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SDCC is underway! Preview night was a success and the N3rdlink crew was present and even managed to score most of the pieces and posters that they were after. We will all be getting up in about half an hour to get in line. Here are a few pics from the preview night. We will be posting more pics as the con continues.

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The n3rdlink inbox was just graced with this press release and pics from Mr. Carson Catlin:

 

I hope this email finds you well and not too stressed out with the upcoming con. It will be my first year attending so I am trying to make a big impression. 😉

First up is momentum.
Momentum marks my first paw raw custom and the start of my pieces for SDCC 2013. Painted orange and pink with distressed silver and gold exterior. He will retail for $600 at booth 5350

Next is 3retbots

3retbots is three of the KR mascot 7″ figures reticulated with metallic paint. They will retail for $200 a piece at booth 5350. Been wanting to do this since I finished the father and son piece a while back.
Fatalities
fatalities is three customized calavera skulls from the beast brothers. Painted with a bright interior and finished with silver distressed metallic exterior. They will retail for $200 a piece at booth 5350.
and my first ever blind box series
These little guys will retail for $40 a piece in an edition of 10. Available at booth 5350
And lastly my boxes
Here are my three colorways for SDCC 2013.
first is “in the red” edition of 26. 10 will be available on me, 10 will be available at memakestore.com during the convention. Also on Saturday there will be 6 additional available at booth 5350.
second is delicious a orange and white frost box in and edition of 6. They will retail for $60 each only at booth 5350
lastly is refreshing, yellow and green and yours for only $60 each in an edition of 6 at booth 5350
In addition to all of the above I will have a couple more munnys at dragatomi’s booth and  various things to sell durring both of my signings on Saturday. First one is at 11:00 at dragatomi booth 5350 and at 2:00 at BeeFy & Co booth 5646
If you are attending please swing by dragatomi and say hi.
Thank you for your continued support.
CCC
Looking at these pics…the Paw is bananas (no pun intended)
I’m most likely going to be gunning for a mascot if they aren’t all snapped up during preview night.
Lastly-
The N3rdlink team got to r3view a reticulated box. The review will be posted shortly for those who are curious to know more about it.

For those not on their mailing list, here is some info on how to score some San Diego Comic Con re-sale tickets. Good Luck to those hunting!

-N3rdlink Crew

 

 

Comic-Con International is pleased to announce that because of returned/cancelled badges we will once again be able to offer those badges for resale. This year we have also reduced the allotment of reserved badges for certain departments. Comic-Con has decided to add these badges to the resale for our attendees. We currently have several thousand single day badges available for resale, only 3,100 of which are Saturday badges. 4-Day badges are sold out.

Due to the very limited number of badges available and our vendor EPIC Registration being focused on coordinating onsite registration, the Comic-Con 2013 badge resale will be conducted utilizing a random drawing.

To enter the Comic-Con 2013 Resale Drawing, login to your Member ID account now and click the blue notice that says “Click Here to Enter a Drawing to be Eligible for the Comic-Con 2013 Badge Resale!”

The drawing entry period will remain open for 48 hours only, and will close June 12, 2013 at 10:59:59 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Late entries will not be accepted.

You must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID to enter the drawing.
Anyone who has already registered for or purchased a 4-Day badge (with or without Preview Night) or a single day Saturday badge will not be eligible to enter the drawing.

Those selected to participate in the Comic-Con 2013 badge resale may purchase their own badges, as well as badges for one additional guest. You may purchase for any guest who has a confirmed Member ID (as of June 7, 2013) and does not have a 4-Day badge (with or without Preview Night) or a single day Saturday badge. Your guest does not need to be selected from the drawing pool to be eligible to purchase.

Comic-Con will notify everyone who is selected to participate by email on or before June 17, 2013.

Sincerely,

Attendee Registration
Comic-Con International

From conventions past, I don’t think Luke Chueh has had as much to offer as he did at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.  With two toys, a print and his book “Bearing the Unbearable” Luke was running on all cylinders for the entire convention.

But was all the hype worth your hard earned cash?  Here are my thoughts on all of his releases.

Target

Overview:  Luke’s latest toy was released one year after seeing the prototype displayed at last year’s SDCC.  When compared to his “Black in White” release I was surprised to see it hit the shelves so quickly.  Adapted from his original painting, Target sports a vinyl toy bear and comes with a paint brush and can as accessories.  The toy then can be displayed with the weathered resin display wall that comes with the figure.  Luke took the time to “tag” each wall with a sketch of his bear with a crown that when viewed from the correct angle it looks as if the vinyl toy is wearing the crown.  Talking with Luke at the convention it looks like there are 3 color ways planned (SDCC White Bear Red paint, OG White Bear w/ black paint, and a Black Bear w/ Gold paint.  Although, No official word on the final two releases has been announced.)

