San Diego Comic Con 2015 Post Recap and a Surprise Giveaway

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Well, I survived another year at the San Diego Comic Con. It was either my 25th or 26th year (I’m still not sure if I started in 1990 or 91′). But who’s counting? πŸ˜€ **** Slight rant coming on ***** Read through till the bottom though, I promise, its worth it πŸ˜‰ I feel a lot like this model when I go to Comic Con 20150708_184313

I realize I’m very lucky to have gone for the past quarter century, of course its only been in about the last 10-15 years where it went from being a fun Con to becoming the Mecca of all Pop Culture madness that it is today. I also realize that having the job that I do allows me to go to many conventions every year, its literally part of my job to be at them. However, this year I just wasn’t feeling the Comic Con love. I have to admit, I have a love/hate relationship with Comic Con. I love seeing all the cool things, great cosplay, and everything else that makes Comic Con worth visiting, but ever since Hollywood took over its just not as fun as it used to be. Maybe if I were younger (and I’m not that old), or maybe if I didn’t remember a time when you could easily walk up to the door a purchase your ticket that same day, a time when the legendary Hall H (where all the biggest panels are held) wasn’t near impossible to get into, and a time when there weren’t as many celebrities, but those that were here it was possible to actually meet without sleeping over night to get their signature. I don’t go to Comic Con like regular fans go to Comic Con, I mainly go to network and see friends that fly in to work Comic Con. It may seem like 5 days of fun, but believe me, its work. And by the end, when you feel like you’ve been run over by a Mach truck, that’s when you know you’ve survived Comic Con yet another year. I think part of the problem too is that now that I go to a lot of LEGO Conventions, I find that they are just way more fun. Sure they are smaller, but they are less hectic. No resellers, not as much drama. And we have better after parties too. ***** Okay rant over *****

So, back to the fun things about Comic Con. This year I focused mainly on LEGO naturally. I don’t go to many panels any more, mostly I just go to the LEGO ones and ones that my friends are on. And there was a heck of a lot of LEGO this year! Prominently displayed right across the street from the convention center was the LEGO Dimensions Display 20150708_141244

They took over the top floor of the Hard Rock CafΓ© and covered the entire outside. I have to admit, until I finally got to play the game I’d been on the fence about it. Sure it looked cool, but I wanted to sample the gameplay. 20150709_154327 20150712_111037

I watched the people ahead of me play the Scooby Doo level and then I played the Doctor Who level (both of which are available as expansion packs) I also got to see all the expansion packs — some will be available in late September, some in November and some in January

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The game has the same feel as traditional LEGO video games but because of the reader platform, it also has a lot of new features that make it unique and much more than a normal LEGO game. Of course you need to buy all the expansion packs to play all the levels and characters, but who are we kidding, its LEGO and its a video game. Considering that I have all the other games, in both the PlayStation and Gameboy versions going back to the original LEGO Batman and Star Wars I’ll be getting it, and most likely getting it all. πŸ˜† There are a lot more LEGO Dimensions pics on my SDCC 2015 Flickr Album. Another of the cool models was the life size Mstery Machine Mosaic with all of the Scooby Doo gang 20150709_093204

They also were selling all the new sets at the LEGO booth, I took pics but didn’t pick any up 20150708_190354

There were life size LEGO raptors at Petco Park 20150710_162759

And Chris Pratt on his motorbike at the LEGO booth 20150712_165506

Someone even cosplayed as Chris

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The LEGO booth unveiled the new Batmobile for Superman vs. Batman 20150709_110745

Created by my friend set designer Marcos Bessa 20150712_153614

I went to Marcos’ panel

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There’s a ton of pics from that panel on the Flickr album too, but here’s just a few 20150712_144934 20150712_145916 20150712_150321

There was also a life size Stormtrooper from Star Wars 7

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Not the greatest pic, but I saw the new Ninjago Tower set, it really is awesome! 20150711_154630

And LEGO also has a sneak preview of the new Big Bang Theory Set 20150708_184405

There’s way more, check the SDCC 2015 Flickr Album for the other pics I took. So here’s the extra surprise — A San Diego Comic Con giveaway! I know I just did one last month, but hey, I’m allowed to do them when I feel like πŸ˜‰ 20150715_093723

Not only is there the new LEGO Ideas Big Bang theory, I’ve also managed to get a LEGO Marvel Avengers poster and the exclusive LEGO Justice League comic.

There will be three ways to enter β€”

1)Comment on this post

2)Like my Model Building Secrets Facebook page and then Like, Share, and Comment on my link about this post

3)Follow me on Twitter @MariannAsanuma and reply to my tweet about this post with the #SDCCLEGOGiveaway

There will be one winner. Yes, you can enter once all three ways. I will leave the giveaway open till midnight July 22nd (pacific standard time). This will be international, so as long as I can mail this to you, I will. And if you are willing to wait, I can get the comic signed by the illustrator Paul Lee (it helps that he’s my friend πŸ˜‰ ) Thanks to all my fans and Good luck!

