San Diego Comic Con 2014 came and went just like that. Four days filled with lots of things to see and do. Although I did lots of other things that wasn’t related to LEGO, I’m going to stick with the LEGO stuff in this post since this is what I’m here for.
One of the coolest things that I experienced there was not at the LEGO booth itself, but meeting people in the LEGO community. I got to finally meet Will from Hoth Bricks and Lim from neoape. It was cool to finally put a face to some of the fellow LEGO bloggers out there. I also got to reconnect with Joe Meno from BrickJournal, Tommy Williamson from BrickNerd, as well as some friends from SandLUG like Tommy and Charlie. I even ran into TT Games’ Game Director Arthur Parsons on the streets and chatted with him a little bit while waiting to cross the street.
Now on to the LEGO booth itself. It was very colorful and what we expect a LEGO booth to look like. Although the space for the booth was one of the larger ones at the convention, it didn’t feel like it. There wasn’t that much room to maneuver and if you thought you did, that was quickly over. One of the few disappointments with the booth was the retail store they had around back. Every time I went by that area, there would be a line outside waiting to go in with a few people inside slowly browsing. There wasn’t even that many things that were sold there and that’s why I recommended that you visit the LEGO Store in Fashion Valley instead.
Another disappointment that I along with many others experienced was how the LEGO booth handled the sale of the exclusive sets. There were some things that I saw and heard first-hand that made it difficult for us to purchase the sets. One of these things that I saw was the line for the exclusive was already full before the exhibit doors were even opened. This mean that people who were waiting to get in pretty much had no chance to buy them. Who was in line, you may ask? I won’t say but you can look on various LEGO forums to find out. Another thing that happened at the booth was the sudden switching of lines to the other side of the booth which caused some chaos. Something should be done to prevent this from happening in the future. I’ve recently sent in my opinions on the survey and hope LEGO takes it into account.
One minor frustration was the quality of the display case they used for their daily product reveals. It wasn’t as clear as it could be as you’ve seen in my previous posts on the product reveals. You can see a cloudy haze around the box and on one side, it was impossible to take pictures of the product until it was moved to the other cases. Of course there were the sets themselves that were revealed there or shall I say, shown there. All of the sets that were on display minus the LEGO Mixels were already posted online so there wasn’t much fanfare at the convention itself.
On Friday July 25th, Adam West was to make an appearance at the LEGO booth and he did, for a few minutes. Of course, he is a busy man with all of the appearances he had to make with the 75th anniversary of Batman and whatnot but whoever did the scheduling dropped the ball a little and didn’t allow fans to interact with him just a little more.
Although there were a few disappointments, there were actually also some cool stuff there. The different statues that were made for the convention were pretty impressive and the pictures shown online didn’t do them justice. If you wanted to see Smaug, you had to make your way to the Warner Bros. booth and even then, it was underneath the stairs and it couldn’t really be appreciated as much as it could be. One other thing that was very nice to look at was the LEGO Star Wars 15th Anniversary Minifigure Case. The downside of it was it was in a very bad spot. It was located right behind the information area of the booth and there was very little space for you to take pictures on one of the sides.
Another thing that went pretty smooth was the raffle for the four exclusive minifigures: Bard the Bowman, The Collector, Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, and Unikitty. After last year’s fiasco, LEGO decided to make some changes to prevent what happened last year. This year, there were two iPads set up for attendees to touch to see if they won or not. There were no misunderstandings on whether you won or not since it was a green yes or a red no. You didn’t even have to wait for your prize as they were handed out there at the same time. The only downside was if you didn’t get there about 1.5-2 hours early, you may have had to wait a while in line before it was your turn. Other than that, it was a pretty good experience there. I met a couple of friends that were in line so time kinda flew by pretty quickly and I also managed to acquire all four minifigures.
I also attended a number of panels although I did miss out on the LEGO Legends of Chima and Ninjago one because I was tied up with other things. The panels that I was able to attend were the A Look at Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary, the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Panel, and The LEGO Movie. You can read up on the recaps of those individual panels by going to the links provided above.
Finally, if you were able to go to the POP! The Art of the Geek exhibit at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts gallery, you could’ve seen a lot of Nathan Sawaya’s work including the Han Solo in Carbonite sculpture as well as Brandon Griffith’s Watchman piece.
