Ask DST #432: Marvel, Muppets, Invincible, and more!

Ask DST #432: Marvel, Muppets, Invincible, and more!

Jul 12th 2021

It’s a new Ask DST and it’s a big one! Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. president DSTChuck is taking all of your questions, from Star Wars to Star Trek, from Marvel to DC, from Mortal Kombat to Forbidden Planet and more! Read on to see if your question was answered, then submit your own  here!

Paul P.

I live in the UK and wondered if there will be more options to help us with the postage costs like you have within the US with the free shipping.

DSTChuck: We continue to look at ways to lower the cost of shipping for our international customers. We are sorry it makes our products so expensive.

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Bridget C.

Hello, do you plan on releasing more Star Wars Rebels related figures? Especially a Hera?

DSTChuck: We will continue to try to find a mix to better balance all the Star Wars properties, but we are very fond of Rebels and Clone Wars, and yes we do have more Rebels product in the development stages.

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Kevin K.

Are there any updates on the Nova marvel gallery diorama shown at toy fair 2020?

DSTChuck: We do not have a slot for it at this time but do hope to get it out there in 2022.

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Richard

Any Netflix Lost In Space merch in the works?

DSTChuck: Sorry, there are none planned at this time.

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Joshua M.

Hi, I was wondering if we could expect more Mortal Kombat statues?

DSTChuck: We are looking at that, and if everything works out we would very much love to do another wave of Gallery Dioramas.

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Curtis S.

In 2019, DST revealed an electronic Robby the Robot, but we haven't heard anything since. I's this still in the works? Would love to add this to my collection!

DSTChuck: We have run into development/costing issues with that item, so it is not on our current development schedule.

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Donovan D.

Will you be making more dc gallery statues if so what ones?

DSTChuck: I am sorry, but the DC Gallery line is on pause at this time. Hopefully we can get back at it soon.

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Grayson S.

Do you no longer have the Star Trek license when it comes to the star ships?

DSTChuck: Though the line has hit some roadblocks, we continue to work on ways we can get new ships out there to fans at the price and quality that they are used to with our past releases. Hopefully we will have more concrete information we can release soon.

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Matthew S.

Hello! I was wondering two things...
1) Will there be any more Invincible figures, and if so, when?
2) Will you all be touching The Walking Dead any more?

DSTChuck: Yes, we are hoping to release more figures from the TV series and hope we will be able to announce something soon. I am sorry, however, that we are no longer working on product for Walking Dead.

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John S.

With all the rumors swirling around the next Spider-Man movie, is there any chance you’ll be offering a Marvel Select figure from the film, with 3 unmasked heads, one for each actor portraying the web slinger? It would also be nice if you would consider rereleasing the previous Marvel Select Spider-Man villains rumored to appear in the movie, since many of them are either sold out, or extremely hard to find at a reasonable price and in good condition. Thanks for your consideration!

DSTChuck: I am not able to comment on anything related to an unreleased movie’s plotline.

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Maddie

Hello! Will past NBX figures rerelease with their diorama pieces?

DSTChuck: We have not closed the door on that idea, and we did do it a couple times in the distant past, but right now we have no plans. I think if we did do it, we would have to raise the SRP due to rising costs, and I am not sure we want to do that.

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Brett O.

Do you view all the social media sites to look at requests, wishlists, and customs to gauge popularity of future Minimates ?

DSTChuck: I do not, but the project manager for Minimates is pretty in-tune with the brand, so he might. Development of any 3D product is very time-consuming and expensive (even something small like a Minimate), so as a result it’s very difficult to make a decision based on a relatively small segment of the entire market. That said, we are very aware of the collector market for our product and interact with fans as much as we can.

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Chad P.,

Are you guys making any figures based off of the new Eternals movie coming up?

DSTChuck: I am sorry but we do not have any product planned at this time.

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Christopher S.

The Castlevania Diorama figures. You have Dracula and Trevor. Any news on Alucard and Sypha being released?

DSTChuck: I am sorry, but at this time we do not have any more product planned for Castlevania.

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Luis V.

Hi, I'm a huge fan of your legends in 3D busts and was curious if more Marvel was on the way?

