Diamond Select Toys has announced that their Real Ghostbusters Select Action Figures Series 9 will be available for pre-order on June 20th 2018. Based on the hit 1980s cartoon series, the Series 9 assortment will be made up of Egon, Winston, and Slimer. The two ’Busters are wearing their color-coded jumpsuits and packing all-new, cartoon-accurate gear, and Slimer comes with a support stand and three interchangeable faces.
Diamond Select Toys will be at C2E2 this weekend - Booth #807 - with one side of their booth dedicated to display cases of upcoming products. Marvel, DC, Pacific Rim Uprising, Ghostbusters, Kingdom Hearts, Nightmare Before Christmas and more will be on display, most available for pre-order. The other side will offer a variety of Select action figures, Gallery PVC figures, Minimates, Vinimates, statues and busts.
On Sunday, April 8th at 4PM in Room 405b, representatives from Diamond Select Toys will present their line-up for 2018 in the panel "Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds." New licenses John Wick, Sonic the Hedgehog, Aquaman, Ant-Man & The Wasp, The Predator and Avengers: Infinity War will be discussed, and a visual presentation will be followed by a Q&A, with awards for the best questions.
Diamond Select Toys unveiled their Series 9 and 10 (of the Ghostbusters line) at the New York Toy Fair, recently. The figures making up these two series will be from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon from the 1980s. And they look a million times better than The Real Ghostbusters toys I had back in the 80's.
Egon, Winston, and Slimer star in Series 9, with all new heads and gear for Egon and Winston, and new faces (and a bus driver hat) for Slimer. Series 10 will feature Peter, Ray, and a fully articulated 9-inch Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Each will come with a piece of the firehouse diorama. Look for them to be released in Q4 of 2018.
Diamond Select Toys has released a few new items, and we're highlighting a pair of them.
Cthulhu Vinimates Vinyl Figure
It’s 2018, and Cthulhu has a new look for a new year. Cthulhu is the latest to join the 4-inch tall Vinimates vinyl figure line. With a retail price of $9.99, you can pick one up from Amazon.com.
National Lampoon’s Vacation Marty Moose Vinyl Bank
The beloved mascot of WalleyWorld, who greeted the Griswolds upon their arrival at the magical theme park, is now the latest vinyl bank to come from Diamond Select Toys. Measuring approximately 8 inches tall, Marty will help you save up for your own family vacation, with a coin slot in his back and an access door in the base. You can purchase one now from Amazon.com for $22.99.
If you go by what critics have to say, you’d likely want to steer clear of the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Currently, Rotten Tomatoes has a score of 16% for the movie. That’s not too good. It's like in Adam Sandler movie range. But the audience score is almost 50%.
Being a big fan of the book series, I was looking forward to seeing a big screen version of the epic story. Unfortunately, they decided to not simply adapt King’s stories. They went in a new direction, telling a new story with the main characters from the books
I might be in the minority, but I actually enjoyed the movie for what it was. It was entertaining. The movie definitely wasn’t anywhere on the same level as the books. But it was more watchable than the critics would have you believe.
There were some collectible tie-ins, including several series of toys from Diamond Select Toys. In this review, we’re looking at the pair of action figures that DST released based on the two main characters – The Gunslinger and The Man in Black.
The Gunslinger features the likeness of actor Idris Elba in his cowboy-themed outfit. The figure comes with a pair of pistols, which can be held in special pistol grip hands. Or you can go the non-violent holstered route. There's also the Horn of Eld - which I don't even remember seeing in the movie.
The figure includes a background diorama, which appears to be from Jake Chambers’ room. There are several stickers (each depicting one of Jake’s drawings) that you can slap onto a bulletin board on the diorama’s wall.
The Man in Black also includes a diorama background. His is from the abandoned house that Jake visits. It says “All Hail The Crimson King” on the wall.
