San Diego Comic Con 2013 Booths – Blizzard Licensed Products

The San Diego Comic Con 2013 booth information is now available. From the list of exhibitors, I hand-picked for our audience some of the booths of interest to visit. Some of them might have potential to display info about upcoming Blizzard licensed products.

The Panel Schedules are not available yet to the public. I’ll update you once those are launched to let you know which day and time Blizzard Publishing plans to make announcements.

The SDCC takes place on July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center located at 111 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 (Map)

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Confirmed

Mega Brands booth 3949 — No new line of World of Warcraft. However, I have confirmation Mega Brands will be giving away a ton of MEGA BLOKS WOW blind packs (I assume the World of Warcraft Mega Bloks #91100 Series 1 Mystery Pack [1 Random Figure]). They will also display a massive Mega Bloks Halo Promethean Knight and give attendees literally thousands of free giveaways. Keep an eye on that booth.

Rumored

Last year, Sideshow announced the Arthas Polystone Statue, the Diablo Polystone Statue, and the StarCraft II Sixth Scale Figure.

This year, there is potential for Sideshow Collectibles to announce the 2014 Blizzard-licensed product line-up at the Blizzard Entertainment booth # 115.

Speculation

Funko’s 2013 catalog shared at the Toy Fair New York revealed the concept art of an upcoming line of StarCraft, Diablo and Warcraft POP Vinyl figures: Jim Raynor, Kerrigan, Tyrael, Diablo, Arthas & Illidan. By now they should have some prototypes to show (speculation of course). Update: Blizzard announced new Funko merchandise that will be on sale at the Blizzard Booth.

Simon & Schuster, Inc. — Potential to show the World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde and the 2014 line-up (unless it’s revealed at NYCC).

DC Entertainment might have announcements about the StarCraft Graphic Novel, and/or unveil plans for upcoming Blizzard Licensed graphic novels we haven’t heard of yet. (speculation)

It’s been a while we haven’t heard anything about the DC Unlimited Warcraft/StarCraft action figures. Diamond Distributors and the DC Comics booths might be a good spot to check out upcoming line-up.

Insight Editions might reveal the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

UDON is likely showcasing the World of Warcraft Tribute.

Last year, USApoly launched the Monopoly: World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition, and RISK: StarCraft Collector’s Edition. The Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft has been under the radar several months. SDCC might be a good place to show it to the world. Will it happen? Check out their booth to find out.

Finally, the XBox and SONY booths. I haven’t heard anything about Blizzard showcasing Diablo III (PS3), or Diablo III (Xbox 360). I’ll update if anything reaches my ears.

Among the Special Guests is Louise Simonson (DC Comics World of Warcraft). Tony Washington (DC Comics World of Warcraft) will be at the Artists Alley (table CC-20)

Exhibitor Booths

I added all the booths of interest by booth number / proximity. You can print the page or take a screenshot for your mobile. The Floor Map (PDF) can be found here.

Blizzplanet Map (shows booths of interest marked — 1.63MB / GIF). Make sure to hover your mouse over the image and click “Open in New Tab” for the full size.

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Funko 5343
UDON 4529/4628
Mega Brands

3949
Legendary Entertainment 3920
Diamond Distributors 2401
Sideshow 1929
DC Entertainment 1915
Insight Editions 1134
Simon & Schuster, Inc 1128
USAopoly 721
SONY 301
Blizzard Entertainment Booth 115
Xbox 100

Christie Golden Book Signing in China and New Star Press to Publish Warcraft and StarCraft Novels

Blizzard Entertainment has partnered with the China Publication Bureau-approved and Beijing-based New Star Press who acquired the license to publish several World of Warcraft and StarCraft novels for the mainland chinese audience. Among the first novels to be translated are those written by Christie Golden — StarCraft II: Flashpoint and World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War.

