Geek on the Cheap


I found some pretty good deals lately.  Everything in the this picture cost about $5 total.  I found the Hot Wheels R2-D2 and the Batman Unlimited Mighty Mini at the local dollar store, and the Darth Vader and Boba Fett Funko Pop Pens were on clearance at Target for $1.48 each.  I cut the pens off the figures so I could display them.

The dollar store had the last series of Batman Unlimited Mighty Minis (also including Nightwing, Red Robin, Polar Batman, Clayface, and Killer Croc) as well as the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Hot Wheels Character car set.



Mighty Minis: Beast Boy


When I first saw the new blind bag Teen Titans Go figures, I passed.  With the over-sized heads and oddly proportioned bodies, the figures are in a completely different style from the Mighty Minis figures I’ve been collecting, and I didn’t want to start collecting a new line.

Then I got a better look at the Beast Boy as Gorilla figure.  The human Titans would have looked odd with the more normal Mighty Minis, but the simian proportions and angry face worked.  Okay, it’s a bit of a stretch, but not that much of one.  So now I have a Beast Boy (or Changeling, if you prefer) for my Mighty Minis collection.

For those of you who like to take the guess work out of blind bags, there is a code on the back of the package.  The code ending in 06 is Beast Boy.

Mighty Minis: Justice League Action Robin

Along with the new Justice League Action cartoon comes a line of Mighty Minis.  I found the blind bags at Wal-Mart, and picked up the Robin figure. For those of you who keep track of codes so you know which figure is in which bag, Robin’s code is H.



Shadow Mission Robin (the official name of the figure) is more stylized than his Batman: Unlimited counterparts and has less detail, which mimics the stylized look of the cartoon. This figure is also transparent, hence the Shadow in the name.




Like the other Mighty Mini figures, he comes apart so you can mix and match to make new characters.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Robin in this line, since show producer Butch Lukic has been quoted as saying that no version of Robin would appear until at least Season 2.

Mighty Minis: Nightwing

A few months back, I posted the newly found Red Robin mini. Included with the figure was a checklist that showed Series 3 and Series 4 with three figures and three vehicles per series.

Imagine how surprised I was to find a different series 3 containing only the six figures and no vehicles at my local Wal-Mart. Here are a few pictures of the small case holding the blind bags.



I guess Wal-Mart decided they didn’t want the vehicles and ordered their own version of Series 3.  It does also explain the art on the big display I recently found as well.


I picked up Nightwing and Batman Polar (as he’s referred to in the checklist).  Both are repaints of earlier figures. Their codes (an embossed code on the bottom back of the bag) are listed below.  I am assuming the codes for Batman, Red Robin, and Clayface are the same as those posted on since the codes on these blind bags match those of the other Series 3.  There was also a figure with an “I” code that felt bigger than the others.  I am assuming it is Killer Croc, but I didn’t buy that one.

A: Batman
B: Red Robin
C: Clayface
G: Batman Polar
H: Nightwing
I: Killer Croc

I have been eagerly anticipating this Nightwing since a promo photo surfaced earlier this year.  It’s just a repaint of the Series 1 Robin, with the exact same head, but it features the unique color scheme from the Batman Unlimited movies.  While Nightwing’s uniforms have used both blue and red separately before, this is the first time they’ve been used together, and I like the look.


And Mattel, since I apparently will keep buying repaints of the various Robins, maybe next time you can take the ears off the Batman Beyond head, put it on the Robin body, and give us a Red Hood?  You could also use the Robin head on a Batman body and give us the Riddler. Just a few suggestions…



Mighty Minis Display


I was surprised to see this large display in the check out aisle of Wal-Mart.  I assumed that it would be full of Series 3 and Series 4 and that maybe I’d finally get my Nightwing.  Unfortunately, it was full of Series 2 figures.  But, at least series 4 is apparently on its way, and this display is a nice preview.  Ironically, the photos of these small figures are about the size of the 12″ figures being sold in the toy aisle.

Batman Mighty Minis: Red Robin


I found the new Series 3 of Batman Unlimited Mighty Minis blind bag toys and picked up Red Robin.  In the comics, almost every Robin has used a version of this costume and name.  Originally, a future version of Dick Grayson used the costume and the name in the Kingdom Come series.  Years later, Jason Todd was given a similar costume and name by an alternate universe Batman.  He later ditched that identity, only for Tim Drake to take it up, and he’s still using the name today.

I’ve always been a fan of the costume so I had to pick this one up.  Here’s the rest of the set and the codes (embossed on the bottom back of the bag).  Thanks to the Mighty Minis forum for the codes.

A3 Batman
B3 Red Robin
C3 Clayface
D3 Batman Snowmobile
E3 Robin Glider
F3 The Joker Motorcycle

The figure also included a checklist that shows series 4, which includes Nightwing, Polar Batman (all white costume), Killer Croc, a Green Arrow cycle, a Batman submarine, and a Batman wolf cycle.

Batman Unlimited Mighty Minis: Chemo


So apparently, at some point in the DC comic book universe, this conversation happened:

Person 1: Where are we going to store all our toxic waste?

Person 2: I know!  Why don’t we dump it into a giant, vaguely humanoid, clear construct!

Person 1: Do you think the combined toxic chemicals could somehow give this construct a limited intelligence so that it couldn’t really think but would want rampage through cities spewing toxic waste?

Both: NAH!!!!

And thus was born Chemo…


I’m not sure how a giant-sized character ended up in mini-figure format but I like the irony.  And he’s not really a Batman villain so it’s odd that he’s in Series 2 (unless he’s in an upcoming Batman Unlimited movie).  That said, it’s just a cool figure.  And I’m pretty sure the heroes would rather fight this version than the normal Godzilla-sized version.


And he works well better scale-wise with Heroclix and Fighter Pods.


The rest of series two (along with codes) are:

C = Armor Batman
D = Polar Batman
W = Mr. Freeze
X = Bane
Y = Chemo
Z = The Joker

Thanks to Joe over at  Mighty Minis forum for the codes!

While looking for pictures of Series 2, I stumbled on to some pictures of what I am assuming is series 3.  There’s a small picture at with Nightwing, Red Robin, and three Batman repaints plus two more I think are Clayface and Killer Croc. They seem to come with vehicles.

I bound better pictures of Nightwing, Red Robin, and one of the Batman repaints at


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Batman Unlimited Mighty Minis

Mattel has released a new blind bag series based on the Batman Unlimited toy line.  So far these have shown up at 5 Below and Toys R Us for about $3 a pop.  The line includes a blue/grey costume Batman, a black costume Batman (without a cape), Robin, Cyborg, Flash, and Green Arrow.  There’s also a mystery figure which turned out to be a partially translucent Batman Beyond.  I recently picked up Robin, Cyborg, and Batman Beyond.


These small figures come disassembled (head and torso, legs, and arms), so be careful when you open the bag.  The selling point is that you can combine different figures to make new ones.


As they did with the Imaginext series, Mattel put a small embossed code on the bottom of the back of the package that lets you know which figure is in the package. Only the last letter is the identifier. Here’s the list so far (thanks to the posters over at

A: Batman (blue and grey costume)
B: Batman Beyond
E: Robin
F: Green Arrow
G: Flash
H: Cyborg

The code for the black costume Batman is unknown at this time, although it’s safe to say that it’s either C or D.

Here’s a picture with Imaginext, Heroclix and (custom) Fighter Pod versions of Robin for scale.