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Quint at Comic-Con's Preview Night! Pics of Alien, The Walking Dead, Tron, Thor, Battle: LA, Wind In The Willows and More!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. While my night started off with disappointment (I’m dying to get my hands on this sweet-ass Tron CC Exclusive and even though I was in the Hall 2 minutes after the door opened the line to buy it was already capped. I ain’t asking for sympathy, just telling you why I cried a little bit in public while complaining it was dust in my eye or something) I ended up having a fun night. I will say I long for the days when preview night used to really be a preview night, not a full on start to the Con. The halls were as jam packed as they’ll be on Friday and Saturday, making it impossible to even pick up the new and final Scott Pilgrim book at the Oni Booth. The line was easily 40 people deep to just buy the book that came out the day before. Nuts. Before I get into a ton of pics from the floor, I want to share with you a picture my faithful Kraken took earlier in the day as the upcoming “Scott Pilgrim Experience” was being assembled. Eventually this will have a few stations, manned off and on by the film’s stars, that will showcase the Scott Pilgrim video game, a free live T-shirt silkscreening and DJs spinning. When I saw it things were still in pieces and I thought this was a fun picture, especially since most you’ll see will be of this area fully assembled.

First up from Preview Night is Fox’s awesome set-up advertising the Alien Anthology Blu-Ray (available for online preorder here. Not only did they have the suspended animation pods from the Nostromo (manned by Weyland-Yutani employees… don’t trust ‘em!), but they were giving away t-shirts that said “Need a Hug?” on the front. You lift up the shirt and cover your face with it, like a toddler and there’s a face-hugger on the inside of the shirt. Pretty rad… almost as rad as the kick-ass limited edition packaging. Check out the set-up the egg-packaging below:

It was around this time that I was joined by the lovely Erin McCarthy, a writer for Popular Mechanics and hopefully one day my future bride. I had the pleasure of escorting her around the Hall and even saw her get in a lightsaber duel with JoBlo’s Scarlet Scribe while the guys filming the Comic-Con doc Big Red is producing recorded it for posterity. The first thing our rag tag group took in was Weta’s booth, filled with The Wind In The Willows and District 9 goodies. Holy God I want the Christopher maquette! Check out the Weta goodies below:

Next up I gotta talk a bit about the Walking Death booth, which was a recreation of a household under zombie attack. They even had screens turned vertical displaying zombies walking up to the windows while the Pa and Ma corpses were kicking back. Love it! I also like the banner above the booth that shows the Charlie Adlard art that the photoshopped group shot is emulating.

Marvel’s booth has Odin’s throne in all it’s epic golden glory. Look at them doors… sure looks like they could open to reveal something don’t they?

Stan Winston’s colleagues had a booth showing off some of his work as well as a school being set up in Stan’s honor. If I’m not mistaken it’s going to be a practical effects educational DVD set as well. I’ll try to dig up some more info on this later in the Con. Here’s a pic of their way too small booth:

Legendary pictures had a little something to show off, too, including a pretty awesome prop from a little movie with some discussion surrounding it right now called Inception.

Also can’t go wrong with a life-sized Ecto 1 with flashing lights going off at the Mattel booth.

And here’s a banner for Battle: Los Angeles:

And a creepy suit from Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch:

A quick stop by the Neca booth and we have a few pictures of the Predators figures and the Danny Trejo Machete prototype:

And then Kraken took this picture and dared me to include it. I ain’t no coward! Guess who!

Gentle Giant have a few really cool exclusives this year, including a Ralph McQuarrie Darth Vader mini-bust and two awesome, awesome Pan’s Labyrinth mini-busts that I have zero chance of obtaining due to my crazy schedule and their even crazier limited quantities. They also have some Avatar busts on display that I thought were just okay…

Until the light flicked off….

Pretty cool. But not as cool as the Tron booth. Good lord how sweet…

This booth is the one denying me my Tron Arcade exclusive! But they have enough cool shit on display for me to drool over that I forgive them. Among the cool stuff was this large diorama of a fight between two programs:

And then there’s the series of toys with light up digital faces! Nuts!

And that’s it for preview night! Tomorrow brings big panels for Tron, Red, Battle: Los Angeles, The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim! Stay tuned! The rollercoaster’s about to begin! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • July 22, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST


    by Droogie Alex

  • July 22, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST


    by teddy_duchamp

    a quick photoshop mock up to see what the new movie Thor would look like if he had his original costume

  • July 22, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Looks like a lot of cool stuff, but . . .

    by oaser

    I always love the big reveals at ComicCon. I wonder what it will be this year.

  • July 22, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Awesome TRON stuff, Walking Death ;-)

    by ToMonicker


  • July 22, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Ive gotta get down there to buy all these Toys.....

    by LollyBadcocksBatteredClit

    .....So I can pass them straight on to my kids !!!

