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posted: 7/24/2014 9:25 AM

Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

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  • Fans like Chris Keyes were ready in costume for Wednesday's preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention that officially opens today in San Diego.

      Fans like Chris Keyes were ready in costume for Wednesday's preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention that officially opens today in San Diego.
    Associated Press

  • A Comic-Con fan sits in the X-Men Cerebral Experience during preview night Wednesday at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego.

      A Comic-Con fan sits in the X-Men Cerebral Experience during preview night Wednesday at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego.
    Associated Press

  • Monique Soto takes a selife with a "Guardians of the Galaxy" Rocket Racoon figurine during preview night Wednesday at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention.

      Monique Soto takes a selife with a "Guardians of the Galaxy" Rocket Racoon figurine during preview night Wednesday at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention.
    Associated Press

 
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Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love -- after waiting in line.

The lineups began as soon as the San Diego Convention Center opened its doors. Fans with four-day passes to the sold-out pop-culture spectacular gained early admission to the showroom floor Wednesday night, where they were the first to see a 10-foot-tall Transformer, a Lego Spider-Man and a life-size, road-ready Hot Wheels car inspired by Darth Vader.

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Some planned to wait in line overnight for a chance to attend the most popular film and TV presentations, which begin Thursday. But first, they queued up inside the convention center to buy limited-edition toys released just for the festival.

One collector said that selling the coveted toys on eBay would fund his whole trip.

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