Yes. It's been over a week since San Diego Comic Con, but we completely forgot about the DKE Toys booth. And that's pretty tough, because they had one of the largest and most impressive displays. If you're not familiar with the company, DKE Toys is the distributor for a number of the top designer toy companies.
One of our favorite pieces were the above pictured Mario/Mickey hybrid figures and Andrew Bell's The Giver.
While MINDstyle had a number of vinyl pieces in their glass display cases, we were looking for Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock figures. There were only mini figures (no larger vinyl pieces), but it's still something.
And there were a number of mini figure lines from artists like Cameron Tiede, Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Doktor A and MAD. One of the silliest pieces is pictured above. If you thought you had a tough time convincing the wife to let you buy a kaiju or robot figure...imagine the conversation that'll take place when you ask about a rabbit looking at bare boobs.
If I had hit the lottery right before Comic Con, the first place I would have hit was Super7...where I would by one of each thing they were selling. Unfortunately, I didn't win. But I did pick up a SDCC Exclusive Cobra Commander inspired Hood Zombie vinyl, which is almost as good.
Aside from exclusives, we were happy to see a number of new prototypes. Most of the buzz was about the giant kaiju inspired Stormtrooper, but we were glad to see plans to release Le Merde's Hollis Price in vinyl.
Cardboard Spaceship was in the Cultyard at Comic Con with a number of SDCC Exclusives. The hand cast Hello, Brute lineup - The Klepties - was impressive. The booth also was the first chance you had at picking up the new 8" Treeson vinyl. And there was the slightly creepy SDCC Payday Exclusive from N8 Van Dyke and Ningyoushi.
The line for STRANGEco's SDCC colorway Vivisect Playset set was one of the longer (and more surprising) at the show. But we were diggin' Greg "Craola" Simkins' Cap'n Rotnclaw. I might have to wait until the red (more crab-like) colorway is released.
And I'd love to see the above Mars-1 piece released in that size. Wouldn't you? Also on display at the booth were a number of SDCC exclusives from Max Toy Co., King Ken Series 1 (mini figures), a number of new tokidoki pieces and John K's Tenacious D figures.
I'm usually not overcritical of figures, but I don't like how the Tenacious D turned out. They were designed to look like the vinyl figures that were released in the 1960's. So they actually wanted a sloppy-looking paint job. I love John K's work and know that he'll be releasing more impressive figures with STRANGEco. I'm guessing that if the same number of people who saw Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny buy these figures, a run of 500 or so figures might sell out.
Much of the scuttlebutt around the Kidrobot booth was about Joe Ledbetter's newest release...the SDCC Exclusive Lava Unicornasaurus. But while everyone was waiting in line for that one, we were more impressed by Paul Pope's The Masked Karimbah. And if you're into Dunnys or Munnys...they had you covered.
At Comic Con, the Munky King booth is always busy with artist signings. As far as exclusives, the all black Koibito (which appears to be part fish, part man) might have been the creepiest. The Monkey King (Metal Edition) and Eyegore - Ace of Spades were also available for Con goers. But our favorite pieces in the booth were Luke Cheuh's Black In White and Amanda Visell's Snake Oil...both available in the near future.
One of the more surprisingly busy booths in the Cultyard, was one I had never heard of. Conduct Happiness had their Pea plush and accompanying attire on display. And much like the Tokidoki booth, the hipster girls flocked.
We walked by the Toy Tokyo booth just in time to witness fans flocking around Erick Scarecrow to have him sign their SDCC Exclusive Sandstorm Kissaki vinyl. I barely made it out of there alright. But I did see one of the more entertaining (and retro) pieces...the above Michael Jackson Thriller figure.