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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

Blade Runner 2049 – Dorbz and Pop!

Fans are preparing for Blade Runner 2049 (the much talked about sequel to the 1982 sci-fi-fi film) to be released in theaters on October 6th 2017. And Funko is excited to be releasing a pair of series based on the film license. The Dorbz: Blade Runner 2049 series features the retired blade runner Rick Deckard, the new blade runner Officer K, Neander Wallace, and Sapper. Deckard is limited to 6,500 pieces. And the helmeted Sapper chase variant is a 1-in-6 rarity.

Also, the Pop! Movies: Blade Runner 2049 will include Officer K, Rick Deckard, Joi, Neander Wallace, Luv, and Sapper in Pop! vinyl format. There's also a helmeted Sapper as a chase variant with a rarity of 1 in 6.

If you're interested in pre-ordering any of these figures, you can check out Amazon.com - which has them currently available.

Creepy Co.’s My Pet Monster 30th Anniversary Vinyl Figure

Creepy Co. is getting close to shipping one of our most anticipated collectibles - the My Pet Monster 30th Anniversary Vinyl Figure. The 6-inch tall figure features articulation at the head, arm, and wrist joints. It's available in both the Classic Colorway, with colors true to the original plush, and the "Shackles" Orange Variant, which is colored similar to the original shackles.

The Classic Colorway is a limited edition of 500 pieces, selling for $59.99 each. And the "Shackles" Orange Variant is a limited edition of 100 pieces, retailing for $74.99 each.

Pop! Disney: Elena of Avalor

Fans of the Disney Channel (or those with little kids, like myself) will likely know the name Elena of Avalor. And Funko, of course, has announced a new series of Pop! figures based on the new cartoon series. The Pop! Disney: Elena of Avalor line includes Princess Elena, her younger sister IsabelMateo the wizard-in training, and jaquins Luna, Migs, and Skylar. Also, look for the exclusive version of Elena, only at Toys “R” Us.

If you're interested in picking up any of these figures, you can currently head on over to Amazon.com to pre-order the Elena of Avalor Pop! figures.

Mini Trumplin

David Withers aka Chaingun! has released his politically-themed designer art toy with a bootleg aesthetic and is obviously 100% unrelated to the Boglin brand or the Trump administration.

"Usually found hanging around the Whitehouse, in his giant golden tower or on a golf course this thin skinned Trumplin frequently alienates his fellow tribe members with his insane off the cuff statements.
He should be kept away from Twitter when possible".

The Mini Trumplin is cast in resin and packaged in a baggie with a hand painted topper card. The piece retails for £20.00 (about $26) plus postage and is available to buy via the above link. This figure will be made to order and are available in neon green, neon pink and silver.

Toxic Avenger – Toxic Crusader Variant

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Once upon a time, an R-rated campy B-movie horror gore-fest film made by Troma - The Toxic Avenger - spawned a children's animated cartoon series called the Toxic Crusaders. It was a little strange, given the amount of gore and sexual content in the original film license, to create a cartoon series based on an R-rated film (although, they did it with Rambo).

And since Super7 has already released figures based on the Toxic Avenger license, they've now announced the new Toxic Avenger - Toxic Crusader Variant. You can grab this 3.75-inch tall (the first superhero from New Jersey) from Super7 for $15.00. Each figures includes a mop accessory on a traditional blister card, featuring the animated Toxie on the front and a cut-out Toxie mask on the back.

The Burning Bloom Pre-Order

Artist Kyle Kirwin is currently taking pre-orders for his Burning Bloom piece - a 5.5-inch tall hand-cast and hand-painted resin figure made by the artist (apparently in an RV like Walter White). These will be available for pre-order beginning in a week (August 25th 2017) and run until September 1st 2017. They will then ship out by October 15th 2017. The run will be limited to 50 pieces and they will run $50.00 each.