First off, a warm thank you to my friend who hooked me up with a badge again this year, and to everyone who hung out with me, I genuinely wouldn’t have had as good a time without y’all. xoxo!
First thing’s first, getting right into the 2017 Figure Scene. For the full gallery of NYCC 2017 photos, hit up my flickr here.
Good Smile continued on their trend of lacking displays and leftover-filled sales menus.
Once upon a time one of their staffers told me anime figures don’t sell well at their booth so they started switching to their comic/game IP figures, but how you explain the current menu is beyond me. While in the past they’ve had amazing displays such as the entire Nendoroid family to date, the Guts and Griffith Max Factory statues, and the TMNT line, we’re now at the point where the cases aren’t even full and not much is really a big debut/reveal.
While Kotobukiya remained at a standard half Western, half Eastern IP display, their booth was right across from WeLoveFine, who had their own GSC display/sale selection directly across from Koto. Bold?
A new challenger approaches: First 4 Figures, making their NYCC debut.
While their booth was small, most of their display was without glass casing which made it muuuuuch better for taking photos of their displays. However, looks like Alucard suffered for it? His hand WAS there at some point.
I hope next year they get a better booth space, but they’ll probably opt for cases too. (The mix of lights from inside/outside the case + sunlight from the front wall of the convention center can make a photo lighting nightmare at times).
Bandai had their usual “ton of figures” but rotating displays are the *other* photo nightmare.
Lastly, there was Pop Culture Shock and Sideshow Collectibles. PCS had their 1/3 scale Sagat + Thai Guardian Statues along with Ibuki and Dhalsim in 1/4 scale. They all looked great and beautifully detailed… but welp, I was so busy looking I forgot to snap photos.
Sideshow… had a lot of Star Wars on display, so their booth was under my interest radar. I’m sorry, I’ve tried but I just can’t get into Star Wars!!
Friday was the one and only figure related panel. Kotobukiya applied for one but was denied, not sure about GSC but I assumed they wouldn’t be having one. So we got… Banpresto, surprisingly. They held their World Figure Colosseum finals during the panel with Christopher Sabat (voice artist) and Vampy Bit Me (pro cosplayer, dressed as Android 18) as guest panelists. Six One Piece sculptors from around the globe went head to head, followed by six DBZ sculptors. The prizes were fan prize of $3000 (I missed the Banpresto booth so I didn’t get to vote) and grand prize of $10,000. Nice! Oda Eiichirou was one of the One Piece judges, double nice!
For the One Piece side, Fan choice went to Bruno Moss’ Shirahoshi.
Grand prize went to Yamaguchi Noriyuki’s Zoro.
DBZ prize went a little differently. Fan prize went to Varoq’s Trunks.
Grand prize… ALSO WENT TO VAROQ LOL. “(Party at) my house!”
Afterwards there was one more prize, although they never said if there was money involved. I wondered if they came up with it because Varoq won two prizes lol. Anyway, it went to Eric Sosa!
They gave everyone two blind box figures on the way in, and they had a raffle at the end for some of their yet-to-be-released color variants. I lost by one digit… but that means one of my friends won :) Bonus, he got it signed by Chris Sabat! Seeing as Chris will be at AnimeNYC doing signings for $25 a pop – my guy, you’re a bigger winner than we thought!
I managed to get a hold of the elusive Jon Gray to hang out for a while. But in order to make myself available without having to ditch a panel in the middle, I missed out on the two (overlapping) panels I wanted to see – Titmouse (a staple for me) and one on styling wigs (this just interests me who has never worn a wig). I asked him for some advice with copic markers and he gave me some basic tips… so I bought some copics to experiment with.
I also bought the last D.Va jacket from the WeLoveFine booth, it wasn’t my size but they told me it runs in juniors sizes so going up 1-2 sizes is recommended. WELP, it was WAY too big for me and I ended up selling it after the con and buying the last one in my size for slightly more coin from a different authorized retailer. Ah well.
Somehow for the past few years Sunday is more congested than Saturday?!
BUT ANYWAY… the time was spent strolling and making last minute splurges. I only went to one panel in the morning for IDW’s Sonic Town Hall. I gotta say for someone who has been a Sonic fan since his debut, and has been part of the fandom, and hell, I still have friends from my active time in the fandom…
SONIC FANS SUPER ANNOYING LOL
Q&A-type panels often annoy me since
– some questions can’t be answered due to legalities/spoilers/etc
– some questions can’t be answered because there (currently) is no answer
and once you weed those out, there is often not much left to ask.
…so you keep asking the same questions from the aforementioned categories, as if an answer will suddenly magically be given.
Add to that, noisy kids and parents not even trying to shut up said noisy kids.
The “Who’s Kenders?” bit was amazing though, A++. Everyone got a Tyson Hesse illustration flyer for attending!
When I got home I finally got to read the full news about Marvel. This was Marvel’s worst NYCC weekend ever since
– they canned their main panel in light of the Vegas massacre (which got swept under the rug anyway)
– they had to cut off their retailer panel early since some old men decided to go off on an anti-(everything) tirade
– and they last-second canned their plan to do a collab comic with a GUN MANUFACTURER
After that last one I thought, they’ll just throw out some new Black Panther teasers to get things flowing in their direction again. GUESS WHAT HAPPENED.
From PulsArt Studios: Kawacy prints. I technically have the 13×9 version of 707 already (a gift from a dear friend) but… this is what being trash is all about. Got the matching Unknown print and the Youjo Senki print… I read some of the manga but it didn’t catch me, but I love Kawacy’s fanart of the series.
From Sure Thing Toys: Finally got my hands on Caster after Crunchyroll failed me royally. Also got Ichinose Futaba – couldn’t say no to that price!
I always forget the name of this booth but I buy hair accessories from them every single year, they’re handmade by the family of the guy who owns the booth. The masks were from another cosplay/accessory booth.
From Jerry’s Artist Outlet: cheap copics and a book to practice in.
Pusheen Summer Box from CultureFly + bonus shirt. One of the items inside the box is a passport case, a gentle reminder that I can’t put off renewing my passport anymore. OTL
Freebies from VIZ booth, Banpresto panel, and IDW.
In upcoming events, AnimeNYC has finally posted their exhibitor list, Artist Alley list and panel list, and we’re looking MUCH better than anticipated all year. The Artist Alley has me most excited by far. The panel list is looking better than anticipated, while the exhibitor floor is looking like a mixed bag. No figure booths outside of Bandai for anyone wondering. Still, for a baby con it’s looking pretty good. I’ll be back with the scoop, of course!