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Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

  • A young fan poses with a huge Transformers display during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

    A young fan poses with a huge Transformers display during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

  • Fans walk past a Smaug the Dragon display during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

    Fans walk past a Smaug the Dragon display during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

  • Fans take photos of life sized Hot Wheels Darth Vader Mobile during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

    Fans take photos of life sized Hot Wheels Darth Vader Mobile during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

  • A Comic-Con fan wears goggles as he sits in the X-Men Cerebral Experience during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

    A Comic-Con fan wears goggles as he sits in the X-Men Cerebral Experience during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

  • Chris Keyes poses for photographers outside the convention center during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

    Chris Keyes poses for photographers outside the convention center during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

  • John Masuzumi waits in line to get into the exhibit hall on preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

    John Masuzumi waits in line to get into the exhibit hall on preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

  • A fan high-fives another fan dressed as Star Wars' Darth Vader during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

    A fan high-fives another fan dressed as Star Wars' Darth Vader during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

  • This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, from left, Riley Keough as Capable (Brainy), Courtney Eaton as Fragile (Cheedo), Charlize Theron as Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, PHS-4, and Abbey Lee Kershaw as Wag (Smiley), in a scene from the film, "Mad Max: Fury Road." The film releases in the U.S. on May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jason Boland)

    This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, from left, Riley Keough as Capable (Brainy), Courtney Eaton as Fragile (Cheedo), Charlize Theron as Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, PHS-4, and Abbey Lee Kershaw as Wag (Smiley), in a scene from the film, "Mad Max: Fury Road." The film releases in the U.S. on May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jason Boland)

  • This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hardy as Max in a scene from the film, "Mad Max: Fury Road." The film releases in the U.S. on May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jason Boland)

    This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hardy as Max in a scene from the film, "Mad Max: Fury Road." The film releases in the U.S. on May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jason Boland)

  • A huge Godzilla statue built to promote the "Godzilla" movie sits behind the convention center on day 1 of the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

    A huge Godzilla statue built to promote the "Godzilla" movie sits behind the convention center on day 1 of the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

  • Monique Soto takes a selife with a Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Racoon figurine during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

    Monique Soto takes a selife with a Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Racoon figurine during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

  • A young fan poses with a huge Transformers display during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
  • Fans walk past a Smaug the Dragon display during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
  • Fans take photos of life sized Hot Wheels Darth Vader Mobile during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
  • A Comic-Con fan wears goggles as he sits in the X-Men Cerebral Experience during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
  • Chris Keyes poses for photographers outside the convention center during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
  • John Masuzumi waits in line to get into the exhibit hall on preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
  • A fan high-fives another fan dressed as Star Wars' Darth Vader during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
  • This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, from left, Riley Keough as Capable (Brainy), Courtney Eaton as Fragile (Cheedo), Charlize Theron as Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, PHS-4, and Abbey Lee Kershaw as Wag (Smiley), in a scene from the film, "Mad Max: Fury Road." The film releases in the U.S. on May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jason Boland)
  • This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hardy as Max in a scene from the film, "Mad Max: Fury Road." The film releases in the U.S. on May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jason Boland)
  • A huge Godzilla statue built to promote the "Godzilla" movie sits behind the convention center on day 1 of the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
  • Monique Soto takes a selife with a Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Racoon figurine during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held  Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love – after navigating crowds and 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-sized, road-ready Hot Wheels car inspired by Darth Vader.

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

“You buy it here, you sell it on eBay and it pays for your whole trip,” said Chris Schultz, a 26-year-old from Edmonton, Canada. After shopping at the Marvel booth, where he bought Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise in multiples, he was set to “give up all night in line” to earn a spot inside the 6,500-seat exhibition hall where movie and TV studios present exclusive previews of anticipated properties.

“For Hall H, it’s worth it,” he said.

Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are expected to be major draws, as are panels from Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios.

Ten-year conventioneer Sandra Licea, 22, began waiting in line at 7 a.m. Wednesday for a DreamWorks Animation panel yesterday featuring Benedict Cumberbatch.

But even those who don’t make it into Hall H can get a taste of their favorite programs on the showroom floor. The Walking Dead offered a re-creation of its Terminus set, inviting fans to creep through a dark tunnel and have their photo taken in the jail-like setting. The A&E show Bates Motel also had a photo booth, where fans could pose with taxidermy animals.

“You can’t get this stuff anywhere else,” said Lionel Torres, 47, who traveled from North Carolina to buy collectible toys and indulge in community fandom.

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