Polls

Marvel series 50: Who should be in it? (pick 2)

  • Madrox the Multiple Man (Classic) (36%, 98 Votes)
  • Nova Corps Centurions (33%, 90 Votes)
  • Mandroids (28%, 75 Votes)
  • Stepford Cuckoos (28%, 75 Votes)
  • HAMMER Agents (23%, 63 Votes)
  • Mindless Ones (16%, 43 Votes)
  • Warwolves (15%, 41 Votes)
  • Dire Wraiths (7%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 271

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Poll Results

Marvel series 50: Who should be in it? (pick two)

  • Baron Zemo (55%, 87 Votes)
  • Mojo (35%, 55 Votes)
  • Onslaught (31%, 49 Votes)
  • Wrecker (24%, 37 Votes)
  • Apocalypse (18%, 28 Votes)
  • Baron Strucker (15%, 24 Votes)
  • Abomination (10%, 16 Votes)
  • Vengeance (8%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 157

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Poll Results

Marvel series 50: Who should be in it? (pick two)

  • Banshee (35%, 63 Votes)
  • Falcon (34%, 61 Votes)
  • Winter Soldier (31%, 56 Votes)
  • Songbird (25%, 46 Votes)
  • Commander Rogers (20%, 37 Votes)
  • Black Knight II (19%, 35 Votes)
  • Luke Cage (14%, 25 Votes)
  • Gladiator (11%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 181

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Poll Results

Marvel series 50: Who should be in it? (pick 2)

  • Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch) (47%, 73 Votes)
  • Werewolf Captain America (28%, 43 Votes)
  • Hydro Armor Iron Man (24%, 37 Votes)
  • Cyborg Spider-Man (22%, 34 Votes)
  • Iron Man 2020 (21%, 32 Votes)
  • Savage Grey Hulk (19%, 30 Votes)
  • Mutated Thing (15%, 23 Votes)
  • Team X Wolverine (14%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 155

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Caption Contest: Boss Fight

Agh… It’s been over a month since the last contest. Other ideas building as well as general work got in the way, sorry about that. Also, no prize was suggested, so if one is not, I don’t know what to do. Please leave suggestions in the comments. Well, here we go…

This one is fairly simple. All you need to do is pose some mini mates fighting against a larger figure, hero or villain. Rules are as follows:

1. Use minimates as a main focus. This is not a promotion for NECA or Hasbro.

2. Use a caption. Before these were optional, but a caption, no matter how concise, is necessary.

3. Send it to minimateheadquarters@gmail.com by midnight next Tuesday.

4. Keep it appropriate.

I hope this brings new entries, and suggestions for new features on the site as well as contest ideas are always welcome.

Luke’s Toy Store: Hologram-Style Light-Up Displays

Luke’s Toy Store unveiled a new line of light-up Minimate displays inspired by the holographic displays seen in countless movies and shows. Each translucent display is 2-sided, and the ultra-bright LEDs look great under any lighting conditions. The first release includes two different displays: The Green Laboratory Light-Up Display shows schematics and 3D armor views. The Red Targeting Light-Up Display features an aerial view of a metropolitan area on one side, and Manhattan on the other side, both with ominous targets preparing for an attack.
These displays are available individually for $11.99 each, or as a 2-pack for $19.99. They are available exclusively at Luke’s Toy Store.
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Guardians of the Galaxy revealed

Marvel has the first look at the upcoming Minimate series based on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

courtesy of Marvel

courtesy of Marvel

The line-up, due in specialty stores by August, will feature:

  • Star Lord & Ronan
  • Groot (with Rocket Raccoon) & Drax
  • Gamora & Nova Corps Centurion
  • Nebula & Sakaaran Trooper

Caption Contest Results

Here they are… the results everyone has been waiting for! I received eight entries this time, so prize, yay! I don’t have a concrete idea as to what it will be, so sound off in the comments below with ideas, and the one with the most buzz will be chosen and shipped to the winner. Here they are, from top to bottom, with criteria on top.

1. Must be a couple

2. Must have non-customized minimates

3. Decisions are made by me, so any questions can be voiced in the comments or by email.

4. The race for number one was close, so sorry to second place, so maybe next time. Please keep submitting though!

Here they are…

1.IMG_0185 From hardkandee

2.photo-6 From Elliot Sablan

3.photo 1 From Nate Xopher

4.ben_alicia From Feroz Nazir

5.photoNote From Max Ellentuck

6.image-1 From Ryan Ramey

7.photo 2 From Francis

8.IMG_4327 From Emily Ellentuck

Please comment about the different pictures and give new ideas for future contests. Thanks to everyone, and please submit!

