Blog posts of '2014' 'May'

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Minimates Swing into Comic Shops with New Photos!

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Minimates Swing into Comic Shops with New Photos!

The 56th series of Marvel Minimates is here, and it's based on the latest entry in the cinematic world of Marvel superheroes: The Amazing Spider-Man 2! This Wednesday, when you pick up the latest issues of your favorite comic book titles at the local comic shop, you can also pick up four different two-packs of Marvel Minimates featuring Spider-Man and his big-screen friends and foes! Check out the gallery here, and read all about them!


First up, Spider-Man battles a grinning Green Goblin using his webline and megaphone accessories. Then a Battle-Damaged Spider-Man dons a fireman's helmet to take on a metallic Electro, with lightning attachments and an energy base. Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy pair up in the third two-pack, with a Spider-Man mask, backpack and phone, and the final, two-pack gives us Electro's boss Alistair Smythe and a pre-Rhino Aleksei Sytsevich with a briefcase, machine gun and an alternate pantsless pair of legs.

These four two-packs are exclusively available at comic shops and specialty stores, although Toys "R" Us and toysrus.com will receive slightly different versions of the two Spider-Man sets – one with a serious-faced Green Goblin and one with a translucent Electro. Toys "R" Us will also have their own exclusive two-pack, featuring a "Flashback" version of Spider-Man and a pre-accident Max Dillon with briefcase and newspaper.

Check out the photo shoot here, then go find your local comic shop at comicshoplocator.com!


New in Previews: Retro Marvel, Pulp Fiction, Clerks, Godzilla & More!

New in Previews: Retro Marvel, Pulp Fiction, Clerks, Godzilla & More!

It's one of Diamond Select Toys' biggest months ever, with new pre-orders open for 17 new products from DST! From the Amazing Spider-Man to a Zombie Yeti, there's something for every type of fan in the DST section of the latest Previews catalog, with toys, collectibles and kitchenware from the worlds of movies, comics, cartoons and video games! So check out the complete list of products and see which you want, which you need, and which you simply can't live without! Pre-order at your local comic shop or favorite online retailer -- find the nearest store at comicshoplocator.com!


Pulp Fiction Jack Rabbit Slim's Pint Glass
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The next movie to get the Reelware treatment from DST is Quentin Tarantino's groundbreaking film Pulp Fiction! Celebrating the film's 20th anniversary, DST is taking fans inside the world of the movie with a 16-oz. pint glass from the famous Jack Rabbit Slim's restaurant. Whether you fill it with a five-dollar milkshake or another tasty beverage, the Jack Rabbit Slim's logo will always remind you of the first time you watched Vince and Mia do the twist. Packaged in a window box. (Item #MAY142227, SRP: $10.99)

Aliens Pulse Rifle Metal Bottle Opener
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Colonial Marines are trained in a variety of weapons, from flamethrowers to grenade launchers, but how do they open bottles? If we had to guess, it would be with the Pulse Rifle Bottle Opener from DST. Measuring just under 4 inches long, this all-metal opener has magnets on the back, so you can slap it on the door of your Armored Personal Carrier for rolling refreshment! Game over, man! Packaged in a collector box with a full-color wrap. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142235, SRP: $18.00/ea.)

Marvel Retro Spider-Man Limited Edition Action Figure Box Set
With every new "Cloth Retro" figure release, demand for Marvel Comics-based retro figures has grown, and now DST is making the toys everybody has been asking for! The Marvel Cloth Retro line will capture the nostalgia of the 1970s and add a modern-day spin in a series of limited edition 8-inch figures.  The line kicks off with none other than the Amazing Spider-Man! Spidey will feature a real cloth costume based on his original 8" release, as well as easily interchangeable additional heads, hands, outfits and accessories to turn him into Daily Bugle photographer, Peter Parker, or a more modern comic version of the wall-crawler! The "throwback" outfit will come on a standard retro-style body in a reproduction box based on the classic packaging.  The additional outfits and parts will come packaged on a display tray, along with a miniature booklet outlining the history of the character. Spider-man, and future releases in the line, will be limited to only 3,000 sets, so get on board now! Designed and sculpted by EMCE Toys! (Item #MAY142225, SRP: $80.00)

