June 2012 News

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DST On Sale June 6: The Expendables Minimates and Marvel Select Lizard

June 6, 2012 - For many poor souls, Wednesday is the worst day of the week -- right in the middle of a dreary five days of work. If only they were comic book fans -- then Wednesdays would be the high point of the week! After all, it's the day comic book junkies can hit up their local comic shop and be guaranteed a ton of new comics and toys! Speaking of toys, Diamond Select Toys has two new products shipping to comic shop and specialty stores this week, and they're both pretty awesome.

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First up is DST's first four-pack of Minimates based on the action-movie extravaganza The Expendables! With tiny, two-inch versions of Lee Christmas, Hale Caesar, Mr. Church and Tool, this set is your first step towards building the Expendables team!

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Batman, Takara Transformers, Mortal Kombat, Sale at Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store

June 6, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer BigBadToyStore.com has several items of interest to collectors:

Hi - Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about more great new preorders, new arrivals, and a new sale.

Prices Reduced - 4700 items!

We've reduced prices 15% to 20% on over 4700 older items! We have 40 featured items and the 4700 other items are sorted by discount on our sale menu. You can also just browse your favorite menus and sales prices will be displayed there as well.


This new Movie Masterpiece vehicles is loaded with details like a light-up headlight and more. It is perfectly sized for the DKR Batman figure, and we have it listed at $254.99, saving you $20 off of the MSRP.

U.S. Census Bureau June 6: First Drive-In Theater

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2012 -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America - Wednesday, June 6th. A major pop culture phenomenon began on this day in 1933. With the automobile increasingly reshaping the American landscape, Richard Hollingshead opened the nation's first drive-in movie theater in Camden, New Jersey. Soon, drive-in movies became a fixture across the country and a popular place for teenage dating. Some even had heaters to go along with the speakers, so they could stay open through the winter. Drive-ins reached their peak in the 1950s. There were nearly 21,000 movie theaters then, and more than 4,000 of them were drive-ins. Now, there are nearly 4,900 movie theaters around the country - most of them with multiple screens - while there are fewer than 270 drive-ins remaining in operation. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at http://www.census.gov.

Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 301

DST: 10 Images of The Expendables Minimates

The Expendables Minimates Are On a Mini-Mission!

June 2012 - Hitting comic stores this week is the first set of Minimates based on the action-movie franchise to end all franchises, The Expendables! With Lee Christmas, Hale Caesar, Mr. Church and Tool, these 2-inch collectible action figures are ready to engage in covert operations... on your desk! They come packed with an arsenal of weaponry, and thanks to their small size they should be able to get in and out of your cubicle without anybody noticing, causing a minimal of collateral damage. (Sorry, your stapler is fragged.)

Look for the set in stores on Wednesday, and look for the Toys "R" Us-exclusive set -- featuring Barney Ross, Trent Mauser, James Munroe and Paine -- to hit soon. In the meantime, check out these pictures of the toys in action!

Popil's GIRLS 5 Inch Mini Qee

Popil's GIRLS 5 Inch Mini Qee

June 5, 2012 - Toy2R rings in summertime with this sexy new 5 Inch Mini Qee Bear from artist Popil Art (http://www.popilart.com/) entitled "GIRLS."

Working as an illustrator for various magazines the artist is now experiencing true artist fame with art exhibitions and now a designer art toy.

Weta Workshop Making Collectibles from The Hobbit Films


- New merchandise slated for October 2012 -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand and Burbank, CA – June 05, 2012 – Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Weta Workshop announced today a partnership under which the innovative design company will develop and market a wide range of authentic prop replicas, collectibles and merchandise based on the upcoming films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). The licensing agreement grants Weta access to the library of characters, settings, and stories for the two films. The first products in the collection will be unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con at the Weta booth (#3513B) in July 2012, along with a limited number of exclusive pieces that will be available for purchase.

Diamond Select Toys Announces Comic-Con 2012 Exclusives

June 4, 2012 - It's almost that time of year again... the time of year when Diamond Select Toys hops on a plane across the country to attend the biggest pop-culture convention in America! San Diego's Comic-Con International 2012 will run from July 12-15, and DST will have a ton of fun events for you to attend, including a Minimates panel, a Battle Beasts signing, our Build-a-Minimate station and some cool, cool giveaways. But this year will also be a huge year for DST's exclusive toys! In partnership with Diamond Comics Distributors and the Previews catalog, DST will have the following exclusive items available for sale at their booth this year, and there's something for everyone!

Diamond Select Toys Announces Comic-Con 2012 Exclusives

AVX: Avengers Vs. X-Men Marvel Minimates Box Set

Avengers, Big Bang Theory, Bowen Deadpool, MIB 3 Prop Replica, Borderlands at Urban-Collector


June 4, 2012 - (Sponsor Announcement) - Online retailer Urban-Collector has several new items of interest to collectors:

This week we are featuring new pre-orders from Avengers, Dark Knight Rises and The Big Bang Theory!

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Toys'R'Us-Exclusive World of Madagascar Brand

Toys"R"Us and DreamWorks Animation Unveil Global Exclusive "World of Madagascar" Brand

Toys"R"Us In-Store and Online Boutiques Celebrate Launch of New 3D Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in Theaters on June 8, 2012

WAYNE, N.J. and GLENDALE, Calif., June 1, 2012 -- Toys"R"Us and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. today unveiled "World of Madagascar," a new brand featuring toys based on characters from all three Madagascar films, now available exclusively at Toys"R"Us online and in store locations around the world. Coinciding with the launch of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, which arrives in theaters on June 8, Toys"R"Us is showcasing the "World of Madagascar" in Toys"R"Us stores throughout the United States during the month of June. Highlighted in the boutique are exclusive toys from Fisher-Price®, as well as a full range of lifestyle products inspired by the beloved Madagascar franchise.

Guardians of Middle-earth Video Game

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Reveals Guardians of Middle-earth, an Authentic Multiplayer Online Battle Arena Game for Console Systems

Debuting Exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network in Fall 2012

BURBANK, Calif. -- May 30, 2012 -- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announces Guardians of Middle-earth, a new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game developed by Monolith Productions, set to debut in fall 2012 exclusively for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®Network. The game will feature tie-ins to the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey motion picture, directed by Peter Jackson and a production of New Line Cinema and MGM.

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