Welcome ghouls, ghosts, trick-or-treaters, and all our blog readers (living or undead)! The staff put together a list of their favorite monster/creature minimates released from all the different lines. Do you agree with their picks? Let us know in the comments and hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!!
- Retro 1979-Style Alien: love the silver details all over and he glows
- Infected Wolverine: sooo creepy with a wicked grin; perfect representation of his look in the comics
- Imhotep w/ Sarcophagus: I’m cheating with a double pick but a Mummy has to have his sarcophagus, the details on both are amazing
- Zombie Spider-Man: spectacular see-through and the crown jewel of the Marvel Zombie line
- Boogieman (RGB): never would have imagined they could pull this off in minimate form; he’s over-sized, frightening and wonderful all in one
- Dogslicer Ale Goblin: I love the goblins and although the gitd version gives it a run for it’s money, this one by far is my favorite to take with for pictures
- Brood: easily my favorite Marvel army builder figure; who doesn’t love an evil giant space cockroach
- Venom Unleashed: it’s not so much the symbiote as it’s Brock’s cuckoo look that makes him so terrifying
- Sauron: one giant massively helmeted minimate to rule them all
- Louis Tully as Terror Dog: poor keymaster got turned into a dog or is it a cougar or bear
Honorable Mention to the entire Nightmare Before Christmas minimate line for being awesome! Now I just need to track all the figures down to add to my Halloween decorations.
Most desired monster/creature figure or set: Grim Grinning Ghosts- how perfect would this be as a Disney Store Halloween exclusive? The three hitchhiking ghosts done in the blue glow-in-the-dark plastic (same as gith Sally from NBX line) along with a few of the singing head busts as accessories.
- Imhotep: Easily one of the strongest entries in the Universal Monsters line. The likeness is a spot on Karloff and the level of detail makes it easy to forget this is mostly a vanilla ‘mate.
- Alien Warrior (closed mouth): Aliens is my top movie, and this one wins me over with its creepy grin-like mouth.
- Clear Slimer – Best Of: Slimer’s THE Ghostbusters ghost, and this version truly lived up to the “Best of” title. The food tampo on the underlying torso seals the deal.
- Burning Zombie: The flame piece adds a lot of pop to this figure, and he’s just got some of the sharpest paint of any of the zombies.
- Sally: A surprisingly good translation of the movie design, with plenty of detail work.
- Zombie Daredevil: The gaping hole in the torso really makes this guy work.
- Ultron Mk 1: Ultron’s creepy patchwork-drone look was one of my favorite parts of AoU and the ‘mate translated it brilliantly.
- Borg Drone: Love the First Contact design and the remaining traces of his Starfleet uniform are so cool.
- Subway Ghost: One of the more uniquely shaped ghosts from the line.
- Scolari Brother Tony: That face is so creepy, it gets me every time.
Honorable Mention to the T-800 Endoskeleton. Those extra pieces make him a little bulky, but the underlying figure really captures the terror of the machine.
Most desired monster/creature figure or set: the Invisible Man and the Phantom to round out the Universal Monsters. UM is a very fun line, marred only by its few missing entries, and these two would pretty nicely wrap it up.
- Venom Unleashed: One of my favorite minimates of all time also doubles as my favorite monster. Excellent detailing and parts; he can even hold a Minimate!
- Jack Skellington (Halloween comic-fest promo): Not only is the movie great, but the Minimate captures this Hot Topic icon to a tee.
- The Lizard: A fantastic coat piece and sculpted head makes Dr. Connors an obvious choice to put on the list.
- Carnage: Cletus Kasady’s maniacle face and excellent detailling makes one creepy figure. It took over ten years to get an update of him, but it was well worth it!
- Alien (35th anniversary box set): While similar to the aliens from the second movie, this version has one thing the others don’t: a transparent head! The skull detailing makes the figure.
- Mecha-Godzilla: The second Godzilla set was definitely better than the first, and this figure is the sole reason why. This mechanized monster is a beast in more ways than one.
- Staypuft Marshmallow Man: When you say Ghostbusters, most people think of Mr. Stay Puft. His happy grin and cheerful demeanor hide a much darker monster underneath…calories!
- Vacation Zombie: Overall my absolute favorite zombie from The Walking Dead. It’s the first zombie made from the series, and has to be one of the most solid in terms of paint.
- Munchkin Goblin: Munchkin is one of my favorite tabletop games to play, and it was such a coincidence that I owned the Pathfinder edition when I acquired the figure. Great fun, and meets the aesthetic of the game well, but doesn’t fit in with the rest of the goblins.
- First appearance Blade: Does this count? Blade is half-vampire, so that’s why he’s so low on the list. The figure is fun though, and I love his extra stakes. Good detailing and an incredible 70’s get-up, it’s just that he’s only half-monster.
Honorable Mention to Hannibal the Cannibal: The straight jacket and mask piece create one of the most iconic villains in cinema. He may not look like one, but Hannibal is a true monster on the inside.
Most desired monster/creature figure or set: Resident Evil! We already have three figures from the Marvel Vs Capcom line, but I would love to see a full line based around the characters. There’s chances for more zombies, horrendous creatures such as the Tyrant and Nemesis, and even gaming’s most handsome man: Leon S. Kennedy! If only the Capcom product that was released did better, then maybe this line would have actually been possible.
- Bride of Frankenstein: The facial expression and hair are just perfect.
- Brood: Tentacles and huge teeth! What’s not to love?!
- Borg Queen: One of Treks most chilling villains of all time.
- Alien: Alien has to be my top horror film. Ever. I had many years of nightmares that centered around the Big Chap.
- Nemesis:A Skeleton in armour. And he’s orange! It’s Halloween all year round with this guy!
- Punk Zombie: It’s hard to pick which is the best Zombie out of all the Walking Dead figures, but this guy is almost always at the front of my display.
- Zombie Surgeon: Remember when we almost got a soda jerk Zombie & a clown Zombie? This guy is what remains of the proposed Maximum Zombie line. And he’s glorious. Look at that bloody minimate hand print on his smock. Genius. Plus – he comes with a chainsaw!
- Clayface: A tragic monster from Batman’s Rogues Gallery.
- Vachonus: Battle Beasts provided a bevy of monstrous creations, but i think the scorpion was my favourite.
- Mr Sinister: Because intelligence is knowing that Frankenstein is not the monster. Wisdom is understanding that Frankenstein is the monster.
Honorable Mention to the entire Ghostbusters minimate line! I never collected it, but it was filled with some of the most ghoulish creations in the history of minimates.
Most desired monster/creature figure or set: I’d love to see some classic 70’s horror movie monster minimates from films like Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.