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REVIEW: Ghostbusters Vinimates

Collectors likely know of Diamond Select Toys’ Minimates line. The company’s been producing their mini block figure series since 2003. That’s about the time when DST teamed up with the folks from Art Asylum. And the Minimates line has just grown with age, constantly adding new pop culture licenses.

Recently, Diamond Select toys announced a new line – based on those iconic Minimates. The Vinimates – as they are called - are slightly larger, a little less articulated, and sculpted in dynamic poses. And, as the name might have given away, made of PVC vinyl.

Thanks to the folks at DST, we’ll be looking at the original Ghostbusters Vinimates Series in this review. The series includes all four members of the Ghostbusters – Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore.

Each 4-inch tall Vinimate features one point of articulation – a ball joint at the neck. It’s a far cry from the ultra-articulated Minimates, but these are geared more towards collectors (aka – the displayers). And for that, they’re perfect.

Each Ghostbuster is sculpted in a unique pose. But there are some similarities. For example, they’re all mounted up with a proton pack - holding a particle thrower with a particle accelerator strapped to their back. But the way they’re holding the particle thrower differs. Also, the way each character is standing is different. And Egon has a P.K.E. Meter strapped to his side, while Ray is carrying the ghost trap.

As far as the paintwork goes, DST does a more than admirable job. The most difficult thing to paint (and make look good) is when you run into a situation such as the hands and particle thrower on these figures. They’re sculpted as a single piece that has to be painted to look like individual pieces. I’ve seen many toys ruined with bad paint. Luckily, for a $9.99 toy, Diamond Select Toys did a stellar job.

My lone complaint here might be that it’s difficult to differentiate between Peter and Ray. The Minimates/Vinimates style is to use a somewhat simple illustrated face (from a land where people have no noses). But the lone difference is that Venkman has fuller lips. My problem is I think they might have went a little too full on Bill Murray’s hair. That’s a fairly lush mane…and good ol’ Mr. Murray had a noticeably receding hairline at the time. I feel that little adjustment would have made a world of difference.

In addition to the four figures we’ve looked at here, Diamond Select Toys is taking pre-orders for Gozer, Mr. Stay-Puft, and Slimer. And there are various slimed exclusives and a SDCC17 Exclusive Battle-Damaged Mr. Stay Puft (that I just picked up) available via the links below.

The Facts



Ghostbusters Vinimates
Series: Vinimates
Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
Material: PVC plastic
Dimensions: 4 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 1 (Neck)
Designs: Peter Venkman, Ray Stanz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore
Accessories: None
Pricing: $9.99 each

You can pick one up at the following:

DiamondSelectToys.com: $9.99 each
Amazon.com: From $4.98 and up

 

SDCC17: Diamond Select Toys Exclusives – Full List

Diamond Select Toys has announced a number of new exclusive items that they’ll be offering San Diego Comic Con 2017. From Star Trek, Marvel Comics, Justice League, Nightmare Before Christmas, Iron Giant, The Dark Tower, Batman Beyond and more, there is something for every kind of fan at the DST Booth #2607.

Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701 “Final Flight” Starship
Limited to only 400 pieces
$65.00

DC Premier Collection Poison Ivy Gem Edition Statue
Limited to only 150 pieces
$200.00

Justice League Animated Flash Resin Bust
Limited to only 650 pieces
$60.00

Justice League Animated Flash Resin Bust Speed Force Edition
Limited to only 650 pieces
$60.00

Batman Beyond Animated Resin Bust
Limited to only 850 pieces
$60.00 Read more

In Stores from DST: Muppets, Caddyshack, Pirates and Back to the Future

Diamond Select Toys is shipping a bunch of products to comic shops and specialty stores across the USA (and Canada), including collectibles from licenses such as the Muppets, Back to the Future, Caddyshack, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Many of these can also be purchased directly from the DST shop.

Muppets Select Action Figures Series 3 Asst.
The next assortment of Muppets Select action figures features the Muppet Show and Up Late star Miss Piggy with her precious dog Foo Foo and a Penguin, while Electric Mayhem bassist Floyd Pepper comes with guitarist/love interest Janice, and pianist Rowlf comes with Mahna Mahna and the certifiable Crazy Harry. Each multi-pack of 4-inch to 6-inch tall figures comes with accessories, including guitars, a movie camera, a detonator and plenty of sheet music. lol for them to retail for $24.99 each.

