SDCC 2016: Hotel Waitlist Set to Begin June 1

Hotelpocalypse is (almost) finally over. CCI posted  that hotel waitlist emails would begin going out on Wednesday, June 1.

With this announcement, there are a few new rules and information for this year that you will need to know so you can get a room when you get your email.

First is that emails will start going out on Wednesday, June 1 from do-not-reply@email.onpeak.com in small batches, and they may take at least 10 business days to get through the list. Waitlist priority is determined by the same timestamp used when you accessed the original housing request form in the original General Hotel Sale.

Once you receive your e-mail, you will have 48 hours to reserve a room with the full two nights deposit (plus tax). Since each batch of emails is a small group and access is limited to just that group during the 48 hours, the next batch of emails will not go out until the 48 hours is expired. The email will have a password to allow you access to the wait list sale.

Be aware that you will only be able to book the number of rooms you put on your original request on April 5.

Once you have booked your room using the waitlist you can then cancel a previously held reservation to receive a refund of your deposit. You must do this on the same day as you book your new reservation. There is a form you must use and that link will be in your wait list email. You will receive a cancellation email within two days and a refund within 10 days.

In order to cancel your old reservation, you’ll need to make sure that you have:

  • onPeak ID numbers from your original and new confirmation emails
  • The email address(es) associated with those reservations
  • A phone number where we can reach you if necessary

As a reminder, those who purchased a hotel through the Early Bird sale will not be eligible for the waitlist. Those rooms are non-refundable.

Complete details are on the CCI site.

SDCC 2016 Exclusives

Monogram International always brings some exciting licenses to San Diego Comic-Con, including DC, Marvel, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. What will the company bring in 2016?

You can find all of Monogram’s exclusives at Booth #3645 – and inventory won’t be held back each day, so once something is gone, it’s gone. Plan ahead!

 

 

Monogram’s second exclusive is another win for Harry Potter fans: a Five Piece Harry Potter Crest and Pin Set, which features pewter lapel pins in pearl tones of the Gryffindor Crest, Hufflepuff Crest, Ravenclaw Crest, and Slytherin Crest, as well as a one-of-a-kind Hogwarts Crest Gold Pewter Lapel Pin. The set is limited to 500, and will retail for $25.

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The first of Monogram’s San Diego Comic-Con 2016 exclusives has been revealed: a Harry Potter Hedwig Mug Set, which will retail for $20. The piece is limited to 500, and features Harry Potter’s pet owl Hedwig in ceramic mug form, along with a Gold Pewter Lapel Pin of Hogwart’s crest.

Here’s a look at the piece:

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Are you excited about Monogram International’s 2016 offerings? Let us know in the comments.

San Diego Comic-Con Attendees Boldly Going to ‘Star Trek Beyond’ World Premiere

It’s truly turning into the Year of Star Trek at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, as the franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary and Paramount is pulling out all the stops this year for what may be the biggest event SDCC has ever seen: Star Trek Beyond will receive its red carpet world premiere at the convention on Wednesday, July 20, at the Embarcadero Marina Park in IMAX.

That’s the same area where last year’s mega-Star Wars concert took place following the Hall H panel — and we expect this to be just as buzz-worthy and exciting.

The San Diego Symphony will also be performing the score live, and the event will feature appearances from the film’s cast and crew.

“I am thrilled to celebrate the premiere of the film together with the fans at Comic-Con and excited for everyone there to experience Michael Giacchino’s incredible score played live,” said director Justin Lin.

A limited number of fans — including those who were in attendance at this evening’s Star Trek Fan Event — will get to attend the screening, with details about ticket distribution being announced at a later date.

“We are both privileged and excited that Paramount Pictures, Skydance, and Bad Robot have chosen to honor fans by having the world premiere of the next chapter of Star Trek at Comic-Con this summer,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for Comic-Con International.

You can read more about the event in the press release.

Nerd HQ Returns to San Diego Comic-Con, New Children’s Museum for 2016

The wait is finally over for San Diego Comic-Con attendees, as The Nerd Machine announced today that Nerd HQ is headed back to San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

 

Nerd HQ is headed back to the New Children’s Museum, their second time at the facility (though their fourth home in total). Last year, The Nerd Machine transformed the 35,000 square foot, three-floor, facility into a mecca of star-studded panels for their Conversations for a Cause, gaming, dance parties, and even just a relaxing place to spend a few hours (we say this every year, but there are sofas, guys. You can sit!).

There are currently no further details, but just like in previous years, we expect the event to be free to attend, with the popular Conversations for a Cause costing around $22 to attend (with all proceeds going to Operation Smile).

Mattel Teases San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Exclusives

Although Mattel has already announced two of their San Diego Comic-Con 2016 exclusives, there’s a whole lot more coming.

The company’s MattyCollector Twitter account today posted an image hinting that we will be seeing exclusives for She-Ra, ThunderCats, WWE, Halo, DC, Ever After High, DC Super Hero Girls, Kubros, Minecraft, Barbie, Thomas & Friends Minis, Disney Pixar’s Cars, and Hot Wheels (the other two logos displayed – Ghostbusters and Monster High – already have announced exclusives).

Here’s a look at the brands, from Facebook:

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Mattel’s post also said to, “Stay tuned for exclusive reveals & more information about our 2016 SDCC Exclusives starting this Friday!”. Since Mattel has yet to give a date for this year’s (likely happening) presale voucher sale, could we also learn more about this year’s sale dates and process on Friday?

Either way, that’s a lot of exclusives, though we could be seeing a few more mash-ups within those brands. For instance, some have already been speculating that the upcoming She-Ra exclusive could be a Barbie, based on the teases that Mattel has been posting on Facebook:

That’s not a lot to go on, though Mattel has said that the doll will feature multiple costume changes (meaning She-Ra is probably not dressed in one gold shoe and one red shoe!). Based on the detailing from the sneak peek photos, this is something attendees are going to be very excited for.

Funko Fundays Returns to San Diego Comic-Con 2016

Funko Fundays – the celebration for fans of all things Funko – is returning to San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 22, at 8PM (doors open at 6PM) at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Tickets for the event are $120, and will go on sale on Wednesday, June 1, at 12PM PT. Expect these to go fast.

You can read our review of last year’s event, but it’s a chance for attendees to hang out with fellow Funatics, as well as enjoy food, drinks (each attendee will get two drink tickets), and a chance to try to win “more prizes”, including one-of-a-kind prototypes. There will be life-sized Pop! characters, special guests, games, contests, and more. Best of all, no attendee leaves empty handed, as Funko gives a mystery Box O’ Fun to each attendee, which in the past has featured three Funko Pop!’s.

Tickets are limited to two per customer, and you must fill out the name of each person attending – to ensure that each individual person receives only one ticket and one Box O’ Fun. You can read more about the policy on Funko’s site. The event is all ages, but we stress that the event is not geared towards small children.