Collector's guide to 2008 San Diego Comic Con exclusives

The San Diego Comic Con is the largest pop culture event of its kind in the country, attracting hundreds of thousands of people. The event attracts celebrities promoting their latest projects, comic book companies, and a number of collectibles companies. Over the past few years, a number of companies began offering exclusive products to Con attendees. These products, which included comic books, action figures, mini-busts and other items, are highly sought after.
Many of these items sold out at Comic Con, while a few were still available afterward, often direct from the company's website. Those that did sell out are available on the secondary market and on sites like ebay.

Following is a list of known exclusives offered at Comic Con, sorted by the company that offered it. Where available, the item's cost at Comic Con, as well as the number produced, is included. Chances are, if you must buy the item on the secondary market, the price will be higher.

ACME ARCHIVES LIMITED
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Yoda Character Key
From the new Clone Wars movie
Cost: $35
Production run of 750

ACTION FIGURE EXPRESS
Spirit of Obi Wan Kenobi Bobble Head
Blue "ghost" version
Cost: $15
Limited to 1500

Transformers Teleporting Skywarp Bust
Hand numbered base and COA
Production run of 400

Transformers Tundercracker Bust
Hand numbered base and COA
Production run of 400

Gamma Glow Hulk Wacky Wobbler
Glow in the Dark Wobbler
Cost: $15
Limited to 1500

Iron Man Mark II Armor Wacky Wobbler
Features silver armor
Cost: $15
Limited to 1500

Iron Man Minimates "Through the Ages" Box Set
Includes Iron Man Mark III Armor, Iron Man Mark VI Armor, Iron Man Modular Armor, Tony Stark
Cost: $16
Production run of 3000

APPLEHEAD FACTORY
Tofu the Vegan Zombie (White Version) Vinyl Figure
Variant all-white version
Cost: $35
Limited to 150

AVATAR PRESS
Anna Mercury #1 Comic Book
Exclusive Cover by Facundo Percio
Cost: $5
Limited to 1500

Crossed Sketchbook
Features art by Jacen Burrows
Cost: $5
Limited to 1,500

Night of the Living Dead Annual #1 Comic Book
New Edison George cover
Cost: $5
Production run of 1,000

No Hero #0 Comic Book
Exclusive cover by Juan Jose Ryp
Cost: $2
Production run of 5,000

No Hero Sketchbook
16 page sketchbook by Juan Jose Ryp
Cost: $5
Production run of 1,500

Wolfskin Annual #1 Comic Book
Exclusive Edition
Cost: $5
Limited to 1,000

Night of the Living Dead Art Print
Art by Matt Busch
Cost: $20
Limited to 250 copies

CALIFORNIA BROWNCOATS
Serenity "Better Days" #1 Exclusive
Variant Cover
Cost: $10
Production run of 5,000 copies

CAPCOM
Street Fighter IV Chun Li Resin Statue
10 inches tall
Cost: $100
Production run of 700

Street Fighter IV Chun Li Mini Statuette
4 inches tall
Cost: $10
Production run of 3,000

CINEQUEST.COM
"Blue" Veronica Mars Minibust
Alternate color from retail version
Limited to 100 copies

"Brown Eyes" John Winchester Supernatural Minibust
Different eye color from "yellow eyes" regular version
Production run of 100

"Sawed Off" Dean Winchester Supernatural Minibust
Bust includes shotguns rather than pistols in the regular version
Production run of 100

"Two Guns" Dean Winchester Supernatural Minibust
Bust includes a shot gun and a pistol, rather than two pistols in the regular version
Production run of 100

CRAZY CAT COLLECTIBLES
Marvel Zombies Evolution Print
Signed by Stan Lee and Arthur Suydam
Limited to 300

DARK HORSE COMICS
Domo Yellow Vinyl Figure
8 inch vinyl figure
Cost: $40
Production run of 400

DIAMOND/PREVIEWS
Angel: After the Fall #10 Comic Book
Includes variant cover
Cost: $4
Limited to 2,500 copies

Astonishing X-Men #25 Comic Book
Includes sketch variant cover
Cost: $2.99
Production run of 7,500 copies

