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  1. We never really did have Minimate blind bags though did we ? I detest the whole concept of 'mystery ' packed toys but with Minimates there was almost no mystery in defining which Minimate bags held the mystery figures . Feel the bags ,know the figure. Who knew? I note with great interest that D-formz mystery figures are bagged & boxed . Boxed ,blind bagged toys ,at least, give the customer a modicum of security in that they may have a chance that their purchase is indeed random. Mortal Kombat minimates would have been nice but I've never been sure about video-game themed 'mates .
  2. First of all , for the umpteenth time I have derailed a thread , I am genuinely sorry . I have read nigh on everything that Google can offer me on Wandavision Minimates & TBQH anything that I could have added here would have spoilt what I genuinely feel could happen . There is a real irony regarding my 'Smaugness' , I can honestly say that over the years I have tried to play down what I actually have in regards to Minimates. I have lapsed occasionally ,notably the 'Pictures you do want to see ' thread but I have always considered it inappropriate to crow about the stuff that I have. That is about to change .
  3. In 2008 I was 53 years of age,semi-retired & looking for a project,not 12 years old & dreaming of opening a little toy-store CE testing was not an obstacle to anybody wanting to distribute Minimates in the UK or in fact the entire EU , the trade area that the CE testing is required for. As far as I know Marvel Minimates sales in the US weren't particularly strong in the US at that time either ..... & it is so easy to forget that Marvel merchandise boomed after the release of Iron Man in 2008 & snowballed thereafter. Most LCS Walking Dead packaging (2012 onwards) bear a CE mark yet I know of no major outlet in the UK that actually sold them ? If I apply the logic that CE testing is an 'unjustifiable significant cost' why did DST waste their money on it. Vinimates are sporadically available for sale in the UK, None of them bear a CE mark CE testing is & was a red herring . Anyway that's all history neither of us will know what could have been!
  4. Dearest Zach, I once travelled nearly 5.5K miles to engage with DST face to face at SDCC about (me) distributing Minimates in the UK . I spoke with Chuck & Diamond , both conversations lasted lasted less than 5 minutes combined. DiSnteresT doesn't even come close. I'm smiling as I type so trust me when I say that I remember ,I recall ,but I don't harbour any ill-feelings towards anybody at DST ...if I did.. I wouldn't buy their products. That was 2008 ,I remained a collector but I have always taken a healthy interest in the directions that the Minimate management have taken the Minimate line . Regards "not having a chance" .. I know the feeling . I have almost eternally given my opinion that promos /variants/give-aways /mail-aways/ blind-bagged 'random' chase/secrets exclude potential collectors ,exclusive is actually a befitting moniker . Let's have a few inclusives , Minimates that include the fans, the collectors. ....& am I harbouring ill-feelings because I can't get hold of the excluders ? I might not be an expert at selling minimates but when it comes to collecting minimates I have few rivals & I get (more than) by with a little help from my friends. Whatever DST has thrown at me regarding obstacles to collecting Minimates I have overcome , I am supremely capable of begging, borrowing ,cajoling & stealing if absolutely necessary As we go forward I look forward to Minimates that are readily available to all .
  5. No joke , I noticed it this morning. Great job for someone. I'd do a link but its easy to find.
  6. I'm happy to see any new Minimate being offered anywhere . Regards having them shipped right to me (in the UK) for less money ? Whilst the DST site Vinimates were amongst the cheapest I have ever bought ,it was only economical to send them to a US surrogate. That's not DST's fault, that's the way it is. I'll sidestep the podcast because you weren't involved ,in fact I'll say it right here that I know you're between a rock & a hard place on this forum, the damage was done way before you got here. It's the word 'exclusive' that irritates me ,always has. Hopefully these will be exclusives that people can actually buy ,there have been far too many exclusives that have basically excluded collectors unable to find them . Imagine being able to log on to a website ,choose what you want to buy & then buy it & get it sent to you? What a great idea.
  7. I'm not pleased with what I am about to say but..... WTF else is there left that minimates could actually be sold? Time & time again I think back to that now almost infamous DST podcast from 'not that long ago' where it was conceded that it was contrived that lowly collector fan boys would endlessly hunt here, there & everyfuckingwhere to get there fix. Personally I'm tired of it & I don't think I'm alone.
  8. I sometimes see a post ,react, get poised to respond ,hesitate ,do nothing ,then get on with my day. Often as not MisterPL subsequently posts what I was thinking. Just saying .
  9. With great intentions I acquired an AMT 'bridge kit' years still remains MIB . I have a painted, complete version that ,If I recall correctly, cost me less (from eBay) than the kit! It is almost perfect scale for our little friends. It's been said many times ,I'll say it again, Star Trek 'mates needed some sort of diorama .
