2018
16.04

The early Toys R Us-exclusive waves are home to some truly strange character pairings for the exclusive two-packs.  Most of them tried to keep at least some sort of common thread between the characters included, but today’s set, Silver Surfer and Swordsman is perhaps one of the weirdest.

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2018
13.04

Movie merchandise is always a tricky thing, especially with “top secret” movies like the Marvel Studios stuff.  It can often prove difficult to determine which characters, and more specifically, which designs for those characters, are going to end up with the most prominence in the final product.  For Black Panther, while it was a pretty safe bet which look would be T’Challa’s main costume, his primary antagonist Killmonger proved a different story all together.  His rogue Black Panther look ended up on all of the merch, and while that was prominent, it was actually his more unique tactical gear that most people were drawn to.  Fortunately, if you want a properly articulated version of this design, Minimates have you covered.

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2018
11.04

It all comes to this. 10 years after the conception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everything finally comes together in one giant battle. The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy team up to take on their greatest foe yet, and that can only mean one thing for the entire universe: New Minimates! Let’s take a look.

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2018
09.04

The Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon proved quite a lucrative excuse for DST to put out plenty of new Spider-Man variants, for better or for worse.  On the “better” side, these variants are always packed with some supporting character or foe, thus giving us long-term fans new characters or new designs on a fairly regular basis.  Such is the case with today’s set, Taskmaster & Iron Spider-Man, which hail from Wave 2 of the Walgreens-exclusive animated division of Marvel Minimates.

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2018
06.04

To capitalize on the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, in 2015 Marvel launched an on-going cartoon chronicling the adventures of our favorite space-outlaws who aren’t in Star Wars or Firefly.  Right around that same time, DST and Walgreens teamed up to give us some Minimates based on those cartoons, and we got pretty much a whole set of Guardians in short oder.  Drax and Gamora were part of Wave 2 of the Walgreens-exclusive Marvel Minimates (which is actually the third wave, thanks to the weird “1, 1.5, 2” numbering).

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2018
02.04

There were a lot of different standout characters in Civil War.  For a great number of people, it was Spider-Man, and for an almost equal number it was Black Panther. There was a pretty sizable contingent of people whose favorite bits centered around Paul Rudd’s (Gi)Ant-Man, who made the most of his screen-time.  As such, it’s not a huge surprise that the character turned up amongst DST’s offerings for the film.  Alongside him, a breakout character from the last Captain America film (as well as Ant-Man cameo-er), Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon.  Ant-Man and Falcon make up the second TRU-exclusive set for Civil War, and were released alongside Wave 67 of the main line.

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2018
30.03

There’s no denying that Aliens Minimates got down a formula pretty quickly.  And that formula was definitely [human character] + Alien.  It’s admittedly not a terrible formula, since it does keep the focus on the titular monsters, while still managing to give new characters.  Or variants of characters we already have (or were soon to have), as was the case with today’s focus set of Dress Uniform Lt. Gorman and an Attacking Alien Warrior!

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2018
26.03

Vision and Hawkeye were the Toys R Us-exclusive set from the first wave of Civil War Minimates (Coinciding with Wave 66 of the specialty Marvel Minimates line). It’s actually fairly amusing that their packed together, since Vision and Hawkeye’s very first Minimates (from way back in Series 20) were also packed together. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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2018
23.03

Although the whole Aliens Minimates line began under the Aliens banner, there was a slow shift, where DST started including sets based on other movies.  The first movie found its way in first, initially as a couple of boxed sets, but then as part of the main two packs.  The whole of wave 3 of the specialty line was Alien-based, with one set from the corresponding TRU-assortment being from that film as well.  I’ll be looking at that TRU-exclusive set, featuring Kane and the Phantom Xenomorph, today!

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2018
21.03

Recently, Marvel Minimates have had a shift in focus, leaning to either totally current, event-driven stuff (like AvX, Axis, Infinity, and of course all of the movies) or the ‘90s X-Men side of things.  Now, I enjoy ‘90s X-Men, but I like my Marvel comics a bit more 70s/80s.  Wave 68 was definitely a breath of fresh air, offering up a really great assortment of classic X-Men, but there was a lack of a solid classic Avengers wave.  The last comic-based Avengers wave was way back in early 2012, and even that only offered two new characters (and one of them possessing a marginal connection to the Avengers at best).  68 was great, and I wanted an Avengers series that rivaled that.  Enter Wave 69, officially dubbed “Most Wanted”.

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