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CCI 2019: Blizzard Returns with Overwatch and WoW

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Blizzard Entertainment will be returning to Comic-Con International: San Diego July 18–21 with a full lineup of products from some of the most iconic franchises in gaming. This year, Blizzard and its license partners will be featuring Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and StarCraft event-exclusive items, signing and photo opportunities, product news, and more.

BLIZZARD’S PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Blizzard SDCC Exclusive Items July 17–21 | Blizzard Entertainment Booth #140:

  • Attendees will be able to purchase the following items at the Blizzard Entertainment booth
    • “Blade and Barrage” Fine Art Print
      • Signed by Overwatch assistant art director Arnold Tsang and featuring fan-favorite characters Genji, Soldier: 76, and Pharah
    • Cute But Deadly – Transcendence Zenyatta
      • Gold Zenyatta figure, which comes packaged in window box packaging
    • “The Firelord” Fine Art Print
      • Blizzard turns up the heat with “The Firelord” Fine Art Print from Dmitry Prozorov
    • Pachireaper Plush and Collectible Pin Bundle
      • Own this soft, adorable Pachireaper Plush and its matching collectible pin

Blizzard Exclusive SDCC Premiere Items July 17–21 | Blizzard Entertainment Booth #140:

  • Attendees will be able to purchase the following items at the Blizzard Entertainment booth
    • Blizzard Legends: StarCraft Artanis Statue
      • On sale at Blizzard Booth #140 on July 17
      • Also on sale at Blizzard’s Gear Store at a later date
    • Cute But Deadly – D.Va Nano Cola w/MEKA
      • On sale at Blizzard Booth #140 on July 17
      • Also on sale at Blizzard’s Gear Store at a later date
    • Funko POP! – Reinhardt and Brigitte 2-pack | Blizzard Booth #140
      • Check out this dual pack of vinyl figurines featuring two favorites from Overwatch, Reinhardt and Brigitte
      • On sale at Blizzard Booth #140 on July 17
      • Also on sale at Blizzard’s Gear Store at a later date

Blizzard Convention Exclusive Items July 17–21 | Blizzard Entertainment Booth #140:

  • Attendees will only be able to purchase the following items at the Blizzard Entertainment booth during SDCC, Gamescom, and BlizzCon®
  • WoW® 15th Anniversary Convention Bag
    • Perfect for storing all of your SDCC convention loot
  • WoW 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Pin
    • Celebrate the legacy of WoW and show your fandom
  • Limited Edition Warchief Thrall Fig Pin
    • Only available at the Blizzard booth at SDCC and BlizzCon

Blizzard Licensed Partner Exclusives:

