New York Comic Con 2019 Recap

This year’s edition of New York Comic Con I believe is the most crowded it has ever been. Not to say that it is a bad thing at all, but it is something I have observed during my entire week at the show floor. But before I get to my recap, I would like to thank ReedPop for allowing me to cover the show once again. Here is my recap of this year’s New York Comic Con.

New York Comic Con has attendees that come from all over the world. It is always great to see a great mixture of diversity on the show floor whether if they are waiting on the lines to buy an exclusive, a rare comic, or even for a spot at a panel. Speaking of panels, this year’s big panels such as The Walking Dead, 1917, and much more had to be won by a lottery and that is a great change so that way, nobody does not have to form large lines outside of Madison Square Garden, and the Hammerstein Ballroom. Another great change that happened this year is the SyFy Wire main stage panels being broadcasted on the second level before where the press lounge is so that way, whoever could not get a good seat, can now watch their panels on the screens. One thing I need to address is the Funko booth. It has always been in the same location for the last 4 years and I believe that it is time to place it somewhere else. Other than the normal line to enter the booth, there was also a very long line just to enter that line. I hope by the time the new expansion of the Javits Center is finished, that booth can move there in a seperate area so the lines cannot be very congested. I did however, stood in one line and that was the Skybound booth and I meet Robert Kirkman and he signed three issues of The Walking Dead that I own too.

I was only able to go to the artist alley once during the entire weekend and that was Sunday. Even then, it was very crowded and congested but I ran into one of my friends and comic writer and publisher Erica Schultz and we talked about her upcoming work and about the show. She even left a message for me when she signed one of her posters.

Despite the fact that everything in every area was crowded, I had a great time on the main show floor. My press coverage this year has also been great and what I also hope gets changed is the press lounge. I ran into many journalists this year who had the same thoughts that I did and that is, limiting the space for the cosplayers was a bad idea. There were many times that I walked into that area to bump into cosplayers that had their props attached. Don’t get me wrong, the cosplayers looked great with the material they used for their costumes, but it was very congesting for four days. At the press rooms, I interviewed the cast of Emergence, Lincoln, Impulse, Daybreak, and Batmman Beyond. Everything turned out great and you can watch them below.

I also was invited to attend The Walking Dead Whiskey’s The Last Bar offsite and they sold their branded whiskey over there.

While I am on the topic of The Walking Dead, I the panel on that Saturday morning and I loved it. Of all of the panels over the years that involved The Walking Dead, this year was the most noteworthy year for the fans of the series and it felt like christmas for everyone. The final event I had to cover took place at a private Hasbro event that showcases the upcoming Star Wars merchndise line for the fall just in time for Rise of Skywalker to premiere in the movie theaters. These figures look awesome and I want to have my hands on a few of them.

I will return next year at New York Comic Con for more coverage. Also to note, I recorded an episode for my podcast during the weekend and it features Brandon Davis of Comicbook.com, Fred Richani of TSC News, and Naiger of Big Gold Belt. And check out the best cosplay pictures that I have taken.

TWC EPISODE 240-NYCC 2019 SUPER SHOW

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What Have I Learned From The Walking Dead Panel at New York Comic Con 2019

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The Walking Dead held their annual panel this morning at New York Comic Con and the 2019 edition of the panel has given us more news about the entire universe of The Walking Dead than ever before. This panel featured the main show, and the untitled third series of the show as well. Here are my biggest positive takeaways of the entire two hour panel of The Walking Dead at New York Comic Con.

Season 11 Announcement

During the panel, showrunner Angela Kang announced to the world that the show has been renewed for an 11th season. This is excellent news and this also means that we will get new stories as well. The next season will return in the fall and to keep track on this, the 11th season will feature its 150th episode which will most likely be a monumental episode. The show made it to episode 100 on the first episode of season 8.

The Untitled Third Series Trailer and Cast

We have only known a few details of the third series since the announcement earlier this year and we finally got more news about it this week when the photos of the show was released a day before the panel. Today, we finally seen the trailer and got to know more of the cast today as Alexa Mansour, Hal Cumpston, Annet Mahnendru, Nico Tortorella, Nicolas Cantu, and Aliyah Royale took the stage to talk about their roles on the series and their love for the universe of The Walking Dead. The most interesting part of the panel is that the three-ringed emblem we have seen on the CRM helicopter group is also connected with this show and The CRM group’s logo represents three locations as well and we will finally find out more about them since one of the locations is on that show. I asked Scott Gimple about the show back at the SplitScreen Festival and at the time, they were going to begin shooting the following week. Another interesting detail we haver heard today is that the show’s Walkers are called “Empties” and they all told everyone why they are called that. The third series premise is that it is a new generation of survivors that grew up within their gaurded community and now, they begin to explore outside the community. There are also great details that we heard about how the weapons in the show will be used against the walkers, when in the timeline of the original show it will take place, and much more. The third series will debut in the spring of 2020.