Blizzard Entertainment is sending New York Times best selling author Christie Golden to China to a book signing event at:

  • CapitaMall Crystall in Beijin on June 21
  • Shanghai’s City of Books Nandong Bookstore ( 上海书城南东店 )– Nanjing Road, Shanghai on June 23
  • Nanshan Book Mall in Shenzhen on June 25

Where

CapitaMall Crystal — (Map)
51号 Fu Xing Lu, Hai Dian Qu, Beijing, China, 100036

Shanghai’s City of Books Nandong Bookstore ( 上海书城南东店 ) — (MAP)
上海书城, China, Shanghai, Huangpu, 南京东路345号

Shenzhen Book Mall Nanshan Cultural Street (Map)
Haide 2nd Road
Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

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暴雪娱乐首次直接授权官方游戏小说中文版,新星出版社获中国大陆地区出版权

近日,新星出版社旗下子品牌“幻象文库”获得了暴雪娱乐的图书出版授权,这意味着暴雪娱乐旗下“魔兽世界”“星际争霸”“暗黑破坏神”的系列游戏官方中文小说,在中国大陆地区的出版指日可待,同时,这也是暴雪娱乐官方首次直接授权中国大陆地区出版机构,出版其旗下各大系列游戏的官方小说中文版。

  “魔兽世界”“星际争霸”“暗黑破坏神”这三款全球游戏,一直是暴雪娱乐旗下最受欢迎的系列游戏。自“星际争霸”“魔兽世界”正式引进中国大陆之后,迅速成为了中国玩家心目中永恒的经典,并造就以千万计的忠实用户。而另一款大型动作角色扮演游戏“暗黑破坏神”则陪伴无数八零后度过他们的青春时光。由于暴雪娱乐对旗下产品的精益求精,暴雪娱乐在中国玩家中拥有了“暴雪出品,必属精品”的美誉!

  此次暴雪娱乐授权的官方小说,将涵盖“魔兽世界”“星际争霸”“暗黑破坏神”这三款对于暴雪娱乐来说至关重要的系列游戏。其中“魔兽世界”五册,“星际争霸”四册,“暗黑破坏神”三册,将全部由新星出版社旗下品牌“幻象文库”出版。

  讲述星际争霸Ⅱ最新资料片《虫群之心》的相关小说《闪点时刻》,及讲述魔兽世界最重要的NPC之一——吉安娜的小说《战争之潮》,将是此次授权书目中最先出版的两本。

  关于新星出版社:
  新星出版社隶属于国家外文出版发行事业局,是中国国际出版集团的成员。旗下拥有国内最专业的推理文学品牌“午夜文库”,最专业的幻想文学品牌“幻象文库”等数个致力于新锐阅读价值的子品牌。
从2005年开始正式对国内出版后,新星出版社依托已有的优势,不断开拓进取,已经并将继续有计划有系统的推出一些具有较高文化含量和文化价值的社科、学术图书,一些具有新锐、时尚特质的文学、休闲、实用图书,力争实现“新星人”既积淀和传承精神文化,又提供愉悦和纯粹阅读的出版理想。

  关于幻象文库:
  幻象文库为新星出版社在2011年成立的全新子品牌,旨在出版深受广大读者欢迎的诸如科幻、奇幻等幻想类文学作品。自创立伊始,“幻象文库”便坚定了以经典作品为基础打造优质品牌,以原创作品为基础打造核心价值,以流行作品为基础打造畅销品种的出版策略。截至目前,幻象文库已出版了十余部幻想类小说,深受读者的好评和市场的欢迎。

 

StarCraft II: Flashpoint Mass Market Paperback Ships

starcraft-flashpoint-coverThe Starcraft II: Flashpoint by New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden has been relaunched in Mass Market Paperback format. Fans can find it at online and local retailers right now.

This was the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm novel tie-in that bridged the gap between Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm. The story begins merely seconds after Jim Raynor shot Tychus Findlay.

Book Description

The sinister zerg leader no longer commands her legions of bloodthirsty aliens against the humans of the Koprulu sector, all thanks to the combined courage and tenacity of Jim Raynor, General Horace Warfield, and a mismatched team of Dominion soldiers and outlaw rebels.

Although the queen is no more, Sarah Kerrigan is very much alive. The woman who once controlled countless alien minds in a rampage across the stars has been spirited away by the man who dethroned her. Now Arcturus Mengsk’s Dominion armada is on her heels, roaring for blood. Jim Raynor will need to test his strength, his wit, and his loyalties against impossible odds to protect the woman he loves. StarCraft II: Flashpoint bridges the events that take place in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the upcoming StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Featuring never-before-seen glimpses into Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan’s past, this novel opens a window into a world of passion, action, and adventure.