Simpsons 3 Inch Qee Set
Includes Bart, Homer, and Bear
Cost: $19.99
Production run of 2,008

Transformers Animated Optimus Prime Bust
Available from various Diamond retailers
Cost: $60
Limited to 750

Holographic Yoda Wacky Wobbler
Clear blue Yoda
Cost: $14.99
Production run of 1,500

Mighty Muggs Peter Parker
With half of a Spidey face
Cost: $20
Production run of 3,008

Wolverine Wacky Wobbler Variant
Has brown uniform
Cost: $14.99
Production run of 1,500

DIAMOND SELECT TOYS
Invaders Minimates Box Set
Includes Captain America, Sub-Mariner, Bucky, and Human Torch
Cost: $15.99
Limited to 5,000 sets

Marvel Select Elektra Skrull Exclusive
Two pack features Elektra as a Skrull and a Skrull Soldier
Cost: $19.99
Limited to 3,000

Battlestar Galactica Valley of Darkness Cylon
Cylon figure features bloody paint job
Production run unknown

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH
Big Lebowski The Dude (Unemployed) Action Figure
8 inch figure comes with a bathrobe and rug
Cost: $35
Production run unknown

Luke Skywalker as Stormtrooper Bobble Head
6 inch plastic wobbler
Cost: $14
Production run of 1,500

Bloody Dexter Bobble Head
Variant bobble has blood splatter; retail version is clean.
Cost: $15
Production run of 1,008

Flash Gordon Action Figure and Alex Ross Sketchbook
Variant figure has white t-shirt
Cost: $20
Production run of 1,000

MMA Champion Randy Couture Action Figure
6 inch figure of "The Natural"
Cost: $20
Limited to 1,000

FOX
Bones Mini Poster
TV show promotional poster passed out to Con attendees
Production run unknown

GENTLE GIANT
30 Days of Night Marlow and Iris "Feeding Frenzy" Action Figures
Each figure includes a base, "bloody" mouse pad and comic book. Random figure packages include an authentic movie prop patch.
Cost: $30 each
Production run unknown

Anakin Skywalker Mini Bust
6.5 inch bust with two lightsabers
Cost: $55
Production run unknown

Fred and George Weasley Mini Busts
Two pack of mini busts
Cost: $90
Production run unknown

Indiana Jones Artifact Crate Paperweights
Crates contain one of three sets: Set #1 includes the Golden Idol and Well of the Souls Tablet, Set #2 includes the Holy Grail and the Sankara Stones, and Set #3 includes the Crystal Skull.
Cost: $35
Production run unknown

Star Wars Kustomz Red Baron TIE Fighter Variant
TIE Fighter Kustomz model with red paint scheme
Cost: $70
Production run unknown

Star Wars Kustomz Camo Speeder Bike Variant
Speeder Bike Kustomz model with camo paint job
Cost: $70
Production run unknown

Tom Bombadil Mini Bust
Lord of the Rings character bust
Cost: $55
Production run unknown

GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
DC Direct Batman 10th Anniversary Action Figure
Figure is enclosed in clamshell book package
Cost: $20
Limited to 6,000

DC Direct Joker 10th Anniversary Action Figure
Figure is enclosed in clamshell book package
Cost: $20
Limited to 2,000

HASBRO TOY SHOP
All items from Hasbro Toy Shop made their debut at Comic Con, and made available online afterward.

G.I. Joe Combat Heroes Snake Eyes and Timber
2 pack of cartoon style G.I. Joe characters
Production run unknown

G.I. Joe Cobra Commander Action Figure (Suit)
Cobra Commander in suit with a podium, available in black suit and a rare blue suit variant
Production run unknown

Mighty Muggs Indiana Jones Fertility Idol
Mighty Mugg with fertility idol paint scheme
Production run unknown

Mighty Muggs Iron Man
Mighty Mugg with metallic paint scheme
Production run unknown

