[SDCC 2015] Yu-Gi-Oh! Aplenty at Comic ConJuly 16, 2015 at 11:09 pm | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Kazuki Takahashi and his panel and autograph session might have been the focal points for many Yu-Gi-Oh! fans attending San Diego Comic Con 2015, but the franchise could be found all over the convention center and beyond. This post highlights the many other places where Yu-Gi-Oh! made an appearance during the five-day extravaganza.
Just as it does every year, Konami set up an imposing booth in the exhibit hall, complete with displays of new and upcoming products, a Token green screen station, video games, and a store with SDCC exclusive deals.
In addition to displaying recently-released items like Duelist Pack: Battle City and Crossed Souls: Advance Edition, Konami also showcased its upcoming products, including the Dragons of Legend 2 (coming July 17), Clash of the Rebellion (August 7), High-Speed Riders (October 2), and Dimension of Chaos (November 6) sets.
Also coming soon are the Synchron Extreme (August 28) and Master of Pendulum (December 4) Structure Decks, as well as the Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon Mega-Tins (September 18).
The Yu-Gi-Oh! chibi (super deformed) items were a big hit. The Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, and Joey Wheeler Duelist Kingdom Chibi Game Mats were all sold out by the end of the con.
The adorable Chibi Card Case attracted a lot of attention as well. It is lavishly designed (more so than many of Konami’s other card cases) and will go on sale on August 28.
Konami’s SDCC 2015 exclusive was a game mat featuring Yami Yugi and Exodia the Forbidden One. Only 500 mats were produced. Some leftover stock of the 2013 exclusive double mat featuring Yuma and Kite were also available for sale at a special price.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist, the upcoming new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game, was available for play. Konami is aiming to have the game ready by the end of the month.
Also available was Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Dash, a Kinect game that gave duelists a full-body workout as they raced through a virtual obstacle course as Kuriboh.
Konami’s master duelists were on hand taking on any and all comers. Challengers who bested the masters were rewarded with prizes.
NECA/WizKids showed off two of its Yu-Gi-Oh!-licensed games at its booth. The first was a gravity feed of the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix set, Series 3. The figures from this set on display were Aqua Madoor, Seiyaryu, Gagagigo, Z-Metal Tank, Kamionwizard, and Man-Eater Bug.
The second and larger of the two displays was for Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters. WizKids displayed a gravity feed box for the game and laid out a playmat and the contents of a starter set.
Both Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix Series 3 and Dice Masters are available for purchase now.
UDON Entertainment’s Booth
Yes, Kazuki Takahashi’s Duel Art book was available for sale… but only on Saturday, July 11, and only for a small number of people who knew to look for the book. Why? Read the linked post for the whole story…
VIZ Media’s Booth
At the booth of Yu-Gi-Oh! manga licensee VIZ Media, the first volume of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 3-in-1 omnibus was prominently displayed next to many exclusive and pre-street items. The book also had its own wall display case.
VIZ also had the Frightfur Tiger Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card in hand (barely noticeable to the right of the rolled-up Naruto mat). VIZ was ready to distribute the newly printed card to anyone who bought a Weekly Shonen Jump subscription. Frightfur Tiger has yet to be mailed out to current subscribers of WSJ.
Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG at the Hyatt
Down the street from the convention center at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego hotel, Konami set up an organized play room where duelists could take part in various tournaments. As usual, the locale was decked out with Yu-Gi-Oh! banners and decorations.
The play room was small, seating only around 70 people at maximum capacity. This was great news for duelists playing in the two most popular events — the 2016 Regional Qualifier and Attack of the Giant Card tournaments — as the competition was not nearly as deep as at Konami’s major tournaments.
Konami’s giant card prizes were Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician, and Dark Magician Girl from the Duelist Pack: Battle City set.
SDCC 2015 Souvenir Book: Kazuki Takahashi’s Introduction and Image
Kazuki Takahashi’s introduction in the Comic Con 2015 Souvenir Book is slightly longer than the one SDCC provided online when he was announced as a guest. Though it is available on YUGIOH.com, I’ve included it below for the sake of completion:
Kazuki Takahashi is the world-renowned manga artist and creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the global phenomenon that has captured the hearts of millions of fans for nearly two decades. His creative vision spans five animated TV series broadcast in over 65 countries as well as two theatrical movies. The newest series Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V will premiere in the United States later this year, along with a new feature-length movie scheduled to hit theaters in 2016. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling trading card game of all time with over 25 billion cards sold.
Kazuki Takahashi’s passion for illustration, design and gaming has him continually bringing new ideas to pen and paper. As he creates new manga and games, his projects always center on the value of friendship—the core idea that runs throughout the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! and inspires fans to this day.
Kazuki Takahashi thanks Yu-Gi-Oh! fans of all ages for their continued passion and is excited to meet them at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con!
In lieu of providing a photograph of himself, Takahashi submitted an original illustration — a profile of Yami Yugi. The same image was used on SDCC’s website.
SDCC 2015 Souvenir Book: Remembering Roger Slifer
Although Roger Slifer is best known among comics aficionados for co-creating the DC Comics character Lobo, Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will forever remember him for his namesake, Slifer The Sky Dragon. Roger Slifer, who was a producer of the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series at 4Kids Entertainment, was the victim of an unsolved hit-and-run crash in 2012 that left him permanently bedridden. He passed away in March 2015.
Slifer was remembered in the SDCC 2015 Souvenir Book, which included two pieces penned by his close friends. Both recognized his work on Yu-Gi-Oh! and praised him as a strong personality and as someone who embraced both his audience and trade.
Former DC Comics President Paul Levitz called Slifer “one of the silent soldiers working to make comics and animation good, whether that was a good story, a good business transaction, or just a good place to hang out.”
Marvel and DC Comics writer and editor David Anthony Kraft recalled Slifer’s most enduring traits: “The wit. Keen. The unique viewpoint and willingness to go his own way. Unique. The commitment and the unyielding character. Vexing sometimes, to be sure, but sincere.”
More coverage of Yu-Gi-Oh!-related news at SDCC 2015 is forthcoming, including further details about Kazuki Takahashi’s Saturday panel.