#1041: Free Comic Book Day Blank

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY BLANK

PROMOTIONAL MINIMATES

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Minimates are a brand that mostly runs on licensed properties, but their makers at Diamond Select Toys like to do what they can to get the brand out there, separate from the licenses they offer. One of the main ways they do this is via promotional blanks, handed out as freebies at various events, just to get the name and base body out there. Most of the time, these events are conventions that DST is attending, but twice now, said event has been Free Comic Book Day, a day where lots of other companies also try the whole promotional thing out at a larger scale.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

FCBD2006bThis Free Comic Book Day ‘mate was distributed on Free Comic Book Day in 2005, and is the first of the two FCBD ‘mates to be done. The figure is about 2 ¼ inches tall and has the same 14 points of articulation as every other Minimate. As a blank, this ‘mate uses no sculpted add-ons, but rather places the focus on the basic Minimate body. Interestingly, this guy has a head with a hole at the top for a hair piece. It’s far from an uncommon sight on a ‘mate, but most blanks tend to use the older style head without the hole. It’s a minor little difference, which makes this guy a little more customizable, but perhaps hinders his integrity as a standalone ‘mate. The FCBD ‘mate is molded in white plastic (which exhibits a nasty habit of yellowing over time, just as an fyi), with a printed Free Comic Book Day logo. It’s definitely a sharp looking design, and makes for a fun little piece. Plus, thanks to the interchangeable nature of Minimates, the logo-ed torso can even make for a cool t-shirt or something on another ‘mate.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

This was actually my very first promo Minimate. I picked him up from my local comic book store on FCBD, without much thought, actually. I didn’t even realize that it was a thing until I saw the little box of them my store had near the front. He’s actually become one of the prized possessions of my collection. He’s really only for diehard Minimate fans, but he’s definitely an awesome little figure!

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#0933: Orange and Green Blanks

TRANSLUCENT ORANGE & GREEN BLANKS

PROMO MINIMATES

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The Minimates brand is most often associated with the various licenses that Diamond Select has applied its definitive style to. However, as part of their ongoing efforts to get the brand as much recognition as possible, Diamond will occasionally produce promotional “blanks” to be handed out at their various convention appearances, typically the bigger shows, such as San Diego Comic-Con and C2E2. I’ve previously looked at the C2E2-exclusive Minimate Multiverse Blank, so today I’ll be looking at a pair from SDCC.

THE FIGURES THEMSELVES

SDCCY&G2Orange and Green were both given out at SDCC 2008. There was also a red blank available, but I don’t have that one. Both figures stand 2 ¼ inches tall, have 14 points of articulation, and make use of no pieces other than the standard Minimate body. The lack of add-ons makes for a nice showcase of the base body, which can sometimes be overlooked. That’s a shame, because it’s really a very well-crafted bit of work, and it’s just a whole lot of fun to play with. Many earlier blanks stuck with solid, opaque hues, but these two are both done up in translucent colors, which look really SDCCY&G3sharp. Unlike some translucent ‘mates, this pair appears to have been molded in colorless clear plastic and then had some sort of translucent coloring applied after the fact, which does a nice bit to preserve the luminosity of the plastic. They’re also really shiny, which makes them pretty slick. Aside from the colors, they don’t have any other paint; no logos or other details like some promo ‘mates. I think it makes them more enjoyable, if I do say so myself. Elegant simplicity and all that.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I didn’t go to SDCC 2008 (though I do own most of the ‘mates that DST offered there), so I got these two a few years later via Luke’s Toy Store. I hadn’t really planned on getting into the Promo ‘Mates, but I had gone far too long without buying any Minimates, so these two (as well as the later 2010 Blue Blank) got added to my order. I legit love these guys. They aren’t the sort of thing that would appeal to everyone, but they’re really cool to me. Despite the fact that they have no add-ons or printed details, they possess a lot of character and personality and remind me of why I like the Minimate aesthetic so much!

#0212: Minimate Multiverse Blank

MINIMATE MULTIVERSE BLANK

PROMO MINIMATES

Multiverse

Anyone who’s read a decent sampling of my reviews should be pretty familiar with Diamond Select Toys’ Minimates, a line of which I am a huge fan. They are generally known for their wide variety of licenses, but they don’t just do those. Diamond appears at numerous conventions around the country, and at some of the larger ones, they like to hand out free items to get more people into the line. These Minimates feature little to no detailing, leading to them to be referred to as “Blanks.” Recently, Diamond produced a blank featuring the logo of the Minimate Multiverse, the Minimates forum. I’m sure no one’s surprised to learn that I’m a member of said form.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

The Minimate Multiverse blank was an exclusive blank handed out at this year’s C2E2. The figure is built on the basic Minimate body, which means it features 14 points of articulation and stands about 2 ½ inches tall. The figure features no sculpted add-ons, being a “Blank” and all. I find these types of Minimates really showcase the base body very well, though. It’s not often that the focus is solely on the body and not a particular character, so it’s cool to just get to focus on that. The figure is molded in translucent blue, which is super awesome looking, and features painted detailing on its torso. The detailing is a globe, like the Multiverse logo, and it’s very cleanly applied and looks really great. The detailing is even present on both sides of the torso, allowing you to display either side of the globe frontwards. Really cool!

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I was not able to attend C2E2, what with it being in Chicago and me being in Maryland. However, DST’s Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat was kind enough to send a bunch of blanks home with Shanester, one of the site’s Admins. Shane’s been doing a great job coming up with some fun contests to get the blanks out to various members. I got mine by being one of the first three people to come up with 7 words using the letters in Mr. Oat’s name. I’m really happy to have gotten the blank, and it’s really neat to have been part of a community that has gotten such recognition.

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