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Ask DST #252: Revenge of the Minimates!

Pretty long this time, so here’s a link for  now. If possible, I will summarize it at a later date:

 

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Any comments, questions, or ideas? Sound off in the comments below.

Deadly Foes Ssssstrike!

Tired of playing sssssecond banana, Sssspider-man’s deadliest foessss have taken over the Minimate community!

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I, the Lizard, have overthrown my mammalian inferiorsssss and am now running the show here at Minimate Headquarters.

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Cletusssss Kassidy will be spreading the carnage that only he could cause at Minimate Multiverse. May the community quake in fear as hissssss colors run across the messsssage boards!

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The Sssssandman has sssspread his mark on Minimates Central, doing his part to prevent the sssssmear campaign against usssss down-trodden villains.

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That weakling, Connorsssss, has taken refuge in the Minimate Factory, where he’s ssssshowing how to make more sssssuperior beings like ussssss.

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And Doctor Octopussss has sssstaked his claim on Luke’s Toy Store, where he hassss forced Luke into sssservitude. He’ll be sssslashing prices in preparation for the arrival of the Deadly Foes of Spider-Man boxed set, so that Ssssspider-man’s greatest foes can finally ssssshine!

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Bonus Kit for Deadly Foes of Spider-Man Revealed

The Deadly Foes of Spider-Man 4-Pack is coming to Luke’s Toy Store this September, and anyone ordering 3 or more sets will get an exclusive bonus kit! This kit includes 2 alternate looks for each character (via Luke’s easy-to-apply stickers) and 4 accessories, for a total of 12 items! The full list of items includes:

  • 2 Broken Vials
  • Webbed-Up Minimate Base
  • Beaker with Serum
  • Angry Carnage Face
  • Transforming Carnage Chest
  • 1st Appearance Sandman Face
  • Sandman Chest Impact
  • Transforming Lizard Face
  • Lizard Torn Shirt
  • Doc Ock Alternate Face
  • Doc Ock Web Blast Face

The Deadly Foes of Spider-Man set includes Carnage, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, and Lizard. It features several newly sculpted pieces,

including towering arms for Doc Ock, a classic Lizard head, and new symbiotic parts for Carnage – his first Minimate release in over 10 years! It also comes packed with a tray full of swappable accessories, including an unmasked Carnage head and hair, parts to make Lizard into Curt Connors, and non-powered parts for Sandman.

The Minimates are limited to 3,000 pieces and the bonus kit is limited to 80 pieces. Both are expected to arrive at the end of September. The bonus kit will automatically be included with orders of 3 or more Deadly Foes sets.  This set is available for preorder here: http://lukestoystore…imates-box-set/

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New Minimate Sets up for Pre-Order

Big Bad Toy Store has a few new minimate sets up for preorder

Buck Rogers Minimate Box Set

-Captain Buck Rogers

-Colonel Wilma Deering

-Princess Ardala

-Tigerman

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Godzilla Minimates Series 02 Box Set

-Atomic Breath Godzilla

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-Jet Jaguar

-Hedorah the Smog Monster

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Kill Bill Master of Death Box Set

-The Bride

-Hattori Hanzo

-Pai Mei

-Bill

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Images courtesy of bigbadtoystore.com

Minimate Factory Relaunches after Redesign

It was nearly 7 years ago that Luke Porter started posting customizing tips at the Minimate Factory. His site has covered a lot of topics over the years, from basic Minimate customizing to decals, 3D printing, and LED lighting. As part of the site’s 7 year anniversary coming up in October, Luke has redesigned the site from scratch. Some of the new content includes:

  • Modern web design that makes it easier to find the information you want
  • Responsive design that will work on any screen
  • New Minimate sticker decal templates that cover almost the entire Minimate body
  • Free Star Trek sticker decal kit
  • Getting started guide for new customizers
  • Minimate Customizing Starter Kit with everything a new customizer would need
  • Updated Customs Gallery

“This redesign is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and I hope you will find it useful,” says Luke. “Using the newest vinyl sticker paper that became available last year, Minimate customizing is now easier than ever. For some customs all you need to do is cut out a sticker and apply it! We hope that people take that first step, so they can see how cool it is to hold a custom figure that they made, and have it look like a factory-produced character. Then they can come back to our blog for tips on painting, sculpting, and more!”

You can see all of the new additions at the Minimate Factory Customizing Blog: http://minimatefactory.com/blog

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New Minimate-Scale Dioramas

Need more display options for your Minimates? Luke’s Toy Store has released 17 new Minimate-scale dioramas! They are fully finished and highly detailed with a worn and battle-damaged appearance. The dioramas range in size from rubble piles that are a few inches long to expansive dirt mounds that are over 11″ long. Many of these dioramas are modular terrain pieces that can be combined to create larger scenes.

Not only do they look great, but most of them are made from greencast recycled tire rubber. Products like these help keep tires out of landfills, which is a victory in itself, as in the United States alone we cast off nearly 290 million tires per year. But this also means that these dioramas are extremely durable. If a polystone or resin diorama falls off the shelf, you will likely be sweeping up the remains with a broom. But these rubber dioramas can withstanding quite a bit of abuse, just like the tires on your car. Bend them, drop them, hit them with a hammer, or throw them across the room – they will not shatter!

All of these dioramas are in stock now at Luke’s Toy Store: http://lukestoystore…ramas-displays/

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SDCC Reveals 2014

Lots of pictures from SDCC of previously announced sets at SDCC as well as a few new items. I will be updating this page as the con goes on.

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Sin City:

The Big Fat Kill Box Set

-Dwight

-Gail

-Miho

-Jackie Boy

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Pulp Fiction:

- Bloody Jules

- Bloody Vincent

- Jimmie

- The Wolf

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Kill Bill:

- The Bride “Beatrix Kiddo” (in coffin)

-Vernita

-Elle

-Buck

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SDCC ’14: Mass Effect

Diamond Select Toys offered up a preview of their new Mass Effect line, which will be available at Game Stop.

Mass Effect, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

Mass Effect, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

SDCC ’14: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Diamond Select Toys and Nickelodeon will be giving out promotional Minimates for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line at their respective booths at SDCC. Translucent Leonardo and Michelangelo (based on the hit episode where they turtles are turned into fruit snacks) will be available at the DST and Nickelodeon booths, respectively.

Leonardo, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

Leonardo, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

Michelangelo, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

Michelangelo, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

The first series of Ninja Turtle Minimates will start hitting shelves in September. Look for them at comic shops, specialty stores, Toys R Us, Sears, and K-Mart.

Ninja Turtles series 1, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

Ninja Turtles series 1, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

SDCC ’14: Grimm Fairy Tales

DST has partnered with Zenescope for the Grimm Fairy Tales license. The first Minimates from the new line will be available at Zenescope’s booth at SDCC in the form of two single pack figures: Red Riding Hood and Dark Nissa.

Red Riding Hood, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

Red Riding Hood, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

Dark Nissa, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys

Dark Nissa, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys