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From TheOtherWiki: "Minimates are a block-styled miniature action figure originally created by Art Asylum and now released by Diamond Select Toys. The basic Minimate figure design has a 2" tall body that resembles an extremely simplified human form with 14 points of articulation, higher than average for block figures. Lines of Minimates have been released for numerous comic, TV series, movie and video game licenses and are primarily released to specialty retailers and aimed at adult collectors."

[[AC:Works that have received the Minimate treatment include:]]
* MarvelComics
* DCComics
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
* ''LordOfTheRings''
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture''
* ''[[{{Terminator}} Terminator 2]]''
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}''
* The DollarsTrilogy
* ''Halo''
... and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many]], [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover many]] more.

A comprehensive list of almost every official Minimate ever produced can be found [[http://www.minimatedatabase.com/mainList.php here]].

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!!Tropes demonstrated by this toyline include:

* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: to Kubricks, by Japan-based company Medicom Toy.
* ArtEvolution: The figures' height shift from the original 3-inch scale to the more familiar 2 inches.
* CashCowFranchise: the MarvelComics line.
* FunSize
* KibblesAndBits: translating TheHulk to block form is harder than it sounds.
* LegoGenetics: Minimates lend themselves surprisingly well to quick customization.
* LongRunner: Again, the [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] line. 34 waves and counting, and that's not even including the boxsets and exclusives...
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: The line's unified scale means you can have the JusticeLeague and Comicbook/TheAvengers team up to fight [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Gozer]] and the [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Cylons]], all while RockyBalboa, the [[{{Terminator}} T-800]] and the [[DollarsTrilogy Man With No Name]] slug it out in the background. Or you can induct [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] into [[Franchise/StarTrek Starfleet]] while [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lector]] and [[LordOfTheRings Sauron]] are plotting to... [[ManChild what?]]
* OfferVoidInNebraska: Due to Minimates being a US-based line, this makes some exclusives [[NoExportForYou hard to find for overseas collectors]].
* OlderThanTheyThink: the line predates [[DuelingShows Superhero Squad]] by at least three years.
* ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Minimates" getting spelled as two words instead of one. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Also with or without an S.]]
* ToylessToylineCharacter: rattling off whole ''lists'' of these is practically the fandom's national sport. See MemeticMutation for when this goes overboard.
** [[UpToEleven Not just specific characters either]]... whole ''properties'', even.
* UnexpectedCharacter: Ambush Bug and Ma Hunkel from DCComics, not to mention ''Desperately Seeking Susan''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Some of the non-starter sets, including ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Film/TheGodfather'', wave 2 of VideoGame/StreetFighterII and wave 3 of ''LordOfTheRings''.
* WolverinePublicity: The variations on main characters in the popular lines almost take this to EnvironmentSpecificActionFigure levels.
** The Marvel line's three most prolific characters are [[SpiderMan Spider-Man]], IronMan and, well, [[TropeNamer Wolverine]].
*** IronMan is a borderline {{Justified|Trope}} case due to his wide variety of distinctive armors in both comic and [[Film/IronMan movie]] canon.
** Naturally, {{Batman}} from the currently-defunct DC line.
** [[TheKirk Kirk]] and [[TheSpock Spock]] in the Franchise/StarTrek line.
** The [[{{Terminator}} T-800]].
** Even Film/{{Ghostbusters}} isn't safe from this, if the number of versions of Peter, Egon and Ray are any indication..
* WordOfGod: The frequent fan Q&A sessions by Art Asylum/Diamond Select. Also the venue for many a [[{{Jossed}} Jossing]], ShrugOfGod or SureWhyNot.

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From TheOtherWiki: "Minimates are a block-styled miniature action figure originally created by Art Asylum and now released by Diamond Select Toys. The basic Minimate figure design has a 2" tall body that resembles an extremely simplified human form with 14 points of articulation, higher than average for block figures. Lines of Minimates have been released for numerous comic, TV series, movie and video game licenses and are primarily released to specialty retailers and aimed at adult collectors."

[[AC:Works that have received the Minimate treatment include:]]
* MarvelComics
* DCComics
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
* ''LordOfTheRings''
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture''
* ''[[{{Terminator}} Terminator 2]]''
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}''
* The DollarsTrilogy
* ''Halo''
... and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many]], [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover many]] more.