Back to the Future Vinimates Vinyl Figures
These 4-inch vinyl figures based on Doc Brown and Marty McFly from the first Back to the Future film are sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, wearing their classic outfits and striking poses straight from the movie. Both feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. You can pick the up for $9.99 each.

Caddyshack Vinimates Vinyl Figures
For years, fans of Caddyshack have been told they’ll get nothing and like it, but now they’re here – the first-ever collectible figures based on the classic comedy film! Wild and crazy Al Czervik and stuffy Judge Elihu Smails each measure about 4 inches tall, are sculpted in the block-figure style, and have poseable heads. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. They're available for $9.99 each.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Vinimates Vinyl Figures
These 4-inch tall Pirates of the Caribbean Vinimates vinyl figures includebJack Sparrow, Barbossa, and Salazar. Based on the new Pirates of the Caribbean film, they're all wearing outfits and striking poses straight from the movie, and are sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style. All feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box (separately) for $9.99 each.

Watchmen, Predator and Forbidden Planet Minimates

Diamond Select Toys has released a number of new Minimates sets from licenses such as Watchmen, Predator, and Forbidden Planet.

Forbidden Planet Minimates Robby the Robot & Crewman 2-Pack
From the distant world of Altair IV comes Robby the Robot, the most technologically advanced Minimate mini-figure ever made. Based on the robot’s iconic appearance in the classic sci-fi film Forbidden Planet, this 2-inch mini-figure of Robby comes packaged in a two-pack with a Crewman from the spaceship C-57D. Robby features articulated arms and legs, while the crewman features 14 points of articulation and a laser pistol. Look for this set to sell for $9.99.

Predator Minimates Series 4 2-Packs Asst.
The epic fourth series of Predator Minimates is based on films from across the popular movie franchise. This assortment includes four exclusive two-packs: Predator Hound with Isabelle (from Predators), Cloaked Elder Predator with Detective Lambert (from Predator 2), Poncho with Cloaked Unmasked Predator (from Predator) and a rare, one-per-case variant 2-pack with Anna and the Cloaked Unmasked Predator. Each Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation, removable accessories and fully interchangeable parts. You'll be able to pick up the various 2-packs for $9.99/ea.

Watchmen Movie Minimates Box Set
This new box set features four of the movie’s heroes and anti-heroes: Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl, Rorschach, and The Comedian. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts and accessories, including alternate unmasked heads. Plus, Dr. Manhattan glows in the dark. Pick up this 4-pack box set for $24.99.

Diamond Select Toys releases some 80’s Toys

Diamond Select Toys has released a pair of collectibles from some iconic 1980's movie licenses. The Ghostbusters Select Action Figures Series 5 Assortment unleashes three spirits from the original 1984 movie: the Library Ghost, the Taxi Driver Zombie, and a Terror Dog. Each 7-inch scale figure features up to 16 points of articulation, as well as character-specific accessories: the Library Ghost comes with a stack of books, the Taxi Driver comes with a steering wheel and the Terror Dog comes with interchangeable horns so it can be either Zuul or Vinz Clortho. Plus, each figure comes with a piece of the rooftop diorama. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, the set runs $24.99.

The Back to the Future 2 Frozen Hover Time Machine Electronic Vehicle is a 1:15 scale Time Machine from Back to the Future 2 that has adjustable hover wheels, the iconic Mr. Fusion fuel device, and a thin coating of “frost” over its entire surface, to replicate the effects of time travel. The vehicle measures approximately 14 inches long with opening gull-wing doors, and time-travel lights and sounds are triggered at the push of a button. You can pick it up for $59.99.

SDCC17: DST’s Vinimates Exclusives

Diamond Select Toys has announced a number of Vinimates Vinyl Figures that they will have exclusively at San Diego Comic Con 2017 at Booth #2607. The 4-inch tall Nightmare Before Christmas Vinimates Battle-Damaged Santa Jack Vinyl Figure depicts hero Jack Skellington after his disastrous evening as Sandy Claws. With an exclusive battle-damaged paint job and sad facial expression, the figure features an articulated neck for different posing options. The figure is limited to only 1,500 pieces selling for $10.00 each.

The Ghostbusters Vinimates Battle-Damaged Stay-Puft Vinyl Figure features exclusive battle damage. The Marshmallow Man stands approximately 4 inches tall, with an articulated neck for more posing options. He's limited to only 1,500 pieces and runs $10.00 each.

