Diamond Select Toys just showed off some new Marvel Select and Marvel Retro figures at the International Toy Fair in New York, and while the fan letters are just starting to come in from that show, we’ve still got a ton of Marvel questions waiting to be answered. Now that he’s come out of the Toy Fair bunker, DST president DSTChuck is dishing out answers and dropping bombs! Read on to hear about the Age of Ultron, Axis, Apocalypse, and armors aplenty!
Shandon W. Hello again DSTChuck, I’m assuming by the time this gets posted, it’ll be too late for the production of an AOU: Ultron Figure. If we do get one, then awesome!!! That being said,; A) I would like to initially lobby for a proper Thanos figure for Avenger’s Infinity Gauntlet film. Perhaps three years out is enough time to get the ball rolling? Hopefully with a throne base that he has consistently been depicted in throughout the MCU. B) I know Tom Hiddleston has a few more movies left on his contract, so could we see a new Loki for just one of those titles. Hopefully with an interchangeable head, (helmeted/no helmet). A Frank Grillo Crossbones would be great too! C) I know DSTs contract limits you guys to so many figures a year, not including whatever the Disney/Marvel store wants to do exclusively, but are there any moves being made for more figures per year? D) I know there is turmoil with Disney Marvel/Fox which is likely limiting the production for figures pertaining to Fox’s cinematic universe etc… Has that had any effect on production of future X-Men and F4 figures? Thanks for another great year and as of now, I’m just 1 figure away now from the complete line! DSTChuck: Shandon, I think it’s WAY too early to decide which figures we will be doing in three years but yeah, a Thanos would be cool. Right now, I can’t say what we’d do with Loki but certainly he’s not ruled out. DST would love to be able to make more Select figures each year, BUT we’re grateful for what we are able to do. I don’t know if we have decided to make figures from the Fox movies in 2016 , we’ll have to see. At some point, with everything they have planned for movies over the next few years, there will have to be movies we do not try to do figures from, or we’d have no slots for 616 figures. Josh H. Was the re-issue of The Watcher figure canceled? Any word on its release? DSTChuck: Yes, I am sorry, we had to cancel that re-issue. We’re going to work and see when/if we can get it back into the marketplace.. Andrea D. Can you make a Spiderman figure from the comic series “House of Spiderman”? DSTChuck: There is nothing preventing us from doing that, but right now all the figures we plan to do in 2015 are planned, and there are no Spideys on the slate. Justin S. When are we going to get a Marvel Select Apocalypse? Cable needs someone to fight! DSTChuck: That, for sure, is a figure we’d very much like to do, so time will tell. Bentley H. I love the marvel select series action figures. The details are awesome and well worth the price compared to marvel legends. I do have a few questions. 1- Are there any plans for a Hulkbuster Iron man figure? 2-How about a 1st appearance scarlet spider with blue hoodie? And 3- Any plans for an Agent of Shield Phil Colson figure? Keep up the great work. DSTChuck: I think HulkBuster would be great to do, we’d just have to figure out how to make it happen with costing and timing. Currently we do not have the rights to the TV show Agents of Shield. Shandon W. Hello again DSTChuck. Since the reissue of the Disney Exclusive Classic Captain America, with the interchangeable unmasked head, can any thought be considered towards adding accessories like that to pre-existing figures when they’re reissued? For instance, if the Classic Hawkeye were to be reissued, could an unmasked head be included with that, interchangeable head for any of the various Hulk figures that get re-released, or guns for Captain Marvel. I think it’d be an awesome addition and perhaps just the slightest change could incline certain buyers just enough to pick up a figure they already have without it taking away from the amount of new figures that can be produced per year. Looking forward to 2015! DSTChuck: I am not sure that the maskless heads will be a trend – in the case of Cap, it was a result of us brainstorming with Disney on new ideas and they were willing to order enough to cover the extra cost. There was another figure that we talked about doing an extra head to, we even sculpted it, but it did not work out. So it’s still possible here and there. Josh H. Will you be releasing a Marvel Select Hulk Buster Iron Man this year? I know he is a huge character and he would have to be 12-13 inches to be in scale with the AOU figures. I’m just worried that it is outside of license agreement for you to make a Marvel figure that big. Lastly are there any plans of re-releasing Agent Venom or doing a grey version of Savage Hulk this year? Thanks and keep up the great work! DSTChuck: Josh, I am not sure if there is a cap on the height we can do – there is a practical cost issue, of course. There are no more Hulks planned for 2015, but we’re always happy to do another Hulk figure. Right now, no plans for Agent Venom, but certainly it’s possible. M Cuenca. Any plans on re-releasing the Red Skull figure? Or doing a Black Queen Jean Grey? That would be amazing. Other requests: Mysterio, Bullseye. DSTChuck: It is highly unlikely we would re-issue