  • Hasbro/Nerf
    • Overwatch Ultimates Series 8-inch Reinhardt figure with Bundeswehr skin | Hasbro Pulse booth #3329:
      • With the OVERWATCH ULTIMATES SERIES, fans and collectors can continue to build a roster of their favorite heroes and bring the action of Overwatch onto their shelves and into their collections. This premium 8-inch-scale figure features the game-inspired design of Reinhardt’s Bundesweher skin, with multiple points of articulation, and comes with Reinhardt’s signature in-game accessories for high poseability and display.
      • Attendees can purchase this exclusive at the Hasbro Pulse booth and, in limited quantity, the Blizzard booth (#140)
    • Reinhardt’s Hammer Photo Op Set Up | Hasbro booth #3213:
      • Take a photo with a full-sized replica of Reinhardt’s Hammer at the Hasbro booth
    • Overwatch Ultimates Series – 6-inch Lúcio action figure in a GameStop exclusive Epic Skin | On Display at Blizzard Booth #140 and Hasbro Booth #3213
      • With the OVERWATCH ULTIMATES SERIES, fans and collectors can continue to build a roster of their favorite heroes and imagine the action of Overwatch leaping onto their shelves and into their collections. This premium 6-inch-scale figure featuring the game-inspired design of Lúcio’s epic skin with multiple points of articulation, and come with Lúcio’s signature in-game accessories for high poseability and display.
      • Available for GameStop Exclusive pre-order here
    • Nerf Rival – Soldier: 76 Blaster (Blaster/Mask Combo Pack and Blaster Only) | Hasbro booth #3213:
      • Overwatch fans can take on the role of Soldier: 76 with this blaster designed in the style of his signature accessory in Blizzard Entertainment’s internationally acclaimed team-based action game. Choose between purchasing the Blaster or the Blaster/Mask Combo Pack. The combo pack also includes a wearable replica Soldier: 76 targeting visor. This Nerf Rival Overwatch blaster is fully motorized to rapid-fire 30 rounds at a velocity of 90 feet per second (27 meters per second) and features electronic lights and recoil action. Comes with 30 Overwatch Nerf Rival rounds.
      • Available for GameStop Exclusive pre-order here
        • Photo Op Set Up – Take a photo with the new Soldier: 76 Blaster at the Hasbro booth
  • LEGO
    • LEGO Overwatch: Wrecking Ball Set | On Display at Blizzard Entertainment Booth #140:
      • Immerse your favorite Overwatch fan in epic missions with this LEGO Overwatch 75976 Wrecking Ball set. Based on the internationally acclaimed team-based action game, this Overwatch toy set transforms from an ironclad battle mech to a high-speed ball. A fan favorite, Wrecking Ball is piloted by Hammond, a resourceful hamster who pops up from the cockpit just like in the game. Complete with Quad Cannons and four extractable limbs that fold out when transforming into the mech toy, Wrecking Ball is well suited for play and display.
      • Available for GameStop pre-order beginning July 17 and available for purchase on October 1.
    • LEGO Overwatch: Junkertown Set | On Display at Blizzard Entertainment Booth #140:
      • Now your favorite Overwatch fan can build a part of Junkertown out of LEGO bricks with the 75977 Junkrat & Roadhog set. Based on the internationally acclaimed team-based action game, this Overwatch toy set recreates the apocalyptic atmosphere of Junkertown, one of Overwatch’s popular maps. This playset features the game’s beloved “Junkers” crime duo: Roadhog, as a large, highly detailed BigFig with Chain Hook and Scrap Gun, and Junkrat, as a minifigure complete with iconic peg-leg and Frag Launcher. Fans will love the authentic character details, as well as the yellow chopper bike and display diorama inspired by the Junkertown map
      • Available for GameStop pre-order beginning July 17 and available for purchase on October 1.
  • Funko
    • Funko POP! – Lifeguard McCree | Funko Booth #5341:
      • It’s always high noon somewhere, including the beach—so there’s literally never a better time to bring home a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Pop! McCree sporting his Lifeguard skin
      • On sale at the Funko booth #5341 on July 17
      • On sale at GameStop stores/online on July 19

Overwatch X tokidoki Signing and Exclusive Giveaway | Blizzard Entertainment Booth #140:

  • Simone Legno Signing, July 19 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Blizzard booth
  • Attendees will have the chance for a signature from Simone Legno, co-founder / chief creative officer of tokidoki
  • Limited-Edition tokidoki Pins (6 Designs)
    • The 6 exclusive limited-edition pins for the Overwatch X tokidoki will be available to attendees, with a chance to win one of two $40 gift certificates redeemable at the tokidoki booth

Blizzard Entertainment Booth Activations | Blizzard Entertainment Booth #140:

  • Overwatch Signing #1, July 20 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Blizzard booth #140
    • Attendees will have the chance for a signature from Michael Chu, lead writer on Overwatch
  • Overwatch Signing #2, July 21 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Blizzard booth #140
    • Attendees will have the chance for a signature from Arnold Tsang, assistant art director on Overwatch
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Joy Ride Is An Extremely Raunchy And Hilarious Comedy

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Joy Ride is an extremely raunchy and hilarious comedy that takes the mantle of ensemble risky
comedies that at times, leave your mouth on the floor. Joy Ride focuses on two best friends
Audrey and Lolo (Ashley Sullivan and Sherry Cola) end up getting roped up into a trip to Asia,
they end up on gals pal cross-continent trek to find Audrey’s long lost birth mother so she
doesn’t lose a huge business deal.

