Hello. Today i am going to introduce you to a toy line, Minimates, distributed by Diamond Select Toys. If you have read my previous guest post where LittleMan did a review, you have already seen what these toys look like. For those that haven’t read that post, here is what a very basic Minimate looks like.
For those who do not recognize who this figure is out, this is Juggernaut from the Marvel comic X-Men. Now before i dive into this figure and a few others, let me tell you a bit about Minimates first. Minimates are the most detailed, most poseable mini-figures in the world. Even though they’re only two inches tall, they have 14 points of articulation, which means you can pose them however you want. Minimates did not always start off as 2 inch figures though. In 2002 a company called Art Asylum created mini figures that stood 3 inch tall and included characters from Star Trek, Dark Angel, the films of Bruce Lee and various rock stars. In 2003 Art Asylum partnered with Diamond Select Toys to release a line of 2 inch instead of 3 inch Minimates based on Marvel comics. This was truly the beginning of the Minimate as known today. From then on most Minimates have used the 2 inch base figure.
Many lines have come and went including Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, Battlestar Galactica, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Back to the Future, Ghosterbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more, but their Marvel line has continued since 2003 uninterrupted.
Minimates are designed to be taken apart and put together. One of the great things about them is you can take pieces from one Minimate and put them on another, therefore creating whatever your mind can think of. You can take a piece from the Ghostbusters line and put it on Iron Man but instead of Iron Man’s head you could have a Ninja Turtle.
Like all things Minimates have evolved over time. In the beginning they were very basic. Over time new pieces were created and ideas thought of to build up the figures. Newer figures may still be as simple as the original Minimates or they could look like this.
As you can see there are pieces built up over the basic Minimate to give it bulk. The pieces slide over the arms, legs, chest and feet. These pieces can also be used on any Minimate. The great thing about the versatility of these toys is that they spark creativity in kids and also helps them develop better fine motor skills.
Minimates can be found in various stores but they can be hard or impossible to find if you don’t know where to look. So where can you pick up some Minimates? The ultimate answer is it depends on what line you want to buy. There are exclusive lines or figures from lines at various stores. Toys R Us carries various lines of Minimates which changes over time but mine currently has Marvel, The Walking Dead, Clerks, and Tomb Raider Minimates. You can find Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Minimates in Kmart. Barnes and Nobles have Marvel Minimates in their toy section. Hastings has exclusive lines like Pulp Fiction Minimates. Any Comic Shop has the ability to order various lines of Minimates including Marvel, Walking Dead, Godzilla and many others. If all these fail, or maybe as a first look, you can find Minimates online. I would suggest going to Amazon.com or Ebay.com and search Minimates. You will find thousands of results. You will see that rare individual figures on ebay can go for 50-100 dollars, so this isn’t just child’s play folks.
You will see other toy company like Mega Blok, Lego, Kubrick, Kreo, etc that offer mini figures based on various lines. Kubrick and Minimates have much in common as they offer wide and varied limited production runs of just about any line you could think of. Kubrick is a Japanese toy line that most people in the US would never know of. They really only sell in Japan but you can find Kubrick’s online from amazon and ebay. They are far less articulated and posable than Minimates. They are lovely figures and here is an example of a Kubrick i own compared to a Minimate.
I honestly own various pieces from many of these company’s but Minimates is where my heart lies. They are little mini figures that i enjoy and that passion has spread to Little Man and to Sunny. It is something we can all share and be passionate about together. Little Man has spent many hours creating new figures and then displaying them in various poses. As you can see there are little pieces so beware about having them around little ones because they are likely to swallow them. I recommend you check out these figures. You’re kids may love them as well.
Pst. You didn’t hear it from me but one of their new upcoming lines is Spongebob Squarepants.
Below is a photo of a small portion of my collection. I like Minimates. Until next time, stay geek.
This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.