BATTELSTAR GALACTICA MINIMATES
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.