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (May 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0743471318
ISBN-13: 978-0743471312

Giveaway

Post a comment in Facebook or Twitter @Blizzplanetcom #BlizzplanetStarCraft specifying you want StarCraft II: Flashpoint. I have one copy to giveaway courtesy of Simon & Schuster, Inc.‘s Pocket Books. Please, follow Facebook and Twitter to be able to private message the winner.

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JINX Launches Summer 2013 StarCraft II T-shirts and Merchandise

Today, JINX has launched a new wave of Blizzard Entertainment licensed StarCraft II T-shirts and merchandise.

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Insight Editions The Art of Blizzard Entertainment Limited Edition

The The Art of Blizzard Entertainment Collector’s Edition by Insight Editions is available on sale at online and local bookstores for $199.09. A great collection for those who love to collect this type of Blizzard licensed merchandise, and for art students.

Follow the link above to read the customer reviews and a video from a fan.

Description

Blizzard Entertainment changed gaming forever. From its humble beginnings as a three-person console-game development studio in 1991 to the creation of the blockbuster Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard has crafted stunning worlds of science fiction and fantasy for more than two decades.

An epic volume of visuals and behind-the-scenes insights, The Art of Blizzard Entertainment celebrates the genesis. This collection showcases nearly 700 pieces of concept art, paintings, and sketches accompanied by commentary from the Blizzard game development teams, including Nick Carpenter, Samwise Didier, and Chris Metzen. All three were essential in shaping Blizzard’s game universes over the years, and along with a team of international artists, revolutionized gameplay and storytelling. Artists such as Roman Kenny, Peter Lee, Bill Petras, Glenn Rane, and Wei Wang helped develop and expand Blizzard’s unique vision, and their contributions are featured here along with work by Brom, who offers a foreword to the collection. Millions of people around the globe play Blizzard games every day—The Art of Blizzard Entertainment is an opportunity to explore the core of what makes the experience so transporting.

This deluxe edition is bound in saifu cloth and accompanied by a portfolio of collector art prints, all housed in a finely crafted double-slot slipcase with foil stamping. Each deluxe edition also includes a card of authenticity hand-signed by Brom, Samwise Didier, and Wei Wang.

 

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May 2013 – JINX Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo III T-shirts $9.99 and $14.99

JINX has several Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft T-shirts at $9.99 and $14.99

Note: Some of the prices are bound to be for male-only or female-only (in some cases). Make sure to check the pricing before ordering.

The newest T-shirts, hoodies and hats at regular prices +can be found here:

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Would You Buy Blizzard Entertainment Life-Size Figures?

Blizzard Entertainment has had a long history with WETA and with sculptor|make-up artist Steve Wang both which have created awe-inspiring life-sized statues based on Diablo, World of Warcraft and StarCraft iconic characters. Some of these statues can be seen throughout several departments in the Blizzard Headquarters campus.

Visiting Blizzard Entertainment is not exclusive to press, fansites and celebrities. YOU can actually request a tour and schedule a visiting date by emailing [email protected].

The most notorious statue is the massive orc wolfrider standing proud at the center of the Blizzard campus.

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We have seen the other life-size statues at BlizzCon: Tyrael, Jim Raynor, Illidan, StarCraft: Ghost Nova, and Kerrigan the Queen of Blades.

Sideshow Collectibles is currently selling the T-800 Version 2.0 Life-Size Figure. After reading the instructions PDF I noticed you can actually mount it yourself. The statue is shipped in pieces, and you assemble it like you would a LEGO.

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Sideshow is also producing the Darth Malgus Life-Size Figure. And guess what? Sideshow Collectibles just announced today the Iron Man 3 Mark XLII Life-Size Figure.

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I have visited Sideshow Collectibles website several times monthly for the past 6-7 years. The Terminator one was announced back in 2010, but this is the first time I see Sideshow actually shipping and announcing new upcoming life-sized statues. So it wasn’t just a one-time thing. Sideshow is really getting into life-size statue licenses. Currently the Star Wars, Terminator and Marvel Comics licenses are in the spotlight at Sideshow.

This really made me ponder. Sideshow Collectibles currently sells the following Blizzard licensed products: the Arthas Polystone Statue, the Diablo Polystone Statue (Sept 2013) and the StarCraft II Sixth Scale Figures.

How long will it be before Sideshow Collectibles announces a Tyrael Life-Sized statue? Or a Jim Raynor Life-Sized Statue. Or a King Varian / Thrall Life-Sized Statue? Would you love having one of these? Heck, can you even afford it?