The Good:  The first thing you notice about Target when you pick of the box is its weight.  The heft is not so much from the bear figure, but from the display wall.  The wall is solid resin and created to connect to future Target color ways.  The wall has a lot of texture and gives a feel that it has seen a lot of firing squad sessions.  It is solidly built so be careful placing it in your detolf or onto a glass shelf display (So you don’t break your case).  The sketch of the Bear on the wall was a great added touch by Luke.

The Bad:  If I have to pick one thing “bad” about the figure it is the feel of the bear itself.  The bear is hollow vinyl and is pretty light weight.  When compared to Possessed I feel it doesn’t have as good a mass to it.  My other thought could be the $140 price tag but once you have the figure in your hand I think you will change your mind.

The Verdict:  This was one of the pieces I looked forward to the most at SDCC and it exceeded my expectations.  Munky King did a great job producing it and Luke’s painting translated really well to the 3D environment.  It was one of the best releases at the convention and definitely worth the price tag.  If you are a Luke Chueh fan, pick this up! 

Manufacturer:  Munky King

Ed. Size: 250

Price: $140US

 Emo Bear Murderworld Mini 10-DOH

Overview: Based on the original Nintendo cartridge, Squid Kids Ink created the collectible 10-DOH figure and recently came out with a Blind Box mini version of its larger predecessor.  Luke teamed up with S.K.I. to create a special limited edition mini 10-DOH figure for SDCC with hand splattered red paint done by Luke himself.

The Good:  I grew up playing the NES so the nostalgia factor always gets to me.  It’s a cool little toy that stands about 3.5” tall. The added paint splatter was a cool touch and fits well into the scheme of the “game” Emo Bear Murderworld.  There is also a cool written piece where there is usually a warning sticker on the back of the cartridge.

The Bad: The game label design is pretty simple on the toy.  It’s a close up of the head of Luke’s bear with the title “Emo Bear Murderworld” written above it.  I would have liked to see a little more complicated label design but there is not a ton of room on the mini figure. 

The Verdict: The 10-DOH is not my favorite toy out there but it definitely has potential.  If the SKI crew can continue to work with some great artists it could have a bright future.  Although I am a Luke Chueh fan I was on the fence about this but since there was some added red paint splattered done by Luke I decided to pick it up.  With it being $20 it’s not a bad pick up and overall I am pretty happy with it, but if you decided to pass I wouldn’t hate you…Emo Bear might.

Manufacturer: Squid Kids Ink

Ed. Size: 100

Price: $20

Root Down

Overview:  Luke teamed up with Hi-Fructose to release his SDCC exclusive print.  The print depicts Luke’s Emo Bear, about to saw through his legs which are rooted into the ground as if they are tree trunks. 

The Good:  I really enjoyed the irony of the image because it was printed on wood, because the bear is trying to cut his tree trunk legs.  The quality of the printing was great.  Hi-Fructose did a great job producing the print.

The Bad: The print was a little small for my liking.  It was approx. 11”x14”.  I Normally like a little larger prints to be able to hang on my wall. 

The Verdict:  This is the one Chueh release I passed on.  Besides the fact that I have a bunch of prints in my collection that need to be framed, the image overall didn’t do anything for me.  It’s nice, but not one of my favorite Luke images and I had a budget for SDCC so I had to choose.

Manufacturer: Hi-Fructose

Ed. Size: 50

Price: $60

Bearing the Unbearable

Overview:  If you have been following Luke lately you know that he teamed up with Gallery 1988 and has been on a signing tour for his new art book.  Luke was one of the artists that helped solidify g1988 as a legit art gallery.  The book contains art work and commentary spanning Luke’s career.

The Good:  Jensen from g1988 wrote the foreword for the book, sharing his thoughts on how Luke’s career grew and affected the success of g1988.  From not selling his first painting to literally dodging bullets during one of his early shows you get a glimpse of how Luke’s career got started.  The photos of the artwork are fantastic as well. 

The Bad:  I am not sure how the book can be improved upon.  Maybe choose a different piece for the cover…It’s a book of Luke’s art, how can you go wrong?

The Verdict:  If you are a Luke Chueh or a pop art fan in general it’s a must have.  It’s the next best thing to owning a painting or print and putting it on your walls.  The galleries that were lucky enough to have a book signing each have an exclusive print by Luke.  So if you are in the market to buy the book and want a print as well, checallery 1988, Nucleus Gallery, Giant Robot to see what they have available.

