By Brian Shapiro
This week’s Vinylmation releases seemed fit for a bridal bash with the So Tasty series and the Park Starz Haunted Mansion “The Bride” Variant. Some nerds even made a surprise appearance as well.
On Monday, June 4, Disney Store and DisneyStore.com released six figures of the So Tasty series. These whimsical 3″ figures each depict and smell like a food or drink. They are open edition and come in windowed boxes. The flavors include the following: Popcorn, Mint Chip Ice Cream, Bacon Cheeseburger, Grape Soda, Lemonade, and Root Beer. The figures retail for $11.95 and were subsequently released on Friday, June 8, at D Streets.
Also released on Friday was the much anticipated Park Stars Haunted Mansion “The Bride” Variant. She materialized at D Streets and at DisneyStore.com (Where she sold out in less than fifteen minutes!). This LE 999 figure, packaged in a special tin, was designed by Casey Jones and Thomas Scott of the Disney Design Group. She looks identical to the version that was included in the Park Starz series, except she’s translucent! Her retail price is $24.95 if you can still summon her.
Although they are not scheduled to release until June 22, the Nerds Rock Figment and Stitch figures made a surprise appearance on the official Vinylmation Facebook store this past Friday. These open edition 3″ figures are two of the best in the series. The Imagination Institute theme of Figment fits the current Epcot attraction perfectly. Both figures each retail for $12.95.
Finally, Saturday, June 9, saw the release of a new Vinylmation mold, called Vinylmation 95, at the grand opening of the WonderGround Gallery in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District. This 9″ mold is shaped like Lightening McQueen (who sports the number 95) from the Cars movies. Renowned artist, Noah, created 25 custom figures with the new canvas for the event.
On June 15, blank, white Create-Your-Own Vinylmation 95 figures will be released at D Streets. It will be interesting to see what custom artists do with the new platform!