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New York Comic-Con 2011 Floor Report -- Games, Comics, Collectibles, And Maddening Crowds

It wasn’t Occupy Wall Street. It was more like Occupy Nerd Street. The New York Comic Con was a strange but effective conglomeration of diverse businesses, all parading under the banner of “We are EveryNerd.”
 
So you had to be smart and aware while traversing the floor. Some true nerds were overly aggressive, pushing and elbowing, much more so than, say, at Pax East. And there were fake nerds, much worse than true nerds. At one booth, a dozen HD monitors shone, massive speakers boomed, and some sci-fi bed of ball bearings vibrated when you sat on them as the visage of Terry O’Quinn cautioned you, “What happens when the senses are not cared for?” Just when I thought, "Yay, Lost’s John Locke is starring in a game I haven’t heard of," I discovered it was all a promotion for orange-flavored gum. Fail!
 
Games were displayed in more abundance than in any other year. While there was game news, it wasn’t the wealth of news as in, say, the San Diego comic convention. Yet it’s getting there. Rockstar Games showed off the dark story and fluid game design of Max Payne 3 (check out our NYCC preview for more info) as well as a fascinating, well-thought out reboot of Grand Theft Auto III for its 10th Anniversary (first look impressions right here).

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 New York Comic-Con 2011 has come and gone, but we’ll never forget the good times we had, the games we saw, the outfits that still haunt our dreams, and of course the collectibles we drooled over. G4 correspondent Harold Goldberg was on site and did a little collectible recon on some of the standout offerings from this year’s Con.

New York Comic-Con Collectibles Roundup

What: Batman: Arkham City characters
Manufacturer: DC Direct
Price: Not yet priced
Release Date: November, 2012

All of these characters will probably set you back a hundred bucks or more. But to re-imagine the play from the game, money is no object. Right?

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Enter Our Capcom Fighting Game Epic Giveaway!

Get your Hadouken on with our Epictober Ultimate Capcom Giveaway plus a Kidrobot Street Fighter Case! Have these little fighters ever looked so adorable?

As always, enter on the Epictober page and click the jump for more prize details.

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Grand Theft Auto fans are getting some seriously sweet news today. Grand Theft Auto 3's 10th anniversary falls next week, on October 22, and Rockstar Games is celebrating that fact with an iOS and Android port of the landmark open-world action game.

The news is confirmed on Rockstar's own Newswire, along with word that fans will also be able to pick up a Claude action figure --Claude being GTA 3's mute protagonist -- for $149.99. Pre-orders are already open for the toy, which includes an array of familiar weapon accessories, everything from a baseball bat to a sniper rifle.

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Halo: CE Anniversary Minimates Are Adorable

Halo: Combat Evolved turns 10 in November, a milestone that's being celebrated with the snazzy HD Anniversary upgrade of the original game from 343 Industries. That's not all Halo fans have to look forward to, however; collectors will have some fun stuff as well.

In the realm of analog playthings, Diamond Select Toys will be releasing a Series 4 pack of Minimates to commemorate the event which, as you can see, are utterly adorable. What do you think the over/under is on the time it will take the average fan to lose Master Chief's miniature Cortana holo? 

Art Asylum notes that each two-inch tall figure -- Master Chief, Cortana, Jacob Keys and the Prophet of Truth -- has 14 points of articulation. There's no release date yet, but you can get your pre-order on now.

Site: Art Asylum

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Dinsey Store Celebrates 25th Anniversary With D23 Expo Collectibles

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Disney Store, and to honor the milestone, Disney Consumer Products will unveil a special line of collectible figures at this weekend’s D23 Expo, aka the ultimate Disney lover’s convention, in Anaheim, California.

At Comic-Con a few weeks back, we told you about the Disney Store’s Comic-Con exclusive line of POP! Vinyl figures, as well as the company’s new line of Vinylmation Robots. At D23, Disney will be showing off a wide selection of show-exclusive collectibles spanning the Disney spectrum from Steamboat Willie to Kingdom Hearts.

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Don’t ask us how (seriously, it’s dark, dark stuff) but the G4 crew somehow survived the tsunami of geekdom that is Comic-Con, and even though the show is (thankfully) growing smaller and smaller in our collective rearview mirrors, its insanity will live forever in our memories. Although, for immediacies sake, Adam Sessler and the rest of this week’s Feedback crew, aka Blair Herter, Kevin Kelly, and Nikole Zivalich, decided to get together to relive and recap their Comic-Con 2011 experiences for your viewing and listening pleasure...sadly, not in costumes.

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Feedback: Recapping Comic-Con 2011 since 2011.

The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here: Right-click and Save.

Disney Store's John Balen Talks Comic-Con Vinylmation Robots, Pop! Vinyl Collections

To commemorate Comic-Con 2011, the Disney Store unveiled two new lines of vinyl collectibles: Vinylmation Robots and a POP! Vinyl collection from Funko that are available exclusively at the big San Diego Con this week. Disney Store North America director of toys John Balen spoke to me over the phone from the Comic-Con floor (a treacherous proposition indeed) to tell me more about the new lines and what fans can expect in the coming months.

G4: Tell us a little bit about Vinylmation for those (like me) aren’t terribly familiar with it.
 