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Yeti Bank
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Save up for a new weed-whacker with this new vinyl figural bank based on the new Plants vs. Zombies game from Popcap and EA! The Yeti is the big man in the zombie army, and he's all set to stomp some plants, but good. This 7" vinyl bank has a coin slot on the back, an access door down below, and is totally in scale to your Garden Warfare Select action figures, making him an integral part of any suburban assault!  (Item #MAY142234, SRP: $22.99)

Ghostbusters Toasted Mr. Stay-Puft Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Nobody steps on a church in our town! DST has taken their popular 11-inch bank of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters, put it on a large stick and held it over a roaring fire to create this scorched, battle-damaged edition! With a coin slot in the back and a removable head that hides an access door, this bank is a mouth-watering addition to any Ghostbusters collection! Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142237, SRP: $29.99)

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Spider-Man Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Thwip! The new Spider-Man movie has fans buzzing like flies in a web, and the web-slinger is getting a brand-new bust from DST! Depicting Spider-Man in his trademark crossed-arms web-shooting pose, this bust measures approximately 6 inches tall with its web-festooned base, and is a great addition to any fan's shelf! Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #MAY142220, SRP: $59.99)

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Green Goblin Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The new movie Green Goblin has been revealed and he is one creepy customer! Spider-Man's most famous foe has gotten a cinematic makeover, and now DST is capturing the new look in this collectible bust! Measuring approximately 6 inches tall atop its base, this bust of the classic Spidey villain is a must-have for any fan of the franchise. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #MAY142221, SRP: $59.99)

Godzilla Classic Minimates Series 1 Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! What's the best way to stop a towering atomic monster? Put him in your pocket! Celebrating 60 years of Godzilla movies, this box set of classically-styled Minimates includes Godzilla and three of his most famous friends and foes: Mothra, Gigan and Titanosaurus! Each Minimate mini-figure stands approximately 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142232, SRP: $19.99)

Godzilla Classic Mechagodzilla Vinyl Bust Bank
A Diamond Select Release! Godzilla's greatest foe is launching his attack! A cybernetic copy of Godzilla with superior firepower, this vinyl bust bank of Mechagodzilla is based on how the robotic kaiju appeared in 1974's Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Standing 8 inches tall, the bank features a coin slot in his back, as well as an access door in the base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!  (Item #MAY142233, SRP: $22.99)

Star Trek III Phaser Electronic Role-Play
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Don't search for Spock unarmed – carry the famous phaser first seen in the third Star Trek movie! With a removable Type 1 "cricket" phaser and a Type 2 pistol grip, this instantly recognizable Starfleet-issue weapon features realistic lights and sound effects straight from the movies. It's the latest advancement on role-playing technology! Comes in "Try Me" packaging. (Item #MAY142236, SRP: $39.99)

Marvel Minimates Series 58 X-Men: Days of Future Past Asst.
A Diamond Select Release! The newest and most epic X-Men movie ever made is getting the Minimates treatment from DST! Four different two-packs depict the past and future worlds of X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring Future Professor X with Past Magneto, Future Magneto with Past Mystique, Future Wolverine with Future Storm and Past Logan with Past Charles Xavier. Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142223, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Marvel Minimates Series 59 All-New X-Men Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The five original X-Men have been brought to the present day, and a new decade calls for new costumes! This assortment based on the Marvel Now! comic title All-New X-Men features four two-packs, including Cyclops with Marvel Girl, Beast with Angel, Iceman with a Sentinel and a rare, short-packed Bobby Drake with Sentinel! Each Minimate mini-figure stands approximately 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142224, SRP: $9.99/ea.)


