SDCC 2014: Diamond Select Toys Announces Days of Future Past Marvel Minimates Exclusives and More

Banking on the success of Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past hit movie, Diamond Select Toys have announced a comics-based Marvel Minimates boxed set for San Diego Comic-Con, featuring Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Mystique and a Sentinel. Great choices to tie in to the movie, but I don’t recall Mystique featuring prominently at all in the comic event – but then again she wasn’t being played by J-Law back then and like Wolverine, my memories can’t be trusted. DST is also making an accompanying comic book cover recreating Uncanny X-Men #141, available separately, featuring the Marvel Minimates in place of the comic book characters.

There usually are more Marvel Minimates exclusives during SDCC, and perhaps there are still more to come through DST’s distribution partners. DST also announced a Walking Dead Minimates set, a Sin City Marv exclusive figure, and more from Star Trek, Star Wars, Godzilla, and Jay and Silent Bob.  Just over a month to go. Are you getting excited yet for SDCC?

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CustomCon 37 at Raving Toy Maniac

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In case you missed it, last month our pals at RTM hosted CustomCon 37. CustomCon is a showcase for customized action figures, held three times a year. RTM has the spring show, while the summer is at JoeAcevedo.com and the winter here at AFP. This spring’s CustomCon featured five entries:

WebSwipe: First Look at Guardians of the Galaxy Minimates – Marvel.com

With Cap coming up in two weeks, I’ve almost forgotten there’s another Marvel movie this summer that I’m super excited to see – Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel has got a first look at the Marvel Minimates for the movie.

Gotta love what Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum can do with these things – but I’m a little disappointed Rocket Raccoon is said to be non-poseable.

Exclusive First Look at Guardians of the Galaxy Minimates

Pre-order this new set from Diamond Select Toys based off the upcoming film!

One of the biggest movies of 2014 just got really small! The Marvel Minimates line from Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum will introduce the Guardians of the Galaxy to the two-inch scale this summer, with a full assortment of characters from the highly anticipated feature film.

Guardians of the Galaxy Minimates

Anticipated to be in stores in time for the film’s August 1st premiere, the line will include four two-packs that will be available at comic shops and specialty stores. The two-packs will pair Star-Lord with Ronan the Accuser, Drax with Groot, Gamora with a Nova Corps Centurion and Nebula with a Sakaaran Trooper. Each two-inch, fully-poseable mini-figure features interchangeable parts and accessories, including a mask for Star-Lord, knives for Drax and a non-poseable micro-figure of Rocket to hang out with Groot!

via Exclusive First Look at Guardians of the Galaxy Minimates | News | Marvel.com.

Toy Fair 2014: Pulp Fiction Licenses Multiple Action Figure Lines for 20th Anniversary

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It’s “When did I get so old?” time – Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction turns twenty this year. That’s twenty years since John Travolta’s career was revitalized so he could get out of movies like the Look Who’s Talking franchise and go on to star in fare like Michael (the angel movie) and Battlefield Earth. Ok, so maybe Pulp Fiction was more of a blip on his career path.

To capitalize on our nostalgia factor, two companies – Funko and Diamond Select Toys – have jumped onto the Pulp Fiction license, and are producing four separate action figure lines to capture our collector dollars.

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Check Out the Sale at Luke’s Toy Store for Minimates and More – This Week Only

Our friend Luke is running a sale this week at Luke’s Toy Store, and even if you’re not a die-hard fan of Minimates, there is probably something there you’ll want. The sale covers all merchandise and it’s 10% off any order over $50. Of course, Luke got his start on Minimates, and there’s a fair amount of them that are great deals even without the 10% off extra. For example, the first and second Alpha Flight Minimates box sets are on sale for just $6 each. There’s lots of deals across the Diamond Select Toys Minimates brands.

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CustomCon 36 – the Complete Index

While we’re on the subject of custom action figures, did you happen to catch CustomCon 36 last week, right here at AFP? Without further ado, here’s the complete index for the three day show that featured twenty one entries:

CustomCon 36 - Day One

DAY ONE: Tuesday, December 10

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CustomCon 36 – Day Three of Three

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DAY THREE: Thursday, December 12

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CC36: Watchmen Minimates by Brian Felgar

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The longest-running block figure line in history is taking on one of the most popular graphic novels of all time – Watchmen Minimates!

This exclusive series brings you the key characters from the fan-favorite work of comic literature: Rorschach, the mysterious masked gumshoe; Nite Owl, the reluctant caped hero; the sultry, scantily-clad crime fighter Silk Spectre; Comedian, the lunatic patriot; the omnipotent, all-powerful Doctor Manhattan; and Ozymandias, the mastermind behind the end of the world as we know it!

Each character comes loaded with accessories and is ready to recreate your favorite scenes from the comic masterpiece.

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Free Marvel Minimates Iron Man Offer with Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United?

Heroes United Minimates Offer Iron Man and Hulk Heroes United

The Marvel.com website has an offer for a free (you pay $2.59 shipping and handling) Iron Man Minimate – and while I couldn’t find where to get the promo code for it, presumably it will come with the Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United movie that is available today on Blu-Ray and DVD.

For another $9.99, you can also pick up 2 more Marvel Minimates – Hulk in the Iron Man armor that he’ll somehow get to wear in the movie, and the Hulk-Buster Iron Man that is cool and will likely fight Hulk if we get the expected “first we fight, then we become friends” plot line.

Update: found it in the fine print on the offer page – movie purchase is required to get the free Iron Man Minimate.

Marvel Store Black Friday 20% Off Sale

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I’m too grumpy to deal with crowds and waiting in line, so on Black Friday I’m happy to look for online deals. The official Marvel Store is holding a 20% off sale, with its standard free shipping for orders of $50 or more. It’s the standard fare there – mostly Marvel Select and Marvel Minimates, but they also have some Sideshow Collectible items (including the black-suited Spider-Man from Emo 3) and Funko bobble-heads.

There’s a Deadpool bobble-head there that I’ve been thinking about getting for some time now. Excelsior!

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