New Friends, Same Tale?

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When the sequel to Furry Friends was announced in December, the Vinylmation community rejoiced. After all, Furry Friends was a very popular set with wonderful character selection and a unique design element. It was however plagued with production issues that led to out roar and recalls. Surely, the sequel would be scrutinized by Disney, making sure the same would not happen. They even went so far as to change the name to Whiskers and Tales, in an apparent attempt to distance themselves from FF. Today, they were released across Disney Stores and Online. According to numerous reports around the web and emails we have received, Whiskers and Tales does indeed suffer from similar production issues. Now, to be clear, it is hard to tell if the problem is with a majority of the figures, like seemed to be the case with Furry Friends. But it is clear there is an issue. The returns are still early, but we have seen scuff marks, dirty vinyls, no paint on spots and other issues. We must also note that many people have reported purchasing trays or blind boxes and didn’t have a single production issue to speak of. Here are some examples of problems we found around Facebook and via email. Please contact us with your pictures and comments.

Just wanted to let u guys know I purchased a few today and they have the same low production issues like furry friends did, look at his left ear. he Disney store is letting me exchange the defective ones and letting me open then there before I exchange them. – Matt

Okay so thankfully the rest of my case were okay. The others still had minor scuffs but nothing to get upset over! Poor Lambert though. – Nicole

One of my bolts is missing his bolt on the tag. – Patrick

One of these Bolt’s is not like the other – Breanne

Shuffled but what the heck??? TWO chasers, 4 bolts, 3 lucky, dinah and nana. 1 Tito, figaro, lucifer, lambert and flower! Jennifer (many cases have incorrect ratios)

QA anyone? Not white spots – that’s no paint at all – Jennifer

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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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  • Aw hell no. I’m hoping (and this is likely) this is just an initial run, and that there isn’t too much ‘drama’ and overreaction like last time.

  • We bought a grand total of 17 bloxes, and there are a lot of minor issues. smudges, scuffs, some small chips, and some sloppy paint, but nothing as bad as missing an ear. i’m also glad we didn’t keep going. we really wanted lady and nana but never got them, so we kept going back to get more. we assumed the only ones left would be the ones we wanted, but… i suppose not.

    • I bought one tonight should it come to that. Hoping I get anything but Flower (also hoping I didn’t jinx myself now haha).

  • I bloxed 2- my pegasus was fine, but I also got a Lucifer and it had the same issue as the picture of Lambert, a brown clump of paint that almost looks like a hole, only on the back of the figure.

  • I’m REALLY HOPING they don’t recall these too! I haven’t got a chance to go and get one or order one, been to busy. I don’t think I’ll have the time, or even the money, to go get one until he weekend. Or later! Eek

  • It looks as though they didnt stick with the 2 of each, one variant, and one chaser grouping that is usually in any vinylmation series. I noticed one picture on facebook where their tray had two chasers and 4 bolts. Completely not right at all but I hope too they do not recall these as well. I want lambert baby pegasus and tito at least before they do that:)

  • My case was fine as far as paint goes, however I got an extra Lambert and Bolt but was shorted a Figaro.

  • I bought 5 from my Disney Store, and there were no problems on the figures. No scratches, scuffs, or missing paint!

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