Ask DST #394: Muppets, Ghostbusters and More!

It’s a new Ask DST with Diamond Select Toys president DSTChuck, and this week he is taking on all comers! You have questions about Muppets, Ghostbusters, Aliens, Back to the Future, or dozens of other licenses we don’t even have yet? Ask them here, and if you don’t see them answered, use the drop-down form up top or e-mail DSTChuck!

muppets4_swedishchef_chicken Greig C.
Hi guys, earlier you mentioned that you were looking for other avenues to release s4 of your Muppets Select figures. Have you secured this as they have gone up for pre-order online for release Sept 2018 – Please tell me that it’s true?

DSTChuck: The Swedish Chef is now up for pre-order as a Deluxe Select Action Figure Box Set. The price point is slightly higher, but if he does well, the other characters in Series 4 are possible.

Eduardo C.- Hi! I love the Minimates and I would also like you to make Minimates based on Final Fantasy or Super Mario!

DSTChuck: At this time, neither license is available to us. But they would be very cool!

img_0654Jeremiah J.
Hello DST, at your NYTF Nightmare Before Christmas display, there was a figure of the hanging tree. Is this a Select figure? Is it a Build a Figure or is it a standalone figure? Looking forward to purchasing it. Thanks!

DSTChuck: The hanging tree comes with the new Sally figure in Select Series 6!

Clinton L.
Are there any plans for a terminator line-up of the vinyl bust banks? Tech noir, endoskeleton, T2 clean and final scene? Lastly, any plans to finalize the ultimate 1/4 scale Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker figures to complete the series? Thanks.

DSTChuck: As it stands right now, we no longer have the rights to Terminator or Star Wars.

aliensapcspec-e1478640816641Christopher B.
DST has given fans the most complete lineup of characters from Aliens courtesy of the Minimates line. This fact, however, makes the absence of a non-mutilated Bishop quite noticeable. How soon can we expect to add this main character to our collections?

DSTChuck: Glad you have enjoyed them. When we set out on that line and Predator, we planned to have as well-rounded a line as possible. We have looked into ideas to get a new Bishop out, so we’ll have to see.

Will G.
Will there ever be ’78 & ’03 Battlestar Galactica Centurion (or other versions) Cylon Vinimates??

DSTChuck: Right now we do not have the rights to BSG but it’s something we would consider getting back into if there was demand.

Richard C.
Will you ever offer the 1:1 Flux Capacitor prop replica again?

DSTChuck: We have looked at making more, and if the Sales team hears there is enough demand for another run, then we will happily make more.

Andrew L.
Do you have the license for the new “Lost in Space” show from Netflix? Would love to see a toy of the Jupiter 2 and Chariot.

DSTChuck: I am sorry, we do not have the rights to the new Lost in Space series.

GBRooftopGozerJason Y.
I am overall very happy with the Ghostbusters Select series and very impressed by the build a rooftop. I pretty much see it as a once of a lifetime opportunity.
I am looking forward to series 6-10 with a few questions in my head.
1. We’ve got a few ghost traps so far but they are all closed. Will we get a opened ghost trap with some kind of effects in the series 6-10?
2. I am a sucker for glow in the dark toys. Can Diamond consider maybe adding some glow in the dark features in the figures. For example, maybe the slime parts of the slime blower or the real Ghostbusters can have glow in the dark proton streams?
3. I think this has been asked before but is there some sort of licensing restrictions that DST can’t make 7″ figures for the 2014 Ghostbusters remake characters? I’m disappointed to find a lack of representation of the female team. I think DST should “answer the call”.

DSTChuck: Glad you like them and we also have viewed it as a once in a lifetime opportunity.
1. We did make a conscientious decision to include more traps, but we did not re-sculpt it.
2. GiD can be cool, but you don’t want to overuse it. We do discuss the feature from time to time but it’s not the first thing we consider.
3. The rights to action figures to the new movie were given to Mattel.

Daniel L.
Hi, I finally finished my Ghostbuster Select Rooftop and it is amazing, really looking forward to the Firehouse set.
With the Ghostbuster Select line doing so well, is there any chance we will get Ecto-One in Select Scale that could fit the 7inch select figures?
Or will Diamond Select ever consider making any vehicles for the 7inch select figures? (BTTF Delorean, John Wick’s car, etc…)
Also, any update on Pulp Fiction Series 2 (loved series 1) and Kill Bill?

DSTChuck: I think we’d still like to do an Ecto-1, but I don’t think we would consider something large enough to be in scale to the 7” figure line.

Rosie P.
As today is International Women’s Day, I would like to request that this year you produce the Star Trek Nurse Chapel and Yoeman Rand figures that were due for release some time ago – you had no problem with the male crew so it’s time add the women of the crew – hope you won’t disappoint, AGAIN!

DSTChuck: I am sorry, but at this time we have no plans to bring back that past line, male or female. For now, everything we have planned will be under the Select banner.

Luke H.
All I really want to know is what’s next for Aliens? XD But, while I’m at it… Have you ever considered using the license for statues? (Or is that a license issue with other licensees?) Koto have done some wonderfully rendered ones, but their choice of poses leaves a lot to be desired, particularly their Dog Alien (I can’t reconcile buying it, it’s just too odd/unflattering.)
Also, have you ever considered playsets/dioramas for Minimates? Or does that cross into different territory again, with licensing issues?
Wishlist to “complete” Aliens Minimates:
“Clean” Bishop
Dropships, for the above (the two variants from the movie).
Queen with egg sack
Dream list:
USS Sulaco
Hive diorama, with victims
Atmosphere Processor light up model

DSTChuck: Statues and figures for Aliens are not available to us. We’d love to have a shot at more Aliens categories. We have looked at playsets for Minimates, but the demand has not been there.

Jack D.
With Toysrus closing down are we still going to see the TRU translucent terror dog?

DSTChuck: We have offered the slim-carded Series 7 of Ghostbusters to comic shops, including the clear terror dog. Check with your local store, or preferred online retailer.

Nathan M.
Would it ever be a reality to have a full series of Final Fantasy figures like you’re doing for Pacific Rim and Nightmare on Elm Street? At the least maybe Final Fantasy 15 waves?

DSTChuck: We’d love to work on the FF property, but it’s not available to us at this time.

Misty M.
Can you make a Gort (from ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’) Vinimates robot like you did with Robbie and the Iron Giant?

DSTChuck: Right now we do not have the rights, but I do think we would have an interest in it at some point!

beetlejuicemmgroupKody B.
Hey DST, I recently saw your previews of the Beetlejuice Minimates and that got me wondering if we will ever see a Beetlejuice Select line. The possibilities are endless for source material for the line.

DSTChuck: I am sorry, but action figures, are not available to us for this property.

Ciaran M.
Are we ever going to see this Star Trek TNG Type-II phaser go on sale?

DSTChuck: I would expect so!

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