Welcome to a brand new edition of Hits and Misses as members of the Vinylmation Kingdom community share their thoughts on a series and this week we take a look at the entire 2013 Poster Art series, from January up to December plus the Oswald Release.
RogPalmerUK – While the 2013 Poster Art series has been a very hit and miss set, I think overall it was pretty well done, however maybe had they put a quarter of these online for people to get away from the parks, as LE2013 is pretty high for an open window figure. For me the idea of a monthly figure is great, it should be tied in with the holiday’s like Easter, Christmas etc, so I’m surprised the idea hasn’t been tweaked for 2014, had they decided to add a blind box variant to each month, I think this could have been a top series going forward. But sadly it looks like that isn’t happening, which is a shame as I felt this series had lots of potential, a monthly single figure release works on lots of different levels, if you like all of them, it spreads out the cost and allows you something to look forward to and if you only want to cherry pick, it allows that also.
Throughout the entire run of this series, I have brought just 4 figures, March’s Donald Duck, August, September’s Haunted Mansion, October’s Jack and the Oswald figure. So for me they were all hits, I think August’s figure is without doubt the best in the whole series, featuring iconic symbols of the parks and generally just being awesome! Oswald is another great figure that I wanted simply because I didn’t have the classics one and this was sat there on the shelf at D-Street.
Jacquelyn Harth – This isn’t my favorite series, but it has grown on me as the remaining vinyls have been released. My first hit would have to be the Jack Skellington October figure. I really like the use of grayscale and the theming of the Nightmare before Christmas with Halloween. I’m also a fan of November. Not only do I like the color and design of the vinylmation, but I like the subtle nod to the Day of the Dead. March and July are also nicely done.
WDWRobert – Collecting the 2013 Vinylmation Poster Series was a wonderful experience. Each month there was a new vinylmation that embodied the sensation of that particular month. As each month started my collection grew by one. I don’t recall any other series that grew each and every month. It was nice that was as you were able to appreciate each vinyl on an individual basis. Yes some months were better than others and each one is on display and not hiding in a storage container due to its undesirable appearance.
January-With a clean looks and well-coordinated color palate in a muted tone was a nice way to start the series. Though not a top favorite I still love its simplicity. As with other vinyl’s some of the best art is in the back and on the back of this one there is a really cool “Classic Mickey” smiling face!
February – Minnie Mouse looks cute in her Red “Bakers Dozen” Apron. Take a moment to count the cupcakes on the sorcerers’ hat. Now that’s attention to detail!
March – This is one of my favorites in this series. I always love when they portrait Donald in his happy character! I love how he is dressed in Green & Gold for Saint Patty’s Day. This vinyl just makes me smile!
April – I’m not sure what April is suppose to embrace but I will say it reminds me of Small World and that in itself makes it a hit for me.
August – After July I almost stopped collecting these and I have been kind of let down with June, July and maybe May if I wanted to be super critical. But August’s Poster Vinyl was amazing!! There is so much to see and enjoy on the vinyl. There’s Spaceship Earth from Epcot, Mickeys Fun Wheel from Disney California Adventure, Monorails, A Steam engine with lucky 13 on the nameplate, Balloons, and depending if you buy it or not but on the ears are they hidden Mickeys? I love this Vinyl!!
September – A definite top contender for best vinyl in the series September is just marvelous! The purple adds a nice contrast to the black fence like design. And to top is off the ears are decorated with iron fence style bats!
October – Who else can define Halloween like “Mr. Unlucky” Jack Skellington himself? With bats on the hat for effect, and unlucky items such as an upside down horseshoe, snake eyes on the dice how can this get any un luckier!
November- With “The Year of the Villains” on the front and “El Año De Los Villanos” on the back makes this months poster vinyl post about all things Villains! From the vibrant colors and “Day of the Dead” feel this vinyl is a must to collect!
December – Hands down this is my #1 favorite. Its an instant classic! There’s a dapper styled Mickey in black & white in the front. Then you have Pluto and Goofy in color on the sides and a happy looking Donald in the back. Lastly how can you not love the classic Mickey Ears hat on the back of the head of the Vinyl Mickey’s head! Well done!!!
Oswald – He was part of the poster series but was not a specific month but nonetheless a wonderful addition to my collection and to the poster series. And with Classic Oswald going for close to $100 in recent auctions here was a budget friendly Oswald to the rescue.
Joshua Jackson – Wow! That was my expression when I first saw the poster art series back at Mickeys Circus, I loved the direction Disney decided to go with this series with one figure every month over the course of a year, awesome idea! My first hit for this set is February, the Minnie Mouse figure was an excellent choice! I really like how they put her in her own little bakery outfit, it’s a really good design and I have no complaints on it. Second hit is easily March, I love how they chose Donald Duck for this month, he has a great facial expression, and the colors are really awesome! My final hit is easily June I love the Metallic blue Mickey Mouse, the colors are awesome, and this is just a very well done figure.
RogPalmerUK – Since I only brought a quarter of this series, there are plenty of misses for me, mostly because they just didn’t catch my attention and with the amount of vinyls now, if I don’t like it, I don’t buy it! Some of the figures like Minnie and Mickey have been so overdone now and some figures just had no connection with me at all. However I am sad that this set isn’t returning for 2014, I think the idea with a few tweaks could be very successful.
Jacquelyn Harth -The February Minnie is just a huge miss for me. This figure just doesn’t seem to fit the theme of the rest of the series and is really missing the charm of being a poster adaptation. Also, I find both April and May to be extremely boring. Neither really offers anything special. And while I really want to like it, Oswald is another miss for me. I was really excited to see an affordable Oswald option, but with the yellow hat covering his ears, he just looks too much like a black and white Mickey Mouse.
WDWRobert – May – This Poster Vinyl is covered in all things that are or can be considered lucky. Some of the items that are portrayed are, a Pot of gold, a genie’s lamp, the Chinese symbol for luck and so on.
June – This one I would consider it to be a miss. This one completely lacks creativity. Its just Mickey Mouse and he is in blue.
July – This one always confuses me with January. I love the colors and the castle on the back but asides from that is another Mickey Mouse vinyl.
Joshua Jackson – First miss is hands down April. I don’t like anything about this figure, the colors are bland, not sure what’s up with the circle, and it just looks awful to me. Second is November, I understand what the artist was trying to go for in this set but it turned out awful. There’s to many colors, shapes, and letters thrown together and it just looks really messy to me.
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