SDCC Exclusives Guide part 1
by Stevie Wise
Star Wars The Black Series 6 Inch Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite, Hasbro, $45
With the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm and everything Star Wars, Comic-Con will not be seeing its usual Star Wars inspired panels with the usual programming being moved to the D23 Expo in Anaheim in August. But don’t fett…I mean fret, there will still be plenty of Star Wars exclusives at SDCC.
Hasbro is rebranding the Star Wars action figure line as “The Black Series” with the usual 3 ¾” scale figures and the debut of a 6-inch line similar to Marvel Legends in the next few months. The first on the list? Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite available only at Comic-Con. No word yet on if the figure will be re-released later down the line, but Boba Fett is always a solid pick-up and this set looks pretty amazing with the alternate packaging, a box which opens up to show Fett and Solo side-by-side inside a nice plastic tray.
Scalper Factor: 8/10 The figures retail at $45 but ebay re-sellers are already asking more than $100 on each set. The set will likely add a bit of havoc to the Hasbro line which usually limits the number of pieces on a set like this to 3 to 4 for each customer. Good chance for an average collector to get started on a new Star Wars line from the start.
Masters of the Universe Rokkon and Stonedar Comet Warriors Two Pack, Mattel, $60
Matty’s had some rough luck with their SDCC Masters of the Universe Classics exclusives. The first, King He-Man, was a huge hit followed a few years later by a color-changing Orko and Prince Adam set. Others like Vykron, last year’s exclusive based on a conceptual He-Man line pitch or the Mo-Larr vs Skeletor set, widely considered one of the worst exclusives ever, have left a few blemishes on the MOTU track record at Comic-Con.
This year’s Comet Warriors set seems to be a step in the right direction; the figures are based on the goofy transforming rock figures from the 1985 Masters line and a bit more recognizable than Vykron. While the original Stonder and Rokkon were peg warmers, this set will add two more figures to the Masters Classics line based on vintage figures and just goofy enough for an event like Comic-Con, now filled with the same people who remembered playing with these figures as kids.
Scalper Factor: 5/10 Mattel usually produces a solid number of Masters figures for Comic-Con, so this might be one opportunity to pick the set up later in the day when the lines die down if you didn’t put in a pre-order for pick-up at the convention from MattyCollector.