 

Toy Fair ’14: Walking Dead, Marvel, more

Toy Ark has several galleries posted of images from Toy Fair of all the Minimate goodness that’s allowed to be shown. I’d recommend checking out the links below to check out all the images.

Here’s what we know (so far):

Aliens

courtesy of Toy Ark

courtesy of Toy Ark

The previously announced Aliens assortment was out. There also seems to be sets from the original Alien movie, though these seem to fall under the no-photo clause, so other than a 35th anniversary “something” not much is known.

Amazing Spider-Man 2

As reported previously by Onslaught, Marvel series 56 will be based on the new Amazing Spider-Man movie and will feature:

  • Graduation Peter & Gwen
  • Spider-Man & Green Goblin
  • Battle-Damaged/Firefighter Spider-Man & Electro
  • Aleksei (pre-Rhino) & Smythe

There’s also reportedly an accompanying TRU series, which will likely feature some overlaps and perhaps a few more of the thousand or so villains that seem to be showing up in the movie.

Battle Beasts

courtesy of Toy Ark

courtesy of Toy Ark

The recently announced second series of Battle Beasts was also on display.

Big Bang Theory

courtesy of Toy Ark

courtesy of Toy Ark

New license Big Bang Theory had its first two box sets on display with what appears to be a Minimate-sized couch.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

courtesy of Toy Ark

courtesy of Toy Ark

A Marvel series will also be devoted to the new Captain America movie, with the pairings of:

  • Steve Rogers & Winter Soldier
  • Black Widow & Falcon
  • Batroc (?) & Pierce (?)
  • Crossbones (?) & Captain America

Godzilla

courtesy of Toy Ark

courtesy of Toy Ark

New license Godzilla had its first box set on display, featuring Godzilla, Mothra, and two character that I hope someone in the comments can verify for me.

Guardians of the Galaxy

There will be another Marvel series for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but there seems to be a no-images policy in place for this one, so not much is known other than that there will be one.

Kill Bill

Two more box sets from Kill Bill were displayed, featuring:

  • The Crazy 88
  • The Bride, Bill, Pai Mei & Hattori Hanzō

Also on display was the previously announced box set.

Marvel

courtesy of Toy Ark

courtesy of Toy Ark

A “Best of” series 3 is in the works, featuring updated versions of:

  • Gray Hulk (with a new raging Bruce Banner underneath) & Iron Man
  • Luke Cage & Iron Fist
  • Captain America (Ultimate?) & Spider-Sense/Sun God Spider-Man
  • Ant Man (with lab coat) & Hawkeye

Luke Cage and Iron Fist are clearly the stars of the series, as Luke is a badly needed revisit of the less-than-stellar New Avengers version, and Iron Fist comes with enough new stuff to make him worth another purchase for anyone who already got the Shadowland version of him. The new Hulk is also a great revisit also. The rest will depend on your completionist status, but to be fair, this is a “best of” assortment, so you can’t expect them to reinvent the wheel for everyone.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare

courtesy of Toy Ark

courtesy of Toy Ark

The previously announced box set for Plants vs Zombies was on display.

Pulp Fiction

We finally got our first look at the forthcoming Pulp Fiction Minimates, with two box sets based on various parts of the story:

  • “Vincent Vega & Marcellus Wallace’s Wife” with Vincent, Mia, Lance & Jody
  • “The Bonnie Situation” with Vincent, Jules, the Wolf & Jimmie

Also on display was a two pack featuring Vincent and Jules.

Sin City

We also got our first look at the upcoming Sin City Minimates, with box sets featuring various storylines:

  • “The Yellow Bastard” with Hartigan, Nancy, Roark Jr & Senator Roark
  • “The Hard Goodbye” with Marv, Goldie/Wendy, Kevin & Cardinal Roark

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A series will be based on the new Nickelodeon cartoon, but with no images, not much beyond that is known.

View Askew

A box set is planned based on the original Clerks movie, featuring Dante, Randal, Jay, and Silent Bob.

There’s also assortments planned for Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back featuring:

  • Jay & Silent Bob (with Susanne)
  • Justice & Marshal Willenholly
  • Bluntman & Chronic
  • Chaka & …well, let’s just say it’s Mark Hamill

Walking Dead

Series 6 of the Walking Dead was on display, featuring Carl for the first time, as well as more Rick, Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, and zombies, plus a few characters I admit to not recognizing.