A comprehensive list of almost every official Minimate ever produced can be found [[http://www.minimatedatabase.com/mainList.php here]].

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!!Tropes demonstrated by this toyline include:

* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: to Kubricks, by Japan-based company Medicom Toy.
* ArtEvolution: The figures' height shift from the original 3-inch scale to the more familiar 2 inches.
* CashCowFranchise: the MarvelComics line.
* FunSize
* KibblesAndBits: translating TheHulk to block form is harder than it sounds.
* LegoGenetics: Minimates lend themselves surprisingly well to quick customization.
* LongRunner: Again, the [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] line. 34 waves and counting, and that's not even including the boxsets and exclusives...
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: The line's unified scale means you can have the JusticeLeague and Comicbook/TheAvengers team up to fight [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Gozer]] and the [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Cylons]], all while RockyBalboa, the [[{{Terminator}} T-800]] and the [[DollarsTrilogy Man With No Name]] slug it out in the background. Or you can induct [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] into [[Franchise/StarTrek Starfleet]] while [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lector]] and [[LordOfTheRings Sauron]] are plotting to... [[ManChild what?]]
* OfferVoidInNebraska: Due to Minimates being a US-based line, this makes some exclusives [[NoExportForYou hard to find for overseas collectors]].
* OlderThanTheyThink: the line predates [[DuelingShows Superhero Squad]] by at least three years.
* ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Minimates" getting spelled as two words instead of one. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Also with or without an S.]]
* ToylessToylineCharacter: rattling off whole ''lists'' of these is practically the fandom's national sport. See MemeticMutation for when this goes overboard.
** [[UpToEleven Not just specific characters either]]... whole ''properties'', even.
* UnexpectedCharacter: Ambush Bug and Ma Hunkel from DCComics, not to mention ''Desperately Seeking Susan''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Some of the non-starter sets, including ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Film/TheGodfather'', wave 2 of VideoGame/StreetFighterII and wave 3 of ''LordOfTheRings''.
* WolverinePublicity: The variations on main characters in the popular lines almost take this to EnvironmentSpecificActionFigure levels.
** The Marvel line's three most prolific characters are [[SpiderMan Spider-Man]], IronMan and, well, [[TropeNamer Wolverine]].
*** IronMan is a borderline {{Justified|Trope}} case due to his wide variety of distinctive armors in both comic and [[Film/IronMan movie]] canon.
** Naturally, {{Batman}} from the currently-defunct DC line.
** [[TheKirk Kirk]] and [[TheSpock Spock]] in the Franchise/StarTrek line.
** The [[{{Terminator}} T-800]].
** Even Film/{{Ghostbusters}} isn't safe from this, if the number of versions of Peter, Egon and Ray are any indication..
* WordOfGod: The frequent fan Q&A sessions by Art Asylum/Diamond Select. Also the venue for many a [[{{Jossed}} Jossing]], ShrugOfGod or SureWhyNot.
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24th Nov '12 9:01:02 AM Oreochan
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* TheUnexpected: Ambush Bug and Ma Hunkel from DCComics, not to mention ''Desperately Seeking Susan''.

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* TheUnexpected: UnexpectedCharacter: Ambush Bug and Ma Hunkel from DCComics, not to mention ''Desperately Seeking Susan''.
14th Oct '12 7:07:58 PM Aiguille
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*** IronMan is a borderline {{Justified}} case due to his wide variety of distinctive armors in both comic and [[Film/IronMan movie]] canon.

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*** IronMan is a borderline {{Justified}} {{Justified|Trope}} case due to his wide variety of distinctive armors in both comic and [[Film/IronMan movie]] canon.
2nd Oct '12 5:52:26 PM nombretomado
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* ''BattlestarGalactica''

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* ''BattlestarGalactica''''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''



* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: The line's unified scale means you can have the JusticeLeague and Comicbook/TheAvengers team up to fight [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Gozer]] and the [[BattlestarGalactica Cylons]], all while RockyBalboa, the [[{{Terminator}} T-800]] and the [[DollarsTrilogy Man With No Name]] slug it out in the background. Or you can induct [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] into [[Franchise/StarTrek Starfleet]] while [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lector]] and [[LordOfTheRings Sauron]] are plotting to... [[ManChild what?]]