Overall, I had a decent LEGO experience while at San Diego Comic Con 2014. There were some things that I wished could be done better but there were also some things that were improved from last year like the minifigure giveaway. I was extremely happy that I was able to get all the minifigures although I found that you really had to hide them right after you get them or else people will be asking for them with unfair trades like someone offering me $100 for the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh or Unikitty for LEGO Star Wars Rebels The Ghost exclusive set. Even though I won’t be selling the minifigs, I do know how much they go for on the secondary market so please don’t insult my intelligence with such low-ball offers.
As for the three exclusive sets, I failed my mission in acquiring them. I thought it would be as easy as it was last year to purchase them but with the popularity of LEGO because of The LEGO Movie and the 75th Anniversary of Batman, many people were trying to make a quick buck off the sets. Obviously, this frustrated a lot of fans who actually wanted to collect them, including myself. Right now, they are going for extremely ridiculous prices on eBay and I probably won’t be getting them unless the prices drop dramatically. We’ll see next year if LEGO does anything different to please fans like what they did this year by bumping up the number of LEGO minifigures that were given out.
Check out all the pictures I took of a majority of LEGO-related things at SDCC 2014 below. Click through for a larger images. Also make sure to read up on everything that happened during SDCC 2014 here. If you visited the LEGO booth at Comic Con this year, what were your experience(s) there? Leave your comments below!
Since San Diego Comic Con 2014 is all wrapped up, The LEGO Group is looking for input on your experience if you attended the convention. The survey guages how the LEGO booth was ran and the attendees’ overall experience. If you were like me, you probably saw some things that weren’t up to snuff during the four days there like the line filling up to purchase the exclusives before the exhibit doors even opened or how about the line switching direction after people had already lined up on the other side of the booth. Head over to Survey Monkey to give your opinion on how the LEGO booth was ran. I’ll be doing a recap on my experience at SDCC 2014 in a separate post but in the meantime, leave a comment on how you think the booth was ran.
The last panel I went to at San Diego Comic Con 2014 was the LEGO/Warner Bros. The LEGO Movie panel. The panel consisted of LEGO Brand marketing Director Brian Bowler, Executive Producer and LEGO Vice President of Product Design Matthew Ashton, and LEGO Senior Product Designer Michael Fuller. Jadon Sands (Finn) was scheduled to make an appearance but was a no show.
The panel pretty much showed the storyboard which was already seen in The LEGO Movie Blu-Ray. They talked about the concept of King Carl’s Castle which eventually turned into Unikitty’s Cloud Cuckoo Land. They also showed the different versions of Unikitty before the final version was chosen. One interesting slide that was shown was the version of Unikitty seen below. The panel hinted that we may be seeing more of Unikitty in a set(s) that will be released in January 2015. Early speculation is that this version of Unikitty will be in the Master Builder’s Submarine so fingers crossed.
Furthermore, the panel also showed off various designs of MetalBeard and discussed how Michael came up with the final design.
Overall, the panel was ok. A majority of the things that were shown were already on the Blu-Ray but some of the new stuff that was shown was a pleasant surprise including the new Unikitty minifigure. One of the highlights was the number of children cosplayers dressed up as some characters from the LEGO Movie including the kids that dressed up as half Unikitty and half Angry Kitty. There was also a Bad Cop, Benny, and Emmet.
Finally, they said The LEGO Movie 2 release day would be May 2017 which we already reported on. On the question on whether there will be sets, they declined to answer but we can expect there will be. They were also tight-lipped on what sets will be coming in 2015 except for the Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack (70817) which was shown at the LEGO booth. Check out the pics I took of the panel below.
On Saturday at San Diego Comic Con 2014, Joe Meno (BrickJournal) moderated the A Look at Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary panel which also features one of the film’s directors, Kief Davidson, associate producer Andrew Oppenheimer, and Tommy Williamson (BrickNerd). A surprise guest to the panel was Nathan Sawaya (BrickArtist.com).
The panel is pretty much what the title is. It took a look behind the scenes of the documentary that was released earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. There were clips from the film showing what LEGO meant for members of the LEGO community. Joe also showed off Tommy’s timelape animation for the film called Nerdception which you can watch below.
