Yeah - I put in money for two sets of rewards to ensure I got all the minimates. I ended up with a digital download of the movie, and a hardback book 'The Art of 88'.
I never saw the movie, and the book looked like a collection of fan-art for something that. no-one was a fan of.
Despite the sh*tty experience with Kickstarter in this instance, I'd be willing to roll the dice on exclusive Marvel Minimates if DST wanted to try crowdfunding.
I wouldn't expect DST to act the way D****r did.
Neither of the peeps I've dealt with at DST (Chuck & Zach) ever seem interested in promoting themselves. They're promoting the products. They're out to run a company that makes cool toys that people like. D****r always seemed more interested in being a rock star than in letting his work speak for itself.
Also - D****r was trying to make a film. He made a film. He got what he wanted. He didn't *really* care about the toys.
DST would be making toys and making money *from* the toys. The toys wouldn't be an incentive to support some other product.
Similarly, DST wouldn't be luring in connoisseurs of amateur, low budget, Tarantino knock off, handy cam films with the promise of a bonus DVD with every Minimate sold.
If it meant getting a chance at characters like the Mutant Liberation Front or the Imperial Guard, and it was handled by DST, I'd give it a go.