DST’s Battlestar Galactica MiniMates – Series 1
August 21, 2007


Series 1

Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I LOVE THE NEW BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SERIES on the Sci Fi network. As soon as I saw the episode "33" I knew I was hooked.

Then you add to that my love of Mini-Mates and you have a match made in heaven.

When Art Asylum showed their first prototypes of the BSG Minimates at Toy Fair two years ago I KNEW they would be mine. At last the wait is over and the 2-packs are in stores.

I never really bought in to the whole block figure craze, but I picked up the first batch of Marvel Mini-Mates and I been hooked ever since. They’re a bit like Pringles where you can’t have just one. The thing that I like about Mini-Mates that I think set them apart from other figures of this kind, is that fact that they are not shy about sculpting new parts for the base figure. It gives you so much more variety when looking at them on a shelf. A lot of other block figures only make their changes with paint and there’s a bit too much uniformity for my tastes. But looking at the BSG Cylon you almost can’t quite believe that there is a Mini-Mate base body at the center of it. In many of the Mini-Mate lines they are now able to use the 2" Mini-Mate base body for larger characters.



Another great thing about Mini-Mates is that even at this scale they aren’t afraid to include all of the necessary accessories for the characters. I the case of BSG that includes flight helmets, guns and notepads.

One really interesting thing that Mini-Mates is able to do is to capture a likeness of an actor with just a simple caricature. They all use the same cylinder head and molded hair that gives them such a great uniformity and uniqueness all at the same time.

At Toy Fair this year DST and AA debuted several classic movie posters with a Mini-Mate slant such as Rain Man, Rocky, Back to the Future and A Fist Full of Dollars. Several of those properties have now been or will be fully realized as Mini-Mates soon. Galactica is the first of these licensed properties out of the gate that features actually actor likeness done in the Mini-Mates style and the majority of them work really well.

But enough of my typing. Let’s take a look at the Mini-Mates realizations of one of the best frackin’ shows on TV!


Wave I card back

Cylon and Six

Kobal Six and Cylon Variant Pack

Flight Suit Starbuck and Admiral Cain

Toy Fair exclusive casual Starbuck and Wave I Starbuck


Flight Suit Apollo and Lt. Dualla

Thank you to the gang at Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum for filling this BSG void as we wait for "RAZOR" in November and season 4 starting in February!


You can read my previous feature on the Cylon 5-pack, Casual Starbuck and the Classic Cylons here at my blog.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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