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Dark Tower Action Figures from DST

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.

REVIEW: Netflix Daredevil from DST

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).

The Facts



Marvel Select Netflix Daredevil Action Figure
Series: Marvel Select
Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
Sculpted by: Gentle Giant
Material: Plastic
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
Pricing: $24.99

You can pick one up at the following:

DiamondSelectToys: $24.99
Amazon.com: $19.01

REVIEW: Elf Movie Vinimates

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.

The Facts



Elf Movie Vinimates
Series: 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:

Diamond Select Toys: $9.99 each
Amazon.com: $10.88 each

Marvel Animated Minimates Series 7

Marvel Minimates Series 7

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.

Marvel Animated Minimates Series 6

Ragnarok Arrives Early With New Marvel Minimates

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).

Winter 2017 Releases from Diamond Select Toys

Diamond Select Toys has announced a group of figures that are expected to ship in late 2017 and early 2018.

Cthulhu Vinimates Vinyl Figure
“Old god” and literary superstar Cthulhu is the latest 4-inch figure to join the Vinimates vinyl figure line. With an articulated neck, he can cast his gaze at the faithful and unfaithful alike, summoning all to join his shambling host.
$9.99

DC Vinimates DC Comics Vinyl Figures Series 2
Three new 4” vinyl figures – Superman, Joker, and Wonder Woman – are sculpted in the block-figure style, each striking an iconic pose straight from the comics.
$9.99 each

DC Vinimates Flash TV Vinyl Figures
This assortment of Flash characters is based on the hit CW TV show and includes 4-inch versions of Flash, Reverse Flash, and Captain Cold.
$9.99 each

 

Kingdom Hearts Vinimates Vinyl Figures
These four block-based figures take the main characters of the franchise -- Sora, Donald, Mickey, and Goofy -- and transport them into the world of Vinimates, where each 4-inch vinyl figure has an articulated head for additional posing options.
$9.99 each

 

 

 

Marvel Minimates Series 74 Greatest Stories 2-Pack Assortment
The record-setting 74th series of Marvel Minimates is one for the ages, spanning four different storylines from Marvel’s history. This assortment of four two-packs captures four of the greatest Avengers in four of their most epic battles, with four new outfits and four never-before-made opponents. From the “Surtur Saga,” Ages of Thunder Thor takes on the first-ever Surtur Minimate. From “Planet Hulk,” King Hulk takes on the first-ever Red King. From “Old Man Logan,” Logan takes on the never-made Ashley Barton Spider-Girl. And from “Secret Empire,” Agent of Hydra Captain America takes on the all-new Ironheart.
$9.99 each 2-pack

 

 

REVIEW: The X-Files Vinimates

There aren’t many shows whose path is similar to that of The X-Files. The popular show ran for 9 seasons, from 1993 to 2002, and spawned a 1998 feature length film of the same name. Another movie followed 10 years after the first. Then, in 2016, the show returned for a 10th season. And they’re currently filming an 11th season to debut during the 2017/18 television season. (I guess, to a lesser extent, Twin Peaks could fall into this same scenario)

Back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, we saw The X-Files based toys from McFarlane and Sideshow. But we’ve recently seen the X-Files toy license pick up steam (again) with companies like threeA and Diamond Select Toys grabbing the baton. For this review here, we’re going to be taking a look at the DST produced The X-Files Vinimates figures.

Diamond Select Toys has released two versions of the Mulder and Scully Vinimates figures. The version we’re looking at here is the Classic look. There’s also one based on the 2016 mini-series.

As with other figures in the Vinimates line, both Mulder and Scully feature one point of articulation (at the neck). They stand in at 4 inches in height and are made of PVC plastic. This line is made to resemble DST’s iconic Minimates figure, albeit much larger and more statuesque.

Mulder, with his hands on his hips, and Scully, with her arms crossed, are fairly recognizable – even with the Vinimates’ fairly simplistic features. Similar to Funko’s Pop! line, they’re able to achieve with only a few details (remember, most Vinimates are lacking noses).

Pricing on The X-Files Vinimates is $9.99 each. I feel that’s the perfect price point for this line (given their size and quality). And while I was never a big fan of The X-Files* (I could probably count the number episodes I watched on one hand), I like that Diamond Select Toys is bringing more film licenses to the Vinimates format.

*I blame my reluctance for watching anything “alien-related” in the 90’s due to being thoroughly freaked out by the film Fire In The Sky.

The Facts



The X-Files Vinimates
Series: Vinimates
Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
Material: PVC plastic
Dimensions: 4 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 1 (neck)
Designs: Fox Mulder and Dana Scully
Accessories: None
Pricing: $9.99 each

You can pick these up at the following:

Diamond Select Toys: $9.99 each
Amazon.com: $9.99 each

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.