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Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy lives on with Square-Enix' The Dark Knight Trilogy Play Arts ~Kai~: Batman Action Figure, the best-selling toy product to comic book specialty retailers in May. Also in the top ten was the matching Dark Knight Trilogy Play Arts ~Kai~: Bane Action Figure at #4.

Diamond Select Toys had three products in the top ten — the Marvel Select: Nightcrawler Action Figure ranked #2, the Star Trek: The Original Series – USS Enterprise Cutaway Model ranked #6, and the Knight Rider: 1/15-Scale KITT ranked #10.

DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten as well — the Man of Steel: Superman 1/6-Scale Iconic Statue (based on the new film) ranked #3, the Green Lantern: Simon Baz Action Figure ranked #5, and the Batman: Black & White Statue by Mike Allred ranked #7.

Rounding out the top ten, Kotobukiya placed two products at the top of the charts, the Mass Effect: Commander Shepard Bishoujo Statue at #8 and the DC Comics: Aquaman "New 52" ArtFX+ Statue at #9.

TOP 25 TOYS
Based on Total Retail Dollar Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2013

DOLLAR
RANK
QTY
RANK
ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 3 SEP128219 DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS KAI BATMAN AF $64.99 SQU
2 1 MAY121672 MARVEL SELECT NIGHTCRAWLER AF $24.99 DST
3 13 FEB130255 MAN OF STEEL SUPERMAN 1:6 SCALE ICONIC STATUE $129.95 DC 
4 5 SEP128218 DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY PLAY ARTS KAI BANE AF $64.99 SQU
5 2 JAN130349 GREEN LANTERN SIMON BAZ AF $24.95 DC 
6 21 FEB131540 ST TOS ENTERPRISE CUTAWAY MODEL $174.99 DST
7 15 FEB130260 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY MIKE ALLRED $79.95 DC 
8 18 OCT121708 MASS EFFECT COMMANDER SHEPARD BISHOUJO STATUE $64.99 KOT
9 7 APR131844 DC COMICS AQUAMAN ARTFX+ STATUE NEW 52 VER $39.99 KOT
10 8 MAY121668 KNIGHT RIDER 1/15 SCALE KITT $59.99 DST
11 23 AUG120308 WE CAN BE HEROES JUSTICE LEAGUE 7 PACK BOX SET $99.95 DC 
12 28 FEB130258 MAN OF STEEL FAORA 1:6 SCALE ICONIC STATUE $129.95 DC 
13 31 FEB130257 MAN OF STEEL ZOD 1:6 SCALE ICONIC STATUE $129.95 DC 
14 30 FEB130256 MAN OF STEEL JOR EL 1:6 SCALE ICONIC STATUE $129.95 DC 
15 42 JAN130345 ARROW 1:6 SCALE OLIVER QUEEN STATUE $149.95 DC 
16 26 OCT121694 GENTLE GIANT VENOM MINI-BUST $85.00 GEN
17 59 APR111735 MARVEL X TOKIDOKI FRENZIES 30PC BMB DS $178.50 TOK
18 4 SEP083651 MARVEL SELECT ANTI-VENOM AF $24.99 DST
19 16 DEC128196 SCI-FI REVOLTECH #043 DKR TUMBLER VEHICLE $44.99 KAI
20 25 JAN131810 HALO 4 PLAY ARTS KAI SPARTAN SARAH PALMER AF $69.99 SQU
21 41 JAN131632 MARVEL MINIMATES SERIES 49 ASST IRON MAN 3 $119.88 DST
22 6 OCT128272 DC UNLIMITED 6-IN INJUSTICE JOKER AF $21.99 MAT
23 33 JAN131811 HALO 4 PLAY ARTS KAI SPARTAN SOLDIER AF $69.99 SQU
24 78 OCT121690 ICEMAN CLASSIC STATUE $200.00 BOW
25 12 JAN138219 INJUSTICE WONDER WOMAN VS SOLOMON GRUNDY 2 PACK AF $29.95 DC 

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How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts – which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts – are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, minus any copies that are distributed free of cost.