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* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: The line's unified scale means you can have the JusticeLeague and Comicbook/TheAvengers team up to fight [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Gozer]] and the [[BattlestarGalactica [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Cylons]], all while RockyBalboa, the [[{{Terminator}} T-800]] and the [[DollarsTrilogy Man With No Name]] slug it out in the background. Or you can induct [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] into [[Franchise/StarTrek Starfleet]] while [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lector]] and [[LordOfTheRings Sauron]] are plotting to... [[ManChild what?]]
29th Sep '12 11:32:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''BackToTheFuture''

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* ''BackToTheFuture''''Film/BackToTheFuture''
3rd Aug '12 5:32:10 AM FELH2
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* ''{{Ghostbusters}}''

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* ''{{Ghostbusters}}''''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''



* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: The line's unified scale means you can have the JusticeLeague and Comicbook/{{the Avengers}} team up to fight [[{{Ghostbusters}} Gozer]] and the [[BattlestarGalactica Cylons]], all while RockyBalboa, the [[{{Terminator}} T-800]] and the [[DollarsTrilogy Man With No Name]] slug it out in the background. Or you can induct [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] into [[Franchise/StarTrek Starfleet]] while [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lector]] and [[LordOfTheRings Sauron]] are plotting to... [[ManChild what?]]

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* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: The line's unified scale means you can have the JusticeLeague and Comicbook/{{the Avengers}} Comicbook/TheAvengers team up to fight [[{{Ghostbusters}} [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Gozer]] and the [[BattlestarGalactica Cylons]], all while RockyBalboa, the [[{{Terminator}} T-800]] and the [[DollarsTrilogy Man With No Name]] slug it out in the background. Or you can induct [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] into [[Franchise/StarTrek Starfleet]] while [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lector]] and [[LordOfTheRings Sauron]] are plotting to... [[ManChild what?]]



* WolverinePublicity: The variations on main characters in the popular lines almost take this to EnvironmentSpecificActionFigure levels.

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* WolverinePublicity: The variations on main characters in the popular lines almost take this to EnvironmentSpecificActionFigure levels.



** Even {{Ghostbusters}} isn't safe from this, if the number of versions of Peter, Egon and Ray are any indication..

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** Even {{Ghostbusters}} Film/{{Ghostbusters}} isn't safe from this, if the number of versions of Peter, Egon and Ray are any indication..
15th Jun '12 12:17:48 AM nombretomado
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* ''StarTrek''

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* ''StarTrek''''Franchise/StarTrek''



* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: The line's unified scale means you can have the JusticeLeague and Comicbook/{{the Avengers}} team up to fight [[{{Ghostbusters}} Gozer]] and the [[BattlestarGalactica Cylons]], all while RockyBalboa, the [[{{Terminator}} T-800]] and the [[DollarsTrilogy Man With No Name]] slug it out in the background. Or you can induct [[BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] into [[StarTrek Starfleet]] while [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lector]] and [[LordOfTheRings Sauron]] are plotting to... [[ManChild what?]]

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* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: The line's unified scale means you can have the JusticeLeague and Comicbook/{{the Avengers}} team up to fight [[{{Ghostbusters}} Gozer]] and the [[BattlestarGalactica Cylons]], all while RockyBalboa, the [[{{Terminator}} T-800]] and the [[DollarsTrilogy Man With No Name]] slug it out in the background. Or you can induct [[BackToTheFuture [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] into [[StarTrek [[Franchise/StarTrek Starfleet]] while [[SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lector]] and [[LordOfTheRings Sauron]] are plotting to... [[ManChild what?]]



** [[TheKirk Kirk]] and [[TheSpock Spock]] in the StarTrek line.

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** [[TheKirk Kirk]] and [[TheSpock Spock]] in the StarTrek Franchise/StarTrek line.
4th Jun '12 3:16:41 AM FELH2
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Some of the non-starter sets, including ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''TheGodfather'', wave 2 of VideoGame/StreetFighterII and wave 3 of ''LordOfTheRings''.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Some of the non-starter sets, including ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''TheGodfather'', ''Film/TheGodfather'', wave 2 of VideoGame/StreetFighterII and wave 3 of ''LordOfTheRings''.
2nd May '12 12:51:40 AM erforce
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* ''{{Rocky}}''

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* ''{{Rocky}}''''Film/{{Rocky}}''
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