"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is poised to take the box office by storm when it opens in the United States on May 2. In anticipation, Diamond Select is releasing not one, but two lines of their popular Minimates dedicated to the webslinger.
The first set, which will be available in collectible and toy stores features four two-packs:
» Battle-Damaged Spider-Man with Electro
» Spider-Man with Green Goblin
» Peter Parker with Gwen Stacy
» Alistair Smythe with Aleksei Sytsevich
The last set is notable for two reasons. First, it'll only be available at a rate of one pair per case ordered, per store. But for non-retailers, it's of note that B.J. Novak's villainous Smythe notes highly enough to get an action figure.
In the comics — and possibly in the future of the franchise — Smythe is the Spider-Slayer, a character who uses his knowledge and technical prowess not only to menace Spider-Man, but also to take on journalist J. Jonah Jameson, a character who has yet to appear on screen in the rebooted trilogy.
The other set will only be available at Toys R' Us, and includes variants:
» Battle-Damaged Spider-Man with translucent Electro
» Spider-Man with grinning Green Goblin
» Flashback Spider-Man with Max Dillon
Yup, you can even own Jamie Foxx's nerdy alter-ego from the new movie, in toy form. Kids will thrill to play as a conflicted introvert with massive knowledge and no social skills! Or, you know, collectors will like it because it's cool.
Each Minimate mini-figure stands 2 inches tall, with 14 points of articulation and a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. They're designed and sculpted by Art Asylum, and retail for $9.99 a pair.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" hits theaters on May 2.