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Would have loved stay for the Lego Movie panel, but I had a birthday party to attend. Exhausting few days, but overall another good SDCC. Next year I can't let Lego get in my wAy of Hall H (if there is a next time).
Or if they keep making exclusives just do what they did with superman for nycc 2011. Exclusive card back,but mf is widely disseminated.
Sadly I don't see it happening any time soon, otherwise I'd imagine they'd have included the new cowl piece in the SDCC set to help justify the new mould. Just my take on it at least.
There will be more LEGO Movie sets in January 2015 besides the one we've seen, including more Unikitties. The Brick Fan shared this design, with one sad expression and one confused expression. D'awwwwww! (Maybe... dare I ask... a submarine set?)
Next year's Ninjago storyline will involve the Ninja discovering they're not the only ones with elemental powers. There will be a new villain and a new color of ninja (hoping for a female Ninja, possibly even a new version of P.I.X.A.L.)!
Haven't heard anything new about next year from the Chima panel, although Mariann Asanuma did share this pic showing concept drawings of this year's ice zombie characters.
But I'd have liked to see TMNT on Saturday.
Too bad I don't know what any of you BS'ers look like. I was there w/ the gf too and she too wants to sell a Collector. ROFL. Women. :)
Sounds like I didn't miss too much at the Lego Batman 3 Panel. I'd have liked to get my Batman set auto'ed by West, but no big deal.
What do y'all think overall? 1500-1750 figures is great. I got my set, I'm happy that it wasn't stupid low like last year. The lines were long, but they moved super fast.
The only thing I would've changed would be to drop the Hobbit and add another Superhero.
Skipped Lego, didn't realize they were selling exclusives that early. Arrived an hour late anyways so probably wouldn't have got one.
Day 1: Thursday
Arrived at around 730am to get in line for exhibit hall that opens at 930. (they let people in line in a little early by entering through the back doors not the front) Got There were a good amount of people in front of me, several hundred. By the time I got to the Lego booth around 915, the line was capped for buying the exclusive set.
Did manage to win 1 Bard, waited in line for about 2 hours. 1030am-1230.
Day 2: Friday
Camped out at 2am! When they move people from outside to inside the convention center they form different lines (lines for other exclusives that you need a ticket, for different halls, and the exhibit hall). I went straight for the exhibit hall line, was about 25 people from the front. Again got the lego booth around 905, line capped. Later that day waited in line for 90 mins for the collector and lost.
Day 3: Sat
After hearing that some people snuck in through the front and made it to the lego Line, I decided to try. Managed to get in right after 9, got to the Lego line, and it was capped. This day I did manage to get 3 Batmans, since I had more people in my group this time. Total line wait, maybe 3 hours.
Day 4: Sun
Decided to try and meet with a guy who had an exhibitor badge who he got from a friend, and try to get in early (since that's the only possible way people were getting in line so early) Arrived at 8, couldn't find him due to reception problems. Later we met up and he said he found someone else to team up with. (You need an exhibitor pass to get in early, but need a regular badge to purchase the sets)
Scored 1 unikitty after a 3+ hour wait.
Sorry for the long post, I know this forum isn't meant to be a personal blog, but I'm sure there are some of you who would like to know how SDCC works, and the difficulty in getting exclusives. Happy I got lucky with most of the figures though.
As a brief story, we got in line Thursday at noon and waited in the hot sun down by the water for what it seemed like was 2 hours. We got extremely lucky and won 3 Bard's using the same iPad.
Friday, we got in line at 10:15 and they started letting the line through around noon. We used different iPads and won 1 out of 3 attempts.
Then on Saturday, the line started moving about 11:45. We were 1 level down from the main lines but it went fairly quickly. We all used the same iPad again and won 2 out of 3.
Then on Sunday, we got in line early as this was our last mission for SDCC2014 and the security guy told my son to use the iPad we didn't want to use. He lost, then my wife lost (using the right one), so then I thought there is no way we would lose 3 times with the same machine, so I used the same one and won!
