2016
04.08

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Two of the more glaring character omissions from the first wave of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates were the Turtles’ master Splinter, as well as one of their longtime human companions, Casey Jones.  Fortunately, both characters found their way into the second wave of TMNT Minimates.  Today, I’ll be looking at the latter character.

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2016
28.07

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“You know that new sound you’re looking for? Well, listen to this!”

Following the logic of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” DST brings us the fourth of the “Return to Hill Valley box sets” for Back To The Future. So far, each set focuses on a different period in the BTTF timeline, with this one focusing on characters featured in 1955. Marty and Doc reappear along with a new George McFly and newcomer Marvin Berry. Is the set worth it, though? Let’s find out!

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2016
28.06

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“In space, no one can hear you scream…”

Well, unless you’re talking about Lambert, in which case everyone can hear you scream. Constantly. With no end in sight. Ugh. Okay, perhaps that was a bit harsh. May what Lambert was really screaming about was the lack of any action figures. Well, scream no more Lambert, because Diamond Select Toys has got you, along with Brett and Dallas, covered, thanks to the awesome set of Minimates I’m looking at today!

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2016
08.06

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These are the turtles that I remember reading as a kid in the comics and doodling all over my school notebooks. The original Mirage published comic came out in 1984 and was much darker, more along the lines of Daredevil, than the kid friendly 1987 cartoon series (I was a big fan of both). Can these minimates live up to my fanboy nostalgia?

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2016
24.04

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It seems hard to believe that the second Wolverine film came out three years ago.  Wedged in between Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, and as the last X-Men film before Days of Future Past overwrote the original timeline, it kind of got lost.  It’s a shame; it’s not a perfect film, but it was a fair bit of fun, and fixed a lot of issues presented by X-Men 3 and Wolverine: Origins.  The movie got a handful of Minimates, and today I’ll be looking at the specialty assortment’s Viper & Black Clan Ninja pack, as well as the variant Urban Yukio & Black Clan Ninja Pack.

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2016
27.03

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Change is kind of a constant thing in comics. However, as quickly as things change, they’ll just as quickly revert right back, because status quo trumps just about everything. Seriously, for all the times a popular character has been replaced by another iteration, you can probably keep count of the ones that actually stuck on one hand. So, today, let’s look at two new(ish) incarnations of classic Marvel characters, Captain Marvel and Thor. One of them’s likely to be one of the few changes that sticks, while the other’s probably only got until Chris Hemsworth’s Thor graces the big screen next year.

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2016
23.03

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In 2014, Diamond Select Toys released a blind-bagged wave of Minimates based off of the Mass Effect series of video games from BioWare and EA. Now in 2016, Mass Effect returns with a new box set! Commander Shepard gets an unarmored uniform, while newcomers Miranda, Aria, and a Husk fill out the rest of the set. Does this set shine like most of the games, or is it as bad as the third game’s ending? Let’s find out.

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2016
21.03

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Over the years, the Minimates brand has covered some pretty out there properties, in addition to the more conventional ones. Recently, DST has begun pushing the boundaries of the Minimate body, seeing just how far they can take that base body, to create ‘mates of properties that might not seem to scream “Minimates” at first glance. One such property is The Muppets, which is very much defined by the unique, non-standard looks of the characters. So, let’s see how well this translation worked, starting off with two of my personal favorites, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his unfortunate assistant Beaker!

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2016
14.03

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The success of the Marvel Studios movies has translated to a pretty big success for all of the associated merchandise, including Marvel Minimates. While the line has far outpaced its original intent, and far more ‘mates see production in any given year than ever before, the line has also placed more of a focus on variants of Marvel’s big guns. This means that the percentage of new characters has taken a bit of a dip over time. However, DST still does their darnedest to throw long-time fans a few bones here and there. Most recently, they took advantage of Marvel’s recent Secret Wars event to produce some of the more “out there” characters, such as today’s set, Howard the Duck and Dazzler!

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2016
09.03

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Disclaimer: Remember when the Punisher and Wolverine reached over-saturation point in the 90’s? Well – now it’s Deadpool’s turn.

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