Well, Marvel seems to still be going strong. DC Comics is not on the table. DST still seems to be testing the waters with the different licenses they get. Maybe I am a pessimist, but I didn't give much hope to some of the properties. At the same time, I feel DST didn't give much effort with others. Granted, they do research and poll retailers for what will sell and they know better than I do, I just think the research does not always show the markets actual interest, just what retailers are banking on. Frankly, I accept that my personal opinion is not worth magic beans in the scheme of things, so I do not get butthurt and respect the direction these things go. Do I think Lost in Space should have gone forward? Yes, but its not up to me and I am okay with that.
Vinimates seem to be doing great. I think that is good for Minimates. Some of the things that get made into Vinimates are also made as 2 inch Minimates and I think interest will flow down in many cases. I also believe any success for DST will create opportunities for more Minimates lines.
I do not see any "writing on the wall" for Minimates. DST keeps pitching them, even to folks who are saying no (for now) and they know they have a product with a nice fan following. Why abandon it?