2011 SDCC Day 3: Minimates: Nine Years, 1,000 Tiny Toys Panel
by Jay Cochran
July 23, 2011
The men behind the popular Minimates line are here to unveil upcoming products and answer your questions about the 2-inch, fully articulated minifigures. Diamond Select Toys director Chuck Terceira, Art Asylum founder Digger, and prototype painter Jason Wires will share insider info, submit to a Q&A session, and debut the first stop-motion animated Minimates MAX movie! Plus, there'll be a Minimates prize drawing at the end of the panel.
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- Jason Wires, Zach Oats, DST Chuck Tereira and Digger Mesch founder of Art Asylum who invented the Minimate are on panel.
- Marvel Vs. Capcom series 1 hits in Sept and series 2 in October and series 3 in early 2012.
- Series 3 contains Modok.
- Mobile Action Extreme will see series 3 hit in the Fall
- Showing a short animated Minimate M.A.X movie.
- Real Ghostbusters series 2 is out in September at TRU and box set in specialty and series 3 will be out in early 2012.
- Femme Fatales will see series 1 in October and series 2 in November. Priates will see Series 2 in Sept and series 3 early 2012. There will also be a Pirate ship and a special glow in the dark variant. both versions will have exclusive figures.
- Series 3 of vehicles will see Michael Knight with KITT at TRU and there will be a specialty version of Karr with Garth Knight. Series 4 vehicles will see Herman Munster and his car and the variation has not been announced.
- Halo Series 4 will be based on characters mostly from the original Halo video game.
- Look for a Scorpion Tank to be released in early 2012.
- Universal Monsters series 2 will be released at TRU. There will be a Frankenstein and Dracula box sets at specialty stores.
- New packaging for Marvel Minimates starts with wave 41. Series 42/TRU wave 12 contain comic versions from Captain America and Thor.
- X-Men FIrst Class boxset comes out in early August.
- Carrying Case comes with a glow in the dark pirate figure.
- Q&A Begins.
- Battle Beasts are on hold for now.
- No DC Minimates.
- Maybe on Fear Itself Marvel Minimates.
- Digger worked on a short film called Little Less Conversation over in Asia and will be doing some Minimates based on this with a limited run of 1000 on Kickstarter. The proceeds will be used to help finish production on the movie. Digger always saw Minimates as something that could be applied more as a art form as opposed to big licenses thing when he invented them. It should be noted DST is doing this to help Digger but it's not something that will be done on a normal basis unless possibly the Digger ones did well.
- Kubricks helped influence Digger when he created Minimates.
- No plans for Ninja Turtles Minimates.
- No Plans for any Marvel themed vehicles for the Minimates.
- No plans at this time for any kind of Minimates based video games.
- No plans for a large scale Minimate for Marvel like Galactus.
- Avengers Minimates will be coming in 2012.
- No plans for anymore Burce Lee Minimates.
- No Star Wars Minimates due to Lucas' strong relationship with Lego.
- No plans for any kind of company sponsored custom contests for Minimates. They do give out blanks and such at shoes and love the community who does the customes, but as a company they aren't really set up to do things like that.
- No chance of C3 to be revised. C3 was a nightmare for Digger and Art Asylum. The engineering that goes into that type of line was very difficult.
- M.A.X. is a story, they aren't just generic characters and they will start to build that team out. Wave 1 did well at TRU and wave 2 is shipping now. Minimates.com was relaunched today.
- No plans for sports based Minimates right now. Mainly due to the licensing nightmare that is involved with it.
- Nothing right now for Disney based Minimates.