Possible Customs from Upcoming Minimates

Toy Fair was this week in New York City, and a lot of amazing new minimates were revealed. If you haven’t seen the images yet, I recommend the pictures over at ASMzine. Today I am going to take a look at possible customs using some of the upcoming minimates we know about.


Pirates of the Caribbean

Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way first! Diamond Select Toys revealed some highly detailed pirate minimates at Toy Fair, along with a small pirate ship vehicle. I think these would work really well as bases for Pirates of the Caribbean minimates. I have toyed with the idea of customizing these for years, but never got around to it. Once these come out, I will be fresh out of excuses!


Arctic Armor Iron Man

I’m not sure if DST will get around to making some of the more obscure Iron Man armors, the way that they have with Spider-Man. Even so, it will be a long wait until we would get Arctic Armor Iron Man, and the new Silver Centurion Iron Man seems like a nice base for him. A few customizers have already made some nice customs of this armor variation using older figures, and the colors and style look great on a minimate.



Mainframe is a robotic replica of Tony Stark’sĀ  Iron Man armor. Stark used this android creation in part to store back-ups of all his data. The other Iron Man armor in Wave 36 could work here, with a few modifications. I would be surprised if DST ever made this character, but I suppose anything is possible.


Lady Octopus

After Doctor Octopus’s death during the Clone Saga, Carolyn Trainer took up the mantle for a while. The tentacles and body from the upcoming Doc Ock minimate would serve her very well. Any ideas for a good hair piece?


Blackie Drago as the Vulture

When the original Vulture, Adrian Toomes, was dying, he told his cellmate, Blackie Drago, the location of his Vulture costume. And thus began a short run with a new Vulture. It wouldn’t take much to modify the new Vulture minimate into this alternate version. The original Vulture also wore a black costume that might look good on a minimate too.



In Asgard, Hela is goddess and ruler of the northernmost realms of the dead. As a goddess of death, Hela holds the power of life and death over the gods of Asgard. With a little paint, she could be fully created from pieces from the controversial Broadsword Minimates Box Set.


Teen Wolf

As grounhog7s mentioned over at MMV, the upcoming Wolfman minimate from the new Universal Monsters line bears a strong resemblance to Teen Wolf, the star of the 1985 film by the same name. If you are a fan of the movie, it seems like an easy custom to make.


Young Frankenstein

Speaking of the Universal Monsters, why not make a Young Frankenstein using parts from the Frankenstein box set? The good part is having a Gene Wilder minimate on your shelf. The bad part is waiting until Fall 2011 to get this set.


SHIELD Helicarrier

Although this Helicarrier isn’t nearly large enough, I think it would make an awesome display for minimates. You can get an idea of its size by looking at the Super Hero Squad figures on top of it, and there is also a picture of someone holding it here. I am only including it in this list because I think it needs a paint job to look more like the comic version. Specifically, that blinding red color has to go away. Its hard to know what other modifications it will need without having it in person, but I fully intend to give it a shot once it hits stores. I will, of course, post all about it here. šŸ™‚

Do you have any other ideas for possible customs based on upcoming minimates? Post below!

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10 Responses

  1. T.Aaron says:

    Re: Lady Ock. Not sure about the belly on Doc Ock minimate, as she doesn’t look like she has much of one. šŸ˜€

    For a possible hair suggestion, Maybe Series 33 Rachel Summers (as Marvel Girl) could be a good start?

  2. UK Collector says:

    For the hair piece I reckon Ultimate Jean.

    Would love to see what you can do with the Teen Wold stuff Luke.

    Also, I know you did a Franklyn Richards recently, but the new fathers day mates come with kid sized minis which would be really good for Franklyn and Valeria (sp?).

  3. Luke314pi says:

    I think the mini-minimates would be great for both of those characters, although I would probably modify them to have larger heads, so they would look more like children.

    Good suggestions on the hair piece so far!

  4. Serge says:

    young Frankenstein Ftw, I would love to have some customs of that movie.

  5. Rachel Blaine says:

    Eeek! I think I’m going to wet myself, a line of Universal monsters Minimates. Ahhh, what wonderful times we live in.

  6. Hellpop says:

    I, for one, can’t wait for that Helicarrier to come out. I’m also looking forward to the SHS Quinjet, which is even less comics accurate, but probably as close to a Minimate Quinjet that we’re likely to get.

    Congratulations, Luke, on finding a decent use for the Tarot Minimates! I still won’t be buying them, but good work nonetheless.

  7. Hellpop says:

    Here’s another one: one of the Father’s Day Dads is wearing a blue suit with a red tie, which is just what those of us still morning the death of the Spirit comic book Minimates have been waiting for. Here’s the quick custom formula: that body, with Bucky’s head (much more similar to the comics then the movie Spirit head) and a fedora hairpiece. Paint that blue to be really accurate. If you want him to have a little more pop, use the suit, the white button-down shirt torso from the BTTF3 Doc Brown, and the tie accessory from the movie Spirit.

  8. Hellpop says:

    Okay, one more: the gas masks that come with the firefighters will be perfect for a GA Sandman, particularly if they just slip over the face and aren’t attached to a helmet. I can’t tell from the photos I’ve seen.

  9. Luke314pi says:

    Those are some awesome ideas, Hellpop!

  10. I’m trying to put together a custom of our site’s “mascot” – Paige O. Pannell, Fangirl of the Month.

    I plan to use the Jean Grey Black Queen as a base, but need to figure out what hair and face will work best. So far, Shadowcat’s my best bet for the hair, but I’m really only familair with the Marvel MM’s.

    Paige can be seen at the link below. Any suggestions are welcome.