In an interesting twist, a new 9″ Vinylmation shape has been announced, but not on Disney’s official Vinylmation Blog. We first saw the news on Noah’s Fine Art blog, then on the Disney Parks Blog. The mold will be in the shape of Lightning McQueen and is called “Vinylmation 95.”
At first I thought this might just be a custom deal, but all wordage points to this being a new Vinylmation platform for Disney artists to create new designs on in addition to the Mickey mold. Here is a quote right out of the Disney Parks Blog:
“One of the things I’m most excited to share with you is the debut of the new Vinylmation 95 platform! Guaranteed to get your motor racing, this new 9” form is shaped like the one and only Lightning McQueen and pays tribute to his signature number, 95.”
Update 5/30/12 Disney Artist Eric Caszatt tweeted us, in fact confirming this new mold will be used by other artists for more designs.
The new Vinylmation will officially be unveiled to the public on June 9th at the grand opening of WonderGround, a new art store at the Downtown Disney District in California. As part of the event, the artist Noah, will debut a limited edition design on this Lightning McQueen Vinylmation 95 platform. That same day, Noah will be holding a Vinylmation Signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. He is also scheduled to be on hand every Friday and Saturday night throughout the month of June, from 5–9 p.m.
What else can you expect to find in WonderGround Gallery? Not only will you find original artwork on the walls, but you can actually find some of this featured art on an array of items, including limited-edition giclées, deluxe prints, t-shirts, mugs, magnets and more. In addition, look for art-inspired home and lifestyle products, including books, journals, note cards, picture frames, novelty pens, stencils, vases, paperweights and art figures, among other items. Visit WonderGroundGallery.com for more information and artist appearance schedules.
Noah’s customs will be the first designs on this new 9″ Vinylmation platform, but others are sure to follow. Will we see a few non-customs released in conjunction with the June 15th Carsland opening? Cars is sure getting special treatment in the world of Vinylmation. This film series was the first to get designs on the Monorail mold and now this. However, just like the monorail, I do appreciate the unique and Disney themed mold and am excited to see some very creative designs. And like the monorails, I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know the creativity coming out of the Disney Design Group will continue to push the boundaries and expand way past what we imagine. It is very hard to judge this without seeing the initial Disney designs, but I do know this opens a door to whole slew of new possibilities. How about you? Will you enjoy Park, Animation or Urban designs on this platform? Or how about character and movie representations? And it all begs the question, what new mold form will they think of next?