Since news is usually slow on the weekends and we are called WDW News Today (which should include every day of the week), we have decided to install a weekly column with news on the world of Vinylmation. Brian Shapiro, who was in charge of the Vinylmation Station website until its demise last week, will bring us a weekly dose of news & more on this growing hobby starting today. Enjoy!
Welcome to our new weekly Vinylmation report! This week got off to a magical start with Vinylmation collectors granting wishes through a rare Sunday release. Disney Stores and DisneyStore.com released a special three-inch Jiminy Cricket figure in a windowed box. The design featured Jiminy with glistening skin in a silver and white tuxedo, and included two terrific accessories, a white top hat and umbrella. Disney donated one dollar from the sale of each figure to the Make a Wish Foundation. No edition size was given, but it quickly sold out online and in many stores.
The end of the week saw some releases on Friday. Just when you thought you hadseen the last of The Nightmare Before Christmas figures, Disney surprised everyone with a unique combo set at D-streets and on DisneyStore.com. The set included a nineinch Behemoth, a three-inch Easter Bunny (“Bunny!”), and a junior Nutcracker. With an edition size of 2000, all three figures have great details, and was designed by Disney Design Group artist, Casey Jones. The Behemoth certainly has a clever, edgy design with the axe in his head incorporated on the figure’s ear.
The other Friday release was the Facebook exclusive set inspired by the upcoming Disney-Pixar movie, Brave. This set included a three-inch figure of Merida, the movie’s heroine, and three identical junior figures of the triplets, Harris, Hubert, and Hamish. The Merida figure is one of the most detailed three-inch figures around, and her wild, curly red hair is depicted perfectly. She has a quiver and sword painted on her back, but she comes complete with an accessory bow in her hand. The set is open edition and will be coming to Disney Stores and the Parks on May 18.
No week would be complete without an announcement of upcoming releases and events, and there’s plenty to be excited about! On May 11, there will be a Disney Trading Night at the Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World in the Fantasia G Ballroom from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Disney Design Group artists Thomas Scott, Caley Hicks, Maria Clapsis, Casey Jones, and Billy Davis will be there to sign Urban 9 and Urban 9 combo sets.
On May 18, the six highly anticipated figures of the Star Wars – Disney Characters as Star Wars Characters figures will be released at Darth’s Mall during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at D-Street in California. All six figures have astounding detail and come with some amazing accessories. These window boxed figures will be open edition and are sure to be a hit!
Phineas & Ferb fans will be excited to know that the six open edition figures based on the popular series will be released at D-Streets and at Disney Stores on May 25.
After several publicized delays, the long awaited Disney Store 25th Anniversary limited release series will come to Disney Stores on May 28. Collectors will have the opportunity to purchase complete trays or individual blind boxes as well as the Sorcerer Mickey combo with a light up base. As a special gift with purchase promo, guests who purchase a complete tray will receive a free Sorcerer Mickey combo with a light up base.
Finally, just when you thought it was safe this summer, beware! Vinylmation Villains Series 3 will be coming to Disney Stores on June 18. The artwork for this series hasn’t been released, but expect to see something soon.
Until next week, start making room on your shelves. It’s going to be an exciting spring and summer for Vinylmation enthusiasts!