The Princess Is Coming!

This announcement caught everyone by surprise today as the news of “The Princess” Juanita Sanchez will come sooner as we thought as she will be played by Paola Lazaro on the second half of the tenth season of The Walking Dead. The Princess was first introduced on issue #171 back in 2017 and she is from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The story here is that Michonne, Eugene, Siddiq, and Magna was traveling to The Commonwealth and on their way, they meet her in Pittsburg. It will be interesting to see how the group will encounter her on the show. Paola has been acting since 2015 with her roles on television shows and movies such as Scenes from the Underground, Dichos, Pimp, and most recently, Lethal Weapon.

The Return of Lauren Cohan

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This news shook the world and was long awaited as we got the return of Lauren Cohan on The Walking Dead. She has not been seen since the beginning of season 9 and the entire universe never forgot about her. Maggie was mentioned a few times in season 9 that she has went with Georgie. Now that Maggie is back, how will she deal with The Whisperers. The way this was revealed is that at the near end of the panel after Danai got her standing ovation, Chris Hardwick called a female on stage that cosplayed as Negan but with a Jason mask. She appeared on stage, and then took off the mask and the crowd erupted! This was a surreal moment to see live and I am happy that I witnessed this.

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SDCC 2019-Fear The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead Press Conference Recap




AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead made their presence known at San Diego Comic Con this year with their Deadquarters offsite, the large walker meetup that weekend, and much more. It is a great time to be a fan of the television series. On the Friday of San Diego Comic Con, AMC premiered the season 10 trailer to the entire world and after that, the panel started and Danai Gurira announced that the upcoming season will be her final one. This news hurts as much as Andrew Lincoln’s departure last year. After the Hall H panel for both shows, the press conferences happened!

The first one was the Fear The Walking Dead press conference as Scott Gimple, Austin Amelio, Lennie James, Alycia-Debnam-Carey, Danay Garcia, Maggie Grace, Karen David, Jenna Elfman, Alexa Nisenson, and Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple, and Executive Producers Andrew Chambliss, and Ian Goldberg. The biggest piece of news that came out of the conference is that Scott Gimple said it himself that the CRM helicopter group has nothing to do with The Commonwealth from the comic book series. The conference was great and I took photos after it ended.

The Walking Dead press conference took place right after Fear ended and cast members Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBribe, Cailey Flemming, Cooper Andrews, Nadia Hilker, Ryan Hurst, Avi Nash, and Eleanor Matsuura along with Scott Gimple, and showrunner Angela Kang took the stage to answer every question that they could about the upcoming season and Danai, in particular, talk extensively about her leaving the show. Another great tibit from the press conference is that former or active military members were also walkers in the past on the show along with amputees as well. Norman Reedus has a very funny line around the twelve minute mark. You will love the conference as you can listen below.

Here are some of the pictures I have taken from the press conference as well.

I always love catching up with the cast every year I cover the press conference. Jeffrey Dean Morgan remembered my halloween costume from last year, Me and Norman talked about Death Stranding, and me and Danai talked about her final season for a bit.

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San Diego Comic Con 2019 Recap

San Diego Comic Con just wrapped up yesterday at the San Diego Convention Center as many attendees from different fandoms attended the show. No joke, over 100,000 people were there and I thought I would be obverwhelmed with going to different vendors, offsites, press rooms, and the panels this year, but I was not as I stretched out my schedule for press coverage this year. I can say that I am happy with my results for 2019 and here are my highlights below.

HALL H

I told myself that I would never go on very long lines and Hall H is an example of that. I believe that this year’s line was much longer than last year’s as it extended all the way to the IMDB boat. Some of the big panel attractions that were showcased this year were Marvel Studios, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Supernatural, etc. We got the most news out of Marvel Studios as the Phase 4 announcements light up the room with a huge reception with announcements such as Black Widow, Doctor Strange, The Eternals, Loki, and the biggest of them all, Shang-Chi, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Blade. It is finally great to see Blade to be added to the MCU as I wanted that for years. DC did not have any panels this year at Hall H, but there was a screening of Batwoman on preview night and soon, you sill read my thoughts of the show. As for the Hall H line itself, it looks very intimidating when you realize that you are looking at the front of the line under the giant tent and it extends way to the back to the point where you cannot see it.