  • July 22, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    No news about The New ROBOCOP movie by Aronofsky or Merchandise

    by organicstudios

    Harry did you see any new Robocop stuff?

  • July 22, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    shirtless statue=Lautner?

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

  • July 22, 2010, 4:39 a.m. CST


    by RobertoInfiniteTHEMoonLander

    You're a huge nerd.

  • July 22, 2010, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Me Likey

    by templar

  • July 22, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST


    by teddy_duchamp

    Thanks! I take that as a compliment

  • July 22, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    It's been renamed Alien Anthology....

    by Righteous Brother

    which is better than Quadrilogy which isn't even a word and makes on sense. Love those Tron toys though!

  • July 22, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Who buys all those maquettes and stuff?

    by BenBraddock

    How can those companies even break even on some of those things? I mean, how many Danny Trejo maquettes are they gonna sell? I seriously don't get it. Sorry, guess I'm just grumpy today...

  • July 22, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST


    by AlexMurphy

    MGM is fucking bankrupt, dude. There's no chance of a new RoboCop flick until MGM is sold. All we've got at the moment are the shitty comics Dynamite is putting out. <p> I'd kill for a 1/6th scale company to get the license like Hot Toys did, but actually DO SOMETHING with it. Like Officer Murphy, Lewis, fuck, Clarence Boddicker with optional bloody face and Cobra Assault Cannon? I'd buy that for a dollar.

  • July 22, 2010, 5:16 a.m. CST

    The original TRON suit designs...

    by Cervantes

    ...were far better-looking than these new ones they've come up with. Just sayin'<P>Tron Legacy's vehicles look the part though.<P>And the Predator's 'dog' still looks ass in plastic. Always nice to get these Con pics though.

  • July 22, 2010, 5:30 a.m. CST

    westboro baptist church will be there tomorrow

    by brabon300

    dumbasses have never gone up against the geeks

  • July 22, 2010, 5:47 a.m. CST

    AlexMurphy. MGM is not bankrupt it´s a strategic move.

    by organicstudios

    MGM will never die, it´s just a marekint trick.

  • July 22, 2010, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Machete vs Predator. Now that'd be a movie.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • July 22, 2010, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Now THIS is cool news!!!

    by sam jacksons wig

    Love District 9, so the statues are a must for me!! (Will have to locate them because I live 3500 miles away from the Con...)<br><br> Battle LA aroused my curiosity until I vistied the the officia site and saw the "quality" of the actors used for witness testimonials. Hopefully the movie wil not have that Cloverfield vibe and just kick fucking ass!!!<br><br> But the best for me is the Walking Dead shit! Lucky America gets it in October- fuck knows when it will air elsewhere.... still, there's always PirateBay......

  • July 22, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Some cool stuff, but

    by RenoNevada2000

    .. the studios need to bring more things like this to NYCC.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Actually have no idea who THAT upper body belongs to.

    by UrbanSamurai

    But that's a good thing, I guess. Could I identify actors just from their muscles I'd be really worried... At the first look I thought that was the FLUX COMPENSATOR and got ready for some Back To The Future News. Darn!!

  • July 22, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    I do think they simplified the Tron suits too much.

    by Chewtoy

    Not a deal breaker by any measure, but they look like slick motorcycle suits only now... I don't really get a circuitry vibe from them.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    I do think they simplified the Tron suits too much.

    by Chewtoy

    Not a deal breaker by any measure, but they look like slick motorcycle suits only now... I don't really get a circuitry vibe from them.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Is there an online version of that Walking Dead banner?

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    with the photograph of the actors alongside their draw counterparts? I'd like to take a closer look.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    The Walking Dead banner...

    by rjl1138 online here So excited for that show!

  • July 22, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Sick of these bloated, overcrowded cons

    by rev_skarekroe

    I want to find out what the con that's currently underground but about to burst forth is. The next gen version of Comic-Con.<p>It's not Dragon-Con, I can tell you that much.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST


    by rjl1138

    forgot to shortenthat link to the Walking Dead banner

  • July 22, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Torso = Adrien Brody

    by BadlyDubbedPorn

    did I win?

  • July 22, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    where exactly is the Scott Pilgrim exhibit?

    by letsfightinglove

    Horton Plaza?

  • July 22, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by klytusnotdead

    man, to see all those goodies and live.End of line.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Rev Skarkroe

    by teethgnasher

    Kansas City comic-con is a great con. Not over crowded at all. Best con in the south/midwest U.S.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    More about Sucker Punch please

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Hope you guys have saturation-coverage on a project that actually deserves it for a change.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    No dorks in costumes yet? That's the most interesting

    by CreasyBear

    thing about pics from these comic book conventions (guess they're not really comic books anymore, though). Any of you talkbackers used to going hardcore dress-up to these things, and now you're seeing it becoming watered down general marketing? Where are my stormtroopers and Klingons?

