2011
20.09


Minimates Central, the largest and longest running Minimates web site, is celebrating its 8 year anniversary today! This site was founded by Danny on September 21st, 2003 as the first dedicated Minimate review site. Over the past 8 years, Danny and other contributors have posted hundreds of Minimate reviews spanning all of the various licenses and releases.

Today, Danny handed over the reins of Minimates Central to Luke Porter, who is proud to continue running this site and working with the review team to add great new content and features.¬†This relaunch is the site’s first redesign since 2005, and includes¬†a new modern layout, social media links, video review integration, RSS feeds, user comments, and a user ratings system. We have lots of other new features planned, so check back often! And all of these new features are in addition to the steady stream of new Minimate reviews that we will continue to post.

And what would a new site be without a new contest? Luke has assembled some cool Minimate items, and one lucky winner will get the following prize pack:

Santa Spidey Promotional Minimate:

Marvel Minimates Series 28 Gambit & Psylocke:

Castle Gate Diorama from Luke’s Toy Store:


How To Enter:

Entering is easy! You have the following two options, and while only one is required, both are appreciated!

1. Like Us on our new Facebook page!

2. Comment on this post and tell us what you think of the new site! (A valid email must be used, but we won’t use it for anything except for contacting the winner)

Entries will be accepted from now until 11:59 Pm CST on Sunday, September 25th. One winner will be selected via a random drawing on Monday, September 26th. After receiving confirmation from the winner we will update this post. Comment moderation is set up so that the first time you comment it needs to be approved by a moderator, but after that, approval is no longer needed on any future comments on this site.

Edit: This contest is now closed. We have chosen a winner using an online random number generator. Once we get confirmation from the winner we will announce the happy news. Thanks for all your comments and Facebook likes!

Edit #2: After picking two winners who did not respond to our emails, we chose a third winner, who was happy to win the prize! His name is Jonah Keel and his prize pack will go in the mail tomorrow. :)

Once again, welcome to the new site!

 

  1. Wow! Very slick new look! I was a bit stunned by the sudden change given that I’ve visited almost daily for the last 4-5 years! Looking good. Can’t wait to explore some more!

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. Congratulations on the new direction and I’m sure it will honor the old one!

  3. Huge congrats on the overhaul, cant wait to see how it carries on! The old site is in good hands so I see it living a long and healthy life yet!

  4. While I still prefer the original Minimates Central, this new one seems much more modernized, and might be a nice change of pace.

  5. I’m gonna miss the old design that i’ve grown so accustomed to, but this new one does scream Luke Porter so i’m glad i’ll be used to that already as well!! And while it’s sad to see Danny leave, at least we know the Central is in some great hands.

  6. Love the new look!

  7. Even though the new site looks cool, I am sad to see the old one go. I had gotten used to easily navagating through the pages and links, and I looked for new reviews every few days. This new site looks dificult to navigate through, and much less fun than the old one. It still looks good, though

  8. Excellent site. Can’t wait to see what’s in store in the future.

  9. That is awesome!
    Congrats to Luke and although I don’t collect many mates anymore, I hope the sites and figures continue for a good long time.

  10. I enjoyed the old site, but everything must eventually grow and evolve and I have to say from what I’ve seen so far I’m liking the new just as much as I did the old. I can’t wait to see what new features are are going to be.

  11. Looks great! Can’t wait to see where this goes. Congrats Luke.

  12. Fantastic (and very slick) new sight. Carn’t wait to see whats to come! Looking forward to The Avengers sets next year!

  13. Farewell Danny. I have LOVED spending time here instead of working over the past few years. I’m looking forward to Luke carrying on the torch so that i can continue avoiding work for many more years to come.

  14. The new site kicks a$$! I liked the how the old one looked but, wow. Seriously, it looks fantastic! It really stands out.

  15. Sweet new site! And no one else better to take over than you Luke!

  16. Many thanks to Danny for all his work over the years.
    And thanks to Luke for taking over and giving the site a fresh new look. I look forward to seeing what else is coming!

  17. Wow, I could barely tell it was the same site!

  18. Love the new streamlined look of the site. Great job

  19. I’m loving the new look

  20. Love the new design. I really like that hulk too.

  21. I love the new redesign, it’s much more mobile friendly. I visited the site daily before the redesign, & will continue to do so. I got my first minimate pack for my birthday years ago (powerman & iron fist) & was hooked. Managing to collect every mini (except gold & silver of course) Central was a big help with that. I managed a comic store in Phoenix, & always made sure we had plenty of minis in stock so I could pass the obsession to others.

  22. Love the new site!
    Looking forward to more great views in the next 8 years.

    You will be missed Danny. Thanks for all of your hard work!

  23. I’ve been a follower on this site since the first wave of DC Minimates was reviewed and I usually check for updates daily. Thanks for continuing this wonder site and resource for Danny.

