Episode 028 Mike Mouse

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Ep. 028 Mike Mouse
Pirates of the Caribbean Vinylmation were released this week. We review the set and give you our take on how the new mold looks with POTC as compared to Sea Creatures and Cutesters Like You. A lot of news this week about Star Wars, Lion King and new sets this holiday season. We also have the latest release dates. And in a special Mystery Mail Treasure Chest, we embark on a quest to read your comments and answer your questions.
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Nick LoCicero

Nick LoCicero has almost 20 years experience in the media industry. He has worked on numerous Disney related media projects, most know at WDWNT for WDW News Tonight. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1982. After moving to Orlando in the late 90's he became a passholder, developed a fascination with the history of the vacation kingdom and has spent way too much money on park merchandise.

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  • This was a comment from the last episode number 27: I thought you guys could put an input of what i said and share some of your thoughts in a future episode:

    #1 Appreciation of the artist (s)

    I dont like that disney doesnt give them the figures they created. Feel so bad for the artist themselves because disney is making money off their work (selling thousands of copies) and they dont even get compensation for it (a prototype or a finished piece). You may take my opinion from a different stance, but its totally not fair. They should reward the artists for their work. Just saying.

    Whats your stance on this guys, me and my cousin were going back and forth and ended up agreeing of what I said. Giving the artist who designed that figure, compensation with at least their figure as a commemorative gift. Its the least Disney could do.

    Always great episode, MC/Nick you do a fantastic job with giving quality entertainment.

    Two more suggestions for a future episode: Hope you take this into consideration:

    1.) Bad impressions: Pirates example, Disney though it was clever enough to max the price point on these ones just for the accessories. This is their first official park only series that is going to be on the new mold, and they cant promote them as 9.95. It has been confirmed that the price is going to be 12.95 each on these, really worried about how they move foward from this. Soon blind boxes will be 13.95 or up, I cant do anything to compensate their mistakes.

    1b.) Disney in-store Trading: I dont necessarily like how the trading policy actually works at my disney stores. Honestly, I havent come across any good figures through the trading boxes…Here they are stuck with big babys, phils, gear bears, etc. The thing I dont get is why dont they put something actually good their so it can attract more traders to come and enjoy trading with the cast members. For example, if they had 2-3 designated trading boxes at each location, it offers variety (important) and second a better chance to stuff them with figures from a series currently released. Its a billion dollar company, and they cant stick a miss piggy or a zoot in the trading box. Ridiculous. In other words, they promote trading in a bad way…placing bad figures that people wouldnt want as traders and allowing the guests to control the box.

    Suggestion on point #1 :
    In store trading: What they should do is that management should have a bunch of vinyls in the back from any of the newer series, and refresh the trading box when needed or after the day is done. There was no need to go back to my local disney store and see the same exact trading box since they started a couple weeks ago. Absurd.
    Price: In regards to the 3 inch vinyls mystery series, if youre planning to buy a case. No need for different prices for cases, they should have a set price rather than having price points all scattered all over the place. $238.80 is the most reasonable and sought after for most collectors.

    2.) Advertising: I agree with you guys about the limited edition items having a time frame rather than the mentality of ” I have to go there in a day to get the item…because it might be sold out”. Also, with releases. They dont update the blog as they used to in regards to releases etc…. One thing I hate is waking up in the morning and finding out there is a 9 inch vinyl out there for sale on the online store which in that case was cutesters like you. Another example, is that Robots is suppose to come out this July. They havent released any artwork, etc…. (There are pictures someone took from Japan/Hong Kong somewhere). I dont especially like how there doing this, thinking they can release a bunch of stuff in a matter of days and think that people already saved that kind of money for it, in regards to both limited and open edition stuff.

    Suggestions: Have a monthly calendar, or plan a schedule on when the releases should happen. Widen the gaps so that people can at least breathe after the releases, sooner or later people will notice that they already catched the Vinyl bug (addiction). With limited edition stuff, they should stop!!!!!! encouraging people to go there on that very day and just hop on a plane afterwards… Thats not what I call magical…..thats why I typically argue about the limited edition stuff (some of the production) being online. Nick likes stuff being at D-Street sometimes, I agree with what he meant by that, but at least you have to offer some online…not everything but some stuff at least.

    I hope you read this and reply or take my suggestions into consideration for an upcoming episode. If not, thats fine.

    If you have any concerns, just address them. Hopefully they take your concerns and help change the way they do things. I dont want another goof troop debacle to happen once again. Keep doing what you do guys, hope you read this. I contributed a sample of what I wanted to say.

    • While i agree with you about the artists getting their own work, they are paid for their services. Samples will probably have to stay with Disney (for legal purposes) and if they got a free sample of a limited edition, it would mess up the “true” edition size.

      With that said, I still agree Artists should get their own work for free.

      • honestly, thats the least disney could do. Me and my cousin had a long chat about that issue. And I feel so bad for the artist because they are making thousands of their artwork, at least give them the piece as a commemorative gift for their services. Its the least they can do!!!!!!!

        However, this is an ethical problem as well. Dont want to talk about the other way I feel about it too because its gonna backfire what I meant.

        Lou Mongello, host of WDW Radio, had a podcast with one of the disney artists Randy Noble, and he had his remarks about his disappointment with the price point and him not receiving the figures for his artwork.

        Another disney artist, as featured here on ZOMG’s artist with the artist signing with Monty Moltovan, mentioned that he wasnt too much of a big fan of the new mold.

        I can go on and on, but my brain cells are killing me because it seems my opinions dont get addressed to a level that I want them to be. Everyone has there issues, but it seems like Im the one complaining and giving them reasonable suggestions while others keep it to themselves

    • Great ideas! We did see your post last time, but this week we had too much stuff for the podcast already. We definitely will get to this, but probably on a slower week as our featured topic!

      Thanks!

      • thanks so much guys, really appreciate that you took my comment into consideration. Would love to do like an interview or something with you about it. I KNOW DISNEY CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT, im offering suggestions that can help the brand get better.

        Honestly, I feel that I am the only person speaking upon this issues frequently no one else. Not a person ever has told you guys about the issues with prices like constantly…..LOL, artist representation, etc…

        I have been collecting these things for two years, however, I didnt realize how some of these issues could cause minor-major concerns to so many people.

        All in all, thanks for reading my comment. Honestly, I thought you ignored at first, but I knew that you guys always take my comments into consideration and I enjoy being an avid listener/reader of your website. Keep it up guys, keep it up!!! It would be sweet if that this could be the featured topic on an upcoming episode.

        The more suggestions I give, the better the chance I can write an address or have that one on one chat with steven or donald about the issues and concerns that can be fixed.

  • You forgot about Trade City Flag. LOVE that VInyl. Also like Statue of Minnie.

    We were lucky to get a San Fran and one for trade. I had a friend who works next to the store. :) if one of you needs it, it’ll be at the Contemporary friday night. :)

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