When it comes to offering an army of well known characters from comics, film and TV in a variety of different styles, Diamond Select Toys stands at the top of the pile. At this year’s New York Toy Fair, the pieces the manufacturer had on display did not disappoint, as the fabled halls of the Minimate world expanded to include everyone from “Iron Fist” to the Ninja Turtles, and the Vinimates line grew to include not just DC movie characters but some classic favorites as well. As if that wasn’t enough, DST also showed off a variety of Marvel Netflix pieces, DC animated statues and Select figures that will making more than a few wish lists.
Let’s just right in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe products! With the impending release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” keep an eye out for a series of statues based on those characters including Drax, a flying Star-Lord and the Gamora/Rocket piece that looks immediately ready to rumble. The film also inspired not only a Star-Lord Marvel Select action figure, but also a full line of Minimates that includes newbies like Ego and Mantis! Also, while he’s not associated with this movie in particular, the Black Panther movie statue crouches ready to pounce at a moment’s notice!
Another major player at the cinema this year will be “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”As in years past, DST will offer Wall-Crawler fun in plenty of ways. Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will earn another entry in the Marvel Select line, this one based on the new film, as well as a line of Minimates that will mark the 72nd entry in the Marvel branch of the brand.
Moving from the big screen to the small, last year was a big one for Marvel’s Netflix shows as both “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” became instantly binge-worthy. DST celebrates the popularity of the shows with a quartet of statues immortalizing Luke Cage, Daredevil, Elektra and Punisher. The Man Without Fear will also come as a Marvel Select figure so you can recreate all your favorite moments from the show. And, of course, the series’ work their way into the Minimates style with new sets based on our favorite Heroes for Hire: Danny Rand and Luke Cage!
This year will also see the release of the next two installments in DC’s ever-growing film universe with the debuts of “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League.” Getting in on that action as well, DST will include two different versions of Diana and some of her pals — Superman, Batman and Flash — into the growing line of Vinimates. Even the big screen versions of the Watchmen will join in on the fun. DC’s TV presence also continues to grow and will do so on toy shelves with Select figures of Season 2 Liv from “iZombie” and Mr. Freeze, Azrael and Hugo Strange from “Gotham.”
The company also looked back to some classic DC television shows for inspiration, specifically the universe created by “Batman: The Animated Series” and the beloved 60s “Batman” show. Pieces based on the animated DCU include H.A.R.D.A.C., Batgirl jumping onto a Clayface base, Harley sitting on a wrapped-up Batman, Joker perched on Batman holding a Joker Fish, versions of Catwoman from both “The New Batman Adventures” and “The Animated Series,” Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Meanwhile, Bat-busts of Riddler, Man-Bat, Guard Harley, Penguin and Batgirl are in the works as are pieces from the wider universe like Huntress, Shazam, John Stewart, Doomsday, Aquaman, Darkseid, Martian Manhunter and Brainiac. For fans of the more classic TV appearances, dig that crazy new Joker statue along with busts of Bookwork, King Tut, Catwoman and a vinyl bank in the shape of the classic Batphone!
Sticking with the statue theme, let’s switch back over to the House of Ideas and DST’s highly detailed line of Marvel Milestones pieces. These statues capture all the details of our favorite heroes from both the films and comic books. The company showed off not only the Captain America movie statue that goes with the previously revealed Iron Man one, but also a Doctor Strange one that looks like it fell off the silver screen. Characters from the funny books like Cap, Thor, Thanos, Psylocke, Wolverine and Spider-Gwen also get the high-end treatment making for an awesomely well-rounded line.
But the Marvel goodness doesn’t stop there. The Marvel Gallery line of statues will also continue on with new additions like Gwenpool, Ironheart, Old Man Logan, Sam Wilson’s Captain America, Miles Morales’ Spider-Man and Phoenix. Meanwhile, Lady Deadpool will sneak into the Marvel Select line of action figures alongside Spider-Gwen and Punisher blasts his way into the Retro line.
And now we come to the Minimates portion of our show! Sure, you’ve seen a few sets above, but let’s close out the Merry Marvel jamboree by checking out the Wolverine comic-centric wave. From there, head on over and scope out waves based on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the “Watchmen” movie, “Iron Giant,” “The Day The Earth Stood Still” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
Stepping up a level, it’s now time to peruse the larger Vinimates figures which take the aesthetics of the Minimates and place them on bigger pieces that don’t have the articulation. If you’re a fan of “Caddyshack,” “Elf,” “Beetlejuice,” “Predator,” the “Pirates” movies, “Back to the Future,” “Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Ghostbutsers,” “Iron Giant” or Robby the Robot then this line has something you’ll be into.
In keeping with the cinematic theme, here are a few more of the big screen characters who will get the plastic treatment from DST. When it comes to the busters of ghosts, you’ll get marshmallow-splattered Winston and Egon to finish out figures based on the first film which means it’s time to get into “Ghostbusters II!” Two of the first figures will be Vigo and Dr. Janosz-Poha. As your collection grows, so will the number of pieces you can use to put together the visage of the firehouse headquarters! The lines of Quentin Tarantino figures based on “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” also seem close to finally coming out. Many were on display and looked amazing, but we could only shoot the first three figures from the former film. And then there’s “Nightmare Before Christmas.” The Halloween-tinged Christmas classic continues to inspire figures, busts, Minimates and statues of everyone from Santa to Zero.
And finally, let’s take a moment to celebrate The Muppets! The stars of stage and screens of all sizes will keep on keepin’ on in action figure form thanks to new entries including Dr. Teeth, Zoot, Sam the Eagle, Rizzo, the Swedish Chef, Rolf, Mahna Mahna, Crazy Harry, Floyd, Janice and the inimitable Miss Piggy.
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