Sideshow seems to sell these Life-Size statue at a flat $5,999 price with a monthly payment option. I’d say the majority of fans might need to build additional pylons and more probes to afford it. However, there are people who can afford it. Otherwise, these three licensed statues wouldn’t be currently in development. There is a niche of fans taking them home.

Update (April 23, 2013): A Sideshow Collectibles representative told Blizzplanet: “Life-Size figures for Blizzard Entertainment licenses aren’t out of the realm of possibility but at this time there are no projects in the works for any Life-Size Figures from Diablo, Word of Warcraft, etc.”

Robert Clotworthy Auctions 9 (of 10) StarCraft II Series 1 Jim Raynor Action Figure

Our old friend Robert Clotworthy (voice of Jim Raynor) is auctioning the 9 (of 10) signed StarCraft II Jim Raynor Action Figure. At the time of this posting, bids are currently up at $213. As a reminder, all the money will be donated to the winner’s choice of non-profit charity organization.

What does the winner get back other than a signed action figure box? Glad you asked deep in your mind. Read the original eBay post:

starcraft-ii-jim-raynor-signed-number-9My name is Robert Clotworthy and since 1998 I have been the voice of Jim Raynor in the iconic video game StarCraft.

I have decided to dust off 10 Terran Outlaw Jim Raynor Series 1 Collector Action Figures from my personal collection on board the Hyperion and auction each one with the profits going to charity.

This item is brand new and unopened.

Each one will be signed by me and numbered. I will also include a personalized note of authenticity written on a Jim Raynor wanted poster note pad.

And to really get the juices flowing, I will also record a greeting from Jim Raynor and send that to the winning bidder.

This is a limited offer Marines, I am only going to sign and number 10 of these. This is for #9 in the series.

I am not limiting this to Terran players only. Protoss players may bid and I will hold my nose and even accept bids from Zerg.

This auction is open to everyone, not just limited to fans in the US. I will even ship to Char or Mar Sara if the winning bidder is willing to pay shipping.

So break out your wallets StarCraft fans, this is the opportunity to own something truly unique and send some money to charity.

As Jimmy says in Heart of the Swarm, “I never gave up on you Sarah… don’t you give up on us!”

Raiders Roll!

Robert Clotworthy

 

Easter 2013 Promo: JINX T-Shirts, Caps, and Hoodies 35% Off

This is NOT an April’s Fools alert. J!NX is running a risky but serious promo through April 1-5. Several T-shirts, Caps, Polos and Hoodies are now 35% off. There are 17 pages worth of products that qualify to this promo. I just ordered two hats, the promo did work after checkout.

Among them I see the Diablo III Tyrael and Demon Hunter hoodie (now $45-46), the World of Warcraft Monk and Pandaren hoodie, even the StarCraft II Terran Jacket. In addition, the StarCraft II, Diablo III and Horde/Alliance Logo Caps, and many favorite T-shirts included in the promo. Check it out!

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Blizzplanet @ PAX East 2013 – Countdown to Awesome: New Blizzard Game

Blizzplanet staff member Miaari is attending the Blizzard Entertainment Press Event at PAX East 2013 in Boston this upcoming Friday, March 22nd. Blizzard Entertainment invited a handful of Gaming sites and fansites to the event, including Blizzplanet.

There, Blizzard Entertainment plans to announce a new video game.

There are two things we want our visitors to know.

1. Miaari is taking video of the entire game announcement. Make sure to check us during the weekend for any update on when the video will be available or subscribe to our Blizzplanet Weekly YouTube Channel for an automated alert.

2. We are taking questions from fans to forward them to the developers at PAX East. You can ask bonafide questions about Diablo III (PS3) or about the new game to be announced. You can submit your questions below in the comments (can login with Facebook, Google or Disqus account), or you can submit your question at the following Facebook page or via Twitter using the @Blizzplanet #BlizzardPAXEast hashtag.

Those who attend PAX East, you should visit the Blizzard booth to meet @Lylirra @vaeflare @cm_zarhym @cm_phenteo @thelyns

 

If you didn’t watch our most recent Blizzplanet Weekly with host Chris Arnone, click the image below to launch the video. He discusses our speculations on what this new Blizzard game is. Could it be related to StarCraft II Project Blackstone? Warcraft related? A mobile game?

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