First Look: Vinylmation Robot In Hand

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The Disney Store was kind enough to send us over a Vinylmation Robot to share with you today. We were like a couple of nerdy sci-fi geeks when we got this package in the mail. We carefully opened the vintage style blind box. Then ripped apart the foil to uncover…

Steampunk Bot! This C3-P0 look a like was designed by Gerald Mendez (SF Golden Gate Bridge, Old Witch from Snow White, Julius 9″). Not my favorite design in the lot, but a solid concept that fits well into the series. The gloss effect is used very well here. You can see this guy, as with a few of the Robots, uses clear body parts. Steampunk Bot’s ears are clear, with light bulbs painted in.

As a series, I was a little worried. This is now the fourth series produced using the new mold design. Now I’m not going to focus on new mold for all our reviews from now on. New mold is what Disney is doing. There is no turning back. You also know from my comments that I do like the new mold so far. Not better, not worse, but I do like it. But I have also been saying that we need to see a few series before giving a solid judgement. Cutesters Like You, a Disney Store release at a $9.95 price point, was by all accounts poorly produced. The designs seemed to be universally poorly printed and that was supposed to be a main reason for the switch. But then Pirates was released at the parks for $12.95 and really showed off the quality the new mold can help provide. Robots, is another Disney Store $9.95 release. So how does it fair?

On this figure, the printing is perfect. Say what you will about the altered shape, but I will take designs like this any day. This particular figure doesn’t have much detail, but design lays out well on the Vinylmation. However, after seeing the gears on the Steampunk series, this design falls short of those. The mismatched eyes are cool. And the gold on this figure is very true to what you’d expect to see on a metallic figure.

On the back you can see the open body design continues allowing you to see his inner gears. And here is a look at the artist card:

The card reflects the packaging style. Retro colors and designs with a roughed up aged and weathered look. Those “creases” and “tears” are all drawn onto the card. We can’t wait to see more of these up close and in person. The one big shock to me is no accessories. At least one of these robots could be holding a wrench or something. But if the whole series holds true to what we see here on Steampunk Bot, it’s going to be a cool addition for those interested in robots, sci-fi or vintage toys.

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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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