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The fall is usually about crisp wind, falling leaves, and the annual October assemblage of geeks for New York Comic Con at the Javits Center in New York City. And although the con has officially been transitioned from an in-person event to the virtual New York Comic Con Metaverse online event, fans can still watch the virtual panels and shop the virtual vendors from Oct. 8-11, 2020.
How does that work with the collectibles? Aren't NYCC exclusives usually only accessible with a badge? Correct, when it was an in-person event. Now, New York Comic Con Metaverse is available to everyone, and the collectibles you usually had to stand in line to purchase will be available online only. Some are first-come, first-serve. And others, like the uber-sought-after Funko exclusives, will have their own Virtual Con IV with specific rules for how to be eligible for their lottery.
If you want to avoid disappointment, planning is going to be key. Each retailer has their own system of making their exclusives available, featuring early pre-order memberships, virtual queues, sign-up placements, and more. Make sure you read the fine print for each company's system, because just like the in-person cons, access to the goodies is not one-size-fits-all.
To help you plan accordingly, SYFY WIRE has collected some of the exclusives we're most excited about, below. And we'll continue updating the list all the way up to the start of New York Comic Con Metaverse on Oct. 8.
**Updated October 9, 2020**
Super7 Stay@Home Con
Super7 returns to NYCC with their Still-at-Home-Virtual Con featuring exclusives for Transformers, SpongeBob SquarePants (including old school Krabby Patty pint glasses) and Garbage Pail Kids. Pre-orders can be made directly at their site.
Not exactly a show exclusive, but Mattel announced on October 9th that the classic Catle Grayskull is coming back for fans of He-Man. To celebrate He-Man’s 38th birthday, the reimagined design captures the mystique and excitement of the original playset from the 80s, featuring a working mouth drawbridge, trap door, the throne room, a working elevator, and laser cannons, and more for every adventure in Eternia. It fits the scale of all 5.5-inch Origins figures and comes with an exclusive Origins line Sorceress figure. It's available for pre-order at Wal-Mart starting today.
Kidrobot has an exclusive slate of designer figures available for pre-order now including a translucent Patrick Starfish from SpongeBob SquarePants, and new Hello Kitty figures. Only available while supplies last.
Arguably some of the exclusives that collectors are most ardent about acquiring, Funko Virtual Con IV has revealed their NYCC 2020 exclusives and their shared retail partners. They have very specific rules on how to apply for eligibility, or when retailer exclusives will be available, so read ahead of time to be ready.
Hallmark Pop Minded
Just like SDCC@Home, NYCC 2020 will be the exclusive home for the last of the 2020 exclusives from Hallmark's Pop Minded convention items. Direct purchase of each item is available beginning on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 11AM CDT from their website direct links here.
Entertainment Earth is the exclusive home for several different collectible vendors including Monogram pins, Funko, Bioware, and more.
Diamond Select Toys
DST have five NYCC 2020 exclusives including the Marvel Gallery Diorama of Lady Deadpool, Godzilla Vinimates Fire Rodan (shown up top), Marvel Comic Gallery Venom Glow-in-the-Dark, Marvel Comic Gallery Jubilee, and the Rocketeer Vinimates Rocketeer Noir. All are available now at the DST website.
The premium handbag and backpack company have an Entertainment Earth Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary backpack. It's available now for pre-order.
If you are a fan of limited run, designer collectibles, DKE Toys is holding their own exclusives #DKECON live virtual event. The online store will go live with all of the new NYCC editions on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. PT, and will remain open for the duration of the show.
Like they did for SDCC Comic-Con@Home, Sideshow is holding its own virtual con during NYCC 2020 at their corporate website, which requires registration to see the whole exclusives line-up and distribution items from Hot Toys. And they have their own swag bundle featuring a shirt, exclusive pins, and more.