A lot of people used the booth exclusives to trade for the minifigures it seemed like but whatever floats your boat.
also, the info on luck of getting in early enough for the exclusives is very helpful seeing as I plan to attempt to go next year, I think 2 am sounds about right as long as you make a bee line to Lego/any other exclusive you are after.
There are north of 115,000 people at the convention. A comic book convention mind you. It costs $200 for the four day pass. Rooms can average north of $300 per night. There's parking, gas and the like and then people are waiting in line for hours to eBay a product that supposedly is "for the fans". I had an exhibitor badge so I would have been locked out of the exclusives had I cared to even wait but the notion of buying a toy I'd be stupid to keep for market reasons negates the whole joy for me.
Comic con used to be about the media and the fans. Now it's about the collectors and the scalpers and Lego is partially to blame for it.
Here's what I don't understand. Let's say there are 115,000 fans and TLG makes 500 of a set. There is then enough sets for less than 0.005% of attendees and due to the demand outside of the convention the price will spike on eBay to several hundred dollars for a $19.99 set. How does TLG win here? How do the fans win here? If I wanted that Adam West batmobile for my kids I have to give up a day (or more) of my nearly $1000 con experience to waiting in lines for something I can likely pick-a-brick. TLG is losing sales and doesn't make anything off of the secondhand market and more and more people know to not even waste their time with these companies. How is that good for them or us? They could have sold three of those to me for friends and two more to my booth mates. Instead we all said no, it wasn't worth the time.
Something shouldn't be so exclusive as to completely take you away from the convention.
They don't need to fill the market desire but why makes things so "rare" artificially just to make a let scalpers profit? I'd be willing to bet you that nobody here or in line for the exclusive batman knew that character variation before it was announced as an exclusive but the guys that did probably didn't have the time or the chance to get one and now they're relegated to eBay because TLG, like most vendors, artificially makes things ridiculously "exclusive".
Later I saw the images on legoupcoming of the new double faced sad and sat kitty, and I had the strange feeling that the one I just bought could be in some future set...
This time I really hope I'm wrong!
It's a great time when I can chat more often with some of my friends I have made here and discuss over the week and a half leading up to and including the SDCC weekend as to how much these exclusives will go for and whether they are worth it or not.
I too leave this SDCC weekend (via Ebay) without getting everything I wanted. I do feel somethings were insanely priced (ie Batmobile with common mini-figs). I will continue with my Ebay endeavors to try and secure a good deal on that set in the future. If it does not work out, tis the facts of life.
I am currently planning on attending SDCC next year so I can take in all the B.O., have the opportunity to feel like cattle walking around in a crammed barnyard, having no sleep what so ever from standing in ridiculous long line ups to have my chance to get my hands on an exclusive the hard way. Whether or not a get an exclusive, I will still enjoy my time and know that there are always other avenues to get a hold of one.
Next year, if fortune smiles on me perhaps I will be a double "wynn"er
I am sure I will leave with lots of stories and memorable times.
Just my thoughts...
You will need to provide some other source of feedback though, considering that this is your first comment on the forums :o)
That way the comic con version can still be an exclusive much in the way the micro scale bag end set is an exclusive even though we have it in a much better set.
Thanks to Vwong I now have the Bard figure. Just need the Batmen and the collector figures now.
Vwong is a great guy to deal with if anyone gets the chance.
I'd be really pissed off if I bought Azog last year, and trust me I went really close to do it.
My Super Heroes collection is already spoiled by the Toy Fair and SDCC exclusives, impossible prices for me, so I decided to quit with Super Heroes.
I try to keep complete LOTR/HOBBIT and TLM collections.
However, as they fixed the figures, they fumbled with the sets. Since these are not being given away for free, and are in actuality over priced for the amount of pieces they contain, there's no reason for them not to make plenty of the sets and sell them. I'm sure selling them first thing in the morning was to keep lines from forming during the day, but the only people that were able to get them where exhibitors with 2 badges and maybe disabled people and professionals since they get in a little earlier. Even the latter two I'm not sure about.
@sweetness34 is great to deal with. If anyone is concerned I have other references.
Unikitty raffle will start as soon as I settle the Collector, which hopefully will be soon.