Posted By Kathleen David on July 18, 2012
It was for Iron Man 3. I also got a set of Oswald Ears but more on that later.
San Diego Comic Con is no longer held to the confines of the convention center. All up and down 5th street and in various hotel ballrooms and restaurants were basically booths. There was a Magic the Gathering store where you could purchase cards and play demos. Various video game companies were set up on the floor and outside so more people could play demos. Youtube had a lounge. SciFi had a lounge. There were tent pavilions that had exhibits for Frankenweenie and Coma. There were stages set up where bands played in the evening. I don’t think anyone could possibly see everything at the convention.
Part of not being able to see it all was the lines to see things. You stood in line to get a wrist bracelet to stand in line to see an exhibit (i.e. the Hobbit). There were a number of rather cool scavenger hunts going on. Best of the lot had to be the Adventure Time one which ended in the awarding of a pretty nifty medal. There were lines to buy exclusive toys and games. Those got a little cut throat. How many 4 foot Shield Hellicarriers does one person need? The collector’s mentality be darned, the profiteers really did ruin it for the rest of us. And yes we did get Caroline her annual pony which will be unboxed when she gets home and introduced to all the other exclusive ponies she owns. One of the hardest toys for us to get was a Monster High doll which was reasonably priced (about what a doll costs on the shelf) and really cool. That one took some serious doing but a white knight helped us obtain that holy grail of comic con exclusives. The sad thing was seeing how fast things went up on E-bay. The number of pictures taken in hotel rooms or even on the convention floor was staggering.
There was one freebie I did have an in for. The Epic Mickey II promoters were giving away Oswald the Lucky Rabbit ears to promote the game which is shipping in November. That was one of the hard ones to get since the supply was very limited. You needed a Wasteland E-ticket to get one. Since Peter wrote the graphic novel for the game, he was on a panel with Warren Spector, Marv Wolfman, and Rebecca Cline (Disney archivist). So we got ears, which we wore around the convention on Sunday to promote the panel. I was offered from $50 to $250 for the ears on the floor of the exhibit hall. I didn’t sell them. They are very cool ears which were made just like the Mickey ears you can get at the Disney Parks but with rabbit ears rather than Mouse ears.
Other neat things I got were a Judge Dredd badge, Monster High swag for Caroline, a number of ARC (Advanced Reader Copies) of books for Caroline, Winx swag for Caroline(see a theme here), and a couple of random things that I can’t quite classify.
Overall the give aways were really neat, if you could get one. The exclusives were most illusive.
I am grateful for the help we had in getting certain items at SDCC.