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5 Things You Have to See to Believe at WonderCon

5 Things You Have to See to Believe at WonderCon

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This weekend WonderCon returns to Anaheim and if you’ve never been to a comic convention, WonderCon is the perfect way to get your feet wet into the world of cons. Although smaller than its sister San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon holds it’s own with 900 exhibitors and over 200 hours of amazing programming. Warning: once you step inside you’ll be hooked—convention life can be addictive.

As you walk the floor you may be overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds, but I’m here to assure you that you’re not hallucinating: that really was a T-Rex dressed like Wolverine. If you think that’s something, take a look at a few things you have to see to believe at this year’s WonderCon.

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Real Life Bob’s Burgers Booth

Strap on your pink rabbit ear hats! Bob’s Burgers is a reality. Okay, there are no actual burgers being served here but the Toddland store has done an excellent job of recreating the Belcher’s family business. Their booth is filled with Bob’s Burgers merch, from shirts, to keychains, to Louise hats. If you’re like me you’ll find yourself blocking the walkway just to stare at the constantly changing menu board showcasing the Burger of the Day. Find Toddland at booth 2042.

Star Wars Hologram Vinyl

Last year Disney released special Star Wars: The Force Awakens vinyls that featured hand-etched holographic images of a Millennium Falcon and a TIE Fighter. If you thought you were missing out because you don’t own a record player, now’s your chance to catch a glimpse of this futuristic phenomenon in person. Disney Music Emporium has the disc on display and it’s as incredible as you’d expect, especially with John Williams’ spectacular score playing in the background. See the magic for yourself at Disney Music Emporium booth 1437.

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Instagram Worthy Cosplay

The once underground hobby of cosplay has slowly become mainstream and cons are where cosplayers get to show off all their hard work. While you’ll see some cosplay on the con floor, the real show is outside, where camera crews and instagrammers take photos of all their favorite outfits. Head out of the Anaheim Convention Center lobby into the Grand Plaza and you’ll find a living gallery of cosplayers of all ages. This stunning hand-crafted Xena: Warrior Princess Princess by Bernadette Bentley is just one of the many ways that cosplayers put their own creative spin on their favorite characters.

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Wearable Ewok Heads

You’re either in the love them or hate them camp when it comes to Endor’s furry natives. One thing’s for sure, Emerald Moon’s wall of wearable Ewok heads is certainly a sight to behold on the con floor. These handmade masks are incredibly realistic and come in a variety of favorite Ewoks. Whether you’re a Wicket or Chief Chirpa, there’s an Ewok for every personality. Sure you can wear this for a costume party but I say if you’re going to invest in a piece of art like this, why not just wear it to the office? Make every day Ewok day at work. Check out all the Ewok heads at Emerald Moon booth 1944.

Shining Stars

If you want to see your favorite celebrities and hear their war stories, WonderCon is the place to do it. While fans camp out for days at San Diego Comic-Con, the intimacy of WonderCon makes the panel lines much more manageable and it’s fairly easy to snag a seat. The big screen makes every seat a great one and there’s always the opportunity to go up to the mic and ask the stars your burning questions. Just make it a good one for the audience’s sake. Make sure to check out Nerdist instagram stories for even more enjoyable face time with your favorites like these fun Boomerangs with the cast of Riverdale.

Heading to WonderCon this weekend? Let us know in the comments what you’re looking forward to seeing and tag @nerdist and @justjenn on twitter to share your con experience!

Images: Jenn Fujikawa

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