While a bunch of the FSR crew covered Comic-Con live and in person last week and weekend, I was stuck down here in Florida watching the events unfold via the web and TV. The big media attention tends to be on the major announcements and revelations for upcoming movies and TV shows, but the convention also is a huge player in the collectibles market. Loads of toy and statue companies use the SDCC to debut their coolest new items for the coming year, and this year was no exception. Sideshow Collectibles puts out some of the best high-end toys on the market, and they have a lot of great licenses under their belt. They showed off over 50 new products from their own studios, as well as from companies with which they’re aligned, and here’s a look at my 10 favorites that made their first appearances at the 2008 SDCC:
1. Ghost Rider on Throne Comiquette
Based on the cover of Ghost Rider Finale #94, this is a 15″ tall statue that includes not just the Ghost Rider figure but also his ornate and hellish throne.
2. Iron Man Mark III 12 Inch Figure
Imported by Sideshow, this Iron Man figure is produced by Hot Toys in Hong Kong and is a definitive 1:6 scale collectible. It has light-up features in the eyes and on the chest, and you can even swap the head out to display either the helmet or Tony Stark’s head with the likeness of Robert Downey, Jr.
3. She-Predator Machiko 12 Inch Figure
Another 12 inch action figure from Hot Toys and imported by Sideshow is this new take on Alien Vs Predator. Machiko comes with a Predator helmet, an Alien head shield, and all sorts of other accessories to trick her out, not to mention the mesh body suit and crazy-cool armor.
4. GI Joe Cobra Commander 12 Inch Figure
Sideshow’s second release in their GI Joe license is the Cobra Commander 12 inch action figure. He’s in the cowl outfit with a cool fabric trench coat and comes with all sorts of weapons, as well as a custom GI Joe display base.
5. Dark Willow Tooned Up Television Maquette
Alyson Hannigan gets an evil animated twist in this new Electric Tiki statue, based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Dark Willow maquette is a redesign of the previously announced regular Willow statue, and it looks awesome with the translucent blue magic swirls on the base.
6. Elvira Premium Format Figure
At 19″ tall, this is one big Elvira. She comes in an authentic fabric dress and features a stylized and slightly cartoony likeness. The base is more detailed than the usual premium format figures get, including a big candelabra, and she has a bat perched on her hand. But I’m guessing those are the main selling points of this statue.
7. Darth Vader 12 Inch Figure
After more than 20 figures have been released in Sideshow’s 12 inch Star Wars line, they’re finally getting around to Vader, and it was worth the wait. Vader is in scale with the rest of the 12 inch line, meaning that he actually is a 14 inch tall figure. With all the detail you could expect from Sideshow, this is one I won’t be passing up.
8. Iron Spider-Man Comiquette
Another addition to Sideshow’s Marvel Comiquettes is this 24″ Spider-Man statue straight out of the Civil War storyline. Sporting the Iron Spider costume designed by Tony Stark, this is one cool looking variation for Spidey.
9. Conan Premium Format Figure
Conan comes to Sideshow with this 19″ tall sculpture that has an authentic fabric costume and even sports Arnie’s likeness. I’m not sure whether I like the ashes-and-warpaint look, but there’s no denying that the sculpt, scale, and figure itself all are first rate.
10. Dr. Rene Belloq 12 Inch Figure
Sideshow Collectibles’ Indiana Jones series continues with its first villain, the nefarious Belloq from Raiders of the Lost Ark. As if having Belloq made into a highly detailed toy wasn’t cool enough, there’s also going to be an exclusive version that comes with the idol pedestal from the beginning of Raiders, also in the 12″ scale!
“The Collector’s Corner” is a special weekly installment of Officially Cool written by guest author Jason Dorough of www.Mechazilla.com and Fandomania.com. Jason is an avid collector of cool geeky gear and one of the internet’s authorities on things that are “Officially Cool”. Be sure to check back every Wednesday here on Film School Rejects, as Jason will be bringing you the best collectibles that the world has to offer.