ByCara Siera, writer at Creators.co
Professional freelance writer. A bit like Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, and John-boy Walton rolled into one. (carasiera.wixsite.com/writing)
Cara Siera

Every movie has its prized memorabilia, and Justice League is no different. We've already been examining popcorn buckets for clues as to when Superman will make his big debut. One of the hottest collector's items for the upcoming superhero-team flick comes in the smallest of packages.

Nano Metalfigs are miniature die-cast figurines depicting your favorite movie characters — and they have been flying off the shelves of Wal-mart stores across the country. The most popular and hard to find figures are those of and superheroes, but Disney, Street Fighter, and Harry Potter characters are also available. So why are these Nano Metalfigs all the rage?

These tiny figurines represent perhaps the perfect collector's item. Keep reading to see the four reasons why.

4. Size

The figures are small — approximately 1.65 inches in height — and take up little space, even if displayed in their original packaging (which is roughly 4" x 6"). That's a real plus for hard-core movie collectors, who may be running out of room in the ol' display cases.

[Credit: Cara Siera]
[Credit: Cara Siera]

3. Price

When purchased directly from Wal-mart, individual figures are priced at less than $1.00 (USD) each. At my local store, single figures cost $0.97, and multipacks of 5 figures are priced at $4.97 (listed at $4.84 online). That's cheap enough for even the youngest collectors counting pennies from a caped piggy bank.

Nano Metalfigs are affordable even for fans who keep their pennies in on of these. [Credit: Walmart.com]
Nano Metalfigs are affordable even for fans who keep their pennies in on of these. [Credit: Walmart.com]

2. Demand

Many Wal-mart stores have already sold out of the most popular characters, such as Superman and Spider-man. Rising online prices have shown that these figures are in high demand. Individual figures are "sold out" on Walmart.com. Some figures are still available on the website via third party retailers, but at 5 times the price (typically, $4.99 each, or $19.99 or more for multi-packs). Similarly priced figures can be found on Amazon and Ebay.

A representative from Wal-mart's Media relations department has confirmed that Wal-mart has an exclusive contract with Jada Toys for the current lineup of Nano Metalfigs. They will be restocking, but the dates on which fans can expect full aisle cap displays is still unknown.

1. Timing

The release of these figures, all copyrighted in 2017, occurred during a pivotal year of superhero entertainment. In 2016, we saw the advent of Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad. This year, we've been engorged with superhero films, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spiderman Homecoming, and . While fans eagerly await the release of later this year and Incredibles 2 in 2018, characters from all of the above films are represented by Nano Metalfigs.

A representative sample of Disney, DC and Marvel heroes. [Credit: Cara Siera]
A representative sample of Disney, DC and Marvel heroes. [Credit: Cara Siera]

So, where does this leave us? You might be asking this question (I asked it myself): should you go out and stock up on these figurines in hopes of making millions of dollars on them someday? If the Beanie Babies craze of the 1990s taught us anything, the answer is no. But if you'd like a squad of helpful heroes or vile villains cheering you on from the corner of your desk, Nano Metalfigs are just the ticket.

And if you happen to have an extra Green Lantern, Robin, or Superman DC15 laying around, feel free to send them my way — my Wal-mart was sold out. Other larger models, including 4 inch and 6 inch die-cast are available from Toys R Us and Hot Topic. Happy collecting!

Do the Nano Metalfigs appeal to the nerd in you? Have you picked up any so far? Let me know in the comments!

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