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  1. New Hasbro figures are hitting stores and seem to be flying off the shelves.

    Any plans for Minimates to go with the new series?

    DST had an animated set designed two years ago and we’ve been waiting for release ever since.

  2. So they dropped a new, popular character that was just introduced to the MCU and will have their own show on Disney+ around the time the set hits stores. Also a character that hasn’t really been released in other toy lines and was featured in the mainline Avengers comic not too long ago. Also, also an indigenous, female character, which every toy line is lacking… 

    Alright then.

  3. On 4/16/2023 at 2:23 PM, DSTZach said:

    Also not sure it's faster. 

    Well we've been waiting on the animated X-Men wave since October of 2020, so I think I'm gonna have to disagree with you there.

  4. Still on the fence about this set. Losing a character doesn't seem like a wise decision, but I agree with others that it definitely shouldn't be Mary.

    I feel like its crazy to have seen these in October and still not have a confirmed solicitation. DST should look into Kickstarter FFS.

    • Damnation - Brother Voodoo, Mr. Knight, Blade, modern Dr. Strange, modern Loki, Mephisto, Ghost Rider(s), Elsa Bloodstone
    • Any mutant character post House of X - Xavier, Magneto, Cyclops, Magik, Storm, Wolverine, Moira, Kate Pryde, etc.
    • Secret Wars/Hickman's Avengers - Dr. Doom (white), Maker, Dr. Strange, Namor, Black Panther, etc.
    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 21 minutes ago, TM2 Dinobot said:



    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”.

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

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