Diamond Select Toys (sister company of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.) is an American company founded in 1999 that creates collectibles based on pop culture properties for adult collectors. Some of properties they have produced for include Marvel Comics, Transformers, Halo, and Star Wars. Their collectibles mainly consist of items such as action figures, busts, statues, and "Minimates" and "Vinimates" figures. In 2018, it was revealed that DST would be creating collectibles for the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
Diamond Select Toys announced they would be producing Minimates based on the "Sonic" series. Minimates are 2-inch tall mini-figures, that are fully posable, and have a block-like design similar to a Lego mini-figure.
The following week of the announcement, prototypes of the first Minimates were revealed at Toy Fair New York 2018. The figures on display included Sonic, Tails, Dr. Eggman, Amy, Cream and Cheese, and Silver.
In December of 2018, it was announced the first box set of Minimates would be releasing in January, 2019. The figures included in the set were Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Dr. Eggman. Each figure features fourteen points of articulation, interchangeable parts, and a clear display stand.
- Sonic the Hedgehog Minimates Series 1 Box Set - $24.99
- Doctor Eggman
Diamond Select Toys announced they would also be producing Vinimates based on the "Sonic" series. Vinimates share the block-style design of Minimates, but are twice their size at 4-inches tall, and are only have posability in the head.
Three Vinimates were available for pre-order in June of 2018, and included Sonic, Tails, and Dr. Eggman.
- Sonic - $9.99
- Tails - $9.99
- Doctor Eggman - $9.99
Gallery PVC Diorama
Part of DST's original announcement also mentioned gallery PVC dioramas. These were revealed at Toy Fair 2018 and were on display alongside the Minimates. The dioramas shown included one of Sonic dashing through Green Hill Zone with a Ring in one hand and a Chaos Emerald in the other. The other diorama depicts Tails flying and reaching for a Chaos Emerald, above a checkerboard pattern that wraps around the scene. They released in early 2019 for $50 each, exclusively at GameStop.
|Sonic PVC diorama|
|Tails PVC diorama|
|Team Sonic Racing Sonic diorama||$49.99|
|Team Sonic Racing Shadow diorama||$49.99|
PVC Diorama Assortment
Revealed at New York Toy Fair 2019 were diorama sets. On display were four diorama sections of Green Hill Zone, each with two mini-figure characters. The characters present were two Sonics, Amy, Knuckles, Dr. Eggman, Shadow, Tails, and Metal Sonic.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 DSTZach (February 14, 2018). Sonic Merchandise Speeding to Stores from Diamond Select Toys. Diamond Select Toys. Archived from the original on March 21, 2018. Retrieved on 2019-02-17.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Diamond Select Toys (February 20, 2018). Facebook. Retrieved on 2019-02-17. “Sonic The Hedgehog prototypes on display at New York Toy Fair! Mini-Figures with racetracks coming soon!”
- ↑ Diamond Select Toys (December 5, 2018). Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-02-17. “The #SonicTheHedgehog #Minimates and #Vinimates are coming to comic shops in January!”
- ↑ Diamond Select Toys. Sonic the Hedgehog Minimates Series 1 Box Set. Archived from the original on February 17, 2019. Retrieved on 2019-02-17.
- ↑ Sonic the Hedgehog on Twitter (June 20, 2018). Retrieved on 2019-02-17. “New Sonic Vinimates are on the horizon! Pre-order Eggman, Sonic, and adorably chubby Tails.”
- ↑ Dave Luty (February 16, 2019). NEW DIAMOND SELECT & INNEX SONIC TOYS CONFIRMED!. The Sonic Stadium. Retrieved on 2019-02-17.