Fin Fang Foom Build-A-Figure Box Set
Includes the following 6" Hulk Legends figures: Son of Hulk, She Hulk, Grey Hulk, King Hulk, The End Hulk, Absorbing Man, Doc Samson, and Wendigo. Each includes a piece of a 15" Fin Fang Foom Figure.
Production run unknown

My Little Pony 2008 Collectors Exclusive
Black Pony with purple tail and mane with superhero paint scheme
Production run unknown

Transformers Nemesis Prime
Grey and black deco Voyager class figure
Production run unknown

Transformers TItanium Series Skywarp
Transformers figure made of die casr metal
Production run unknown

Star Wars "Disturbance in the Force" Set
Includes Darth Vader figure with Emperor hologram
Production run unknown

Mighty Muggs Commander Gree
Mighty Mugg Star Wars Character
Production run unknown

IDW PUBLISHING
"Welcome to Hoxford" Ashcan
16 page story by artist Ben Templesmith
Cover price $10
Production run 1,000

"Angora Napkin" promo ashcan
48 page comic by Troy Little
Cover price: Free
Production run: 1,000

Blue Dream Studios "All Ages" Super Ashcan
Saturday morning cartoon-style comic from Scott Christian Sava
Cover price: Free
Production run: 1,000

Darwyn Cooke's Special Project signature cards
Three different signature cards signed by Darwyn Cooke
Cost: Free
Production run of 250

Locke and Key slipcase
Slipcase sets containing issues of the comic "Locke and Key." Slipcase #1 includes issues 1 - 3 and slipcase 2 contains issues 4 - 6.
Cover price: $15
Limited to 1,000

Spike: After the Fall #1 Variant Cover Comic Book
IDW comic book features an exclusive vellum cover.
Cover Price: $5
Limited to 2,000 copies

World War Robot Variant Cover Comic Book
12' X 12' 48 page IDW comic book includes exclusive cover
Cover price: $11.99
Limited to 300 copies

World War Robot Poster
24' X 36' painted artwork poster
Price: $10
Limited to 500 copies

Zombies vs. Robots Statue
14 inch Warbot Bertie statue/toy variation
Cost: $350
Limited to 100

KRIDANA
Hanuman "Flame" Variant Action Figure
Paint variant includes Michael Turner cover comic book
Limited to 1,200

LEGO
Indiana Jones Exclusive Set
Includes Indiana Jones in jeep with jungle playset
Limited to 500

Star Wars Hailfire Droid and Spider Droid Set
Includes clone troopers
Limited to 1200

LEVEL 27 CLOTHING
Gold Daniel the Turtle Vinyl Figure
5 inch soft vinyl figure
Cost: $20
Production run of 200

MAD BEANZ
Mad Beanz! Blurpo Limited Edition Statue
Blurpo 7 inch figure, individually hand numbered
Cost: $25
Production run of 50

MATTEL
Batman Vehicle Three Pack
Includes the 1960's TV Batmobile, the Batcycle, and the Batgirl Cycle, all in 1:50 scale.
Cost: $30
Production run of 7,000

Cars Lightning Storm Lightning McQueen
New paint scheme with missiles, wings and rockets
Cost: $15
Production run unknown

DC Universe Classics Lobo
Figure includes 3D packaging
Cost: $25
Production run unknown

DC Universe Justice League Unlimited Giganta
Includes both 4 inch and 8 inch versions
Cost: $20
Production run unknown

Masters of the Universe Classics King Grayskull
Includes Castle Grayskull packaging
Cost: $30
Production run unknown

MEZCO
"Heroes" Future Hiro Action Figure
7 inch figure
Production run unknown

The Goonies Sloth 1:6 Figure
12 inch figure includes cloth coat and many accessories
Production run unknown

The Warriors Red Faced Fury Action Figure
9 inch figure with 40 points of articulation, real cloth clothing, baseball bat, and stand
Production run unknown

Hellboy 3.75 Inch Action Figure
Small scale figure from Hellboy II
Production run unknown

Locker Room Hellboy Action Figure
7 inch figure from Hellboy II includes "Right Hand of Doom" keychain
Production run unknown

Living Dead Dolls Resurrection: The Second Coming Dolls
Variant versions of Sadie, Lou Sapphire, Lilith, and Lulu dolls
Production run unknown