Clerks Minimates 20th Anniversary B&W Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! These Minimates aren't even supposed to be here today! It's the 20th anniversary of Clerks, the legendary first movie by the godfather of geeks, Kevin Smith, and DST is celebrating with a box set of four Minimates! Dante, Randal, Jay and Silent Bob are each lovingly rendered in black-and-white, standing approximately 2 inches tall with a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142230, SRP: $19.99)

Walking Dead Minimates Series 6 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Welcome to the Community! The sixth series of Minimates mini-figures based on the best-selling Walking Dead comic book series brings the cast to the walled compound that would become their home following the fall of the prison. Two-packs include Constable Rick with Douglas, Carl with Burning Zombie, Constable Michonne with Winter Zombie and a rare, one-per-case variant set of Party Dress Michonne with Winter Zombie. Each Minimate mini-figure stands approximately 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Metal Bottle Opener
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Wash down that slice of pizza with a brand-new metal bottle opener from DST! Measuring about 4 inches tall, this classically-styled opener depicts the Turtles' resident foodie Michelangelo dining on his snack of choice, and features magnets on the back for refrigerator door display. Cowabunga! Packaged in a collector box with a full-color wrap. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142229, SRP: $18.00)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Pizza Cutter
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Each of the Ninja Turtles wields his own signature weapon, but there is one weapon shared by them all: the pizza cutter! Designed to resemble Michelangelo's grinning head, this kitchen accessory can spell victory or defeat for the TMNT, so be sure you have one on hand to help feed the entire clan! Packaged in a full-color collector box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142228, SRP: $14.99)


Best of Marvel Minimates Series 3 Asst.
A Diamond Select Release! The best Marvel Minimates DST has ever made are back for a third series! Four more two-packs of Marvel's most famous heroes get the ultimate Minimate treatment, including Marvel Now Captain America with Modern Spider-Man, Transforming Grey Hulk with Extremis Iron Man, Classic Hawkeye with Lab Coat Ant-Man and Luke Cage Power Man with Iron Fist! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum!  (Item #MAY142222, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Offered Again: Marvel Select Venom Action Figure
A Diamond Select Release! Marvel Select collectors have been clamoring for it, and we're giving it to them -- a new production run of the classic Spider-Man villain Venom! Depicting the original Venom, Eddie Brock, this symbiotic Spidey foe stands over 8 inches tall with 16 points of articulation, and comes packaged with interchangeable heads, hands and more, to depict the anti-hero in numerous looks from his long history! Comes in the famous Select display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean!  (Item #AUG121762; SRP: $24.99)

Find the nearest comic shop at comicshoplocator.com and pre-order today!


Diamond Select Toys Launches Marvel Retro Line with the Amazing Spider-Man!

Diamond Select Toys Launches Marvel Retro Line with the Amazing Spider-Man!

For years, Diamond Select Toys (DST) has been re-creating the classic 8-inch, cloth-costume action figures of the 1970s, but one line has received more requests than any other: the Marvel Comics characters from Mego's World's Greatest Super-Heroes line. Today, DST is happy to announce a line of deluxe gift sets that are inspired by those classic figures, starting with the Amazing Spider-Man!

Painstakingly designed by the craftsmen at EMCE Toys, the Amazing Spider- Man will come as he first appeared in 1973, in his original "circle suit" costume. However, the head and costume will be removable, allowing you to use the additional heads, hands, outfits and accessories in the set to turn him into Daily Bugle photographer Peter Parker, or even a more modern comic version of the wall-crawler!


"Getting the opportunity to make the Marvel toys inspired by my childhood has long been a goal of mine, and kicking the line off with my favorite Marvel hero, Spider-Man, was a no-brainer," said DST director Chuck Terceira. "Offering extra parts and new outfits allow us to stay true to what made the toys great in the first place, while simultaneously updating the figures and making each one into a true collector's item."

The 1970s-style Spider-Man figure will come packaged in a reproduction window box inside a larger collector case, and the additional outfits and parts will come packaged on an adjacent display tray. The case will also contain a miniature booklet outlining the history of the character.

Future figures in the line will include Captain America, Iron Man and Wolverine, and each will come with alternate outfits and parts. Each set will be limited to just 3,000 pieces, and retail for approximately $80. Pre-orders are open for Spider- Man now, and he will be on store shelves in late 2014.

