Earlier this year, Diamond Select Toys revealed, for the first time, the prototypes for their Kingdom Hearts figures at the New York Toy Fair. And later, they showed off improved versions at C2E2 2017 and at SDCC17. They've also been made available for pre-order. Recently, Kingdom Hearts figures for their Vinimates line have been shown off as well.
Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira, also known as DSTChuck, answered various fan questions about their figures and upcoming figures, which include things like Star Trek, Kill Bill, and of course, Kingdom Hearts, as a part of their Ask DST series. Check out the Kingdom Hearts questions asked, as well as the answers, below:
Jeremiah J.: Hello, I am very excited about the Kingdom Hearts figures. I placed a pre-order for the two sets as soon as they were announced this morning. I have a few questions:
1) It was revealed that there would be more figures in the first series. What happened to the rest? The missing figures that were previously revealed were: Roxas, Maleficent, Jafar with Abu and Iago, and Creeper Plant Heartless.
2) What are our chances of getting a Beast figure (from Beauty and the Beast)? He was included in that game in his purple cowl.
Besides people, myself included, have been asking for a Marvel Select Beast for a long time. I want Beast however I can get him! Joking aside, you could make the end all beat all version of Disney’s Beast. It would be an epic figure.
DSTChuck: 1) The situation of which characters we can do and from which games is constantly evolving. As we go along, we will get more characters OK’d, or get clarity on what is allowed. What we showed at Toy Fair was mostly to show what we were doing and to gauge interest.
2) For now, the Beast is not planned, but we’d love to include him!
Huston: 5. Kingdom Hearts looks amazing! When will these beauties be released?
DSTChuck: 5) Glad you like them! Our plan is to have one series out for holiday 2017 and several series in 2018.
Check out the entire Ask DST #363 here!
[uPDATE Nov. 15, 2017]: On November 6th, 2017, Diamond Select Toys' Kingdom Hearts Select series of figures were once again mentioned in one of their Ask DSTs with Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira. This time, they discussed Kingdom Hearts, Pacific Rim, Star Trek, Gotham, Ghostbusters, iZombie, and more. Take a look at the Kingdom Hearts question that was asked by a fan, as well as the answer, below:
Lucas D.: With the Kingdom Hearts select figures coming out, I know licensing is a factor and many Disney figures will probably be off the table but will we see characters from some of the Disney movies? Tarzan? Hercules?
DSTChuck: The Kingdom Hearts license is very specific and does not necessarily include everything in the game.
Check out the entire Ask DST #377 here!
[uPDATE Dec. 18, 2017]: On December 5th, 2017, Diamond Select Toys' Kingdom Hearts Select series of figures were mentioned in one of their Ask DSTs with Chuck Terceira once again. They discussed Kingdom Hearts, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Muppets, Star Trek, and more. You can check out the Kingdom Hearts questions that were asked by fans, as well as the answers by DSTChuck, below:
Matthew C.: For the Kingdom Hearts line, will we be getting Riku, Kairi and Terra? What are the chances of getting a new Axel from DDD?
DSTChuck: Right now, we have roughed in the character list for five series of figures, so as long as there is fan support and Disney likes the list, we’re going to at least go well through 2018 with this line. As for who we cover, I can’t say for sure right now.
Michael A.: Hey DST! I have been collecting the Marvel Selects for a few years and now i am loving your new Kingdom Hearts line! My question is about those. I know we just got Wave 2 announced, but i wanted to know if you guys had any plans (if even the license) to do the Final Fantasy series characters in their KH appearances? Especially Cloud and Leon. Thanks!
DSTChuck: We are keeping information like that close to the vest, as the situation with Disney changes often. BUT as of now, no, we do not have rights to those two characters.
Jeremiah J.: Hello, I am a big fan of the DST Kingdom Hearts figures. The announced series 2 lineup sounds great! I note that the Disney characters being released so far are all Mickey centric and from that line of characters (Mickey, Pluto, Donald, Goofy, Pete, Chip/Dale). Will Other Disney characters be made in this line beyond Mickey and his Pals? Disney movie specific characters (like the Maleficent and Jafar that were sculpted and on display at Toyfair)? Thank you!
DSTChuck: We are going to do as many of the characters in the game as we are allowed, and as sales supports. Including game-only characters, world-specific versions and Disney on-model looks.
Check out the entire Ask DST #381 here!