This is part of a series of articles spotlighting the Vinylmation that were previewed at this year’s annual Walt Disney World Pin and Vinylmation trading and merchandise event, “The Imagination Gala.” The event was held at Epcot’s World Showplace from September 5-9, 2014. Today we look at the Designer Series that we will see in 2015.
MC and I saw this coming years ago. A series of mass produced Vinylmation designed by a famous artist that also produces one-of-a-kind customs for events and occasions. A few years ago, we saw this person as being Noah. He was the primary professional artist in the spotlight with customs at all the events. While he is still very visible, Miss Mindy sure has carved her niche in the hobby as well. She has really become a fan favorite over the past two years and has created some incredible pieces of art that have wowed the community.
At the Imagination Gala, Thomas Scott brought Miss Mindy up on stage to announce the new Designer Series. Coming in 2015, we will be treated to a blind box set designed by Miss Mindy. Then, future Designer Series will be designed by other professional, non-Disney Design Group artists that presumably have a strong connection to the custom Vinylmation community.
Miss Mindy’s style really shines through on the box art sneak peek we saw at the event. This is a wonderful idea for the Vinylmation brand that will now trickle into the more mainstream art community exposing the brand to a whole new audience. It almost legitimizes the brand outside of Disney. Also, Miss Mindy was very well received by the audience at the Imagination Gala making her a great choice to connect various audiences. No exact release date given on Designer Series 1, but we will keep an eye, or a monocle?, out for it.
Here is a look at some of Miss Mindy’s custom Vinylmation over the years: