Duffy the Disney Bear Explained

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Duffy the Disney Bear Explained
Release Date: July 22, 2012 (Facebook) and July 29, 2012 (D-Streets)
Price: $14.95
Artist: Monty Maldavon
Details: Open window box. 2 initial figures. Expected Summer 2012 release. Duffy first appeared as “The Disney Bear” in 2002 as a marketing gimmick to promote the opening of the Once Upon The Toy store in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney. After poor sales, the bear was pulled from the shelves. Then, in 2004, Duffy the Disney Bear debuted in Tokyo Disney as a plush and park character. In the fall of 2012, Duffy joined the US Disney Parks at both EPCOT and DCA as well as Hong Kong Disneyland. In 2011, Duffy made is way to Disneyland Paris. Duffy plush can be purchased and then dressed in numerous outfits sold around the Parks included other Disney characters, World Showcase outfits and of course his sailor outfit.

Update 6/22/12 Both Duffy Bears are now available to order online at Disney’s Vinylmation Facebook Store. They will be there exclusively until the June 29th release at stores.

picture from Disney Parks Blog

Sailor Duffy

Disney changes the mold for this lovable bear. The large rounded body and arms and legs sticking out putting Duffy in a sitting pose make for the perfect look that makes it distinctly different from the Mickey mold. It’s an inviting pose that will attract both the Duffy lover and casual guest. The Mickey paw prints are also well shown off in this pose. A good looking hat as well as some “indentations’ in the face for the eyes, nose and mouth.

picture from Disney Parks Blog

Flocked Duffy

This version has a peach fuzz like feel to it.

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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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  • […] Summer 2012, Duffy is coming out as a Vinylmation! I think these Vinylmations are adorable. Duffy the Disney Bear Explained "Sailor Duffy Disney changes the mold for this lovable bear. The large rounded body and […]

  • I really DON’T like this vinylmation.It dosent even look like a vinylmation.I have 35 vinylmations and Duffy really wouldn’t fit in.Sorry.

  • I can’t wait to get this one! I just started collecting vinylmation and only have 10 at this time. They have to be really cute or have a special meaning for me to purchase. He will be a very welcome addition. Isn’t it great that there are so many different types and styles to choose from – something for everyone.

  • Sailor Duffy will be the one and only Duffy vinyl I will have in my collection. This version of Duffy is what I think of when I visualize Duffy (not often, mind you). Unless Disney does something like Duffy dressed up like Phineas, Ezra, and Gus, I probably won’t add any other Duffy’s to my collection.

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