The history of comic books is long and vast, spanning every genre imaginable across the decades. Throughout all of these years, there have been a number of stories that stood out as legendary and iconic, becoming what is referred to as ‘essential reading’. But of all of the hundreds of thousands of comic books and graphic novels available, none are quite as celebrated as Alan Moore and DC Comic’s ‘The Watchmen’!
In 2009, ‘The Watchmen’ was adapted into a live action film by director Zack Snyder, which was more or less well received by both audiences and critics. The film adaptation of ‘The Watchmen’ is considered by many to be one of the better live action comic book based films (and Zack Snyder’s part in it is likely why he is currently headlining the DC Cinematic Universe), so it should come as no surprise that years later people are still clamoring for more!
While the film has a rather finite ending, leaving little hope for any sequels, there’s still hope for those who need more ‘Watchmen’ in their lives thanks to the team at Diamond Select Toys! DST has just announced their first ever ‘Watchmen’ Minimates set, and they’re giving us an exclusive first look!
As we mentioned above, Diamond Select Toys’ new ‘The Watchmen’ Minimates set is based on the live action film adaptation of the comic, rather than the original ‘The Watchmen’ comic itself. This is the first time that any of the ‘Watchmen’ characters have been produced as Minimates (and one of only a handful of times that they’ve been made as toys at all), so if you’re a fan of the series then it’s a great chance to start your collection! This first ‘Watchmen’ box set includes four fan favorite characters from the film like The Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl, and Rorschach. Each Minimate figure comes with character specific accessories, with some even including alternative unmasked heads! To top it all off, Dr. Manhattan glows in the dark! Check out the full release from Diamond Select Toys below:
A Diamond Select Toys release! We may not know who watches the Watchmen, but now fans of the epic superhero film can watch the Watchmen join their Minimates mini-figure collection! This new box set features four of the movie’s heroes and anti-heroes: Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl, Rorschach and The Comedian! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts and accessories, including alternate unmasked heads. Plus, Dr. Manhattan glows in the dark! Packaged in a full-color blister card.
Box Set SRP: $24.99
These won’t be in stores until this summer, so you’ve got plenty of time to get to your local comic shop to pre-order yourself a set! While this is the first ever Minimates set based on ‘The Watchmen’, many fans are hoping that it won’t be the last! We still need Silk Spectre and Ozymandias to round out the mean cast, and we could easily round out a second box set with ‘Classic’ Silk Spectre and Nite Owl (or if we’re incredibly lucky, Ozymandias’ faithful companion Bubastis). In the meantime the real question we all need to ask is, “Who Watches The Watchmen?”.
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