By Brian Shapiro
Vinylmation news got off to a wicked start this week with a much anticipated preview of two figures from the Vinylmation Villains #3 series, and they did not disappoint! The two designs released feature Chernabog from Fantasia and the coachman from Pinocchio.
The detail on these figures is tremendous. The light and shadows on Chernabog are perfect, and the large wing accessories are impressive. The coachman is equally detailed and once again demonstrates one of the best aspects of Vinylmation, the penchant to showcase obscure Disney characters that don’t usually appear in merchandise. These figures will be released at Disney Stores on June 18, and will retail for $9.95 each. With Father’s Day on June 17, what more could you ask for as a gift? Just saying.
Although they have been available at local Disney Stores, on Friday, May 11, Urban Series #9 was released along with the combo topper set at D-Streets and online at DisneyStore.com.
It is interesting to note that this series is selling for $9.95 each for the blind boxes, a nice decrease in price since the last Urban series. The combo set is selling for $24.95, which is two dollars less than the last Urban combo set. Typical for Urban series, there is a lot of variety of designs for the figures in this set, which includes two variants.
Finally, Disney announced the release of an all new series of open edition three-inch figures called Vinylmation Mascots. This window boxed series will be coming to Dstreets and Disney Stores on June 22. Artwork for this set has been circulating around the internet, but Disney hasn’t released anything official. The mascots appear to be original stylized designs featuring the Fab 5. They do not represent any particular team, but have been designed in the spirit of rugged, retro looking sports mascots. We will share the artwork for this set in an upcoming report.
In the meantime, check your midichlorian counts. The Force will be strong with Vinylmation collectors next week when the Vinylmation Disney Characters as Star Wars Characters set is released on May 18!