MINDZEYE STUDIOS
Hellboy Midnight Bronze Statue
Dark bronze statue is signed and numbered
Price: $125
Limited to 50 copies

MCFARLANE TOYS
Halo 3 Figure Set
Includes clear Active Camouflage Spartan Soldier and EVA "Hellspartan" Spartan Soldier
Could be purchased online only with code obtained at Comic Con
Cost: $30
Production run unknown

MONOGRAM
Miniature Alliance Secret Wars PVC Figurine Set: Spider-Man & Hulk
Anniversary edition 2 figure set, includes comic cover background
Cost: $20
Production run unknown

Metal Figurines: Spider-Man and Hulk
4 inch figurines with a bronze finish
Hulk Cost: $40
Spider-Man cost: $35
Limited to 200 copies each

Pirates of the Caribbean Skull Bronze Paperweight
Skull Bronze Paperweight
Cost: $15
Limited to 250

Clear Hulk Resin Bust Paperweight
Featuring hand-painted accents
Cost: $20
Production run unknown

Marvel Miniature Alliance Metallic Figure Set
Set of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Venom, Wolverine, and Captain America figurines with metallic paint jobs
Cost: $25
Production run unknown

MR TOAST
Vampire Toast Plush Toy
7 inch plush of Mr. Toast with red and black cape and fangs
Cost: $10
Production run of 1,000

NBC UNIVERSAL
Battlestar Galactica Frakkin' Cylon Toaster
Toaster brands a Cylon image onto bread
Cost: $75
Limited to 1,000

Heroes Glow in the Dark Watch
Features Helix symbol, comes in a case with Heroes logo
Cost: $50
Limited to 500

Heroes Hiro/Future Hiro Bobblehead
2 headed, 2 sided bobblehead
Cost: $30
Production run unknown

Heroes Sylar Action Figure
Sylar Figure with painting
Cost: $30
Limited to 2,500

The Office Dwight Schrute Bobblehead
Wears a shirt that says "Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica."
Cost: $20
Limited to 5,000

Battlestar Galactica "Last Supper" Poster
24 X 36 poster features cast
Cost: $15
Production run unknown

Battlestar Galactica Pewter Ships
Includes Cylon Raider, Galactica, and Viper 3 inch pewter models
Cost: $15 each
Production run unknown

The Office T Shirts
2 designs: "Dunderhead" and "That's What She Said"
Price: $20
Production run on "That's What She Said" Shirt: 576
Production run on "Dunderhead" shirt: unknown

Battlestar Galactica "I Heart Toasters" T-shirt
Black t-shirt
Cost: $24
Production run unknown

Eureka Color-Changing Tumbler
Features a picture of the cast
Cost: $25
Production run unknown

Eureka "Global Dynamics" T-shirt
Black tee with Global Dynamics and Eureka logos
Cost: $24
Production run unknown

Heroes: Villains T-shirt
Includes bloody phrase: "Expect Casualties"
Cost: $24
Production run unknown

Heroes Sylar Trading Card Shirt
Features artwork from the Topps Heroes Card Set
Cost: $24
Production run unknown

30 Rock T-shirt
Features "Sabor de Soledad" logo
Cost: $24
Production run unknown

The Office "Free Ryan" T-shirt
Blue shirt features Ryan
Cost: $24
Production run unknown

NECA
AVP: Requiem Half-Stealth Predator Action Figure
7 inch figure is half clear, half painted
Cost: $20
Production run unknown

Conan the Barbarian Bronze Finish Action Figure
7 inch "bronze finish" figure features likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger for the first time ever
Cost: $20
Production run unknown

Gears of War Carmine Action Figure
7 inch figure
Cost: $20
Production run unknown

Mason Auto Repair T-shirt
Watchmen T-shirt
Cost: $30
Production run unknown

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Black and White Box Set
Includes all four turtles on a base with black and white paint scheme
Cost: $50
Production run of 500

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mouser Action Figure 3-pack
Includes a "street" base
Production run unknown