  • July 22, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    How do you do it, Quint?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Holy. Mother. Of. God. I know you certainly don't have time to read Talkbacks, but GOOD LORD! In the madness that is Comic Con, I can't believe you had time to take all these pics, let alone find a place to write this up and place all those pics into your story and post it! Thanks for letting us sitting here at home know what Comic Con looks and feels like. I've never been because I can't afford the huge cost of traveling there and hotel accomodations as well everything else you want to spend money on so I count on AICN to take me there. Honestly, I didn't expect a lot of reporting during the show because everybody has too much going on to go back to the room and write. Bravo.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST


    by The Garbage Man

    Do you mean that the statue depicts a shirtless Lautner or that Lautner himself is a shirtless statue? <p>Either way, I agree.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    The Willows characters look scarier than the Aliens

    by FeralAngel

    Those are HORRIBLE looking. Acckk!!! I actually prefer the Disney versions, which I initially thought were too cutesy-poo (Rat with a mustache? Bleah). Put one of those Weta creatures in the garden and your dog will poop elsewhere, I guar-an-tee. As for Tron...really, what is the big deal? The original movie was ass. It's amazing what piece of nostalgic detritus gets embraced by the geeks.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Are there actually any comics in the Con?

    by FeralAngel

    Or is it all just movie shit now? Man, comics lovers/producers have been shoved aside by the movie studios, and they're just taking it. They've been conned and owned, and they love it. Wide streak of denial and masochism there...

  • July 22, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Why is a xenomorph coming out of an egg?

    by HoboCode

    And not a facehugger? Fail.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Or is just wrapped around it for some reason?

    by HoboCode


  • July 22, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by J.B.M.A.

    Ratty is actually an English WATER VOLE (you know - that's why he likes messing about on the river, get it?). If whoever designed these had bothered to check they'd have discovered that our Water Voles are rather cute cuddlesome creatures and not the scarisome bald-tailed type fuckers that these Weta horrors depict.<p> Ignorant fucking dick lickers.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    That's it.

    by Ironhelix

    When I build my first house, the bedroom is going to be a replica of the suspended animation chambers, or "the freezerino", as Brett would have called them.

  • July 22, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by Damned if I can login

    Agreed. I was a member in the late 80's early 90's, and it was about comics back then. It's time for a name change, since it has very little to do with comics now except in a marginal, ancillary way.

  • July 22, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    The torso is Jacob of twilight

    by TheJudger

    I didnt know just for the image alone. The files name gives it away. theres a sex toy company that makes pale skinned twilight inspired dildos that sparkle. So this is not that shocking. The guy who claimed twlight inspired those dildos was fired from the company. I stumbled apon that nugget of info during a surf for a movie trailer unrelated to twilight. I'm kind of pissed that the films saturation level is so advanced that I know shit about it that I really didnt need to know. I will never watch these new new kids on the block crap.

  • July 22, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Wish the D9 statue was fgrom the digital cgi files

    by TheJudger

    and not hand sculpted. I know and understand that it was sculpted by the guy who created the previs sculpts of them. I get the collectable angle for using this choice. Still. I would love to own exactly what I saw in the film. And the only way to get that is to rapid prototype print the cgi models. Theres only 900 of those statues made, they are going for 250 bucks a pop. they will sell out fast.

  • July 22, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by Dingbatty

    Emerald City Comicon. You get the big names without all of the wHollyweird movie bullshit. Added bonus is quite a few comic book creators live around Seattle, so they are here every year, such as Ed Brubaker. Just this year it's finally beginning to get too popular with the mainstream (they had to add a third day for next year) but it is still small enough to enjoy, and there are lulls in the crowds.

  • July 22, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by TheJudger

    Sorry not a Fag, thanks for playing.

  • July 22, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by Canidate_Micheal

    I cannot fucking wait...... Fucking hell!.....I want it I want it I want it NOW!!!!!!!

  • July 22, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    by donkingkong

    Darn some neat stuff wish I could be there.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry...but are there any, um, COMICS at Comic-con?

    by REMcycle

    When did it become a show solely dedicated to shitty movies with awesome trailers?

  • July 22, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Too much Hollywood ? wtf?

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator

    My first comic convention was 1988. The highlight: meeting Walter Koenig. Haven't these things always been crossing pop culture mediums or,at 37, am I not old school enough? See you all Saturday! I'll be the 300lb dude in Wonder Woman Underoos.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Sweet, I love Comic Con

    by Kammich

    I wasn't around in its heyday when it was apparently really fan-driven and much more intimate, so it doesn't bother me that it has become so mainstream. I always look forward to this site's coverage of it, as well as other sites and even G4's tv coverage. its just a geek mecca and there's always at least 2 or 3 legitimately awesome surprises every year.

  • July 24, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    thanks for the pics Quint!

    by Deak the Geek

    living in England I've no chance of being there...these pictures are the next best thing! cheers.