John Balen: Vinylmation is a collectible line of vinyl toys. It was started at the Disney theme parks, and Disney Store and Disneystore.com participate in their line. It’s a unique way of branding our characters and artwork in a fun, exciting, and different way. It’s really appealing to Disney fans, vinyl enthusiasts, tweens, collectors of all ages. And the robots line, which is premiering [July 22] at Disney Stores across the country and at Disneystore.com. That’s only the second wide release series that was created exclusively by Disney Store artists. We did Disney Villains Series 1 in January to much success. That was an extremely popular line. We actually have a Villains 2 series planned in the future. Robots is only the second line we’ve designed.

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In true Comic-Con fashion, Disney today unveiled the latest addition to its popular Vinylmation line of collectibles, the 1950s wind-up toy inspired Vinylamation Robots. The new series goes on sale July 22, and will be making its debut at Comic-Con this week.

Disney Unveils Vinylmation Robots, POP! Vinyl Collectibles

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A Tribute to Proving Ground's Ryan Dunn on AOTS Tonight

Tonight on Attack of the Show, we pay tribute to the late Ryan Dunn with friends and family, including highlights from his G4 show, Proving Ground. His co-host Jessica Chobot, Jackass' Jason "Wee-man" Acuna, Preston Lacy and others share their favorite memories about Dunn and more.

Grace Helbig also continues her voyage into the Hasbro headquarters for more of their exclusive toys coming to San Diego Comic-Con and Chris Gore brings this week's DVDuesday reviews. See you tonight at 7PM.

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Deus Ex Human Revolution

Comic-Con 2011 is coming up fast, and Square Enix will be there showing off their AAA titles like Dead Island, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Final Fantasy 13-2, and Wakfu. Not only will attendees be able to check out the games, but SE is also hosting two panels devoted to Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Dead Island.

The first, The World of 2027 in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, will feature Eidos-Montreal community manager Kyle Stallock and a panel of Mary DeMarle, lead writer at Eidos-Montreal and Will Rossellini, CEO of MicroTransponder. Along with a Q&A and extended game footage, the two will discuss the theme of transhumanism in DE:HR and compare it to current scientific advances in the bio-mechanical augmentation field. The panel will be in room 5A on Thursday, July 21 at 11 AM.

The second panel plans to infest Comic-Con with Dead Island's zombies. GamePro's science editor Andrew Groen along with Dead Island's lead writer Haris Orkin and other zombie experts will explore the undead monsters. You'll be able to check out the panel in Room 8 on Friday at 7:30 PM.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Conquest of Nerath is normally not the type of game we'd be showing you here. Why's that? Because it requires no screens, wires, microchips or electricity. It's G4 Unplugged! Thanks to the fine folks at Wizards of the Coast, we were able to get an exclusive sneak peek at this upcoming board game, and you can check out our unboxing video below. If you're looking for Risk and Axis & Allies style gameplay in the realms of D&D, then Conquest of Nerath is exactly what you've been waiting on.
 

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Plenty of us at G4 don't stop playing games when we turn our consoles and PCs off, and we're going to bring you more of these board game previews and reviews from time to time. We'll be checking out Fantasy Flight's Gears of War board game later this year, as well as checking out titles like Battlestar Galactica, Space Alert, Puerto Rico, and plenty of others. Got a favorite board game you like playing? Let us know and we'll check it out!

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Gears of War 3 Retro Lancer Replica Unveiled

Epic Games, developer of Gears of War 3,  has just unveiled a ridiculously awesome Retro Lancer Replica from NECA that will be available exclusively through GameStop. The Lancer will be available in several pre-order bundles at GameStop or as a standalone product for $99.99 that will be available on September 13, a full week before Gears of War 3 launches on September 20.

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Real Life Portal Turret Replica: Nugget From The Net

Portal fans are some of the most devoted and creative fans out there and yet again they've managed to completely shock and awe us, as cinematic animator Ryan Palser has created a real life-size replica of a Portal turret. According to Palser the 38 inch turret doesn't move, "but it does speak, has full motion sensing audio as well as a special button to play the ever classy Portal theme song."

For all of the images of the turret you can check out Ryan Palser's Flickr page.



Unleash Allows You To Take Your Xbox Live Avatar Anywhere Via Fatheads, FigurePrints, and Custom Zunes

Xbox just unleashed (see what I did there?) a few new ways for you to take your Xbox Live avatar with you everywhere with its Unleash Your Avatar products. You can purchase 4ft. x 6 1/2 ft. Fatheads wall decals for $150 of your avatar in one of ten poses. If you're in the market for a Zune, you can spruce up the HD version by having your avatar etched to the back of it in a variety of poses, which is actually pretty cool. Plus, for a limited time you can receive $70 off the purchase of a Zune and get a free AC adapter.

The one Unleash product that I think has the most potential is the FigurePrints. FigurePrints cost about $60 and are full 3D mini replicas of your avatar. We were joking around at the office that they'd be the perfect geeky wedding cake toppers.

All of the Unleash products are advertised as "fully-outfitted" models, but they fail to mention that most of the licensed avatar items won't work with any of these products. Meaning my fully decked out Final Fantasy XIII avatar will just be wearing regular clothes and looks no where near as cool as she actually is which is very disappointing.

Will you be unleashing?

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