Notes From The Edge of NYCC
Every October our resident NYCC expert Andrew Boyle heads deep into the untamed wilds of the Javitz Center to report back on what’s new in the world of geek.
You’d best keep your credit card under control at New York Comic Con. With two immense trade rooms the size of a few football fields, this is dangerous territory. Art, toys, anime, comics, costumes, video games, books, apparel and even furniture made for storing your collectibles are all available for a price.
This year, two new consoles are on the horizon and Capcom previewed games for the PS4 and XBox One. Nintendo had playable previews of the new 3D Legend of Zelda adventure that is the long-awaited successor to the 1992 Super Nintendo classic, and the new Donkey Kong Country game for Wii U arrives in February 2014.
Mattel played on all things retro with an exact replica of the hover board from Back To The Future Part II (editor’s note: we think Telfar already has one) that was made available once again to consumers. The 1966 Batman TV series action figures brought back fond memories, and an elaborate Masters Of The Universe series played on the original designs from the ’80s line of toys but this time were crafted with a little more style.
Square Enix previewed new Robocop figures which will tie into the upcoming remake, although the original design trumps the new look in the cool department. Kid Robot showed off new Simpsons figures, and convention favorite Kotobukiya debuted new designs for 2014 with highly detailed additions to its DC, Marvel and Star Wars lines.
Bandai Tamashii Nations featured a Daft Punk action figure play set that featured the robot duo in a very familiar pyramid. Super Alloy teased collectors with the diecast Iron Man figures (1/16 scale and only several hundreds of dollars each, including an absolutely stunning Iron Monger. All coming 2014).
Nickelodeon displayed a museum-quality display of the last 25 years of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures showcasing the excessive amount of variables released. Another big thrill for fans — although this was definitely not for sale — was a display featuring actual Superman costumes seen on screen since Christopher Reeve first donned the cape in 1978 all the way through to the latest Man Of Steel variations.
Photography by Andrew Boyle