Celebrating their 30th Anniversary at Comicon was none other than the Street Fighter franchise, which not only had its own panel held on Friday but also had plenty of nice goods and collectibles out and about for fans of the series to enjoy. Before we dive into the panel itself, let’s take a look at what kind of neat merchandise was up for grabs at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
First up, we’ve got of course the ever-popular Funko Pops, which according to Capcom’s own Yoshi Ono were on full display during E3, and were up for grabs at SDCC.
Ah, but we’re only scratching the surface of cool here friends. Storm Collectibles also rolled out some awesome figures, giving gamers a taste of some Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat greatness with both Hot Ryu and Noob Saibot 7” convention exclusive figures.
Udon Entertainment also rolled out some epic merchandise, with a nice Ultra Street Fighter II gold foil shirt on sale as well, in addition to Violent Ken and Evil Ryu metal gold cards in a limited edition “The Final Challengers” set, and also features a limited edition set of silver metal cards of Sagat, M. Bison, Vega, and Barlog in a “The Four Kings” set. In addition, any qualified purchase also got convention goers one of four “The New Challengers” silver metal cards featuring Dee Jay, Cammy, Fei Long, and T. Hawk. These cards were for more than just collecting, though, as any patron that had one of these silver cards was able to attend a special signing by Yoshinori Ono himself! Now that’s quite the golden opportunity!
Speaking of Ono-san, he was busy during the convention taking a fierce-looking Blanka figure and netting all kinds of neat photo opportunities, such as the one below:
Perhaps the most eye-popping merch showed off this year though was an epic collection of Street Fighter statues by Shock Culture. This collection featured Dhalsim, M. Bison, Akuma, Nash/Charlie, Cammy in a special Shadaloo costume, Chun-Li, and Blanka. And they’re expensive as much as they are impressive, with many of the statues costing no less than $300! Most of these statues were either available for pre-order during the con or at a later date, though it seemed like the Dhalsim statue was still pending licensor approval.
And finally, we come to the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Panel. Finding detailed information on this event was tough, but fortunately a Twitter user named JardFGC was able to provide his fellow world warriors with a play-by-play of the event.
Highlights included a history of the Street Fighter franchise and the announcement of more merchandise such as Diesel shoes themed after other characters. Some talk was also had on Ultra Street Fighter II, the major highlight being a code to unlock Shin Akuma as a playable character:
Street Fighter V got some new costume DLC announced, such as a new sporty costume pack that’s coming soon:
It was also revealed that 30,000 bonus fight money would be awarded to any world warrior that logs in around the franchise’s anniversary date – so mark your calendar street fighters.
The panel closed out with a recap of EVO 2017, and following that a quiz of Street Fighter history where some winners won a medal and others won a skate deck.
And…that was it for the Street Fighter panel. It seemed like there was more to see outside the panel, with the awesome merchandise and Ono-san signing – not to mention the chance to bump into him and his Blanka figure. Jared himself felt a little let down.
But how do my fellow world warriors feel? Was the panel a sure KO for Capcom, or was it Game Over? Sound off in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and until next time…