San Diego Comic-Con began as a way for comic book professionals to meet their fans, but it’s grown so much bigger than that. Comic-Con film exclusives are everywhere, with trailer debuts and casting reveals that take up much more space than any comic book will. And this year hundreds of thousands of people will be in Southern California to witness all the biggest news about upcoming movies from beloved franchises like Star Trek, Star Wars, and Power Rangers. And outside of all the revealing panels and trailers, booths on the show floor will be stuffed with Comic-Con film exclusives that’ll be the talk of SDCC 2016.
And so, as 2016’s Comic-Con International approaches, Fandom is highlighting some of the best exclusives SDCC retailers have to offer. After covering the best exclusive toys at Comic-Con, the best video game exclusives, and the best comic book exclusives, it’s time for a look at the best film exclusives to be found in San Diego later this week.
Gentle Giant’s Star Wars Statues
Gentle Giant’s goods aren’t the cheapest at Comic-Con, but you know you’re getting quality geeky goods when you visit their booth, and that’ll be the same this year. Gentle Giant’s 2016 slate of statues and replicas includes a fantastically cartoony Rocket Racoon, as well as perfect recreations of the Super Powers action figures of the 1980s, but the best items are saved for Star Wars. Captain Phasma might not have had much onscreen exposure in The Force Awakens, but she’s making up for that with Gentle Giant’s killer 1:6 scale bust. It’ll cost you $120 and looks like it’s worth every penny.
Entertainment Earth’s The Joker Jack-In-The-Box
Entertainment Earth is no slouch when it comes to film exclusives at Comic-Con, and they’re known for very unique takes on traditional geeky merchandise, as you’ll see in its 2016 offerings. Entertainment Earth’s Comic-Con exclusives include a premium C-3PO figure with his new red arm, Bobble Heads of Kirk and Spock fighting, and an exclusive dancing Groot figure. And for fans of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Heath Ledger’s legendary performance as The Joker, Entertainment Earth’s best offering is easily The Dark Knight Joker Jack in the Box. Only 3000 of the limited edition piece will be at SDCC 2016, so you’ll want to line up early at their booth for this one.
Monogram’s Harry Potter Mug
The final books and films for Harry Potter came out years ago, but thanks to the upcoming Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and upcoming stage plays, J.K. Rowling’s world of wizards is a hot all over again, as you can tell by some of the great exclusive items to be found at Comic-Con. Monogram International will have many great looking goods at SDCC, including some rocking keychains for Marvel, Kingdom Hearts, and Suicide Squad, but this mug in the shape of Harry’s loyal owl Hedwig is the cream of the crop. The late owl has rarely looked more stately than as this drink container.
Factory Entertainment’s Back to the Future Keychain
2015 was the year for Back to the Future with just about every talk show and convention celebrating the fateful year where Marty McFly was attacked by a Jaws hologram. But even if that’s in the past, we can still celebrate. Factory Entertainment is doing just that with the Comic-Con film exclusive of Back to the Future‘s Time Circuit set for the very day of SDCC 2016. This cute keychain will only cost you $12, but it’s limited to 500 pieces, so you’ll want to hop on your hoverboard and rush over early.
EFX’s Captain America and Darth Vader Replicas
Let’s end this list with a dual spotlight on a couple of impressive replicas from EFX Collectibles. These are costly, but you’re paying for the slick quality of this 1:6 sized replica of Captain America’s shield as seen in this summer’s Civil War. Though if you really saved your pennies for Comic-Con, EFX’s almost $400 replica of Darth Vader’s helmet has some awe-inspiring detail. It’s accurate to Vader’s 1977 model right down to the wear on the neck and tusk coloring, making this a must for Star Wars fans with discerning eyes.