  10. April 2014 , it seems like yesterday ! C2E2 2014 was the pinnacle time for my minimate collecting . Regards Minimates , collecting them is my bag , I 'just' collect them . However ,that particular minimate brings back memories, good memories, cherished memories. Enjoy yours funkguerilla, you are very deserving of this brilliant 'mate .
  11. I really enjoy this thread . Have you ever checked out 'Boyd's Custom Minimates' ? If you have ...sorry , if you haven't then you are in for a treat. Try it.
  12. I was not a lover of the original show but the reboot was stunning & IMHO took Sci-Fi to a different level . I had all the 'mates before I had seen an episode of the show & ,TBQH, I wasn't over enthusiastic about them . Once I'd seen the show that all changed & they ( the 'mates) became much-loved ....until the TRU BSG 'mates came along. The 'trouble' with the TRU mates is that they are superb in nigh on every respect , they are vastly superior to the previous LCS waves . Compare (just for example) the 3 Galen Tyrol minimates , the TRU version is not 'just better' it almost looks like the other 2 are knock-offs. Even the TRU Modern Cylons are superior, not so much that I (or you?) would care but they are different. The Tylium & Red Stripe are just sublime,anybody wanting to offload either needs to contact me I look forward to anything BSG & especially anything Cylon .
  13. Just my opinion on Raised by Wolves ....which I watched in its entirety over 3 nights recently. Generally I enjoyed it & I look forward to series 2 . Too many Star Wars & Alien 'leanings' for my liking & why oh why do androids always have to speak with implausibly refined English accents?? That nearly killed it for me but there was too many good things about 'Mother' that saved the show. I can see a box-set worth of Minimate characters but only just .
  14. With a few minutes to go until midnight, with a new year beckoning, I'd like to wish everybody a Happy New Year. Happy New Year .
  15. Its such a pity that I have one in a bag because I have always been unable to open it & truly enjoy it.
  16. Thanks -buttnohead4max (Ol'Bob) A 4-pack Black Hole set would surely be a winner . As you may realise Medicom produced Bob,VINCENT & Max as kubricks , what you may not realise is that they are amongst that vast class of kubrick that bears no real resemblance at all to a kubrick ! Not cheap now but they never were.
  17. Many thanks for the info , I've taken the plunge on the regular releases of Max & Vince/Bob The Walgreens' versions are therefore NOT variants of the above ??
  18. I'm sure things will get better for us all next year. Merry Christmas. Regards a definitive Thing , I think the outlook is grim. -bensoddheadsmate
  19. IMHO it is no coincidence that most of the vinimates that sell through best are the ones that least resemble the whole 'block-figure' idea ! This set is one of those . All I can offer you is the hope that nigh on every other vinimate that sold well....a repainted re-issue Can anybody clarify whether the (other) DST Black Hole action figures that appear at Walgreens differ from the 'regular' releases? Thanks.
  20. Daleks . Not universally realised, 'daleks' were once a separate licence from Doctor Who & the ability to sell 'daleks' without even mentioning Doctor Who is still a very grey area. After nearly 60 years daleks, of nearly any description, are still fantastically popular . Maybe not so much in the US but in ol' blighty they most definitely are. I'm actually not a Dr.Who 'nut' but I have never really beaten off my adoration of the daleks & I am far from being alone. Daleks 'fit' with just about any licence going . Daleks are the nastiest ,most violent,pitiless , merciless cyborg aliens of all . Kirk ,Vader ,Stark & Batman would collectively shit themselves confronting a single dalek . Daleks work well with nigh on anything ( any toy) as they themselves are so alien (to anything else ). I have some minimate-scale daleks & they look bloody superb with almost any minimate from any licence . Daleks . Panini has just released 'The Daleks bookazine'. The stories aren't new to me but I just had to have it . It is something that any SF fan must have . Forget 'Doctor Who' this graphic novel has no reference to him whatsoever. Superb artwork & just an awesome addition to your collection , Available in the US soon. -buttexterminimate
  21. Forgive me ..........the above post was an (obviously ,very poor) attempt at humour. BTW ......... How to climb a ladder: Step 1 : Step 1 Step 2 : Step 2 Step 3 : Step 3 Step 4 : Step 4
  22. I ordered one of these recently but it arrived sans 'little ladders' . I contacted Ikea several times ,I rung & rung & rung . This morning I received a message from Ikea saying that they could forward me "just one ladder " I was not happy & I have told Ikea that I will take further steps -buttreadsmate
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