IT: CHAPTER 2 AT THE THEATER

At the theater where the Conan tapings took place during the week of Comic Con, there was a special screening preview of It:Chapter 2. Not only that the entire cast was there, you were able to pick up the exclusive Funko Pops at the end of the viewing. The previews that were shown has made the crowd drop their jaws at every scene that was shown. I honestly cannot wait for the film later this year since I am a fan of the previous film. The entire cast took questions from the fans after the showing and Conan presented the event!

MY INTERVIEWS

My interviews also took place at San Diego Comic Con as I interviewed cast members of Netflix’s The Order. Those included Katherine Isabelle, Sarah Grey, and Louriza Tronco along with executive producers and creator Dennis Heaton and Shelly Eriksen. We all talked about the upcoming second season of the show and it was a blast.

I also interviewed Alison Tolman and Alexa Swinton as we talked about the upcoming ABC series Emergence. I have never interviewed a child before so this was fun to do. And finally, I interviewed cosplayer and make-up artist Meg Wilbur as we talked about her cosplaying as Rogue, her daily routine, the marvel cinematic universe, and much more!

I also attended the press conferences of The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, The Boys, and Dark Crystal, but that will be on a seperate article!

OFFSITES

There were many offistes that happened this year. Although I did not attend many of them, there were a few that I attended. Amazon had their activations this year which showcased The Boys, Carnival Row, and The Expanse. All of them were very fun and what I forgot to mention in my article about the experience is that on preview day at Amazon, Carl’s Jr. had a truck out there and you had 3 options of cheeseburger types along with french fries and a drink and it was FREE! Many people did not know this until after the fact.

The Walking Dead’s Deadquarters had a huge presence once again with their offsite as this time around, it centered around the airplane and treehouse on the current season of Fear The Walking Dead. There were also times that the radaition gas pyrotechnics happened in the area and it looked awesome. The biggest feature of Deadquarters is that there was an area dedicated to the snowstorm crossing that you have seen in the season 9 finale of The Walking Dead. There was a lot of snow brewing in the tent and it was very cold inside. We had to go through the storm to go to the other side. I have seen frozen walkers, and The Whisperers’ border with heads on a pike. After you escaped, you are then in a area where you can try the slots game of The Walking Dead, take a audition animation of the mobile app game The Walking Dead: Our World, and demo The Walking Dead: Onslaught. Very fun experinece and I cannot wait to see what they will bring next year.

I also took the time to play the upcoming Switch port of Yu-Gi-Oh: Legacy of the Duelist as the Link Summoning mechanic along with the VRAINS story option has been added. I talked with the game’s creator about the game along with the rule changes over the years of the Yu-Gi-Oh card game. I am a Nintendo Switch owner so I am looking forward to playing this on the go!

CONCLUSION

I love San Diego Comic Con and this year was an awesome year for the show. I also have to say that the weather was the best in San Diego for Comic Con in years and many other people have said the same thing. I did not have too much time to take pictures of cosplayers, but these two images from the show that I took are my favorite.

COMIC CON NEWS – Megalopolis and Boss Fight Studio to Launch Limited Edition Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Darvold Figure Inspired by The Toy Overlord

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retailer Megalopolis announced a collaboration with Boss Fight Studio to do a 1000 piece Limited Edition Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. new Darvold figure inspired by the famed Megalopolis pitchman, The Toy Overlord.

Megalopolis is an online adult collectible specialty retailer, focused on delivering an exciting online shopping experience, infused with things collectors do and love. The Limited Edition Toy Overlord Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Darvold figure will retail for $27.99; Shipping this fall exclusively from Megalopolis and available on Megalopolis Mobile.

The Amazon Activation Experience at San Diego Comic Con 2019

Amazon Prime is back at San Diego Comic Con this year with their activation experience where attendees can show up for fun activities. This year, the activities were themed around the Prime Originals The Boys, Carnival Row, and The Expanse. I attended all three of them and it was a great time.

The Expanse activation enlists the help of the fans to assist with a UN peacekeeping mission on the newly colonized planet, Illus. Never seen before, fans will be able to walk and see Illus for the first time. Participants will explore new terra, pursue science-driven discoveries, and attempt to ease tensions between private corporations vying for profit and refugee groups just struggling to survive. Keep in mind that all of the activations have actors playing out the scene that would be shown on the television series.

