San Diego Comic-Con opened its floor for preview night Wednesday revealing rows upon rows of oddities, art and swag. But how does one distinguish between the treasures and the trash? Is it worth sacrificing an hour of your life just to stand inside a giant pineapple from the animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants?” We’re here to answer these pressing questions for you.
Together we combed through the body pillows, DVDs and limited edition enamel pins to bring you the most interesting and innovative things hiding inside the massive convention hall. This is your guide to the Comic-Con floor.
SpongeBob’s house — Nickelodeon
If you’ve ever wanted to visit SpongeBob’s pineapple under the sea, you’re in luck. At this life-sized version of SpongeBob’s house, you control the way characters move with your own actions. Those looking for more ’90s Nicktoons nostalgia can also check out Helga Pataki’s shrine to her beloved football head (a.k.a. Arnold) from “Hey Arnold!”
“Legend of Korra” statue — Mondo
A Korrasami statue that tells the story of what happened right after “Legend of Korra” ended. Looks like Korra and Asami, who walked off into the Spirit World hand in hand in the last moment of the series, are enjoying the honeymoon phase of their newfound relationship. Among Mondo’s other fun offerings are an amazing “Alien” tiki mug and Marvel-themed enamel pins galore.
“Doctor Who” rainbow TARDIS gear — BBC America
Add some color to your “Doctor Who” wardrobe and maybe find out what’s at the end of the rainbow. Plus, what better way to celebrate “Doctor Who’s” first openly gay companion, Bill?
Retro-style “Star Wars” figures — Gentle Giant Ltd.
Why mess with a classic?
Everything “Saga” — Image Comics/Skybound
How many ways can you own “Saga’s” Lying Cat? At least three ways (statue, figure and pin). Unfortunately, these versions do not actually point out when a person is lying so you’ll still have to do your own fact checking regardless of how many pins you buy. Also, what “Saga” collection would be complete without a plush of Ghüs, the cutest side character in the comics’ history?
Giant Lockjaw — Marvel
Lockjaw, Marvel’s giant bulldog-like creature with the power to teleport, is about to become a household name. Partly because he’ll be appearing in the upcoming “Inhumans” TV series, but mostly because the plush version of the character is beyond adorable. And if you think the life-sized version is cute, you should check out the smaller plushes that are actually for sale.
Wonder Woman statue — Sideshow Collectibles
Behold: Wonder Woman in all her Amazonian glory. In statue form.
“Scott Pilgrim” game — Oni Press
Fans won’t find a brand new “Scott Pilgrim” comic at SDCC but you can find this limited exclusive version of Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card game.
The Night King mask — Composite Effects
This is perhaps the closest most fans will get to coming face-to-face with the Night King. Don’t worry, you won’t need any Valyrian steel to keep yourself safe from this super realistic silicone mask.
“Love is Love” — IDW
A compilation of short comics and art pieces in response to the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016. Writers, artists and comedians such as Damon Lindelof, Phil Jimenez, Patton Oswalt and Patty Jenkins all contributed to this collaboration (published by DC and IDW).
Vintage Movie Posters — Reel Art
In a nod to the recently passed George Romero, Reel Art is selling a “Creepshow” Mondo print and a few originals at their booth. And not to be outdone, they also exhumed "The Creature from the Black Lagoon” for fans of the movie that may have inspired Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” whose trailer dropped yesterday.
Wonder Woman’s First Comic Book Appearance — Heritage Auctions
The comic that Wonder Woman made her debut in is being sold for a reasonable $75,000. This price might be inflated thanks to the recent success of the Warner Bros. live action film. And while Diana Prince (a.k.a. Wonder Woman) may not be on the cover, her short story in this comic showcases an origin story that has followed her for 76 years.
Disney Vinyl — Disney Music Emporium
Don’t be the last millennial on your block without a Disney score on vinyl. Just make sure when you purchase the record that you remind everyone that this album is on vinyl, thus making the sound warmer or whatever it is folks that collect records nowadays claim. We tip our hats to the lovely optical illusion created by Captain America’s spinning shield.
Outlander — Starz
Do you like free T-shirts and actors with questionable Scottish accents who are paid to be nice to you? Then look no further, because the Starz booth is here to please. Surrounded by delightful gents with giant mallets, the “Outlander” spot in the convention hall is a nice bit of fun wedged between sparring superheroes and the undead.