces), available for sale on Friday   07/24.
HAL JORDAN ORANGE LANTERN (limited to 1500 pieces), available for sale on Saturday   07/25.
HAL JORDAN RED LANTERN (limited to 1500 pieces), available for sale on Sunday   07/26.
The Toy Maniac’s Take: Last year the big DC Direct figures at the SDCC were Batman and a Joker completely strapped into a straight jacket (see here). Can you guess which one sold out the first day? The classic Hal Jordan (green) has the highest production run so he is your back up. The Red Hal Jordan is clearly going to be the most sought after figure after the Con. Most people go Friday and Saturday to the Comic Con making Sunday a slow day for events. Let’s face it; Sunday is almost an afterthought at the Con. Here is your chance, those of you that stick it out until Sunday or can only go on Sunday, to get something that fan boys and collectors will be paying out the nose for on eBay. Don’t forget that the new DC Green Lantern movie will be premiering in San Diego. If it is as good as the last couple of direct to DVD animated films all of these figures will go fast.
Hasbro has a lot of very cool exclusives this year. Last year I was on the hunt for several of their exclusives and put off buying many of them to do other things. This was a big mistake. Many of the Hasbro items can be purchased from numerous outlets all over the floor. There is however a big huge Hasbro store which sells most of them. The line is a bitch but so is not walking away with some of the cooler exclusives from the Con. Consider waiting in line down time and a chance to get your bearings. Look at the map and the daily planner and figure out the rest of your day. Trust me it will be worth the wait to pick up some of the following:
Marvel Universe - Captain America

“The Super Soldier is Marvel Universe #0! Featuring special edition grey scale deco, this Captain America looks like he's straight out of the headlines of the 1940's! Showcasing the stunning artwork of Joe Quesada, this classic Cap is ‘frozen’ in time and packaged on a single card for you to take home” - Hasbro. Price: $9.99 Production Run: TBA
The Toy Maniac’s Take: The price is right and the figure is perfect. With his imminent return to the comics this black and white Captain America is a must have. The only downer for me is that Hasbro announced at the International Toy Fair that Cap’s packaging would look like a block of ice. Sadly it does not.
Marvel Wolverine Mighty Mugg

“This Righteous Rebel with claws coming to you in exclusive foil packaging for Comic Con. ‘Made from 100% Recycled AWESOME!’, this X-Man sports a lovable sneer and retractable claws on both hands” - Hasbro. Price: $14.99 Production Run: TBA
The Toy Maniac’s Take: I love the Mighty Muggs line, this one in particular since I learned that he has retractable claws. The first Wolverine was all right with his classic outfit and the Wolverine in a tank top and cowboy hat was also okay. This one is just perfect and the price drop from last year’s “Spidey Sense” Peter Parker (see here) makes him easily obtainable.Plus he hardly takes up any room in your suitcase.
Star Wars: Smiling Luke Skywalker Action Figure

“It was LUKE SKYWALKER'S boyhood dream to one day pilot an X-WING STARFIGHTER for the REBEL ALLIANCE – and when that day came, he was all smiles. Hasbro is offering a 3-3/4-inch ‘SMILING LUKE’ action figure exclusively at Comic-Con 2009! Includes ladder and pilot helmet” - Hasbro. Price: $9.99 Production Run: TBA
The Toy Maniac’s Take: Why am I sucker for Star Wars toys? This figure should really be dubbed the “Carrie” Luke Skywalker. If you are unaware, Mark Hamill flubs his line and screams to Princess Leia using her real name at the end of Star Wars. The price is, again, right but I think its collectability will depend on the news that G4 will be televising about Star Wars. If it’s Alderan shattering then “Carrie” Luke will probably disappear.
Transformers: 25th Anniversary Soundwave Special Edition

“One of the most recognizable characters from the TRANSFORMERS brand lore, SOUNDWAVE is making a retro-comeback for San Diego Comic-Con in honor of the brand's 25th Anniversary. Hasbro is re-releasing the original 1984 edition of the figure that will include four of the SOUNDWAVE character's cassettes, two of which have not been released since the 80's. The cassette characters include BUZZSAW, LASERBEAK, RATBAT and RAVAGE. The four figures fully convert between robot and cassette mode and fit into SOUNDWAVE when in cassette mode” - Hasbro. Price: $49.99 Production Run: TBA
The Toy Maniac’s Take: The price forSoundwave is a bit steep. Including four of the cassettes is a great bonus but where are Frenzy and Rumble? If he were to be my only purchase I think I would be satisfied with him and sit back and enjoy all of the free swag. There are just too many exclusives this year that are cheaper and buying more is always better than buying one. Soundwave is pretty sweet so I’ll say if you find fifty dollars on the floor run over and pick him up. If not, stick to your lower costing exclusives.
There are plenty more exclusives for the San Diego Comic Con. Mattel has several including, finally, a He-Ro figure (see Mattel SDCC Article) from the Masters of the Universe line. Underground Toys will be releasing a few Doctor Who toy exclusives as well. One is the Sixth Doctor (see here) who was played by Colin Baker. Check out the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra exclusives and a few Sideshow Collectibles which were featured in this column a few weeks ago (see here). Look for my column next Friday as I discuss the benefits of Comic Con Karma as well as my Mania Blog posts which will feature tons of pictures featuring many of the new toys on display in San Diego.
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on


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gauleyboy420 7/10/2009 9:36:59 AM


Soundwave was the first Transformer I ever owned!!! I WANT HIM!!!!!

FilchX 7/10/2009 6:17:27 PM

I have the takara re-issue of sound wave, so im not missing much there, but the wolvie m.mug is frack'n sweet....i must have it.

Inferno 7/11/2009 5:08:14 AM

Damn, I want that Soundwave! Precioussss....



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