New Vinylmation on Display at WDW

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I was like a kid in a candy store last night at the Vinylmation/Pin Trade show at Walt Disney World. The candy store was the Fantasia Ballroom in the Contemporary Resort. The candy was the amazing looking upcoming Vinylmation from Park 7, Holiday 3, Urban 7, Astrology and The Florida Project. First up, lets flash back to the year 2000. Remember this:

This figure will be in Park 7 and is scheduled for an early fall 2011 release. It’s the EPCOT ball as it looked in 2000 when they added the Mickey hand, wand and stars. I am in a minority, but I liked this look a lot. Not as a permanent feature, and the 7 years it was there was a bit too long, but I was a fan. And I’m a HUGE fan of this figure. With the ball in the body, using the right arm as sorcerer Mickey’s arm (note the red sleeve), and the accessory wand with star!!! With the clear blue head and stars in the ears, this figure looks amazing in person. Also from Park 7…

Beautiful colors on this Kali River Rapids figure. Kali of course is a place to get very, very wet at the Animal Kingdom. Depending on what third of the raft you sit on, you either stay rather dry, get a little wet or couldn’t be more wet if you just jumped into the river. One more Park 7 was there. Check out the Hollywood Studios Earful tower.

The tower perfectly fits the Vinylmation mold and looks great. But what’s that red, white and blue figure in the bottom corner?

BOOM! This fireworks figure from Holiday 3, Fall 2011, is explosive. (sorry) We saw the pin from Sci Fi academy pics, and as expected, it comes with the cone cap.

In this side view, you can see the fuse. You can also peak at the side of Earful Tower where Mickey Mouse is painted on. But that’s not all! Astrology was on hand. And check this out:

Ya, Sagittarious has a bow. It seems to be the only accessory in the set. Astrology, designed by the talented combo of Lisa Badeen and Maria Clapsis, with art direction by Thomas Scott, has designs that are very well thought out. Here’s a look at the whole set:

I’m not a big fan of this set in theory, and am still not sure what ones, if any I’ll be buying, but I can’t deny the set is looks great and is well designed with the constellations mapped out onto the figures with perfect placement of the designs.

The packaging is an open window design with 6 figures pictured on one side and 6 on the other. They list the dates corresponding to the astrology signs so you can pick your figures out very easily.

Up to now, we have only seen a 2D version the 9″ Park 6 Davy Crockett. When we saw the 3″ version for the D23 Expo, Davy had a coon skin hat with a tail. It looks great, and lead us to hope for the same for the 9″ version. From the picture, we knew he would have the hat… but the tail?

Oh yeah! The King of the Wild Frontier, due out mid-August, is going to look great exploring the wilderness of my Vinylmation cabinet. Now we have seen all of Urban 7 before, but last night, one of life’s great mysteries would be answered. When we first saw Mike Sullivan’s, what we first called, “a Bob Ross painting like figure”…

we had no real clue what it represented. But what we DID know for sure, is the back would hold all the answers and let us know exac…

Oh. Ok, maybe it didn’t. Let’s move on to The Florida Project…

Dumbo from The Florida Project
Pooh from The Florida Project
I wasn’t sure about the Empress Lilly figure, but the design looks spectacular in person. The printing, the colors and the quality are really special on this Florida Project Vinylmation. The packaging was also on full display for the first time.
Speaking of The Florida Project, they also had many of the pins for the September event on display. I visited those boards many times. I can’t wait for this event. I’m a huge retro Disney fan, and these products are right up my ally. Darn you Vinylmation for being my gateway drug to pins! Well, I had fun seeing everyone there last night. Did you make some good trades? What do you think of the Vinylmation on display?

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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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  • On the back of the Kali River Rapids figure, is that a raft I see or am I seeing things? Love the Epcot 2000 w/ wand and the firework figure is awesome!

  • I think the Epcot 2000 figure is awesome. When I visited Epcot during the Millennium Celebration I really liked the 2000 on top of Spaceship Earth. It never really bothered me after though.

    I can’t wait for Park 7. All three designs you have pictures of look really great.

  • Wow! Who knew that a new mold vinyl could make the abomination that was the 2000 arm look good. Come to think of it, who knew anything could make the new mold look good?!

  • I can see where you were a kid in a candy store. All that awesome artwork, but it looks like the candy was licorice (new mold). Yuck!

    I respectfully have to disagree that anything looks good on the new mold. It a shame that I worked so hard to collect the first 6 series of
    Park vinyls only to see my collecting end before Park 7’s release. These chubby little blobs ARE NOT MICKEY MOUSE!!!! Vinylmations ARE Mickey Mouse. I have looked and looked for any representation of Mickey that looks anything like the new mold and THERE IS NONE! Mickey was never obese, clumsy, or oddly proportioned. Really? Is this 21st century Mickey Mouse? Vinylmations were meant as a 3D canvas for artwork that was placed on a likeness of Mickey. Please bring this back or if you have made a decision to do so, PLEASE TELL US so we can sleep at night while dreaming of the great return. If you are never bring him back in his original Vinylmation form, then cut the ears off this new mold monstrosity and round the canvas out so it looks more human than blob. This is would be a great media for Disney artwork to shine without the constant blinding by the clobbers of the new mold.

    I guess I am back to pin trading.

  • I am back to pin trading! It’s such a shame that these ‘Vinylmations’ (new mold) are anything but Vinylmations! Disney worked so hard to create Park 1 – 6 on the old mold, and made it AMAZING every time, but Park 7 will be the first Park that I WILL NOT get even one of. The desigbs are some of the best yet, however, because they are on the new mold, I will not be collecting Vinylmations any more. I hope you’re happy to loose so many Vinylmation customers, Disney Marketing. Unfortunately, for the first time, DISNEY FAILED. :'(

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