By Brian Shapiro
Celebration with Vinylmation is the theme of recent releases and previews. Friday, June 15, saw the release of many exciting figures, starting with the Park Starz Mr. Lincoln variant at both D Streets and online. It celebrates Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln in Disneyland and The Hall of Presidents in Walt Disney World. Designed by Casey Jones and Thomas Scott of the Disney Design Group, this inspired LE 2500 figure is identical to the original design except it is copper toned, like a penny! Similar to last week’s Bride variant, Abe comes in a specially designed tin. The retail price is $24.95, and the online quantities sold out in about an hour.
If Abe Lincoln doesn’t get you in the patriotic spirit, then perhaps you should consider this LE 600 Holiday Series #3 nine-inch Independence Day Colonist. Released online on June 15, it retails for $44.95. The artwork on this figure is amazing, especially the shadowing. The tricorn hat is the icing on the cake and rivals the coonskin cap on the Davy Crockett figure released last year.
Still not feeling patriotic? Then this 2012 Independence Day commemorative figure by Thomas Scott should do the trick! This 3″ open edition figure was released on June 22 at D Streets and online. It retails for $16.95.
Also released on June 15 were several 3″ and 9″ Vinylmation figures celebrating the reopening of Disney California Adventure in Disneyland. The six 3″ figures come in windowed boxes and celebrate the new Cars Land, Grizzly River Run, and Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. They retail for $12.95 and have lots of great details!
The two 9″ figures honor Buena Vista Street and Radiator Springs Racers and were designed by the talented Maria Clapsis of the Disney Design Group. Both are LE 500, and they each sell for $54.95.
In keeping with the Cars theme, the blank Create-Your-Own Vinylmation 95 figure was released online and at Disneyland. It will be released at Walt Disney World on June 29. The new canvas is open edition and retails for $39.95.
Monday, June 18, saw the much anticipated release of Villains Series #3 at Disney Stores and online. This celebration of some of Disney’s baddest of the bad includes creative interpretations of both infamous and obscure characters. While the characters in the series may be nasty, the price of the figures, $9.99 per blind box, is not!
On Friday, June 22, a large variety of figures were released, starting with the Park Starz Yeti variant by Thomas Scott and Casey Jones. This all gold version of the original design comes in a custom designed tin and has an edition size of 2500. Like the other variants it is priced at $24.95. It sold out within minutes online and was available at D Streets.
Also released online and at D Streets was the Vinylmation Mascots series we alluded to a few weeks ago. This collection of four 3″ figures featuring Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto as edgy, retro style sports mascots comes in open edition windowed boxes. The series includes some innovative accessories like Donald’s hat, Goofy’s foam finger, and Pluto’s pennant (which he holds with his teeth!). The figures retail for $12.95 and are a must for any sports fan.
In Disneyland, the Disneyland Resort Icons 3″ series was released on June 22. Similar to the Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary series released last year, these open edition window boxed figures feature classic designs and logos celebrating the original Disney theme park. There are four unique designs and two variants and they sell for $12.95 each.
For those who “like” Duffy the Disney Bear on Facebook, there was the “Facebook First” release of the two open edition Duffy figures on the official Vinylmation Facebook store. These 3″ figures introduce the new Duffy Vinylmation mold. One figure comes without an outfit and is flocked, and the other comes painted with a sailor suit and dons a sailor hat. They retail for $14.95 and will be available at D Streets on June 29.
Rounding out the releases was the appearance of the Nerds Rock Figment and Stitch at D Streets.
Not only were there a lot of releases over the last two weeks, there were loads of previews too! Last week Disney provided this preview of the gift item for Mickey’s Circus on September 9, 2012. It is a combo set featuring a 3″ Mrs. jumbo and a 1.5″ Dumbo. The set was designed by Thomas Scott.
Disney also released previews of the eight 3″ figures in the Color Block Series. These figures will be coming to D Streets on June 29 and look like 3″ versions of the Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Cheshire Cat, Woody, Buzz, and Nemo figures from Vinylmation Jr Series #2. One design included in the series that was not a part of Vinylmation Jr. Series #2 features colors inspired by Mickey.
The last preview supplied by Disney is of the “Under the Big Top” series coming to Disney Stores and DisneyStore.com on July 23. The Disney Store in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, will have a two day early release artist signing event with artist Gerald Mendez.