The Man in Black figure is based on the likeness of Matthew McConaughey from the film. His lone accessory is a crystal ball that you can sort of balance in either open palm hand. Luckily, since the ball is fairly small, DST includes an extra crystal ball wrapped up in a baggy. (You’ll likely either lose the first one, or – what happened to me – a cat played with it until it ended up under the kitchen stove.
In terms of 7-inch tall action figures, the sculpts of both actors are very good. They are done by Gentle Giant Studios, who are known to produce high level sculpt. These are both recognizable versions of their on-screen counterparts. The paintwork could have been better, but it’s actually slightly above average for figures of this scale.
The number of accessories for The Gunslinger are adequate. The Man in Black is a little light on accessories. Although, I’m not sure what additional accessories are needed with either figure.
For years, I’ve been hoping for a line of action figures (or 1/6th scale) based on an artist rendition of the characters from The Dark Tower book series. I’m not sure if that will ever happen. Nonetheless, getting action figures based on a film version of these characters is a nice consolation.
Luckily for collectors, Diamond Select Toys has the license. And they’ve done a solid job with both of these figures. And at $24.99 each, you definitely won’t break the bank collecting the entire season.
The Dark Tower Action Figures
Series: The Dark Tower
Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
Sculpted by: Gentle Giant Studios
Authorized Likeness: Idris Elba as The Gunslinger; Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black
Dimensions: Approximately 7 inches tall
Points of Articulation: About 14 points
Designs: The Gunslinger; The Man in Black
Accessories: The Gunslinger – pair of guns, Horn of Eld, background diorama, 5 total hands; The Man in Black – background diorama, crystal ball
Pricing: $24.99 each
You can pick one up at the following:
Diamond Select Toys has released several lines based on The Dark Tower film and the characters of the Gunslinger and the Man in Black.
Dark Tower Movie Select Action Figures Assortment
Based on the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels, this pair of fully poseable 7-inch tall deluxe action figures depicts Idris Elba as the Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, each figure featuring the actor’s likeness. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, you can pick them up for $24.99 each.
Dark Tower Movie Gallery PVC Dioramas
This pair of PVC dioramas depicts Idris Elba as the Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. These measure approximately 10 inches tall and come packaged in full-color window boxes. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella, you can pick them up for $45.00 each.
Dark Tower Vinimates Vinyl Figures
DST is tackling The Dark Tower film with a line of Vinimates vinyl figures. These 4-inch designer figures of the Gunslinger and the Man in Black striking poses straight from the movie. You can pick them up $9.99 each.
You can currently pick these up over at Amazon.com.
Marvel Select is Diamond Select Toys’ premium line of Marvel Comics’ action figures. They’re a little more articulated than your average action figure and sculpted by a number of different, well-known sculptors. For example, the Netflix Daredevil action figure we’re featuring in this review was sculpted by Gentle Giant.
Based on Daredevil’s look in Season 2 of the Netflix series, this version of Matt Murdock is wearing his dark red and black superhero outfit. The figure includes a few accessories. There’s two different sets of hands – fists and open hands. The open hands are meant to hold his pair of billy clubs. In addition to the weapons, the figure includes a plastic background diorama.
The first thing I would do is toss the diorama. It looks nice and all, but this is more of a play toy than a display toy. There’s a lot of articulation there for a plastic figure that’s not 1/6th scale.
Other Daredevil figures I’ve seen have come packaged with a number of different billy clubs – separated, connected into one, connected via a wire. This one version has the separated (that can turn into a single) version. It also has a holster, where you can stow those billy clubs.
While it’s based on the likeness of Charlie Cox as Daredevil, it’s tough sculpting and painting a partial face sculpt at this scale. And trying to duplicate facial hair is often the downfall of many a good figure. Unfortunately, Daredevil sort of looks like he just finished up eating a mud pie.
With that said, my kids loved adding this to their action figure rotation. At $24.99, it’s really a toy for kids to play with (even if it’s from a TV-MA Netflix series).