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47 Responses to “San Diego Comic Con 2015 Post Recap and a Surprise Giveaway”

  1. Russell Says:

    Comic Con!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. inadub Says:

    Still super jealous you got to see Lego Dimensions!! I cannot wait for that game! I think next year I will have to try and make it to comic con!

  3. germslopz Says:

    I love the BBT!! Awesome photos.

  4. Debbie Snell Says:

    Is it nerdy to say I would love to play with lego all the time? lol twittered tweetered? lol following and replied on twitter πŸ™‚

  5. Tess Wooten Says:

    Legos are great fun…BBT and Doctor Who are the ones I want!

  6. Wayne williams Says:

    Good read and comp

  7. Twayne1047 Says:

    OMG this is soooooo exciting!!!!!! I really want to go to SDCC one year but this would make 2015 sooooo much better!!!

  8. Mason Betterly Says:

    So cool!!! Wish I could have been there.

  9. jasonspears Says:

    Great giveaway Mariann!

  10. Nicki Toizer Says:

    Thanks for the overview. Digging the Lego Stormtrooper from the upcoming movie.

  11. Jennifer Says:

    I want Amy!!!!

  12. Robert Arr Says:

    Every year I am both happy & sad I didn’t go to SDCC.

  13. Chico Hill Says:

    Lego Dimensions has peaked my interest so much! It seems like so much fun, especially with the expansion packs like Portal and Doctor Who.

  14. mariah skerrett Says:

    My son loves Lego and I’ve become a lego head too! πŸ™‚ He’s 8 with aspergers and Lego have saved school time to play time!

  15. hilda Says:

    Really nice of you!

  16. Darren Says:

    Thanks for the recap and for sharing the photos!

  17. Doug Says:

    Nice little recap.

    And yes, Many cons are getting oo big.

    I have not Ever beenbto SDCC. And it has been a few years ince I made a GenCon, but yeah, it felt the same, getting too ‘big’.

    And nice of you to offer up prizes!

  18. mezba Says:

    Great read – makes me wish to go there next year.

  19. Mike Higgs Says:

    Free LEGO is the BEST LEGO!

  20. John Cooper Says:

    Please, please!

  21. Leprekon666 Says:

    Man this would be sweet to have πŸ™‚

  22. Rachael M-A Says:

    thats awesome! love legos, would definitely have to keep that one away from the kids tho lol

  23. Marty Martin Says:

    You ROCK!!! Like always. ( :

  24. Brickbuilder0937 Says:

    I love that Ninjago set!

  25. Danny Hollinger Says:

    Thanks for doing a giveaway! Love all the pics!

  26. Ben Says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about SDCC!

  27. Natalie F. Says:

    Can’t wait for this set!

  28. Simone β€œSimon” Bissi Says:

    AWESOME!!! Great article and pics @MariannAsanuma !!!

  29. Purple Dave Says:

    *sigh* I still need to track down copies of last year’s TMNT comic and the DC comic that had a LEGO version of the Detective comics #27 cover.

  30. carla Says:

    looks amazing

  31. Sjakie ;-) Says:

    Comic Con looks great, maybe I have to go there one time

  32. Niklas Herrstrom Says:

    Great report! Keep up the good work! πŸ˜›

  33. Anthony Li Says:

    LEGO!

  34. Shib Says:

    Would love to go to SDCC one day, maybe if i win the lottery πŸ˜‰

  35. Ange Beaumont Says:

    Comic Con looks amazing!!

  36. LuΓ­s Santos Says:

    For someone living in Portugal attending SDCC would be a dream come true. Maybe one day. Cheers

  37. David Says:

    I think I’m glad I don’t have to go to big cons, for some of the reasons you listed. πŸ™‚

  38. Landon Graves Says:

    Thank you for the news and the chance to win a fantastic prize.

  39. laurakqb Says:

    Oh man, lego dimensions looks great. So much for ever having any extra money ever again. πŸ˜‰

  40. Jules Yep Says:

    The exclusive lego sets at the SDCC were pretty awesome too man

  41. robbsims Says:

    Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  42. Moses Shirai Says:

    Nice Ninjago Tower! I wonder if the elevator works…..

    Had to say it.

    Thanks for the recap, and I didn’t see any mention of lego minifigure giveaways. Also awesome.

  43. Jonathan Khoo Says:

    Comic con looks awesome, hope I win the giveaway though haha

  44. Erez Morag Says:

    Super awesome!

  45. Steve Says:

    One day I hope to make it to SDCC (with enough cash to buy everything… no literally buy everything).

  46. Kelly Sinness Says:

    Fantastic pictures and info about the Con. Hoping next year i rember to get tix early! Keep up the awesome posts

  47. nickyas1983 Says:

    Big Bang theory rocks

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