Best Toys of Comic-Con 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Along with all of its other roles, Comic-Con is one of the coolest toy stores in the universe. The spectrum is pretty overwhelming. I used to spend entirely too much money on toys. I found early on that you can’t buy everything you think is cool. There are just too many diverse offerings. There are vintage toys, small-scale artistic sculptures, limited-edition versions, foreign toys, mass-market action figures, movie collectables, giant robots, diecast vehicles, stuffies, prototypes, and Star Wars figures, lots of Star Wars figures. The only things I still actively collect are Star Wars astromech droids, you know, R2-D2s. There are a lot of special multi-figure packs and store exclusives that include a droid. There’s a lot of hunting involved. There is a whole sub-culture of 25 to 45-year-old boys who wait at the door for Target to open every morning at 8 a.m. I have at certain times in my life been one of those guys. They mostly buy Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels, a lot of mass-market stuff. But they're like baseball cards; there’s always something hard to find, only one in every other case. Some of these guys make money off the whole endeavor or make trades. Generally, they all horde massive quantities of unopened toys. I can’t go to Target or Wal-Mart without going down the toy aisle. It’s an affliction. I occasionally will buy something unique at Con. I get to buy toys for my 5 and 6-year-old daughters, too.
Here are some of my favorites from 2009:
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