|The line for the experience has been going around the corner every day so far, so get there EARLY!
The Sneak Peek
Before the big event on Friday, we got a special opportunity to have a meet and greet with some of the cast members from Mockingjay Part 1! This included: Mahershala Ali (Boggs), Elden Henson (Pollux), Wes Chatham (Castor), and Evan Ross (Messalla). All four were quite easy to talk to, but I have to say that Wes was pretty hilarious and just really stoked about the fan reaction to The Hunger Games in general.
|Hunger Games fan sites (with some Divergent mixed in too!) photo op with MJ cast
THE SAMSUNG GALAXY EXPERIENCE
Lionsgate provided fans with an interactive experience for Mockingjay with so much to do and see. This is the only place at the Con you can get Mockingjay pins, but you're gonna have to work for it! Fans can get their Mockingjay pin coupon punched for every event in the experience in order to get the pin achievement at the end of the experience. Check out our photos to get an idea of what you can do:
|Get your holographic photo with Peeta and Johanna.
Obviously, it's not holographic when printed,
but when you sit down, look up.
|Using Galaxy tablets, you order from Peeta's Bakery and Haymitch's Elixers
|For example, a Capitol Cronut!
|Opposite the counter lies the T-Shirt design center.
Get a free shirt with your district on it!
On Friday, the cast members came into the experience to talk to the fans along with Natalie Dormer:
|Natalie Dormer! CRESSIDA! MARGAERY TYRELL!!
|Epic photo with Natalie Dormer with epic photobomb guy IS EPIC.
|These guys had such a blast taking photos with fans :)
Some may disagree with me, but I don't like to see too many things from a movie in a trailer. The less I see the better, but as long as we've been waiting for a trailer I definitely wanted to feel satisfied after viewing it. I believe it comes in at just over a minute, which I think is a very appropriate length for a "teaser".
I don't want to give it all away, but there are just some phenomenal shots chosen for the teaser. It was all I could do to not audibly freak out over my absolute favorite scene in the book being shown. It's a pivotal moment for Katniss' character and I think when you see it, you'll know exactly what I am referring to. All in all, I felt genuine emotion after viewing the teaser and I think fans will be leaving Best Buy very satisfied without having seen too much. As for when the trailer hits the web, the release should be imminent, but of course no official time as of right now.
THE SHOW FLOOR
Lionsgate's booth is a little more compact this year, but I think the design and function of it is very superior to last year. It is definitely more open and clear as to what they are promoting when they are promoting due to their changing banner above the booth.
Expect free posters from time to time, but as mentioned before there will be no Mockingjay pins on the floor this year. On the upside, you can totally have a photo op with a Peacekeeper behind the booth!
For those still going to Comic-Con on Sunday -- Don't forget to hit up the Samsung Galaxy Experience at The Hard Rock Hotel!! It is so worth it!