Southern California received an early dose of pop culture and ample amounts of rain as WonderCon 2012 was moved to the massive Anaheim Convention Center this year with their traditional venue at the Moscone Center in San Francisco under construction for upgrades. While it is organized by the same group that does Comic-Con International in San Diego, it was much smaller in scope and foot traffic, partially due to the foul weather. Despite this, there were still enough cosplayers, panels, and exhibitors to go around.
We have uploaded photos from WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend, including shots from Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, eFX, Action Figure Express, and some Views from the Floor.
The folks at Gentle Giant have announced the Death Star Droid as their next Jumbo Vintage 12" Figure coming in Q3 2012!
The Genndy Tartavosky animated series from 2003 has spawned a great sub set of collectible maquettes by Gentle Giant, and Entertainment Earth's exclusive Princess Leia as the bounty hunter Boussh is another great addition. This 10 inch tall rendition of the princess as re-imagined if she were in the style of the cartoon is nicely designed, sexy, but sort of fragile.
I think Aurra Sing has evolved quite nicely in the Star Wars mythos. When she first appeared as a passing glimpse in The Phantom Menace, we hardly knew the personality of the padawan turned bounty hunter. Her recent appearance in The Clone Wars really cemented the deal of her badassery. The new Gentle Giant minibust is based on The Episode I version played by actress Michonne Bourriage, and it's a stunning piece that not only captures her likeness quite compellingly, but there's so much more.
Gentle Giant has always been pretty ingenius when it comes to their Holiday Edition busts. We can usually expect some kind of twist on a Star Wars theme like a or Holiday Max Rebo or Yakface. However, when it comes to their summer convention exclusives, it's been an overwhelming offering of Clones and Troopers. There's perfectly sensible reasoning behind this, since these types of minibusts normally sell through fairly well. For the 2012 convention season, starting with this month's WonderCon, Gentle Giant takes a different approach and offers a piece that is fun, whimsical, commemorative, and what Adam Pawlus refers to quite appropriately as an iconic cultural touchstone.
Gentle Giant has opened up enrollment for their 2012 Premier Guild Membership. Membership for 2012 is $70. Your choice for the Star Wars gift this year include a Rebel Fleet Trooper minibust, a Republic Commando minibust with Light Up Visor, and a Kenner Jumbo Vintage Gamorrean Guard.
Gentle Giant offers a sneak peek at their 2012 Premier Guild membership gifts. The Star Wars pieces include a Rebel Fleet Trooper Minibust, a Republic Commando minibust with Light-Up Visor, and a 12" Jumbo Vintage Gamorrean Guard.
Pre-orders for the new Battle Droid minibust from Gentle Giant will finally be processed on Tuesday, February 7th. Gentle Giant provides this teaser for your viewing pleasure! Check your pre-orders to make sure all your account and billing information are current.
Gentle Giant has updated with edition sizes for the following Star Wars product releases:
Gentle Giant releases solicitations for their upcoming Star Wars Dart Board and Kenner Jumbo R5-D4. The dart board, set in high quality hardwood, features Princess Leia in her slave outfit by comic book artist Adam Hughes. R5-D4 was digitally scanned from the original Kenner figure and even includes a "clicking motion" when his head is turned. Both are slated for release in the 3rd Quarter of 2012.
We have uploaded photos from the Gentle Giant booth at Comic-Con. The booth is traditionally the center of attention in the Exhibit Hall and this year is no different, with free Bust Ups being thrown randomly out to the crowd and Slave Leias providing a lot of visual appeal and photo opps. This year, Her Universe hosted a fashion show featuring various scantily clad models sporting the latest in Star Wars t-shirt fashion and little else.
The Official Site gives a breakout of all the exclusive swag at Comic-Con International later this week, including Hasbro's Death Star Collector's Pack, Gentle Giant's McQuarrie Snowtrooper and Jumbo Vinyl Cape Jawa, the SOLD OUT Sideshow 12 inch Clone Commander, and others.
Ad: New stuff from Gentle Giant! Several new Star Wars pre-orders are up right now from Gentle Giant, including the new Tedn Dahai Cantina Band Mini Bust and a huge R2-D2 Monument! What's more, new items from Sucker Punch and a swell new line of Funko Simpsons Figures and Plush are up for pre-order. If that isn't enough, the Gentle Giant Jumbo Kenner Darth Vader and Princess Leia are in stock now! Click through for pricing, pictures, and availability.
Continuing their ongoing and proud tradition, Gente Giant posted the Comic-Con Exclusive 2011 McQuarrie Concept Snowtrooper Bust! It looks a lot like the picture. Pre-orders are open for guild members, and the rest of us poor schmucks get to wait and cross our fingers. Read more.