Show and Tell: Brian's SDCC 2012 haul

4:00 PM on 08.24.2012 // Brian Szabelski
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San Diego Comic Con was just over a month ago, but finally, I'm getting to writing something up about my SDCC 2012 haul. This year, the theme was to go small: I didn't end up picking up anything that was too expensive or more than about 3 inches tall because there wasn't much big stuff that caught my eye. Still, I ended up accumulating more than I thought I would, which made packing it all up for home a bit of a hassle.

We've got a lot to get through, so come on in and check it all out!

Starting out, we have Symbiote Studios' Symbiotes line, which debuted at the show. The Symbiotes themselves are smallish, blind-boxed figures in two similar designs, but 

Both sets have zombie, normal and ninja variants, with the fourth Cat being a DIY blank one and the fourth Panda being a deep-sea diver. They have some articulation on the arms and neck and are pretty decent little figures. A big thanks to Symbiote Studios for passing along a full set for us to show off!

I've got to have my Marshall and Gumdrop collection grow, and this year, both 64Colors characters had new versions. Bubble Gumdrop is just a nice pink version of the regular Gumdrop figure, but Grim Marshall takes the basic Marshall body and gives it a much spookier look! Those red pupils inside the skull look positively spooky, and Grim Marshall even glows in the dark! It's like Halloween in July, and I love it.

Also, he's got a flaming Marshall head on his butt. I love this dearly.

We got to meet Andy from Kaiju Korner at SDCC, and I picked up one of the custom Shikaruna rabbits that he had with him for sale. This little guy is pretty much what you think it is: a sofubi rabbit. However, it's the first real indie sofubi/kaiju piece I have from a Japanese artist in my collection, which currently includes stuff from Super7, Max Toy Co. and Gargamel. US$20 was probably a bit more than folks would want to pay for a tiny 2 or 3-inch-tall rabbit, but for a cute one-of-a-kind piece of art? It was worth the money.

Squid Kids Ink had their Mini-10Doh!s on sale at SDCC for the first time, and I took the oppoetunity to pick one up. While hoping for a rare one, I ended up getting Tracy Tubera's design, which features his French bulldog, Tux. I was a bit indifferent on it at first, but this design has grown on me, to the point I'm happy I got him. Also worth noting is that the arms and legs are separate pieces you had to attach and I had some hassles in doing so.

Super7 got most of my money, but for the low price of free, I got these awesome art trading cards showing off Super7's SDCC offerings and product lines. Always appreciate a good freebee!

Foster is my favorite of the Super7 figures, so picking up the new colorway at SDCC was a priority. The Oatmeal Cookie Foster looks like he's been taken fresh from the oven, but he's just as happy to munch on himself as always! You can also see that I picked up a clear red Foster on the left there, which I forgot to nab a picture of as he's an older figure.

Natalie, however, had something for me as well: a Strawberry Foster from Wondercon! She'd picked one up as a surprise and I was incredibly happy to add it to my massively growing Foster collection. It's now at 5 different variants, which is two more than my Marshall and Gumdrop collections and only behind my Dunny army.

Rounding out the Super7 purchases for me was Pocket Baseball Boy, a variant on the classic Pocket Mummy Boy figure that I've liked. Inspired by a T-shirt made during the San Francisco Giants' recent World Series run and victory, Pocket Baseball Boy sports some baseball stitchings on his face and a baseball cap on top of his head. I wonder if I could get Brian Flynn to customize one in Tigers orange, white and navy blue for me...

CS Moore Studio's Mondo-chi came onto our radar shortly before SDCC, but it's a nice little figure. While the first Mondo-chi is just a blank DIY with articulation only in the neck, I definitely got the sense from my conversations at the booth that they're serious about making Mondo-chi into a figure people are interested in adding to their collections. I did get to give them some feedback on a few things, so it'll be interesting to see how Mondo-chi has evolved by the time we see the first release later this year.

From the Kuso Vinyl booth, we have CrappyCat as Driver Red, a Kamen Rider-inspired hero, ready to fight the evils of the world! Driver is about the same size as the other CrappyCat mini figures released previously, but with a metallic silver base coat and some pretty cool detail work for the face and body armor parts.

Driver Red comes with a zapper gun as his weapon of choice, which is painted a little bit differently to probably avoid a lawsuit from Nintendo. Still, it's a very nice little choice that the gamer in me loves and I hope Van Beater makes more CrappyCats styled like this. Imagine a whole Driver team ...

So, there you have it! 

Oh, and I guess this counts ... but I also pre-ordered that Sideshow Collectibles Poison Ivy that's coming out in 2013. Can't wait to see her in my collection!

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