11/01/2012

Hitler If He Was A Hipster Chick, aka The One That Got Away: New York Comic Con 2012 Part 1

by Matthew Hawkins

So I guess the new fort90.com works? There’s still plenty of fixes to be made, plus stuff that’s flat out missing, but I guess it’s cool to finally talk about… New York Comic Con 2012!

And how was it? There were lots of people. Lots and lots and lots of people. Was there every single day, and it was pretty much this the entire time…

To be honest, NYCC ended up being a disappointment. The main reason why I was so excited in the first place was for the chance to hang and bang with pals. No plans were made (because of crap cell coverage, coordinating anything was out of the question), and instead I basically expected to run into people while roaming the halls as strange as it sounds (which worked in the past). Hence also the extended stay.

I got to see a few here and there, but that was pretty much it, which was a real bummer. Too bad I wasn’t able to check out any programming either, which is now officially an impossibility. While the wait is not quite as insane as it is in San Diego, it’s getting there. So with that in mind, all I really did was walk around aimlessly, taking pictures (also wasn’t able to secure help like last time, but that’s my fault, for not getting the ball rolling in time).

Hell, I didn’t even do anything cool during the evenings; everyone was either too overwhelmed or exhausted to figure out plans (myself included to a certain extent). I ended up just going to out drinking by my self as sad as that sounds (though I did run into Hilary, who was in the same boat, when I swung by Hagi, which was not the biggest shocker).

Hence why everything is also a blur, so instead of the normal day-by-day breakdown, I’m going to just stick to categories. First up: toys. After all, the majority of day one was spent at what was called the Cultyard, redubbed the Brick (the name change was necessary, due to silly legal reasons, though most agree that a better name could have been come up with).

Anyhow, my very first stop as the ESC-Toys booth, where like 20 or so new figures were making their debut. With my absolute favorite being this PlayStation themed PS-Bot…

As for the rest of the booth…

Directly across the way was Dudebox…

And just around the corner was Frombie…

I feel like a jerk but I totally forget which booth these were from…

Same story here I’m afraid…

Though there’s no forgetting or mistaking a ThreeA figure…

One of the best discoveries was the Real X Head booth, which were all these super rad designer toy makers from Japan. Was their first time at NYCC and I hope they become a staple!

This was right next door. Alas, and once again, the name escapes me…

Another great discovery was the work of Ian Ziobrowski, a jack of all trades that’s based out of Long Island. I believe he’s an illustrator by trade, but why I dug the most where his custom toys…

Some odds and ends; Fat Tony The Tiger by Ron English, Foster ice cream sandwich eating an ice cream sandwich by Brian Flynn, and skeletal Spongebob Squarepants by Secret Base…

But after a while, I decided to move onto the main section of the show floor. Which was where Bandai could be found, pimping their D-Arts line. Needless to say, I dug these Persona 4 figures (plus the two from Digimon in the back)…

This assortment of Mega Man and Mega Man X weas equally fab…

Moving onto the Kotobukiya booth, they finally had their Alisa Bosconovitch (from Tekken 6) figure, which was teased last year…

As well as a bunch of R2 units…

You know, whenever I think I’m done with Star Wars, I come across something like this…

Good Smile made their first appearance at the show (no doubt due to Danny Choo being a special guest). They had tons of Nendroids for sale, with Jack Frost being my personal favorite…

And as a proud Sega Saturn owner, of course I also enjoyed this Sakura Taisen combo as well…

Though Linkin Park? Not so much. Also, lol Japan!

And finally, were there Gundams? Of course there were Gundams, but I only took a picture of the RGZ-95 ReZEL, which is up there with the MSZ-006 Zeta in my book…

K, part two tomorrow will cover shirts, games, and artwork!

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