The Carnival Row activation was also interesting as attendees had to say whether if they were a creature or a human before entering the area. I chose human of course and everyone that selected Creature were berated by the police officers. It was funny to see that happen. The area itself looks like the rural areas of London from years ago and once you entered the bar area, there was a show there with all of the creatures. It was very dark and mysterious with the way everything was arranged. Then, the police raided the place of all the creatures. A very fun experience!

After you exit the bar, you were allowed to take a picture with the creature wings on your back.

The final activation is The Boys as that series alone is highly anticipated all around the world. In this activation, you had to solve puzzles as it puts fans in the forefront of a crime scene that needs to be covered up. Lead by two members of The Boys cohort, you and 15-20 other attendees must scour the store and dispose of anything that could lead back to Butcher and Hughie.  With the cops on their way, fans have about 10 minutes to clean up to search and destroy the tape before fleeing the scene. This was the most fun I have had with the activations as Me and about 15 others scurried around the place to find all of the clues.

If you are at San Diego Comic Con this year, stop by Amazon to check this out!

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COLLECTIBLES RETAILER MEGALOPOLIS & FOUR HORSEMEN STUDIOS ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE DOMESTIC FULFILLMENT PARTNERSHIP FOR  MYTHIC LEGIONS FIGURE LINE 

COLLECTIBLES RETAILER MEGALOPOLIS & FOUR HORSEMEN STUDIOS ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE DOMESTIC FULFILLMENT PARTNERSHIP FOR

MYTHIC LEGIONS FIGURE LINE

July 17, 2019 San Diego, CA – Online Collectibles retailer Megalopolis announced today from San Diego Comic Con the launch of its new exclusive domestic fulfillment partnership with Four Horsemen Studios for Mythic Legions, which is credited as being the most successful toy Kickstarter of its kind in history. Megalopolis will handle fulfillment beginning this fall with the “Siege at Bjorngar” Wave, with many more exciting developments in the works and more announcements expected in the coming months.

“We are huge fans of Mythic Legions and The Four Horsemen both personally and professionally. We have loved watching the Mythic Legion brand grow in popularity and collectability exponentially over the years, and have a deep respect for their fanbase” said Matt Westover, President and CEO of Megalopolis. “It’s an honor to be able to bring our specialization and industry-leading fulfillment to Mythic Legions, and enhance the experience and value for buyers, while freeing up the Four Horsemen to continue to grow and expand this amazing property even faster.”

“Mythic Legions had grown so quickly, that we realized it was time to bring-in a new fulfillment partner in order to ensure that we could focus on delivering the best quality action figures to our fans, as quickly as possible and in perfect condition,” said H. Eric “Cornboy” Mayse from Four Horsemen Studios. “We became Megalopolis customers ourselves and were thoroughly impressed with their unique packaging, impeccable packing methods and positive customer reviews. They really seem to have mastered the full collector experience, and are definitely one of the finest in the industry when it comes to the “white glove service” that fans and collectors have come to appreciate.” Cornboy continued, “Our fulfillment partnership with Megalopolis will not only improve the shipping and customer service experiences of Mythic Legions fans and customers, but it’ll also allow us – Four Horsemen Studios – to focus solely on the continued development and growth of the ever expanding world of Mythic Legions, and we couldn’t be more excited about the future possibilities.”

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POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” MIGHTY MORPHIN DRAGON SHIELD BLACK RANGER Figure

POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” MIGHTY MORPHIN DRAGON SHIELD BLACK RANGER Figure

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It’s Morphin Time! Introducing a new era of POWER RANGERS collectibles with Hasbro’s all-new POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” Figures! The LIGHTNING COLLECTION features over two decades of iconic characters from this storied franchise, and Hasbro is excited to bring its own take to this premium line. The LIGHTNING COLLECTION’s highly-articulated, 6-inch figures will have best-in-class detailing and design, and will feature Photo Real technology for realistic actor likenesses. In the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series, the Green Ranger loans the power of the Dragon Shield to the Black Ranger to help defeat one of Rita’s monsters. The MIGHTY MORPHIN DRAGON SHIELD BLACK RANGER Figure has over 20 points of articulation and includes two different heads that can be swapped—one of the Ranger in his helmet, and another without as Zack Taylor from the original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series. The figure also comes a dragon dagger, power axe, power blaster, and an extra pair of hands for more ways to play or display. Look for other collectible figures in this series. Each sold separately. Available exclusively at Walgreens.