Overall, it was a really good panel and it was cool to see the room actually interested in what goes on in the LEGO community. Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary will be available in theaters in early 2015. After the panel, Joe offered instructions for a 4-wide Batmobile, TARDIS model, and an LDD file of Olaf from Frozen to anyone who entered their email at the TwoMorrows booth. He has also offered these incentives on his Facebook Page. Check out images from the panel below.
On the last day of San Diego Comic Con 2014, the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham panel was hosted by IGN’s Greg Miller and there were some surprises. TT Games’ Phil Ring and Arthur Parsons was on hand as well as some of the voice actors of the video game including Troy Baker, Travis Willingham, Laura Bailey, Scott Porter, Dee Bradley Baker, and Josh Keaton. One surprise that wasn’t really a surprise was that Adam West was also on the panel.
During the panel, they did a recap of the new playable characters such as Bat-Cow, Booster Gold & Skeets, Hawkman, Adam West, Arkillo, Krypto, Miss Martian, Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, Blue Beetle, and Mr. Mxyzptlk. These characters were announced at the LEGO booth during SDCC by Arthur Parsons. Something new that was shown was Superboy’s outfit which is the New 52 version. The other thing that was new was the 1960’s versions of the Batman charcters like Robin, Catwoman, Batgirl, Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Alfred, and the Batmobile.
Some surprises were the LEGO Batman 3 t-shirts and posters that were given away to everyone in attendance. You were given a ticket to bring to the Fulfillment Room at the Hyatt to pick up your items. The only problem was that it was kinda hot walking outside from the convention center to the hotel. The other surprise was for 3 people who asked questions at the panel. Greg Miller had 3 of the LEGO SDCC 2014 Batmobile exclusive sets for people who had the best questions. Not only did those people get the sets, it was also signed by Adam West.
Overall in my opinion, the panel was pretty cool, but it wasn’t as cool as last year’s panel for the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes video game because there weren’t as many surprises. In this panel, we already knew that Adam West was coming but we didn’t know Stan Lee was going to be showing up last year. Also the new character reveals was already done at the LEGO booth so I’ve already seen them before coming to the panel. Check out the pictures I took from the panel below.
Today was the last day of San Diego Comic Con 2014 and also the last exclusive minifigure that the LEGO booth was giving away. The character that was given away was The LEGO Movie’s Unikitty however this version of her is a little different than the one found in the Cloud Cuckoo Palace (70803).
This 16 piece exclusive Unikitty uses the same exact pieces as the regular one minus 2 pieces, the face and the pink 1×3 eyebrow piece. That totals 4 exclusive pieces to this set with the 2 faces and 2 eyebrows. The faces that are included in this set can make Unikitty become Cutesykitty and Cheerykitty. She comes packaged in the usual clamshell plastic as well as an insert. The inserts for the other 2014 minifigures showed a portrait of the charcter but Unikitty’s portrait is on the back and inside the insert are the instructions of how to build her.
As you can see from the images below, when she is Cutesykitty, she has really big eyes with a sort of a worried eyebrow thing going on there. You’ve all seen how cute things look with their expressions. For Cheerykitty, she has a big smile with some raised eyebrows.
Overall, the SDCC 2014 Unikitty is a great addition to my collection and I’m glad that I was able to get all four minifigures from this year. Although this version of Unikitty is an exclusive, we may not have seen the last of her. I was in The LEGO Movie panel and they mentioned that you may be seeing more of Unikitty in a set(s) that will be released in January 2015 (see below).
Today at Day 3 of San Diego Comic Con 2014, LEGO has officially revealed the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Green Lantern vs. Sinestro (76025). The set was revealed during Preview Night on Kotaku but today attendees got a first-hand look at the set.
As reported before, it will have 174 pieces and retail for $19.99 which is an awesome price point considering that fans don’t have to pay a lot of money to get the highly requested Green Lantern minifigure. One thing that is shown on Batman that was not shown in the reveal a few days ago is the printing on the wings. It seems that the wings are a printed piece but it’s hard to tell from the pics. Blame the cloudiness of case for the quality of the images. I’ll try to take some better ones tomorrow.