Furry Friends Vinylmation Explained

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Furry Friends
Release Date: January 9, 2012
Where: Disney Stores
Price: $10.95
Details: $1 from each purchase goes to the ASPC. Click here for January 7th artist signing and early release in CA info.

Update: 1/6/12 According to Vinylmation.com, Furry Friends will hit WDW and DLR in February.

Update: 12/29/11 Higher quality pics added below. Also, with the release of the turnaround pics, we don’t see any actual tails. A bit surprising even though the hook for this set is certainly the paws. But it is nice to see that Pegasus actually has wings!

Update: 12/28/11 Chaser revealed on vinylmation vault page.

Update: 12/27/11 Pictures of the 11 figures have been released by the Disney Store Blog. Take a look below. Nick: “I think I have been turned around on my feelings about this set. The character selection, not just dogs and cats, is wonderful. The addition of Meeko and the Pegasus from Fantasia is so welcomed in my book. I also like the artwork of the faces. Percy the Pug looks spoiled and wrinkly. Patch looks happy and playful. With so many choices out there, it is odd to have 2 from Pocahontas and 2 from Oliver and Company.”

They also released a picture of the packaging which I think is extraordinary!

This is why I have so much stuff piled around my house! I don’t even want to toss out the packaging from the stuff I buy at Disney! Very innovative and eye catching. It almost doesn’t look like Vinylmation would be inside.

Remember the artist signing and early release on Saturday, January 7 at the Costa Mesa, CA Disney Store from 10:30am-1:30pm.

After a tease a few weeks ago, we finally see whole figures of the Furry Friends. Unlike MC predicted, they have normal bodies and feet, only their arms are different from the normal Vinylmation.
It also looks like AnneMarie has been perfect in her predictions so far. Check them out at Vinylmation Speculation: Furry Friends.
Check out Marie’s bow. I wonder what other cool accessories they will add for this set!?

Artist: Quincy Sutton
I think he captured Percy’s pug face masterfully. Am it biased? Maybe a little. But the slanted face, wrinkles, nose mouth and animated eyes are all done very close to the original.

Side view shows Percy’s collar.
Artist: Jim Valeri
Because Meeko’s head is anglelar, its hard to capture on the round Mickey head, but it doesn’t have the sharp defined characteristics the animated character has. The face looks too dog like.
Lady and the Tramp
Artist: Jim Valeri
The face seem a little off to me. Tramp is a skinny dog and that is hard to capture.
101 Dalmatians
Artist: Gerald Mendez
I really enjoy the playful look on his face and the placement of the mouth and tongue is perfect.
Peter Pegasus
Artist: Quincy Sutton

A wonderful whimsical look painted onto Peter’s face.

These wings make up for no tails.
Oliver and Company
Artist: Oskar Mendez

A well drawn face with wrinkles and a nice expression.

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Artist: Oskar Mendez

Good job with the hair in the eyes and the huge black nose. The tongue could have used more slobber!

Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Voiced by: Bill Baucom
Artist: Jim Valeri
With no Tramp or Lady, this is an interesting but great choice for this series. He has the perfect droopy face and gold diamond dog tag.
Oliver and Company (1988)
Voiced by: Joey Lawrence
Artist: Gerald Mendez
This lovable cat is a must for this set. The artist captured the sad look and fur color and even gave him muddy, dirty feet.
Aristocats (1970)
Voiced by: Liz English
Artist: Matthew Chittavanichprapa

In yet another Vinylmation appearance, Marie has an extra special accessory: a cloth bow. But unlike her Animation 1 figure, this one’s top head bow is painted on.

First appeared: The Picnic (1930)
Artist: Enrique Pita

This is one of the first two figures we saw from the series. I really like how he works on the figures. His big eyes and tongue give him a playful appearance.

The Chaser

The chaser was revealed on the Disney Vault site. Once again, before the release. I wonder why Disney keeps doing this?

(Click on image to reveal chaser)

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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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