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 Seriously, for all the times a popular character has been replaced by another iteration, you can probably keep count of the ones that actually stuck on one hand.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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2016
01.03

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Disclaimer: Obscurity ahead!

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2016
24.02

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Deadpool; love him or hate him, Wade Wilson certainly has made his mark in comics culture. With his ever-growing popularity and a new movie coming out, Diamond Select Toys celebrates ‘The Merc With A Mouth’ with his own wave of Minimates! Today’s review puts Deadpool in a mascot costume with his sidekick/minion, Bob.

Something something, chimichangas? Let’s check it out.

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2016
15.02

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Disclaimer: This review contains designs from the 90’s. You have been warned.

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2016
01.02

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“What are we supposed to use?  Harsh language?”

— Private Ricco Frost

One of the frustrating things about many of the toylines based on Aliens is the overall lack of any of the human characters.  The film has quite a rich cast of colorful characters, and only a small handful of them ever made it into plastic form.  Most lines avoided humans all together, and those that didn’t, such as Kenner’s line from the 90s, quickly abandoned the film’s actual characters for characters of their own creation.  Fortunately, through the efforts of DST, the lack of character selection from the film is quickly being resolved.  Today, we’ll be looking at one of my favorite Marines, Pvt Frost, as well as another variant of the titular creature.

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2016
26.01

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“They mostly come at night.  Mostly.”

-Rebecca “Newt” Jordan

Aliens is oft remembered for the Colonial Marines, but they’re just part of the film’s small group of survivors.  One of the most important characters in the movie is Newt, the lone surviving colonist following the initial Xenomorph attack on LV-426.  She’s found her way into the latest wave of Aliens Minimates, alongside a Ripley variant.  Let’s see how this set turned out!

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