A Call to Action (Figures): San Diego Comic Con 2015 Exclusives Best Picks

San Diego Comic Con 2015 kicks off with a preview night tonight. Like every year, there are a ton of exclusives at the Convention, which my fellow writers have been diligently covering. Dear readers, I hope you’re ready for SDCC advice from a guy who’s never been to a Convention.

My goal for this article isn’t to help you have the best Con experience possible. I haven’t looked at the events list and I won’t. I’m not trying to pick the exclusive toys that will be the most valuable in ten years. I’m writing in hopes of helping you get the best exclusive toys possible, so I won’t be talking (too much) about any of the other stuff that is available at San Diego Comic Con. Onto the toys!

The coolest toy that has been announced is the 3.5 inch Amy Poehler and Tina Fey two-pack. I’ve loved them from their time on the Weekend Update through Parks and Rec and Thirty Rock. They’re going to be at the Entertainment Earth Booth, #2343 along with quite a few other awesome to not so awesome exclusives. Most of them are from Funko, so be aware that they’re more decorations to be displayed in the package than toys to be played with. There are also chair capes (why?) and some huge cult classic figures: a 12 inch The Dude, a 20 inch Link, and a 20 inch Hologram Darth Vader.

Close by is Diamond Select in booth 2401 there are some awfully fun exclusives. I think the Heisenberg 17 inch talking figure is the one who knocks as a best bet. (I’m sorry.) (I’m not sorry). There are only 1,000, so I’d get there quick. Everything else at the table looks like solid fun too. Notable minimates include Kevin Smith, Ant-Man, and a translucent 10 inch sofubi Vision, but only 300 of that product exist.

Another great bet is Booth 140. Bluefin, a toy distributor bringing Japanese toys to America, has quite a few Gundams and one of them is on fire. I’m not familiar with the anime or manga, but giant robots will always steal my heart, especially when they’re on fire. They’re also priced under $30, so it’s a snag if you can get to the booth early enough.

If you’re interested in 12 inch figures, Gentle Giant has a pretty sweet looking Boba Fett at Booth 3513. If Boba Fett wasn’t enough awesome for you (who are you?), they’ve got a Deadpool and a 12 inch G.I. Joe Grunt Deluxe as well. Those are a little pricy, but they’ve got microfigure Rock N’ Roll and Snake Eyes for just eight bucks too.

Hasbro (#3329) may not have the highest quality figures, but I think Marvel’s Dr. Strange five pack looks amazing. Dr. Strange, Brother Voodoo, Magik, Hela, and Dormammu. That takes care of most of Marvel’s Occult offerings still in print in one swoop. If they were 3 and ¾ inches instead of six, I’d be eating Ramen for the next two months to afford them. There are also quite a few Ant-Man toys. I hate him as a character, but that’s where you can find him if you don’t. I was unfamiliar with the Combiner Hunter Transformers, but they’re also there and look pretty awesome.

Another great looking toy, be still my heart, is at booth 2343, the Toys R’ Us Exclusive Rancor Pit. I’ve never wanted any toy as much as Rancor and when it gets to Toys R’ Us I will be selling my socks to get it.

Last but not least, for my money the best toy company in the world, NECA, is at Booth 3145. They’ve got Rambo, Planet of the Apes, Predator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and Friday the 13th. I love their clothed action figures, and I think the Pamela Vorhees with Young Jason looks amazing. Don’t miss out. Get yourself one!

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Just what I think looks particularly good. If you’re looking for other exclusives, check out the Action Figure Fury exclusives checklist here. If you are attending San Diego Comic Con, have a fun, and feed off our jealousy!

A Call to Action (Figures) is a weekly column published on Wednesdays, chronicling my rants and raves about all things action figure. Next week I’ll be talking about why Hasbro’s brand control is becoming a problem.

Did I get it right? Which exclusives are you most looking forward to? And if you’re there, won’t you please post some photos in the comments!

By Bryan Stewart

Bryan first discovered an appreciation for action figures at an early age, setting up elaborate GI Joe ant hill attacks, complete with firework pyrotechnics. Due to the high injury rate for the Joes, replacements were a constant necessity.


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