a movie figure, but I suppose its possible. We’ve kind of done that with Iron Man before. Kris G. Any chance we will see a figure of Classic X-men style ONSLAUGHT??? You could even do it for the AXIS story version (the design is very close to the classic) and give it a Red Skull head, just include a classic Magneto style head hidden in the package behind the sticker or even package it “floating” next to the Red Skull head. Also he needs to be big, look at the axis comic cover with Magneto standing in front of skull in the Onslaught armor. DSTChuck: Onslaught is certainly a character we’d look at for an oversized release, but we’ll have to see. Wes P. Hi! I’m a huge fan of the Marvel Minimates, I also love the sculptures and accessories of your Marvel Select figures. I collect the X-men cast and villains. It’s awesome that you completed the Phoenix era X-men, but with the release of Gambit, I found myself really wanting the other Jim lee Era/ Animated Era X-men characters. While I know it may be awhile before you revisit another Cyclops or Storm, can we feel somewhat certain that if you were to do someone like Rogue (who I know you were saying is on your shortlist), she would be in her iconic Jim Lee costume to match Gambit? I know she had other looks before, and has had new looks since, but I would love for her to match the awesome Gambit figure, and I’d love to start building a Marvel Select Jim Lee team. While I’m at it, my wish list would be Rogue, Beast, Psylocke first. Followed eventually by Cyclops, Storm and Jean in their 90s costumes. A Jean Grey as the Phoenix (original green and yellow outfit) would be awesome too to compliment the other X-team you have out! Keep up the awesome work! DSTChuck: While Select is not a team-building line, we certainly do keep an eye on teams and groups. Lots of us in the office are fans of the Jim Lee stuff, as well as Rogue and Psylocke, and we know they are still very popular, so you never know. Luke D. I have a couple of questions and I guess I will start off with films and then move my way to comic characters. The Ant-Man figure looks pretty nice. I will definitely pick one up. I guess my questions for Ant-Man: 1. Is there going to be an unmasked head of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) – like the Disney Exclusives you have done in the past with Spider-Man and Captain America? 2. Are you planning on doing any other characters from the film such as the Yellow Jacket? Now with Avengers Age of Ultron: 3. I know you can only do so many figures and you definitely can’t do the entire cast of Avengers 2… With that said, are we going to see movie Ultron in Select form? Now moving on to comics 4. Are there any talks or plans on doing Black Bolt? 5. The Leader? 6. Kingpin? 7. Bullseye? 8. Mandarin? DSTChuck: #1 No comment – HINT. #2 No, sorry, we have just one figure planned for that movie. #3 We’ve announced all the figures we plan to do for A2 – as you say, unfortunately someone has to be left out. #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 Not for 2015 , those figures have all been planned out . Tim C. Are there any plans for Disney to have any exclusives for some more classic Avengers in 2015? Seems like a good year to get classic versions of Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Antman. BTW, we’re still waiting on a classic Layton Iron Man!! Please make it happen. DSTChuck: I think we’ve shipped all the exclusives that Disney asked for in 2015, but we have more meetings coming up with them soon. Jeff B. I’m interested in the Marvel Retro Mego Replica figures. I would be more likely to buy them if they were offered as just the single, Mego Replica figure in the $25-30 range. Don’t see myself spending $80, especially when I’m not really interested in the updated versions. Just my 2 cents. Any plans to offer just the classic figures at some point? DSTChuck: It is not possible to offer just a figure as a single item, the license does not allow that. We’re very happy to be able to do the sets. It’s been SO cool to work on Marvel and Star Trek and Apes, all toys I had when I was young. My mom used to have to make improvised costumes for them when they wore off or got lost. Sorry the sets are not for you. Matt S. Don’t really have a question this time, but I have to say I’m looking forward to the Ant-Man figure and the movie Black Widow. Definitely going to get them. Can’t wait to see what the new Widow figure looks like, and the Ant-Man looks incredible. DSTChuck: Thanks! Hopefully you saw Ant-Man and the A2 figures with their bases at Toy Fair! James C. Hey Chuck. How’s it going? LOVE WHAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING AT MARVEL SELECT. IN THE AVENGERS 2 MOVIE, IRON MAN’S MARK 43 ARMOR LOOKS LIKE A REPAINT OF HIS MARK 42 ARMOR FROM THE IRON MAN 3 MOVIE. SO THAT BEING SAID, WILL YOU GUYS BE REISSUING THE MARVEL SELECT IRON MAN 3 ACTION FIGURE AS A REPAINT TO TIE-IN WITH THE AVENGERS 2 MOVIE THIS YEAR LIKE YOU GUYS DID WITH THE MARVEL SELECT IRON MAN 2 ACTION FIGURE WHEN THE FIRST AVENGERS MOVIE CAME OUT 3 YEARS AGO? I TRIED TO ORDER THE IRON MAN 3 ACTION FIGURE AT MY NEAREST COMIC SHOP BUT THEY’RE SO EXPENSIVE ONLINE. LET ME KNOW. THANKS AND AS ALWAYS, MAKE MINE MARVEL! DSTChuck: James, glad you like what you have seen. Sorry, we have no more figures planned for A2. Got a question for DSTChuck? Submit it in the “Question? Ask DST!” drop-down form up top!