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Ask DST #268: Minimates

It’s another Ask DST, and this one is all about Minimates! Diamond Select Toys president DSTChuck is taking all Minimates-related questions, and answering them to the best of his ability! He may not be able to tell you the likelihood of a specific license or character, but when you’re talking about a line with 13 years of history, including dozens of licenses and thousands of characters, anything is possible!

Kostis F.
So wow, I just got the Mass Effect in-hand and they are phenomenal! I’m really glad that these did so well (the cases being next to sold out in 2 weeks’ time) and it got me thinking – What are the chances of some Metal Gear Solid Mates (MGS 1,2,3,4, Peace Walker, Rising, Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes are the main games)? MGS and ME are my two favourite video game franchises (the other being Bioshock) so having minimates of them would be the bee’s knees. PS: Are there any chances of us getting a Pimp Moon Knight (or hell, any Moon Knight will do) in 2015?

DSTChuck: Glad you like the Mass Effect line – we do not have rights to MGS, but I suppose if the ME line sells and there is demand, it could be something we look at.


Brandon D.
Is There Any Chance Of Seeing A Minimate Of Hatsune Miku?

DSTChuck: Sorry, but right now that is not a property we are looking at, but never say never.


Jesse H.
Hi Chuck! Wow, I’ve been collecting Minimates for almost 10 years now! That’s hard to believe! Anyway, I love Minimates and I love Cosmic Marvel, and your Cosmic Marvel Minimates are by far the highlights of my collection. I was wondering if you guys have any more Cosmic Minimates in the pipeline. I for one would LOVE a comic-based Guardians of the Galaxy box set, with matching uniforms based on the series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. The uniform pieces would make customizing certain other members of the team easier as well. Thanks, and keep doing what you do!

DSTChuck: Jesse, thanks for all the support. Right now, we do not have any Cosmic Marvel planned, but there are still some blanks we need to fill in the schedule.


Grainne G.
Will there be any more Mass Effect Minimates? I really want to get a Minimate of Ashley Williams as she appears in Mass Effect 1 and 2 (phoenix armour with her hair in a bun and non-porn star face). I’d also love a minimate of Bakara (AKA Eve), the female krogan.

DSTChuck: Grainne, I’m not 100% sure, but yes we’d like to get some more ME out there – at least a box set.


Justin H.
Hi Chuck, I’m writing to request that DST look into the license for Bob’s Burgers. The show is charming and has built a very loyal audience, with very little merchandise currently available. Much like The Simpson’s, Bob’s Burgers has built a big cast of supporting characters, and all would translate well to Minimates, with lots of opportunities for variations of the main characters to help support sales of some of the supporting characters. There would also be some great opportunities for banks (Gene in his burger costume, or his Beefsquatch costume, a bank of the Bob’s Burgers building – in scale with Minimates – would also be very cool!), bottle openers, silicone trays (Louise’s bunny ears!). As I’m sure you know, the recent Dynamite Comics series has been a huge hit and has needed reprints of most of the issues released so far. There is a big demand for product from this show, and I would love to see DST really jump on the chance to corner the market with cool merch. If you haven’t watched the show, I ask you to please check it out and consider this license. Thank you for your time!

DSTChuck: It’s not something we have in the plans right now, but we are aware of the popularity of the show and the building fan base, so never say never.


Andy F.
I understand that the Marvel Zombies Minimates can only include villains and that Marvel doesn’t want zombie versions of heroes made. Would they allow a non-zombie version of a hero to be included as a part of a zombie box set? Specifically, I want a Machine Man minimate. He’s a robot and was never turned into a zombie but had at least one storyline where he traveled to the zombie universe.

DSTChuck: Andy, that is a VERY good question – based on how I am aware the details read, it would be no, but I’d have to ask to be sure.


Brandon D.
For the new Avengers movie coming out.. Is there any chance of seeing Minimates of Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver? Thanks!!

DSTChuck: Brandon, we do have LOTS of A2 Minimates planned, and had to spread them out over multiple assortments. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be available at Toys“R”Us.


