This year one lucky Convention.Life member was just quick enough to get one of the, limited to 100, free tickets to Hot Topic’s HT Nerdette Meetup with Funko during Preview Night of San Diego Comic-Con. It was held at Ginger’s, a martini bar/speakeasy inside Barleymash.
After making our way down a small but tucked away stairway, we were checked in, given two drink tickets and an event wristband with a raffle number printed on it. It was great to meet many other Hot Topic and Funko faithfuls, each full of early energy as the SDCC weekend is just getting underway.
Many stories were exchanged about who was attending what days at SDCC, what exclusives they did or didn’t get, all while enjoying generously portioned passed hors d'oeuvres.
After an hour of everyone settling in and eating, we got to witness a live recording of HT Nerdette’s live unboxing show where we learned more about their SDCC shared exclusives with Funko. The final piece was a surprise Funko POP! in the likeness of HT Nerdette herself, which was revealed as the door prize for the 100 attendees at this event.
After the taping it was raffle time. Hot Topic and Funko provided 10 prototypes as giveaways. Each was bigger and more prized than the next, so you can feel the excitement grow as each winner was called. Completely serendipitous, the biggest and largest prototype was the Infinity War gauntlet by the one attendee who walked in wearing the life-size Hasbro Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet. It was definitely not planned, the whole floor erupted with cheers and congratulatory laughter. What a great way to end the experience.