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    • Endgame Thor
    • Mr. Knight
    • WandaVIsion finale (or MoM) Scarlet Witch
    • He Who Remains
    • Sylvie
    • Maya/Echo

    I also think a proper MoM zombie Strange Minimate with a soul cloak could be really cool, although I think figures like that are outside of DST's tooling budget these days.

  1. 14 minutes ago, fwoosheyman said:

    I can’t believe that no one on the internet covered the DST panel and there’s no info/pics except one marvel minimates picture. 

    It baffles me that this line is 20 years old and currently has licenses to Marvel, the MCU, Transformers, Power Rangers, TMNT, and GI Joe… and has little to no presence on any toy news site.

    I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t check this site every couple of months, I’d be under the impression Minimates were cancelled years ago.

  2. If you glue Kate's extra head to Hulkling's wings, this is basically an 8-pack.

     

    ... I'm sorry I had to. It's all in good fun.

    In all seriousness, I'm excited for these. I really hope these aren't the last Young Avengers we see.

    Weren't we supposed to see a TMNT set this weekend?

  3. Some of you all have are acting like cult members. The Kool-Aid is strong here.

    Imagine going to a public forum and telling people to stop posting their thoughts and opinions because they are "harassing" someone with *checks notes*... valid criticism and a meme... while implying they're drunk and calling them a "miserable cunt".

    @MattallicaThat meme was funny.

  4. 24 minutes ago, DSTZach said:

    And count Scott as a figure, please. He has as much new tooling as any figure if not more. 50 divided by six is eight.

    That is borderline insulting. Scott is not a figure. There's not even a body. I'm pretty sure I can make that with two fodder pieces and a marker cap. And you're arguing in favor of charging $8.00 for it?

    The fact that he has more tooling than the rest of the set is the problem here.

    If tooling is all that matters, why isn't H.E.R.B.I.E. considered a figure? The marketing lists the FF box set as six figures.

     

    32 minutes ago, DSTZach said:

    Sorry for the price increase. The alternative is we don't make Minimates. I would rather this. 

    I think you'd have a lot less complaints about the prices if the figures were better.

  5. 2 hours ago, DSTZach said:

    Where? I believe SRP in 2017 for a two-pack was still around $9.99. If you bought it at Toys R Us, well, you may start to get an idea of how things go when you underprice products. (See also: Walgreens' toy section.)

    Even at $5.00/minimate, charging $10.00 now is a 100% increase (a year or two after another $1.50 increase pre-pandemic). I love minimates, but that is ridiculous for repainted figures that have already been released. I'm literally holding the Spider-Man figure with a Dr. Strange cape up next to the screen and it looks the same. Some dry brushing and I don't think anyone would be able to tell a difference.

     

    3 hours ago, DSTZach said:

    A global pandemic caused so much havoc with the global workforce and global freight lines that labor and shipping have both skyrocketed. It's not like there is no reason given for the price increase.

    Funko, McFarlane, and multiple smaller/indie toy lines have not doubled prices on their products. Even Marvel Select figures have only gone up ~$5.00, from $24.99 to ~$29.99 with some still at the $27.99 price point.

     

    2 hours ago, DSTZach said:

    Fun fact, this set was conceived shortly after the episode aired, as a way to get new MM out relatively close to the episode, with no new tooling. So it was done for speed, not cost.

    DST failed at both of those.

     

    2 hours ago, DSTZach said:

    BUT after the first round of designs, it became apparent we would need some new tooling -- Scarlet Witch's hair, and ALL of Scott Lang. THaqt pushed back the release date a little. We could have just swapped Scott out for Zombie Hawkeye, but Scott made for a much better set.

    A little? The last episode aired on October 6th of last year. That was like like nine months ago.

    Making this an all zombie set with an extra figure instead of a glorified accessory, closer to the original release would have been the better call.

     

    2 hours ago, DSTZach said:

    On a related note, if you look at the detail put into each figure, calling it "low effort" is a huge smack in the face to the designer/artist. Barry did an amazing job.

    I feel like this is just gaslighting at this point. The figures look great, but they are repaints. 

    I've done plenty of customs. Some are just part swaps and some are paint and sculpting. I have no issue with objectively referring to some of them as "low effort". That is not a slap in the face.

  6. 21 minutes ago, TM2 Dinobot said:

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    Yeah, I couldn't resist. It was the first thing that came to mind. $50 for a 5-pack (because let's face it, it's a five pack) is crazy, but is it too far out of line with where inflation is at? I'm balking at the price, but EVERYTHING is going up. Not just Minimates. 

    That Spider-Man minimate (minus the cape) is just a repaint. It was originally released in 2017 when Homecoming came out. I bought it for ~$3.50.

    Five years later, Diamond Select is releasing the same product for ~$10.00 and telling us it’s because “inflation”.

  7. Oof. This is not a $50.00 set. I feel like most of these could be MCU/Walking Dead QCs.

    I wonder how popular these will be considering there’s no guarantee that people will ever be able to complete a “What If?” team.

