Some updates to yesterday’ post.

The LEGO Booth

There were a couple of things I forgot to report. But first, the GWP today is now Electro at the same purchase threshold. TC-14 is done as they ran out of them yesterday. At least that’s what the nice man behind the counter told me. It could be a red herring or it could be true. Could be a completely different set of polybags for the rest of the weekend.

There’s a red confessional booth where you and / or your child can enter. A screen will show a random question and your answer will be video recorded. At the end the LEGO group may or may not use your footage in a montage. Questions range from what your favorite LEGO set was to what your fondest LEGO-based memory is. And since you entered the booth you automatically gave consent for LEGO to use your likeness in marketing materials.

The vending machine gives a random set at the end of your game. There’s no list of possible sets but think small and boxed. After you play you’ll be promoted to enter your email address. If you have the high score at the end of the day you’ll win a $100 gift card, presumably to

There was a glass case tucked away in the corner where three more avatar sets were on display / revealed. I’ll be making a separate post for the official pic that were sent to me this morning, but here’s a list of the set names with prices:

  • 75571 Neytiri & Thanator vs. AMP Suit Quaritch $39.99
  • 75572 Jake & Neytiri’s First Banshee Flight $59.99
  • 75573 Floating Mountains: Site 26 & RDA Samson $89.99
  • 40554 Jake Sully & his Avatar $19.99

The Nintendo Booth

As I reported yesterday the bowser statue moves. When it’s your turn for your video opp, you can choose one of three sound and movement sequences. The audio from the videos may be difficult to make out; I blame the con attendees. The red button plays classic 8-but super Mario music and sound and looks like this:

The yellow button has no music but a series of sound effects and looks like this:

This is the green button sequence. I was lucky enough to witness this father son core memory-making moment:

It’s impressive that the eyes and eyebrows move as well as everything else of course.

Once the button is pressed you have a few seconds to do an animation. Most people do a running away skit:

Nintendo at Petco Park

The parking lot just off of Petco Park is turned into an interactive zone for SDCC. Rather than renting out a dedicated exhibit hall they instead opted to have their Nintendo Switch Road Trip tour of games make a scheduled stop in San Diego.

There are three games you can play for a few minutes at a time: Mario Strikers: Battle League, Nintendo Switch Sports, Kirby and the Forgotten Land. You can try and pre-register and get a ticket for the event on their events page. Saturday is already sold out but you can try and register for a Sunday slot starting at 12noon on Saturday. If you strike out, there are limited walk-ups available each day. Bring sunscreen.

There are dedicated photo opps at each station and you get this fancy swag bag at the end of it all:

The bag has a random small Nintendo toy by Jakk’s Pacific and an activity book.

And that’s it from today.

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