2:52pm PT by Andy Lewis
Comic-Con 2012: 5 Cool Things From the Exhibit Hall
While most of the hot action at Comic-Con seems to take place in the big panels previewing upcoming movies and TV shows, the exhibit hall features more than its share of interesting stuff.
Here's five of our favorite things spotted on the show floor.
1. Batmobiles, Batmobiles, Batmobiles
Six screen-used Batmobiles to be exact, parked in front of the Hilton Bayside Hotel (next door to the Convention Center). Every incarnation of the Caped Crusader's car from Adam West's mod '60s version to Christian Bale's badass Tumblr is represented. And you can get your picture taken posing in front of the Tumblr. Cool.
2. Walking Dead: Get your picture taken with Michonne
AMC's Walking Dead has a neat display (including mannequins) of the scene from the season finale that revealed comic-favorite Michonne and her two pet walkers to the TV world. The thing that makes this tableau awesome? There's only one walker. Lucky attendees can get their picture snapped as the second zombie, complete with a chain around your neck.
3. Lego Play Tables
At the Lego booth kids will find rows and rows of tables with buckets full of bricks in which they can build to their hearts content. The play tables are a Lego tradition that go back more than a decade. Comic-Con features a lot more watching than doing, so the young kids engrossed in building their models seemed happy for some hands on action. The one (understandable) drawback? You can't take what you build with you. The pieces stay behind for the next kid.
4. DC Entertainment rules the floor
DC has the best thought out and most impressive booth on the floor. It offers a little something for everyone—actual comics, toys, ipads, nooks and kindles with digital comics, costumes and video games. The best part is the screen-used Arrow and Watchmen costumes. Yea, they are in glass booths, but its still possible to get up really close to examine every detail, which, let's be honest, is all the fun.
5. Take my picture, please
Comic-con is all about costumes and this year doesn't disappoint. The people watching on the floor is at least as interesting as the exhibits themselves. This year seems to be all about diversity. There are people dressed up from this summer's hits--Spider-Man, Captain America--but not a disproportionate number. Surprisingly, with The Dark Knight Rises debuting in a week, it was hard to spot a Batman costume.
Among our favorites were the Greek myth mash-up couple of a man dressed as a warrior from the300 (essentially a cape and thong) accompanied by Wonder Woman, the elaborate homemade Halo team, the quartet of teenage Walking Dead zombies and the Coors Light warrior--a guy who fashioned the entire costume for an ancient Greek soldier out of Coors Light boxes.