Oliver P.
Hello there I recently got into Minimates and wanted to ask some questions.
1) I really like what you have done with the Pathfinder Minimates but are there any more box sets or 2 packs planned in the future at all? With such a good start and with so many possibilities it would be a shame if there wasn’t more!
2) Is there any chance you would ever go back to Halo Minimates or is that done for good?
3)Not really a question and I know it’s been mentioned numerous times before but I just wanted to add another person to the list who wants to see more Star Trek Minimates in the future especially from Deep Space Nine. Thanks for your time!

DSTChuck: Right now, Pathfinder is just the one box set and four two-packs that are out now, but we’d love it if sales were strong enough for a follow-up.


Shane K.
What are the chances of a Series 2 for the Avengers: Age of Ultron Minimates? We’re still missing the Twins, Vision, and Hulk from the mix! Thanks for the awesome products!

DSTChuck: Shane – there will be more A2 Minimates, that’s about all I can say at this point.

Ness E.
Hi DST, just saw the images of the Marvel Select Ant-Man figure. He looks awesome.
Will DST be producing any Minimates for the Ant-Man movie? If so, can we expect a 2-pack, a box set or an entire wave? Cheers.

DSTChuck: Ant-Man will get some Minimates love.


Clark K.
So, you have brought Comic book heroes alive from DC, and almost 100 waves of marvel. Now here’s a golden opportunity to bring a new comic book universe to the world of minimates. But not just normal Comics, Manga (Japanese comic books) as the fighter game J-Stars Victory Vs+ comes to North America you gain the chance to make Shonen Jump heroes that have been asked for over the last 10 years! Dragon Ball, Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece all the most popular Japanese heroes in one game. Can you please try to get the rights to make minimates from this game? I know there are no current plans, but it’s a great opportunity! Who doesn’t want a minimate showdown with Goku vs Superman or Hulk? Also, with the Disney movie making Big Hero 6 popular are there plans to make the team in minimate form? I’m not sure if you could use the Disney form but I’m sure you could get the original Marvel comics forms. Has Big Hero 6 been talked about? I don’t think you ever made Silver Samurai? (Great, now with the first question about J-Stars I wanna see Silver Samurai in a battle with Kenshin). Thank you for taking times to read all this, I hope you think about it.

DSTChuck: Right now, we have no plans to jump into Manga, but you never know, sometimes an opportunity comes that you did not expect. We have not talked to Disney about Big Hero 6, sorry.


Chris T.
I actually have a couple questions for you. First, how long before we see pictures of the Predator minimates? The Aliens minimates are fantastic and are going to look great next to the Predator ones. Will we get a Spiderverse wave? The storyline has too many great characters in it and a box set just wouldn’t do it justice. We all know that you are a big Spidey fan so I am actually surprised that we haven’t heard anything yet. It would be the perfect opportunity to get an updated Spiderman 2099 and Scarlet Spiderman out on the shelves, plus there are so many others that I would love to see like Spider Gwen and Spiderman Noir. Any chance we will get an updated X-23, Storm, Kitty Pride, Magik, or Cyclops to go with the All-New X-Men wave? I hate having unfinished teams from certain eras. It took a while but we eventually got all the 90’s Jim Lee era X-men as minimates. I just hope it doesn’t take as long for these teams to get finished. I think I remember Zach saying that after the X-men/Brotherhood wave that we wouldn’t be seeing any new X-men for a while. Is that still the case? As an X-men/X-force fan I hope it’s not.

DSTChuck: Work is progressing on Predator, but we started much after Aliens – in fact, the license was signed much later. We do expect to show something at Toy Fair, but might not be able to allow it to be photographed. Love me some Spidey, so you never know! We do keep a list of teams we have not “completed,” but we don’t feel a drive to get them done, just something we like to keep track of in case there is an opportunity to put them in a series. I don’t think it’s a RULE that we will not do X-Men for a set time, but Zach is right, we’ve hit them pretty hard recently.

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