DSTChuck: Thanks for being a fan, and yes we have many more planned.

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Juanjo R.

My question is if there are more X-Men statues planned in the 8 inch Gallery line?

DSTChuck: The X-Men are never far from our thoughts for any lines we plan.

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Chris W.

Hello, are there any plans to continue the Marvel Cinematic Universe mini bust series?

DSTChuck: Yes I think so, we’ve started to make lists and pull reference, so we should see more in 2022.

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Dean P.

I was wondering if the sonic the hedgehog action figures still coming out and being made still? Its been about a year and half since we haven't got news about them still coming out or any pictures of the figures yet.

DSTChuck: Yes, development continues, and we hope to put them up for order soon.

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Kevin A.

With "The Muppets Select Best Of" series having revealed the latest wave (Electric Mayhem!) what are the chances of us seeing figures such as Sam Eagle and Rizzo, who were announced but never released originally, released in the Best Of Series? Or characters that never got a chance to get a figure, such as Bobo, Sweetums, Uncle Deadly, Walter, or Pepe?
I, and other Muppet fans, LOVE this line and truly hope it will continue to allow us to complete the entire cast.

DSTChuck: We are CONSTANTLY looking at ways to get more Muppets products into the market and hope to have new news soon.

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Jas P.

Hi, my question is: are you not able to make as many Marvel characters on the Marvel Select line as you do on Gallery?

DSTChuck: We are in fact limited in the number of figures we can make and how many of each of them we can make for the Select line.

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Jordan G.

My question though is how does DST decide on what products to make and what properties to pursue to make these products? I imagine the process is quite detailed and could we as collectors know if things like Conan the Barbarian, or other properties will be added in the future?

DSTChuck: You are correct, it’s a multi-layered situation based on many factors – cost, demand, categories, development and several others are all factors. We have discussed Conan several times, but the rights to that property can be a little complicated.

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Daniel D.

Hi I collect marvel gallery and premier collection statue . Will you make a Loki statue I think fan are waiting big time for this one . I have 145 statue from you guy and would love to have Loki with is helmet with the horn .

DSTChuck: For SURE Loki is under consideration.

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Dan H.

Will you ever make a fraggle rock range of figures .
It would be great to see a gorg garden playset and all the different characters.

DSTChuck: We have discussed Fraggle Rock from time to time (I love that show), but the timing and other factors have not been quite right yet.

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David O.

Hi there! Have been a collector for DST's DC and Marvel Gallery Statue for a year-long now. Really like the designs of all the Batman's rogue and Spider-man's rogue Gallery statues. I am also really glad that DST is committed to offering a more budget-friendly range of statues with the Gallery line. With that being said, is it possible that we can have more Spider-man's rogue in the Gallery line? Maybe a new venom design and more sinister six members? Will really hope to see more of them in the future, thanks! :)

DSTChuck: Glad to have you onboard, and thanks for the support. I am a HUGE fan of Spidey and always love to release statues for Spidey-verse characters. Right now, however, we do not have plans for a new Venom.

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Andy G.

Will you ever make figures of Johnny Depp from other movies like sleepy hollow and Edward scissorhands?

DSTChuck: We do not have any planned at this time.

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Ryan C.

Do you have any plans for a Marvel Select MCU Vision figure? It would be great to go with my upcoming Scarlet Witch figure in the fall!

DSTChuck: Not at this moment, but for sure it’s been discussed, so we’ll see.

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Callum T.

Hi I was wondering if there would be any chance of Beta Ray Bill products? also would more Rocket Raccoon products be possible? Thanks.

DSTChuck: I suppose it’s possible.

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Hovik S.

Are sales for lord of the rings figures good enough that we will see more figures passed wave 4 (Gandalf), or is it too soon to tell?

DSTChuck: It’s a little too soon, but we’re hopeful. Right now, our focus is on getting the figures we have announced into fans’ hands!

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Justin W.

Where do I find DST merch, like T-shirts, stickers etc.?

DSTChuck: We did do some stuff like that in years past. I think it would be cool to do more stuff like that once conventions are up and running again, so we’ll see… Never say never!