I wrote this before, in short previously. But I want to fill in the gaps a little more.
Since this year was my first time going to San Diego Comic Con ever. And also my last time, on my bucket list to experience SDCC. So my expectation is really high, and I was completely overwhelm even with all the research I did before hand.
I do have to say... people are very nice and helpful while waiting in lines everywhere. And sharing their experience. The spirit of being among geeks I guess.
My top two exclusives are Hasbro's Boba Fett and Lego's Green Arrow mini fig.
Since there are panels I want to attend everyday, I have to pick and choose.
Preview Night, I already know about the exhibitors all hung around the Hasbro booth before the doors open since no tickets are required. Even thou I saw the video of Hasbro booth from last year, I still attempt to try. However, the line at Hasbro already closed by the time I get there. So I went to the Lego booth next, and got the 2 exclusive sets.
Thursday, I picked the X-Files panel in Ballroom 20, so i skipped everything in the exhibition hall. And spend my whole day inside Ballroom 20.
On Friday, I tried to get the ticket for Hasbro,got there at 5:30am, waited in line, by the time I get to the Sails Pavllion, the ticket line closed few minutes right before I get there. SOL, oh well. Too late to wait in line for Hall H. So I walked the floor, and then wait in line at 10:15am for the mini fig. And I heard about what happened on Thursday from the people in line. I wasn't planning to wait in line for Lego mini fig. But i am also learning where I need to be at where, and I didn't know which figure is being given out at which day. I am a new newbie. I didn't check fbtb until I was waiting in line at that time. I didn't get the mini fig, which totally okay. I had fun experience the whole thing, saw a lot of stuff.
I do have to point out, the steps behind the convention center is kinda scary, and not easy to walk down, they are at an odd angle. Waiting in line and standing under the sun on those are not fun.
Saturday, I got up even earlier in order to get the Hasbro ticket. And I made it to the ticket line this time, got my ticket with a time slot to shop at Hasbro booth at 12pm. So, I stopped by the booth at 11am to check, Boba Fett is already sold out for the entire show already. And make matter worst, they are handing out tickets (that I got up at 4am to wait in line for) to anyone surprisingly. Double whammy. That hurt. I could have waited in line for Hall H for all the great panels.
I skip the mini fig on Saturday. Since I don't care about the variant Superman, the fig I truly want is Green Arrow. I love the Tv show, Arrow. So I skip the Breaking Bad as well as the Dr Who anniversary panels on Sunday to wait in line at Lego.
I didn't get it, I was disappointed, and I am okay, I understand it wasn't my day.
I am not a sore looser. I saw someone with the green arrow fig. I was very happy for them, I even congratulated them. I didn't ask them to sell that to me, the thought never came up. I didn't check ebay at all.
HOWEVER, if I have known the raffle "maybe" targeting for kids, I would have just skip the Lego line all together, and go wait in line for the panels in Hall H instead. I lost that opportunity. I was angry
at Lego for doing this, but that was 4 days ago. It is over now. Life goes on. To end this on a good note...
I am on vacationing in Hong Kong this past 2 weeks right after SDCC, I caught the tail end of an awesome Lego Exhibit... Piece of Peace / World Heritage Exhibit
world tour here in Hong Kong, my mind was blown. I wish this exhibit will travel to US someday. (Maybe an idea for a LEGO offsite event at a future SDCC... if Lego people are listening here)
Here is the link to my pictures (over 200+) taken at this Lego exhibit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/talosman/sets/72157634844004038/