Manufacturer: Gallery 1988

Price: $35

Overall Luke had a great showing at this year’s con.  He is a really humble guy and I am glad I am able to support his work.  I look forward to traveling to Chicago this fall for his next solo show at Rotofugi where he will J-Ryu will be having his first solo show as well.  Two great artists showing right next to each other!

 

Here are some pics of his releases.  So what did you all think of what luke had?

Sorry for the yellowish pics.  Poor lighting.  Root Down pic provided by Hi-Fructose

 

Created by Scribe, and released at Cardboard Spaceship, the green crystal rumpus was my #1 want for this years SDCC. Being limited to only 15 pieces, I knew that I had my work cut out for me. When the doors opened up on preview night, the Cardboard Spaceship booth was the 1st place I ignored the security’s cries of “No Running” and ran to.

The Green Crystal Rumpus is the 1st release of the “Resin Series” and it masterfully blends the work of Scribe and Alisa Ross. The green octopus tentacle is a great touch to the resin figure, and it goes well with the striking the color of the Rumpus itself. Rumpus also comes with a clear green resin spray can, as well as an obligatory plunger. It caused a $190 dent in my wallet, but I have no regrets. Scribe is a great guy and so are the good folks at Cardboard Spaceship, so I’m always glad to support them. This figure looks great in a collection, or as a stand-alone piece. Actually the only thing that bothers me about this figure is how difficult it was for me to figure out how to photograph it decently. Luckily Arsonal Productions was up to the challenge and was able to help me out.

Looking forward to the next colorway, as well as to seeing what plush Alisa will think of for the book-bag.

-Mawuli

all photographs taken by Arsonal Productions @Arsonal  – thanks for the last minute shooting

On Friday July 13th Jesse Hernandez and Kuso Vinyl released the Jade version of the Mictlan Figure. This figure was limited to only 25 and had a price tag of $150.

Now this figure was not on my want list for SDCC this year. I don’t own any of the other Mictlan figures, and who needs to figure out where to put yet another piece, so why start now. Fellow n3rdlink team member Geoff, on the other hand, was all about the figure. I was with him on preview night when we went to buy what we could and look at the displays in the various booths. That’s when I 1st saw it in person. Holy <insert expletive of choice here>!!! The figure actually looks like Jade — the pics I’d seen up to that point really didn’t do it justice!!!

My “to buy” list that I had sworn to strictly adhere to was instantly out the window.

The figure released on a 1st come 1st serve basis that Friday, so after a very early morning of waiting in line, the floor FINALLY opened, and gave way to the mad dash to the Kuso Vinyl booth. At the booth we were handed tickets and told that we had to come back at noon to purchase the figure, and we could also get it signed at that time, as Jesse Hernandez would be doing his signing. At noon, got my figure, and even got a sweet sketch.

Now enough background, and on to the figure.

If you couldn’t already tell….I like it….I like it a LOT. The figure stands around 5.5 inches tall, and actually looks like its made out of jade. How he got the resin to look like that is beyond me. I’m a big fan of artists exploring other materials, so even though its resin, the fact that he got it to look like it was jade really impressed me. When I got home and my wife saw it she exclaimed “Is that Jade?!” So hats off to you Jesse!

And I even found someplace to put it.

Very nice figure. If you ever see one of these up for grabs anywhere, do not hesitate. BUY IT!

-Mawuli

You can follow kuso vinyl and Jesse Hernandez here:

@kusovinyl

@Jesse_Hernandez

all photographs taken by Arsonal Productions @Arsonal  – thanks for the last minute shooting

So we lied, and didn’t keep you up to date with the convention happenings…but the internet at our hotel was $10 a day so we decided that the $ was better spent on toys, food and beer. Now that members of the N3rdlink team have all safely returned from the San Diego Comic Convention, we will be returning to our regularly scheduled programming starting tomorrow after we all recover from sleep deprivation and dehydration. We plan to regale you with con recaps, super exclusive reviews, as well as talk about how one of the members was filmed for the BBC, ended up on MTV, and will also be on an upcoming app. Stay tuned!

-Mawuli

For those that read our blog I apologize for the non-postings.  I (JOhn) got a new job and am in the middle of packing for my move back to Michigan this weekend.  SDCC fever is in full swing and with less than a week away there definitely is a ton of stuff going in the toy world.  I am hoping to have some more posts up as well as some helpful info on exclusives at the Con. 

But for now here is helpful information if you plan to attend any panels (What?! There is more to do than just buy toys?!  Get out of here!)

If it’s popular SDCC probably will have a panel for it.