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POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” MIGHTY MORPHIN DRAGON SHIELD BLACK RANGER Figure (Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2019) It’s Morphin Time! Introducing a new era of POWER RANGERS collectibles with Hasbro’s all-new POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” Figures! The LIGHTNING COLLECTION features over two decades of iconic characters from this storied franchise, and Hasbro is excited to bring its own take to this premium line. The LIGHTNING COLLECTION’s highly-articulated, 6-inch figures will have best-in-class detailing and design, and will feature Photo Real technology for realistic actor likenesses. In the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series, the Green Ranger loans the power of the Dragon Shield to the Black Ranger to help defeat one of Rita’s monsters. The MIGHTY MORPHIN DRAGON SHIELD BLACK RANGER Figure has over 20 points of articulation and includes two different heads that can be swapped—one of the Ranger in his helmet, and another without as Zack Taylor from the original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series. The figure also comes a dragon dagger, power axe, power blaster, and an extra pair of hands for more ways to play or display. Look for other collectible figures in this series. Each sold separately. Available exclusively at Walgreens.

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She Uncovered the Most Dangerous Secret in the DC Universe… Now She Just Has to Prove It!

She Uncovered the Most Dangerous Secret in the DC Universe…

Now She Just Has to Prove It!

Lois Lane, a new 12-issue maxiseries by writer Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins, launches on July 3rd, 2019.

Lois Lane, a new 12-issue maxiseries by writer Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins, launches on July 3rd, 2019.

While Lois Lane has been featured prominently in both Superman: Leviathan Rising #1 and Event Leviathan #1 in the last few weeks and is the backbone of DC’s ongoing Action Comics and Superman comics, Lois Lane’s story in 2019 has only just begun.

Lois Lane depicts hardboiled, tough-as-nails, investigative journalism. Lois Lane has never worried about speaking truth to power and is the best investigative reporter in the DCU; a detective who has contact information for almost everyone in the DC universe. Researching a widening international conspiracy, Lois has no reservations about putting herself in the crosshairs of the story she’s after.

In her new series, Lois Lane is on the road and out of Metropolis—and carrying a secret. After a press briefing at the White House, Lois embarks on a harrowing journey to uncover a plot that reaches the highest levels of international power brokers and world leaders. Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Greg Rucka and master storyteller Mike Perkins, along with colorist Paul Mounts and letterer Simon Bowland, team up for a tale of conspiracy, intrigue and murder that pushes even Lois to her limits.

Lois Lane #1, “Enemy of the People,” hits shelves July 3rd 2019.

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POWER RANGERS RAZOR SCOOTER- MIGHTY MORPHIN GREEN RANGER

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POWER RANGERS RAZOR SCOOTER- MIGHTY MORPHIN GREEN RANGER (HASBRO/ Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/ Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego) The POWER RANGERS RAZOR SCOOTER- MIGHTY MORPHIN GREEN RANGER has all the power of the Dragonzord on two wheels!  This Limited Edition scooter, inspired by the legendary Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, is a Razor original classic style A-Kick Scooter (Est. 2000) made from aircraft grade aluminum in a limited edition green colorway with gold anodized telescoping T-bar, gold power coin foil badge, and grip tape that mimics Tommy Oliver’s boot design.  The POWER RANGERS RAZOR SCOOTER- MIGHTY MOPRHIN GREEN RANGER will be for sale during San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Following the convention, if available, limited quantities will be available at Razor.com.

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(HASBRO/ Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/ Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego)

The POWER RANGERS RAZOR SCOOTER- MIGHTY MORPHIN GREEN RANGER has all the power of the Dragonzord on two wheels! This Limited Edition scooter, inspired by the legendary Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, is a Razor original classic style A-Kick Scooter (Est. 2000) made from aircraft grade aluminum in a limited edition green colorway with gold anodized telescoping T-bar, gold power coin foil badge, and grip tape that mimics Tommy Oliver’s boot design. The POWER RANGERS RAZOR SCOOTER- MIGHTY MOPRHIN GREEN RANGER will be for sale during San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Following the convention, if available, limited quantities will be available at Razor.com.

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POWER RANGERS RAZOR SCOOTER- MIGHTY MORPHIN GREEN RANGER (HASBRO/ Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/ Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego) The POWER RANGERS RAZOR SCOOTER- MIGHTY MORPHIN GREEN RANGER has all the power of the Dragonzord on two wheels!  This Limited Edition scooter, inspired by the legendary Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, is a Razor original classic style A-Kick Scooter (Est. 2000) made from aircraft grade aluminum in a limited edition green colorway with gold anodized telescoping T-bar, gold power coin foil badge, and grip tape that mimics Tommy Oliver’s boot design.  The POWER RANGERS RAZOR SCOOTER- MIGHTY MOPRHIN GREEN RANGER will be for sale during San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Following the convention, if available, limited quantities will be available at Razor.com.

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