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buttheadsmate

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  1. I know someone who has always bought 4 cases of every wave ,looks like he'll only require 3 cases now .
  2. Bearbricks Bearing () in mind that Medicom often packed a single kubrick alongside a single bearbrick I have more than enough of those varmints .
  3. Bit confused but willing to be put on the right path........did any minimate MAX statues include 'other' characters?? RANT WARNING: I collect Vinimates .......... despite the fact that they are perhaps the most infuriating, nonsensical, larger , frozen renditions of a great,iconic, articulated 2" toy action figure . A line of toys that lampoon 'licensing'. "Oooh I love my Vinimates collection & let's meet up for a beer " ............isn't something that I'm likely to respond to in my last few precious years ....& TBQFH I can't see anyone else getting a similar PM....................... ever.
  4. I'd accept that you might feel that I'm ...er......showing rather too much...er...interest in your posts .....Disney the other day ........now Peanuts .......... Soooooooooo......Medicom did a line of 'Snoopy' box sets whose packaging is far too beautiful to actually open. Mine inevitably are in storage but here's a decent picture from the internet which shows what was available ........ Hopefully you'll note that these look very little like "what people think kubricks look like" .........They are exceptional
  5. Waiting for this wave is a bit like watching the moon rotate around the Earth for 24 hours ........just call it a day.
  6. That got me thinking .....from what I know , I know of no other Wonderland kubrick Disney characters. That's the Blue Fairy . There were 4 NBX box sets released in 2001 ( 14 years prior to the Minimates ...just saying) some of which were then re-released in 2005 . Plus several Tron box sets ( Tron in 2001 ...er 17 years prior to Minimates ) Medicom also did a couple of 'Toy Story' box sets & some years later, a wave of them . Monsters Inc. had a couple of waves ..........I'm never sure whether to class Pixar stuff as Disney ?
  7. I should've said that that pic is NOT my display ..........forgive me I borrowed the pic from the net I do however have all that can be seen in that photo plus the one that is missing .......Evil Runaway Mickey !
  8. Medicom's 'Disney' waves catered for Black Hole & Rocketeer fans .
  9. Everything I have ever seen in my time as a minimate-lover looks better in hand .
  10. I think the most sobering news (re: Minimates/Vinimates) is that the 5 limited edition Vinimates packages sold out 130,000 (?) people attended SDCC & a total of 1250 Vinimate packages sailed off the shelves at the booth ......occasionally 4 at a time .
  11. Medicom would definitely agree with you because as far as I can recall they produced 4 kubrick versions of Indiana Jones all as described above ,nigh on all identical except that one was a big 400% version . No other Indiana Jones kubricks were produced by Medicom. Perhaps the weirdest or perhaps the most ironic kubrick of all was the Star Wars Series 2 'secret /chase'.............Indiana Jones
  12. Walgreens & TRU waves have featured 3 2-packs many times whilst the 'variant' pack in the LCS waves seems to have almost become history .......3 packs to a wave is IMHO better than no wave.
  13. Apart from the Wick character I'd be fairly confident that the other characters will sell out .
  14. TBF the original version (12 years ago..almost to the day ) featured Hydroman with a fairly standard pair of jeans & a belt............any ol' bottom half wil suffice . On the other hand ........no water blasts this time ?!
  15. SDCC presents its annual challenge I don't think I can expect anybody here to lug a whole bunch of vinimates around a packed convention but if any person attending is feeling particularly benevolent please grab me some of these vinimates . You will be blessed & rewarded in many ways .
  16. I'm sure that these will be cool & I look forward to adding them to my collection of vinimates which currently include 2 Robbys , 2 B9s, 3 Iron Giants & 2 Zims ............ I guess the Zim might well be a different sculpt .....I hope so because 'repaints' aren't going to keep me interested forever . It has to be said that Robby ,B9 & IG are definitely amongst the handsomest of the entire vinimate line...IMHO.
  17. Weird . I'm in Crete & I've just spent some while today reading about a mythical Crete bronze robot/automaton called ....you guessed.......Talos .
  18. Far more worrying is that BBTS site shows that they've sold out of Bruce Lee Minimate box sets.
  19. I've always wanted a compatible 'Dalek' that would completely fit in with my Minimates & after some various frantic collection building lately with various licensed Dalek toys (my OCD kicked in yet again) over the last few months I can completely recommend the die-cast Dalek from the Corgi range . In due course I'll take some photos but I can assure you that these particular critters fit the bill completely,they are quality little items & TBQH if you packed one with a Minimate you wouldn't initially know that it wasn't an actual Minimate product . I'm not actually a big Doctor Who fan & it may come as a surprise to some people that for years the Daleks were featured in a 'verse that was sans Doctor Who so it's not that odd that I love Daleks yet I'm not completely sold on Doctor Who . I still maintain that Doctor Who would be a brilliant Minimate license but I've personally had enough of him/her after fifty odd years !!!!!!! These Corgi items haven't actually been in production for a few years but you can still buy them for less than £20 for a pack of 3 (eBay sellers), there are several colours but ...there's always a but .....you'll sometimes have to buy packs which include 'other' Doctor Who figures to obtain a couple of the rarer colours. These other non-Dalek figures are all over the place scale-wise & ...well ....TBQH.....rubbish in comparison to the Daleks. I suggest using them for cake-toppers at best 'Real' Daleks aren't that articulate & these Corgi Daleks merely have a swivelling 'head' & a vertically moving eye-stalk & they are on small wheels which are completely unobtrusive . Their arms don't move but I can forgive that as well because their overwhelming feature is that they look like 'right' alongside the majority of Minimate characters . In real-life ....the one I tend to avoid ...a Dalek is a full-size fibre-glass TV prop with a full-size man sitting inside it & that was the overriding factor when I decided upon the Corgi Dalek scale being 'right' . Look at the Corgi Dalek & it is easy to imagine a Minimate sitting albeit uncomfortably inside .....it was as easy as that. I'd go as far as to say that I can't imagine a 'genuine' Minimate Dalek being superior or more compatible than what I now have in my collection.....they really are that good. I still look ever day on eBay looking for potential recruits for my now ,considerable, army but I must stop soon .....I must stop soon .....I really must!
