2018
25.04

The first Thor movie’s two Toys R Us-exclusive two-packs are a rather polarized ordeal.  The first included two fan favorite characters, Lady Sif and Volstagg, who had exciting designs and had never received Minimates before.  Today, however, I look at the second set, which includes a civilian variant of the main character and an unnamed guard.  It’s a well-meaning set, no doubt, but perhaps doesn’t possess the same flair present in the other pairing.  Perhaps DST’s attention to the little details can salvage it!

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2018
24.04

With the MCU entering its tenth year, it’s sort of nice to take a step back and look at how far some of these characters have come.  Before they were respectively a hero who is the idol of millions and a sleeper-agent assassin, Steve Rogers and James “Bucky” Barnes were just two best friends, dragged into Hydra’s off-shoot of World War II.  Fortunately, DST gave us a pairing of the two before all those changes, just so we can reminisce!

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2018
23.04

With the upcoming release of Avengers: Infinity War, let’s take a look back at Minimates from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s past. First up, Sunglasses Mark IV Iron Man & Whiplash! Do they hold up as well as the movie? Let’s find out.

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2018
20.04

Iron Man is undoubtedly one of the biggest name characters in Marvel’s pantheon now, but that wasn’t always the case. Prior to his first movie, there were only five Iron Men in the whole Minimates line, and absolutely none of his foes were represented. Even with the success of Iron Man, Tony wouldn’t get his own comic-themed series until the release of Iron Man 2, which brought us not only some important armor updates, but also some of Tony’s most prominent foes. Today, I’ll be looking at Silver Centurion Iron Man and longtime foe Crimson Dynamo.

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2018
16.04

The early Toys R Us-exclusive waves are home to some truly strange character pairings for the exclusive two-packs.  Most of them tried to keep at least some sort of common thread between the characters included, but today’s set, Silver Surfer and Swordsman is perhaps one of the weirdest.

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2018
13.04

Movie merchandise is always a tricky thing, especially with “top secret” movies like the Marvel Studios stuff.  It can often prove difficult to determine which characters, and more specifically, which designs for those characters, are going to end up with the most prominence in the final product.  For Black Panther, while it was a pretty safe bet which look would be T’Challa’s main costume, his primary antagonist Killmonger proved a different story all together.  His rogue Black Panther look ended up on all of the merch, and while that was prominent, it was actually his more unique tactical gear that most people were drawn to.  Fortunately, if you want a properly articulated version of this design, Minimates have you covered.

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2018
11.04

It all comes to this. 10 years after the conception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everything finally comes together in one giant battle. The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy team up to take on their greatest foe yet, and that can only mean one thing for the entire universe: New Minimates! Let’s take a look.

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2018
09.04

The Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon proved quite a lucrative excuse for DST to put out plenty of new Spider-Man variants, for better or for worse.  On the “better” side, these variants are always packed with some supporting character or foe, thus giving us long-term fans new characters or new designs on a fairly regular basis.  Such is the case with today’s set, Taskmaster & Iron Spider-Man, which hail from Wave 2 of the Walgreens-exclusive animated division of Marvel Minimates.

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2018
06.04

To capitalize on the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, in 2015 Marvel launched an on-going cartoon chronicling the adventures of our favorite space-outlaws who aren’t in Star Wars or Firefly.  Right around that same time, DST and Walgreens teamed up to give us some Minimates based on those cartoons, and we got pretty much a whole set of Guardians in short oder.  Drax and Gamora were part of Wave 2 of the Walgreens-exclusive Marvel Minimates (which is actually the third wave, thanks to the weird “1, 1.5, 2” numbering).

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2018
02.04

There were a lot of different standout characters in Civil War.  For a great number of people, it was Spider-Man, and for an almost equal number it was Black Panther. There was a pretty sizable contingent of people whose favorite bits centered around Paul Rudd’s (Gi)Ant-Man, who made the most of his screen-time.  As such, it’s not a huge surprise that the character turned up amongst DST’s offerings for the film.  Alongside him, a breakout character from the last Captain America film (as well as Ant-Man cameo-er), Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon.  Ant-Man and Falcon make up the second TRU-exclusive set for Civil War, and were released alongside Wave 67 of the main line.

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