Diamond Select Toys is Bringing Prototypes and a Panel to C2E2!

Diamond Select Toys, currently celebrating its 20th birthday, is returning once more to Chicago to participate in C2E2, the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo! From Friday, March 22 through Sunday March 24th, DST will be selling some of their latest releases at Booth 807, showing off upcoming products and even hosting a panel!

DST will bring their full library of in-development prototypes to the show, including items that were seen for the first time at NY Toy Fair in February, and some that have never been seen at all! Marvel, DC, Kingdom Hearts, John Wick, Bruce Lee, Godzilla, Iron Giant, Predator, Castlevania, Westworld, Sonic the Hedgehog and more will be on display, as well as items from Gentle Giant Ltd., so come by the booth to plan out your year of collecting!

And on Friday, at 1:45 PM, DST will host “Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds” in room S403. Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat and prototype painter Jeff Stephens will discuss upcoming products, engage in a Q&A and give out some door prizes!

NYTF 19: Giant Giant LTD at Diamond Select Booth

Had a great Q&A -still at the show, but in summary:

1- Diamond does NOT have a license in place with Lucasfilm for Star Wars. Not known when or if that will happen.
2- Anything in the pipeline will be coming out as planned, anything you order on GG’s website will be filled
3 – Old lines like Scaled Helmets will not be looked at again (sorry) at this time
4- Don’t plan to see any new others other than what was shown today at the show (for now)
5- If new items come, 2020 or beyond most likely
6- PGM ends in June for now, plans for next year being discussed. 
7 – Diamond got certain assets and products in the deal.
8 – Marvel GG future items – not likely to see more.
9 – Everything is in motion at this time, never say never, but I don’t think we will see anything new anytime soon.

NYTF 2019 Coverage Starts Saturday Morning! Got Questions?

On Saturday, we we will kick off our 2019 coverage of New York Toy Fair with images and news from the LEGO Event at 7am EST! Followed by the Hasbro Collector’s Event at 1:30pm EST.  We will be meeting with Kotobukiya, Tamashii Nations, Mattel, McFarlane, Diamond,  Funko, Wicked Cool Toys and a few surprise companies with Brand New Star Wars items debuting at the show,  and many others on our 4 day trip! This will be our 14th consecutive year covering the event! 

We want to make sure we ask them what YOU want to know! Submit any questions you would like us to ask and we will do our best to get you an answer. Email them to Yodasnews AT gmail.com! The first images will be posted via our social accounts so be sure to follow us there, with high res images and videos later in the day! 

More Info on Gentle Giant Ltd. being acquired by Diamond Select Toys.

UPDATE – Diamond has sent over more info with answers to some of the questions you may have: 

Diamond Select Toys to Purchase Gentle Giant, Ltd. Assets

Both Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. have long been known for delivering high-quality busts, statues and action figures to collectors worldwide. Now, fans can get the best of both worlds, as DST finalizes the purchase of select assets of Gentle Giant, taking over manufacturing and distribution of many of the company’s key lines.

Beginning February 1, Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC, will assume operations for all of Gentle Giant’s existing licenses, and release previously developed and newly created busts, statues and scaled-up vintage action figures. Any in-progress and future products will be offered to retailers through the Previews catalog, published by DST’s sister company Diamond Comic Distributors.

Gentle Giant’s collector club, the Premier Guild, will continue to operate, with exclusive items for members and reserved access to certain products. DST has pledged to fulfill any outstanding exclusives and rewards to current members, and to expand on the club’s scope going forward.

“This is a great moment for DST,” said Diamond Comic Distributors owner Steve Geppi. “The unification of many of Gentle Giant’s licenses and built-in fan base with DST’s sales and distribution channels is a recipe for success. Two wonderful companies uniting talents to produce the best of the best.  I am confident the final product will be well received by both companies’ wonderful supporters and customers.”

“It is a great honor for Gentle Giant to continue our strong creative relationship with Diamond,” said Karl Meyer, VP of Entertainment at 3D Systems. “With great pleasure, I am personally thrilled to have DST uphold the Gentle Giant Ltd brand and work with our artists in bringing entertainment magic from the screen to the collectors’ hands.”

“I have been a longtime fan of Gentle Giant’s products, and I am excited to continue their legacy,” said DST president Chuck Terceira. “Once we’re up and running, we plan to deliver seamless service of existing product lines, so expect to see the same level of quality, with the added bonus of DST’s broad distribution.”

In addition to resin busts and statues, DST produces Gallery PVC Dioramas, Select action figures, Minimates mini-figures, Vinimates vinyl figures, D-Formz PVC figures, prop replicas and vinyl banks.

Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles, LLC, was formed in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comic Distributors as a source of collectibles for all ages, developed primarily for the collector’s market. It has enjoyed relationships with a number of content producers, including Lucasfilm, Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros., Sony, CBS, Legendary, PopCap, EA and many more.

