This will be a quick update after my 6 hour drive home but prepare for more over the next few days. For starters I want to thank the Disney and the Vinylmation team for a great event. Now one of the primary reasons people were anticipating the Vinylmation chat was because of Project Z. Whenever there is a mystery, people begin freaking out trying to figure it out. This is sorta how it went down:
Oh my God what is Project Z?
I bet it has something to do with a machine.
Or Sesame Street. Those damn muppets love letters.
I wonder if Bert and Ernie will be a combo set?
It’s not Sesame Street idiots. It’s obviously for Zorro.
Or a Zebra.
A Zebra is like a horse. HOLY CRAP WE ARE ALL GETTING PONIES!
(random fans faint)
I am sad to report that no free ponies were given out. Project Z was announced to be what I sorta thought it would be: a series based on different molds. And that is mostly what it is. Project Z has an official name now. It is Park Starz.
Unless Starz Movie Channel sues then get used to that name. So what is Park Starz? Here’s my unofficial non-pony description.
Park Starz is a series of 12 figures. Each case will only have 12 figures so when you buy a case you have it all. Also, chasers are now a 1/12 ratio. Each figure will have a different mold based on the shape of the character. There will be 1 chaser and the prices will retail at $18.95 and come out in October. Why the price difference? Well for starters, each figure will come in a beautiful tin. I’m also assuming each figure costs more due to the different molds. I also assume Bob Iger wanted more gold coins in his money bin. It was also announced that Park Starz Series will most likely only be released one per year.
Here is a blown up shot of the packaging and the case from Sean’s photo.
Now lets take a look at a few of the series. The first two photos were taken at the Florida Project event.
Now here are some official photos released by the Vinylmation team.
So the difference in these figures from the traditional Vinylmation mold is obvious. I know that some fans are upset about the mold change. I really think this is overreaction though. Let’s review. Does the “Park Starz” mold replace Mickey? Absolutely not. This is a new brand. I’m a fan of analogies so compare the Mickey mold to Coca-Cola and Park Starz is Sprite. Sprite’s existence doesn’t diminish Coca-Cola. It just reaches out to a new market. Ricky Brigante at “Inside the Magic” website made a comment to me earlier on Twitter that he doesn’t like Vinylmations but he will buy a few of the Park Starz. So this brand extension shouldn’t hurt your love of Vinylmations. I’m not saying you should love the line or even buy them. I just wouldn’t castigate the DDG for their existence.