Spotlight On: Custom Artist Project Sidekickz Artist Mark Hoffmann

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The Custom Artist Project is a group of 11 of the best custom Vinylmation artists in the world who have come together to make their own blind box series. Series 1 is called “Sidekickz” and is a mix of different Disney sidekicks from films or TV. It will be released on October 6th. Each day leading up to the release, we will spotlight a different artist from the series. Today we spotlight custom artist Mark Hoffmann.

Morgan Hill, California


What Disney Sidekick did you choose?
 Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Why did you choose that sidekick? 
Honestly, because of his facial expressions. Plus I think the vinyl works well with the Dwarves shapes.

Favorite Disney Movie?
Tangled….although I do love all the old classics. It’s hard to just pick one.

Favorite Disney Theme Park Attraction?
I have so many, but I will have to say Space Mountain.

Favorite aspect of working on the Mickey shaped canvas?
I think the challenge of creating a piece so that you forget it’s painted on a Mickey shape. Many people don’t even notice the ears at first.

More info on the Custom Artist Project:


How to purchase: The price of one blind box is $65, including shipping within the US. We’re looking into international shipping right now, but it will probably be another $5-10 if it works out.Paypal is going to be the accepted payment. It is limited to one household per blind box.

What you get: You will get one blind box (yes, I’m actually making boxes) with one of 24 different figures. Some figures come with accessories. You will also get 11 different cards, 1 from each artist.

About the author

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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Mark is an AMAZING talent! His Grumpy is fantastic!!