|Diamond Select Toys|
|Years Active||1999 - present|
|Industry||Toys and Collectibles|
|Licensed Properties||ThunderCats, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers, Ghostbusters, Halo, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Indiana Jones, Battlestar Galactica, 24 ,Back to the Future.|
Diamond Select Toys is a toy company that was founded in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comics Distributors. Focusing mainly on creating collectibles for children and adults, the company has since licensed a variety of pop culture properties, including Marvel Comics, Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers, Ghostbusters, Halo, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Indiana Jones, Battlestar Galactica, 24 and Back to the Future. Despite having made collectibles in numerous product categories, including action figures, plush, banks, busts, statues and prop replicas, the company's most popular and best selling toys are the aptly titled, "Minimates". Many of their licensed properties are released in the form of Minimates mini-figures, which has helped make Minimates one of the most prolific and diverse toy brands in the world.
Originally created by New York-based design house Art Asylum in 1992, Minimates are a block-styled miniature action figure with a basic design of a 2" tall body that resembles an extremely simplified human form with 14 points of articulation.
Diamond Select Toys, in association with Art Asylum, started the "Marvel Minimates" line based on the popular Marvel Comics characters. Starting in 2003, the Marvel line is still active to this day, with 41 waves released in the main series, making it the longest-running superhero toy line in history.
Diamond Select Toys also produced "ThunderCats MiniMates" for Icon Heroes based on the original 1980s ThunderCats cartoon show. Released in 5 waves, the ThunderCats Minimates comprised of mostly all the major characters form the cartoon show. The following are the 5 series' of ThunderCats Minimates released till date.