As reported in USA Today, Hasbro has a slew of exclusives planned for this year's SDCC (July 18-21), that fans are going to be making a beeline for once the show opens...and which most of them will not actually be able to get and wind up paying hugely inflated prices for on eBay in the ensuing weeks.
We might be speaking from personal experience.
But here's the best of the best. Prepare to drool.
Up first: Oonch, oonch, oonch, it's DJ Pon-3 from "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!" The fan-favorite Pegasister goes for $49.99 and features a light-up case that highlights the super-stylish Swarovski crystals in horn and sunglasses. Wow, Swarovski! Those are endorsed by not-porn-stars anymore!
Next, the baddest dudes in Marvel Comics finally get their due in this set of Marvel Legends Thunderbolts figures, featuring a team of convicted supervillains led on missions by Avenger Luke Cage (yes, it's pretty much DC Comics' Suicide Squad concept, but it's still dang good). If you haven't read Jeff Parker and Kev Walker's run on the book...well, go ahead and get it, because it is absolutely insane, and this set captures that insanity perfectly. Dang, there's even a figure of the Ghost!
Dang, look at that gun Crossbones is weildin'! Those'a some bad dudes!
This set goes for $89.99, and includes special packaging that lets you actually take the figures out and play with them. I approve of this.
Another figure with packaging like this is the "Star Wars Black" Boba Fett with Han Solo in carbonite, which we mentioned in our weekly toy roundup a few weeks back.
That figure's $44.99, a mere pittance by SDCC exclusive standards.
Less of a pittance is this new Jem doll, based on the "Glitter n' Gold" outfit and episode from the old series.
For $140, you get Jem/Jerrica Benton with two outfits, earrings, a gold trophy and more...but no cassette of the actual "Glitter 'n Gold" song. Let's rectify that right here!
..I'm sorry, but the Misfits? Their songs WERE better.
Let's stop this before we get into Kimber/Stormer fanfic territory, because the final item is pretty much THE GREATEST AND BEST THING AT ALL OF COMIC-CON.
Yup, it's a new G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover set -- and this one is EPIC.
The set has Snake Eyes and the Baroness, with an Autobot and Decepticon insignia, respectively.
Oh, but look who the Baroness has on her side...
That's right: RAVAGE. The bad kitty from Soundwave's tape deck is ready to tear them Joes apart.
This combo is so beautiful that I am literally tearing up as I type this.
But we've only scratched the surface! There's a V.A.M.P. jeep painted to look like the Autobot Hound...
And even cooler, a Skystriker done up like the Autobot Jetfire. This is TRIPLY cool because Jetfire was actually a repainted version of one of the Valkyrie fighters from the "Macross" anime that was incorporated into "Robotech" -- so what you have is a combination of G.I. Joe AND the Transformers AND Robotech.
I'm sorry, more tears of joy are making it hard to type.
Sweet Matrix, that's beautiful.
But that's STILL not all.
There's a boombox of Blaster, the Autobot counterpart of Soundwave, complete with some tapes. but most importantly, there's...
Okay, this is not the best-known character, but here is why this is overwhelmingly cool.
Bludgeon was one of the last new characters in the original line of Transformers toys. He was one of the Decepticon members of the Prentenders, whose human-or-monster-like shells opened up to reveal tiny robots. Bludgeon had a very cool look, of a skull-headed samurai, and while the Tranformers toy line was near its end, the character became a major villain in the Transformer comics of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
So having a 3 3/4"-scaled Bludgeon figure is perfect for a G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover -- in his Samurai form, he's a great foe for Snake Eyes, the ninja Joe -- and a force possibly even more vicious than Storm Shadow on a bad day.
This whole Joe set will set you back $99.99 -- and far, far more once it's on eBay.
Just remember, it's not worth getting injured or injuring others for a toy set. I have to tell myself that.
We'll keep an eye out for more cool Comic-Con exclusives -- and let us know if you're going to try to get these! If so, best of luck to you.