Spotlight On: The Custom Artist Project

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We were happy to get a preview of the custom figures that will make up Series 1 of the Custom Artist Project at Mickey’s Circus. We also now know more specifics about how and when this series will launch. In the coming weeks we will try to spotlight the individual artists and talk with the project’s creator Rust this World on an upcoming podcast. For now, I’ll now turn it over to Rust this World to give you some of the details:

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. We aim to replicate a real Vinylmation case, so the entire series is 24 figures. There are two of each figure with the exception of one chaser and one variant.

Celeste Villanueva
Sidekick: Booster Munchaper (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command)
Christopher Avalos (Evilos)
Sidekick: Lefou (Beauty and the Beast)

Josh Edwards (Crazy 4 Vinyls)
Sidekick: Iago (Aladdin)
Are Jay
Sidekick: Diablo (Sleeping Beauty)
Mark J Hoffmann
Sidekick: Grumpy (Snow White)
Brian Shapiro
Sidekick: Creeper (The Black Cauldron)
Heather Kattelman (Vinylmation Customations By Heather)
Sidekicks: Flotsam and Jetsam (The Little Mermaid

Dylan Pommer (Rust This World)
Sidekick: Eeyore (Winnie The Pooh)

Aaralyn Montgomery
Sidekick: Rajah (Aladdin)
Nanette Simard Belgen (NRB Relic)
Sidekick: Flower (Bambi)
Dylan Pommer (Rust This World)
Sidekick (Chaser): Smart Ass Weasel (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

Jenny Grinsell
Sidekick: Little John (Robin Hood)
Date of Launch : October 6th
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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Thanks for the spotlight, it was an honor to be a part of this amazing set. Thanks Rust for the opportunity.

Nanette (NRB Relic)
Nanette (NRB Relic)

Thank you so much for the wonderful spotlight. It has been so much fun and exciting and such an honor to be part of this group of awesome artist…….and Dylan(Rust This World)THANK YOU SO MUCH…..! For the opportunity to be a part of this awesome set….!


I would also like to thank Rust this World for allowing me to be part of an awesome project and thank you to DV for the spotlight. I can’t wait to see what Series 2 looks like!


It’s starting to sound like a broken record, but I too wish to thank Rust for the opportunity to participate in the creation of this set. I also would like to thank DV for their generous spotlight and support of custom artists!