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Jack in a Box: Diamond Select Toys Xmas Nightmare Minimates 25 Year Set

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Diamond Select Toys Celebrates 25 Years of The Nightmare Before Christmas with a special Minimates Box Set.

Another Spooky Sunday…

Halloween and miniature figures. Two things I really love. So for this Spooky Sunday installment just before Samhain here’s some personal photography of Diamond Select Toys’ just released  The Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Town Minimates box set. The Disney/Tim Burton film is celebrating its 25<sup>th</sup> year, and we’ve already given you a look at DST’s special Silver Anniversary Dolls earlier in the season.

The Town Square Set includes new versions of Jack Skellington, Sally Rag Doll and Mayor (with megaphone) Minimates. The Harlequin Demon and Gargoyle Fountain are exclusive to the set. All designed by Barry Bradfield. I’m particularly enamored with the fountain, it’s my favorite set piece in the film.

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The awesome Harlequin Demon and Town Square Fountain are exclusive to this Minimates box set.

Bits and Pieces…
I’m always impressed with the amount of detail and articulation in these wonderful little figures. Rag Doll Sally’s dress is a patchwork of varied prints and The Mayor’s head can be turned to reveal a shocking countenance. Jack himself comes with three separate noggins to change his attitude.

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The Gang’s All Here.

SkeletonPete Says…
My tabletop photo session was based around a Caligariesque cityscape I cutout of black construction paper. That was placed in front of a Bob Ross style painting my wife created at a recent “Paint and Sip” party. A plastic pencil case, miniature LED lights and a few other household items stood in for proper props. Hope you like the result.

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Bite Night: Diamond Select Toys Announces Castlevania Collectibles and More Xmas Nightmares

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Castlevania returns to Netflix on October 26.

Keys to the Castle…

The 2018 Witching Season opens with an announcement from Diamond Select Toys heralding their partnership with the Castlevania franchise. The toy and action figure stalwart will mine over 20 years of the Konami video game’s history to bring figural renditions of the characters to major retailers and local comic shops.

Expect DST to apply it’s full range of styles from Select level articulated figures and Gallery PVC dioramas through our favorites, the Mini-mates. It’ll be interesting to see how the anime look of the characters is translated to 3d collectibles.

Castlevania moved from gaming platform to animation series in July of 2017 when Netflix aired a four part first season scripted by Warren Ellis (TransmetropolitanRed). Season two will premier on October 26 with double the number of episodes. We’ve learned that a third season has already been given the go ahead by the streaming service.

Diamond Select Toys’ president Chuck Terceira says, “I’m personally a fan of the show…” “The Castlevania franchise has a rich, deep history, and the new animated series takes all of it to a new, vibrant, visually superb level… I can’t wait to help execute some of its amazing character designs in 3-D.”

Expect DST figures of the Voivod of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes (Dracula), his rebellious son Adrian, vampire hunter Trevor Belmont and others, to hit shelves in 2019. 

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DST’s 25th Anniversary A Nightmare Before Christmas 10 inch figures.

Silver Skells…
Can’t wait until next year for the goodies? Fear not DST has plenty of Halloween hoopla to offer with their collection commemorating the Silver Anniversary of  Tim Burton‘s  A Nightmare Before Christmas figures. These 10 inch display quality pieces are fully articulated for posing, garbed in real fabric, and accessorized specifically to character. The series is comprised of Jack Skellington ( w/ podium ), Sally ( w/ oven and caldron) The Mayor (w/ telescope) and – my favorite – The Pumpkin King (w/ sign and torch). Each is housed in a coffin-shaped window box.


A little later in the season we’ll be treated to Nightmare Before Christmas Series 6 action figure sets. The series consists of 3 separate multi-packs: Sally, Mummy Boy and Hanging TreeClown and Undersea GalHarlequin and Devil. Combined with Series 5 you can complete the diorama that includes the gift-making table. Expect those to be available on December 6.

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Whistle While You Work…Making Halloween

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Toys to the World: Toy Insider’s Holiday of Play 2017!


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Little Wonders: Monogram’s Classic Wonder Woman Collection

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One of Monogram International’s new Wonder Woman Bust Banks.

Just in time for the release of DC Entertainment’s much anticipated Wonder Woman film, Monogram International Inc. announces its Classic Wonder Woman Collection. As always Monogram will offer a wide selection of collectibles and novelties, enough to please any fan of the Amazon goddess.
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Fab Gear: Toy Insider Names Best in Play for 2016

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Adventure Publication’s Laurie Schacht and the Toy Insider team gave Holiday of Play attendees the lowdown on the latest & greatest modes of play.

Andy and Pete Say…
Once again it was our pleasure to join The Toy Insider team for the annual reveal of their choices for best toys for the holiday season lists. The HoliDAY of Play event highlights products in three categories, Hot 20 Toys, 12 Best Tech Toys, and 10 Best S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Toys.

You probably know “Toy Insider Mom” Laurie Schacht from her numerous television appearances demonstrating the operation of those products. The Toy Insider 2016 Catalog can be found nested inside the current issue of Family Circle Magazine, and you can get comprehensive details on each item at the Toy Insider Website link above.

Things to Make and Do….
There is probably no greater satisfaction for youngsters, really for anyone, than building something that works. That appeared to be the major theme this year at The HoliDAY of Play event. As we’ve seen in the past, from Lincoln Logs to LEGOS, the honing of dexterity skills, deciphering of instructions, assimilation of concepts, peaking of imagination and recovering from missteps, all make the final product a very personal thrill. The accomplishment makes the object all the more valuable to the builder.
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