The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

At Comic-Con's preview last night, we were menaced by cave trolls from The Hobbit, tried on cat ears that are controlled by brain waves, and went into a minifig frenzy with The Hulk and My Little Pony. And that was before we saw the live snakes and hoverboards. Whether you're fighting crowds here in San Diego, or are sitting quietly at your desk, we'll help you discover what lurks around every corner on the floor at Comic-Con.

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The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Weta was at the Con with a gorgeous, massive booth topped by a full-size figure of Gandalf and covered in displays of swords and carvings from the ancient lands of men. But the best part was a gigantic display of the three stone trolls from The Hobbit, who loomed over our heads, raising a foot to stamp on people who posed for a picture with them.


The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Just look at the detail in this face.
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor There's even snot running out of this guy's nose!
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Creepy! This movie is going to rule.
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor These statues were so detailed — just check out the texture on the skin here.
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Here they are from behind.
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor And of course, since this is Weta, the artists are sticklers for detail. We couldn't resist doing a quick troll upskirt shot, only to discover extremely dirty underwear and a pretty hefty package there between our troll's legs. Thank you, Weta, for giving us our first-ever glimpse of troll balls.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Bike from Rian Johnson's Looper.
At the Sony booth.


The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Bike from Rian Johnson's Looper.
At the Sony booth.
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Guns from Rian Johnson's Looper.
At the Sony booth.
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Guns from Rian Johnson's Looper.
At the Sony booth.
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Guns from Rian Johnson's Looper.
At the Sony booth.
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Guns from Rian Johnson's Looper.
At the Sony booth.
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Guns from Rian Johnson's Looper.
At the Sony booth.
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Suit from Will Smith's post apocalyptic movie AE.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Suit from Will Smith's post apocalyptic movie AE.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Suit from Will Smith's post apocalyptic movie AE.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Suit from Will Smith's post apocalyptic movie AE.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Suit from Will Smith's post apocalyptic movie AE.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Total Recall flying cars.


The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Superman Man of Steel costume. Note the lack of "S" on the back cape.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Superman Man of Steel costume.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Superman Man of Steel costume.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Superman Man of Steel costume.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Indiana Jones real life snake pit. No seriously, some of those are snakes!
Booth #Booth 2913.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Pacific Rim suits. Legendary Films booth.


The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Pacific Rim suits. Legendary Films booth.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Falling Skies booth.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Mattel Booth.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Colossal, traffic-halting TMNT display from Nickelodeon promoting the new cartoon series (Booth 4113)

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Donatello stares us down at the Nickelodeon booth (Booth 4113)

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

A working Cat Grab display from Adult Swim (Booth 4048)

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Brainwave Controlled Cat Ears! $100.00 per pair.
Booth #407.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Portal Blow Up Turret, $35.00, Booth #123.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Fringe Observer hats. The Fox Booth.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

On that note, let's move over to some My Little Pony action. There was a new collection of adorable minifigs on display that made us and a giant herd of excited boys and girls freak out.


The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Cuuuuuute!
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Adorable!
The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor There is an entire series of wedding figures, but this is the centerpiece. It's the Wedding Castle!

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

At the Mattel booth, we got to see the Back to the Future hoverboard, on sale this fall.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

David Tutwiler's amazing paintings of C3PO and R2D2 made our hearts break. These are at Acme, Booth 5629.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Another Tutwiler painting, also at Acme.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

And here's another gem from Acme, a portrait of the Admiral as he was intended to look. This is part of an incredible series of portraits showing the Star Wars characters done in nineteenth century style. You must see them all, at Acme, Booth 5629.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

There is an amazing collection of Godzilla figures at the S.H. Monster Arts booth. Here, Godzilla fights Mecha Godzilla, with Rodan shooting fire in the background.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Beautiful paintings, tentacle-covered t-shirts, and art nouveau weirdness await you at the Century Guild, Booth 2845. Here, they show off their collection of wax cylinders. Yes, they are actually playing music on that old-school machine. If you want to find a completely unique piece of art, or a t-shirt that looks like a piece of art, you must check out their wares.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Darryl Dixon zombie ear necklace given away to the first 100 people to pre-order Activision's new Walking Dead video game (Booth 5344)

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Scott Pilgrim, Vol 1 Comic-Con Exclusive Evil Ex Color Edition. Oni Press, Booth 1833.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

You can buy the first issue of Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens from writer and artist Meredith Gran, and buy original art from Gran's webcomic Octopus Pie. Dumbrella, Booth 1335.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

This Red Robot thumb drive (which also comes in black) comes preloaded with R. Stevens' Diesel Sweeties ebooks. Dumbrella, Booth 1335.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

These airship badges designate your rank, and also come in the shape of steampunk airships and submarines. Kelly's Heroes, Booth D7.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Grab "Rocket Queen," the limited edition print by Jason Edmiston, at Zerofriends, Booth 5502, where you'll also find monstrous artwork by Alex Pardee.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

History buffs would do well to check out one of Kate Beaton's new calendars for 2013. Drawn & Quarterly, Booth 1629.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Power Rangers, take your photo taken at the foot of the Red Ranger to the far end of the Exhibitor Tables.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

These purring Tribbles are crew-colored, so you can have an Engineering Tribble, a Science Tribble, a Command Tribble. They're limited edition — just 1701 sets were made. Tribble Toys, Booth 934.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

This Brandon Graham t-shirt is one of the story shirts illustrating Neil Gaiman's The Day the Saucers Came. Twenty five percent of the sale of each tee will go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Threadless, Booth 1617.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Even the Hulk wouldn't have the heart to smash a LEGO minifig made out of LEGO bricks.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Take your photo on the actual Iron Man 3 set amongst the Iron Man suits. Just look for the giant Iron Man 3 sign and the giant crowd.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Boba Whatt? Some sort of animatronic creature has taken over Boba Fett's helmet at the Star Wars VI Celebration table.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Dawn M. Schiller's Old Fae necklace.
Booth 4716.


The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor Cthulu Underwear at the all things Cthulu booth. Only $12.00 at Booth #4423.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Lightsaber Lamps at the Massive Star Wars Celebration booth!

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control.
BBC America Booth #3629.


The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Walking Dead's "pose with Michonne" booth.

The Most Sensational Sights (and Best Things to Buy) on the Comic-Con Floor

Star Wars chairs! Giant Death Star bean bag chair ($95) at Camp Planner. Booth # 2913.