    Thanks for Danny for all the wonderful years of fun and honest reviews. He convinced me to pick up some of the Minimate figures I was goint to pass on, but just had to have after the great reviews.

    I’m looking forward to continuing my daily visits.

  24. The new design’s really nice. I liked the old site, but it was a bit out of date. I can’t believe you’re taking on another site, Luke! Where do you find the time?

  25. I great redesign for a great minimate website.
    Keep up the good work guys !!

  26. great new website i love minimates and always checked your website on advice on which sets I should buy. thanks for the 8 years of great advice you’ve given me!!!!!

  27. Also want to say great to have you doing this website Luke!!!!!!:)

  28. I am liking the new site. The Grey colored background gives it a more professional look, the categories area is clean and makes it easier to find any mini mates and the recent reviews section is great to find the new reviews. Overall great redesign and very user friendly for both new and old fans. Keep up the good work!!

  29. Love it!

  30. Congrats! Luke, and thanks Danny for a lot of years of hard work and dedication to this little slice of minimate pie!

  31. Congrats on the relaunch!I’.m liking the addition of video reviews! Sure that the previous high standard will continue. Thanks to Danny & all the best Luke.

  32. I LOVE THE NEW SET UP FOR THE SITE, IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I look forward to seeing more awesome reviews of the most awesome block figures to date. I am a huge Minimate fan and love Luke’s toy store.

  33. The site looks awesome. I really like the layout. Keep up the good work.

  34. Very cool the new sitem i hope to see much more minimates reviews ^^

  35. I have nothing but fond memories of MMC, particularly when the old Art Asylum boards went down and Danny’s boards were our defacto home for a period of time. The online Minimates landscape has changed quite a bit in the last few years and while I’m sad to see Danny go, he has the honor of starting one of the most used and beloved sites for Minimate collectors and fans. And thanks to Luke for keeping the site alive and for injecting some new energy with the updated design!

  36. I’m liking the video reviews! Very nice update to an already cool site. Now, how about some BTTF reviews…..

  37. I love the new look!hopefully more Reviewers will come and join you guys so we can someday reach wave 40 of marvel mates!

  38. The hulk illustration looks GREAT! It’s easier to view the reviews now! I like it!
    Don’t have facebook, so I’ll tweet it.

  39. I love this website and I use it often for reference. Very nice redesign and congratulations Luke!!! I can’t wait to see what other changes are coming.

  40. Color me stunned when this is what popped up! Is very, very cool & super-streamlined.

    That said, I was also saddened to see things have changed — both with the transfer to Luke (tho I know he will do an excellent job with things) & the site’s new look. MMC & Danny are what first introduced me to ‘mates. Without him & this site, I would probably have never gotten into minimates in the first place.

    Good luck, Danny, with whatever is in your future & thank you for the past 8 years. You introduced me to a new world of toys & by proxy, some of the nicest people ever. <3

    Luke, thank you for keeping this going — hopefully for another 8 years & beyond! :) I have to say that I dig the videos & the interactive-ness of the new look the most.

  41. This is and will remain the only place I come for reviews. Love the new site.

  42. Awesome! It already looks great, and there’s new reviews to read, too! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store, Luke. I’ve been coming to this site from the beginning and I gotta say it couldn’t have been handed over to more capable hands. Looking forward to the future!

  43. Luke was definitely the right one to take the helm of this site. It’s very slick looking. All the illustrations of the minimates are awesome. It’s also neat and tidy, and articles/reviews are much easier to find… Definitely going to be nice to find everything I need from now on!

  44. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY GUYS

    The simplicity of the design makes it more easy to use.
    Love this new site.

    Thanks

  45. Awesome design, really loving the marvel section, congratulations guys and keep it up!

  46. The site is looking absolutely fabulous!!!
    Can’t wait to see what else is in store for the place!

  47. I know this site is in safe hands! Congrats Luke!

  48. Love the new design, different, but more modern.

  49. It’s nice the new site, but please give to me the set of gambit & psylock :P
    keep doing reviews of minimates, I enjoy to read yours reviews of the minimates but I hate when I visit the web after 2 or 3 weeks & see that there are no new minimates reviews, also something nice that isn’t here in this update & I love before is a secction where you could choose with pictures to identify the reviews of your favorite minimates that you looking for, in this update that doesn’t exist anymore, so if I want to see a review I need lo look page by page to look for them.

    I guess sometimes the changes are good & this change looks good but for me is not very efficient than before my score miniamte for the update is 5/10 because there aren’t anymore the pictures to choose an especific review :(

  50. I love that there is so much dedication to minimates, so readily available here a minimatescentral. There is no doubt in my mind that the new direction will be just as awesome as the site has been for the past 8 years.
    The layout it sleek and cool. I love it.