Thursday, July 28, 2016

SDCC 2016: Skeletor's Lair by Super7

During SDCC, Super7 once again turned their San Diego shop into Skeletor's Lair - a place to check out and buy new He Man goods. To gain entrance, you picked up a token from the Super7 booth inside the convention center.
On preview night, in the parking lot across from the shop, Super7 premiered a new He Man cartoon: The Curse of the Three Terrors. The cartoon, the first new He Man animation in some 30 years, was created and produced by Super7.
An interesting note about the cartoon: some of the backgrounds were originals from the 1980s Funmation series. Super7 once again proved their toy sleuthing prowess, tracking the backgrounds down in private collections.
 Josh Herbolsheimer, who works at Super7 and designs toys, voiced Beastman.
 This Terror has a resemblance to Josh's Earth Wolf.
 Now let's take a look inside the store:
Very big crowd on hand for the opening. (The line to get in snaked around the corner.)

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SDCC 2016: Varner Studios - Toy Sculpts and Prototypes

Varner Studios' booth is another of my favorite stops at SDCC. Using digital sculpting software, they're responsible for making toys for some of the world's biggest properties, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony, Star Trek, and many more.
They always bring multiple shelves full of prototypes, some of which are arranged to show what's involved with bringing a toy to life from the sculpting to the packaging stages.

Here's a look at their cases:

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SDCC 2016: DC Costumes

Supergirl costume from the new TV show
We kick off our SDCC 2016 coverage with a look at the DC booth. It's become one of my favorite booths at the show, with lots of giveaways (posters, comics, buttons, etc.), signings (Jim Lee and Grant Morrison are regulars, and the cast of Suicide Squad made an appearance this year), as well as excellent displays of costumes worn in DC TV shows and movies from the past 40 years.

Here's a look at the outfits on display this year:
Also from TV: Arrow

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

One Piece "Kuji" lottery toy sales

From time to time I like to cover the interesting "kuji" lottery sales at convenience stores. They're sort of "flash sales," since they tend to only last a couple of weeks. The latest kuji sale is for One Piece items.
Purchasing ticket

The way they work is you pick up a ticket from the display. Then you take it to a register, pay 650 yen, and choose a card from a box.
Display stand
The card has a letter on it. telling you which toy or other item you get. A is the best toy, and then B, C, etc. until H or I.
The top prizes are One Piece statues. These can be pretty expensive, so "winning" one for 650 yen is a good deal.
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