Emily
Emily

About the author : Project manager by day, crazy cat lady by night. Emily's first love is J.R.R. Tolkien. She's also into Walking Dead, video games, Doctor Who, and anime. When she isn't knee-deep in her latest fandom, she's usually sleeping.

Man in the High Castle at SDCC 2016

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Although I was a little unsure of Man in the High Castle when it first released on Amazon Prime, I loved it by the end. The show did an amazing job of developing characters and making you sympathize. There are characters who seem, in the beginning, to be pure evil. As you get to know the characters more, you start to think they aren’t so bad. By the end of the first season, you’re literally hoping Hitler doesn’t die. The circumstances of that situation I won’t delve into because there would be some pretty big spoilers.

When I found out that Man in the High Castle had a display at Comic-Con, it was at the top of my to-do list. There was a VR headset experience, but the wait was fairly long (although only a third of the time we spent in line for Mr Robot!) so we skipped it. The rest of the experience was certainly not as impressive as Mr Robot. There weren’t any interactive sets or anything like that–it was basically just a museum. Still, it was cool to see the props from the show.

The first thing you saw when you walked in was a Nazi uniform.
The first thing you saw when you walked in was a Nazi uniform.

 

There were other outfits, like Juliana's aikido gi.
There were other outfits, like Juliana’s aikido gi.

 

My favorite of Juliana's outfits.
My favorite of Juliana’s outfits.

 

One side of the museum was dedicated to the Japanese Pacific States.
One side of the museum was dedicated to the Japanese Pacific States.

 

The other side was the Greater Nazi Reich.
The other side was the Greater Nazi Reich.

 

Hitler money. We never see any cash in the show, so it's cool to see it here.
Hitler money. We never see any cash in the show, so it’s cool to see it here.

 

Love the play on Ranger Rick.
Love the play on Ranger Rick.

 

The deck of cards the bounty hunter used to keep track of targets. This was my favorite item on display.
The deck of cards the bounty hunter used to keep track of targets. This was my favorite item on display.

 

A sketch of Juliana and her passport.
A sketch of Juliana and her passport.

 

Nazi phone.
Nazi phone.

 

Detail on a Nazi uniform.
Detail on a Nazi uniform.

 

You had to pass this on your way out of the museum:

The exit. "Achtung" means "attention" in German.
The exit. “Achtung” means “attention” in German.

Swag

While we were waiting in line, we got some fans. There were water bottles, too, but not branded like Mr Robot.

Also featuring Thunderbirds Go, about which I care nothing.
Also featuring Thunderbirds Go, about which I care nothing.

 

As we left, we got these brilliant seat cushions. They were inflatable but they look like a film reel cannister. I love that they tied it back to the show but still gave us something very functional for a con!

Seriously, I love swag that works on multiple levels.
Seriously, I love swag that works on multiple levels.

 

We also got a pin, which was much less cool and really kind of boring.

I feel like this isn't even super relevant to the show.
I feel like this isn’t even super relevant to the show.

 

Everything came in a big bag–probably way bigger than it needed to be, really.

I'm probably going to put this on a wall somewhere in my apartment.
I’m probably going to put this on a wall somewhere in my apartment.

 

Overall, the experience wasn’t as fun or as immersive as the Mr Robot Experience. I loved Man in the High Castle, though, and I was pleased to see it at Comic-Con.

 

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