I always find it’s hardest for me to get back on track after a big convention. New York Comic Con was a pretty crazy affair this year. I still have a handful of articles to post from it, but the hustle back and forth just wore me out. So I ended up taking a little more than a week off from good old Preternia, sorry! Sure, I have a gigantic backlog of figures that need review, but instead I’m going to take a look at something a little more simple today to ease myself back in.
Blizzcon, Blizzard’s all-encompassing entertainment convention, is exactly two weeks away. Of course, with that comes exclusive merchandise! This year they actually opened up all their merchandise sales to ticket-holders prior to the show. All items can be ordered and shipped directly to your house, so no lugging around giant bags of swag while you attend the show. I really prefer when companies do this, it’s so convenient and makes stressful convention spending much easier.
I grabbed a handful of items from the sale but I’d like to start out with this guy, the Core Hound Bobblehead. I don’t own a lot of bobbleheads, but I really liked the look of this figure. Which was why I bought it. Core Hounds are pretty rad in my book. They bring back the memories of those tedious Molten Core raids I subjected myself to instead of going out and being sociable during my mid twenties.
Bad memories aside, this is a lovely piece. It’s definitely a step up in quality from the Funko POP! Blizzard items I own. There is a nice heft to this vinyl figure. Also the bobble mechanism is more than just a spring, so it almost never stops moving its head. This also makes it a little tough to take clear pictures of it because the head is always in motion. The lava-orange paint work is striking. Finally, they also put real chains on the hound’s collars.
The Core Hound sold out in the initial early sale from Blizzard, however they expect to get more in at a later date. I’d assume after Blizzcon 2016 they will make all of the exclusive items that are left available to the general public. Hopefully some Core Hounds will be left.
At $25 each the figure is about what I’d expect for that price, especially since it is a convention exclusive. Sure, he costs a little more but compare this figure’s paint, sculpt, and construction to that of a Funko POP! and there isn’t even a contest. This would make a fun little memento for any World of Warcraft fan. A callback to much simpler times in Azeroth.