The chemistry in this movie is superb. Every character has their moment to shine and there’s
rarely a scene where you don’t get a belly laugh. I was shocked at how crazy and bold this
movie got, continually pushing the line to get a laugh. The movie does a good job of getting to
the point and getting to the scenes that really make you chuckle. There are some editing choices where the story flies by some stuff, and it feels a little incomplete, but never at the expense of really enjoying being around for the journey.

I thought that this was a sleeper for this year and certainly a movie worth watching with your
friends some weekend. It’s great to throw on if you want a laugh and really just enjoy some
great actors riffing off each other. The focus on culture was a nice touch and really elevated the movie to another level. While I would say if you’re easily offended, this movie is not for you – if you’re looking for a no holds barred comedy, Joy Ride is a trip worth taking.

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Who Doesn’t Want To Wear The Ninja Suit Of Snake-Eyes Or Dress Like The Mandalorian?

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Hasbro has had their pulse app out for a while now. It allows for access to items to buy, preorder, and a look into future projects and releases. It also allows for a very cool thing most nerds (a group of which I am a proud card-carrying member) have always wanted, the ability to make yourself into an action figure. I’ve contemplated making one for a time but, I finally got my chance to get my hands on one at Comic-Con this year. Now, of course, I had to wait in line as it was a pretty sought-after item. Who doesn’t want to have themselves wear the ninja suit of Snake-Eyes or dressed like a Mandalorian? I was approached by one of the booth staff as I was showing my nephew all the cool ways we could get him his own MIles Morales action figure with his face (as he’s a massive fan) and invited to take a seat and scan our faces into the Hasbro Pulse app with the help of their awesome team and make this dream a reality. My wife was with us, so of course she got in on the fun too. We scanned our faces in and it was very simple and quick. Then we all selected our figures to add our heads to. We all chose Power Rangers(Me as the Black Ranger, my wife chose the pink ranger and the nephew got the red ranger). Then we were told that we needed to wait about 4-6 weeks and we’d have our custom action figure team in our hands. This was a major part of our Comic-Con adventure and definitely, a memory my wife and nephew won’t forget (as it was both of their first Con ever). Thank you to Hasbro for being so generous(also getting me brownie points that home) and I highly suggest checking out Hasbro Pulse and all the cool stuff it has to offer.

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The Last Voyage of the Demeter: Double-knock on wood!  

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Adapted and written largely from the Captain’s Log chapter of Bram Stoker’s magnum opus Dracula, The Last Voyage of the Demeter tells the story of Dracula’s journey by ship from Carpathia to London, and what happened to her crew in the interim.

So here we are in Bulgaria, middle of 1897, and Captain Eliot (Liam Cunningham) of the Russian schooner Demeter is here to take on some strange cargo from some unknown client and transport it to Carfax Abbey in London. In need of some extra hands, the Captain sends out his capable Second Wojchek (David Dastmalchian) to scout for some, and initially the roving black doctor and aspiring philosopher Clemens (Corey Hawkins) is passed over in favor of more work-roughened men. The adorable cabin boy of the Demeter, Toby (Woody Norman), narrowly misses being crushed by the mysterious dragon-marked crates being loaded onto the ship, saved by Clemens himself and switched out with the superstitious sailors running from the Demeter like they had been poisoned by the sign of Dracul. And now, armed with some nine or so crewmen, Doc Clemens, and Captain Eliot himself, the twenty-four strange what looks like coffins adorned with dragon signs brought mostly safely aboard, the Demeter can make for open water and the Hell that awaits them there.

The duty of showing Clemens around the ship falls to a cheerful Toby, who proudly shows him the living areas, the Captain’s quarters, the very-large cargo hold, the galley and kitchen where the overly-devout Joseph (Jon Jon Briones) cooks the crews meals, the various above decks, even the sails, and the rigging are all at least touched on, and the livestock pens that Toby himself is in charge of, including the handsome good-boy doggy Huckleberry, or just Huck. We the audience get a very clear feeling of what it’s like to actually be aboard the Demeter, just how large she really is, and what living on a ship for months at sea is really like, the reality and practicality and the dangers of it.

