February 15, 2012

Walking Dead Minimates Are Coming

Fans of miniature toys, rejoice! The popular zombie franchise The Walking Dead is coming to Minimates, the popular line of block toys from Diamond Select Toys!

From the press release below, it sounds like Diamond Select's deal is with Skybound, Kirkman's comic book imprint, and not AMC so we're not likely to see any AMC show exclusive characters in this new line of 2-inch mini-figures. But we're still going to get plenty of the comic book characters and plenty of ankle-biting undead.

Press Release Excerpts

Robert Kirkman, creator and writer of Image/Skybound's hit comic, "The Walking Dead," and writer/Executive Producer on the international hit television show based upon it, has joined forces with Maryland-based Diamond Select Toys, who will handle the toy license. DST has a 13-year-long history of producing quality toys and collectibles, many based on established comic book and horror properties, and is happy to be able to bring the book's well-developed characters and gruesome zombies to three-dimensional life as a line of Minimates and figural banks.

"We've all been following The Walking Dead since the first issue, and we are amazed at Kirkman's continuing ability to draw new readers into his epic, post-apocalyptic tale," said Chuck Terceira, director of Diamond Select Toys. "With the book's profile deservedly raised by the show's success, we thought the time was right to add it to our iconic toy lines. We feel that fans of our Universal Monsters and Ghostbusters Minimates lines will flip for our "Walking Dead" assortment, which includes key characters like Rick, Glenn and Andrea, as well as plenty of 'lurkers' and 'roamers.'"

"Diamond Select Toys has made some great toys over the years, and I am thrilled that they'll be taking on The Walking Dead next," said the book's writer/creator, Robert Kirkman. "I think a Minimates line has endless possibilities, and I can't wait to see all of my characters in their tiny 2-inch forms."

Minimates are highly poseable 2-inch minifigures, with 14 points of articulation and a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. The year 2012 marks the brand's 10th anniversary, and The Walking Dead joins a stable of licenses that includes Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Knight Rider, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Halo, Sony Playstation and a variety of independent comic-book characters, including Dawn, Darkchylde, Lady Death and Tarot. Additionally, DST has two in-house Minimates brands, Calico Jack's Pirate Raiders and MAX: Mobile Action Xtreme. Minimates are available at Toys "R" Us stores, specialty toy stores, and comic book stores everywhere.

All DST toys and merchandise are available online from www.diamondselecttoys.com or by visiting your local comic book specialty shop go to www.comicshoplocator.com to locate a shop near you.