Chris Metzen at the SDCC

The ever-growing San Diego Comic Con kicks off today, and while Blizzard has no plans for official booths or new info releases, some of their artists will be on hand, and plenty of their employees will no doubt make the 100 mile drive down from Irvine to see some of the sights. As far as official attendees, the only one I’ve seen confirmed is DiabloWikiChris Metzen, Blizzard’s VP of Creative Development, who is taking part in a Blizzard merchandise panel Thursday afternoon.

Here’s the official description, from the SDCC site:

1:00-2:00 World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft Swag Show— Blizzard Entertainment creative and licensed partners unveil and discuss World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft-inspired products. In attendance: Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP of creative development), Nick Carpenter (Blizzard Entertainment executive art director), Christie Golden (New York Times bestselling author), Hank Kanalz (SVP Digital, DC Comics and World of Warcraft comics editor), Sean Gailey (creative overlord, J!nx Clothing), and Cory Jones (Cryptozoic Entertainment president and chief creative officer). Moderated by Kat Hunter ( host of BlizzCon coverage on DIRECTV). Room 6BCF

Metzen is known as one of the head lore guys at Blizzard, but it doesn’t sound like this panel will cover anything in terms of game story or world fiction. Just toys. Shiny plastic dolls many of us covet to fill the empty space atop our desks and bookshelves.

The DiabloWikiDiablo Merch article in DiabloWiki is up to date and thorough, and makes clear that there really hasn’t been that much D3 merch for sale yet. We’ve seen a few t-shirts and mousepads and wall calendars, we recently saw the D3 headset and mouse, and there was that huge and expensive Barbarian statue, but that’s it. No wide variety of posters, no other action figures, no comic books, etc.

I’m sure we’ll see a lot of that stuff eventually, and things like comics and additional Diablo Novels are being held up until after the game releases because SPOILERS. But still… moar? Now? Affordable hand-sized plastic monster and character dolls collectibles?

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18 thoughts on “Chris Metzen at the SDCC

  1. Merch? The only merch I’m interested in is the stuff I’m going to equip my character with! Give us the game first, then we’ll talk about the dolls 🙂

  2. “Just toys. Shiny plastic dolls many of us covet to fill the empty space atop our desks and bookshelves.”

    And souls.

  3. Man…..I really wish Blizzard can have some kind of event in the mid-west…..It’s too hard to travel 2000+ miles.

  4. Just have to say, all interviews and clips I’ve seen with Metzen he seem to be such a dick.
    Crude, humourless and cocky. I’d love to meet him in a celebrity fight match. Give him a perspective 🙂

    • First of all, I wouldn’t judge him without meeting him first and getting to know him a little better.

      Secondly, he may be all those things you’ve said, but from what I saw he does his job very well and Blizzard’s games wouldn’t be the same without him.

    • I’ve seen many employees “off-the-record” saying that he’s one of the nicest, most understanding people they’ve worked with. He just looks like a douchebag, but that’s not his fault.

      That’s probably the best pic of him ever, though.

  5. Hi, my d3 RSS feed has been broken and is stuck on the \blizzard calms the masses post\ from a week ago.  Kindly do the needful at the earliest and revert back on the same.

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