  20. First I'd like any of the English stereotype/cliche characters. Next up I'd have me some Nazis ...... ......I'll stop now before I'm banned .
  21. Sorry to single out one quote from one post in an especially intriguing thread but personally I have to say that I have an unbridled consumption of the products we get & never-ending cynicism . Seriously I'm not trying to be clever or sarcastic that's how it is with me .....& I reckon I'm not alone. One thing is remaining very clear .....nobody can see a way of improving distribution of what we all feel ....despite varying levels of cynicism.....is a great toy line. I'll put it bluntly ...unless you have an established distribution network then it wouldn't matter what bloody set of characters you decided to manufacture , whatever it might be . I'm positive that that's the main reason why Minimates have stalled & it will take a pretty radical step to regain momentum . Have I the answer ? No but I've thought about it at great length ...great length . I remind you that I'm an ol' fart living in the UK so I have some but little knowledge of how things are in the US regards how people buy stuff .....all stuff not just Minimates ? In my country shops (stores) are in massive decline & in my limited, remaining life-time things ain't likely to change . Skynet Online distribution must IMVLO (in my very loftyopinion) be embraced with both arms & hugged 'til it is breathless . Shipping is a huge factor in the limitation of selling any sort of stuff online , free shipping is a myth because trust me you are paying . That said ,Minimates must be one of the lightest/smallest things that anybody can ship ,another good reason to sell online . So if we are buying online we will have needed to see what we are getting before we buy it , right ? Oddly enough Marvel Minimate packs currently fail to show me or anybody else what I'm (clearly) buying because of (I believe) some licensing issue ?? I personally love to see packaged minimates but TBQH I'll live without the current (I'll call it 'retail ') packaging . The current retail packaging is a joy to me but if people were buying online in this 'new future' then the packaging could be dispensed with , a tragedy for me but hey I'll live with it if we got some flat carded artwork thrown into the deal ....instantly we'd have a Minimate CCG as well . As an exercise ....Take a new Marvel Minimate 2-pack ,carefully remove all the tape from each opening ,remove the tape from each part of the clear-plastic trays & any accessory & then place them ready to reverse the operation . Reverse the operation as quick as you can . You will get quicker at it but I can tell you this ....add the price of every unique individual tray ,unique printed box & their assembly & you will realise ( if you hadn't) the cost of all this 'packaging' as part of the price you pay for the Minimates themselves. I made a living out of printing packaging & I know how much it costs & where it all ends up ....burnt,recycled,buried or as David Attenborough has just found out .....in the sea .....who knew !! If what I have described above takes place then marketing resources need to be transferred from packaging to promotion in the form of some serious Minimate Studios-type internet catalogue . What I regularly see as Minimate fan inspired promotion could all be harnessed as direct product promotion. Another massive issue facing Minimates & all toy consumption is the current US/China trade war , I know ....I hate politics too but it must be a worry for anybody that is in the toy industry . China apparently exports $25bn -worth of toys to the US (The Economist) Future pricing must be a nightmare . A whole post from me without aiming a single 'nasty' towards DST .
  22. Many thanks for the heads up . I've never followed Instagram so I've never seen the guy's photos before.....stunning stuff ....suddenly I'm a Minimate fan . Awesome .
  23. Tentpole properties ....... The Walking Dead line was enjoyable..... 16 waves ,3 box sets & an exclusive or two ,spanning three or so years did 'Peter out' but whilst there was much to be praised ..... far too much repetition IMHO . TMNT .....I wanted to hate them but I just loved them but ....er....far too much repetition ...... much like this post . Marvel is far from exhausted IMVHO , I do however believe that comic Marvel Minimates are the major way forward & despite my liking for certain movie mates I have ,for many years, barely tolerated the necessity for mundane civilian characters that make the numbers up........give me costumed characters ,I can make the others myself . Whilst I'm at it .......Bruce Lee Minimates ? Seriously ? A ( just one) Bruce Lee Minimate would be a great addition to any Minimate collection. 4 ? There is a massive market for Minimates in the UK & Europe but as I alluded to earlier (above) there appears to be some reticence for DST to get their passports out again. People 'here' wouldn't necessarily be begging for View Askew Minimates but I reckon a certain 'Gaul' or Time -Lord license would be well-received . Product-testing for EU certification has long-been mooted as 'the obstacle' , all I can say is that every conversation & all the correspondence I have had over the years with 'them that know' shows that there is no major obstacle . Zach mentions The Muppets & there is much that I could say about Muppet Minimates , I'll say that they're nice to have in my collection but am I the only one left wondering why some of the characters look so great whilst many of them look unfinished . Who nose? Muppet Minimates ,design-wise are all over the place & many characters fail as a Minimate , a Muppet or both. There are many great things to say about Minimates but cynical bastards like me harp on about the bad things , in my case it is sheer frustration that the brand isn't up there where it should be . It's not too late .
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