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Marvel Minimates series 51 is spilling over into the Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum's 17th series of Toys "R" Us exclusive toys, but with only two crossover figures from both lines. Set to arrive at TRU by the end of 2013 are two-packs pairing Marvel NOW versions of Hawkeye and Black Widow, Superior Spider-Man 2.0 and Ultimate Electro, Venom and the new Nova Sam Alexander, plus Rescue with Robot Hulk (the comic one, not the Ang Lee movie one).
With the Thor: The Dark World movie release date just around the corner on November 8, Art Asylum and Diamond Select Toys have rolled out a close look at their full line of Marvel Minimates for the film. Originally previewed at SDCC 2013, the 2" Thor 2 figures come in the usual 2-pack configurations. Thor will come with the main movie villain Malekith, Loki will be packed with Heimdall, Dr. Erik Selvig will come with a Dark Elf, and Darcy Lewis will also be packed with a Dark Elf.
While fans got a glimpse of Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum's Minimates plans for the recently wrapped Age of Ultron storyline in the form of Wolverine and a golden Ultron Drone at SDCC 2013, Marvel's revealed four more characters from the event that will soon join the line in one fell swoop. Coming to comic and specialty stores in early 2014 will be a proper Age of Ultron box set packing 2" tall versions of Nicky Fury, Iron Man, new Marvel U resident Angela and a hulking six-armed Ultron.
The final chunk of 2013 should be a boon to Thunderbolts fans and, um, Undeadheads? who dig Minimates. Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum will release a special Marvel Minimates Zombie Villains Box Set in October, followed by a Marvel Now! Thunderbolts Box Set in January of 2014.
When Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum released artwork for the upcoming 50th Marvel Minimates series a few months back, I think I sprayed a mouthful of coffee on my laptop and shouted "Cyborg Spider-Man!" with stupid grin on my face. I've been working on impulse control since then, so this week's release of proper images of the line's seven figures only made me dance around a
Toys: Art Asylum and Diamond Select Toys will follow up the first "Best of Marvel Minimates" series with a second wave of colorful comics-style two-packs featuring Mr. Fantastic and Doctor Doom, Daredevil and Venom, the Punisher and Deadpool, and the Hulk and Loki in the spring of 2013.