SDCC 2012 floor roundup

As July gives way to August, Comic-Con fades further into the rear-view mirror and the memories must be shared before they become just a fuzzy amalgamation of bright colors and assorted cartoon characters. We’ve already written about The Venture Bros. panel and the Dethklok show on the Midway, but I wanted to share some of my other experiences in and around the exhibit hall.

As usual, there were many random entertaining displays in and around the convention center area. Just walking around the Gaslamp one might encounter Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge, a Frankenweenie tent featuring a garden of deadly plants, a zombie escaped from Petco Park, or pedicabs styled as chariots representing Once Upon a Time. Inside the exhibit hall were displays featuring Castle Grayskull, a trio of trolls from The Hobbit, all 7 Iron Man armor suits from the films, and James Bond’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage (Series 2) from 1987’s The Living Daylights.

My favorite display was located outside, on the lawn in front of the Hilton Bayfront, and consisted of all the Batmobiles from every Batman film:

Left-to-right & top-to-bottom: Adam West Batmobile from 1960s “Batman” TV show & film, Michael Keaton Batmobile from “Batman” (1989) & “Batman Begins” (1992), Val Kilmer Batmobile from “Batman Forever” (1995), George Clooney Batmobile from “Batman & Robin” (1997), Christian Bale “Tumbler” Batmobile from “Batman Begins” (2005) & “The Dark Knight” (2008), Tumbler from “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012)

Then, of course, there were the cosplayers. In addition to the many Lady Lokis, here are a few of my favorites spotted amongst the throngs:

L to R: Viserys & Daenerys Targaryen, Galactus (note tiny herald off of left shoulder), Zatanna & green power ring-endowed Green Arrow, Sally & Richard Impossible with Dr. Venture

A Doctor-ific group of Whovians

We had some additional fun at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge inside the Marriott next door, where Xtine tried out Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance while dozens of fans lined up to meet the voice of Mario. We also witnessed a dance floor of nerds, gamers, cosplayers, and kids dancing along to “Rock Lobster” as they tried out Just Dance 4. It was a room of pure enjoyment, complete with bean bag chairs and a celebration of Kirby‘s 20th anniversary.

That’s all I can remember for now. Tomorrow I’ll wrap up my ‘Con coverage with a Zelda orchestra concert, a VB signing, and catching up with Spider-Man.

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