Each year the San Diego Comic Con gets bigger and better, with companies coming out of the woodwork to create exclusive toys and collectibles just for the event. While SDCC often frustrates collectors, it also represents a chance to release something that otherwise couldn’t be made. This year is no different, with plenty of really neat exclusives headed your way. The best exclusives are unique variants that offer fans a chance to get something “fun” while not necessarily preventing them from getting the best version of something available. It’s a careful balance that toy companies aren’t always able to achieve. Of course, with every set of exclusives, there have to be a few duds that perhaps shouldn’t have been made. Let’s take a look at this year’s worst.
5. NECA “Albino” Predator
I’m sure this will upset a lot of fans, but I have no love for the Albino Predator. This is a character from the popular Batman fan film Dead End. I always liked Dead End, but felt as though it started to go off the rails about the time the Predator showed up. This figure represents everything that sucked about Dead End. Not that I blame NECA for releasing this figure, it’s an easy cash grab and plays right to the diehards.
4. Batusi Batman
Mattel always goes out of their way to make their SDCC exclusives over the top, often with ridiculous packaging. This year’s Batusi Batman is right in that wheelhouse. While Mattel’s 1966 Batman line looks like gold, this is a terrible choice for a debut figure. Immortalizing one of the more bizarre moments of the classic show, this figure is nothing more than the regular Batman figure with a big button on his back and crappy hands. It looks like he’ll have restricted articulation thanks to his “dance” motion. Of course the packaging is gigantic and plays a song. While this is definitely “fun” and non-essential, I just can’t imagine that anyone ever really wanted this.
3. Superman versus Zod Movie Masters
Now that the world has gotten over the opening weekend euphoria of Man of Steel and realized it’s nothing more than a pretty, loud and generally below average movie, it seems like Mattel may have missed the boat here. Not only are people not clamoring for any sort of Man of Steel merchandise, but this item just plain sucks. It appears to be nothing more than a repack of Zod with a Superman that can turn his eyes red. You know, the exact sort of goofy gimmick that only appeals to kids. Even Mattel seems to know this item isn’t going to be popular as they have mostly just shown off photos of the gigantic packaging, in hopes that people forget there’s actually a couple of crummy figures inside.
2. Rokkon and Stonedar
Mattel hits the trifecta of suck, with the worst Masters of the Universe exclusive in San Diego Comic Con history… Rokkon and Stonedar. Easily the two most useless MOTU characters aside from those spinning top guys, Rokkon and Stonedar represent a new low for MOTUC. While I’m sure someone, somewhere, had these guys as a kid and they were his favorites, they’re an easy pass for me. Rokkon and Stonedar have a bunch of detachable rock parts and a bunch of other rock parts that are stuck to their body. Relive the excitement of turning a toy into a rock! To be fair, Mattel basically updated these guys as good as they possibly could. It’s just obvious that MOTUC is starting to swirl the drain and the potential character selection for exclusives is getting mighty thin.
1. Twilight Zone Henry Bemis Replica Books and Glasses
The worst exclusive of 2013 and perhaps the dumbest exclusive in the history of the SDCC! It’s Henry Bemis’ glasses and books from the famous “Time Enough At Last” Twilight Zone episode. This is one my favorite episodes of Twilight Zone and I’m a huge fan of Burgess Meredith and yet, even if I had all the money in the world, I wouldn’t buy this crap. It’s a “replica” of books. They’re not even real books! To make matters worse, it’s not even a legit replica as Henry had specific books he was reading. These are just generic blank books with goofy plastic glasses. But hey at least it’s cheap, it’s only $100 for the whole set. Add in another $49.95 for the pistol you’ll need to blow your brains out for buying such stupidity and you’ve got a real steal.