For toy collector’s, no show hurts the pocket book more than San Diego Comic Con. This year’s show kicks off on July 19 and runs for four days. Most toy, apparel, and collectible manufacturers bring a handful of items that can only be obtained at the con. To make matters worse, many of these items are limited in supplies, which leads to long lines and exorbitant prices in second-hand markets.
This year’s round up of items highlights odd game-inspired collectibles, and plenty that dip into the comic book and cartoon realms. We’ve heard people sometimes wait in line for hours just to get one thing. We’re guessing a few of these collectibles will be highly coveted, including this first one…
Funko Pop! – Overwatch
Grillmaster Soldier 76
If you are a Soldier 76 main, odds are you have this goofy skin, and don’t mind using it to add an extra splash of humiliation onto your killstreaks. No one enjoys getting knocked out by this hilarious variant, but it is one of the top skins in the game, and is a great pick for an exclusive Funko Pop variant.
Funko Pop! – Dragon Ball Z
Nothing says Dragon Ball Z fun more than a dead hero, right? People sure got a kick out of watching Yamcha die in the show, and now you can be reminded of that moment whenever you look at your toy shelf. Thanks, Funko!
Funko Pop! – Dragon Ball Z
Gold Super Saiyan Vegeta
If you don’t want to be reminded of cartoon death (which we kind of get), perhaps this shiny, gold Vegeta more suits your collectible needs. Look how pretty it is!
Funko Pop! – Destiny
Destiny’s fan-favorite robot, who doubles as one of the game’s best jokes, is getting a Funko Pop! before a number of the game’s key players. We love that. Who wouldn’t want a robot with a broom?
Funko Pop! – Batman
Funko has probably created a Pop! out of every Batman variation from comics, movies, and animated series, so why not make one based on a game most people hated? Yes, this is a toy modeled after the Batman game on NES. You can only purchase it at Entertainment Earth’s booth.
Hasbro – The Vintage Collection
Doctor Aphra Set
Seeing that no one likes Star Wars now (this is a joke and a painful one for me to tell), you should have no problem securing this Vintage Collection Doctor Aphra set at the show. Doctor Aphra is a significant player in several of Marvel’s Star Wars comic book series.
Factory Entertainment – Game of Thrones
Stuffed Stark Family Direwolf Cubs
Each of the Stark children were gifted a direwolf, and now you can add Ghost, Grey Wind, Shaggydog, Summer, Lady, and Nymeria to your stuffed animal family.
FYE – XXRAY Rugrats
Some of you grew up watching Nickelodeon cartoons in the 1990s. One of your favorite shows may have been Rugrats. Remember Reptar? Ever want to see what he would look like if he were being dissected in a laboratory? Now’s your chance! You can even have this terrifying collectible front and center for all of your friends and family to see. No, we don’t think this collectible is “cool,” but we had to show you because it’s absolutely f—ed up.
Alex Ross – Superman
Alex Ross can tell a full origin story in a single print, and it’s absolutely stunning. If you’re a Superman fan, get in line for this piece early. Ross is only bringing 500 pieces of this 14 1/2 x 15 1/2 lithograph to the show.
Hallmark – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Lando and Lobot Ornaments
Nothing says holiday cheer more than a Lobot ornament that screams “I’m bored to death.” The Lando ornament is actually quite nice, but we’re more interested in putting terrible things on our tree, and hot damn, Lobot fits that need nicely.
Gentle Giant – Gwenpool
Marvel Animated Statue
Gentle Giant always has high-end collectibles at the show, and this year is no different. Along with a
Yoda bust inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s original design for the powerful jedi knight, Gentle Giant is selling a statue based on the first issue of The Unbelievable Gwenpool.
Monogram International – Street Fighter
3D Foam Magnets 4-Pack
Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and Guile are ready to battle on your refrigerator. These magnets are one of the rarest items we’ve seen at the show with just 300 pieces for sale.
Storm Collectibles – Mortal Kombat
Performing a Fatality in a Mortal Kombat game is a satisfying conclusion to a match, but do you want to see one whenever you wake up? Why not, right? Storm Collectibles has created a 1:12-scale action figure diorama that highlights one of Ermac’s Fatalities against Scorpion. It’s incredibly violent, so we’re not including the image in this article. Just click right here to see it.
NECA – Guardians of the Galaxy
Groot Chia Pet
Some things make way too much sense. Groot transforming into a Chia Pet is one of them. The only problem with this design, he ends up looking like Bob Ross. Groot Chia Pets are already for sale, but are oddly unpainted. This version at least has black eyes.