From Bleeding Cool reporter Jimmy Leszczynski:
This year, Sideshow's booth (#1929) has transformed itself into a veritable portal to the realm of the dead. A giant environment display allows attendees to literally step into the Underworld. I stood next to the life-sized version of Death: The Alltaker, and he is more than a little terrifying. Reaching out to "Mourners" (an affectionate term for Court of the Dead fans) and innocent mortals alike, convincing you to give him your soul. I was introduced to a veritable host of new characters represented by all-new statues, painstakingly filled with details that will scare you back under your covers!
I spoke with lead designer of the line Tom Gilliland, Sideshow Chief Creative Officer and creator of the Court of the Dead. He gave me an exclusive tour of the newest figures in the line and related the backstory:
"The war between Heaven and Hell has raged for as long as anyone can remember, a savage conflict burning with a destructive fury that threatens to one day consume all of creation.
Only Death stands between these cataclysmic forces, positioned as the unlikely arbiter of Man's souls –an energy source used to feed the gluttonous war machines on both sides of this unending struggle.
Seeking to bring balance to the afterlife, Death assembles the Court of the Dead, filling the Underworld with the souls he has diverted from their celestial destinations and reshaping them according to his vision.
These creations become his Queen. His generals. His assassins. His spies. And though the Court sits divided into the factions of Spirit, Bone, and Flesh, together against the destructive forces of Heaven and Hell they all stand as one.
Tom tell me that he knew that he has been wanting to unleash these demons, and angels, for sometime. It is a project close to his heart and takes great pride that the fans have taken to the beautifully gruesome sculptures."
The also had a Gethsemoni character actor on site who told me, " This is my domain. Everything within it. From the lowest of lost souls, to the most powerful Lords-serves me." I'm not sure what that meant, but it has been haunting me ever since.
Fans that stop by their booth have a chance to see 10 brand new products that introduce more mysterious members of The Court, and shed entirely new light on well-known characters.
Glimpses of these ghastly figures have been appearing on Court of the Dead social media in the lead-up to San Diego Comic-Con, but "mourners" in attendance will have the first opportunity to see these pieces first hand.
Like I did. I also scored two pins and a Court of the Dead puzzle for one of our lucky readers!
So here's a look at the line…enjoy!