INDUSTRY FAQ

What will change when DST takes over Giant Gentle?

Very little. Most products already developed will move forward, and new products will be developed to follow them. Many of the existing designers, sculptors, painters and factories will continue to be involved. You can expect to see some new artists that DST has worked with in the past start to work on traditional Gentle Giant Ltd. products. Convention attendance will remain largely the same, and the Premier Guild will continue to operate as it did. 

Will Gentle Giant be changing its name?

Gentle Giant Studios are not involved in this acquisition and will continue to operate, performing sculpting services for a variety of clients, including DST. The Gentle Giant Ltd. brand will be joining the DST family.

Will DST take over Gentle Giant’s licenses? Including Star Wars?

Yes, DST will take over the majority of the Gentle Giant Ltd licenses and will continue the existing lines that Gentle Giant has started, releasing already-developed items and developing new items. Each license will be reviewed and discussed, and we will update you as soon as possible on their status.

What should fans of Gentle Giant look forward to?

A continuation of everything that they know and love about the company, with the addition of some new product categories, an injection of new artistic talent, and more ways to get the products they care about.

11 Years…

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For the past 11 years, we have had the honor of bringing you daily news, product reviews and coverage of many conventions.   We have enjoyed sharing our love of Star Wars with you.  As our 11 year anniversary is upon us, we would like to thank both our staff and our readers.  To our staff, we are grateful for the commitment, drive, and energy that you to bring to Yodasnews. Without your tireless dedication, none of this would be possible.  To our readers, it is your dedication and loyalty that keeps alive this great franchise; it is a pleasure and an honor to share it with you.

During the month of February, we have amazing giveaways planned to thank you, our readers, for all your support over the last 11 years!  This year, we have over 250 prizes worth over $6, 500!

Also, as with previous anniversaries, we are giving away prizes for both our casual readers and those who follow us on social media. Keep your eye out for special events to test your creativity, fun and competitive trivia nights, and much more. Some of the items up for grabs include:

  • 28 Marvel 2015 Star Wars #1 Hasbro Toyfair Previews Exclusive Comic Books (ONE EVERY DAY all month long)
  • Kotobukiya HAN SOLO & CHEWBACCA ARTFX+ STATUE

  • Diamond Select Toys Banks and Bottle Openers
  • Star Wars NYCC Exclusive “Tarkin” Posters featuring artwork by Joe Corroney and Brian Miller

  • Two cases of Star Wars Yo Men High Performance Character Yo-Yos and Action Stands

  • Cases of Hasbro Black Series 3 3/4 Figures

  • 2015 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan which includes a T-Shirt

  • Stormtrooper Premium Format™ Figure by Sideshow Collectibles

  • Five Vintage-Style Boxed Jocasta Nu (Brian’s Toys Exclusive)

  • Gentle Giant Deathtrooper Statue

  • Asajj ACME Character Keys

  • Sideshow 1/6 Scale Captain Rex Phase II

  • Gentle Giant Yoda Ilum statue

  • Gentle Giant Boba Fett Holiday Special Animated maquette

  • Two Gentle Giant SDCC Boba Fett Deluxe Mini Busts

  • Five $20 Gift Certificates to BBTS

  • Four $50 Gift Certificates to AP Collectibles
  • Dozens of Hasbro Figures and Sets (Various Years and Waves)

  • Clone Wars Figures (Various Years and Waves)

  • Two Gentle Giant White Clone Trooper Deluxe statues
  • Gentle Giant Han Mynock Diamond Exclusive mini bust

  • Gentle Giant Boba Fett 100th Bust-Up
  • Uncle Milton Star Wars Items ( Force Lightning Energy Ball Star Wars Science Kit, a Jedi Telescope Star Wars Science Kit and 3 Star Wars Mini Labs!)

  • Gentle Giant Kenner 12″ Jumbo Dengar

  • Gentle Giant Pre-Vizsla Holographic PGM Exclusive Maquette

  • Gentle Giant Tusken Raider on Bantha PGM Exclusive Statue

  • Geonosis Battle Droid Command and Count Dooku Hologram Figure

  • Sideshow Tedn D’hai & Nalan Cheel (Bith Band 2-pack)

You can see these, as well as, other prizes right here Of course, none of this could be possible without the generosity and support of our Anniversary Sponsors, so be sure to check them out on our prize page.  The first giveaway will kick off shortly.

Star Wars Classic X-Wing Fighter Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Stay on target! A bottlecap is a pretty small bulls-eye, but you won’t need a targeting computer to open one with this solid metal bottle opener of an X-Wing fighter from the original Star Wars trilogy! Raise a toast to the Rebellion, and then hang the opener on your refrigerator using the magnetic docking clamps on the underside.  Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #FEB152161, SRP: $18.00)

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