PEANUTS
Lanyards
Includes 1954 comic art of Snoopy and Charlie Brown
Cost: $3
Production run of 500

Peanuts T-shirts
Three different designs: Lucy (women's T), Linus (men's T), and Snoopy (unisex T)
Cost: $22
Production run 300 each

SCOTT EDER GALLERY
Bambalad Print
24 X 36 silkscreen print by Ashley Wodd
Cost: $75
Limited run of 50

SHOCKER TOYS LLP
Metalocalypse Figure Sets
Features five figures and a secret pack in
Cost: $80
Limited to 500

The Maxx Vinyl Figure
Sculpted by Ricky K. Y. Lam
Cost: $30
Limited to 500

Zombie MC Chris Mini Statue
Special zombie variant statue
Cost: $50
Limited to 500

SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES
Aayla Secura 12 inch figure
Star Wars doll limited to 3,000
Cost: $64.99
Production run of 3,000

Iron Man Helmet
1:4 scale silver helmet, individually numbered
Cost: $39.99
Limited to 2,000

Shadow Guard VCD
Star Wars Black Royal Guard VCD
Cost: $59.99
Limited to 600

Skeleton Jack Cosbaby
Based on "Pirates of the Caribbean"
Cost: $7
Limited to 1,000

SOTA TOYS
Dark Dhalsim and E. Honda Figure Set
Street Fighter Variant E. Honda in black outfit and Dhalsim in dark grey
Cost: $30
Production run of 500

Turbo Sagat Statue
12 inch statue in variant blue and red paint scheme
Cost: $100
Limited to 100

Zangief and R. Mika Figure Set
Street Fighter Variant Zangief in green outfit and R. Mika in pink outfit
Cost: $30
Limited to 500

STOLLEART STUDIO
Tricycle Terror Mono Figure
5 inch resin figure
Cost: $55
Production run of 50

TAOS TOYS
Blue Dhalsim Action Figure
Features variant blue paint scheme
Limited to 1,500

THORDARSON WANDS
The Guilded Phoenix Wand
17 inch maple wand
Limited to 1,000

TOY ROCKET
Halo 3 Red Spartan Bobblehead
Funko bobblehead
Cost: $15
Limited to 1,500

TOY TOKYO
Bode Broad LA Version Doll
Designed by Mark Bodes
Production run unknown

Barack Obama Action Figure
Variant version
Cost: $20
Limited to 200

Ron English "Supersizeme" Glitter Figures
Mid-size figures come in gold and silver
Limited to 50

The Residents Figures
World release at Comic Con
Cost: $40

Tokidoki Geisha Girl
Tokyoplatic figurine
Cost: $40
Production run unknown

TOYNAMI
Shitama-Kun & Konta Vinyl Figures
Vinyl figures
Cost: $40
Limited to 200

Futurama Robot Santa and Santa Bender Two Pack
Figure box set
Cost: $50
Production run of 2,000

RX-78-2 "Ver. Ka" Figure
Gundam Fix Configuration "clear" figure
Cost: $30
Limited to 1,000

Skelanimals: Cute as Hell Jack
Red Skelanimal
Cost: $30
Limited to 500

GX-06G1 Metallic Version Getter Figure
"Soul of Chogokin" die-cast metal figure with variant metal paint scheme
Cost: $60
Limited to 500

UNDERGROUND TOYS
Dr. Who: Ninth Doctor in Green Shirt
Variant figure paint
Cost: $20
Production run of 3,000

Dr. Who: Time Crash Doctors Twin Set
Fifth and Tenth Doctors Set
Cost: $35
Limited to 3,500

UPPER DECK
Vindicator Hodoon World of Warcraft Miniature
Draenei Paladin preview version
Cost: $6
Production run of 1,000

Sources: Comic Con International, NBC Universal, Sideshow Toys, Cinequest.com

Victor Medina is a freelance writer based in Dallas. He is the editor of several websites, and his writing credits include The Dallas Morning News, Yahoo News, Cinelinx.com and SportsIllustrated.com. He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. You can follow him on his blog, VictorMedina.com or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at vic@victormedina.com.

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