When the doors opened for Comic-Con International‘s Preview Night, most fans entered the convention hall quickly, racing to preselected destinations in hopes of obtaining one (or more) of those magical items known as “con exclusives.” Those who headed to the Diamond Select Toy booth had a variety of merchandise to choose from, and while witing to purchase their new tereasures, were able to view examples of future offerings from the company as well. In order to gather more details on all the fan-pleasing treasures found in Diamond Select’s booth, CBR News spoke with Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat, who walked us through the upcoming lines.
“To begin with, we have the rights to ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ and its sequels, ‘Justice League’ and ‘Superman: The Animated Series.’ Among our exclusives here at the show, we have black and white resin busts of Batman, Catwoman, plus a Harley Quinn PVC statue. More will be coming out from this line in the next few months, starting with a Supergirl from ‘Superman: The Animated Series’ as Femme Fatale PVC statue.” Oat also indicated that fans can expect some Batmobiles from the show, along with various weapons, including Harley’s infamous oversized mallet.
In the live-action Batman world, Diamond is making toys based on the “Gotham” TV show, such as Minimates and action figures. The “roughed-up” Penguin figure (complete with a bloody nose) was available at the convention as an exclusive, but many more figures will arrive in future months.
“The first set will be Penguin, Jim Gordon and Selina Kyle. They will be available at Toys R Us with basic bases, but specialty stores will come with larger diorama bases so you can build different scenes. For example, Penguin comes with part of the dock he was pushed off of. The next set to follow will have Bullock, with a part of an alleyway; Alfred, with the Wayne Manor fireplace; and Edward Nygma, with a desk and chair.”
Oat then pointed to a character from another DC-related program, “iZombie.” Liv Moore (the show’s main character) is getting her own action figure, including a Toys R Us exclusive variant that has zombie “raging red” eyes.
Next, Oat showed off a large grouping of familiar-looking figures: the Ghostbusters. “We’re doing a line of seven-inch action figures based on the first movie. Each comes with a diorama piece. When you buy all twelve, you’ll be able to build the rooftop from the final battle scene.”
Moving down the display case, a familiar bearded character could be seen in multiple formats. “We do a lot of stuff with Kevin Smith. We’ve done a lot figures from ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,’ and we’re doing a second set with them in their superhero outfits. Then we’re doing ‘Clerks,’ with black and white versions of Dante, Randall, Jay and Silent Bob. All the new Kevin Smith action figures — both the ‘Clerks’ and the ‘Strike Back’ figures — come with pieces that allow you to build sets for them.”
On a more amusing note, Oat added, “We’re also doing Jay and Silent Bob Minimates as zombies, with the heads of the Comic Book Men as props.”
Although small in stature, Minimates seem to make up a large portion of Diamond’s display case and upcoming plans. Fans can expect Minimates based on the movie “Aliens,” “Back to the Future,” the Muppets, SpongeBob SquarePants (all superhero-themed), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (based on the animated Nickelodeon show as well as the original Mirage comic), and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Oat also shared that the Muppets and “Nightmare Before Christmas” will get full-sized action figures.
New Minimates, based on X-O Manowar and Bloodshot (both from Valiant Comics), will be offered as well. These will be different than the versions previously offered at Toys R Us stores. Bloodshot will have different faces, and Manowar has a new helmet and comes with an orb of armor.
And for those who specifically love Minimates featuring Marvel’s characters, Oat showed off several reasons to celebrate. Diamond is creating several sets based on two major Marvel comic events: “Axis” and “Secret Wars.” On top of that, the Marvel cinema side will get Ant-Man Minimates and another “Avengers: Age of Ultron” set. Then, for fans of Marvel’s animated series, “Avengers Assemble,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Ultimate Spider-Man” will all have Minimate sets, available exclusively at Walgreens.
Marvel Select, a line Diamond has been doing for over a dozen years, will offer several new, highly-detailed figures soon. Oat said they will release a Sabretooth from “Marvel Zombies,” Dr. Strange and Ant-Man & Black Widow, each from their respective movies. For those who like their figures a bit more “whimsical,” Oat also reported they have two Marvel Mego action figures on the way: Thor and Deadpool. Both come with alternate heads and alternate outfits.
In addition to all this, Oat had some other exciting news relating to Marvel. “Our big announcement for the show is that we’re going to be doing a line of resin statues for Marvel Comics. We’re kicking it off with a statue by Clayburn Moore, of Wolverine in his brown costume in a snowy landscape.”
Oat said more statues will are on the way, saying they were glad to start this line with such a strong offering. He then showed off some Marvel model kits and Jell-O molds, several fun Plant vs. Zombies figures, and reported that more electronic starships are planned for their Star Trek line, which has proven very popular.
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