Mattel brings their Comic-Con 2010 schedule out

Mattel is a king at Comic-Con, bringing the latest exclusives and creating massive lines and hysteria across the center of the exhibition hall. With collectors and fans crammed together to get the latest creations it is easy to forget that they have other plans for the show.

Here’s a breakdown of the features at the booth.

Thursday – Saturday:

  • The Four Horsemen (Jim Preziosi, Eric “Cornboy” Mayse, Eric Treadaway and Chris Dahlberg) – Famous action figure sculptures making appearances and signing autographs, check times at the booth.
  • WWE Superstars (The Miz, John Morrison, The Bella Twins, Chris Masters, Melina and Kane – Top Talent from Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown will be signing autographs.

Friday:

  • Seth Green and Matthew Senreich – Co-creators of “Robot Chicken” animated television series will be signing autographs
  • Rob Dydek – Professional skateboarder and television star who created Wild Grinders will be signing autographs. (Fri and Sat)

Panels:

Thursday:

  • Mattel and WWE: The Ultimate Tag Team

Friday:

  • Mattel and DC Comics: A Heroic Partnership

Sunday:

  • Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 Season 2 screening and panel

TRON: Legacy coming to SDCC 2010

The time is almost here, as San Diego Comic-Con 2010 draws closer all the juicy information spills out for the masses. Tonight word of TRON: Legacy has hit the web with a date and time for those eager to see the latest developments and teasers at the show.

At 11:15am on Thursday July 22, Disney will open the doors to Hall H and allow lucky visitors to seat themselves for a panel discussion with the filmmakers and stars from the film. Joe Kosinski, Sean Bailey, Steven Lisberger and others such as Jeff Bridges, Garret Hedlund and Olivia Wilde will be present. Patton Oswalt will direct the Q&A for the panel and play host to announce each glimpse at the film.

For those who don’t line up at 7-8am or earlier to get into Hall H, Disney will have an interactive TRON booth on the floor at aisle 3712 to preview new merchandise and apparel for the new movie. Disney Interactive Studios will also have the new TRON: Evolution video game on hand for everyone to play.

If you have a ticket and the means to get there in time, the panel should be a great way to kick off SDCC 2010.

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Comic-Con exclusives list up!

It’s that time of year again, Comic-Con is just around the corner and the exclusives for the Con are finally here! While the list is too long to discuss in full detail here, there are a few toys that really stand out (for me anyway.)

First up is the BioShock “Big Sister Unmasked” 7-inch figure by NECA with a production run of 2,000. The figures that NECA has released in the BioShock series have been awesome thus far so this one will undoubtedly not be a disappointment. Not only do you get the Eleanor Lamb Big Sister but you also get a little sister complete with her little Big Daddy doll. The rest of this series has done quite well and at a $20.00 dollar price tag this figure is a bargain and will surely sell out.

Next is the Mr. Toast Devil Bacon plush exclusive. This exclusive is a nice follow up to last years Vampire Toast exclusive and is adorable. Devil Bacon, the bacon previously known as Shaky Bacon, comes in at a towering 11-inches tall and is detailed with horns and a tail. He is only $10.00 dollars and is limited to a production run of 1,000.

Finally, there will be a DC Direct Designs Battle Damaged Batman based on the amazing Batman: Arkham Asylum video game. While there are still no photos available of this figure, it looks like Graphitti Designs will be selling this figure in coordination with DC Direct and will be a must have. DC Direct will be releasing waves 1 and 2 of the Arkham Asylum collection in January and February of 2011 (respectively) so this figure will be a nice teaser to get us ready for rest of the Batman line! This figure has a production run of 4,000 and a price tag of $20.00.

A full list of exclusives and available photos can be found at:
http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_exclusives.php

Left 4 Dead 2 – The Updates

Sure it has been a little while since Comic-Con and news has been dead but we’re here to kick game back up a little while we wait for the latest info from Valve. Unfortunately future play testing for us does look limited. I managed to get a hands on at E3 and at Comic-Con, but I don’t think we’re going to see a preview build in our Steam list this year as the game has so much attention already. We will have a review once it lands though.

Anyway, lets jump into some fun media. First up the Left 4 Dead 2 E3 trailer:

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At E3 we hit the French Quarter with guns blazing, health packs equipped and fire axes ready to rumble. The game was fast paced with large swarms operating from multiple angles. The melee option was troublesome and slow with large groups making it hard for one to pull their own weight in a fight. One false move and a player was zombie bait hoping to escape to their friends before they got mowed down.

At Comic-Con things spiced up with the “I hate you so much for this” Mudmen, why do I hate them so much? The reason is simple, Mudmen attack with melee and eventually clog up the screen with a film making it incredibly hard to figure out what you’re doing and in the event of a swarm this means the player has to shove like crazy hoping that in the end their friends will have protected them and that they don’t get mauled in the process as the screen clears up. For some this may feel like a move out of an arcade shooter but really it works in the moment. The other big shift was that the melee in the game seemed to take a back seat, weapons were there but the swarm response seemed slower and staggered for those packing melee special items to allow players to have a chance while maintaining their rules about recharging energy. Lesser attack groups and a focus on accuracy to survive works for the game but really I could do without it, in a zombie outbreak I think it would be funner to let the silly person with the frying pan get eaten while the survivors escape loaded to the teeth with ammo and grenades.

Let’s hope we see some more news for Left 4 Dead 2, right now Crash Course is slated to arrive this September to hold Left 4 Dead players over until the sequel hits this November.