I bloody love that idea!! When the Olympics is cancelled, the chances of SDCC going ahead as is is currently between absolutely not and no chance in hell. But yeah: why shouldn't people have an event to look forward to? Something which shows the kindly, responsive face of capitalism?
So, why not use this opportunity to do something different? A mega-pay-per-view or pay-per-access VCC (Virtual Comic Con! It's a terrible name, but I'm trademarking it just the same) with the companies that would normally attend offering tiered access to their brands/offerrings.
Each company would offer levels of access (some kind of 'Brand pass' offering) so Hasbro would have a Star Wars/ Transformers/ Marvel/ GI Joe etc. offering, and Lego maybe a generic & licensed ', which would probably cost more than say, Sideshow Collectibles or MacFarlane.
Virtual attendees to each brand show/exhibit would/could also get limited access to the cc exclusive items that are usually hoarded by scumbags and flogged on ebay for between 10-100 times what they are worth. Don't even get me started on Lego.
With some decent management, cooperation and organisation this could not only work very well, but actually save each company a huge amount of money. Not least because they (a). wouldn't all need to decamp to one area for three days and (b). Wouldn't have to just put all the displays & items & other paraphernalia of comic con in storage. And instead of, just one example, the Marvel Legends comic con q&a trickling out on fan sites, the whole world could, in theory, attend this live. Maybe even ask questions at certain points. First time ever. And all the exhibitors would still get paid for doing what they normally do, but in a different way. The technology is there. On our phones.
Because really, what are the alternatives? As far as I can see, (1). a very limited, very austere 'Social Distancing Comic Con' which would just be terrible and grotesquely magnify all the existing problems with SDCC, but with none of the advantages, or (2). Cancellation. And a whole lot of toys, displays, hospitality staff etc. sitting in warehouses.
I've had to get used to the idea that I'm never, ever going to have the privilege of being able to attend the US event. Like a lot of other fans who don't live in the US. That's okay: I still look forward to the coverage and (if I can afford it) some of the Exclusives cropping up on ebay. All of these companies just love telling the dorks and geeks how much they listen to us, they wouldn't be here if it wasn't for us etc. etc. Well, here's your chance to show it: think differently, do it differently, make just as much money. And maybe set a precedent.
Or not. The toys will come out just the same, and none of us collectors will be out of pocket. Some will actually save money.
As for the HasLab Sentinel. Cancel, cancel, cancel. We've got the AOA and Avengers Gamerverse waves imminent; store exclusive Grey Beast & Starboost Iron Man and Iron Man 2020. Then, deluxe Apocalypse and Nimrod. Then, the Deadpool/Strong Guy Wave, then the Venom wave & the Venomised Store Exclusives & 1980's War Machine. Then the Classic X-Men 2 packs. Then the Retro Spider-Man wave. Then the Fox X-Men 2 packs & singles. Then Old Man Hawkeye & Logan. So, we've kinda got enough for a while, I'd say (and I've maybe missed 5 single figures and 1 wave from that list...oh, and the Amazon Fall-2020 exclusive and whatever was planned for sdcc).