ABOUT DIAMOND SELECT TOYS AND COLLECTIBLES, LLC


Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC was founded in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Envisioned to create unique and exciting collectibles for children and adults alike, the company has licensed a vast array of pop culture properties to be turned into merchandise. In 2007, Diamond Select Toys acquired select assets of the New York design studio Art Asylum, creators of the global Minimates brand. Minimates have been recognized as the #1 selling block figure in the world and were the first toys ever to be inducted into the ToyFare Hall of Fame in 2007. With partners such as Marvel Entertainment, Universal Studios, EA Games, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures, Diamond Select
manufactures a wide variety of collectible products, and is headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD. For more information, visit www.diamondselecttoys.com.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and
publishing.  For more information visit marvel.com. © MARVEL

You Choose the Minimates in Marvel's Infinity Box Set at Toys “R” Us!

You Choose the Minimates in Marvel's Infinity Box Set at Toys “R” Us!

One of the biggest events in the Marvel Universe last year was Infinity, in which the Avengers protected Earth from imminent destruction even as the world-conquering Thanos cut a path through the galaxy in search of his mysterious son. This year, Diamond Select Toys is excited to announce an all-new Marvel Minimates box set based on the crossover, and you get to pick who's in it!

The box set will be available this fall exclusively at Toys "R" Us stores and online at Toysrus.com, and will include four different Minimates. You'll get to pick which four by casting your vote below. Pick four out of the six possible characters -- Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Thanos, Thane and Ronan -- and the four with the highest number of votes will be included in the box set! Check out the control art below, and get voting!


The Deadly Foes of Spider-Man Team Up for a New Minimates Box Set!

The Deadly Foes of Spider-Man Team Up for a New Minimates Box Set!

With both the Green Goblin and Electro menacing Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, all eyes are on Spidey's classic comic-book villains! And while there are more Spider-Man Minimates than any other character in the Marvel Universe, his rogues gallery hasn't been in the Minimate spotlight in quite some time. To remedy that, Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum have created an all-new box set featuring Spidey's deadliest foes, and it's exclusively available through Luke's Toy Store!

Now available for pre-order, Doctor Octopus, the Lizard, Sandman and Carnage are included in this four-pack, which will ship in September. But three of the characters feature interchangeable parts to create alternate looks, which means it's like buying seven figures in all! Carnage comes with a Kletus Cassidy head and various weapon hands, Sandman comes with Flint Marko's human arms and legs, and the Lizard comes with Dr. Curt Connors' head, legs, arm and empty folded sleeve, for a total transformation!

The only figure that doesn't include alternate parts is Otto Octavius, a.k.a. Doctor Octopus, who comes with his four ever-present tentacles, two of which can be used to lift him up off of the ground! Each figure also comes with a clear disc base, and the set of four will come packaged in a full-color window box.

Luke's Toy Store is an online toy retailer specializing in Minimates. Pre-order the Deadly Foes of Spider-Man box set today at lukestoystore.com!

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Marvel Minimates Mix It Up on the Cover to Amazing Spider-Man #1!

Marvel Minimates Mix It Up on the Cover to Amazing Spider-Man #1!

Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Minimates line has been Minimate-izing everyone's favorite Marvel superheroes since 2003, when the very first assortment was released. So it's only fitting that the first Marvel Minimates-themed comic book cover is of the line's most frequently made character: The Amazing Spider-Man!

Diamond Comic Distributors and Diamond Select Toys have teamed with Marvel Comics to offer a variant cover of Marvel’s all-new Amazing Spider-Man #1. Limited to a 6,000-unit print run with cover art by lead Minimates designer Barry Bradfield, this issue is available now, exclusively to retailers who will be attending the Diamond Retailer Summit in Las Vegas. The cover depicts the web-slinger battling Electro in the rigging of a TV studio, and was inspired by the cover to 1970's Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #82.




Inside the issue, the greatest superhero of all time returns, as Peter Parker resumes the role of Spider-Man! The world may have changed since Spidey's been gone, but so has Peter Parker – this is a man with a second chance at life, and he's not wasting a moment of it. Putting the "friendly" back in the neighborhood, the "hero" back into "superhero," and the "amazing" back into "Spider-Man," Peter has the same Parker luck but a new Parker attitude. Also returning: The recharged and reenergized Electro!

Look for the variant cover (item #DEC138451) at your local comic shop!

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