This just in from Luke’s Toy Store:
We have all thought about it at one point or another – what would you do if the zombie apocalypse happened? In this new Minimate contest, you will get a chance to answer that question! You are tasked with creating a survivor of the zombie apocalypse, and telling the story of how he/she/it survived. The sky is the limit with your character! Feel free to make them anything from a plumber to a robot to a super powered soldier. You can make a quick custom (using only parts swapping) or make a fully painted and sculpted Minimate.
Luke’s Toy Store is sponsoring this contest in order to promote our expanded Loose Minimate Parts section, the largest selection of Minimate parts anywhere online! We are offering up over $100 worth of cool prizes. There will be 2 prizes for the best custom, and 2 prizes for the best story. And since this is a zombie contest, every prize includes some zombie army builders!
For a list of prizes and rules, please visit the contest thread at the Minimate Multiverse here: Zombie Survivor Custom Contest
Periodically, DST answers questions from its fans on the wide variety of products they produce. This time, its all things Minimates. Below are the highlights:
- DC still very much has the final say on whether or not we’ll see any more DC Minimates.
- If your local Toys R Us doesn’t carry Minimates, talk to the managers.
- 2013 Marvel line plan is not 100% decided, so still a chance for Scarlet Spider (Kaine).
- Doctor Who was never canceled, they were just never produced. DST did designs for Underground Toys, who were unable to generate enough interest to go forward with production.
- No plans for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale.
- No plans for the Walking Dead TV license.
- License does not allow for Ecto-1 in any form.
- No plans for Street Fighter.
- Gamestop not overly interested in carrying toy lines.
- No plans for a third assortment of Street Fighter x Tekken.
- No plans for Star Trek boxed sets, but if the Legacy sets go well, who knows what the future holds.
- Toys R Us has shown no interest in selling the carrying cases.
- DST has the rights to vehicles for Walking Dead, but no plans for now.
- No plans for Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit.
- So long as the fans and Marvel are happy, the Marvel series will keep coming.
- Waiting on approval from Marvel Studios before any Iron Man 3 product can be shown.
AFX is offering the third Thundercats box set for free, though free is kind of loosely used here. Between now and January 27th, if you purchase $22 of select stock, you’ll get the box set added to your order for free. Given that you’d spend $22 on the box set anyway, its actually a pretty good deal if there’s something in their available stock that you were waiting on.
Thundercats series 3, courtesy of AFX
Here’s the link for all the details, as well as the list of select stock.
Art Asylum has posted the latest shipping update for their various products. Below are the Minimate items that were listed:
01/30/13 MARVEL MINIMATES SERIES 48 SEP121669
01/30/13 MARVEL MINIMATES BEST OF SERIES 2 ASST NOV121698
02/27/13 MARVEL MINIMATES HULK THROUGH THE AGES BOX SET DEC121594
02/27/13 STAR TREK TOS ENTERPRISE MINIMATE VEHICLE JUL121720
02/27/13 MARVEL MINIMATES BEST OF SERIES 1 ASST (re-issue) NOV118193
03/06/13 MARVEL MINIMATES SERIES 49 ASST IRON MAN 3 JAN131632
04/10/13 MARVEL MINIMATES STRANGE TALES BOX SET OCT121574
04/24/13 MARVEL MINIMATES SERIES 51 ASST FEB131532
04/24/13 WALKING DEAD MINIMATES SER 3 ASST FEB131535
05/15/13 MARVEL MINIMATES SERIES 50 ASST FEB131531
Like Calico Jack and MAX before it, it looks like DST original series Battle Beasts will have its own animated series to correspond with the Minimate line.
DST has posted the first episode on the Battle Beasts Facebook page, viewable here.
Marvel has posted the line-up for the upcoming 51st series of Minimates, this one featuring characters from the Marvel NOW!…well, event isn’t really the right word. Initiative? Reboot? Anyway, they are characters from Marvel NOW!.
The pairings will be:
- Superior Spider-Man & Nova (Sam Alexander)
- Shanna the She-Devil & Sauron
- Nick Fury Jr & SHIELD Heavy Agent
- Maria Hill & SHIELD Heavy Agent (variant)
Spider-Man is the least surprising figure of the set. He’s easy to produce since its just a blank Minimate painted to look like Spidey, plus there are unsubstantiated rumors that someone over at DST is kinda fond of ol’ webhead. Still, it is a bit bothersome that what is essentially an update to the red and black costume sees production ahead of other characters who have seen quite a bit more of an update to their designs. Still, given the uproar over the Spider-Man storyline of late, plus it can’t really be argued that Spidey doesn’t sell, he’s a good fit here.
Nova’s inclusion is surprising, given that we just got an army builder in series 50. Shanna and Sauron even more surprising. I haven’t really followed the Marvel NOW! stuff, but they don’t seem to be prominent characters in all the marketing. Given we haven’t seen these characters before in Minimate form, and a lot of people have wanted Sauron, I’d say they’re welcome additions. And everyone wants more SHIELD.
Overall, a pretty solid line-up.
Thanks SuperChefMate for the heads up.
Our friend over at Portrait of an Addiction has debuted the new Minimate carrying case, celebrating 10 years of Minimates.
10th Anniversary carrying case, courtesy of Portrait of an Addiction
In recognition of the event, the case will feature the 10th anniversary logo and come with an exclusive silver Minimate.
Star Trek is back.
StarTrek.com has the first look at the upcoming assortment of Star Trek Legacy Minimates, representing highlights of most of the franchises. The first assortment will feature the pairings of:
- Admiral Kirk and Kahn (Star Trek II)
- Captain Picard and Borg Queen (Star Trek: First Contact)
- Captain Sisko and Jem Hadar (Deep Space 9, season 7)
- Captain Archer and Xindi (Enterprise)
Sure, we’ve seen a Picard and Sisko before, and we could staff an army of redshirts with all the Kirks we’ve gotten (with another one coming in the new Enterprise ship), but with four franchises represented here, hopefully there’s something for everyone, which will get this relaunch off on the right track, with many more characters to come.
These are slated for release later this year.
Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the third series of Walking Dead Minimates. The third series will focus on the prison storyline, and feature Rick in riot cop gear, and Tyreese and Hershell in prison garb. Plus Dexter. Plus zombies. It seems each character will be paired with a zombie,
with Rick and Dexter being Toys R Us exclusives. The third series is expected to hit shelves in the spring.
Correction: Rick and Dexter will pull double duty with the TRU assortment, which has yet to be announced. Battle-damaged Tyreese will be the variant of the specialty assortment. Thanks Zach.
Highlighting the third series will be a contest judged by Robert Kirkman and DST. The contest will require participants to piece together a fan video using existing Walking Dead Minimates. The winner will receive an autographed copy of the Walking Dead Compendium, as well as autographed series 3 Minimates. Details are listed on the Skybound website.
Marvel has released a picture of the upcoming 50th series of Marvel Minimates.
Overall, I’m happy with how they turned out. I think I’d like the variant Zemo a bit more if his fur collar wasn’t attached to his mask, but that’s a minor gripe.