- Archive Panic: A common reaction from many a new collector.
- Berserk Button / Dead Horse Trope: The Vapor Ware examples have become this to both the fandom and the Word of God.
- The Law of Fan Jackassery: Minimate collectors fall on the obscure/benign end of the scale. Mostly.
- Memetic Mutation: Kang the Conqueror (specifically, the lack thereof) to the fandom. Even Word of God likes to play around with this.
- Misaimed Marketing:
- Periphery Demographic: one theory behind the surprise popularity of the Desperately Seeking Susan Minimates.
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks: when an early-wave character gets reissued with not enough detail.
- Vapor Ware