 

Overall, a pretty good showing.

Toy Fair 2014: ASM 2

image image image imageThe pairings are as follows:

Alistar Smythe and Aleksei Sytevich

Battle Damaged Spidey and Electro

Graduation Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy

Spider-man and Green Goblin (Harry (Norman?) Osborn)

From comicbookmovie.com

According to Diamond Select’s Facebook page, there will also be a TRU assortment for the ASM 2 minimates.

News Roundup: Battle Beasts, New Licenses

Comics Alliance has the first look at the second series of Battle Beasts.

courtesy of Comics Alliance

courtesy of Comics Alliance

The line-up will include:

  • Giraffe & Hammerhead
  • Cow & Bear
  • Cobra & Bat
  • Anubis & Thrush

These are expected to hit specialty store shelves over the summer, and apparently the names aren’t finalized yet. I’d recommend GI Raffe for the giraffe figure, though they’d likely have to license the name from buttheadsmate. Overall, the figures look really good. My only real criticism (and a minor one at that) is seeing all the detailed sculpts for the various characters, it’s kind of disappointing that Cow’s chest adornment is just painted on.

As for new licenses, it looks like the Big Bang Theory will be getting a couple of box sets, through a partnership with Bif Bang Pow!

courtesy of Action Figure Insider

courtesy of Action Figure Insider

courtesy of Action Figure Insider

courtesy of Action Figure Insider

Not much is known about release dates, venues, or if the line-ups are even finalized, but it looks like the sets will contain:

  • Sheldon, Amy, Howard & Raj
  • Sheldon, Leonard, Penny & Bernadette

It’s one of those licenses that kinda makes sense, but kinda doesn’t. The show is really popular, but in the end, it’s a bunch of civilian characters which might not win it a lot of casual purchases. Still, with Sheldon sporting Green Lantern and Flash shirts, it’s probably as close to more DC Minimates as we’re likely to get any time soon. And it does seem kind of fitting to stand them alongside your Marvel and DC characters.

One thing I’d like to see them add, is use the collar piece from the Star Trek Minimates on Howard. He always wears a turtleneck on the show, and bulking up the neck of his figure would capture that perfectly. Alien pin is optional.

And that’s not even the most bizarre license!

EGM has the first look at the Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Minimates.

courtesy of EGM

courtesy of EGM

The box set will feature:

  • All-Star Zombie, Engineer Zombie, Cactus, Pea Shooter & Marigold

What makes this particular license odd is that more than half the box set won’t be traditional Minimates. Despite that, the characters are visually appealing enough to catch attention and overall are done really well.

Caption Contest: Valentine’s Day

We’re back for another great (and highly anticipated) caption contest, this time revolving around Valentine’s Day, as was suggested in the comments a couple of weeks ago. Rules are as follows:

1. Keep it appropriate. This isn’t Last Tango in Paris.

2. The picture can be creating a scene from your own imagination, but it must contain at least two characters who could theoretically be viewed as a couple within their own universes. This means only couples within their own universes. So no Hawkeye and Wonder Woman or Terminator with the Lost in Space robot.

3. No custom minimates. This is slightly unfortunate, but I do want to keep the playing field fair for everyone, customizer or not.

4. Keep the theme of the picture Valentine’s Day or love. So don’t have the couple fighting bad guys (unless it’s a Nite Owl-Silk Spectre thing).

5. Email it to minimateheadquarters@gmail.com by the 20th of February.

Again, only eight are needed for a prize. If you think you have an idea, please submit.

I will add an example if anyone wants to see one, and please suggest any ideas for future contests or ideas for the site. Have fun with it, and good luck.

New Minimate Display Stands at Luke’s Toy Store

Series 2 of Luke’s 3D printed accessories has been revealed! This series focuses on four dynamic display stands: the Sprinting Stand, Handstand Base, Super Tall Flight Stand, and Hand Propelled Flight Stands.  These accessories are all compatible with Minimates, and allow you to recreate your favorite action scenes. Each item is available individually or as a set of 4 at a discounted price. These exclusive accessories are in stock now at Luke’s Toy Store.

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Server Downtime

At some point over the next day or so, the server that hosts MMHQ will be down briefly for an upgrade. I don’t have an exact time for when this downtime will occur, outside of the nebulous time frame of “tomorrow night”. Theoretically, the downtime should only last 15-30 minutes.