Here are some tips:

  1. What is a Panel?:  Like most other comic conventions, a panel is a time and place where fans gather to learn about their favorite pop culture obsessions with the creators, producers or actors.  Panels cover anything from comic books to video games to upcoming movies and TV shows. 
  2. Know Your Schedule & Panel Room Locations: If you ever have went to or plan on going to SDCC you undoubtedly have heard of Hall H and Ballroom 20. These are the two largest rooms at the convention center but also the most popular and most crowded.  This is where you will see panels like (Twilight, Big Bang Theory, Psych, The Expendables 2 etc.) If you want to see a panel in one of these rooms be prepared to be in line extremely early…(more on why in a min.)  Other panel rooms are smaller, but make sure you are familiar with their location and that room’s schedule.  Knowing what is before or just after the panel you want to see can help you plan out your day.  Comic-com.org has posted the panel schedules and has some helpful maps and scheduling tools including an iPhone app (which is actually becoming functional) to help plan out your day.
  3. Get there Early:  Panel rooms are not cleared out after each panel. This creates “panel campers,”  people that stay in a room the entire day and are usually only interested in one or two panels.  Plan to be in line at least a few hours before your panel and if it is really popular…otherwise there is a good chance you will miss it.  People will campout overnight (sometimes multiple nights for the beginning of the con) to make sure they get to see the panel they want to.
  4. Ask Smart Questions: After the Actors/Creators/Producers finish their talk they usually allow fans to ask questions.  Once this portion begins my advice is to leave the panel.  The vast majority of fan questions are either terrible, terribly specific (something the actor won’t know or it’s trivial), can’t be answered (the answer would include spoilers), or ask the actors for something (ie. a hug, autograph or some other time consuming crap.)  It’s rare that a fan will ask an educated worthwhile question.  So if you are inclined to ask a question go for it but think twice otherwise you could get booed.
  5. Make Friends in the Panel:  If you plan on being panel camping, make friends with people you are sitting by.  This can help if you have to get up to use the bathroom (which you can do, but don’t forget to grab a panel ticket on your way out or you won’t be let back in) and you don’t want to lose your seat.  Being nice could also help you avoid being stabbed with a pen (not like what happened a couple years ago.)
  6. Clean Yourself: If you plan on camping at night or during the day make sure to clean yourself so you don’t smell.  It is really annoying to sit next to a smelly fanboy, because they haven’t showered or cleaned themselves in a couple days.  At the very least bringing some deodorant and gum can save you some embarrassment.
  7. People Love Free Crap:  If they are handing out free swag at the panel get ready to fight people for it.  People love free stuff and will pretty much trample you to get it.  This happens more on the convention floor but it can happen in panels too.  So prepare yourself.

My thoughts on panels:  Panels can be fun.  I was able to go to a few panels last year and enjoyed myself.  But nothing groundbreaking is announced that I would want to waste an entire day camping out for just to see one panel.  If you love panels, then have at it.  But you really won’t catch me in line for Hall H.

One thing I have learned while collecting toys is to look at pictures artists post on social media of their workspaces.  A lot of times it can give insight into what the artist collects but more importantly, you sometimes get a sneak peek into what the artist has coming out.  Whether intentional or not it’s still pretty cool

The most recent one that was posted also could be one of the first confirmed exclusives at SDCC.

Today kaNO posted a picture on his that showed what looks to be the 5th and final Red color way of his Dragon King figure.  It’s not exactly a close up but you can make out the shape of the figure in the picture.  kaNO also confirmed in a comment that it is the red version and will be released at SDCC.  No other information is known at this time. 

SDCC is only 2 months away so we should be seeing a lot more news about exclusives coming up.  Stay tuned because I am sure we will be having a lot of posts leading up to the con…so get excited.

 

If you have been following Ashley Wood and his toy company ThreeA like we have you know a few things

1. ThreeA can make some sweet Robots

2. ThreeA is having their annual Re-venture show in Hong Kong

3. ThreeA is growing at a considerable rate. grabbing different licenses to create new toys (some fans may argue too many to keep the toys quality up to snuff)

Since ThreeA revealed that they are partnering with Valve to create toys the first thing people thought about was Portal 2.  Specifically Atlas and P-body.

Well Portal fans your dreams may just come true.  This morning (night if you are in Hong Kong) ThreeA displayed their prototypes for their Atlas and P-Body toys.  And I will say I am pretty impressed.  Below is a picture of the two bots on display at the Reventure show.  There is a rumor we may see more information closer to SDCC but no release date or information is known at this time.

I just may have to pick these if they get released sooner rather than later.