Everyone more or less settles in for a hopefully uneventful voyage, taking mess around the common table and exchanging ideas or aspirations for when they arrive in London early thanks to the fair winds, and receive a handsome bonus for their troubles. But that involves being alive and making it to London to spend said bonus and pay, and the coffin crates spilling dark soil from the motherland and disgorging all sorts of other nasty secrets, have some serious plans to the contrary.

First, it’s the livestock, innocent and shrieking in their locked pens as a monster takes great furious bites out of their necks, and of course, the creature just straight up ruins poor doggy Huck. Then there’s the fully grown girl that gets dislodged from an open coffin-crate, covered in bite scars and as pale as death, she eventually starts interacting and talking after several blood transfusions from Doc Clemens, Toby learns her name is Anna (Aisling Franciosi). And then, as the weather turns foul and the winds begin to be a serious problem, the attacks turn toward the remaining humans onboard the Demeter.

Most people these days are familiar with Dracula, that gorgeous cunning vampire Elder who can supposedly transform into a bat or a wolf, seducing women to voluntarily offer up their veins like an unholy sacrament, a being at once beautiful and powerful, but also horrific and murderous if given half a heartbeat to smell your blood. This is not Dracula.

Instead, the creature that hunts the humans occupying the Demeter is an absolute monster, not a single human feature left to it, barely even recognizable as humanoid-shaped, instead boasting not just full-length bat wings but an entire exo-skin of bat membranes that can be used for feeding, a mouth full of needle-like teeth akin to a predator of the deepest darkest parts of the ocean, those yellowed Nosferatu eyes that will not tolerate light in any way, and of course giant pointy bat-ears. This is a thing, a grotesque straight from the depths of Hell, and no amount of glamor magic can make this Dracula (Javier Botet) seem like anything other than what he, is – a parasitic demon who only wants your blood. There is no reasoning with it, no trapping it, not even really any talking to it (kinda hard to talk when your throat has been ripped out), and, like the much more frightening Dracula stories of old, no amount of pure faith behind a symbol does anything other than give false hope.

Coming face to face with an actual abomination does different things to different people. The formerly delightfully foul-mouthed Abrams (Chris Walley) dissolves into a blubbering mess; poor Larsen (Martin Furulund) didn’t even get to see his own death coming; and it turns out Olgaren (Stefan Kapicic) wants to live so badly, he’ll suffer becoming a blank-eyed Renfield if that’s what it takes. All of Cook Joseph’s purported pure faith didn’t stop him from trying to take the coward’s way out and didn’t save him anyway when the sound of unnatural bat wings descended on him. I find that kind of irony delicious. Dear Anna, resigned to her fate to be eternal food for the horror that terrorized her village, nevertheless wants to try and save whoever is left of the Demeter with her own sacrifice, and there aren’t many. Wojchek of course wants to kill Dracula, but for all his logic and solid practical nature, has no experience whatsoever with this sort of thing, and sure doesn’t want to sacrifice the Demeter, the beloved ship he called home that was promised to him by Captain Eliot himself, in order to destroy that demon. Even poor sweet Toby isn’t safe from the creature’s clutches, and what happens to the cabin boy of the Demeter is what finally sends Captain Eliot over the blooming edge. And who could blame him? For this sort of thing to happen during the last voyage of such a proud, solid ship as the Demeter, is some serious bullsh*t.

To leave such a film open for a potential sequel, especially when called the last voyage of something, was a pretty hefty ask, and somehow the filmmakers managed it. I personally think a different version of Van Helsing, the infamous vampire hunter, teaming up with a certain black doctor who nurses a serious grudge against Dracula, could be a kickass sequel. Until then, experience the doomed final journey of the Demeter and her poor crew in all it’s bloodstained glory, in theaters now!

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