    Maybe next year we’ll get Endgame Thor, Endgame Captain Marvel, Rescue, Captain America (Sam), Kate, Moon Knight, an updated Scarlet Witch, Agatha, Shang-Chi, Wenwu, or Ms. Marvel…

  8. I love that NECA is just rolling in cash right now because of the retro TMNT love, but DST couldn’t get it together long enough to test the waters.

    If I remember correctly, these were announced way ahead of the TMNT hype bubble that we’re in right now and all the current pops, figures, etc. flies off the shelves.

    I feel like DST is always looking for “the next big license” that will introduce new customers to the line and… well… this was it.

  9. It really does suck missing some of the MCU’s new characters who are easily some of my favorites.

    Kate, Maya, The Eternals, Shang-Chi, Wenwu, Xialing, Monica, Agatha, Sylvie, Mobius, Kang…

    Plus updated costumes for Loki, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Clint, Sam, and Spider-Man.

    Not to mention a second chance at some returning faces from No Way Home.

    At least (most of) these characters are guaranteed to show up again, so hopefully there’s future releases.

    Anybody have any decent quick custom recipes?

  10. 13 hours ago, MisterPL said:

    But that's Hasbro. This is Minimates! You didn't see Marvel Minimates getting launched with two different Daredevil figures, four different Spider-Man figures, and a pair each of two different Cyclops and Wolverine figures--

    ?

    Never mind.

    “Different” being the key word here. Plus, those were all released at the same time so that consumers could purchase what that they liked best.

    They didn’t release a product, wait for consumers to purchase that product, then release new product packaged with the original product for consumers to purchase a second time.

  11. On 10/18/2021 at 6:23 PM, THE_CRIPPLER said:

    You must not collect toys from Hasbro if this has you upset. The G.I. Joe Classified figures have been out for about a year and a half. We have received 4 different Roadblocks, 3 different Cobra Commanders, and 5 Snake Eyes (6 if you count the Fortnight one coming out) 3 Scarlets, and a few other repaints of figures.

    Those are all single packed. So, collectors can just choose which one they want and ignore the rest. They don’t have to buy the same figure twice to get new figures.

  12. This is so stupid it’s almost painful.

    So there was a FCBD set that was obviously planned for May (since that is when FCBD was). I’ve had this set preordered for months.

    And now I’m supposed to get excited to buy all four of those same figures a second time if I want Duke, Baroness, Destro, etc.?

    DST has got to be the worst toy company.

  13. By the time this wave releases, it will have been almost a year since the previous wave. Anyone else feel like minimates is the only line that had an enormous delay due to COVID?

    Hasbro has been snatching up all my retail therapy bucks during lockdown. I feel like DST really dropped the ball on this one.

  14. 42 minutes ago, NerdyTrev said:

    I have to ask... what is the allure of this show? Is this really what people wanted to see?

    It is not at all what I wanted or expected, but it’s a blast. I get how it can be over the top for people who were expecting something along the lines of Batman: The Animated Series or Young Justice though.

    DC has cranked out “dark and serious” stuff over and over again. This is a welcome breath of fresh air for me.

  15. I just finished both seasons of Harley Quinn on HBO Max and I gotta say, this show is perfect for the Minimates treatment.

    There are tons of unique characters and costumes. There’s a solid mix of “A-list” characters and “C/D-listers”. It seems to have a large cult following that is still growing. Harley Quinn as a character has her own cult following. No other toy lines have released product for this show. And mostly, it’s another chance to get some new DC Minimates (similar to the Gotham show).

    Harley has at least 3-4 different costumes. The supporting characters are amazing. The entire Justice League and bat-rogues galley is in it. I can see several different series just from two seasons.

    Harley Quinn and Killer Shark.

    Poison Ivy and Kite Man.

    Harleen Quinzel and Joker.

    Batman and Clayface.

    Dr. Psycho and Wonder Woman.

    Harley Quinn (OG costume) and Riddler.

    Sy Borgman and Frank.

    Queen of Fables and Superman.

    Commissioner Gordon and Batgirl.

    Catwoman and Bane.

    Two-Face and Scarecrow.

    Aquaman and bathing suit Harley.

    Darkseid and super powered Harley.

     

    This list goes on and on.

     

  16. I’d also like to add that releasing a GotG wave, then Guardian in a follow-up X-Men wave, and black Silver Surfer in a follow-up Fantastic Four wave isn’t a bad idea.

    Can we do Beta Ray and a newer Thor costume and wave next?

  17. On 7/13/2020 at 7:36 PM, funkguerilla said:

    Man, with that Master Mold head and a handful of minimate sentinels, you'd have a very epic and pretty scale accurate scene.  Can't wait to see what you do with it. 

    I hadn’t thought of that. Unfortunately the ML Sentinels don’t ship for another year.

    But hey, I’ve already got a dozen or so Minimate sentinels to hold me over until then.

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