The Ghostbusters Vinimates Battle-Damaged Glow-in-the-Dark Slimer Vinyl Figure is cast in an exclusive glow-in-the-dark material. Slimer stands approximately 4 inches tall on his stand, and comes package in a full-color window box. It's limited to only 1,500 pieces for $10.00 a pop.

The Forbidden Planet Vinimates Robby the Robot with Blaster Vinyl Figure holds a blaster pistol, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. It's limited to 2,000 pieces and like the others...is $10.00.

The Iron Giant Vinimates Superhero Iron Giant Vinyl Figure features his famous “S” chest emblem, striking a heroic pose straight out of the classic animated film. His articulated neck allows you to further customize that pose. This mini giant is limited to 1,500 pieces for a 10 spot.

Last but not least, The Dark Tower Movie Vinimates Tracker Vinyl Figure features an ultra-secret Vinimates vinyl figure. This 4” figure of one of the Tracker creatures from the film features an articulated neck for different posing options. It's limited to 1,500 pieces and will cost you 10 bucks.

DST x DC Comics Minimates and Vinimates

Diamond Select Toys has announced Series 5 of its Marvel Animated Minimates collection , which will hit shops on July 1st 2017 and include four different two-packs. The assortment includes: Spider-Girl facing off with Hulk Carnage. Ms. Marvel battling Kang the ConquerorIron Man’s Mark II armor going up against Proxima Midnight. And Bruce Banner in Hulkbuster Armor to take on the gamma-irradiated genius The Leader.

Also, DST has announced the DC Comics Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 1. This new line of comic-based Vinimates kicks off with three figures – Batman, Green Lantern, and Harley Quinn. Each blocky 4-inch tall PVC figure strikes a distinctive pose from the comics. And each one will run $9.99.

Ghostbusters and BTTF2 Vinimates

Diamond Select Toys has announced Vinimates based on a couple of iconic 1980's film properties. The first - the Back to the Future 2 Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures - features Marty McFly and Doc Brown as they were dressed in 2015. These 4-inch tall vinyl figures are sculpted in a block-figure style, striking poses straight from the movie poster, and feature articulated necks for further customization. You'll be able to pick up each figure for $9.99.

And there's also the Ghostbusters Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 3 featuring three new 4-inch vinyl figures from the classic 1984 movie. There are blocky renditions of Mr. Stay-Puft, Slimer, and Gozer - sculpted in poses straight from the movie. Mr. Stay-Puft and Gozer each feature articulated necks for further customization. (Slimer doesn't have a neck). Each figure can be picked up for $9.99.

New Vinimates and Minimates from DST

Diamond Select Toys has announced a number of new Vinimates and Minimates figures. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Minimates 2-Packs Assortment captures the Turtles as they appeared in their hit 1990s animated series, with classic, instantly recognizable looks. Donatello takes on Shredder, Leonardo takes on Bebop, and Casey Jones and April O’Neil each take on a Foot Soldier. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card and sells for $9.99.

The Elf Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures are based on the classic comedy film Elf. These 4-inch tall vinyl figures of Buddy and Jovie feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box and is available for $9.99.

The Alien: Covenant Movie Vinimates Xenomorph Vinyl Figure is a 4-inch vinyl figure based on the new creature design in the new prequel film. It features an articulated neck for further posing options. Packaged in a full-color window box, the vinyl figure sells for $9.99.

10th Anniversary Minimates Celebration at NYCC

NYCC Minimates 1

In celebration of 10 years of Minimates, Diamond Select Toys will be holding a 10th Anniversary Minimates Celebration in the toy line's birthplace, New York City - at NYCC.

There will be an exhibit in room 1B02 showcasing artwork and animation from the line's 10-year run. It will be open during Comic-Con show hours all four days, and attendees will receive one free promo Minimate from the company archives, while supplies last. (One per person for the weekend.)

The Minimates panel, taking place on Sunday at 10:45AM in room 1A06, will focus on current and upcoming product, including Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios, The Walking Dead, Universal Monsters, The Munsters, Thundercats, Street Fighter X Tekken, Halo and The Expendables, with a Q&A session to follow. Any child attendee wearing a children's badge will receive a free Battle Beast Minimate, while supplies last.

The anniversary will be additionally commemorated with a white Minimate blank featuring the Minimates 10th Anniversary logo, to be given out at the Diamond Select Toys booth #2167. The giveaway will start at 10:00AM, Friday through Sunday, and will stop when the day's allotment has been given out.