Marvel Select Netflix Daredevil Action Figure
Series: Marvel Select
Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
Sculpted by: Gentle Giant
Authorized Likeness: Charlie Cox as Daredevil
Dimensions: 7 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 16 points of articulation
Accessories: Pair of billy clubs; 2 sets of hands (open and fists); Background diorama
You can pick one up at the following:
Some folks feel that Elf is necessary viewing around the Christmas holidays. I am not one of those people. It’s a Wonderful Life? Of course. Die Hard? Yes sir. Elf? No thank you. In my opinion, the only thing that could make the movie worse is if Adam Sandler played the man-child elf Buddy. (I know you all will disagree with my assessment)
But the thing is…people love Elf. It’s probably the same reason I find myself a fan of Beastmaster or any number of cheesy Godzilla or Gamera flicks. To each, his own – they say.
So, when Diamond Select Toys decided to release the two main characters from Elf – Buddy and Jovie – as Vinimates figures, I thought…let’s get into the holiday spirit and review these two (film biases aside).
The 4-inch tall Buddy and Jovie feature one point of articulation, similar to other Vinimates figures, at the neck. This line is produced to look like DST’s popular Minimates line, albeit a vinyl version that’s inarticulate and intended for collectors’ displays.
It’s somewhat surprising what companies like DST can do with a minimalistic approach to vinyl figures. The face isn’t sculpted like the character, but the paintwork makes the Buddy figure look just like Will Ferrell. The Jovie, might be a little more difficult to determine, since Zooey Deschanel has a less-unique look.
If you hadn’t noticed, Diamond Select Toys aims for no noses with their Vinimates (and Minimates). It’s sort of their thing. I like that they shoot for something unique, which separates them from other block styled figures out on the market.
Priced at $9.99 each, the Vinimates are one of those few toy lines that are priced in line with my expectations. As you can see in my grades below, I would have assumed a price around $12 or so per figure.
If you’re part of the 78% of folks who like Elf on Rotten Tomatoes, then you’ll also likely enjoy Diamond Select Toys’ Vinimates versions of Buddy the Elf and Jovie.
Elf Movie Vinimates
Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
Material: PVC Plastic
Authorized Likeness: Buddy – Will Ferrell; Jovie – Zooey Deschanel
Dimensions: 4 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 1 (Neck)
Designs: Buddy and Jovie
Pricing: $9.99 each
Pick them up at the following:
The sixth series of of Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Animated Minimates has arrived in Walgreens stores. Spider-Man and the Inhumans headline the latest assortment of the exclusive mini-figure line only available at Walgreens.
And Diamond Select Toys is ready to unveil the next batch. Series 7 will hit Walgreens stores on or around December 1st 2017, and will include four different two-packs. The assortment includes: Spider-Man faces off with the Scorpion; Kid Arachnid, a.k.a. Miles Morales tangles with with the Vulture; Captain Marvel teams up with the Red Hulk; Captain America puts on his own Hulkbuster armor to stand up to his old foe Baron Zemo.
With Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok still a month away, Diamond Select Toys has announced the released of their line of Marvel Minimates based on the film. There are three exclusive mini-figure sets available at comic shops, Toys”R”Us, and Walgreens stores. At comic shops, a four-pack of figures includes Gladiator Thor (with alternate hairpiece), Hela (with alternate hairpiece and head), and exclusive figures of Bruce Banner (with alternate head) and Loki.
At Walgreens, you'll be able to pick up four two-packs featuring Gladiator Thor (with alternate hairpiece and swords) with Hela (with alternate hairpiece and head), Gladiator Hulk (with weapons and alternate hairpiece) with Valkyrie, and exclusive two-packs of Grandmaster with Skurge (both Marvel Minimates firsts!) and Roadworn Thor (with Mjolnir) with Civilian Loki.
Finally, coming soon at Toys”R”Us, you can grab two-packs featuring Gladiator Thor (with alternate hairpiece and swords) with Hela (with alternate hairpiece and head), Gladiator Hulk (with weapons and alternate hairpiece) with Valkyrie, and an exclusive two-pack of Loki (Sakaar outfit) and Heimdall (with sword).